Grasshopper-Club Zurich, commonly known as GC, GCZ or simply Grasshopper, is a Swiss multisports club based in Zurich. Their oldest section is their football team that currently features in the Swiss Super League. Grasshopper are one of the most successful clubs in Swiss football, holding the record for the most national championships.
Grasshopper were established on September 1,1886 by Tom E. Griffith, an English student. They played their first match against ETH that ended in a goalless draw.
In 1896 a club named Fussballclub Zurich was established and a massive rivalry between Grasshopper and Zurich was started. In 1897 Grasshopper won their first Swiss championship and went onto the league a record 27 times and the Swiss Cup on 18 occasions in subsequent years.
In 1997 Grasshopper became the first Swiss sports club to go public. They are now the most well known Swiss club.
Grasshopper play their home matches at the Letzigrund that can accomodate 26,500 spectators.