Patrick Mendelin is one of the leading personalities of the national team. The thirty-five-year-old floorball player lives on – as a playing sports director.
Patrick Mendelin is one of the most successful Swiss floorball players. Nevertheless, the native of Basel is attending his first home World Cup at the age of 35. Whether at club level or in the national team – Mendelin has been part of the inventory for years.
The forward won nine Swiss championships with Wiler-Ersigen and the 100-plus-time international was part of the Swiss team three times when they won bronze at the World Championships. Nevertheless, Mendelin experienced the premiere of an extraordinary career at the end of the autumn with a world championship in front of his own team.
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He was simply too young at his home World Cup in 2004, failing to make the jump to the squad in 2012. He is now enjoying every minute of the tournament. “That doesn’t happen twice in your life, at least not to me,” says the family man with a smile.
But Mendelin is not only enjoying himself, he is also bringing in countless – in fact, as always in his career. In three games of the preliminary round, the veteran already collected five shooting points. The six-time World Cup winner also scored a goal on Tuesday at the end of the group stage against Slovakia.
Mendelin goes his own way
When he wasn’t counted on for the 2012 World Cup, Mendelin temporarily stepped away from the big stage, moving from Wiler in the NLB to his parent club Leimental to save them from relegation to the 1st league. Today, he is general manager and head of sport at his successor club Basel Regio and led the team to the top flight in the summer. As an NLB player, he was previously called up to the national team.
The workload is heavy: he is 60 percent employed in Basel Regio. In the fall, he gave up his second job at a bank with an eye on the World Cup. Mendelin currently lives exclusively on floorball – as the only player on the Swiss team.
Mendelin’s enormous experience, even in important games, could be worth its weight in gold for Switzerland in the further course of the tournament – ideally not only in the figurative sense of the word.