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Raphaël Wicky (born 26 April 1977) is a Swiss football coach and a former player. He was the manager of FC Basel.[3][4] He was a defensive midfielder who could also play in defense and was known for his combative style.[5]. He is currently the head coach of United States U17.

Raphaël 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 Midfielder
Club information
Current team
United States U17 (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[1] FC Thun (youth)
2010–2013[2] Servette (youth)
2013–2016 FC Basel (U-18)
2016–2017 FC Basel (U-21)
2017–2018 FC Basel
2019– United States U17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in Leuggern, Wicky started his career with FC Sion, and went on to represent Werder Bremen, Atlético Madrid, and Hamburger SV, returning to Sion in July 2007, after losing first-choice status with Hamburg.

He 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 2008. His season was cut short due to ankle injury, however, as Wicky made 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 2009, Wicky announced his retirement from professional football, citing "personal reasons."[8]

On 8 March 2019, Wicky was named the head coach of the United States Under-17 Men's National Team. [9]

InternationalEdit

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

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.[10]
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

HonoursEdit

Werder Bremen
Hamburg

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ratschläge eines Auszubildenden‚ bernerzeitung.ch, 20 November 2009
  2. ^ Wicky übernimmt Servettes Nachwuchs‚ blick.ch, 31 July 2010
  3. ^ "UEFA Youth League FC Basel 2016-17 squad". UEFA. 13 September 2016.
  4. ^ RAPHAEL WICKY IST AB SOMMER 2017 DER NEUE TRAINER DES FCB‚ fcb.ch, 21 April 2017
  5. ^ "Raphael Wicky". BBC. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Chivas signs Wicky". mlsnet.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Chivas USA's Wicky Announces Retirement". MLS Daily. 2 March 2009. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/03/08/17/15/20190308-news-u17mnt-raphael-wicky-named-head-coach-of-u17-mnt
  10. ^ "Wicky, Raphaël". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 April 2017.

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