In his hometown of La Chaux -de-Fonds Charles Antenen learned the game of football in the youth department of the local football club. From 1941 to 1965 he held the yellow and blues at the Parc des Sports de la Charrière loyalty. Only in the season 1952/53, he played with the Blue-Whites of Lausanne Sports and finished 7th, one place ahead of La Chaux. " Kiki " Antenen became one of the most popular players at the alpine country of all time. He was striker, mainly on right outside or in the inside right link. Although he never became top scorer in the National League A in his long career, he brought it in 444 first division matches on 233 goals. In the World Cup 1954, he celebrated the first championship win, ten years later, in 1964, he was the third time champion with La Chaux -de-Fonds. The age of 19, he celebrated the first 1948 Cup win after three finals against FC Grenchen. The first two finals on 29 March and 18 April each ended 2-2 draw after extra time. For 4-0 win at the third attempt on June 27, the talent contributed two hits. When he after the 1-0 against Biel celebrated the sixth Cup win in Berne Wankdorf Stadium on 23 April 1961 was the Karlsruhe Kurt Sommerlatt as player-coach for the sporting affairs at FC La Chaux -de-Fonds responsible. In rounds 1961/62 and 1964/65 - then again on the side of a German -born player named coach Henri Skiba - Antenen had shown also in the European Cup his business card. With 36 years he finished after the round 1964/65 - sixth - his career.
National Team, 1948-1962
Yet 18 years old, Charles Antenen celebrated on 20 June 1948 in Zurich in the 3-3 draw against Spain made its debut in the Swiss national football team. At the first World Cup after the Second World War from June 25 to July 16, 1950 in Brazil, Switzerland participated as a European representative in addition to Yugoslavia, Sweden, Italy, Spain and England. " Kiki " played against Yugoslavia and Mexico. In both games, he managed a goal each. In the sensational 2-2 draw against Brazil, he paused. The next World Cup took place in 1954 in the domestic Switzerland. Antenen stormed in the 0-2 defeat against England, 4-1 in the decider against Italy and the legendary quarter-final match on June 26 in Lausanne against Austria, which was lost after a 3-0 lead with 5:7 nor gates. As a veteran performer and he was instrumental in the games against Belgium and Sweden in the years 1960 and 1961 in the successful qualification for the 1962 World Cup. He played in all five games and also contributed five goals at. Even in a 2-1 victory on 12 November 1961 in Berlin in playoff against the runner-up from 1958, Sweden, he wore a on the scoresheet. The third World Cup appearance in 1962 earned him three more finals matches against Chile, Germany and Italy. With the game on June 7, 1962 in Santiago 's Estadio Nacional against Italy he finished his fourteen- year career in the national team. Overall Antenen brought it to 56 missions in the Swiss national football team, scoring 22 goals.
He was for two decades a size in the Swiss National League and a household name in Europe. Charles Antenen comes from a cycling family: He is the son of Charles Antenen sen. and nephew of Kastor Notter.
- 3 times Swiss champion ( 1953/54; 1954/55 in 1963 /64)
- Swiss Cup winners six times (1948, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1961)
- 3 World Cups (1950, 1954, 1962)
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