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FC Grasshopper face bounce out of top flight

One of Switzerland’s best known football clubs, FC Grasshopper Zurich, is threatened with relegation from the top league next season because of acute financial difficulties.

The most successful club in Swiss history has been struggling to contain debt for a number of years and is reportedly running out of benefactors to keep it afloat beyond the current season.

Grasshopper president Roger Berbig is now painting a bleak picture for the club after talks to rope in the millions of retail entrepreneur Philippe Gaydoul broke down in the summer.

Berbig suggested that the club’s current sugar daddy, garden centre magnate Heinz Spross, is running close to the limit of his funding power.

“I can imagine that at some time he will also have had enough,” Berbig told the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper. “The situation has been acute for months.”

FC Grasshopper have remained tight-lipped over the exact depth of their debt, but observers calculate the club owes SFr10-20 million ($9.4-19 million) and growing. According to Swiss Football League (SFL) rules, clubs are only granted a licence to play in the top flight if they can prove sound finances or have a backer for their debts.

SFL spokesman Roger Müller told swissinfo.ch that the League is monitoring the situation at FC Grasshopper.

“We do not see any financial crisis this season and we expect them to play as normal. However, we do take it seriously when we see reports that they could lose investors at the end of the season.”

FC Servette, from Geneva, was forced to drop to a lower league in 2005 after failing to meet SFL financial rules, the same fate that befell Lausanne three years earlier. However, the shockwaves would resonate much further if such a large and prestigious club as FC Grasshopper were to meet the same fate.

Grasshopper’s problems mirror a wider picture for smaller clubs in many European countries. The increased attention and revenues from television has swelled football’s coffers, but money has been mainly distributed to the bigger clubs with greater audience appeal.

Swiss football cannot compete with countries such as England, where Sky television stumps up billions to show matches. The SFL runs on an annual budget of SFr15.7 million from television and marketing revenue combined.

While Real Madrid can afford to pay £80 million (SFr139 million) for Ronaldo, Grasshopper regularly loses rising stars to bigger leagues as they struggle to keep afloat financially.

Not even the substantial financial bonus of qualifying for a European competition is necessarily enough in the long run, as FC Thun found out. The small Bernese club netted millions in the Champions League in 2005, but soon frittered the cash away and now languish in the lower leagues.

FC Grasshopper’s problems have been exacerbated by the lack of a home stadium. Their old ground, the Hardturm, was knocked down before the Euro 2008 championships and they now share rivals FC Zurich’s stadium as a planning quagmire holds up the rebuilding of their home turf.

Part of the club’s problems has been cutting its cloth to meet its current circumstances, according to Swiss football journalist Guido Tognoni. FC Grasshopper’s glory days are now a distant memory as the club struggles to mount a serious challenge for honours.

“They still believe that they are the biggest and greatest club and have been unable to reduce their budget,” Tognoni told swissinfo.ch. “They are now in a very messy situation with no stadium, no money and few good players.”

Grasshopper’s only hope appears to be to find salvation in the shape of a rich benefactor, such as Gisela Oeri – wife of a Swiss billionaire – who funds FC Basel.

But Swiss money appears more willing to go abroad at the moment. Former Swiss international turned entrepreneur Ramon Vega appeared willing to invest in English club Portsmouth – before pulling out – while Swiss investor Markus Liebherr decided to sink his cash into rival Southampton in July.

“Swiss football has no image outside Switzerland so there is no prospect of a return on investment,” Tognoni said. “Even the poorest English team has a better global image.”

Matthew Allen, swissinfo.ch in Zurich

FC Grasshopper

FC Grasshopper is one of Switzerland’s oldest clubs and the most successful in the country’s domestic game. Founded in 1886 by English student Thomas E Griffith, the club has collected 27 league titles and 18 cup victories.

At the height of the club’s powers in the later 1970s and early 1980s, it regularly featured in prestigious European tournaments.

Former star players have included German national star Günter Netzer, Alain Sutter, Christian Gross, former Swiss national captain Johann Vogel and the Yakin brothers, Hakin and Murat.

Grasshopper Club Zurich is best known for its football, but the umbrella organisation also encompasses other sports such as rowing, ice hockey, tennis, curling and squash.

Fans are reportedly trying to dig the football club out of its financial hole by organising an online collection of SFr1 million. Swiss media reports that a Facebook group has collected SFr300,000.

But another unusual funding channel, the long running and famed Thursday Club of private donors and businesses, appears to have lost some of its impact as a result of the financial crisis.

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Grasshopper Club Zürich

Grasshoppers
Full name Grasshopper Club Zürich
Nickname(s) GC
GCZ
Grasshoppers
Founded 1 September 1896
Ground Letzigrund
(Capacity: 26,104)
Chairman Stephan Anliker
Manager Michael Skibbe
Current League Swiss Super League
2016-17 Swiss Super League, 8th
Website Club home page

Grasshopper Club Zürich commonly referred to as simply GC, GCZ, or Grasshoppers is a Swiss multisports club based in Zürich, Switzerland. The oldest and best known section of club is its football team. With 27 titles, Grasshopper holds the records for winning the most national championship titles and for the most successes in the Swiss Cup tournament, 19 victories in the competition. The club is the oldest football team in Zürich and share a great city rivalry with FC Zürich.

The origin of Grasshopper’s name is unknown, although the most common explanation refers to its early players’ energetic post-goal celebrations and that their style of play was nimble and energetic.

After a number of appearances in European Cups and the UEFA Champions League, Grasshopper has become one of Switzerland’s most recognizable football clubs. Today, in addition to its main football squad, the club has competitive professional and youth teams in rowing, ice hockey, handball, lawn tennis, court tennis, field hockey, curling, rugby, squash, unihockey and beach soccer.

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Allen Njie Arrives in Switzerland Ahead Of Grasshopper Medical

Liberia starlet Allen Njie has arrived at Swiss club Grasshopper Club Zurich training ground to begin his medical ahead of a proposed move, according to a prestigious source.

Allen Njie Arrives in Switzerland Ahead Of Grasshopper Medical

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Liberia starlet Allen Njie has arrived at Swiss club Grasshopper Club Zurich training ground to begin his medical ahead of a proposed move, according to a prestigious source.

Njie has been the subject of speculation of lately but looks closer to be edging for a dream move to Euro.
It is understood that the player departed the country on Friday 19th Oct 2018 and is currently in Switzerland awaiting medical. The source claims that the player is expected to go through a medical and a contract could be announced in a short possible time.

“He arrived in Switzerland and will sign for Grasshoppers,” Source said.
The 18-year-old energetic midfielder played a key role as LISCR FC won the Liberia Football Association national League unbeaten and clinching the FA Cup. Njie made his debut for the senior national team of Liberia against Sierra Leone in July, a match which ended in a goalless draw.

The left-footed midfielder who is dubbed Paul Pogba has been regular in national team head coach Thomas Kojo plan in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers putting in some impressive performance.

“It is a blessing to have Njie and Dorley on the national team,” Coach Kojo said in a pre-match press conference. The starlet provided the assist for Sam Johnson in Liberia 3-1 defeat to Congo Brazzaville and was instrumental as the Lone Star won 2-1 at home.

Njie was also a key member of Liberia U20 team that finished runner-up to the Gambia in the WAFU tournament held in Liberia, putting in several men of the match performances and eventually winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.

The midfielder who is known for his good vision, dribbling skills, and free-kick ability can play as both attacking and defensive midfielder.

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Grasshoppers

T hough it hasn’t been as successful in recent history, Grasshopper Club Zürich is a marquee name in Swiss football. With 27 Swiss Championships and 19 Swiss Cups, they’re still the most successful club in the country. They’ve also had a number of notable appearances on the international stage, including a UEFA semi-final run in 1978. They have a competitive inter-city rivalry with FC Zürich.

Basic facts

Founded: 1886
Country: Switzerland
City: Basel

Home grounds

Hardturm (1929–2007)
Letzigrund (2007–)

Main trophies

Swiss Championship: 27
Swiss Cup: 19
Swiss League Cup: 2

Prominent players

Alfred Bickel, Marcel Koller, Viorel Moldovan, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Kim Källström, Ricardo Cabanas, Nikola Gjorgjev

Club records

Most games played: Alfred Bickel (405)
Top goalscorer: Alfred Bickel (202)

Early exploits

Grasshopper was formed in 1886 by an English student named Tom E. Griffith. Thanks to a donation of 20 francs, the club purchased a blue-and-white kit inspired by Blackburn Rovers, which soon became one of the symbols of the club. The origin of the name Grasshopper is shrouded in mystery, but one popular explanation ties it to the club’s energetic play style early on. In its first official match, Grasshopper drew 0-0 with ETH.

In 1898, the club won the inaugural Swiss Championship. They claimed three more titles before being forced to withdraw from the league due to not having a suitable stadium. They rejoined in 1916, winning another title in 1921. They proceeded to win three more titles and four cups under the legendary Hungarian manager Izidor “Dori” KГјrschner during the late ‘20 and early ‘30s. During this period, the club finally got its own venue — the Hardturm Stadium.

Domestic dominance

Even after KГјrschner’s exit, Grasshopper continued to play a key role in Swiss football. From 1937 to 1956, they claimed an additional 7 Swiss Championships and 9 Swiss Cups. However, the double in 1956 signaled the end of their title aspirations for a while. The late ‘50s belonged to Young Boys, and the following decade saw Grasshopper play second fiddle to various rivals, including ZГјrich and the emerging Basel.

Despite a relative lack of silverware, the club returned to the top of Swiss football in the ‘70s. In addition to two championships, they also started making their mark in European competitions. In 1978, they made it all the way to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, where they lost a closely contested match to Bastia due to an away goal rule. A year later, they defeated Real Madrid in the European Cup, but lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Nottingham Forest.

Later history

The following two decades were also bountiful for Grasshopper, as they claimed another 8 Swiss Championships and 5 Swiss Cups. In 1995, they also became the first Swiss club to take part in the newly formed Champions League; however, they failed to record any victories. Their second appearance went more smoothly, as they won three matches and came very close to qualifying for the knockout stages. In the deciding match, they lost to Ajax 0-1.

The club started off the 21st century on a positive note, winning two titles in 2001 and 2003. However, those turned out to be their only major trophies until they claimed the Swiss Cup in 2013. In the meantime, Grasshopper became the first Swiss club to go public, under the name of Neue Grasshopper Fussball AG. Two years later, the club shut down the Hardturm and moved to the Letzigrund, the home ground of FC ZГјrich.

The evolution of the logo is common. Since the need to display a logo that is clear on smaller graphic formats, Grasshoppers is one of many clubs that have stylize their logo with less details occupying it. Older versions of the logo displayed a large green grasshopper. In later versions, the grasshopper would take lesser space before disappearing completely.

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Grasshopper fc

In the end, the players even had to hand over their jerseys: In the descent of Grasshopper Zurich, the fans have ensured a game crash. It’s not the first time.

After the second game abort of the season, the Swiss football champion Grasshopper Zurich has relegated for the first time in 70 years from the first division. The meeting of the 27-time champion at FC Lucerne had to be stopped at the score of 4: 0 for the hosts in the second half.

Grasshopper fans had left their block after the fourth goal, gathered on the sidelines and apparently demanded that players hand over their jerseys and trousers. A safe continuation of the game was therefore no longer guaranteed, judged the referee.

Although the Super League has not yet formally expressed. Most likely, the canceled game but scored with a loss for the Grasshopper, which would be safely relegated three games before the end of the season. The SFL wants to inform in the coming days about the further procedure. Already in March a meeting of the Zurich FC Sion had been stopped because of the burning of pyrotechnics. The game was scored 0: 3 against Zurich.

Zurich players handed out their shirts to fans

As “shameful and unacceptable” the club condemned the events in a statement. “The Grasshopper Club Zurich understands the frustration on the athletic performance of the team,” it continued: “Violent acts and unsportsmanlike behavior, which lead to a game crash, condemns the club once again in the strongest terms.”

GC condemns the break-up of the away game in Lucerne caused by own fan groups News: https://t.co/UxTNtEV820 #gc # zurich #traditionsclub

– GC Zurich (@ 1886_gc_zuerich) 12 May 2019

That the players actually handed their shirts to the fans, confirmed the club. “Because the situation threatened to escalate, we decided in consultation with the security forces to hand over the jerseys to the curve,” said the message: “The security of the players and those of the peaceful fans in the stadium is the most important asset for us. The decision does not mean that we endorse the unsportsmanlike and humanly questionable behavior. “

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Grasshoppers

T hough it hasn’t been as successful in recent history, Grasshopper Club Zürich is a marquee name in Swiss football. With 27 Swiss Championships and 19 Swiss Cups, they’re still the most successful club in the country. They’ve also had a number of notable appearances on the international stage, including a UEFA semi-final run in 1978. They have a competitive inter-city rivalry with FC Zürich.

Basic facts

Founded: 1886
Country: Switzerland
City: Basel

Home grounds

Hardturm (1929–2007)
Letzigrund (2007–)

Main trophies

Swiss Championship: 27
Swiss Cup: 19
Swiss League Cup: 2

Prominent players

Alfred Bickel, Marcel Koller, Viorel Moldovan, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Kim Källström, Ricardo Cabanas, Nikola Gjorgjev

Club records

Most games played: Alfred Bickel (405)
Top goalscorer: Alfred Bickel (202)

Early exploits

Grasshopper was formed in 1886 by an English student named Tom E. Griffith. Thanks to a donation of 20 francs, the club purchased a blue-and-white kit inspired by Blackburn Rovers, which soon became one of the symbols of the club. The origin of the name Grasshopper is shrouded in mystery, but one popular explanation ties it to the club’s energetic play style early on. In its first official match, Grasshopper drew 0-0 with ETH.

In 1898, the club won the inaugural Swiss Championship. They claimed three more titles before being forced to withdraw from the league due to not having a suitable stadium. They rejoined in 1916, winning another title in 1921. They proceeded to win three more titles and four cups under the legendary Hungarian manager Izidor “Dori” KГјrschner during the late ‘20 and early ‘30s. During this period, the club finally got its own venue — the Hardturm Stadium.

Domestic dominance

Even after KГјrschner’s exit, Grasshopper continued to play a key role in Swiss football. From 1937 to 1956, they claimed an additional 7 Swiss Championships and 9 Swiss Cups. However, the double in 1956 signaled the end of their title aspirations for a while. The late ‘50s belonged to Young Boys, and the following decade saw Grasshopper play second fiddle to various rivals, including ZГјrich and the emerging Basel.

Despite a relative lack of silverware, the club returned to the top of Swiss football in the ‘70s. In addition to two championships, they also started making their mark in European competitions. In 1978, they made it all the way to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, where they lost a closely contested match to Bastia due to an away goal rule. A year later, they defeated Real Madrid in the European Cup, but lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Nottingham Forest.

Later history

The following two decades were also bountiful for Grasshopper, as they claimed another 8 Swiss Championships and 5 Swiss Cups. In 1995, they also became the first Swiss club to take part in the newly formed Champions League; however, they failed to record any victories. Their second appearance went more smoothly, as they won three matches and came very close to qualifying for the knockout stages. In the deciding match, they lost to Ajax 0-1.

The club started off the 21st century on a positive note, winning two titles in 2001 and 2003. However, those turned out to be their only major trophies until they claimed the Swiss Cup in 2013. In the meantime, Grasshopper became the first Swiss club to go public, under the name of Neue Grasshopper Fussball AG. Two years later, the club shut down the Hardturm and moved to the Letzigrund, the home ground of FC ZГјrich.

The evolution of the logo is common. Since the need to display a logo that is clear on smaller graphic formats, Grasshoppers is one of many clubs that have stylize their logo with less details occupying it. Older versions of the logo displayed a large green grasshopper. In later versions, the grasshopper would take lesser space before disappearing completely.

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