A versatile, technical central midfielder, who can play right back, Janio Bikel is comfortable in possession and defensively aware. The former Portuguese youth international joined Whitecaps FC in February 2020 via transfer from Bulgaria’s First Professional Football League side CSKA Sofia.
'20: Bikel enjoyed a solid first year in MLS, starting all 12 matches he was available for during the shortened season as a valuable element in the 'Caps midfield. Per 90 minutes, he led all 'Caps with 2.09 tackles won, and was second among 'Caps field players with 6.55 recoveries.
'18-'20: Bikel joined CSKA Sofia in June 2018 and quickly became a key contributor, helping The Reds to a runner-up finish in the Bulgarian First League as well as a semifinal berth in the Bulgarian Cup in his first season.
‘15-’18: Bikel developed in the SC Heerenveen academy system, and eventually made his pro debut with the Eredivisie side in March 2015. He transferred to Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in July 2015, playing three seasons.
A native of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Bikel has represented Portugal at the U-19 and U-20 levels, including in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.