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Swiss footballer joins Russian champions

Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber has targeted domestic and international success after joining Russian football champions CSKA Moscow, the club reported on Wednesday.

Swiss footballer joins Russian champions
Steven Zuber. Photo: UEFA.com

"I'm really happy to join the club which is well known not only in Russia but also around the world," the former Swiss under-21 international said.

"I hope I will be able to win more trophies with my new club both in Russia and in Europe," Zuber said.

"Here in CSKA I will have an opportunity to play in the Champions League," he said.

"It was my dream to play in this tournament and it was one of the main reasons to join the Russian champions.

"I also had proposals from other European clubs but only CSKA showed serious interest in my services and I didn't hesitate a lot before I decided to come to Russia."

On Friday CSKA signed Zuber from Swiss high-flyers Grasshopper Zurich on a five-year deal.

Local media reports put the fee at €3.2 million euros ($4 million).

Last season Zuber won the Swiss Cup with Grasshopper.

After his first pre-season warm-up match with CSKA, Zuber said he expected CSKA to help him develop as a player and one day earn a full international call-up.

"It was my great pleasure to play in the team with the great players like Vagner Love, Keisuke Honda and Alan Dzagoev," he said.

"I hope to improve my skills rapidly in the company of such outstanding partners.

"I also hope that playing well with CSKA will help me to win a place in my country's national squad."

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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