- Full Name
- Christian Fuchs
- Date of Birth
- 7 April 1986
- 6'2" (187cm)
- 14st 0lbs (89kg)
- Professional Debut
- 18 September 2013
Christian Fuchs became Leicester City's first signing in the summer of 2015 on a three-year contract before making 32 appearances as the Foxes won the Premier League title 10 months later.
The Austrian left-back captained his country at UEFA EURO 2016 before announcing his retirement from international football soon after.
Fuchs joined on a free transfer after spending four years at German giants Schalke 04, where he lifted the DFL-Supercup in 2011, and he continues to be a reliable figure for the Club.
Fuchs, who operates primarily at left back, brought a wealth of experience with him to English football, having spent a number of seasons playing in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League.
A set-play specialist, Fuchs started his professional football career at Wiener Neustadt SC in 2002, before joining Austrian side SV Mattersburg, where he would go on to notch up over 100 appearances.
After spells at three youth levels for Austria, he made his senior international debut during that time in a friendly fixture against Croatia in 2006.
After plying his trade in the Austrian top-flight for five years, the versatile full-back made the switch to then German Bundesliga side VFL Bochum, as well as representing his nation at the 2008 European Championships against Germany.
He spent three seasons at the club, while completing the 2010/11 campaign, his final year at Bochum, on loan at FSV Mainz 05.
In the summer of 2011 Fuchs joined Schalke, where he would reach the pinnacle of club football, playing three consecutive seasons in the Champions League.
As well as helping his side finish third in the Bundesliga, a productive UEFA Europa League run, in which Schalke reached the quarter-finals only to be knocked out by eventual finalists Athletic Bilbao, ran alongside a fine 2011/12 campaign, with Fuchs making over 30 appearances in all competitions in his debut season.
Schalke’s third-place finish that year meant they qualified for the Champions League in the following campaign, where they would be beaten in the Round of 16 by Turkish side Galatasaray, as well as finishing fourth in the league.
Again, Fuchs surpassed the 30 appearances mark for the second season in a row, while also competing in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers for his nation.
Another successful campaign in Germany’s top flight saw Fuchs’ Schalke end the 2013/14 Bundesliga season in third position, while a masterclass from eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid meant the Royal Blues exited the competition at the Round of 16 stage.
Further international appearances again ran parallel to his club involvement. The 2014/15 campaign is certain to live longest in Fuchs’ memory after the defender opened the scoring at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium back in March, eventually helping his side to an astonishing 4-3 Champions League victory in Spain.
A 2-0 defeat for Schalke in the first leg, however, meant Fuchs’ side were knocked out in the last 16 on aggregate.
Making over 30 club appearances that season, Fuchs took his total for Schalke to nearly 100 games, before becoming a fans’ favourite at King Power Stadium.
After a record-breaking first campaign at City, Fuchs made 47 appearances for the Foxes, scoring his maiden goal against Crystal Palace in October 2016.