Player Details


Rafael Czichos


6' 2"


190 lbs

Date of Birth

5.14.1990 (32)


Djidda, Saudi Arabia



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side




Roster Category


Player Category

Career Summary

2022 (CHICAGO FIRE): Played the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 win against Sporting Kansas City on March 19 at Soldier Field...Captained the team to its third straight shutout in the 2-0 win against D.C. United on March 12 at Audi Field...Was named Heineken Man of the Match after leading the team to a second-straight shutout as captain in the 0-0 tie with Orlando City SC on March 5 at Soldier Field...Made his MLS debut wearing the captain’s armband and guiding the defense to a shutout in the 0-0 tie with Inter Miami CF on Feb. 26 at DRV PNK Stadium.

Chicago Fire FC acquired center back Rafael Czichos from German Bundesliga side, FC Köln. Czichos’s contract with the Club will run through the 2024 season. Overall, Czichos has made 412 professional appearances across all competitions since making his professional debut in 2008. Prior to his transfer to Köln, Czichos spent three seasons with German side Holstein Kiel (2015-18), where he made 104 appearances and served as team captain. Most notably, the defender made 37 appearances (37 starts) in the 2016-17 3. Liga season and captained Holstein Kiel to a second-place finish and promotion to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time since 1981. Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Czichos moved to Germany at a young age and began his professional career with TSV Ottersberg in July 2008. Czichos has also featured for German clubs VFL Wolfsburg II (2010-2012) and Rot-Weiß Erfurt (2012-2015).

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