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Ramon Vega
Personal information
Date of birth June 14, 1971 (1971-06-14) (age 38)
Place of birth    Olten, Switzerland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
FC Olten
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Tottenham Hotspur
Celtic (loan)
169 (13)
014 0(0)
064 0(7)
018 0(2)
027 0(1)
023 0(4)   
National team
1993–2001 Switzerland 023 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ramon Vega (born 14 June 1971) is a former Swiss footballer of Spanish descent, who played as a central defender.

During his 13-year professional career, he was best known for his spell in England at Tottenham Hotspur, but also had another stint in the United Kingdom, as he represented with success Celtic Glasgow.


Early life

Vega was one of five children to Spanish immigrants; he was born in Olten, near Zürich, with the remaining siblings already born in his parents' native city of Madrid.

He attended school in Trimbach and went on to study for a degree in banking and management, at the Zürich Business School.[1]

Club career

Vega began his professional career in with local Grasshopper Club Zürich, in 1989, being a defensive mainstay from his second season onwards, and being essential in two of the three leagues he actually conquered.

In the 1996 summer, Vega moved to Italy with Cagliari Calcio, in the Serie A. However, after only seven months, he signed with England's Tottenham Hotspur, for a transfer fee of £3.75 million. He was used mostly as a backup, helping the side win the Worthington Cup in 1999. In the final, a 1–0 win over Leicester City, he broke his ankle, and could never regain his previous form with the Spurs.[2]

In mid-December 2000, Vega moved on loan to Celtic FC - in the previous off-season, he rejected a move to the club[3] - where he played a significant part in the winning of three titles, in a short six-month spell. In his debut, on the 17th, he scored twice in the home demolition of Aberdeen (6–0).[4]

Released by Tottenham in June 2001, after also having refused the Scottish club's offer of an additional year,[5] he moved back to England with Watford FC, then in the second level, on a three-year deal.

One of the side's best-paid players, under manager Gianluca Vialli, he was released after just one season, as the club underachieved for a final 14th position.[6] For the Hornets, he scored three times, once in the league against Norwich City[7] and twice in the League Cup, against Bristol City[8] and Bradford City.[9]

Vega retired in 2004 aged 33, after one season with lowly US Créteil-Lusitanos, in France.

International career

Vega first played for Switzerland in 1993, but was overlooked for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

Two years later, he was picked - and started - for the squad at UEFA Euro 1996 in England, helping to a 1–1 draw against the hosts. His career brought him a total of 23 caps, and he also captained the side on occasion, scoring one goal, in the 1–1 friendly match with England - who were preparing for the 1998 World Cup - in Bern.[10]




  • Vega is fluent in five languages.[1]
  • After his retirement, he became a founding member of the Duet Group (2002), a financial group specialising in asset management and private equity. In 2006, Vega also founded the Matterhorn Capital Rosalp, a Swiss real estate company focusing on the development of luxury hotels worldwide, opening the first facilities in Verbier, Switzerland. He also opened "Ramon Vega's Soccer School" in Marbella, Spain.


  1. ^ a b "Were you there ...?". BBC Sport. 15 February 2007.  
  2. ^ "Graham blocks transfer plunge". BBC Sport. 21 September 2000.  
  3. ^ "Vega rejects Celtic's overtures". BBC Sport. 23 August 2000.  
  4. ^ "Celtic hit Dons for six". BBC Sport. 17 December 2000.  
  5. ^ "Vega set to quit Celtic". BBC Sport. 19 June 2001.  
  6. ^ "Watford release Vega". BBC Sport. 18 June 2002.  
  7. ^ "Norwich 3-1 Watford". BBC Sport. 18 September 2001.  
  8. ^ "Bristol City 2-3 Watford". BBC Sport. 12 September 2001.  
  9. ^ "Watford sting Bantams". BBC Sport. 9 October 2001.  
  10. ^ "England's track record". BBC Sport. 27 May 2004.  
  11. ^ "Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega spurred on for Fratton Park bid". Daily Mail. 16 February 2009.  
  12. ^ "Portsmouth reject buy-out approach from former Spurs defender Vega". The Guardian. 26 February 2009.  
  13. ^ "Portsmouth turn down Ramon Vega's takeover bid". Daily Telegraph. 27 February 2009.  

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