In 2007, Raphael Wicky wore a Swiss T-shirt for the last time. He played 75 times for his country, and this will be his last chance, against Argentina in Basel.
However, there is one, small, five foot, seven inch problem. As a defensive midfielder, Wicky will spend a lot of time marking the Argentine midfielder, 19-year-old Lionel Messi.
As you can imagine, it is a difficult task.
“You can say that! You should pray that you don’t get 1-v-1 against it! “Wicky tells Hot Time in the Old City.
Switzerland managed to draw 1-1 with Argentina that day, and Wicky helped keep Messi out of the score. But, Wicky said he already knew that Messi would be phenomenal.
“He is very young,” Wicky said. “But already, he is better and faster than anyone else. The others from Argentina are amazing, but he, and actually (Carlos) Tevez, are both of a higher level than the others. “
Messi’s photo is just one of the 22 great photos we dug up in Wicky’s career before becoming head coach Chicago fire. We told him to check everything, and share stories.
Wicky spent ten years in the Bundesliga together Werder Bremen and Hamburg, playing briefly with both Chivas USA and Atletico Madrid, and played at Euro 2004 and FIFA 2006 World Cup with Switzerland. So, he has many stories.
“Zidane, for me at the time, might be the best player, or one of the two, three of the best players. She is very elegant. You can see he’s a pretty tall man, and me and my teammates are quite small. He is just extraordinarily graceful, technical, and always a step, or two steps ahead. France at that time was one of the best teams in the world. Playing against Zidane is very special. “
Facing Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich team
“Basti is a fantastic player, but they always have fantastic players and fantastic teams. It’s always very impressive how cool Bayern Munich are. Even when they don’t have the best game, they are calm, they don’t panic. They know with their quality, they have a chance. They might score. Sometimes the team starts to panic a little. Bayern Munich is always calm. “
“Bayern Munich is a team in my ten years in the Bundesliga I have not won many matches. We defeated them once in a cup fight with Werder Bremen, but instead, my fight with Bayern Munich was actually quite negative. “
Against England Beckham at Euro 2004
“It was at Euro 2004. We have England and France in our group. Beckham has always been an idol for me, Zidane too, so playing against them is very special. Cool photos, actually. I think this one will be in my collage. “
About fellow MLS Wicky coach Thierry Henry
“If you are a striker, and you want to find a video of the settlement, see Henry and some of his teammates at Arsenal, (Dennis) Bergkamp, it’s amazing how calm they are in front of goal. And, he was very, very fast. “
“Oh, and I don’t have the clothes!”
Play at Signal Iduna Park Dortmund
“Dortmund is always a good sign for me. Here, it seems I lost the duel against (Tomas) Rosicky, but I always have a pretty good match in Dortmund. This stadium is fantastic. Amazing atmosphere. It’s just a special and special stadium. “
(Wicky said he put Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Anfield Liverpool, Old Trafford in Manchester, and Atletico Madrid’s old Vicente Calderon Stadium as the best where he had played or trained.)
“I think the Champions League is what you want to achieve as a player. This is the biggest competition you can play, and I had a season with Hamburg where we played the Champions League. We have Moscow, Porto and Arsenal in our group. We finished, I think, last but are proud to have played the Champions League. This is the Emirates Stadium. Beautiful stadium to play, too. “
Causing Trouble against France at Euro 2004
“This is part of my job. Sometimes I have to win a duel. I’m not an unfair player, but here I might be a little late. “
2006 World Cup in Germany
“I think this is the biggest achievement you can do for your country playing in the World Cup. Playing the Euro cup, and playing the World Cup is even greater, and I can do that, and I am truly happy and proud.”
“It was a special summer. The weather is really fantastic for a whole month, everyone is in this party mode. Germany is very ready, and exceptional at serving and hosting. For family and friends, it’s very close to watch our matches. We played in Dortmund against Togo, in front of around 80,000 people, and of them there were 45-50,000 Swiss. And I think that is the biggest crowd of Swiss people in the stadium. “
Knocked out of the World Cup, without conceding a goal
“It ended very sad for us. We made it through the group stage with France, and then we actually lost to the PK against Ukraine without conceding a goal in the entire tournament. “
“I think we are a better team there. We are a more active team there. Too bad we lost at PK. Even now, you think, “Damn, we didn’t lose (during that era) against Italy or Germany or Spain.” Ukraine, they are a good team, but we have a team to go further. This is bitter sweet. “
A word with the referee
“I don’t remember what I did! I am a defensive midfielder. I am not an unfair player, but I might tell him that I have not committed a foul. Obviously, he disagrees with me here! “
Scored the winner of the match for Hamburg
“It was in the German Cup, I remember that. I don’t print much, so that’s why I might remember this one. You don’t even see the goal, but I scored with a free kick from Rafael van der Vaart, the famous Dutch player. That is good! I didn’t score that much. “
Violation or diving?
“This is clearly a violation! I think this is against Kaiserslauten. Maybe not as difficult as it seems, but I’m not known as a diver. It just looks very spectacular, but it sure is a violation! “
Training with sheep?
“It’s in Austria, a training camp. Every summer with Hamburg, we go. We are somewhere in the mountains. So you can see sheep in the background. Very beautiful to go and practice. “
Celebrating on Oktoberfest
“It was a fun event with the whole team!”
Shake the Key of the Blonde
“It was 2004 for the Euro in Portugal, and right before the Euro I decided to do something different and be blonde. It was in vogue at the time. You can see there is a lot of hair. “
Talking about Hair …
“Hamburg is a big media city. There is a lot of media every day. There are many things that need to be discussed for the media, so sometimes they only do a few portraits of players. “
Wicky the Youngster
“I left Switzerland in the summer of 1997 to play for Bremen. They bought me. My first step to another country as a player. Fond memories. Bremen is a very special club in my heart. Beautiful memories, there. “
Beginning in Hamburg
“I am not a game changer. I am not a person who can decide the game by individual action, I am not a dribbler. I am important to the team because I think of others. I cover space for others. I make room for others.”
Played in MLS for Chivas USA
“Chivas is an amazing experience for me. Since then, I have been involved in sports in America, and I always want to return as a coach. I came to a very good club, and a really good teammate. Many teammates now are coach, Ante Razov, Jesse Marsch, Jim CurtinAlecko Eskandarian works for the league, Bobby Burling, And Kennedy, Jonny Bornstein, I’m training now. That is a very, very good group of men ”
“My Champions League year with Basel. We have eight matches, and five wins. I was very lucky and lucky to be able to train against both teams in Manchester that season, and in fact we defeated them both. We beat Man United at home, and we defeated Man City in Man City. It was a very special moment because clearly he and (Jose) Mourinho are two of the most famous and successful managers in the world. Fond memories. “
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