Switzerland footballer of the year in 2011 and 2012 Alexander Frei had the honour of drawing lots at the Home of FIFA for the European FIFA World Cup™ qualifying play-offs two weeks ago. While in Zurich, FIFA.com was able to catch up with the all-time leading goal scorer for the Swiss national team to see how the 34-year-old is finding life after retiring from professional football last spring.
Now the sporting director at FC Luzern, the former FC Basel front man sat down for this exclusive video interview and recalled his role in the European play-off draw. "I am sorry that one of the big superstars, Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, won't play at Brazil 2014," Frei explained. "But that’s the way it is."
Frei earned 84 caps for Switzerland between 2001 and 2011 and featured for La Nati in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Having been an integral part of Swiss football for over a decade, Frei shared with us his thoughts on the progression of football in Switzerland: "It has moved forward step by step - and it still goes on. The clubs have begun to believe in success and in competing on the international stage. At some point, people started to think that we are more than just ‘the little Switzerland’!"
And when asked about Switzerland’s chances in Brazil next summer, Frei said: "I have always said that the moment will come when a Swiss team can reach the quarter-finals at a FIFA World Cup. I think this could become reality next summer!"
You can watch the full video interview above.