Swiss soccer international Karim Gazzetta dies at 27 ‘after jumping from a building’
- Karim Gazzetta, former Swiss international, has died in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 27-year-old man found outside his home in Mostar, 45 miles from Sarajevo, today
- Gazzetta, who played for the Zrinjski team, committed suicide, local media said
- The athlete was one of Switzerland’s most promising young players, but his career had been plagued with injuries and he did not play for half of the current season.
A former Swiss international footballer who was once one of the country’s most promising young stars was found dead today in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Karim Gazzetta, 27, was found dead outside his home in the city of Mostar, 45 miles south of the capital Sarajevo, early this morning.
Police are investigating, but Bosnian media report that Gazzetta, who was playing for local team Zrinjski at the time, committed suicide by jumping off the building.
Karim Gazzetta, 27, once one of Switzerland’s most promising young footballers, has been found dead in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
An attacking midfielder, Gazzetta was once considered a young Swiss soccer talent after being capped four times for the national under-20 team in 2015.
He came through the academy at Servette FC, one of the most successful teams in the country, and spent several seasons on loan before moving to Stade Lausanne-Ouchy.
He then moved on to Neuchâtel Xamax, a team relegated from the Swiss top flight in 2012 following bankruptcy, but who regained their way back to the top flight in 2018.
However, injuries began to plague his career and he was sold to Zrinjski over the summer as he suffered from issues that kept him off the pitch.
Gazzetta recovered but made only two appearances before suffering another injury.
Gazzetta was capped four times by the Swiss under-20 team in 2015, but injuries plagued his later career and he played just two games in the first half of this season.
His last appearance was in a cup match on October 19.
A Swiss Football League spokesperson said: “The Swiss Football League mourns the loss of former under-20 international Karim Gazzetta, who tragically passed away in Bosnia.
‘Most recently, at the age of 27, he was under contract with Bosnian league leaders Zrinjski Mostar.
‘The SFL expresses its deepest condolences to all the family and loved ones, especially to his younger brother Luca, who made three Challenge League appearances for Servette FC in the 2017/18 season and currently plays in the Promotion League for the Stade Nyonnais. ‘