Scott Chipperfield
Personal information
Full name Scott Kenneth Chipperfield[1]
Date of birth (1975-12-30) 30 December 1975 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Wollongong, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Position(s) Left midfielder
Youth career
Bellambi FC
Tarrawanna Blueys
Fernhill Foxes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Wollongong Wolves 131 (50)
2001–2012 Basel 269 (69)
2012 Tarrawanna Blueys
2012–2014 FC Aesch
2019 Bellambi FC 12 (6)
International career
1998–2010 Australia 68 (12)
Managerial career
2017–2018 FC United Zürich (assistant)
2018 FC Luzern Frauen
2018– Illawarra Stingrays
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Scott Kenneth Chipperfield (born 30 December 1975) is an Australian former soccer player who played as a midfielder for Wollongong Wolves, FC Basel, FC Aesch and Australia. His 2010 FIFA World Cup profile describes him "as a talented attacker with great physical ability and an eye for goal."[2] He is also known for his versatility in playing in both right and left midfield and as a left sided defender.

Personal life

Chipperfield was born to Kenneth and Dale Chipperfield in Wollongong, New South Wales. He is of English descent and holds dual Australian-Swiss citizenship, having lived in Switzerland since signing for FC Basel in 2001. He has said that he would be willing to return to Wollongong to play in the future, should a bid to gain a Wollongong based team in the A-League be successful.[3] As a boy, Chipperfield supported Liverpool. During his playing days at Wollongong he worked as a school bus driver part-time.[4] His son, Liam is also a professional footballer who plays for the Swiss club Basel.[5]

Club career

Chipperfield began playing soccer at the age of six with Bellambi. In 1993, he started his senior career, winning the Illawarra First Division grand final with Tarrawanna in his only year at the club. He joined Fernhill in the Illawarra Premier League in 1994. After two seasons at Fernhill, Chipperfield joined Illawarra Lions for one season in the NSW Super League.[6][7][8]

Wollongong Wolves

Chipperfield began his professional career at Wollongong Wolves in 1996 and was a vital member of the team that won the National Soccer League twice in a row, in 2000 and 2001, and the Oceania Club Championship in 2001. He scored the winning goal in the final of the Oceania Club Championship, as Wollongong Wolves defeated Tafea of Vanuatu 1–0. He twice won the Johnny Warren Medal for the most outstanding player in the Australian domestic season and gained interest from European clubs. He had an unsuccessful trial at English First Division side Bolton Wanderers in the winter of 2000.

In early June 2001, Perth Glory announced that Chipperfield would be joining them for the 2001–02 NSL season, however he signed for FC Basel before his Wollongong Wolves contract expired at the end of the month.[9][10]

FC Basel

In the summer of 2001 Chipperfield joined Swiss Super League club FC Basel. He helped Basel win the league title (their first in 22 years) and the Swiss Cup in his first season in Switzerland. The following season, he was an important member of the team as Basel reached the Second Group Stage of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League, notching up wins against MŠK Žilina, Celtic, Spartak Moscow, Deportivo de La Coruña and Juventus on the way. In 2003, he won his second gold medal in the Swiss Cup. In the 2004 and 2005 seasons he won his second and third League Championship titles with the club.

In the summer of 2006, Chipperfield was subject to an unsuccessful bid by Charlton Athletic to obtain his services, but Basel soon announced that he had signed a three-year contract extension. At the end of this season Chipperfield played in the Cup Final in the Stade de Suisse and he received his third Cup Medal as Basel beat FC Luzern 1–0.

Chipperfield won the national Double for the second time in 2008, it was his fourth Cup title and his fourth League title. As Basel qualified for the UEFA Champions League, after a six-year absence, in 2008, Chipperfield was one of only three survivors of the squad that competed in the competition in 2003, the other two being Ivan Ergić and Benjamin Huggel. On 13 September 2008, he came on as a substitute for Orhan Mustafi during Basel's 2–0 defeat of FC Luzern at St. Jakob-Park, to make his 200th league appearance for Basel. He also scored the second goal of the match. In January 2009, he was set to sign for Hertha BSC of the German Bundesliga, but the move fell through on the advice of medical staff.[11]

At the end of the 2009–10 season and 2009–10 Cup campaign Chipperfield achieved his third Double with the club. In April 2011 the club announced a further one-year contract extension.[12] To that date he had played 367 competition games for the club, scoring 83 goals. At the end of the 2010–11 season Chipperfield won his sixth League Championship title.

In the 2011–12 FC Basel season Chipperfield suffered injuries and therefore only played five games in the League season 2011–12 and three in the Swiss Cup 2011–12, scoring his only goal of the season in the first round away tie against FC Eschenbach on 17 September.[13] Chipperfields last game was in the 1:1 away draw on 11 December 2011 against Neuchâtel Xamax. At the end of the 2011–12 season he won his fourth Double, the League Championship title[14] and the Swiss Cup[15] with Basel.

On 18 May 2012 FC Basel announced on their homepage that the contract with Chipperfield would not be extended.[16] At the end of their 2011–12 season Chipperfield retired from his professional career and moved to local amateur club FC Aesch as player-coach. Between the years 2001 and 2012 Chipperfield played a total of 486 games for the club scoring 106 times. 270 of these games were in the domestic league, 37 in the Cup, 78 in the European competitions and 101 were friendly games. He scored 69 goals in the domestic league, 8 in the cup, 8 in the European competitions and the other 21 were netted during the test games. He is the Basel all-time record holder of titles with the club, with seven Swiss Nationalliga A/Super League and six Swiss Cup honours.[17]

FC Aesch

On 1 June 2012 it was announced he had signed a short-term contract to play for Illawarra Premier League club Tarrawanna Blueys FC.[18][19][20] Nevertheless, after a few weeks a move to the Swiss club FC Aesch was revealed by various media and confirmed.

International career

Chipperfield played his debut game for the Australia national team in the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane as a substitute during the 3–1 win against Fiji on 25 September in the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup. He scored his first goal for the national team in the game against the Cook Islands just three days later, it was the eleventh goal of the game as Australia won 16–0.

He is perhaps best known in Australia for his loyal and somewhat unexpected appearance at the 2002 OFC Nations Cup in New Zealand, a tournament which was marred by the financial turmoil of the then Soccer Australia. The non-existent financial contribution meant that the Australian players had to pay their own way to get to New Zealand. Chipperfield became the only one of Australia's large Europe-based contingent to answer the call and perform for his country in their time of need.

Chipperfield was part of the team that defeated Uruguay in a playoff in November 2005 to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and was named in Australia's final 23-man squad. At the tournament, Chipperfield played an integral role in the Australian midfield and defence; he was considered to be one of Australia's best players.

On 12 October 2009, Chipperfield announced his intention to retire from the national team immediately after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[21] After the final group game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Serbia, which Australia won 2–1, Chipperfield announced his retirement from international football.[22]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[23]
Club Season League[a] Cup[b] Continental[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wollongong Wolves FC 1996–97 National Soccer League 16 4 16 4
1997–98 National Soccer League 29 13 29 13
1998–99 National Soccer League 27 3 27 3
1999–2000 National Soccer League 35 13 35 13
2000–01 National Soccer League 24 17 7 10 31 27
Total 131 50 7 10 138 60
FC Basel 2001–02 Swiss Super League 33 6 6[d] 1 39 7
2002–03 Swiss Super League 22 3 7[e] 0 29 3
2003–04 Swiss Super League 31 7 4[f] 1 35 8
2004–05 Swiss Super League 26 5 10[g] 0 36 5
2005–06 Swiss Super League 28 5 11[h] 1 39 6
2006–07 Swiss Super League 36 6 9[i] 1 45 7
2007–08 Swiss Super League 16 7 5[j] 0 21 7
2008–09 Swiss Super League 25 12 6[k] 1 31 13
2009–10 Swiss Super League 26 13 1 1 7[l] 1 34 15
2010–11 Swiss Super League 21 4 1 0 8[m] 2 30 6
2011–12 Swiss Super League 6 0 1 1 5 0 12 1
Total 270 68 3 2 78 8 351 78
Career total 401 118 3 2 85 18 489 138
  1. ^ National Soccer League and Swiss Super League statistics include final series/final round matches
  2. ^ Includes the Swiss Cup only
  3. ^ All appearance(s) in O-League for Wollongong or UEFA Champions League for Basel, unless where noted
  4. ^ Six appearances and one goal in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  5. ^ Includes one appearance in UEFA Champions League Qualifying match
  6. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League Qualifying and eight appearances in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League Qualifying, and nine appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  9. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Europa League Qualifying, and five appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  10. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Europa League Qualifying and three appearances in UEFA Europa League
  11. ^ Includes two appearances in UEFA Champions League Qualifying
  12. ^ UEFA Europa League: Includes four appearances and one goal in Qualifying
  13. ^ Includes three appearances and one goal in Qualifying, and one appearance and one goal in UEFA Europa League


Appearances and goals by national team and year[24]
National team Year Apps Goals
Australia 1998 3 1
1999 0 0
2000 7 1
2001 9 4
2002 5 2
2003 3 0
2004 6 1
2005 11 2
2006 9 0
2007 2 0
2008 3 1
2009 5 0
2010 5 0
Total 68 12
Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Chipperfield goal.
List of international goals scored by Scott Chipperfield[25]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 September 1998 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  Cook Islands 11–0 16–0 1998 OFC Nations Cup
2 3 June 2000 Stade Pater Te Hono Nui, Papeete, Tahiti  Solomon Islands 1–0 6–0 2000 OFC Nations Cup
3 28 February 2001 Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia  Colombia 2–3 2–3 Friendly
4 9 April 2001 BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia  Tonga 1–0 22–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 20–0
6 16 April 2001 BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia  Samoa 8–0 11–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 8 July 2002 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  New Caledonia 3–0 11–0 2002 OFC Nations Cup
8 5–0
9 31 May 2004 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia  Tahiti 9–0 9–0 2004 OFC Nations Cup
10 9 February 2005 ABSA Stadium, Durban, South Africa  South Africa 1–1 1–1 Friendly
11 21 June 2005 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Solomon Islands 5–0 7–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 10 September 2008 Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


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