Saturday, August 9, 2008

Philipp Degen

Philipp Degen ( 27 )

Full Name: Philipp Degen
Position: Defender
Squad number: 27
Date of birth: 15/02/1983
Birth place: Holstein, Switzerland
Former clubs: FC Basel, Borussia Dortmund
LFC 1st team games: 2
LFC 1st team goals: 0
Switzerland International caps: 30
Switzerland International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 139
Career Goals: 5
Transfer Fee: £0

Philipp Degen Profile

Right-back Philipp Degen signed for Liverpool on a free transfer in the summer of 2008.

The Swiss international began his career with FC Basel in 1996, making his debut five years later.

Four seasons in the first team followed, during which he claimed three league titles and one domestic cup.

His time at St Jakob Park also gave him a taste of Champions League football. In fact, Degen was an unused sub when Basel claimed a 1-1 draw at Anfield in 2002-03.

In 2005 the defender joined the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

Degen, who featured four times for his country in the 2006 World Cup, spent three years with the German giants, the last of which was blighted by injury.

The full-back managed to recover in time for Euro 2008, a tournament co-hosted by Switzerland. Unfortunately he did not feature as the Swiss failed to negotiate the group stages.

From there he arrived at Melwood to work with Rafa Benitez, who said: "Philipp is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality. His strength is going forward and I am confident he will prove to be a quality addition to our squad."

Degen, who is fluent in French and German, has a twin, David, who also plays professional football.

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