Mannschaft Bericht : FC Zurich 2011/12


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FC Zurich’s youthful defender RAPHAEL KOCH pumps his first and is congratulated by French striker ALEXANDRE ALPHONSE (right) and midfielder STJEPAN KUKURUZOVIC after scoring his side’s third goal — and the 21-year-old’s very first in the Swiss Super League — in the 54th minute of the lopsided 6-0 derby rout of cross-town rival Grasshopper Zurich at the Letzigrund stadium in the canton capital city.
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FC ZURICH, after having lost their first three league games to start the new season, could extend their current winning streak to four matches in all competitions with a major upset of German Bundesliga club BAYERN MUNICH at the Allianz Arena this week.

Originally founded in 1896 and seven times champion of Switzerland, the side of URS FISCHER began their current run of form with the decisive 1-0 victory over Belgian club Standard Liege in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third round qualification tie. The heavy 6-0 win at home over arch-rival Grasshopper Zurich in the local derby surely improved team morale. And FC Zurich are fresh from the come-from-behind, last-minute 2-1 victory on the road at two-time defending Swiss Super League champion FC Basel.

The leading goal-scorer for FC Zurich thus far is 20-year-old Switzerland international ADMIR MEHMEDI, who has four strikes in all competitions this season and tied for the team lead with 10 goals in the Swiss Super League last term. His partner in attack is 29-year-old French forward ALEXANDRE ALPHONSE, who also netted ten times in the league for FC Zurich during the last campaign. Available on the bench with a career record of 10 goals in 19 Swiss Super League games is Tunisia international ARMINE CHERMITI, the 23-year-old one-time SC Hertha Berlin striker who spent the 2009-10 schedule on loan with Saudi Arabian outfit Al Ittihad Jeddah.

It was Chermiti who scored the 90th minute match-winner against FC Basel after coming on in the second half as a substitute.

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FC Zurich’s Portuguese defender JORGE TEIXEIRA (right) looks on as aging international fullback LUDOVIC MAGNIN (left), the experienced 32-year-old who has earned 63 caps for Switzerland and previously spent eight years in the Bundesliga playing for Werder Bremen and Vfb Stuttgart, denies the ball to FC Basel’s Switzerland World Cup midfielder XHERDAN SHAQIRI (17) during the Swiss Super League match last May at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich.
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Sweden international DUSAN DJURIC is an attacking midfielder who scored seven times in the top flight last term and is currently tied for the team lead with two Swiss Super League goals this summer. Another mainstay in the middle of the park is the defensive-minded 31-year-old veteran SILVAN AEGERTER. Switzerland international midfielder XAVIER MARGAIRAZ, who appeared twice as a substitute at the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany, has gone down injured and has been replaced by the 22-year-old of Croatian descent, STEJPAN KUKURUZOVIC.

21-year-old MARCO SCHOENBAECHLER has been in the FC Zurich Startelf and deployed on the flank for all five Swiss Super League matches this summer but did not feature in the UEFA Champions League tie with Standard Liege. Another youngster, 21-year-old ADRIAN NIKCI, scored seven goals in the top flight a year ago and started both games against the Belgium club in Europe though all five of his appearances this summer domestically have been off the bench.

The trainer Fischer’s club have been without the services of injured Tunisia international SHAKER ZOUAGHI, the former midfielder with Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow who logged 29 games and scored three goals in the Swiss Super League last season.

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FC Zurich’s French defender MATHIEU BEDA (28), who spent five years in Germany with 1.FC Kaiserslautern and TSV 1860 Munich before moving to Switzerland this past February, battles to keep the ball away from Cameroonian striker ALOYS NONG of Standard Liege during the UEFA Champions League third round, first leg match at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Belgium.
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Anchoring the center of defense for FC Zurich is journeyman JORGE TEIXEIRA, the 24-year-old Portuguese defender who arrived last summer from Israeli club FC Maccabi Haifa. Veteran 2.Bundesliga backliner MATHIEU BREDA has started the past three games, including both matches against his one-time paymasters Standard Liege, and scored the equalizing goal this past weekend at FC Basel. Only 20 years of age, PHILIPPE KOCH is already entering his third campaign as the regular right back for FC Zurich; his older brother by one year, RAPHAEL KOCH, is also a member of the defensive unit.

The left back is 18-year-old RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, the bright prospect who has displaced the aging Bundesliga veteran and Switzerland international LUDOVIC MAGNIN to begin this season.

Standing between the sticks for FC Zurich is the experienced JOHNNY LEONI, who has been the first choice since the start of the 2005-06 season. The decorated 27-year-old, who only appeared in 13 Swiss Super League matches on account of injury last season, has three domestic titles (2006, 2007, and 2009) on the resume. Italian ANDREA GUATELLI, previously with English club FC Portsmouth, provides cover.

This year’s meeting in the UEFA Champions League will be the first time that FC Zurich has ever met Bayern Munich. But, over the course of club history, the Swiss club have engaged German opposition in European competition on six different occasions; FC Zurich has never taken a tie from a Bundesliga club and has lost all five European matches contested on East or West German soil to date.

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Watched by FC Basel teammate and Zambia international midfielder FWAYO TAMBO, Switzerland international defender KAY VOSER (center) sees his header saved by FC Zurich goalkeeper JOHNNY LEONI (1) during the Swiss Super League match last Saturday at St. Jakob Park in Basel, where the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland all converge.

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