Robert Ballaman

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Robert Ballaman
Personal information
Date of birth (1926-06-21)21 June 1926
Place of birth Reconvilier, Switzerland
Date of death 5 September 2011(2011-09-05) (aged 85)
Place of death Zurich, Switzerland
Playing position Centre Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1946 Reconvilier
1946–1950 Biel-Bienne
1950–1963 Grasshoppers
1963–1964 Winterthur
National team
1948–1961 Switzerland[1] 50 (19)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Robert Ballaman (21 June 1926 - 5 September 2011)[2] was a Swiss footballer who played as a centre forward.


Born in Reconvilier, Ballaman began playing football with FC Reconvilier at age 15. in 1946, he joined FC Biel-Bienne, where he would win the 1946–47 Nationalliga A title. He played a total of 14 seasons in the Nationalliga A with FC Biel-Bienne, Grasshopper Club Zürich and FC Winterthur, scoring 271 league goals.[3]

Ballaman earned 50 caps and scored 18 goals for the Switzerland national football team. He played in the 1954 FIFA World Cup on home soil, where he scored 4 goals and Switzerland reached the quarterfinals.[4]

Club career


Ballaman died at age 85 in September 2011.[5]


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  2. retrieved 2nd Oct 2011
  3. Chatelain, Emma and Hebeisen, Philippe (21 September 2009). "Ballaman, Robert (1926-2011)" (in French). Dictionnaire du Jura.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Robert BallamanFIFA competition record
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