Nicolas Schindelholz has played for clubs such as FC Thun, FC Luzern and FC Aarau. While his youth colleagues had great careers, he never complained about his fate.
When two people get together they will either like each other or not. Nicolas Schindelholz was liked by everyone who met him during his lifetime. In the football business, driven by selfishness, this man was an exception. For him, first the team mattered, then himself. Schindelholz not only adhered to this principle, but also applied it in his life. When he called FC Aarau’s sporting director in the 2020 summer break to inform him that he had lung cancer, Sandro Burki, he added: “Let’s not tell the other players about this yet. They should enjoy their vacation.”
At the age of 16, “Schindi” made his debut as a stopwatch for his home club SC Dornach in the 1st Division, after which his talent was noticed by FC Basel, which allowed him to move to the junior section of the club.
In the 1990s, he grew up alongside Yann Sommer, Fabian Frei, Timm Klose, Eren Derdiyok, etc., and captained their under-21 team. His mates soon started making a lot of money in Basel’s first team and performed internationally, Schindelholz. however, such a career was denied. For him it was absolutely not a reason to complain: “They are my friends, I do not regret all their successes. And I am satisfied with what I have” – he said.
Tormented by injuries in Thun and Lucerne
Murat Yakin brought him to FC Thun in 2009, and together they advanced to the Super League in 2010. But then Schindelholz had to learn more than just on the pitch, his second opponent was the scourge of injury. A torn Achilles tendon, a torn cruciate ligament, a torn muscle bundle, a few torn muscle fibers, a broken cheekbone – the list goes on and the point is that Schindelholz had “only” 96 Super League games for Thun and Lucerne by 2018.
He always accepted his fate without complaint, saying once: “After three or four days, when I was able to train at home trainer again, my motivation was back. It takes diligence and many overtime hours to come back stronger than before. An injured player trains more than healthy – if not you accept, it will be hard for you “- he said.
Patrick Rahmen brought him to FC Aarau in 2018. He has also become an important person to him, both in sports and in private life. He led it in the youth teams of the U-21 in Lucerne and Aarau. He was also friends with Stefan Schindelholz, Nicolas’ father. Both families lived in Dornach, where Stefan was the president of SCD, and Rahmen started his coaching career there.
“Nico is a great guy”
The move to Aarau was accompanied by a private return to his home in Dornach. Nicolas Schindelholz and his wife Burcin had four children, the youngest of whom was born after cancer diagnosis. Until his career retired two years ago, his family could be seen at virtually every home game at Bruegglifeld.
In FCA it quickly became a joke that all teammates were referred to as “Brueder” (“Brother” – ed.). Gianluca Frontino said of him during the team presentation: “He looks like David Beckham. But if anyone has a black eye, a wound or a broken nose, it’s” Schindi “. In table tennis, it’s only a matter of time before he hits a wall. Nico is great. guy”.
In terms of sports, he may not have made a gigantic career, but the death of Nicolas and the loss of him as a person leaves a big gap in football Switzerland. This is evidenced by the numerous reactions to his departure. Whether anyone knew him long or briefly, everyone liked him. Even characters like Shaqiri, Xhaka, Frei.
His eyesight deteriorated day by day. First in one eye. Activities in the hall, a ball hit in the face and Michał Globisz was in the hospital. Later, visibility in the other eye faded. Nevertheless, the deserved youth coach and educator can still be found in the stands of the stadium in Gdynia – he comes to the matches and his friends tell him what is happening on the pitch. In “X-ray”, the guardian of the gold medalists of the European Championships from years ago talks about learning a new life and setting the head at such an angle that the number of an oncoming trolleybus can be seen at the stop.
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