Manuel Akanji started off as a youth player with FC Wiesendangen before moving to FC Winterthur as an 11-year-old. He then spent three years with FC Basel before moving to the Bundesliga in January 2018 to join Borussia Dortmund.
He is a defender who is quick but nevertheless good in the air, robust but technically more than capable. He is comfortable with both feet and has incredible confidence on the ball, making him a strong candidate for Switzerland’s FIFA World Cup™ squad. He made his debut in the Russia 2018 qualifier against the Faroe Islands in June 2017, and prior to that had displayed his man-marking skills in the U-20- and U-21 teams.
He also featured in both play-off matches against Northern Ireland in November 2017 which saw Switzerland secure their ticket for Russia.