Fredy Bickel (54) is assuming the role of Managing Director of Grasshopper Fussball AG as of 1 October 2019.

After more than 20 years, Fredy Bickel is returning to the origin of his career. In 1992 Bickel joined GC as Press Officer, Technical Coordinator and Assistant to the Sports Director. He remained at the club until 1999. In recent years Bickel worked for Austria's record champion Rapid Wien as Sports Director. "I am delighted to return to Zurich and to roll up my sleeves where everything began for me. I am prepared for the challenge."

After his sting at GC, Bickel moved to BSC Young Boys as CEO in 1999, from 2003 he was Sports Director at FC Zurich and in 2013 he returned to YB, coming runners-up in the league, among other achievements. Uli Forte commented on the hiring of Fredy Bickels as GC Managing Director as follows: "We need strong and experienced people at our club. Fredy is just that. We have had our differences, but that is a matter of the past. I am delighted to be working with him."

Improve and strengthen structures

"The hiring of Fredy Bickel is an important step towards implementing the new structures of GC," said a delighted GC Board of Directors member András Gurovits. "Fredy Bickel has great experience and is the ideal fit for the challenges that we must now address with out young team." Fredy Bickel will also sit on the Sports Committee as Managing Director, which will continue to be responsible for sports matters. He knows that he will be primarily in the office and not on the pitch.

Paul Bollendorff and Elio Keller leave GC

In the course of the adjustments to the organisational structure, the previous Head Scout Paul Bollendorff is leaving the club by mutual consent as of the end of 2019. Elio Keller, who assumed the management of the office in a turbulent time, will again work on projects outside GC after the induction of Fredy Bickel. The Board of Directors thanks Paul Bollendorff and Elio Keller for their great commitment and wishes them all the best and every success.

Further information for media representatives

Board of Directors member Andras Gurovits will be available to you today, 11 September, from 10 am to 12 pm, by telephone. Tel. +41 58 800 8377

A first media conference with Board of Directors member Andras Gurovits, Head Coach Uli Forte and Managing Director Fredy Bickel will be held in mid-October. Invitations will be sent out in due course.

Important matches are scheduled for GC, which are the full focus of attention. On 13 September GC will be playing Servette Geneva in the las sixteen of the Helvetia Schweizer Cup at Letzigrund stadium.