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Zürich
FC Zürich.png
Full name Fußball-Club Zürich
Founded 1896
Ground Letzigrund, Zürich
(Capacity: 25,000)
Chairman Switzerland Ancillo Canepa
Manager Switzerland Bernard Challandes
League Swiss Super League
2008–09 Swiss Super League, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

Fußball-Club Zürich, commonly abbrieviated to just FC 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 7 times. The club won the 2009 Swiss Super League and last won the Swiss Cup in 2005. They play their home games at the Letzigrund in Zürich, which seats 25,000.

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History

1896–1924

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

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 Swiss Super League 1958–59, finishing in third place.

1960–1981

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 they 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

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

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.

Honours

Rivalries

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

Zürich Derby

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

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

As of 19th December 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Johnny Leoni
2 Finland DF Veli Lampi
5 Switzerland MF Xavier Margairaz
6 Switzerland MF Tito Tarchini
7 Switzerland MF Silvan Aegerter
8 Switzerland MF Johan Vonlanthen
9 Sweden MF Andrés Vasquez
10 Nigeria MF Tico
11 Switzerland MF Adrian Nikci
12 Guadeloupe FW Alexandre Alphonse
13 Switzerland DF Florian Stahel
14 Sweden MF Dusan Djuric
15 Switzerland DF Daniel Stucki
No.   Position Player
16 Switzerland DF Philippe Koch
17 Tunisia MF Yassine Chikhaoui
19 Switzerland DF Alain Rochat
20 Serbia MF Milan Gajić
21 Switzerland DF Heinz Barmettler
23 Switzerland DF Ludovic Magnin
25 Republic of Macedonia FW Admir Mehmedi
26 Liechtenstein MF Martin Büchel
27 Switzerland FW Marco Schönbächler
29 France FW Eric Hassli
30 Finland DF Hannu Tihinen (captain)
32 Italy GK Andrea Guatelli
-- Switzerland DF Sebastian Kollar
-- Kosovo DF Shkelzen Gashi

Notable former players

See also Cat:FC Zürich players.

Managers

See also Cat:FC Zürich managers.
Manager Years Record
Hungary József "Csibi" Winkler 1920–1922  ?-?-?
Austria Studnicka 1943–1946  ?-?-?
Switzerland Severino Minelli 1948–1950  ?-?-?
Switzerland Willy Iseli 1946–1948  ?-?-?
Switzerland Theodor Lohrmann 1948–1953  ?-?-?
Switzerland Joksch Fridl 1953–1955  ?-?-?
Switzerland Ossi Müller 1955–1957  ?-?-?
Switzerland Fernando Molina and Max Barras 1957–1958  ?-?-?
Austria Karl Rappan 1958–1959  ?-?-?
Switzerland Max Barras 1959–1960  ?-?-?
Germany Georg Wurzer 1960–1962  ?-?-?
Switzerland Louis Maurer 1962–1966  ?-?-?
Hungary László Kubala July 1966–Feb. 1967  ?-?-?
Switzerland René Brodmann Feb. 1967–July 1967  ?-?-?
Yugoslavia Law Mantula 1967–1969  ?-?-?
Germany Georg Gawliczek July 1969–Nov. 1970  ?-?-?
Hungary Juan Schwanner Nov. 1970–July 1971  ?-?-?
Germany Friedhelm Konietzka 1971–1978  ?-?-?
Yugoslavia Zlatko Čajkovski 1978–March 1980  ?-?-?
Switzerland Albert Sing and Rosario Martinelli March 1980–July 1980  ?-?-?
Switzerland Daniel Jeandupeux July 1980–March 1983  ?-?-?
Switzerland Heini Glättli March 1983  ?-?-?
Germany Max Merkel April 1983–May 1983  ?-?-?
Switzerland Köbi Kuhn May 1983–July 1983  ?-?-?
Germany Hans Kodric July 1983–Nov. 1983  ?-?-?
Switzerland Köbi Kuhn Nov. 1983–July 1984  ?-?-?
Czechoslovakia Vaclav Jezek 1984– 1986  ?-?-?
Austria Hermann Stessl 1986– Sept. 1987  ?-?-?
Germany Friedhelm Konietzka Sept. 1987–July 1988  ?-?-?
Germany Hans Bongartz 1988–1989  ?-?-?
Switzerland Walter Iselin July 1989–Oct. 1989  ?-?-?
Germany Herbert Neumann Oct. 1989–Oct. 1991  ?-?-?
Austria Kurt Jara Oct. 1991–April 1994  ?-?-?
England Bob Houghton April 1994–March 1995  ?-?-?
Switzerland Raimondo Ponte March 1995–April 2000  ?-?-?
France Gilbert Gress April 2000–2001  ?-?-?
Switzerland Georges Bregy 2001–March 2003  ?-?-?
Switzerland Walter Grüter March 2003–July 2003  ?-?-?
Switzerland Lucien Favre 2003–June 2007 69-33-37
Switzerland Bernard Challandes June 2007–  ?-?-?

FC Zürich in Europe

  • Q = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = First Round
  • 2R = Second Round
  • 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 Champions League 3Q Turkey Beşiktaş 1 – 1, 0 – 2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Empoli 1 – 2, 3 – 0
2R Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2 – 1
2R France Toulouse 2 – 0
2R Russia Spartak Moscow 0 – 1
2R Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 5
1/16 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 Champions League 3Q Slovenia Maribor 2 – 3, 3 – 0
4Q Latvia Ventspils 3 – 0, 2 – 1
Group Stage Spain Real Madrid 2 – 5
Group Stage Italy Milan 1 – 0
Group Stage France Marseille 0 – 1
Group Stage France Marseille 1 - 6
Group Stage Spain Real Madrid 0 - 1
Group Stage Italy Milan 1 – 1

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