FC Zürich

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Zürich
FC Zürich logo.svg
Full name Fussballclub Zürich
Founded 1896
Ground Letzigrund, Zürich
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Ancillo Canepa
Manager Urs Meier
League Swiss Super League
2013–14 Swiss Super League, 5th
Website Club home page

Fussballclub Zürich, commonly abbreviated to FC Zürich, FCZ or simply Zürich, is a Swiss football club from the city of Zürich. The club was founded in 1896 and have won the Swiss Super League 12 times and the Swiss Cup 8 times. The club won the 2009 Swiss Super League and last won the Swiss Cup in 2014. They play their home games at the Letzigrund in Zürich, which seats 25,000.

History[edit]

1896–1924[edit]

The club was founded on 1 August 1896 by former members of the three local clubs (FC Turicum, FC Viktoria, and FC Excelsior). One of them was the FC Barcelona, Joan Gamper.

Zürich won its first title in the Swiss Super League in 1901–02, but did not win it again until 1923–24.

Until the 1930s, the club's sporting remit also included rowing, boxing, athletics, and handball, but later focused solely on football.

1925–1960[edit]

Between 1925 and 1960, Zürich were in the "wilderness years," devoid of success. The club struggled to keep in the top flight and were relegated from the Super League in 1933–34, playing in the Challenge League until 1941. In 1940–41, they returned to the Super League, where they stayed until their relegation in the 1945–46. They were back in the Super League in 1947–48 and stayed in the top flight until relegated once more in 1956–57. They were promoted from the Challenge League to contest the 1958–59 Swiss Super League, finishing in third place.

1960–1981[edit]

This period was known as the "Golden Years" by the FCZ faithful. At this time, the club was run by the legendary President Edwin Nägeli and had players such as Köbi Kuhn, Fritz Künzli, Ilija Katić, René Botteron, and many more. Zürich won seven championships in the years 1963, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1981. They also won the Swiss Cup five times in 1966, 1970, 1972, 1973, and in 1976. FCZ also had some success in Europe getting to the semi-finals of the European Cup 1963–64, before losing to Real Madrid and also reaching the semi-finals in the European Cup 1976–77, where they lost to Liverpool.

1981–2005[edit]

Following the club's league title in 1981, the club went into a decline and in 1988, the club was relegated to the Challenge League. Zürich returned to the top league in 1990. The club did make it to last 16 of the UEFA Cup 1998–99, but were beaten by Roma. The club won the Swiss Cup in 2000, beating Lausanne in the final and also in 2005 beating Luzern.

Recent years[edit]

On 13 May 2006, FCZ ended their 25 years wait for a league title with a dramatic final day victory against Basel to win the Super League. They won thanks to a goal scored in the 93rd minute by Iulian Filipescu. The goal gave FCZ a 2 – 1 victory and secured the title on goal difference over Basel. In 2006–07, they also won the league.

In the 2007–08 season, FCZ finished in third place. In the 2008–09 season, they won the league, edging out BSC Young Boys. In the 2010–11 season FCZ finished second.

Honours[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Local club Grasshopper, along with Basel, are the main rivals of FCZ. Due to the intense rivalry, these matches are so-called "High Risk Games," with an increased police presence in and around the stadium.

Zürich Derby[edit]

Since its inception, FCZ has always had a fiery relationship with neighbouring club Grasshopper over sporting supremacy in the city. Grasshoppers are known as the club of the elite and FCZ are known as the club of the workers. The matches between the two clubs are the only true local derby in the Swiss Super League.

Final vs. Basel, 13 May 2006[edit]

Before the last round of the 2005–06 Swiss Super League, Zürich were three points behind Basel in the league table. The last game of the season was contested by these two clubs vying for the league title at St. Jakob Park, Basel. Alhassane Keita scored the first goal for Zürich. In the second half, Mladen Petrić equalised. Basel were seconds away from the title when in the 93rd minute, Florian Stahel passed the ball to Iulian Filipescu, who scored and made it 2 – 1 for Zürich. Zürich won the league title due to their superior goal difference. After the final whistle, the field was stormed by Basel supporters who also attacked Zürich players (see 2006 Basel Hooligan Incident).

Current squad[edit]

Updated 25 June 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK David Da Costa
4 Switzerland DF Raphael Koch
5 Switzerland DF Berat Djimsiti
7 Switzerland FW Mario Gavranović
9 Tunisia FW Amine Chermiti
10 Switzerland MF Davide Chiumiento
11 Albania FW Armando Sadiku
13 Switzerland DF Alain Nef
14 Cameroon FW Franck Etoundi
15 Switzerland MF Oliver Buff
16 Switzerland DF Philippe Koch
17 Tunisia MF Yassine Chikhaoui
18 Israel MF Avi Rikan
20 Albania MF Burim Kukeli
No. Position Player
21 Switzerland MF Mike Kleiber
22 Montenegro MF Asmir Kajević
23 Switzerland FW Patrick Rossini
24 Switzerland MF Maurice Brunner
25 Montenegro DF Ivan Kecojević
26 Switzerland MF Cédric Brunner
27 Switzerland MF Marco Schönbächler
30 Switzerland DF Nico Elvedi
31 Switzerland GK Andres Malloth
32 Switzerland GK Anthony Favre
33 Switzerland FW Dimitri Oberlin
34 Switzerland MF Francisco Rodriguez
37 Ivory Coast MF Gilles Yapi Yapo

Notable former players[edit]

See also Category:FC Zürich players.

Managers[edit]

See also Category:FC Zürich managers.

FC Zürich in Europe[edit]

  • Q = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = First Round
  • 2R = Second Round
  • PO = Play-Off
  • 1/8 = 1/8 Final
  • 1/4 = Quarterfinal
  • 1/2 = Semifinal
Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1963–64 European Cup Q Republic of Ireland Dundalk 3 – 0, 1 – 2
1/8 Turkey Galatasaray 2 – 0, 0 – 2, 2 – 2
1/4 Netherlands PSV 0 – 1, 3 – 1
1/2 Spain Real Madrid 1 – 2, 0 – 6
1966–67 European Cup 1R Scotland Celtic 0 – 2, 0 – 3
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Spain Barcelona 3 – 1, 0 – 1
2R England Nottingham Forest 1 – 2, 1 – 0
1/8 Portugal Sporting CP 3 – 0, 0 – 1
1/4 Scotland Dundee 0 – 1, 0 – 1
1968–69 European Cup 1R Denmark AB 1 – 3, 2 – 1
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Scotland Kilmarnock 3 – 2, 1 – 3
1970–71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar 7 – 1, 7 – 0
1/8 Belgium Club Brugge 0 – 2, 3 – 2
1972–73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Wales Wrexham 1 – 1, 1 – 2
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Belgium Anderlecht 2 – 3, 1 – 0
1/8 Sweden Malmö FF 0 – 0, 1 – 1
1/4 Portugal Sporting CP 0 – 3, 1 – 1
1974–75 European Cup 1R England Leeds United 1 – 4, 2 – 1
1975–76 European Cup 1R Hungary Újpest 0 – 4, 5 – 1
1976–77 European Cup 1R Scotland Rangers 1 – 1, 1 – 0
1/8 Finland Turun Palloseura 2 – 0, 1 – 0
1/4 East Germany Dynamo Dresden 2 – 1, 2 – 3
1/2 England Liverpool 1 – 3, 0 – 3
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1 – 0, 1 – 1
2R Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 3, 3 – 4
1979–80 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Kaiserslautern 1 – 3, 1 – 5
1981–82 European Cup 1R East Germany Dynamo Berlin 0 – 2, 3 – 1
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R Cyprus Pezoporikos Larnaca 2 – 2, 1 – 0
2R Hungary Ferencváros 1 – 1, 1 – 0
1/8 Portugal Benfica 1 – 1, 0 – 4
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R Belgium Antwerp 1 – 4, 2 – 4
1998–99 UEFA Cup 2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4 – 0, 2 – 3
1R Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 4 – 0, 3 – 2
2R Scotland Celtic 1 – 1, 4 – 2
1/8 Italy Roma 0 – 1, 2 – 2
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q Malta Sliema Wanderers 3 – 0, 1 – 0
1R Belgium Lierse 1 – 0, 4 – 3
2R England Newcastle United 1 – 2, 1 – 3
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1R Belgium Racing Genk 1 – 2, 0 – 2
2005–06 UEFA Cup 2Q Poland Legia Warsaw 1 – 0, 4 – 1
1R Denmark Brøndby 0 – 2, 2 – 1
2006–07 Champions League 2Q Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2 – 1, 0 – 2
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 3Q Turkey Beşiktaş 1 – 1, 0 – 2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Empoli 1 – 2, 3 – 0
Group E Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2 – 1
France Toulouse 2 – 0
Russia Spartak Moscow 0 – 1
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 5
Round of 32 Germany Hamburg 1 – 3, 0 – 0
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2Q Austria Sturm Graz 1 – 1, 1 – 1
1R Italy Milan 1 – 3, 0 – 1
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 3Q Slovenia Maribor 2 – 3, 3 – 0
PO Latvia Ventspils 3 – 0, 2 – 1
Group C Spain Real Madrid 2 – 5, 0 – 1
Italy Milan 1 – 0, 1 – 1
France Marseille 0 – 1, 1 – 6
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 3Q Belgium Standard Liège 1 – 1, 1 – 0
PO Germany Bayern Munich 0 – 2, 0 – 1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Group D Portugal Sporting CP 0 – 2, 0 – 2
Romania FC Vaslui 2 – 2, 2 – 0
Italy S.S. Lazio 1 – 1, 0 – 1
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3Q Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 1 – 2, 1 – 2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Slovakia Spartak Trnava 3 – 1, 1 – 1
Group A Cyprus Apollon Limassol 2 – 3, 3 – 1
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 – 1, 0 – 3
Spain Villareal CF 1 – 4, 3 – 2

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