Grasshopper Club Zurich

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Basic data
Surname Grasshopper Club Zurich
Seat Zurich
founding September 1, 1886
Colours Blue White
Board Sky Sun (Football Section)
First soccer team
Head coach João Carlos Pereira
Venue Letzigrund
Places 26 104
league Challenge League
2019/20 3rd rank

The Grasshopper Club Zurich (abbreviated GC or GCZ or known as Grasshoppers Zurich , Grasshoppers or just Hoppers ) is a Swiss sports club from Zurich . The club was founded in 1886 as the first football club in the city of Zurich. The office and training center of the first team can be found on the GC Campus in Niederhasli. The entire game operations of the GC women, the youngsters and the juniors also take place there. A blue and white jersey has been worn since it was founded, the color of which is derived from the city arms of Zurich.

The oldest and most famous section of the Grasshopper Club is the football department. The Grasshopper Club Zurich is the Swiss record champion and cup winner. He is the city rival of FC Zurich .

The GCZ is also represented in other sports. In handball , the people of Zurich play in the top league and are also record champions. The rowing section has already produced Olympic champions. In ice hockey , the GCZ became Swiss champions in the 1965/66 season. In land hockey , the club can often be found in the European Cup. Various national players make up the floorball and basketball sections . In addition, the GCZ is also active in curling , squash , tennis , rugby and, most recently, in beach soccer . The central president of the entire club is Andres Iten.



The Grasshopper Club Zurich was founded by the English student Tom E. Griffith on September 1, 1886 in Zurich as a football club. How he got his name Grasshopper (English for grasshopper ) is not known. In English-speaking countries perform various lawn sports clubs Grasshopper (s) in the name, including the 1869 in northern England Preston founded Rugby -Club Preston Grasshoppers . Under various interpretations, the club believes those who believe that the football pioneers moved on grass as nimbly and skilfully as the insect is credible.

The club played its first game in October 1886. The game against the “Polytechnikum Football Club” of the ETH ended 0-0. In the course of the encounter, three players were injured. The media condemned the game as a pointless endeavor of running after a dirty leather ball instead of using the free time more usefully. After that, further friendlies were played, including the first football game for a Swiss team on German soil in 1893. Against the then German Strasbourg resulted in a 1-0 victory.

1st championship win

In the 1897/98 season , the Grasshopper Club won the first Swiss championship . At that time it was still held in the cup system. In 1899/00 the first championship held according to the points system ended with the GC as champions. After two more championship titles, difficult times followed. There was no longer any play area available, and in 1909 the GC left the Swiss Football Association (SFV). In 1916 the Grasshoppers were ready to join the SFV again, and the association complied with the request to be allowed to compete in the top division again immediately. After another championship title in 1921 , the Swiss Cup was held for the first time in 1926 . The city of Zurich also won this trophy with a 2-1 win over FC Bern .

Development from 1925

From 1925 the Hungarian Dori Kürschner , who in the previous year still belonged to the coaching staff of Switzerland, which won the silver medal at the Olympic Games , was a coach at the GCZ. Under him, the Grasshoppers won the double for the first time the following year . He was employed by the GCZ from 1925 to 1934 and won the Swiss championship in the game years 1926/27, 1927/28 and 1930/31 as well as four cup victories. To this day he is the second most successful coach in the history of the traditional club. In 1931, the GCZ was voted the fourth strongest European team by football experts from all over Europe.

Rappan / Bickel era

A few years later, the era of Karl Rappan and Fredy Bickel began . Despite the chaos of the war, the Swiss football championship was held normally during the Second World War . The GC won three championships and four cup victories during this time. In 1948/49 the club was relegated for the first time. In the season of recovery in 1951/52 , the Hoppers won the double with the championship title and a 2-0 in the cup final against FC Lugano . After a two-month trip around the world and 18 friendly matches in the 1954/55 season , the Grasshopper Club won the double again in 1955/56 . This was sealed by a 1-0 final victory in the cup final against BSC Young Boys .

Runner-up in 1958

The runner-up title in 1958 was the beginning of an unsuccessful phase. From then on, the GCZ was no longer one of the top three in Switzerland. The 11th place in the 1963/64 season was the low point. It was not until 1968 that the club managed a strong season again, which ended with reaching the 2nd final rank . In 1970/71 the Grasshopper Club Zürich and FC Basel fought head-to-head for the championship. After the 26 championship games, both clubs were tied at the top of the table; In a play-off held in Bern in front of 51,000 spectators, the GCZ defeated FC Basel 4: 3 after extra time and won their 16th championship title. The Swedish international Ove Grahn advanced to the match winner with two goals.

In the next few years, the Grasshopper Club played again at the front, and in 1977/78 the Zurich team celebrated the championship title after narrowly beating Servette FC and FC Basel. This season, however, the successes achieved in the UEFA Cup were to be rated even higher . After the GC had won against BK Frem , Inter Bratislava , Dinamo Tiflis and Eintracht Frankfurt , they failed in the semifinals at SC Bastia . The home game was won 3-2, but a 0-1 defeat in Bastia meant the elimination for the blue-whites.

UEFA Cup results 1977/78

round First leg Return leg
1/32 final BK Frem 0-2 Grasshoppers Grasshoppers 6: 1 BK Frem
1/16 final Inter Bratislava 1-0 Grasshoppers Grasshoppers 5-1 Inter Bratislava
Round of 16 Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 Grasshoppers Grasshoppers 4-0 Dinamo Tbilisi
Quarter finals Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Grasshoppers Grasshoppers 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Semi-final Grasshoppers 3-2 SC Bastia SC Bastia 1-0 Grasshoppers

Successes from 1982

The next championship win followed in 1982 with three points ahead of Servette FC . This title was also accompanied by a strong performance in the UEFA Cup. The GCZ defeated the Danish club Kjøbenhavns Boldklub , the Portuguese club FC Porto , the Italians from AC Torino and failed again at a French club, this time in the quarter-finals against FC Sochaux .

The next season under coach Hennes Weisweiler ( 1982/83 ) the GCZ, this time with one point ahead of the Servette FC, again became Swiss champions. Servette was also the toughest competitor in the cup. After a 2-2 draw in the first final, a replay had to bring the decision. The Grasshopper Club won this 3-0. A season later, the GCZ and Servette were tied at the end of the championship, so that there was again a decider in the Bern stadium in Wankdorf . A converted penalty from Andy Egli in the 104th minute gave the noble club a 1-0 victory. It was the first title hat trick in the club's history. For the third time in a row, Geneva had to be content with the runner-up. A year later, Servette won the championship and the GCZ finished sixth. The club celebrated the next successes in the cup, and there too, the city of Zurich managed a title hat trick. The final opponents were FC Schaffhausen (2-0) in 1988 , FC Aarau in 1989 (2-1) and Neuchâtel Xamax in 1990 (2-1).

Before the 1985/86 season , the news caused a sensation that the city of Zurich would be the last NLA club to appear with a shirt sponsor ( Nissan ).

Trainer Ottmar Hitzfeld

In the 1989/90 championship , the GCZ was again successful in the championship under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld : The club and Lausanne-Sports were tied at the top of the table after the final round, this time only the higher number of points after qualification (first 22 rounds ). Thus the Grasshopper Club won the national double. Adrian De Vicente was the top scorer of the Grasshoppers, but had to admit defeat to the Chilean Iván Zamorano, who plays for FC St. Gallen , in the fight for the top scorer . In the next season ( 1990/91 ) was doubled. The three points behind FC Sion after qualifying were made up and the Grasshoppers again won the Swiss championship. Ottmar Hitzfeld said goodbye with this title and moved to Borussia Dortmund .

1991/92 and 1992/93 seasons

The 1991/92 season was marked by budget cuts. All players, except Mark Strudal , accepted wage cuts, and thus the championship team, now coached by Oldrich Svab , could be kept. Nevertheless, the city of Zurich did not manage to defend their title and ended the season in third place. After a disappointing start to the next season, Oldrich Svab was replaced by Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker . After moderate championship games, they prevailed in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup in the first round against Sporting Lisbon after a 3-1 win in Lisbon (first leg: 1: 2). In the next round, the Hoppers failed at AS Roma (first leg 0: 3 in Rome and second leg 4: 3). In the last qualifying round on December 6, 1992, the Zurich team lost 2-1 to the Young Boys and thus fell under the line. The Hoppers had to compete in the relegation round. The last chance for a European Cup place was through the Swiss Cup. But in the cup final, the city of Zurich lost 4-1 to FC Lugano . The league was managed, but Beenhakker was fired. Also Ciriaco Sforza left the club and moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern .

Christian Gross era


On July 1, 1993, Christian Gross , who was hired by FC Wil , became the club's coach. Gross almost led the GCZ to a double in its first season. But a 1-1 draw against FC Aarau in the last round was not enough, and so Servette FC won the championship. In the cup final, FC Schaffhausen was defeated 4-0. Giovane Élber moved to VfB Stuttgart and goalkeeper Martin Brunner to Lausanne-Sports.

In the 1994/95 season, a new team was formed. The Grasshoppers defeated Odessa in the UEFA Cup , but were eliminated by Sampdoria Genoa . The game against Sampdoria was the first football game to be broadcast by the then up-and-coming private broadcaster Tele Züri . They got off to a strong start in the championship. With a 1-0 win against FC Basel, the GCZ secured the championship title three games before the end of the season. The cup final was lost 2: 4 against FC Sion . The 1995/96 season began with four points from the first three games.

It came to the qualifying game for the newly formed UEFA Champions League . In the first leg against Maccabi Tel Aviv , the GCZ did not get beyond a 1-1. In Tel Aviv it was Alexandre Comisetti who secured the 0-1 victory and thus the Champions League qualification with his golden goal in the 4th minute. The start against Ferencváros Budapest , however, clearly went to the Hungarian guests with 0: 3. They lost both games against Real Madrid (first leg in Madrid 0-2 and second leg 0-2). The Zurich team won one point each against Ajax Amsterdam (0-3 in the first leg in Amsterdam and 0-0 in the second leg) and Ferencvaros (3: 3 in the second leg in Budapest).

In the winter break of the Swiss championship, the GCZ was one point ahead of FC Sion and strengthened its storm with the transfer of Kubilay Türkyılmaz . He made a decisive contribution to the success with his goals. The Grasshopper Club managed to defend their title five points ahead of Sion. Marcel Koller , who moved to the GCZ at the age of 13 and has remained loyal to the club ever since, ended his playing career after the 1996 European Championship . For the next season, the storm was reinforced with Romanian top scorer Viorel Moldovan .

Champions League season 1996/97

In the 1996/97 season , the GCZ started weak again and received a home defeat in the city derby against FC Zurich. Three wins in a row gave confidence to the Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague , which the Hoppers won 5-0. Another 1-0 victory in Prague meant a safe qualification. The opponents in the group games were Glasgow Rangers , Ajax Amsterdam and AJ Auxerre . The Grasshopper Club Zurich beat the Rangers from Glasgow with their star player Paul Gascoigne 3-0. Now it was time for last year's finalist Ajax Amsterdam in the newly built Amsterdam Arena . There Murat Yakin shot the ball from 40 meters into the net. This extraordinary goal decided the game. A 0-1 defeat in Auxerre was offset by a 3-1 home win against the same team.

After a 2-1 defeat in Glasgow they needed a point in the last home game against Ajax. The Grasshoppers' best striker, Kubilay Türkyılmaz, was eliminated. Despite great chances and hits from the post by Zurich, Patrick Kluivert Ajax shot into the quarter-finals and the Swiss record champions out of the competition. The team was eliminated from the Champions League with nine points.

In the championship, a four-way battle between FC Sion, Neuchâtel Xamax, Lausanne-Sports and the Grasshopper Club for the title emerged. Despite wins against Lausanne and Xamax, the GCZ lost 2-1 at home in front of 20,000 spectators against Sion. The championship was decided in Sion's favor and the GCZ finished the season in third place. While the 1997/98 championship was long looking for form, the Grasshoppers prevailed against Coleraine FC ( Northern Ireland ) and Brann Bergen ( Norway ) in the UEFA Cup qualification . The next game against Dinamo Zagreb ended with a 4: 4. In the second leg in Zurich, Dinamo took an early 2-0 lead. Mats Gren and Pascal Zuberbühler were sent off, so defender Boris Smiljanić had to go into goal. Robert Prosinečki made the 5-0 defeat with two penalties converted in the closing stages.

In the championship, the performance curve showed an upward trend. But coach Christian Gross left the club and went to Tottenham Hotspur . Hanspeter Latour became an interim trainer. The people of Zurich overwintered with two points ahead of Lausanne-Sports. Viorel Moldovan also left the club for England and moved to Coventry City for nine million Swiss francs . Coach Christian Gross was succeeded by Rolf Fringer . The Grasshoppers failed in the Swiss Cup, but with three rounds to go they celebrated a 2-1 win in the derby against FC Zurich, and the resulting 16 point lead meant their 25th championship title.

1998/99 season

In 1998/99 the season began with the opening of the newly built west stand. It went into the Champions League qualification. The Luxembourg representative Jeunesse Esch was clearly beaten (6: 0 and 2: 0). The GCZ met Galatasaray Istanbul for the decisive game . In the first leg, the Zurich had a 2-1 defeat in Istanbul . and Hakan Şükür led the Turks to success with two goals in Zurich (2: 3). Now it was up to the Belgian record champions RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup . After the Grasshopper Club won 2-0 in Brussels , a goalless draw in Zurich was enough for them to advance. The next opponent was Fiorentina with Argentine star Gabriel Batistuta . The Italians won the first leg at Hardturm 2-0. The second leg had to be played due to a stadium ban in Salerno . At half time, a firecracker exploded next to a linesman. The referee stopped whistling and the GCZ reached the next round forfait . Since the grass in the home stadium was damaged, they played the last sixteen against Girondins Bordeaux in Letzigrund . After a 3: 3 return match in Bordeaux went goalless and the GCZ was eliminated from the competition.

In the championship the GCZ was in second place behind the Servette FC during the winter break. The Hoppers played stronger and were tied with Servette with one round to go. A draw in the last game of the season between Lausanne and Servette would have been enough for the GCZ to win the title. But even a 5-0 home win for the Hoppers against Neuchâtel Xamax was not enough for the title, as Servette won and became the new Swiss champions because of the higher bonus from the preliminary round. The city of Zurich did not win the title in the cup either, and Lausanne-Sports defeated the Grasshopper Club 2-0 in the final. The greatest club legend of all time, Fredy Bickel , passed away on August 18, 1999.

Break from summer 1999

The club was now in debt, and in the summer break of 1999 there was a great change. A group of Swiss business giants took over the majority of the shares, and President Romano Spadaro was succeeded by Peter Widmer . The new coach was the Englishman Roy Hodgson , and Stéphane Chapuisat was also signed . In the championship the city club started mediocre and could not keep up with the top for the time being. In the UEFA Cup they prevailed against AB Copenhagen , but failed to Slavia Prague . In the Swiss Cup, the Hoppers lost on penalties against FC Basel and were eliminated early. The first opponent in the final round of the 1999/2000 season was the league leaders FC St. Gallen. The GCZ conceded the 4: 4 in stoppage time, and the connection to the later champions St. Gallen was missed. In the end, the season ended in fourth place.

The board of directors now set more modest goals. Coach Hanspeter Zaugg should build a new team. Although the Hoppers played inconsistently at the beginning of the 2000/01 season , the competition did not find a constant performance either. In the winter break they finished third and started a transfer offensive: Croatian Mate Baturina , Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop and Henri Camara , Christoph Spycher and Uruguayan Richard Núñez were signed. After a few match days in the final round, a three-way battle between the GCZ, FC Lugano and FC St. Gallen emerged. There were three groundbreaking games, after a 1-1 draw against winter champions Lugano, the Zurich derby was on. Richard Núñez shot the Grasshopper Club to a 4-2 victory. The away game in the newly built St. Jakob-Park followed . Ex-GCZ junior Feliciano Magro shot Basel 3-1 in front in front of 33,000 spectators. In the 90th minute Richard Núñez scored with a directly converted free kick. The Hoppers threw everything forward, and the ball landed in the 93rd minute in the net, Henri Camara equalized to 3: 3. Thanks to a home win against FC Sion, the championship title was now within reach. The last championship game in St. Gallen was also the top fight and the decision for the title. Thanks to two goals from Núñez, FC St. Gallen were defeated 4-0. The Grasshopper Club lifted the championship trophy for the 26th time.

Statistics of coaches since the turn of the millennium

No. Trainer time Data title
from to Days Sp. S. U N Win rate
01 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Hanspeter Zaugg July 15, 2000 Oct 21, 2001 493 53 26th 9 18th 49.1% Swiss champion 2000/01
02 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Marcel Koller Feb. 17, 2002 0Oct 2, 2003 592 79 42 20th 17th 53.2% Swiss champion 2002/03
03 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Alain Geiger Feb 15, 2004 0Oct 2, 2004 230 23 9 11 3 39.1%
04th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Hanspeter Latour Feb 20, 2005 Dec 11, 2005 294 44 18th 14th 12 40.9%
05 BulgariaBulgaria Krassimir Balakov Feb 12, 2006 May 19, 2007 461 65 25th 19th 21st 38.5%
06th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Hanspeter Latour July 18, 2007 May 30, 2009 682 79 32 23 24 40.5%
07th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Ciriaco Sforza July 11, 2009 Apr 14, 2012 1008 109 44 17th 48 40.4%
08th ItalyItaly Uli Forte Apr 21, 2012 01st June 2013 406 49 23 14th 12 46.9% Swiss Cup 2012/13
09 GermanyGermany Michael Skibbe July 14, 2013 0Dec 6, 2014 510 67 29 16 22nd 43.3%
10 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Pierluigi Tami Jan 15, 2015 11th Mar 2017 786 94 33 24 37 35.1%
11 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Carlos Bernegger 18 Mar 2017 24 Aug 2017 159 19th 6th 5 8th 31.6%
12 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Murat Yakin Sep 10 2017 10 Apr 2018 212 26th 9 7th 10 34.6%
13 GermanyGermany Thorsten Fink 23 Apr 2018 04th Mar 2019 253 30th 7th 4th 19th 23.3%
14th CroatiaCroatia Tomislav Stipic 06th Mar 2019 09 Apr 2019 34 5 0 3 2 00.0%
15th ItalyItaly Uli Forte 09 Apr 2019 0Feb 9, 2020 306 32 11 11 10 34.4%
16 AustriaAustria Goran Djuricin Feb 10, 2020 May 15, 2020 95 2 1 0 1 50.0%
As of May 19, 2020

2001/02 season and coach Marcel Koller

2001/02 GC had the chance to qualify for the Champions League again. The opponent was FC Porto . In front of 47,000 spectators, they played 2-2 at the Das Antas stadium in Porto. In the second leg it was 1: 2 15 minutes before the end, but Deco ended the city of Zurich's dreams with another goal. In the end, the Grasshoppers lost 3-2 and had to continue in the UEFA Cup. There they defeated Dinamo Bucharest (3: 1/3: 1), FC Twente Enschede (4: 1/2: 4) and finally failed to Leeds United (1: 2/2: 2).

In the championship you could beat FC Basel in three of four direct encounters, but the city of Zurich lost too many points to the other clubs. During the winter break, coach Hanspeter Zaugg was replaced by Marcel Koller . The former GCZ coach Christian Gross had put together a strong team in Basel and won the first championship title of arch-rival FC Basel in 22 years. The Grasshoppers also lost the cup final in the “Joggeli” (St. Jakobs-Park). A hand penalty owed by Boris Smiljanić in the 113th minute was converted by ex-GC player Murat Yakin to the 2-1 final result for Basel. The Uruguayan Richard Núñez won the top scorer's crown in the 2001/02 season with 28 goals this season.

For the 2002/03 season , the Grasshopper Club signed two new Argentines. Fernando Gamboa , who had previously played for clubs such as Colo Colo Santiago , CA River Plate and CA Boca Juniors , came as defense chief . Antonio Barijho was signed by Boca Juniors as a striker . Marcel Koller's young team got off to a strong start in the championship. The first game against the newly promoted FC Wil they won 4-1. The GCZ won the first six games and was two points ahead of FC Basel during the winter break. In the UEFA Cup they beat Zenit St. Petersburg (3: 1/1: 2), but failed in the next round to PAOK Saloniki with a goal in stoppage time (1: 1/1: 2). In the Swiss Cup, the Grasshoppers lost the semifinals on penalties at Neuchâtel Xamax. In the championship, the people of Zurich and Basel continued to be in a head-to-head race. In the 30th round, FC Basel seemed to be able to overtake the Grasshopper Club for the first time. But the GCZ equalized in stoppage time to 2-2 against Neuchâtel Xamax, while FCB lost 2-0 to BSC Young Boys. Because the city of Zurich did not lose afterwards and the direct duel also ended 2-2, the GCZ became Swiss champions for the 27th time. They had been at the top of the table since the first matchday and at the end one point ahead of FC Basel.

2003/04 season and realignment in 2004/05 season

The final round was abolished from the 2003/04 championship . The Grasshopper Club started the championship badly. The Champions League qualification was within reach after a 1-0 home win over AEK Athens . A 3-1 defeat in Athens , however, meant that the UEFA Cup continued. There they were eliminated against Hajduk Split due to the away goal rule (1: 1/0: 0). The rest of the championship was disappointing, so that master coach Marcel Koller resigned after twelve games following a defeat against his former employer FC Wil. Carlos Bernegger took over his post ad interim until the winter break and was then inherited by Alain Geiger . The bright spot of this season was the appearance in the Swiss Cup and the semi-final victory in the Zurich Derby. After 83 minutes the GCZ were 2: 5 behind against FC Zurich, but the game was won 6: 5 after extra time. In the championship they finished seventh with five points ahead of the relegation zone. The cup final was lost to the later relegated FC Wil with 2: 3. On June 4, 2004, the longstanding GCZ sponsor and “gardener of the nation” Werner H. Spross died .

In 2004/05 there was no improvement at the start of the season either, so Alain Geiger was replaced by interim coach Carlos Bernegger before the winter break. GCZ was in seventh place and failed in the cup at AC Bellinzona. Walter Brunner became the new president. There was a complete reorientation, the budget and wages were cut. During the season, ex-hopper Hanspeter Latour was brought back from FC Thun as a new coach. The results got better and the GCZ finished third in the championship and qualified for the UEFA Cup. In the 2005/06 season , the Grasshoppers got off to a tough start. The longer the championship lasted, the better they played. However, the list of injuries grew steadily. The Hoppers finished the autumn round in third place. In the Swisscom Cup they were eliminated in the second round against FC Winterthur . In the UEFA Cup , the Hoppers made it into the group games against Wisła Płock and Myllykosken Pallo -47 . The city of Zurich lost all four games there and finished the group stage in last place.

During the winter break, coach Hanspeter Latour switched to 1. FC Köln and was replaced by the 92-time Bulgarian international Krassimir Balakow . With Balakow they reached fourth place and qualified for the UI Cup .

2006/07 and 2007/08 season

In the 2006/07 season the GCZ played a strong preliminary round and was number one in the table for several weeks. In addition, the Hoppers reached the group stage of the UEFA Cup via the UI Cup, where, as in the previous year, they remained without points and were eliminated. Numerous new players were signed during the winter break, with the transfer from Aílton to the GCZ receiving the greatest attention . The second half of the season failed, however, and ultimately came sixth. In April 2007, the entire Board of Directors around President Brunner announced his resignation. A few days later the new management was presented, including Roger Berbig as President, Erich Vogel as Vice President and Head of Sports and Heinz Spross, nephew of the late Werner H. Spross , as the new financier. As a first official act, the new leadership dismissed Krassimir Balakow in May 2007 before the last game of the championship, in which the team was coached by Carlos Bernegger on an interim basis.

In the summer of 2007, Hanspeter Latour was brought back as head coach. His assistant coaches were initially Murat Yakin and Walter Grüter , who moved from the second division Concordia Basel to Zurich. Like his assistants, Latour was awarded a three-year contract. During the winter break, assistant coach Murat Yakin moved to FC Frauenfeld and was replaced by Mats Gren . This season started badly for GC. The Grasshoppers lost too many points because of goals conceded in added time. After 10 rounds they were in last place in the table after a 3: 5 defeat against FC St. Gallen. The team increased towards the end of the first half of the season. The highlight of the first half of the season was the 2-1 victory over city rivals FC Zurich. That also meant the 100th derby victory. Despite the increase, GC lost in the cup against FC Basel. After 18 laps, GC finished seventh. The goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović , who joined the Zurich team from Lokomotiv Moscow in the fall , and the young Argentinian striker Raúl Bobadilla , who finished second in the scorers' list at the end of the season behind YB captain Hakan Yakin, contributed to the success of the second half. GC finished the 2007/08 season in fourth place.

Since the 2008/09 season

In the championship 2008/09 the 4th place was achieved. City rivals FC Zurich became champions. For the next season Latour was given leave of absence despite the contract running until 2010 and replaced by Ciriaco Sforza. The 2009/10 season ended with 3rd place. After a weak first half of the season, they were the strongest team in the second half of the season, behind FC Basel. In addition, FC Basel and FC Zurich were each defeated 4-0.

On April 13, 2012, the club announced that coach Ciriaco Sforza would resign at his own request after the game the following day.

Also in April 2012, the former Swiss boss André Dosé took over the presidency of the Grasshopper Club. During his tenure, GC won the cup in 2013 and ranked second in the championship behind FC Basel . In terms of sport, things couldn't go any better. However, Dosé suffered a major setback on September 22, 2013 when the joint stadium project with FC Zurich failed in front of the electorate. After just 18 months, the association and the president separated again because the high financial expectations could not be met. The board of directors took over the management of the association on an interim basis.

The club was relegated to the second highest Swiss league, the Challenge League , for the first time in 70 years in 2018/19 . This was only the second descent in the club's history of the record champions.

In the following season, the Grashoppers missed a direct re- promotion with a 6-0 draw on the last match day against FC Winterthur .

Successes (national)

  • Swiss Cup (19)
    • 1926, 1927, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1952, 1956, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2013

Successes (international)

  • 2 × qualification for the UEFA Champions League (1995, 1996)
  • 2 × Champion Cup quarter-finals (1957, 1979)
  • 2 × championship round of 16 (1971, 1984)
  • 1 × UEFA Cup semi-final (1978)
  • 1 × UEFA Cup quarter-finals (1981)
  • 2 × UEFA Cup round of 16 (1980, 1999)
  • 1 x Mitropacup quarter final (1937)
  • 1 × Cup Winner Cup quarter-finals (1990)
  • 1 × Cupsieger-Cup round of 16 (1995)
  • 7 × UEFA Intertoto Cup winners (1979, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2006, 2008)

Eternal table

GC is currently in 1st place in the all-time Super League table .

Historic victories

May 21, 1956 - Swiss Cup - Final
Grasshopper Club Zurich - BSC Young Boys 1: 0 (0: 0)
GC Zurich: Kunz, Koch, Bouvard, Jäger, Frosio, Müller, Hüssy I, Hagen, Vukosavljevic, R. Ballaman, Duret, Trainer: Willi Hahnemann
BSC YB : Eich, Bigler, Steffen, Bäriswyl, Häuptli, Schneiter, Grütter, Zahnd (46th Wirsching), Meier, Hamel, Scheller, Trainer: Albert Sing
Goals : 1-0 Vukosavljevic (84th)
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Basel)
Spectators: 48,000 ( Wankdorf Stadium , Bern)

June 8, 1971 - Swiss Championship - Playoff
Grasshopper Club Zurich - FC Basel 4: 3 after extra time (2: 2, 1: 1)
GC Zurich: Deck, Rüegg, Staudenmann, Citherlet, Mocellin, André Meyer (46th Noventa), Gröbli, Ohlhauser, Peter Meier (46th Müller), Grahn, Schneeberger, coach: René Hüssy
FC Basel : Kunz, Mundschin, Kiefer, Fischli, Ramseier (103rd Demarmels), Odermatt, Sundermann, Benthaus, Balmer, Hauser, Wenger
Tore : 1: 0 Ohlhauser (17th) 1: 1 Mundschin (23rd) 1: 2 Wenger (69th) 2: 2 Grahn (74th) 3: 2 Grahn (97th) 4: 2 Meier (107th) 4th : 3 Benthaus (118th)
Spectators: 51,000 ( Wankdorf Stadium , Bern)

May 27, 1978 - Swiss Championship - Last game day
Grasshopper Club Zurich - FC Basel 4: 2 (1: 1)
GC Zurich: Berbig, Hey, Thomas Niggl, Montandon, Nafzger, Wehrli, Meyer, Ponte, Müller, Elsener, Sulser, Coach: Helmuth Johannsen
FC Basel : Küng, Mundschin, Fischli (71st Schär), Maradan, Geisser, Demarmels, Tanner, von Wartburg, Maissen, Schönenberger (65th Marti), Lauscher
Goals : 1-0 Sulser (39th) 1 : 1 Tanner (43.) 1: 2 Tanner (51.) 2: 2 Ponte (53.) 3: 2 Elsener (79.) 4: 2 Elsener (90.)
Spectators: 25,000 ( Hardturm , Zurich)

November 01, 1978 - Grasshopper Club Zurich championship
cup - Real Madrid CF - 2: 0 (1: 0)
GC Zurich : Inderbitzin, Wehrli, Montandon, Hey, Heinz Hermann, Ponte, Meyer, Bauer, Hermann Herbert (76th Egli), Sulser, Traber, coach: Helmuth Johanssen
Real Madrid CF : Miguel Angel, Sol, Benito, Pirri, San José, Del Bosque, Guerini (80th Roberto Martínez), Wolff, Juanito, Santillana, Jensen, coach: Luis Molowny
Goals : 1 : 0 Claudio Sulser (8th), 2: 0 Claudio Sulser (88th)
Spectators: 35,000 ( Hardturm , Zurich)

September 25, 1996 - UEFA Champions League - Group A
Ajax Amsterdam - Grasshopper Club Zurich 0: 1 (0: 0)
Ajax Amsterdam : Van der Sar , Santos , Ronald de Boer , Frank de Boer , Blind , Musampa , Overmars , Juan ( 68th Melchiot ), Bogarde , Babangida (75th Scholten), Litmanen (46th Wooter), coach: Louis van Gaal
GC Zurich : Zuberbühler , Gren , Thüler , Haas , Gämperle , Vogel , Murat Yakin , Lombardo (89th Koller ) , Esposito , Magnin (78th Comisetti ), Moldovan (89th Smiljanić ), coach: Christian Gross
Goals : 0: 1 Murat Yakin (59th)
Referee: Günter Benkö
Spectators : 42,000 ( Amsterdam Arena )

March 3, 2004 - Swiss Cup - Semifinal
Grasshopper Club Zurich - FC Zurich 6: 5 a.s. (1: 3, 5: 5)
GC Zurich: Borer , Lichtsteiner (75th Da Silva), Castillo, Denicolà , Ziegler ( 65th Alfred), Cabanas (81st Mitreski ), Tararache , Spycher , Eduardo , Petrić , Núñez , coach: Alain Geiger
FC Zurich : Taini , Dal Santo, Nef , Filipescu , Chihab , Schneider , Džemaili , Petrosjan (90th Yasar) , Di Jorio (18th César ), Gygax , Keita (74th Pallas ), coach: Lucien Favre
Goals: 0: 1 Gygax (6th) 0: 2 own goal Ziegler (12th) 1: 2 Petrić (37th) 1 : 3 Gygax (44.) 2: 3 Eduardo (57.) 2: 4 Gygax (61.) 2: 5 César (61.) 3: 5 Eduardo (83.) 4: 5 Eduardo (89.) 5: 5 Petrić (90.) 6: 5 Núñez (95.)
Referee: Urs Meier
Spectators: 11,200 ( Hardturm , Zurich)

Stadiums and venues

date Venue
Playing field on the Sihlhölzli
Playing field on the Tonhalle area (today the Kongresshaus ) on the Seequai
Playing field in the Enge district
Playing field in Bodmergut (across from Seefeldstrasse)
1899-1907 Playing field on Hardstrasse
1907-1909 Playing field in Zurich Hardau
1909-1929 Playing field on Hardturmstrasse
1929-2007 Hard tower
since Sept. 2007 Letzigrund

Since 1929 the home games have been played in the Hardturm Stadium in the industrial quarter. The construction of a new stadium with a capacity of 20,000 spectators at the same location is planned. The start of construction is still uncertain due to appeals, but due to the poor structural condition, the stadium was closed after the game on September 1, 2007. Since September 2007, the Letzigrund Stadium has also served as the home stadium for the Grasshopper Club.

On September 22, 2013, voters in Zurich voted on the new stadium (purely a football stadium with 16,000 seats). The groundbreaking ceremony was planned for 2015, and the new stadium should have opened at the start of the 2017/2018 season. City rivals FC Zurich would have played in this stadium. This new stadium was rejected by the voters of the City of Zurich with 50.80%. A renewed vote on a joint stadium for the two clubs in Zurich on the Hardturm area was accepted by 53.8% of Zurich residents on November 25, 2018.

The 1st team

As of August 22, 2020. Professional players from the Grasshopper Club Zurich who are on loan to another club are not listed.

No. Nat. player In the team since Last club
01 SwitzerlandSwitzerland ItalyItaly Mirko Salvi 2018 FC Basel
27 SwitzerlandSwitzerland CroatiaCroatia Mateo Matic 2016 FC Schaffhausen
36 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Marvin Keller 2019 Own youth
04th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Baba Souare 2019 Own youth
05 SerbiaSerbia Aleksandar Cvetković 2018 FC Wohlen
19th PortugalPortugal Cape VerdeCape Verde Euclides Cabral 2019 Sporting Lisbon
21st SwitzerlandSwitzerland KosovoKosovo Mersim Asllani 2019 FC Lausanne Sports
32 FranceFrance Anthony Goelzer 2019 Valenciennes FC
34 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Allan Arigoni 2018 Own youth
42 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Marcin Dickenmann 2020 Own youth
43 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Kevin Iodice 2020 Own youth
44 SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSpainSpain Elias Mesonero 2020 Own youth
45 New ZealandNew ZealandNetherlandsNetherlands Nando Pijnaker 2020 Own youth
06th LiberiaLiberia Allen Njie 2019 LISCR FC
23 SwitzerlandSwitzerland North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia Nikola Gjorgjev 2015 Own youth
29 FranceFrance Djibril Diani 2018 RC Lens
33 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Giotto Morandi 2019 Own youth
40 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Randy Schneider 2020 Own youth
46 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Yannick Scheidegger 2020 Own youth
47 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Fabio Fehr 2020 Own youth
48 GermanyGermany Robin Kalem 2020 Own youth
66 SwitzerlandSwitzerland CroatiaCroatia Petar Pušić 2017 Own youth
11 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau PortugalPortugal Zé Turbo 2020 FC Schaffhausen
31 SwitzerlandSwitzerland North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia Amel Rustemoski 2019 Own youth

Change to the 2020/21 season

Nat. Surname Transferring club Transfer period
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Oscar Correia Etoile Carouge Summer 2020
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Dominik Schmid without a club
SwitzerlandSwitzerland China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Ming-Yang Yang Wolverhampton Wanderers
IrelandIreland EnglandEngland Connor Ronan Wolverhampton Wanderers
AzerbaijanAzerbaijan GermanyGermany Renat Dadashov Wolverhampton Wanderers
PortugalPortugal RomaniaRomania Cristian Ponde without a club
Nat. Surname Receiving club Transfer period
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Oliver Buff without a club Summer 2020
BrazilBrazil Mychell Chagas without a club
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Andreas Wittwer without a club
SwitzerlandSwitzerland SerbiaSerbia Veroljub Salatić without a club
SwitzerlandSwitzerland TunisiaTunisia Nassim Ben Khalifa without a club
1 was borrowed
2 borrowed
3 definitive takeover

Players, coaches and officials

Players, coaches and officials can be found in the category: Person (Grasshopper Club Zurich) .

Well-known former players

André "Trello" Abegglen
Max "Xam" Abegglen
Martin Andermatt
Robert Ballaman
Roger Berbig
Fredy Bickel
Rolf Blättler
Günter Netzer
Thomas Bickel
Branislav Vukosavljević
Stéphane Chapuisat
René Deck
Adrian De Vicente

Ruedi Elsener
Hans-Peter Friedländer
Ove Grahn
Mats Gren
Heinz Hermann
Jonny Hey
Ico Hitrec
René Hüssy
Charly In-Albon
Kurt Jara
Marcel Koller
Giovane Élber

Senad Lulić
André 'Bigi' Meyer
Severino Minelli
Viorel Moldovan
Dieter Müller
Sirio Vernati
Richard Núñez
Raimondo Ponte
Vittorio Pozzo
Kurt Rüegg
Wynton Rufer
Maximilian Schell
Hannes Schmidhauser

Walter Schoeller
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Ciriaco Sforza
Claudio Sulser
Alain Sutter
Mihai Tararache
Kubilay Türkyılmaz
Ramon Vega
Johann Vogel
Roger Vonlanthen
Hakan Yakin
Murat Yakin

Reto Ziegler
Martin Brunner
Nestor Subiat
Mladen Petrić
Steven Zuber
Andy Egli
Patrick Müller
Ricardo Cabanas
Roman Bürki
Izet Hajrović
Stéphane Grichting
Kim Källström

Trainer since 1925

From To Trainer
1925 1934 Izidor "Dori" furrier
1935 1948 Karl Rappan
1948 1950 Gerhard Walter
1950 1955 Willi Treml
1955 1958 Wilhelm Hahnemann
1958 B. Glisovic
1958 1960 Toni Pogacnik
1960 1963 Branislav Vukosavljević
1963 1964 Alfred Bickel
1964 1966 Albert Sing
1966 1967 Werner Brunner and Werner Schley
1967 1969 Henri Skiba
1969 1970 Werner Brunner and Werner Schley
1970 1973 René Hüssy
1973 1976 Erich Vogel and István Szabó
1976 1979 Helmuth Johannsen
1979 1980 Jürgen Sundermann
1980 1982 Timo Konietzka
From To Trainer
1982 1983 Hennes Weisweiler
1983 1985 Miroslav Blažević
1985 1986 Timo Konietzka
1986 1988 Kurt Jara
1988 1991 Ottmar Hitzfeld
1991 1992 Oldrich Svab
1992 1993 Leo Beenhakker
1993 1997 Christian Gross
1997 ad interim Hanspeter Latour
1998 Rolf Fringer
1999 Roger Hegi
1999 2000 Roy Hodgson
2000 ad interim Piet Hamberg
2000 2001 Hanspeter Zaugg
2002 2003 Marcel Koller
2003 ad interim Carlos Bernegger
2004 Alain Geiger
2004 ad interim Carlos Bernegger
From To Trainer
2005 Hanspeter Latour
2006 2007 Krassimir Balakov
2007 ad interim Carlos Bernegger
2007 2009 Hanspeter Latour
2009 2012 Ciriaco Sforza
2012 2013 Uli Forte
2013 2015 Michael Skibbe
2015 2017 Pierluigi Tami
2017 Carlos Bernegger
2017 2018 Murat Yakin
2018 ad interim Mathias Walther
2018 2019 Thorsten Fink
2019 2019 Tomislav Stipic
2019 2020 Uli Forte
2020 2020 Goran Djuricin
2020 ad interim Zoltan Kadar
2020 João Carlos Pereira

President from 1897 to 1918

from ... to president
1897-1898 Hans Wunderly
1898-1903 Robert C. Westermann
1905-1906 Max Arbenz
1907-1908 Frid. Jenny
1909-0000 Walter Fierz
1909-1910 Fritz Rank
1910-1913 Walter Schoeller
1914-0000 Hans Walter
1915-0000 Walter Schoeller
1916-1917 F. Jenny
1918-0000 J. de Groot

President since 1934

from ... to president
1934-1947 Herrmann Hofmann
1947-1948 Adolf Jucker
1948-1955 Eberhard Weiss
1955-1957 René Bracher
1957-1962 Charles Barrier
1962-1969 E. Luk Keller
1969-1971 Albert Fader
1971-1973 Josef Outry
1973-1974 Werner Brunner
1974-1985 Karl Oberholzer
1985-1986 Urs Bender
1986-1987 Thomas Preiss
1987-1991 Fritz Peter
1991-1994 Benno Bernardi
1994-1999 Romano Spadaro
1999-2003 Peter Widmer
2003-2005 Thomas Gulich
2005-2007 Walter Brunner
2007-2010 Roger Berbig
2010-2011 Urs Linsi
2011–2012 Roland Leutwiler
2012-2013 André Dosé
2014-2019 Stephan Anliker
2019 Stephan Rietiker
2020– Sky Sun

Youth work

The club has always had an important youth department. The basis for this is the GC / Campus, a training, education and training center that is available to all GCZ football teams. The training ground , which cost 20 million Swiss francs, was financed by supporters and the city of Zurich . For reasons of economy and space, it is located in Dielsdorf and Niederhasli . Grasshopper Fussball AG also changed its official headquarters to Niederhasli. Due to financial difficulties, youth work has increasingly become the focus of general interest in recent years, although the club has been a leader in the Swiss youth sector for a long time. The club also works with the Bernd Voss football school and his team.


For years the club has had average but consistent attendance. The city derbies and games against Basel always attract the most spectators to the stadium. One problem arose from the long wait for a new stadium after the Hardturm Stadium was demolished . Because the new venue, the Letzigrund stadium just one kilometer away , is unpopular with fans. This led to a drastic reduction in the number of spectators in the stadium.

The “Thursday Club” is an influential patrons' association of the Grasshopper Club Zurich, founded in Zurich in 1964. Membership is personal and geared towards a long-standing circle of friends. The aim is to morally and financially support the football activities of the GCZ. The members are personalities in business, self-employed or in managerial positions. The emotional relationship with the Grasshopper Club and the joy of football connect the 125 members who meet monthly. The Thursday club guarantees the city of Zurich football club a certain amount of financial security, but has no assets and does not seek arbitrary corrections to the squad.

At the beginning of this decade, the GC management launched the GC Family campaign . This brought the association money for the time being, but it gave the association a “family image”. According to GC fans, the club was ridiculed throughout Switzerland. The attempt was also fought within the club and was ultimately a total failure. In addition, many loyal GC fans were given dubious stadium bans. The record champions became a "good" family club and lost numerous supporters and sympathizers. The number of spectators even fell to 5,000–6,000 spectators per home game. The fans launched an official boycott in 2006. The fans demanded the abolition of the GC Family, the lifting of all dubious stadium bans and a say in marketing. The boycott was followed in different ways, with actions inside and outside the stadium. In autumn 2006 the fans were able to come to an agreement with the club, and so the boycott was lifted on October 14, 2006 in the top game against FC St. Gallen. The media then chanted «The Hardturm is alive again!». The fans made it clear to the club that nothing works without them and that they are more than just spectators. Finally it was decided to let the supporters have a say in marketing in the future.

The IG “GC Züri” was founded by active fans at the end of 2006 and came into force during the winter break of 2006/2007. At the beginning it had a very high number of members and was able to give simple fans a strong position within the club. At the beginning of the 2009/10 season, IG GC Züri organized a fundraising campaign for the Grasshopper Club Zurich, which was sinking in debt, under the name “Save GC” via online platforms (e.g. Facebook ). A short time later, a 6-digit amount was collected. IG GC Züri is now limited to its role as a link between the club officials and the fan curve of the Grasshopper Club Zurich, who joined forces in the summer of 2015 under the name of Sector IV based on the standing area in the old Hardturm Stadium and are now responsible for organizing the fan scene . Sector IV acts as the mouthpiece of the fan curve and is responsible for the organization of special trains, fan events, merchandising articles, legal assistance and more.

Fan club

The fans of the Grasshopper Club Zurich ran a fan club on Limmatplatz called “Sächs Foif”. It was open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings as well as before and after the home games of the Grasshopper Club Zurich. The name of the bar refers to the address at Heinrichstrasse 65. The bar told the story of the Grasshopper Club Zurich and was visited by fans from all walks of life and cultures of the club. The restaurant had to close in June 2019 as the lease was no longer extended.


FC Zurich

Ten years after the GCZ, FC Zurich was founded on August 1, 1896 through the merger of three city- Zurich football clubs . The Grasshopper Club is therefore the older of the two clubs. On November 20, 1897, the first Zurich derby between the future arch-rivals took place. The Grasshopper Club defeated FCZ 7-2. Some of the criticism was gentle with the loser. The Schweizer Sportblatt even found words of praise. The editor's name was Hans Enderli - and was FCZ president. When the GCZ left the association in 1909, the FCZ changed the club and jersey colors from red and white to blue and white, which were traditionally the colors of the Grasshopper Club. The rivalry between the two clubs was intensified by the view that the GCZ was supported by the middle class, while the FCZ was supported by workers.

The first century of the Derby had some notable results. In the war championship 1942/43 even a two-digit result looked out: 11: 2 for the GCZ. The highest FCZ victory was for a long time the victory in the 1963/64 season. The half dozen goals of the Letzigrund team were compared to only one GCZ goal. In the 2011/12 season, FCZ won the first derby against GC 6-0. Because the two clubs did not always play in the same league, it took 70 years until the 100th city derby. It took place on September 2, 1967 in front of 15,000 onlookers on the Hardturm. The Swede Ove Grahn , Roland Citherlet and Rolf Blättler scored the goals for the 3-0 victory of the GC.

The stadiums of the two clubs - the former hard tower of the GC in District 5 and the Letzigrund of the FCZ on the border between District 4 and Altstetten - were very close to each other. In between were the railway tracks of the SBB. Because of the rivalry, there were no players who switched "across the tracks" for decades. For example, when the former Swiss national coach Jakob Kuhn moved from FCZ to the Grasshoppers, the anger was so intense that the midfielder returned to his regular club after only two months, willy-nilly. Even today, players who switch “across the tracks” are extremely unpopular at their ex-club. Since both stadiums were originally supposed to be completely rebuilt, first the Letzigrund and then the Hardturm, the two clubs have been playing their games in the same stadium for years. The new Hardturm Stadium, however, was never built. The “new” Letzigrund was officially opened on September 23, 2007 with the 209th derby. The FCZ won the game clearly with 4: 0th

FC Basel

The aversion between Grasshopper Club Zurich and FC Basel is heavily influenced by the rivalry between the cities of Zurich and Basel. A special feature of Swiss football is that both the duel between the Grasshopper Club Zurich and Basel and the duel between FC Zurich and FC Basel are viewed as "classics". There are often violent clashes between rival fans. That is why this duel is a so-called high-risk game, which costs the city a lot of money because of the many security measures.

Further sections

Rowing section

The rowing section was founded in 1904. The GCZ produced successful rowers like Xeno Müller , who became Olympic champion in 1996, or Simon Stürm and Walter Schoeller . The former president of the World Rowing Association , Thomas Keller , also comes from the club.

Tennis sections

The GCZ comprises two tennis sections, the "Tennis Section" (Tennis Ouvert Section) and the "Tennis Couvert Section". The tennis section plays on open courts, the tennis envelope section in the hall.

The tennis section was established in 1890. It was dissolved again in 1901, but re-established in 1915. In the autumn of 1928, the Tennis Couvert section was brought into being from within the tennis section.

Today the women as well as the men play in the national league A of the Interclub. The men won the Swiss championship title in 2004. Among other things, played Vasilis Mazarakis , Michael Lammer and Yuri Schukin at Grasshopper Club.

Land hockey section

European Cup balance men's field
year competition level space place
1992 Cup Winners Trophy 2 5 Swansea
1993 Club Champions Trophy 2 6th Prague
1994 Club Champions Challenge 3 3 Gibraltar
1995 Club Champions Challenge 3 3 Bratislava
1998 Club Champions Challenge 3 3 Glasgow
2002 Cup Winners Cup 1 5 Eindhoven
2008 Club Trophy 2 8th Paris

In 1923 the country hockey section for women was founded. In 1924 the men's department was created. In 1925 women became Swiss champions for the first time, and a year later the men did the same. As early as 1928, the GCZ was able to succeed against opponents such as Real-Polo Madrid .

In contrast to the women, the men concentrated on their assignments abroad and neglected the Swiss championship. So they could not get their next title again until 1938. In 1945 the women won their seventh title. This was the last of the GCZ for 40 years.

After the city of Zurich took part in the indoor championship in addition to the field championship, the men achieved second place in the unofficial European championship championship in 1986. Both women and men have been Swiss indoor champions several times. In 1992 the GCZ won the men's field championship again after a fifty-year lean period.

In 2003 the GCZ men narrowly missed the bronze medal in the European Cup.

The men as well as women play in the National League A .

The Grasshopper Club was eight-time indoor champion and seven-time field champion for the men. The women had nine field and seven indoor titles.

Handball section

The handball section (GC Amicitia Zurich) is the Swiss record champion with 26 championship titles. The championship titles were won in 1950–1952, 1954–1957, 1962–1966, 1968–1970, 1975–1979, 1987–1991 and 2008–2009.

The club also won the SHV Cup in the 2008/2009 season .

The founding year of the handball section is 1931. It plays in the National League A , since the 2007/08 season in an alliance with the Kadetten Schaffhausen . They want to play more successfully together nationally and internationally. The vacant place in the Swiss Handball League was taken by the second team in the GC handball department instead of the first.

Between 1964 and 1977, the Norwegian world-class handball player Arild Gulden , who also took part in the football section, shaped the events, and with him the GCZ was able to win many championship titles - both in football and in handball.

After the city of Zurich relegated to the NLB in the 1980s despite the commitment of the coach Vlado Stenzel , who had previously become Olympic champion with Yugoslavia and world champion with Germany, they were able to win their 21st handball championship in 1991 after being promoted again.

In the 2005/06 season they became vice-Swiss champions for the fifth time in a row behind the Kadetten Schaffhausen .

On August 23, 2010, the handball department merged with the Zurich handball club Amicitia Zurich and now forms the largest handball club in Switzerland under the name GC Amicitia Zurich .

Ice Hockey Section

In 1932, together with the Dolder artificial ice rink in Zurich, the Grasshoppers ice hockey team was established, which in 1934 became the fifth section of the Grasshopper Club Zurich.

The GCZ was in the National League A until 1945, 1946 to 1957 and 1963 to 1968 . In between, he was each in the National League B . In the 1965/66 season he was Swiss champion and cup winner .

In 1967 he went back to the NLB. In 1971 he was relegated to the first division . After an interlude in 1982/1983 in the NLB, he even fell into the second division for four years in 1984 . Since 1993 the GCK Lions have re-established themselves in the NLB.

In 2000 the merger with SC Küsnacht took place , and GCK Lions AG (GCK Lions Eishockey AG) was founded. The ice hockey GCZ was re-established after the merger and plays in the fifth highest division (3rd division). The focus of the ice hockey section is on young talent. The last big success was the championship of the elite A-Juniors in the 2006/07 season. The GC ice hockey section was the initiator of the merger with the ZSC and is a supporting member of the extremely successful ZLE pyramid, the operating company of ZSC Lions and GCK Lions.

Squash section

In squash, the GCZ plays in the men's and women's national league A. Since the national league was held for the first time in the 1978/79 season, the GCZ has been Swiss champions a total of twelve times, most recently in 2014/15. In the women's championship so far in the 1987/88 season. The GCZ is the organizer of the Grasshopper Cup .

Section floorball

The floorball section was founded in 2002 after the clubs UHC Cosmic Zurich, UHC Zurich and Zurich Lakers merged.

The men of the GCZ play in the NLA , among others with the Czech national player Aleš Jakubek . The most famous player in the still young history of the club was Niklas Jihde . In 2005 the Swedish world class player returned to his homeland and was already champion in the first season with AIK , as was the Swedish world class player Kim Nilsson , who played for GC from 2014 to 2016.

GC secured its first Swiss championship title in the 2015/16 season. In 2011, 2014 and 2017 they became cup winners.

Curling section

The curling section was founded in 1962.

In the 2007/08 season the GCZ will be playing in the top division (Swiss Curling League A) for both women (Team Irene Schori ) and men (Team Reto Seiler ).

Rugby section

The Rugby Club Zurich was founded in 1968 and integrated into the Grasshopper Club as the eleventh section in 2008.

In rugby, too, the GCZ plays in both the men (National League A) and women (National League Women) in the top division. In addition, the men's second team plays in the National League C. The rugby section won the Swiss Cup in 2003 and 2013 and the Swiss Championship in 2014, each as the first club from German-speaking Switzerland.

Basketball section

The Basketball Club Zürich Academica, which was founded in 1950 as the Basketball Club Zürich, merged with the Grasshopper Club Zürich to form the 12th section in 2010. At the same time, they were promoted to National League A. In the 2016/2017 season, the juniors of the CBSZ Basketball Academy Zurich were accepted at the Grasshopper Club Zurich. Both the juniors in the women under 16 category and the men under 19 won the Swiss championship title for the 12th section in their first season at the GC. In addition, the GC provides several national players in the junior division.

Beach soccer section

As GC Beach Soccer , the Grasshopper Club Zurich intervened in the Suzuki Beach Soccer League for the first time in the 2012 season and immediately became Swiss champions. On September 23, 2012 he won the playo final against BSC Sable Dancers Bern 6: 5. Part of the responsibility for this success was the Swiss international Dejan Stanković, who also acted as coach.

Web links

Commons : Grasshopper Club Zurich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Board of Directors. On the website of the Grasshopper Club Zurich.
  2. Why “Grasshopper”? . In: Club - History - Overview . Grasshopper Club Zurich. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. Ciriaco Sforza resigns. Retrieved March 5, 2019 . On the website of the Grasshopper Club Zurich, April 13, 2012
  5. July 26, 2007: Existing Hardturm Stadium will be closed after the GC - Xamax Neuchâtel game on September 1, 2007 . Retrieved March 5, 2020 . Media release by the City of Zurich, July 26, 2007
  6. Information about the GC Bar. Sächs Foif, accessed on May 25, 2019 .
  7. GC fan club “Sächs Foif” had to close. Blick, accessed on August 16, 2020 .
  8. Compilation from EHF Handbook 2016 ( Memento from March 14, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Amicitia Zurich and GC merge. Retrieved March 5, 2020 . In: SRF , June 18, 2009
  10. National Interclub Swiss Champion. In: (PDF; 445 kB)
  11. ^ Rugby Club Zurich History - Our History. ( Memento from January 5, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) On the website of the Rugby Club Zurich
  12. Cheers, mate! ( Memento from November 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) In: Grasshopper magazine for all sections of the Grasshopper Club Zurich. Edition 02/08, June 2008, p. 4 (PDF; 1.2 MB)
  13. 2016/17 | GC basketball. Retrieved March 7, 2018 .
  14. Switzerland at the FIBA ​​U16 Women's European Championship Division B 2017 - Accessed March 7, 2018 (English).
  15. Switzerland at the FIBA ​​U18 Women's European Championship Division B 2017 - Accessed March 7, 2018 (English).
  16. Switzerland at the FIBA ​​U18 European Championship Division B 2017 - Accessed March 7, 2018 (English).
  17. Suzuki League 2012: Final rank 5