History

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

During the following decades, FC Zurich developed into one of Switzerland’s most famous and successful clubs. Up until the 1930’s, FC Zurich was also actively involved in other sports such as rowing, boxing, athletics, handball, etc. Later on, the club concentrated on football in which it has achieved its biggest success so far.

Club Honours

Swiss champions:

1902, 1924, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2022

Swiss Cup winners:

1966, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1976, 2000, 2005, 2014, 2016, 2018

International Achievements:

  • Semi-final of the European Cup of the Champions in 1964 and 1977
  • Group phase of the UEFA Champions League 2009/2010
  • Round of 32 UEFA Cup 2008, round of 32 UEFA Europa League 2019
  • Group phase of the UEFA Europa League 2011/2012, 2014/2015, 2016/2017 and 2018/2019

FC Zurich won its first national championship in the season 1901/1902. Between 1924 and 1981, 8 more national championship titles followed and the club won the Swiss Cup 7 times between 1966 and 2005. In 2006, FC Zurich celebrated its first championship in 25 years thanks to a goal in the 93rd minute. Following the tenth championship title in the club's history, two more championship wins followed in 2007 and 2009. Since then, the Swiss Cup has been won three more times (2014, 2016, 2018), bringing the club's total to ten Cup titles. FCZ celebrated its 13th championship title in 2022 with four rounds to go after a very consistent season under head coach André Breitenreiter.

Due to its national success, FC Zurich was also given the opportunity to participate in various UEFA competitions and thus prove itself internationally as well. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the club enjoyed noteworthy success in each of the three European club competitions. Particularly, it has to be highlighted that the club reached the semi-final of the European Cup of the Champions twice: In 1964, only the famous team of Real Madrid managed to stop FC Zurich on their way to the final and, in 1977, English record champions Liverpool FC beat FC Zurich in the semi-final after the Swiss had already eliminated famous opponents such as Glasgow Rangers and Dynamo Dresden from the competition. FCZ has also had numerous international highlights in the recent past. In the last decade, FCZ participated once in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (2009/2010) and four times in the group stage of the Europa League, in which they qualified for the round of sixteen in the 2018/2019 season. FC Zurich has also been continuously supplying players for the Swiss A national team and various international youth sides throughout its entire club history.