Fussballclub Zürich, commonly abbreviated to FC Zürich or simply FCZ, is a Swiss football club based in Zürich. The club was founded in 1896 and has won the Swiss Super League 13 times and the Swiss Cup 10 times. The most recent titles are the 2022 Swiss Super League and the 2018 Swiss Cup

Zürich
FC Zürich logo.svg
Full nameFussballclub Zürich
Nickname(s)FCZ/ Zürich
Short nameFCZ
Founded1 August 1896; 126 years ago (1896-08-01)
GroundLetzigrund, Zürich
Capacity26,105
PresidentAncillo Canepa
Head coachFranco Foda
LeagueSwiss Super League
2021–22Swiss Super League, 1st of 10 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Zürich is the only Swiss team to have reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League twice. This happened in 1964 and 1977 when the competition was played in its original format. Home games are played at the Letzigrund which reaches a capacity of 26,000 spectators for league games.[1]

The women's department features a 1st team playing in the Swiss Women's Super League, the only existing women's U21 team in Switzerland (competing in the top ranks of second tier Nationalliga B), and furthermore a U19, U17, U15 and U14 team. The U17, U15 and U14 teams compete in junior leagues against boys teams. The FC Zürich women's teams roots originate in the first Swiss women's football club DFC Zürich[2] and it is with 22 championship titles and multiple Champions League participations the most successful of Switzerland.

HistoryEdit

1896–1924Edit

The club was founded in summer 1896 by former members of the two local clubs FC Turicum and FC Excelsior. Later, the official founding date was set at 1 August 1896. One of the founding members was the later FC Barcelona founder, Joan Gamper, coaching and playing for FC Excelsior and its successor from 1894 to 1897.[3] The new club played its first game on 30 August 1896 on Velorennbahn Hardau in Zürich against FC Phönix St. Gallen with a 3:3 draw.[4] In 1898, FC Excelsior completely merged with FC Zürich and local club FC Victoria joined shortly thereafter.

The debut game was in 1896 with the colors blue and white.[5] The colors were changed to red and white; rivals Grasshopper Club Zürich had the same colors. When Grasshopper Club temporarily retired from the championship in 1909, FCZ returned to the colors blue and white which they continue to use.[6] Zürich won its first title in the Swiss Serie A in 1901–02, but did not win it again until 1923–24.

Until the 1930s, the club's sporting remit included rowing, boxing, athletics, and handball, but football would become the focus of the club.

1925–1960Edit

 
Chart of FC Zürich table positions in the Swiss football league system

From 1925 to 1960, Zürich struggled to overcome an unsuccessful record and was described as the "wilderness years". They were relegated in 1933–34, playing in the 1. Liga to the 1941 season. In 1940–41, they returned to the Nationalliga, where they stayed until their relegation in 1945–46. They were back in the Nationalliga A in 1947–48 and stayed in the top flight until relegated in 1956–57. They were promoted from the Nationalliga B to contest the 1958–59 Nationalliga A, finishing in third place.

1960–1981Edit

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 much success internationally in reaching 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.

1981–2005Edit

Following the club's league title in 1981, the club went into a decline and in 1988 they were relegated to the Nationalliga B. 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.

2006–2016Edit

Season Rank League Ø Attendance[7][8]
2006 1/10 SL 10,008
2007 1/10 SL 10,870
2008 3/10 SL 12,186
2009 1/10 SL 9,829
2010 7/10 SL 10,700
2011 2/10 SL 11,750
2012 6/10 SL 10,511
2013 4/10 SL 10,741
2014 5/10 SL 9,564
2015 3/10 SL 9,389
2016 10/10 SL 8,701
2017 1/10 CL 9,702
2018 4/10 SL 10,726
2019 7/10 SL 10,660
2020 7/10 SL 6,422[9]
2021 8/10 SL 91
2022 1/10 SL 13'396

On 13 May 2006, FCZ ended their 25 years effort to win Super League with a goal in the 93rd minute by Iulian Filipescu against FC Basel. The goal gave FCZ a 2 – 1 victory based on goal difference. They sustained the league title In 2006–07.

In 2008 the local women's team FFC Zürich Seebach was combined with FC Zürich and would play under the name FC Zürich Frauen in the Swiss national league. FC Zürich Frauen is Swiss record champion.

In the 2007–08 season, FCZ (men's team) finished in third place. In a 2008–09 season match, they edged pass BSC Young Boys to win the league title. In 2009, they made their debut play for the group-stage of the UEFA Champions League. In the 2010–11 season FCZ finished second. The following seasons they finished mostly in mid-table positions. FCZ won the Swiss Cup 2014 in extra time against FC Basel 2 to 0.

In the 2015–16 season the club finished last, one point behind FC Lugano and was relegated to the Swiss Challenge League. Four days after the final game of the season FCZ won the Swiss Cup 2016 beating FC Lugano 1 to 0.

Recent yearsEdit

In the 2016–17 season FC Zürich won the Challenge League ahead of Neuchâtel Xamax and returned after one year to the Super League. In the 2017–2018 season they finished 4th. On 27 May 2018 they won the Swiss Cup for the tenth time, beating BSC Young Boys 2:1.

In the 2021–2022 season, FC Zürich won the Super League again after an interruption of 13 years. The club secured its 13th league title with a 2-0 away win over FC Basel, who finished second, on 1 May 2022 with five rounds to go. Despite this success, coach André Breitenreiter departed the club to join Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on 24 May 2022.[10] On 8 June 2022, former Austrian national coach Franco Foda was announced as the coach for the upcoming season.[11]

HonoursEdit

RivalriesEdit

Grasshopper, also from Zürich, and FC Basel are the main rivals of FCZ. Due to the intense rivalry, these matches are so-called high-risk fixtures, with an increased police presence in and around the stadium.

ZürichEdit

Since its inception, FCZ has always had a fiery relationship with neighbouring club Grasshopper over sporting supremacy in the city.[citation needed]

To date, 251 official derbies have been held, with Grasshopper leading with 121 wins to FC Zurich's 90, leaving 39 draws. However, since the reformation of the Swiss Super League in 2003, FCZ has frequently gotten the better of their city rivals, winning 33 out of 68 games (GC won 20 and 15 draws).

Final vs. FC Basel, 13 May 2006Edit

Before the last round of the 2005–06 Swiss Super League, Zürich were three points behind FC 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 match first goal, for Zürich. In the second half, Mladen Petrić equalised. FC Basel were seconds away from the title when in the 93rd minute, Florian Stahel passed the ball to Iulian Filipescu, who scored. Zürich's success at 2 – 1 was attributed to their superior goal difference. Following the final whistle, Basel supporters stormed the pitch and attacked players on both teams.

InfrastructureEdit

In 2010, the youth and women's teams of the club moved their homebase to the Heerenschürli sport park in the city quarter of Hirzenbach where the academy and women's teams play also their home matches. In 2021, the club moves with the completion of their «Home of FCZ» also their Super League team and offices there in order to have the whole organisation under one roof.[12]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 5 August 2022[13]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BIH Živko Kostadinović
2 DF    SUI Lindrit Kamberi
3 DF   ESP Adrià Guerrero
4 DF    SUI Bećir Omeragić
6 DF   KVX Fidan Aliti
7 MF    SUI Bledian Krasniqi
8 MF   NOR Ole Selnæs
9 FW   CRO Ivan Santini
10 MF    SUI Antonio Marchesano
11 FW   COD Jonathan Okita
14 MF   NED Carson Buschman-Dormond (on loan from Tulevik)
15 FW   BEN Tosin Aiyegun
16 DF   GER Marc Hornschuh
17 MF   GUI Cheick Conde
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   KVX Donis Avdijaj
19 DF   SRB Nikola Boranijašević
20 FW   UKR Bohdan Vyunnyk (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
21 MF    SUI Blerim Džemaili
22 FW   ITA Wilfried Gnonto
23 MF    SUI Fabian Rohner
25 GK    SUI Yanick Brecher (captain)
28 DF   EST Karol Mets
31 DF   KVX Mirlind Kryeziu
33 MF    SUI Stephan Seiler
34 GK    SUI Gianni De Nitti
35 DF    SUI Ilan Sauter
39 MF   GER Akaki Gogia

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW    SUI Henri Koide (at Neuchâtel Xamax until 30 June 2023)
DF    SUI Silvan Wallner (at FC Wil until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF    SUI Nils Reichmuth (at FC Wil until 30 June 2023)

Reserve squad/Zürich U21Edit

As of 14 August 2022[14]
The Zürich II/U21 team plays in the Swiss Promotion League.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK    SUI Robin Riedi
2 DF    SUI Colin Erdin
5 DF    SUI Zlatko Hebib
6 DF    SUI Ardi Morina
7 MF    SUI Mats Hanke
8 MF    SUI Roberto Rodríguez
10 MF    SUI Miguel Reichmuth
11 MF    SUI Luka Frei
12 DF    SUI Lenny Janko
13 MF   CRO Mijo Jakovljevic
14 DF    SUI Fabian Gloor
15 DF    SUI Sven Kunz
17 MF    SUI Selmin Hodza
18 GK    SUI Alan Omerovic
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW    SUI Calixte Ligue
20 MF   SRB Mihail Stefanovic
22 MF    SUI Arbër Jusufi
23 MF    SUI Nevio Di Giusto
24 MF    SUI Luka Frei
27 MF   NED Carson Buschman-Dormond
28 DF    SUI Ilan Sauter
29 FW    SUI Labinot Bajrami
34 GK    SUI Gianni De Nitti
GK   GER Patrick Zajac
MF    SUI Daniel Denoon
MF   HUN Peter Sebök
FW    SUI Pirosch Fischer

Notable former playersEdit

As of 15 March 2016[15]

Players and managers admitted to the FC Zurich Hall of Fame

Players for the Swiss national football team

Players with World Cup appearances for their national teams

Player recordEdit

Players in bold are still part of the club.

CoachesEdit

FC Zürich in European footballEdit

As of 11 August 2022.

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
European Cup/UEFA Champions League 47 17 5 25 59 83
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 80 27 18 35 97 125
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 4 4 4 24 16
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 10 4 0 6 12 12
Total 152 51 27 74 187 235
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1963–64 European Cup PR   Dundalk 1–2 3–0 4–2
1R   Galatasaray 2–0 0–2 2–2
QF   PSV Eindhoven 3–1 0–1 3–2
SF   Real Madrid 1–2 0–6 1–8
1966–67 European Cup 1R   Celtic 0–3 0–2 0–5
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Barcelona 3–1 0–1 3–2
2R   Nottingham Forest 1–0 1–2 2–2(a)
3R   Sporting CP 3–0 0–1 3–1
QF   Dundee 0–1 0–1 0–2
1968–69 European Cup 1R   AB 1–3 1–2 2–5
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Kilmarnock 3–2 1–3 4–5
1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar 7–0 7–1 14–1
2R   Club Brugge 3–2 0–2 3–4
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Wrexham 1–1 1–2 2–3
1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Anderlecht 1–0 2–3 3–3(a)
2R   Malmö FF 0–0 1–1 1–1(a)
QF   Sporting CP 1–1 0–3 1–4
1974–75 European Cup 1R   Leeds United 2–1 1–4 3–5
1975–76 European Cup 1R   Újpest 5–1 0–4 5–5(a)
1976–77 European Cup 1R   Rangers 1–0 1–1 2–1
2R   Turun Palloseura 2–0 1–0 3–0
QF   Dynamo Dresden 2–1 2–3 4–4(a)
SF   Liverpool 1–3 0–3 1–6
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R   CSKA Sofia 1–0 1–1 2–1
2R   Eintracht Frankfurt 3–4 0–3 3–7
1979–80 UEFA Cup 1R   1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–3 1–5 2–8
1981–82 European Cup 1R   Dynamo Berlin 3–1 0–2 3–3(a)
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R   Pezoporikos Larnaca 1–0 2–2 3–2
2R   Ferencváros 1–0 1–1 2–1
3R   Benfica 1–1 0–4 1–5
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R   Antwerp 2–4 1–4 3–8
1998–99 UEFA Cup 2QR   Shakhtar Donetsk 4–0 2–3 6–3
1R   Anorthosis Famagusta 4–0 3–2 7–2
2R   Celtic 4–2 1–1 5–3
3R   Roma 2–2 0–1 2–3
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR   Sliema Wanderers 1–0 3–0 4–0
1R   Lierse 4–3 1–0 5–3
2R   Newcastle United 1–2 1–3 2–5
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1R   Genk 1–2 0–2 1–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 2QR   Legia Warsaw 4–1 1–0 5–1
1R   Brøndby 2–1 0–2 2–3
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 2QR   Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 0–2 2–3
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 3QR   Beşiktaş 1–1 0–2 1–3
UEFA Cup 1R   Empoli 3–0 1–2 4–2
Group E   Sparta Prague 2–1 3rd
  Toulouse 2–0
  Spartak Moscow 0–1
  Bayer Leverkusen 0–5
R32   Hamburger SV 1–3 0–0 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2QR   Sturm Graz 1–1 1–1 2–2 (4–2 p)
1R   Milan 0–1 1–3 1–4
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 3QR   Maribor 2–3 3–0 5–3
PO   Ventspils 2–1 3–0 5–1
Group C   Real Madrid 2–5 0–1 4th
  Milan 1–1 1–0
  Marseille 0–1 1–6
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 3QR   Standard Liège 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO   Bayern Munich 0–1 0–2 0–3
UEFA Europa League Group D   Sporting CP 0–2 0–2 4th
  Vaslui 2–0 2–2
  Lazio 1–1 0–1
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3QR   Slovan Liberec 1–2 1–2 2–4
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO   Spartak Trnava 1–1 3–1 4–2
Group A   Apollon Limassol 3–1 2–3 3rd
  Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–1 0–3
  Villarreal 3–2 1–4
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3QR   Dinamo Minsk 0–1 1–1 1–2
2016–17 UEFA Europa League Group L   Villarreal 1–1 1–2 3rd
  FCSB 0–0 1–1
  Osmanlıspor 2–1 0–2
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Group A   Bayer Leverkusen 3–2 0–1 2nd
  Ludogorets Razgrad 1–0 1–1
  AEK Larnaca 1–2 1–0
R32   Napoli 1–3 0–2 1–5
2022–23 UEFA Champions League 2QR   Qarabağ 2–2 (a.e.t.) 2–3 4−5
UEFA Europa League 3QR   Linfield 3–0 2–0 5–0
PO   Heart of Midlothian

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