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“I wanted to be part of the Red Yellow family from the first minute” – Selangor completes signing of World Cup winner


Malaysian Super League giants have secured the services of Swiss midfielder Oliver Buff

Selangor FC have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Oliver Buff, who was part of the Swiss Under-17 squad that won the U-17 World Cup in 2009.

On Tuesday, the signing of the 28-year-old was officially announced by the club via its social networks.

According to a German report, Buff was signed by the Red Giants on a free transfer for two years, after his contract with second tier Swiss club Grasshopper Club Zürich expired in 2020.

In an interview with the club, Buff revealed that he wanted to be part of Selangor’s attempt to return to fame.

“I received a phone call from an agent about a project in Malaysia with Selangor, and I also had the chance to speak with Selangor head coach Karsten Neitzel and technical director, Michael Feichtenbeiner of their projects. From the first minute, I was really confident that I wanted to be part of the Red and Yellow family.

Karsten Neitzel. Getty photo

“Selangor’s plan to return to glory has convinced me that this will be the best place for me to develop my football career in this beautiful country,” said the midfielder.

Neitzel meanwhile revealed that this is not the first time he has approached the player.

“I have never worked with Oliver. At the time, when he was a young player at FC Zurich, Oliver caught my interest in bringing him into my former club in Germany. Although it was not successful, from that day forward I have followed his progress to this point. .

“Oliver is a very calm player on the ball, who has a good overview and is of good quality in attack and defense. He can be a good example for our young players. I hope he can show all these qualities. see you soon, ”said the German.

The Swiss was trained as a young player at top Swiss club Zurich, for which he played until 2017. He then joined second-tier Spanish club Real Zaragoza for two years, before moving to a Cypriot club in 2019, then Grasshoppers in 2020. All their club competition trophies; The 2013/14 and 2015/16 Swiss Cup and the 2016/17 Challenge League championship were won with Zürich.

On the international stage, he had played regularly with the Swiss junior national teams in competitive teams, most notably at the 2012 Olympics. He also won the U-17 World Cup in 2009, alongside Thailand’s senior international Charyl Chappuis.

The Red Giants now have another foreign player slot to fill ahead of the 2021 season, having retained Ifedayo Olusegun and Safuwan Baharudin, while retaining Buff and German defender Tim Heubach.