Benjamin Siegrist

Benjamin Kevin “Benji” Siegrist (born 31 January 1992 in Therwil) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays in the Swiss Super League for Vaduz as a goalkeeper. He was a member of the Switzerland squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and went on to represent the Swiss Under-21s. In 2009, Siegrist was part of his nation’s FIFA U-17 World Cup winning side, during which he also received the competition’s inaugural Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper. During seven years in the Aston Villa Academy Siegrist undertook a series of short-term loans to English Football League and Conference sides.

Having been spotted playing for local side FC Therwil Siegrist continued his youth career at FC Basel in his native Switzerland and during his time there he won both the Swiss U-16 league and cup double in 2008. In January 2009, just prior to his 17th birthday, he signed for Aston Villa of the Premier League. He represented the reserve and academy teams, and in July 2010 he linked up with local side Tamworth with a view to a season-long loan. The loan move never materialised, but Siegrist did play for the club in two pre-season friendlies against Rugby Town and Leamington. As a Villa youth player, he helped the club to the reach the final of the 2009–10 FA Youth Cup (which was lost 3–2 on aggregate to Chelsea) and the 2011–12 Premier Reserve League South title stainless steel water bottle with stainless steel cap.

Ahead of the 2012–13 season Siegrist was promoted to Aston Villa’s first team squad, receiving the number 39 shirt in the process.

Siegrist joined Football League Two side Burton Albion on a one-month loan deal on 28 November 2013

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. He was given the number one shirt and was named on the bench for Albion’s match with Plymouth Argyle on 30 November 2013. He made no appearances, largely due to the form of Dean Lyness, and returned to Aston Villa after one month.

In March 2014 Siegrist joined Cambridge United of the Conference Premier, the fifth tier of English league football, on loan until the end of the season. On 26 March 2014 Siegrist made his professional debut in a 3–0 win away to Salisbury City. Siegrist played three matches for Cambridge conceding only one goal and helping the club to a second-place league finish and ultimately the 2014 Conference Premier play-off Final, before a groin injury ended his spell at the club.

Siegrist joined Solihull Moors of the National League North on a one-month emergency loan on 8 October 2015 having recovered from a serious leg injury in May 2015. He played in the FA Cup third qualifying round for Solihull against Worcester City, the Moors forced a replay with a 1-1 draw in the first match but lost 1-0 in the replay, despite a string of fine saves from Siegrist. Siegrist made his league debut in a 1-1 draw away to Tamworth on 17 October 2015. Siegrist was named man of the match in a 2-2 draw with Lowestoft Town on 7 November 2015, making a string of saves to keep Moors in the game. Following a loan extension until March 2016 his good form continued as Moors moved clear at the top of the league in January 2016, they went on to win the league a few weeks after Siegrist’s departure.

On 19 March 2016 Siegrist joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan until the end of the season as cover, ultimately only playing a single match.

Siegrist signed for Vaduz in the Swiss Super League in the Summer 2016 transfer window for a fee of £210,000.

Siegrist has been part of Switzerland squads at U17, U18, U19, and U21 level. Siegrist won the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria with his nation: the goalkeeper was an integral part of the side that beat the hosts in the final and won the tournament’s first Golden Glove award as a result. He was chosen as a backup goalkeeper for Switzerland’s U21 squad at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, but remained an unused substitute throughout the tournament as Switzerland lost 2–0 in the final to Spain. In 2012, Siegrist was chosen as a backup goalkeeper to Diego Benaglio for Pierluigi Tami’s 18-man squad to represent Switzerland at the 2012 London Olympic Games.