(born 15 July 1979 in Basel
) is a Swiss footballer
who currently plays for Swiss Axpo Super League
club FC Basel
. He first played for Basel, then for various other clubs in Switzerland, France and Germany before returning to his home club, where he won his first Championship titel. Frei was the captain of the Swiss national team
and is all-time leading scorer of the Swiss national football team
with 42 goals in 84 games.
Frei started his professional career with his hometown club of FC Basel
, where he later was transferred to FC Thun
, FC Luzern
, and Servette FC
, all in his native Switzerland. After a transfer to French club Rennes
, he finished as the highest goalscorer in Ligue 1
for the 2004–05 season
with 20 goals and was named Swiss Footballer of the Year the same season. He was also named Swiss Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Frei then signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund
on 29 June 2006. Dortmund paid a transfer fee of approximately €5 million for him. In the 2006–07 season, Frei was the highest goal scorer for Borussia Dortmund with 16 goals in 32 matches.
He recovered from a long-term injury in the 2007–08 season to score six times in his last eight appearances at Borussia Dortmund. After speculation regarding his future, he came back to action against Schalke 04
in the fourth fixture of the Bundesliga
. He scored two goals, equalising in an incredible game
On 17 July 2009, he left......