Swiss 1954 World Cup star Robert Ballaman dies

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


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.