Stephan Lichtsteiner is one of a number Swiss internationals plying their trade in Italy. The right-sided defender has been with Serie A club Lazio since summer 2008 and has since become one of the key members of the Biancocelesti squad.
After beginning his football journey in his home town of Adligenswil, it soon became clear that Lichtsteiner was one of the most talented youngsters in the region and he was snapped up by FC Luzern at the age of just 12.
The 26-year-old's next step on the football ladder came in 2000 when Grasshoppers Zurich came in for his services. Lichtsteiner made his first-team breakthrough in 2003 under the tutelage of coach Marcel Koller and celebrated his first title success that same year.
The qualified bank clerk then swapped the Swiss top tier for French Ligue 1 side Lille in 2005. Following three successful seasons in France, Lazio managed to tempt him to the Italian capital, where he won the Italian Cup in his debut season.
Having previously represented Switzerland at U-21 level, Lichtsteiner made his senior debut for the Nati on 15 November 2006 and was a key member of Jakob Kuhn's squad at UEFA EURO 2008 on home turf, appearing in all three of his country's group matches.
Kuhn's successor Ottmar Hitzfeld has continued to highly value Lichtsteiner's defensive qualities, selecting him for eight of Switzerland's ten qualification matches en route to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.