privilege – There’s the thing! The FCZ has been champion for three weeks. Now there is the cup in the last home game. Goalie Yanick Brecher is the first to lift the bucket into the sky. Afterwards he says: “It’s an unbelievable privilege to receive the trophy as a captain. And then also for the youth club. » Brecher experienced the last Zurich championship title in 2009 as a fan. He admits with a laugh: “Yes, after that I stormed onto the pitch.”
place storm – Also this time there is a space storm. However, not from the south curve. There are many fans from the other sectors climbing onto the field. And then the team on the lap of honor occasionally press uncomfortably. It is also not planned that the champagne will be missing at first. Blerim Dzemaili takes care of it – and rolls a handcart with a box full of bottles to the other players.
Guest of honor – For the final game of the season, the presidential couple Heliane and Ancillo Canepa have a special guest in the box. It is Canepa’s predecessor as club boss, the legendary Sven Hotz (92). He suffers from dementia. “His world has gotten smaller and smaller in recent years,” said his daughter Kristine Scheiwiller to Blick this week, “Dad only recognizes his family – and not always.” Nevertheless, Hotz, who celebrated his cult dance on the balcony after the title in 2006, insists on being there live at the 2022 trophy handover.
Master March – From Letzigrund to Helvetiaplatz it is only a few minutes’ drive. But an hour when the team bus drives at walking pace and is accompanied by thousands of fans on foot.
Dzemaili before master party: “We’ve already celebrated so much, we’re at the end”(01:23)
party frenzy – Many thousands of fans populate Helvetiaplatz when the team comes onto the balcony with the trophy for the first time. Zurich celebrates its master heroes with a lavish summer night party!
fans – Apparently, the south curve fans prepared gigantic block flags for the whole stadium weeks ago for the last home game. With an enormous logistical effort, in the minutes before kick-off, with the exception of the guest sector, all stands are covered with FCZ homages.
whistles – During the cup ceremony, there will be whistles from the stands. Namely because of league boss Claudius Schäfer. Why? Because the fans are not very enthusiastic about the playoff mode that has been decided.
shipping – The celebrations continue on Monday. The FCZ steers to four communities on Lake Zurich with one ship. There are autograph sessions with the master heroes. Canepa: “Whole school classes have announced themselves.”