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06/12/2019

SENIOR TEAM STARTS PREPARATIONS

Today, Wednesday, 12.06.2019, the senior team of Grasshopper Club Zurich is starting its preparations for the new 2019/20 season. The players will gradually return to training. The reason for this is, in particular, some Hoppers' appearances for their national teams and in play-offs.

After a training break of some three weeks, Uli Forte's team will start preparations for the new 2019/20 season from today at 10.30 am with the first public training session. The players will be returning to the GC/Campus gradually due to national team and play-off appearances.

With today's start to training, the following players will begin preparing for the season: Roberto Alves (returning after being on loan), Allan Arigoni, Albion Avdijaj (returning after being on loan), Euclides Cabral, Nikola Gjorgjev, Anthony Goelzer, Robin Kamber (Reha), Mateo Matic, Giotto Morandi (returning after being on loan), Ridge Munsy (returning after being on loan), Allen Njie, Jean-Pierre Rhyner (Reha), Mirko Salvi (returning after being on loan), Baba Souare and Nikola Sukacev (returning after being on loan).

In addition, several youth players from the U21s and U18s will participate in the  senior side's training. The main purpose of this is for the head coach and his staff to see new players. They are not part of the senior side's set team and will likely return to their youth sides over the course of the preparations.

On 17 June 2019 Marko Basic, Mergim Bajrami, Aleksandar Cvetkovic, Djibril Diani, Nathan, Amel Rustemoski, Amir Saipi and Charles Pickel (returning after being on loan) will join the team, and on 20 June 2019 Mersim Asllani, Nedim Bajrami, Marco Djuricin, Michal Fasko, Petar Pusic, Gjelbrim Taipi and Cédric Zesiger will follow.

The following players have already left Grasshopper Club Zurich - Lucas Andersen (Aalborg BK, Denmark, exercising the purchase option after being on loan) and Rifet Kapic (SC Paderborn, Germany, final transfer). Furthermore, the following players are no longer in the team of GC after their contracts expired: Heinz Lindner, Rúnar Mar Sigurjónsson, Bujar Lika, Aly Mallé, Julien Ngoy, Aimery Pinga, Shani Tarashaj, Yoric Ravet, Caiuby and Arlind Ajeti. Grasshopper Club Zurich thanks all players for their commitment and wishes them every success and all the best for the future.

With the start to the preparations, the first test matches will soon be on the Hoppers' schedule. The provisional preparation schedule is as follows:

Saturday, 22.06.19, 4.00 pmGC-SCR AltachGC/Campus, Niederhasli
Wednesday, 26.06.19, 6.00 pmGC-FC Rapperswil-JonaGC/Campus, Niederhasli
Saturday, 29.06.19, 5.00 pmServette FC-GCBerne/Romandie (tbd)
Saturday, 06.07.19, 4.00 pmGC-FC SchaffhausenGC/Campus, Niederhasli
Friday, 12.07.19, 6.00 pmVfL Bochum 1848-GCGossau, SG
Wednesday, 17.07.19, 6.00 pmGC-FC BadenGC/Campus, Niederhasli