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Ramona Bachmann

Ramona Bachmann
Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland) ©Sportsfile

Ramona Bachmann

While youngsters Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan were the leading lights for 2009 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship winners England, it was perhaps irresistible Switzerland striker Ramona Bachmann that shone brightest in Belarus.

The 18-year-old harboured much of Switzerland's hopes as the squad arrived for their first finals in three seasons. She had been rated as one of the finest young talents in the game since being snapped up by Swedish giants Umeå IK in 2007, and represented her country at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup aged 16.

Having starred in a superb qualifying campaign, there was some concern Switzerland would not see the best of Bachmann in Belarus when she arrived with a back problem. It kept her out of the opening game – a 4-1 victory over the hosts – yet any fitness doubts were allayed emphatically next time out.

Coming into the tournament speculation about likely winners among the coaches brought the usual chorus of "Germany", but the five-time champions simply had no answer to the mesmerising Bachmann. Fast, skilful and supremely confident, the pocket-sized forward was simply too good for Germany as she caused problems throughout and scored in a 3-0 victory that ultimately spelt an early end for the favourites.

"At times it was Bachmann against my whole defence," said Germany coach Maren Meinert, herself one of the best forwards the women's game has seen. "They couldn't stop her." Nor, in truth, could the defences of France and semi-final opponents England.

Only a combination of brilliant goalkeeping and profligate shooting – perhaps a consequence of her injury-affected lack of practice – denied her more goals as she almost single-handedly led the line for a tiring Switzerland side. Her tears after the 3-0 defeat by England may have reflected regret for the misses but her glittering displays lit up the tournament, and a best ever finish for her nation and U-20 Women's World Cup spot provided some consolation.

Her rise has continued, proving crucial to Switzerland making the senior 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup play-offs. She was voted Swiss Female Footballer of the Year in 2009 and has had spells with FC Malters, where she was an U19 champion aged 13 and a senior player the next year, FC Luzern, Umeå, Atlanta Beat and, after a second Umeå spell in 2011 where she was Damallsvenskan player of the year, joined champions FC Malmö.

Last updated: 30/11/11 15.52CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 10/06/2016 11:22 CET
21.09.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland9-0SerbiaSerbia9021
26.09.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundIcelandIceland0-2SwitzerlandSwitzerland9010
31.10.2013Women's World CupQualifying roundDenmarkDenmark0-1SwitzerlandSwitzerland8810
05.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland11-0MaltaMalta5310
10.04.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland1-1DenmarkDenmark9000
08.05.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland3-0IcelandIceland9000
14.06.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland9-0IsraelIsrael7221
19.06.2014Women's World CupQualifying roundSerbiaSerbia0-7SwitzerlandSwitzerland9011
08.06.2015Women's World CupFinal tournament - Group stageJapanJapan1-0SwitzerlandSwitzerland9000
12.06.2015Women's World CupFinal tournament - Group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland10-1EcuadorEcuador9030
16.06.2015Women's World CupFinal tournament - Group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland1-2CameroonCameroon9000
21.06.2015Women's World CupRound of 16CanadaCanada1-0SwitzerlandSwitzerland9000
08.10.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 32Spartak SuboticaSpartak Subotica0-0WolfsburgWolfsburg9000
14.10.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 32WolfsburgWolfsburg4-0Spartak SuboticaSpartak Subotica6100
24.10.2015UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageItalyItaly0-3SwitzerlandSwitzerland9020
27.10.2015UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland4-0GeorgiaGeorgia9000
11.11.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 16ChelseaChelsea1-2WolfsburgWolfsburg9000
18.11.2015UEFA Women's Champions LeagueRound of 16WolfsburgWolfsburg2-0ChelseaChelsea7300
01.12.2015UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland5-1Czech RepublicCzech Republic9011
23.03.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueQuarter-finalsWolfsburgWolfsburg3-0BresciaBrescia4500
30.03.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueQuarter-finalsBresciaBrescia0-3WolfsburgWolfsburg9010
09.04.2016UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageSwitzerlandSwitzerland2-1ItalyItaly9010
24.04.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueSemi-finalsWolfsburgWolfsburg4-0FrankfurtFrankfurt7611
01.05.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueSemi-finalsFrankfurtFrankfurt1-0WolfsburgWolfsburg9000
26.05.2016UEFA Women's Champions LeagueFinalWolfsburgWolfsburg1-1
04.06.2016UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageCzech RepublicCzech Republic0-5SwitzerlandSwitzerland9000

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General info

  • Name: Ramona Bachmann
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 25/12/1990 (25)
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Club: Wolfsburg ( GER)

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Women's EURO 2015/17

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (Final)
    21/04/07: Umeå 0-1 Arsenal
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship (Second qualifying round)
    10/04/07: Switzerland 5-0 Serbia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Switzerland WOCO2015
Switzerland WU-1985

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 05/06/2016 01:06 CET