(born 16 January 1984 in Adligenswil
, Canton of Lucerne
) is a Swiss footballer
, currently playing for Juventus
and the Swiss national team
. He is known for his runs down the right flank when on the counterattack, hence his nickname "Forrest Gump". He is an attacking Right back
capable of playing in the midfield.
Lichtsteiner began his career at Grasshopper Zürich
in 2001–02 and made his debut in the old Swiss Football League
but only made one league appearance. The following season, he began to establish himself as a first team regular, helping the club gain the league title. During the 2004–05 season he sealed a transfer to Lille OSC
as one of five Swiss players to enter Ligue 1
during the summer of 2005. He became a regular in his first season and helped Lille to a third place finish to secure a Champions League spot. His last season ended disappointingly as Lille finished seventh in the league and missed out on European football next season just by a point. However he did end with 4 goals, his highest tally so far.
After the Euro 2008
, several clubs including Paris Saint-Germain
expressed interest in signing Lichtsteiner. He rejected PSG's bid and, in July, signed a four-year contract with S.S. Lazio
for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of €1.5 million as a replacement for fellow Swiss international Valon Behrami
who went to......