FC Zürich

Fussballclub Zürich, commonly abbreviated to FC Zürich or simply FCZ, is a Swiss football men's club based in the city of Zürich, in the Canton of Zurich in the Super League, the top tier in its league. The club was founded in 1896 and has won the Swiss Super League 12 times and the Swiss Cup 10 times. The club won the 2009 Swiss Super League and last won the Swiss Cup in 2018. Their home games are played at the Letzigrund in Zürich, which seats 25,000 spectators. For the women's team see FC Zürich Frauen.

FC Zürich logo.svg
Full nameFussballclub Zürich
Founded1 August 1896; 123 years ago (1896-08-01)
GroundLetzigrund, Zürich
ChairmanAncillo Canepa
ManagerLudovic Magnin
LeagueSuper League
2018–19Super League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season



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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] The colors where 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.[4] 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.


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.


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.


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.


Season Rank League Ø Attendance[5][6]
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

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 and 2nd in the alltime table only behind FFC Bern.

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.



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.


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.[citation needed] This fixture is known as the only true major local derby in Swiss professional football.

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 (SEE:2006 Basel Hooligan Incident).


Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2020

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Andris Vaņins
3   DF Nathan
4   DF Bećir Omeragić
5   DF Levan Kharabadze (on loan from FC Dinamo Tbilisi)
7   MF Adrian Winter
8   MF Vasilije Janjičić
10   MF Antonio Marchesano
12   DF Mads Pedersen (on loan from FC Augsburg)
13   DF Pa Modou Jagne
14   MF Toni Domgjoni
15   FW Tosin Aiyegun
17   DF Umaru Bangura
18   FW Blaž Kramer
No. Position Player
22   MF Kevin Rüegg
23   FW Mimoun Mahi
24   DF Michael Kempter
25   GK Yanick Brecher
27   MF Marco Schönbächler
31   DF Mirlind Kryeziu
34   DF Ilan Sauter
35   MF Simon Sohm
41   MF Lavdim Zumberi
70   MF Benjamin Kololli
71   MF Hekuran Kryeziu
77   DF Willie Britto

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Maren Haile-Selassie (at Neuchâtel Xamax until 30 June 2020)
  DF Albin Sadrijaj (at SC Kriens until 30 June 2020)
  MF Fabian Rohner (at FC Wil until 30 June 2020)
  GK Osman Hadžikić (at NK Inter Zaprešić until 30 June 2020)
  MF Izer Aliu (at FC Chiasso until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Salim Khelifi (at Holstein Kiel until 30 June 2020)
  MF Bledian Krasniqi (at FC Wil until 30 June 2020)
  DF Lindrit Kamberi (at FC Wil until 30 June 2020)
  FW Assan Ceesay (at VfL Osnabrück until 30 June 2020)

Reserve squad/Zürich IIEdit

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. Position Player
  GK Novem Baumann
  GK Nico Feusi
  GK Serkan Polat
  DF Michael Kempter
  DF José Gonçalves
  DF Kenith Catari
  DF Basil Erne
  DF Loïc Vlapamo
  DF Alain Fuchs
  DF Jahaim Kissling
  DF Kristian Luburic
  DF Enit Sadiku
No. Position Player
  MF Lavdrim Rexhepi
  MF Stephan Seiler
  MF Soheil Arghandewall
  MF Arlind Dakaj
  MF Luka Frei
  MF Marvin Graf
  MF Doriano Tanzillo
  FW Matteo Di Giusto
  FW Junior Eyamba
  FW Henri Koide
  FW Shpetim Sulejmani

Notable former playersEdit

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 recordsEdit

source appearances:[8]

source scorers:[9]


FC Zürich in EuropeEdit

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 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   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 N/A 2–1 3rd
  Toulouse 2–0 N/A
  Spartak Moscow N/A 0–1
  Bayer Leverkusen 0–5 N/A
R32   Hamburg 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
  Villareal CF 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   Villareal CF 1–1 1–2 3rd
  Steaua București 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


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