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Swiss football honours for Grasshoppers stars

Chapuisat shares a joke on stage with the award's hostess, Edith Hunkeler Keystone

Hours after injury forced his withdrawal from the Swiss national squad, Grasshoppers Zurich striker Stéphane Chapuisat received the compensation of being named the best footballer in Switzerland.

This content was published on May 28, 2001 - 22:03

Chapuisat picked up the award at the fourth annual Swiss Football Night in Bern, after winning the league championship with Grasshoppers. With the entire Switzerland squad looking on, the 31-year-old star was also honoured as the best striker and top goalscorer (an award which he shared with Lugano's Christian Giminez).

Grasshoppers coach Hans-Peter Zaugg surprised very few people by taking the award for best manager. Saturday's title win, at the end of his first season in charge of the club, had made Zaugg the clear favourite.

Liverpool defender Stéphane Henchoz picked up the award for best Swiss player based abroad, after helping his English club win the UEFA Cup, two domestic trophies and secure a place in next season's Champions League.


Full list of winners from the fourth Swiss Football Night:

Best Swiss player abroad: Stéphane Henchoz (Liverpool)
Best player in Switzerland: Stéphane Chapuisat (Grasshoppers)
Best manager: Hans-Peter Zaugg (Grasshoppers)
Fairest player: Thomas Wyss (Lucerne)
Best goalkeeper: Eric Pédat (Servette)
Best defender: Marco Zwyssig (St Gallen)
Best midfielder: Sébastien Fournier (Servette)
Best forward: Stéphane Chapuisat (Grasshoppers)
Top goalscorer: Stéphane Chapuisat and Christian Giminez (Lugano)
Best young player: Luca Denicola (Grasshoppers)
Best referee: Guido Wildhaber
Best woman player: Mirjam Berz (Bern)

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