Chelsea’s number 23 Ramona Bachmann only joined the Blues this year, but she has already made a huge positive impression with her infectious personality and eye-catching skills. With the start she has made, one can only imagine how much of an impact she will make on the team in the future.
Born on Christmas Day in Switzerland in 1990, Bachmann’s footballing talent was spotted at a very early age and as a 16 year old; clubs from all over the world were after her signature. In the end, Bachmann made the decision to go north and she signed for Swedish club Umea IK. For the first couple of years at Umea, Bachmann was able to train and play alongside the world class Brazilian forward Marta and once Marta had departed the club, Bachmann took the reins and became a star in her own name in Sweden. In 2011, Bachmann was named the Swedish league’s best player for that season and led her team to a third place finish with a team high of 13 league goals. This caught the eye of Umea’s rivals and league champions FC Rosengard and she joined them in 2012.
Bachmann and Rosengard enjoyed plenty of success together and the Swiss star was able to win back to back league titles with her team before joining Wolfsburg in Germany in 2015. The 2015-2016 season actually saw Bachmann face off against Chelsea in the Champion’s League on the German’s team journey to the Champion’s League final that year. Unfortunately, they lost in the final on penalties to Lyon. Bachmann did manage to get her hands on some more silverware though as Wolfsburg won the German Cup.
Bachmann’s performances home and away against Chelsea left a big impression on the Blues and they signed her in January 2017, just in time for the beginning of the Spring Series. She settled at the club instantly and scored on her debut against Doncaster Belles. She continued this blistering form for the entirety of the Spring Series and finished the tournament with 6 goals in 7 starts. She has begun this season in the same rich vain and displayed her class by scoring a wonderful left footed drive into the bottom corner in the Champions League against her old club Rosengard.
Bachmann is highly thought of back in Switzerland, She has a goal scoring record of a goal every other game in the 83 caps she has gotten so far and has won Swiss Player of the Year on multiple occasions. Her biggest achievement was being one of the key parts of the Switzerland team that qualified for their first World Cup in 2015.
Her direct style and tricky feet mean that there is always an expectation she will conjure up something magical when she receives the ball and she rarely ever disappoints.