Wicky coaching Basel in 2017
|Date of birth||26 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Leuggern, Switzerland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Chicago Fire (head coach)|
|2009–2010||FC Thun (youth)|
|2013–2016||FC Basel (U-18)|
|2016–2017||FC Basel (U-21)|
|2019||United States U17|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Raphael Wicky (born 26 April 1977) is a Swiss football coach and a former player who is the head coach of Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. He was a defensive midfielder who could also play in defence and was known for his combative style.
Born in Leuggern in the canton of Aargau, Wicky started his career with FC Sion, and went on to represent Werder Bremen. On 25 January 2001, he joined Atlético Madrid, then in the Segunda División.
After only 11 games in Spain, he returned to the Bundesliga on 6 December 2001, signing for Hamburger SV until the end of the season with the option to extend until June 2005. He returned to Sion on a three-year contract on 23 August 2007, after losing first-choice status with Hamburg under manager Huub Stevens following a period of injury.
Wicky signed on a free transfer with Los Angeles-based Major League Soccer side Chivas USA in February 2008. Wicky made his debut as a substitute in Chivas' season opener against FC Dallas on 30 March. His season was cut short due to ankle injury, making just five appearances in his first MLS season. He underwent surgery to repair the injury in July 2008 and was placed on the team's season-ending injury list on 15 September.
On 26 January 2009, Chivas USA announced that they had re-signed Wicky to a one-year deal. Five weeks later, on 3 March, he announced his retirement from professional football, citing "personal reasons."
In 75 appearances, he scored one goal, to open a 3–1 win away to the Faroe Islands in qualification for the last of those tournaments on 4 June 2005.
- Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
|1.||4 June 2005||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1–0||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
In 2013, he moved into the youth ranks of FC Basel. He became first-team manager on 21 April 2017, replacing Urs Fischer after a boardroom change. Days later, the team wrapped up an eighth consecutive league title, and on 25 May won the Swiss Cup with a 3–0 victory over FC Sion at the Stade de Genève. On 26 July 2018, having finishing as runner-up in both competitions and started the new season poorly, he was sacked.
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- Ratschläge eines Auszubildenden‚ bernerzeitung.ch, 20 November 2009
- Wicky übernimmt Servettes Nachwuchs‚ blick.ch, 31 July 2010
- "UEFA Youth League FC Basel 2016-17 squad". UEFA. 13 September 2016.
- RAPHAEL WICKY IST AB SOMMER 2017 DER NEUE TRAINER DES FCB‚ fcb.ch, 21 April 2017
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- "Football: Wicky mis à la porte par le FC Bâle!" [Football: Wicky shown the door by FC Basel!]. Le Matin (in French). 26 July 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
- "Raphael Wicky Named Head Coach of U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team". ussoccer.com.
- "FK Vojvodina 1–1 Werder Bremen". leballonrond.fr. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
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