Having first stood between the posts at the age of five, Yann Sommer is used to shouldering responsibility and making split-second decisions.
After playing for Basel from the age of 14, Sommer joined Borussia Monchengladbach and quickly established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most consistent and formidable goalkeepers, helping the fans to forget about the departure of his predecessor, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Sommer has been Switzerland’s first-choice shotstopper since Diego Benaglio’s retirement and was handed the No1 shirt for the first time at UEFA EURO 2016. “His strength is that he has no weaknesses,” said former Swiss keeper Pascal Zuberbuhler of the 6'0 (1.83m)-tall custodian. “He is strong on the line, technically excellent and commands the penalty box.”