Stephan Lichtsteiner, former Bundesliga professional for FC Augsburg and captain of the Swiss national team, has found a new job after the end of his active career. The 37-year-old currently works as a watchmaker, but does not rule out a return to the football business.
“I want to do something productive,” Lichtsteiner told the news agency Reuters. “If you work in a bank, you can do it all your life. But as a footballer you have to look for something else once you reach your mid-thirties.”
After 15 years in professional football with positions at Lazio Rome, Juventus Turin, FC Arsenal and FC Augsburg, the former right-back is currently doing an internship at the Zurich watch company “Maurice de Mauriac”.
The internship in which Lichtsteiner would like to work on a watch for a charity campaign lasts up to six months. What his future will look like after the internship is currently still open. Lichtsteiner wants to keep the opportunity open to work full-time as a watchmaker. At the same time, he can envision a return to the football business.
“I would also like to gain experience in other areas that will help me later – especially in my coaching job,” said Lichtsteiner Look. “I like not having any pressure and that I get the chance to look deeper into an industry that is completely new to me.”