Max Abegglen

Abegglen was in the 1920s and 1930s as a top player in Europe. Hardly anyone could better fulfill the position of the rotor than he. With a total of 32 goals for the national team, he is still the third- leading scorer for the Swiss team ( Alexander Frei leads the list with 42 goals on ). André ' Trello ' Abegglen who was seven years younger brother of Max, was also a very successful Swiss national team.

The club career

His career began in 1918 when Max Abegglen FC Cantonal Neuchâtel. At the end of the season he moved to Lausanne-Sports. He remained until the season 1923 in Lausanne, before he moved to the Grasshoppers. With the GCZ he was six times Swiss champion and five times Swiss Cup Winner. Abegglen is perpetuated in the name of the football club Neuchatel Xamax, which he co-founded. The palindrome Xamax goes back to his nickname Xam.

The National Players

Between November 1922 and May 1937 Abegglen belonged to the squad of the Swiss national football team. Already in his first international match in 1922 he succeeded three goals against the Netherlands. In 68 international matches, he scored a total of 32 goals.

The greatest success with the Swiss team he celebrated in 1924 at the Summer Olympics in Paris, when the team won the silver medal in the Olympic football tournament. During the tournament he scored six goals, making it the best Swiss scorer at the Olympic Games.


  • Debut: November 1922 Switzerland - Netherlands 5:0 (where he scored three goals)
  • Farewell: May 1937
  • Statistics: 68 games - 32 goals