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FC Zurich

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

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.



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.


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 Kati?, 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
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 years

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.[]

Final vs. FC Basel, 13 May 2006

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 Petri? 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 squad

As of 9 January 2021

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

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Switzerland  SUI Ilan Sauter (at FC Wil until 30 June 2021)
MF Switzerland  SUI Bledian Krasniqi (at FC Wil until 30 June 2021)
MF Switzerland  SUI Izer Aliu (at SC Kriens until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Switzerland  SUI Lindrit Kamberi (at FC Winterthur until 30 June 2021)
MF Switzerland  SUI Maren Haile-Selassie (at FC Wil until 30 June 2021)
FW Switzerland  SUI Henri Koide (at FC Wil until 30 June 2021)

Reserve squad/Zürich II

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
MF Germany GER Soheil Arghandewall
DF Switzerland  SUI Lenny Janko
GK Switzerland  SUI Novem Baumann
GK Switzerland  SUI Serkan Polat
DF Switzerland  SUI Silvan Wallner
FW Switzerland  SUI Nedim Omeragi?
DF Portugal POR José Gonçalves
MF Switzerland  SUI Diego Corvalan
MF Switzerland  SUI Luka Frei
MF Kosovo KVX Lavdrim Rexhepi
DF Switzerland  SUI Basil Erne
GK Switzerland  SUI Nico Feusi
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Switzerland  SUI Kenith Catari
MF Switzerland  SUI Kedus Haile-Selassie
DF Switzerland  SUI Alain Fuchs
DF Switzerland  SUI Jahaim Kissling
MF Switzerland  SUI Yasha Schärer
MF Switzerland  SUI Nils Reichmuth
FW Switzerland  SUI Arber Jusufi
DF Switzerland  SUI David Brunner
MF Switzerland  SUI Leandro Aversa
FW Switzerland  SUI Junior Eyamba
FW Switzerland  SUI Shpetim Sulejmani

Notable former players

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 records

source appearances:[9]

source scorers:[10]


FC Zürich in Europe

As of 2019

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 48 16 4 28 50 77
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 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 1-2 3-0 4-2
1R Turkey Galatasaray 2-0 0-2 2-2
QF Netherlands PSV 3-1 0-1 3-2
SF Spain Real Madrid 1-2 0-6 1-8
1966-67 European Cup 1R Scotland Celtic 0-3 0-2 0-5
1967-68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Spain Barcelona 3-1 0-1 3-2
2R England Nottingham Forest 1-0 1-2 2-2(a)
3R Portugal Sporting CP 3-0 0-1 3-1
QF Scotland Dundee 0-1 0-1 0-2
1968-69 European Cup 1R Denmark AB 1-3 1-2 2-5
1969-70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Scotland Kilmarnock 3-2 1-3 4-5
1970-71 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar 7-0 7-1 14-1
2R Belgium Club Brugge 3-2 0-2 3-4
1972-73 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Wales Wrexham 1-1 1-2 2-3
1973-74 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Belgium Anderlecht 1-0 2-3 3-3(a)
2R Sweden Malmö FF 0-0 1-1 1-1(a)
QF Portugal Sporting CP 1-1 0-3 1-4
1974-75 European Cup 1R England Leeds United 2-1 1-4 3-5
1975-76 European Cup 1R Hungary Újpest 5-1 0-4 5-5(a)
1976-77 European Cup 1R Scotland Rangers 1-0 1-1 2-1
2R Finland Turun Palloseura 2-0 1-0 3-0
QF East Germany Dynamo Dresden 2-1 2-3 4-4(a)
SF England Liverpool 1-3 0-3 1-6
1977-78 UEFA Cup 1R Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1-0 1-1 2-1
2R Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 3-4 0-3 3-7
1979-80 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Kaiserslautern 1-3 1-5 2-8
1981-82 European Cup 1R East Germany Dynamo Berlin 3-1 0-2 3-3(a)
1982-83 UEFA Cup 1R Cyprus Pezoporikos Larnaca 1-0 2-2 3-2
2R Hungary Ferencváros 1-0 1-1 2-1
3R Portugal Benfica 1-1 0-4 1-5
1983-84 UEFA Cup 1R Belgium Antwerp 2-4 1-4 3-8
1998-99 UEFA Cup 2QR Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 2-3 6-3
1R Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 4-0 3-2 7-2
2R Scotland Celtic 4-2 1-1 5-3
3R Italy Roma 2-2 0-1 2-3
1999-00 UEFA Cup QR Malta Sliema Wanderers 1-0 3-0 4-0
1R Belgium Lierse 4-3 1-0 5-3
2R England Newcastle United 1-2 1-3 2-5
2000-01 UEFA Cup 1R Belgium Genk 1-2 0-2 1-4
2005-06 UEFA Cup 2QR Poland Legia Warsaw 4-1 1-0 5-1
1R Denmark Brøndby 2-1 0-2 2-3
2006-07 UEFA Champions League 2QR Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 0-2 2-3
2007-08 UEFA Champions League 3QR Turkey Be?ikta? 1-1 0-2 1-3
UEFA Cup 1R Italy Empoli 3-0 1-2 4-2
Group E Czech Republic Sparta Prague N/A 2-1 3rd
France Toulouse 2-0 N/A
Russia Spartak Moscow N/A 0-1
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 N/A
R32 Germany Hamburg 1-3 0-0 1-3
2008-09 UEFA Cup 2QR Austria Sturm Graz 1-1 1-1 2-2 (4-2 p)
1R Italy Milan 0-1 1-3 1-4
2009-10 UEFA Champions League 3QR Slovenia Maribor 2-3 3-0 5-3
PO Latvia Ventspils 2-1 3-0 5-1
Group C Spain Real Madrid 2-5 0-1 4th
Italy Milan 1-1 1-0
France Marseille 0-1 1-6
2011-12 UEFA Champions League 3QR Belgium Standard Liège 1-0 1-1 2-1
PO Germany Bayern Munich 0-1 0-2 0-3
UEFA Europa League Group D Portugal Sporting CP 0-2 0-2 4th
Romania Vaslui 2-0 2-2
Italy Lazio 1-1 0-1
2013-14 UEFA Europa League 3QR Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 1-2 1-2 2-4
2014-15 UEFA Europa League PO Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1-1 3-1 4-2
Group A Cyprus Apollon Limassol 3-1 2-3 3rd
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 0-3
Spain Villareal CF 3-2 1-4
2015-16 UEFA Europa League 3QR Belarus Dinamo Minsk 0-1 1-1 1-2
2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group L Spain Villareal CF 1-1 1-2 3rd
Romania Steaua Bucure?ti 0-0 1-1
Turkey Osmanl?spor 2-1 0-2
2018-19 UEFA Europa League Group A Germany Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 0-1 2nd
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 1-1
Cyprus AEK Larnaca 1-2 1-0
R32 Italy Napoli 1-3 0-2 1-5


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  9. ^ "Top 10 Einsätze für den FCZ". dbfcz.ch. dbfcz. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Top 10 Tore für den FCZ". dbfcz.ch. dbfcz. Retrieved 2017.

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