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Sandro Wieser

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

03/02/1993

Height

185 cm

Signed

18/08/2016

Country

Liechtenstein

Sandro Wieser put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Reading in the summer of 2016.

The Liechtensteiner moved to Madejski Stadium on a free transfer, having spent the previous season representing Swiss top tier outfit FC Thun during their sixth-place league finish in 2015-16.

The midfielder’s professional career began in Switzerland – he moved to join FC Basel’s Academy back in 2006, having previously played youth football with hometown club FC Vaduz.

After regularly representing Basel’s Under-21 side and featuring in league action for the senior squad, he moved to Germany to join Bundesliga outfit TSG Hoffenheim in 2012.

As a teenager, Wieser was regular for the Hoffenheim reserve side and made his first team debut when he came off the bench away at Bayern Munich to partner current Royal Danny Williams in the Hoffenheim midfield.

From there, he spent year-long loan spells with Austrian side SV Ried and Swiss club FC Aarau, before sealing his move to Thun in 2015.

Despite his young age, Wieser arrived with 33 international caps for Liechtenstein to his name – the first of which came at the age of 17, as he played the entire ninety minutes in a remarkable 1-1 draw away in Iceland.

Since then, he has represented his country against some of Europe’s most potent sides – playing against the likes of Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Czech Republic's Thomas Rosicky, Croatia's Luka Modric and Spain's Andres Iniesta.

Wieser has also helped his nation to impressive results against – amongst others – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Montenegro. He has one international goal to his name, as last summer he netted in a 1-1 draw against Moldova during their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Injury prevented the midfielder from making any impact on first team affairs in 2016-17, although he did score a fine free kick for our Under-23s side against Manchester City, whilst when fit also featuring for his country in World Cup qualifiers.

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