Swiss 1954 World Cup star Robert Ballaman dies
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
GENEVA (AP) -- The Swiss Football Association says former national team captain Robert Ballaman died Sept. 5 after a long illness. He was 85.
Ballaman had two goals in the highest scoring match ever at a World Cup, among his 18 goals in 50 appearances for Switzerland from 1948-61.
Host nation Switzerland lost 7-5 to Austria in a 1954 quarterfinal in Lausanne that was played in searing temperatures.
Ballaman opened the scoring with a powerful long-range shot and the Swiss led 3-0 after 19 minutes before fading in the heat.
He captained his country for the next seven years.
Ballaman won the Swiss championship three times, with Biel in 1947 and Grasshoppers in 1952 and 56.