Raphaël Wicky

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Raphael Wicky
Raphaël Wicky 2017.jpg
Wicky coaching Basel in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-04-26) 26 April 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Leuggern, Switzerland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire (head coach)
Youth career
1984–1990 Steg
1990–1993 Sion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Sion 130 (3)
1997–2000 Werder Bremen 92 (1)
2001 Atlético Madrid 11 (0)
2001–2007 Hamburger SV 126 (4)
2007 Sion 5 (0)
2008 Chivas USA 5 (0)
Total 369 (8)
National team
1996–2008 Switzerland 75 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2010 FC Thun (youth)
2010–2013 Servette (youth)
2013–2016 FC Basel (U-18)
2016–2017 FC Basel (U-21)
2017–2018 FC Basel
2019 United States U17
2020– Chicago Fire
* 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.[1] He was a defensive midfielder who could also play in defence and was known for his combative style.[2]

Club career[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Wicky signed on a free transfer with Los Angeles-based Major League Soccer side Chivas USA in February 2008.[6] 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.[7] Five weeks later, on 3 March, he announced his retirement from professional football, citing "personal reasons."[8]

International career[edit]

Internationally, Wicky was part of the Swiss national teams at Euro 96 and Euro 2004[9] as well as at the 2006 World Cup.

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.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 2005 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

Managerial career[edit]

Upon retiring, Wicky coached the youth teams of FC Thun in 2009[12] and a year later Servette.[13]

In 2013, he moved into the youth ranks of FC Basel.[14] He became first-team manager on 21 April 2017, replacing Urs Fischer after a boardroom change.[15] Days later, the team wrapped up an eighth consecutive league title,[16] and on 25 May won the Swiss Cup with a 3–0 victory over FC Sion at the Stade de Genève.[17] On 26 July 2018, having finishing as runner-up in both competitions and started the new season poorly, he was sacked.[18]

On 8 March 2019, Wicky was named the head coach of the United States Under-17 Men's National Team.[19] On 27 December 2019, he was named the head coach of Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.[1]



Werder Bremen

Hamburger SV




  1. ^ a b "Chicago Fire FC Names Raphael Wicky Head Coach | Chicago Fire FC". 27 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Raphael Wicky". BBC. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Wicky llega a Madrid confiado en subir al Atlético a Primera" [Wicky arrives at Madrid trusting Atlético to rise to Primera]. ABC (in Spanish). 25 January 2001. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  4. ^ "El atlético Wicky ficha por el Hamburgo hasta final de temporada" [Atlético's Wicky signs for Hamburg until the end of the season]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 6 December 2001. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Wicky signs on at Sion". UEFA. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Chivas signs Wicky". mlsnet.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Wicky Re-Signs With Chivas For '09". MLS Daily. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Chivas USA's Wicky Announces Retirement". MLS Daily. 2 March 2009. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  9. ^ Keller, Marco (11 June 2004). "La Suisse fait monter la pression" [Switzerland turn up the pressure] (in French). UEFA. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  10. ^ "World Cup 2006 qualifying review". BBC Sport. 4 June 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Wicky, Raphaël". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  12. ^ Ratschläge eines Auszubildenden‚ bernerzeitung.ch, 20 November 2009
  13. ^ Wicky übernimmt Servettes Nachwuchs‚ blick.ch, 31 July 2010
  14. ^ "UEFA Youth League FC Basel 2016-17 squad". UEFA. 13 September 2016.
  15. ^ RAPHAEL WICKY IST AB SOMMER 2017 DER NEUE TRAINER DES FCB‚ fcb.ch, 21 April 2017
  16. ^ "Le FC Bâle est (encore) champion de Suisse" [FC Basel is (still) champion of Switzerland]. Le Temps (in French). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Coupe de Suisse: Bâle met un terme à la légende de Sion en finale" [Swiss Cup: Basel put an end to Sion's fairytale in the final] (in French). RTS. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Raphael Wicky Named Head Coach of U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team". ussoccer.com.
  20. ^ "FK Vojvodina 1–1 Werder Bremen". leballonrond.fr. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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