Throwback Derbies: The Zurich Derby 2004



Zurich, Switzerland is a unique European city associated with order, wealth, and tranquility. Interestingly supporters in Zurich carry on in the traditions of the rest of Europe, breeding a particularly distinct sub-culture. The “Zürichs Kranke Horde” (sick bunch of Zurich) is a hooligan group consisting of Grasshoppers Club Zurich and FC Zurich supporters. Despite this alliance in the extreme fringes of Zurich’s fan culture, the two clubs have an incredible history of rivalry and heated fixtures.

The Swiss capital is home to two of the nation’s olderst clubs; Grasshopper Club Zurich, established in 1886, and FC Zurich created a decade later in 1896.  The two clubs have shared the same colours after GCZ temporarily resigned from Swiss football in 1909, leading FCZ to change from red and white to blue and white.  Traditionally, GCZ was always considered the club of the middle class, while the more urban and working class districts are said to belong to FCZ.

The most heated derby between the two sides came on March 3rd, 2004 during the Swiss cup semi-final.  Just 11 minutes into the game, GCZ was already losing 2-0.  The Grasshoppers pulled back a goal through Mladen Petric, only to be outdone by Gygax who scored his second of three to put FC Zurich up 3-1 at the break.  The beginning of the second half was a similar storyline, as Gygax and Cesar seemed to put the game out of reach at 5-2 with under 30 minutes left.

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