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Grasshopper Club Zürich
Grasshopper-Club Zürich Logo
Full name Grasshopper Club Zürich
Nickname(s) GC, GCZ
Founded September 1, 1886
Ground Letzigrund, Zürich
(Capacity: 25,000)
Chairman SwitzerlandRoger Berbig
Manager SwitzerlandCiriaco Sforza
League Swiss Super League
2008-09 Swiss Super League, 4th
Home colours
Away colours

Grasshopper Club Zürich commonly referred to as simply GC, GCZ, or Grasshopper is a Swiss multisports club based in Zürich. The oldest and most well known section of Grasshopper Club Zürich is its football team. With 27 titles, Grasshopper-Club Zürich holds the record for winning the most national championship titles and with 18 victories also the one for the most successes in the Swiss Cup tournament. The club are the oldest football team in Zürich.

The origins of Grasshopper's name is unknown, although the most common explanation is rooted in its early players' energetic post-goal celebrations.



Grasshopper was founded on September 1, 1886 by Tom E. Griffith, an English student. With a 20 Swiss franc donation, the club was able to import an English football and blue and white colours. Its first match came in October that year against ETH and ended in a goalless draw. In 1893, Grasshopper became the first Swiss team to play in Germany, defeating RC Strasbourg 1-0.

1896 saw the formation of Fussballclub Zürich and the beginning of a storied rivalry. The following year, Grasshopper won the first Swiss Championship, beginning a collection of 27 league championships and 18 Swiss Cup wins. In 1909, Grasshopper withdrew from the football federation until the end of World War I in 1919.

In 1997, Grasshopper incorporated and as of May 2005, it is formally organized as Neue Grasshopper Fussball AG. In doing so, Grasshopper became the first Swiss sports club to go public.[1]

After a number of high profile friendly and competitive Europe Cup and UEFA Champions League matches, Grasshopper has become Switzerland's most recognizable football club. Today, in addition to its marquee football squad, Grasshopper-Club Zürich maintains competitive professional and youth teams for rowing, ice hockey, handball, lawn tennis, court tennis, field hockey, curling, rugby, squash, and unihockey.

Champions League

In 1995–96 the Grasshoppers became the first Swiss team to play in the UEFA Champions League. After defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the qualification, they played in group D against Ajax, Real Madrid and Ferencváros. They were not able to win a match but played two draws, one against Ajax and one against Ferencváros.

In the following year, the Grasshoppers qualified a second time for the Champions League, this time after defeating Slavia Prague. In group A with opponents Auxerre, Rangers and again Ajax, a more positive result was achieved. After home wins over Rangers and Auxerre and an away win at Ajax, a further win in the last game at home versus Ajax would have secured the qualification for the quarter finals. Unfortunately, the game was lost 0–1 and Ajax advanced instead.

Stadium and grounds

Grasshopper used to play its home matches at the Hardturm (Kreis 5 - Zürich). Since September 2007, Grasshopper-Club Zürich plays all of its home matches in the Letzigrund stadium which belongs to arch rivals FC Zürich, until the completion of Stadion Zürich. Training facilities are located in Niederhasli, where in 2005 the club opened a comprehensive facility including five practice pitches, apartments for youth players and offices.


  • Swiss Cup
    • Winners (18):1926, 1927, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1952, 1956, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994
  • Swiss League Cup
    • Winners (2): 1973, 1975
  • Swiss Super Cup
    • Winners (1): 1989

Affiliated clubs

Current squad

(As of 5 November 2009)[2]

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Yann Sommer (on loan from FC Basel)
2 Switzerland DF Kay Voser
3 Brazil DF Paulo Menezes
4 Spain DF Guillermo Vallori
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Josip Colina
6 Switzerland DF Boris Smiljanić (captain)
7 Switzerland MF Alain Schultz
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Senad Lulić
9 Argentina FW Gonzalo Zárate
10 Switzerland MF Davide Callà
11 Italy FW Vincenzo Rennella (on loan from Genoa)
13 Switzerland FW Nassim Ben Khalifa
14 Switzerland MF Izet Hajrović
No. Position Player
15 Switzerland MF Ricardo Cabanas
16 Brazil FW Rogério
17 Uruguay DF Enzo Ruiz
18 Italy GK Lorenzo Bucchi
19 Switzerland MF Vullnet Basha
23 Luxembourg MF Jeff Strasser
26 Switzerland GK Patrick Foletti
27 Switzerland MF Bruce Lalombongo
28 Republic of the Congo DF Nzuzi Toko
29 Switzerland DF Rolf Feltscher
30 Angola FW Guilherme Afonso (on loan from FC Sion)
31 Switzerland MF Steven Zuber
35 Switzerland MF Veroljub Salatić

Out on loan

No. Position Player
-- Brazil MF António (at FC Sion until summer 2010)

Notable former players

See also Cat:Grasshopper-Club Zürich players.

Coaching staff

Managers since 1925

Manager Years Record
Hungary Izidor "Dori" Kürschner 1925–1934  ?-?-?
Austria Karl Rappan 1935–1948  ?-?-?
Hardy Walter 1948–1950  ?-?-?
Willi Treml 1950–1955  ?-?-?
Austria Willi Hahnemann 1955–1958  ?-?-?
Yugoslavia Svetislav Glišović 1958  ?-?-?
Yugoslavia Antun Pogačnik and
Switzerland Alfred "Fredy" Bickel
1958–1960  ?-?-?
Yugoslavia Branislav Vukosavljević 1960–1963  ?-?-?
Switzerland Alfred "Fredy" Bickel 1963–1964  ?-?-?
Germany Albert Sing 1964–1966  ?-?-?
Walter Brunner and
Switzerland Werner Schley
1966–1967  ?-?-?
France Henri Skiba 1967–1969  ?-?-?
Walter Brunner and
Switzerland Werner Schley
1969–1970  ?-?-?
Switzerland René Hüssy 1970–1973  ?-?-?
Switzerland Erich Vogel and
Istvan Szabo
1973–1976  ?-?-?
Germany Helmuth Johannsen 1976–1979  ?-?-?
Germany Jürgen Sundermann 1979–1980  ?-?-?
Germany Friedhelm Konietzka 1980–1982  ?-?-?
Germany Hennes Weisweiler 1982–1983  ?-?-?
Yugoslavia Miroslav Blažević 1983–1985  ?-?-?
Germany Friedhelm Konietzka 1985–1986  ?-?-?
Austria Kurt Jara 1986–1988  ?-?-?
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld 1988–1991  ?-?-?
Oldrich Svab 1991–1992  ?-?-?
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker 1992–1993  ?-?-?
Switzerland Christian Gross 1993–1997  ?-?-?
Switzerland Hanspeter Latour 1997 interim  ?-?-?
Austria Rolf Fringer 1998  ?-?-?
Switzerland Roger Hegi 1999  ?-?-?
England Roy Hodgson 1999–2000  ?-?-?
Switzerland Hanspeter Zaugg 2000–2001  ?-?-?
Netherlands Piet Hamberg 2000 interim  ?-?-?
Switzerland Marcel Koller 2002–2003  ?-?-?
Carlos Bernegger 2003–2004  ?-?-?
Switzerland Alain Geiger 2004–2005  ?-?-?
Switzerland Hanspeter Latour 2005–2006  ?-?-?
Bulgaria Krassimir Balakov 2006—2007  ?-?-?
Switzerland Hanspeter Latour 2007–2009  ?-?-?
Switzerland Ciriaco Sforza 2009–  ?-?-?

Famous supporters


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