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1981–1986  Servette FC
Position  Defender
Playing position  Defender
Name  Alain Geiger
Date joined  1977
Years  Team
Role  Football manager
Children  Bastien Geiger
1977–1981  FC Sion
Height  1.80 m

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Date of birth  (1960-11-05) 5 November 1960 (age 55)
Team coached  MO Bejaia (Manager, since 2015)

Place of birth  Uvrier, Switzerland

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Alain Geiger (born 5 November 1960 in Uvrier) is a retired Swiss international football defender and current manager.


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He played mainly as a centre-back despite being only 5'11" in a career that lasted 20 years, and made 112 appearances at international level, being Switzerland's second most capped player behind Heinz Hermann. His son, Bastien, is also a professional footballer.

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Geiger started playing professionally in 1977 with FC Sion. He played just two matches in his first season but by 1978, he was a first-team regular in the side that went on to win the Swiss Cup in 1980.

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In 1981, he signed for Servette FC, who were one of Switzerland's most successful teams at the time, and became an invaluable player for both club and country. He helped the club win the 1984 Swiss Cup, defeating Lausanne Sports 1-0 after extra time in the final, and the league title in 1985. An aspiring Neuchâtel Xamax side acquired his services in 1986, and he helped it win the national championship during the only two seasons he played for them, 1986-87 and 1987-88.

A move to France was on the cards next for Geiger, as he signed for AS Saint-Étienne during the Summer of 1988. He was a big hit and a first-team regular at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, but opted for a return to Switzerland and Sion, in 1990. During his second spell, he saw the form of his life as he became captain for both club and the country. He lifted the league trophy for the fourth time in his career as Sion were crowned champions in 1991-92.

In 1995, Geiger signed for Grasshopper Club Zürich, where he finishing his career after a further two seasons, having played 496 Swiss first division matches, with 38 goals.


Geiger made his international debut in Switzerland's 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium, on 19 November 1980, and went on to be capped 112 times and score five goals, between 1980 and 1996, five appearances short of midfielder Heinz Hermann.

His last match was also against England, in a 1-1 draw at Euro 1996, on June 8. He captained his country at both this competition and the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, usually being accompanied at centre-back by Dominique Herr.

Coaching career

Geiger's first managerial role was spent with the reserves of Grasshopper, in 1997. He did so well there that he was given the reigns at another old side, Neuchâtel Xamax, in July 1998. At Xamax, he helped develop the talents of Timothée Atouba, Papa Bouba Diop and Henri Camara, and helped the club avoid relegation from the league in his last two seasons.

Geiger quit the club in July 2002 to take over at FC Aarau, but the club were relegated into the second division at the end of 2002-03 and he was given the sack. In December 2003, he was surprisingly named the manager of Grasshopper, but the team fared poorly under him and he was once again fired.

Subsequently, Geiger had short spells managing Neuchâtel Xamax, FC Aarau and Lausanne Sports before being given the job at Moroccan side Olympique Safi in 2006. He saved the club from relegation from GNF 1 during the 2006-07 season, but resigned at the end of the campaign.

In June 2009, he was replaced by Pierre-André Schürmann as head coach of Neuchâtel Xamax.

In January 2010, he was appointed as manager of Algerian club JS Kabylie. On 14 December 2010, Geiger resigned from his position. During his time with the club, his most notable achievement was leading the team to the semi-finals of the 2010 CAF Champions League where they lost to eventual champions TP Mazembe.

On September 23, 2011, Geiger was appointed as manager of ES Sétif. In his first season with the club, he led the team to the league-cup double, winning the 2011–12 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 and the 2011–12 Algerian Cup.

On June 6, 2012, Geiger became manager of Saudi club Ettifaq FC, signing a two-year contract with the club.

On May 30, 2013, Geiger reached an agreement with MC Alger to take over as new coach, succeeding Djamel Menad.


  • Swiss League: 1991-92
  • Swiss Cup: 1979-80, 1990–91
  • Servette
  • Swiss League: 1984-85
  • Swiss Cup: 1983-84
  • Neuchâtel Xamax
  • Swiss League: 1986-87, 1987-88
  • Manager

  • Swiss Cup: Runner-up 2003-04
  • ES Sétif
  • Algerian Cup: 2011-12
  • Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1: 2011-12
  • References

    Alain Geiger Wikipedia