Brimming with ideas, possessing an undimmed passion for the beautiful game and benefiting from his unique World Cup experience, Pascal Zuberbühler is an ideal FIFA World Football Museum ambassador. The former Switzerland keeper has been signed up with immediate effect to make regular appearances on behalf of the museum, which is dedicated to the history and culture of football, both in Zurich and abroad as part of its exhibition and events programme.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this role and am really motivated to create yet more interest in this truly unique museum,” says Zuberbühler. “Ever since I started talking to Managing Director Marco Fazzone, I’ve been getting exciting new ideas almost every day on how we can inspire football fans with more stories, excitement and experiences at this prestigious meeting place, which has long been a must-see on the list of international visitors who come to Zurich.”
The 49-year-old will continue to work as FIFA’s Goalkeeping Specialist in its High-Performance Programme Department as well as carry on with his TV pundit appearances. He is full of enthusiasm for his new role as ambassador: “I like working with good people who love what they do. I can’t wait to get going.”
51 caps for Switzerland
Zuberbühler enjoyed a 14-year international career between the sticks, earning 51 caps between 1994 and 2008. He kept a clean sheet in each of Switzerland’s three group games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, and saved Ukraine’s first spot kick in the penalty shoot out after the round-of-16 match had finished goalless. Despite his heroics, Ukraine prevailed in the end.
At club level, Zuberbühler plied his trade in three countries: for Grasshopper Club Zurich, FC Basel, FC Aarau and Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland, for West Bromwich Albion and Fulham in England and for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Germany.
“We’re thrilled to have ‘Zubi’ on board. He brings so much to the table, with his lengthy experience as a pro, enormous passion for the game, World Cup memories, and inspirational, outgoing manner. If I were a football manager, I’d say we’d signed a ‘playmaker’ here,” says Marco Fazzone excitedly. “I’m sure that for Swiss football fans in particular, this opportunity to take part in guided tours and podium discussions with Zubi will be another great highlight of their visit to the museum.”