Bickel and a quarter century in leading positions
Before finding his way into the world of professional football in his native Switzerland, Fredy Bickel operated as a moderator, journalist, and manager for sportsman and artists. In 1992 he joined Grasshoppers Zürich as Technical Coordinator, taking on his first position in football. After seven years in Zürich he moved to Young Boys Bern where he remained until 2003 in his role as CEO. The next stop on his footballing journey took him back to Zürich, the time with F.C. Zürich where he spent the best part of a decade (2003 to 2012) as Manager and Member of the Board. Most recently Bickel was again in the employment of YB Bern as Sporting Director whilst again sitting on the Board. Since 1996 Bickel has also gathered experience at an international level through his involvement in various UEFA mandates, including time spent as a UEFA delegate and Media Officer at such high profile events as the UEFA Euro 2000 in Belgium/Netherlands, and has also operated as venue director for the UEFA Champions League and the U21 European Championships hosted by Germany in 2004.
During his time in Swiss football Bickel has celebrated many successes including: Swiss League Championships in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2007, and 2009; Cup victories in 1994 and 2005; as well as guiding his clubs on numerous occasions to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (1995, 2009) and the UEFA Europa League (1995, 2009 and 2008, 20011, 2014, 2016).