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.

Zürich
FC Zürich logo.svg
Full nameFussballclub Zürich
Nickname(s)FCZ/ Zürich
Founded1 August 1896; 124 years ago (1896-08-01)
GroundLetzigrund, Zürich
Capacity26,105
ChairmanAncillo Canepa
ManagerMassimo Rizzo
LeagueSuper League
2019–20Super League, 7th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.[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 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.[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.

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 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.

1981–2005Edit

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[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
2020 7/10 SL 6,422[7]

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.

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]

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.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 16 February 2021[8]

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
3 DF   BRA Nathan Cardoso
4 DF    SUI Bećir Omeragić
5 DF   GER Lasse Sobiech (on loan from Köln)
6 DF   KVX Fidan Aliti (on loan from Kalmar)
7 MF    SUI Adrian Winter
8 MF    SUI Vasilije Janjičić
9 FW   GAM Assan Ceesay
10 MF    SUI Antonio Marchesano
14 MF    SUI Toni Domgjoni
15 FW   NGA Tosin Aiyegun
16 GK    SUI Novem Baumann
18 FW   SVN Blaž Kramer
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF    SUI Tobias Schättin
20 MF   CIV Ousmane Doumbia
21 MF    SUI Blerim Džemaili
22 FW   ITA Wilfried Gnonto
23 MF    SUI Fabian Rohner
25 GK    SUI Yanick Brecher (captain)
26 MF   TUN Salim Khelifi
27 MF    SUI Marco Schönbächler
32 MF    SUI Nils Reichmuth
33 MF    SUI Stephan Seiler
42 DF    SUI Silvan Wallner
70 MF   KVX Benjamin Kololli
71 MF   KVX Hekuran Kryeziu

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
31 DF   KVX Mirlind Kryeziu (at Kriens until 30 June 2021)
34 DF    SUI Ilan Sauter (at Wil until 30 June 2021)
36 DF    SUI Lindrit Kamberi (at Winterthur until 30 June 2021)
43 FW    SUI Henri Koide (at Wil until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
51 MF    SUI Izer Aliu (at Kriens until 30 June 2021)
77 DF   CIV Willie Britto (at Pohronie until 30 June 2021)
MF    SUI Bledian Krasniqi (at Wil until 30 June 2021)
MF    SUI Maren Haile-Selassie (at Wil until 30 June 2021)

Reserve squad/Zürich U21Edit

As of 1 January 2021[9]

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 Serkan Polat
2 MF    SUI Diego Corvalan
3 FW    SUI Tim Kägi
4 DF    SUI Alain Fuchs
6 MF    SUI Yasha Schärer
7 MF    SUI Kedus Haile-Selassie
8 DF    SUI David Brunner
9 MF   GER Soheil Arghandewall
10 MF    SUI Lavdrim Rexhepi
11 FW    SUI Nedim Omeragić
12 DF    SUI Jahaim Kissling
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 MF    SUI Leandro Aversa
14 DF    SUI Filip Frei
15 FW    SUI Arbër Jusufi
16 DF    SUI Basil Erne
17 DF    SUI Lenny Janko
18 GK    SUI Alan Omerović
19 DF    SUI Kenith Catari
21 DF   POR José Gonçalves (captain)
22 FW    SUI Shpetim Sulejmani
MF    SUI Luka Frei
FW    SUI Shani Tarashaj

Notable former playersEdit

As of 15 March 2016[10]

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.

ManagersEdit

FC Zürich in European footballEdit

As of 2019.

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
European Cup/UEFA Champions League 48 16 4 28 50 77
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 78 25 18 35 92 125
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 4 4 4 24 16
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 10 4 0 6 12 12
Total 148 49 26 73 178 230
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 N/A 2–1 3rd
  Toulouse 2–0 N/A
  Spartak Moscow N/A 0–1
  Bayer Leverkusen 0–5 N/A
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

ReferencesEdit

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