Raphael Wicky is the ninth full-time head coach in Chicago Fire history. Joining the Fire on Dec. 27, 2019, Wicky brings 27 years of experience as a player and coach in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United States to the Club.
A native of Leuggern, Switzerland, Wicky transitioned into coaching shortly after his playing career ended in March 2009. His first head coaching job came at Swiss club Servette FC before moving to one of Europe’s top youth systems at FC Basel, leading the U-18, U-19 and U-21 sides to success before taking the helm of the first team in 2017.
While serving as the head coach at Basel, one of Switzerland’s most successful clubs, Wicky guided the team to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, the best Champions League result in Swiss history. In that competition, Basel defeated some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United and Benfica.
Following his tenure with Basel, Wicky was named head coach for the U-17 U.S. Men’s National Team on March 8, 2019. During his first year with the team, Wicky guided the U-17 USMNT to a record 17th FIFA World Cup berth after an impressive qualifying run in the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship.
Wicky’s playing career featured a 12-year run with the Swiss National Team, during which the midfielder earned 75 caps, highlighted by appearances at the 2006 FIFA World Cup as well as the 1996 and 2004 UEFA European Championships. Wicky spent 11 of his 17 years as a professional with Bundesliga clubs Werder Bremen and Hamburg. He also featured for La Liga side Atlético Madrid and Swiss first division club FC Sion, before concluding his career with former MLS side Chivas USA.
He holds a UEFA PRO License and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and German.