Zürich

Founded In
1896
Location
Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich

About Zürich

Fussballclub Zürich, usually known as FC Zürich, was founded in August 1896 by the former members of three other teams from the area, FC Viktoria, FC Excelsior and FC Turicum. They are one of Switzerland's most popular clubs and have achieved notable success at domestic level, ranking them amongst the country's elite sides. Their main local rivals are Grasshopper, with whom they contest the Zürich Derby. Traditionally, FC Zürich are seen to represent the city's workers, while Grasshopper have been associated with society's elite.

An intense rivalry also exists with FC Basel and this rivalry formed the backdrop to one of the greatest moments in Zürich's history. Going into the final round of matches in the 2005-06 season, Zürich trailed Basel by three points at the top of the league table. However, their goal difference was superior. The two sides played each other and Zürich sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory in the 93rd minute, thanks to a goal from Iulian Filipescu. As a result, they were crowned champions.

In total, FC Zürich have won the Swiss Super League on 12 occasions, with their most recent title coming in 2009. They are ranked as the third most successful club in the league's history, behind Grasshopper and Basel. Additionally, the club have lifted the Swiss Cup seven times and the Swiss League Cup once. Their best performances in continental competitions came in 1964 and 1977, when Zürich reached the semi final stage of the European Cup.

Over the years, the club has housed a number of top international footballers. Some of the most notable examples include Köbi Kuhn, Fritz Künzli, Roberto Di Matteo, Gökhan Inler and Daniel Gygax.

Zürich currently play their home matches at the city's new Letzigrund stadium, which opened in 2007. The venue hosted several matches during the 2008 European Championships and can hold a maximum of 25,000 spectators.