Nicolas Haas (25) is one of the key players at Serie A Club Empoli. In Switzerland, the Surseer has hardly anyone on their radar despite strong performances. He visited him in Italy for 20 minutes.

Visiting Nicolas Haas during training at FC Empoli.

That's what

  • Nicolas Haas takes care of with FC Empoli in the Serie A for a sensation.

  • The Swiss are part of the regular staff of the newcomers.

  • 20 minutes is even more likely in Switzerland visited unknown 25-year-olds in Empoli.

Nicolas Haas, you are a regular in Serie A. Nevertheless, hardly anyone in Switzerland has you on their radar so far . Does that bother you?

Not at all. I am also not very interested in what is in the newspapers. On the contrary: I enjoy the fact that I can just get out and not be recognized everywhere.

You have already caused a stir with Empoli this season. On matchday two, you won 1-0 away at Juventus Turin as a promoted player. The highlight so far?

Surely one of them. We generally got off to a good start to the season and showed that we can keep up. The games away in Turin or Rome were something special.

You have established yourself as a club with modest means in the middle of the table. How do you explain the good start to the season?

We have a good team that tries to play along and accepts making mistakes. There is a very familiar environment in which we can work well and in peace.

In 2017 you moved from Lucerne to Bergamo. But you were never really able to assert yourself there. Was the transfer an error?

That is difficult to say. In the end, that's what brought me to where I am today. Looking back, I would have questioned a lot more critically before the change.

First Palermo, then Frosinone and finally Empoli. They were loaned to a different club every year, had to prevail over and over again. How difficult was that for you?

For me it was always a matter of attitude. I always gave full throttle straight away at every club. It was also very important to me that I could speak Italian as quickly as possible. This is very important for the interpersonal in the cabin to feel comfortable. Especially in Palermo in southern Italy I got to know something completely different than, for example, in Bergamo.

On the second match day, Haas and Empoli won 1-0 away at record champions Juventus Turin.

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In the Roman Stadio Olimpico, however, there was a 2-0 defeat.

Swiss conquers Serie A & ndash; & laquo; Nati squad would fill me with pride & raquo;

Haas is one of the core midfield staff at the promoted team.

You have been playing in Empoli for a year and a half, and you were signed by the club in the summer. How do you assess I your own development?

I gained my experience in Serie B and am no longer a newbie. The coach here knows me and how I play. I am very self-critical and can classify my own performance well. And I have my goals that I'm working on.

Goals like moving to a bigger club?

I take it step by step. First, I want to stay in the league with Empoli. It is my aim to play in a top 5 league.

That means, you could imagine playing here longer?

That depends on how the club develops. The city is small, but the club has a good infrastructure and a long-term concept.

Is there a league that would particularly appeal to you?

The Premier League is a dream. The atmosphere there is special. Also because the fans are sitting so close to the lawn.

What about the Nati issue? Has Murat called Yakin before?

Not until now. But that's a goal for sure. Representing his country is something very few are allowed to do and I would be proud. But for that you need consistently good performances in the club.

Especially on I your position in the central midfield is the competition with Xhaka, Freuler, Zakaria, Sow and so on huge. Does that annoy you?

No. I played in the U21 with Dennis and Djibril. I'm happy for you.

How would you I Describe your style of play yourself?

Here in Empoli, I'm more of a defensive central midfielder. But I certainly also have my qualities up front. But my pass is better than my shot (laughs).

How do you I spend your time away from the football field?

I regularly go out to dinner with my teammates. If I usually go out, it's more likely to go to Florence. It's only about 20 minutes away from where I live. I'm also currently studying psychology.

Why psychology?

I like to observe people and their behavior. I find that extremely exciting and I can also draw a lot from it for myself. The head is central to personal development. I also have goals and projects for after my career in this area.

The career of Nicoals Haas

Nicolas Haas (born January 23, 1996) grew up in Sursee and switched to the youth department of FC Luzern at the age of twelve. In February 2015 he made his professional debut in the Super League. A good two years later he switched to the top Italian club Atalanta Bergamo. There it was only used sporadically at the beginning and was repeatedly loaned out.

After loan positions in Serie B Palermo, Frosinone and Empoli, the permanent move to FC Empoli followed last summer after the successful promotion. He has already played twelve of the 13 possible league games for the club this season and has contributed two templates. For the Swiss U-21s, Haas appeared a total of seven times between 2016 and 2017 and even wore the captain's armband. In addition to his football career, the 25-year-old is currently completing his bachelor's degree in psychology.

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