Fifa World Cup 2002

The first ever Baseggio taking part in a World Championship Campaign was born on the 19th of August 1978. The picture shows his portrait on the famous Figurine Panini, he was number 560.
Walter was player with excellent technique and has been tipped by many to become an outstanding defensive midfielder. He has been with RSC Anderlecht since the age of 12, making his professional debut in 1996. His impact was immediate and in 1999 and 2000 he was named Belgium Young Player of the Year. His vision and pace helped him to the senior award in 2001. Coveted by some of Europe's biggest clubs, Baseggio signed an extension to his contract that should keep him in Brussels until 2005.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan was supposed to be Walter's first big tournament as an international, after he had to skip the UEFA Euro 2000 due to injury. Unfortunately he got injured a few days before the 2002 tournament started (again!) and that's why he actually never played in the Worldcup final round. During his international career he had 27 appearances for the Belgium National Team, scoring 1 goal.

As a club player Walter was very successful, winning the Belgium Championship 5 times with RSC Anderlecht. In 2001 he was named Belgium's "Professional Footballer of the Year".

He once famously kicked the ball so hard it exploded mid air.

Walter Baseggio retired as an active player in 2013.