Thomas Bickel

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Thomas Bickel
Thomas Bickel - 2014.jpg
birthday October 6, 1963
place of birth AarbergSwitzerland
Size 184 cm
position midfield
Years station Games (goals) 1
1984-1985 FC Biel-Bienne 29 (6)
1985-1988 FC Zurich 92 (19)
1988-1995 Grasshoppers Zurich 198 (24)
1995-1997 Vissel Kobe 75 (21)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1986-1995 Switzerland 52 (5)
1 Only league games are given.

Thomas Bickel (born October 6, 1963 in Aarberg , Canton of Bern , Switzerland ) is a former Swiss national football player .


Associations, until 1997

Midfielder Thomas Bickel opened his high-class career as a footballer in the 1984/85 season in the second-rate National League B at FC Biel-Bienne . He finished fourth with the team from Stadion Gurzelen and scored six goals in 29 games. The Bernese accepted FC Zurich's offer from the National League A for the 1985/86 round and moved to the Canton of Zurich. He immediately belonged to the starting line-up of the blue and white team, but did not come to the FCZ at a time of success, which had last won the Swiss championship in 1981. In the first two rounds of Bickel, the “city club” took fourth and sixth place, but was relegated in 1987/88. Thomas Bickel had played 92 first division games in three seasons and scored 19 goals for FCZ. His personal performance was recognized by his debut on August 19, 1986 in Lausanne in a 2-0 win against France in the national team .

Bickel switched to city rivals GC and celebrated under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld in 1989 and 1990 cup victories and in 1990 and 1991 triumph in the championship . In 1994 the Cup won the third cup with a 4-0 win against FC Schaffhausen with coach Christian Gross at the side of teammates Elber, Gren, Koller and Vega. To win the championship in 1994/95 he had 19 games and two goals before he left for Japan and continued his career with Vissel Kobe . In 1994 Bickel was voted Swiss Footballer of the Year .

With Kobe, he rose to the J. League in 1996 , where he played 20 games alongside Michael Laudrup in 1997 and scored three goals before retiring.

National team, 1986 to 1995

For his first appearance in the national team, Bickel was appointed by coach Daniel Jeandupeux on August 19, 1986. He belonged to the player line under his successor Uli Stielike from 1989 to 1991 and also played an important role in the games with coach Roy Hodgson . After successfully qualifying for the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Bickel was also a member of the Swiss World Cup squad. At the tournament he was used in the games against the hosts, Romania and Spain. His 52nd and last international match for the "Nati" he completed on October 11, 1995 in Zurich in the European Championship qualification in a 3-0 win against Hungary as an active player for Vissel Kobe.

Hodgson's successor Artur Jorge would have liked to have called Bickel for the 1996 European Championships, but the Bernese waived because he was involved in Japan and did not want to undertake the long journeys.

After the end of his career, Bickel opened the “Schmuklerski” bar in Zurich in 1999, as well as other restaurants in Rapperswil and Mallorca, where he also had his main residence. Bickel gave up the management of Schmuklerski in Zurich at the end of 2012, after he had also closed his Falkenburg in Rapperswil in June 2011, just one year after the takeover, and was thus able to avert the repayment of the horrendous debt. After his failed gastronomy career, Thomas Bickel returned to the football business as a talent scout at FC Zurich in 2013, where he has been the head of sports since June 7, 2016.


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