Chemnitzer FC
Chemnitzer FC is a German association football club
Football in Germany
Association football is the most popular sport in Germany. The German Football Association is the sport's national governing body, with 6.6 million members organized in over 26,000 football clubs. There is a league system, with the 1. and 2. Bundesliga on top, and the winner of the first...

 based in Chemnitz
Chemnitz is the third-largest city of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Chemnitz is an independent city which is not part of any county and seat of the government region Direktionsbezirk Chemnitz. Located in the northern foothills of the Ore Mountains, it is a part of the Saxon triangle...

, Saxony
The Free State of Saxony is a landlocked state of Germany, contingent with Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, the Czech Republic and Poland. It is the tenth-largest German state in area, with of Germany's sixteen states....


The roots of the club go back to its establishment as Chemnitzer BC 1933 in 1933 after the collapse (bankruptcy) of former Chemnitzer BC 1899.

Founding member of the DFB

On 28 January 1900, Chemnitzer SC Britannia was a founding member of the German Football Association
German Football Association
The German Football Association is the governing body of football in Germany. A founding member of both FIFA and UEFA, the DFB organises the German football leagues, including the national league, the Bundesliga, and the men's and women's national teams. The DFB is based in Frankfurt and is...

 (DFB) in Leipzig
Leipzig Leipzig has always been a trade city, situated during the time of the Holy Roman Empire at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii, two important trade routes. At one time, Leipzig was one of the major European centres of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing...

. During April the same year, the club changed its name to Chemnitzer BC 1899.


The club was initially formed by students from Mittweida
Mittweida is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, in the Mittelsachsen district. It is situated on the Zschopau River, 18 km north of Chemnitz, and 54 km west of Dresden....

 as Chemnitzer SC Britannia on 2 December 1899.

On 8 August 1903, the club became a founding member of the Verband Chemnitzer Fußball-Vereine (VCFV). This local federation was included into the Verband Mitteldeutscher Fußball-Vereine (VMBV), the great regional federation of Central Germany, two years later.

Until 1933, Chemnitzer BC were a strong side of the VMBV leagues. They took part in the WMBV's final round fifteen times, reaching the final once in 1927. Despite a 0–4 defeat against VfB Leipzig, Chemnitz qualified for the 1927 German football championship
1927 German football championship
-Preliminary:*1. FC Nuremberg 5-1 Chemnitzer BC*FC Schalke 04 1-3 TSV 1860 München*Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-4 Hamburger SV*Holstein Kiel 9-1 Titania Stettin*BSC Kickers 1900 Berlin 5-4 Duisburger SpV*Sportfreunde Breslau 1-3 SpVgg Fürth...

 as vice-champions, where they lost in the first round against eventual champions 1. FC Nuremberg, 1–5.

In 1933, Chemnitzer BC 1899 came into financial difficulties. Despite a merger with local rivals SC Sachsen 1909 Chemnitz, bankruptcy
Bankruptcy is a legal status of an insolvent person or an organisation, that is, one that cannot repay the debts owed to creditors. In most jurisdictions bankruptcy is imposed by a court order, often initiated by the debtor....

 and liquidation
In law, liquidation is the process by which a company is brought to an end, and the assets and property of the company redistributed. Liquidation is also sometimes referred to as winding-up or dissolution, although dissolution technically refers to the last stage of liquidation...

 could not be avoided. The side was then immediately re-formed under the name Chemnitzer BC 1933, which assumed the history of the old club. CBC 1933 were part of the Gauliga
A Gauliga was the highest level of play in German football from 1934-45. The leagues were introduced in 1933, after the Nazi takeover of power by the Sports office of the Third Reich.-Name:...

 Saxony until the end of World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...


In the aftermath of the conflict, most organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs, were dissolved by the Allied occupation authorities. The side was re-established in 1945 as SG Chemnitz Nord before, as it was common in East German football at the time, undergoing a number of name changes, from BSG Fewa Chemnitz in 1948 to BSG Chemie Chemnitz in 1951. Upon the renaming of the city of Chemnitz
Chemnitz is the third-largest city of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Chemnitz is an independent city which is not part of any county and seat of the government region Direktionsbezirk Chemnitz. Located in the northern foothills of the Ore Mountains, it is a part of the Saxon triangle...

 to Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1953, the club followed suit and assumed the new city name as well. In 1956, the football club was attached to the larger centralized sports club SC Motor Karl-Marx-Stadt, which was in turn renamed SC Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1963. The football department was then once again separated from the sports club as FC Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1966, under a government plan to establish a number of football clubs
Football club (GDR)
Football club was a designation for the elite football teams in the GDR . They were formed in the mid-1960s as centers of high-level football....

 as centres throughout the country intended to identify and develop talent in support of a strong national side. When the city re-claimed its original name in 1991, the team followed suit to become Chemnitzer FC.

After joining the DDR-Oberliga
The DDR-Oberliga was, prior to German reunification in 1990, the elite level of football competition in the DDR , being roughly equivalent to the Oberliga or Bundesliga in West Germany.-Overview:Following World...

 for the 1962–63 season, the club generally earned uninspiring results, most often finishing in the lower half of the league table. They managed a surprising East German championship win at the end of the 1966–67 season, and were runners-up in the East German Cup (FDGB Cup) in 1969, 1983 and 1989. The club enjoyed its best international turn in 1989, advancing through two preliminary rounds to the Round of 16 of the 1989–90 UEFA Cup before being knocked out against Juventus
Juventus F.C.
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. , commonly referred to as Juventus and colloquially as Juve , are a professional Italian association football club based in Turin, Piedmont...

. In the same season the team finished as runners-up in the East German championship, second to Dynamo Dresden
Dynamo Dresden
SG Dynamo Dresden are a German association football club, based in Dresden, Saxony. They were founded in 1950, as a club affiliated with the East German police, and became one of the most popular and successful clubs in East German football, winning eight league titles...

on goal differential.

After German reunification
German reunification
German reunification was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic joined the Federal Republic of Germany , and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz constitution Article 23. The start of this process is commonly referred by Germans as die...

 in 1990, Chemnitzer FC qualified for the 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 at the end of the 1991–92 NOFV-Oberliga
1991–92 NOFV-Oberliga
The 1991–92 season of the NOFV-Oberliga was the first season of the league at tier three of the German football league system after German reunification....

. Beginning with the 1992–93 season, Chemnitz spent five years in the second tier of German football until being relegated to the then third-tier Fußball-Regionalliga in 1997, and also advanced to the semifinal of the 1992–93 DFB-Pokal during this time. Since then, the importance of the club has faded. The following four years were evenly split between the Regionalliga and the 2. Bundesliga before eventually being relegated back to the Regionalliga (III) in 2001 and subsequently to the Oberliga Nordost (IV) in 2006. The last couple of years, however, saw the club slowly rising through the German league system once again with promotions to the now fourth-tier Regionalliga in 2008 and the 3rd Liga
3rd Liga
The 3rd Liga is the third division of football in Germany. The league started with the beginning of the 2008–09 season, when it replaced the Regionalliga as the third tier football league in Germany. In the German football league system, it is positioned between the 2...

 in 2011.


  • East German champions: 1967
  • East German vice-champions: 1990
  • East German Cup (FDGB Cup) finalists: 1969, 1983, 1989
  • German Cup semi-finalist: 1993
  • Saxony Cup: 1997, 1998, 2006, 2008
  • Gauliga Sachsen
    Gauliga Sachsen
    The Gauliga Saxony was the highest football league in the German state of Saxony from 1933 to 1945. Shortly after the formation of the league, the Nazis reorganised the administrative regions in Germany, and the Gau Saxony replaced the state Saxony.-Overview:The league was introduced in 1933,...

     champions: 1935, 1936
  • NOFV-Oberliga Süd
    NOFV-Oberliga Süd
    The NOFV-Oberliga Süd is the fifth tier of the German football league system in the southern states of former East Germany. Until the introduction of the 3rd Liga in 2008, it was the fourth tier of the league system. It covers the German states of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony...

     runner-ups: 2008
  • Regionalliga Nord
    Regionalliga Nord
    The Regionalliga Nord is currently the fourth tier of the German football league system. Until the introduction of the 3rd Liga in 2008 it was the third tier. It currently is the highest regional league for the northern and eastern part of Germany. It covers ten of the sixteen states of Germany...

     champions: 2011
  • Central German vice champions
    Central German football championship
    The Central German football championship was the highest association football competition in Central Germany, in what is now the federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, established in 1902...

    : 1927

Notable players

  • Antonio Ananiev
  • Michael Ballack
    Michael Ballack
    Michael Ballack is a German professional footballer, who is currently playing for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. He is among the top goal scorers in the history of his international team. Ballack has worn the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for except for Kaiserslautern...

  • Torsten Bittermann
    Torsten Bittermann
    Torsten Bittermann is a German football manager and former football player who played as a Defender. Bittermann played for Chemnitzer FC and Dynamo Dresden.-References:...

  • Brian Bliss
    Brian Bliss
    Brian Boyer Bliss is a retired American soccer defender and former coach of the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer. He played professionally in Europe and the United States including the original Major Indoor Soccer League, American Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League and...

  • Sergio Bustos
    Sergio Bustos
    -External links:...

  • Marco Dittgen
    Marco Dittgen
    -External links:...

  • Mario Fillinger
    Mario Fillinger
    Mario Fillinger is a German footballer who currently plays for FSV Frankfurt.-Career:He scored his first goal for the club on 20 February 2009 in a 3–1 away defeat at 1. FSV Mainz 05.-External links:...

  • Henri Fuchs
    Henri Fuchs
    Henri Fuchs is a retired German football striker who coached Rot-Weiß Erfurt.- Career :Fuchs has played for 1. FC Köln, Chemnitzer FC, Dynamo Dresden, VfB Leipzig, Hansa Rostock and Rot-Weiß Erfurt.- International :...

  • Heiko Gerber
    Heiko Gerber
    Heiko Gerber is a German former footballer. He represented Germany at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.-Honours:* Bundesliga champion: 2006–07* Bundesliga runner-up: 2002–03* DFB-Pokal finalist: 2006–07* DFB-Ligapokal finalist: 2005...

  • Torsten Gütschow
    Torsten Gütschow
    Torsten Gütschow is a German former footballer who played as a striker. He is most associated with Dynamo Dresden, with whom he had two successful spells, playing top level football in East Germany and after reunification. In between these he played for three other German clubs, and spent six...

  • Sebastian Hähnge
    Sebastian Hähnge
    Sebastian Hähnge is a German footballer who plays as a striker. He began his career with his hometown club, 1. FC Magdeburg, and had spells with Chemnitzer FC and Dynamo Dresden before, in July 2003, he decided to take a break from football to go backpacking in Australia...

  • Lars Hermel
    Lars Hermel
    Lars Hermel is a retired German football defender who played for 1. FC Karl-Marx-Stadt, FSV Zwickau, SC Freiburg and Bahlinger SC....

  • Steffen Heidrich
    Steffen Heidrich
    Steffen Heidrich is a German former footballer, From June 2006 to August 2009 he was general manager of FC Energie Cottbus....

  • Ingo Hertzsch
    Ingo Hertzsch
    Ingo Hertzsch is a German football player currently playing for RB Leipzig. Hertzsch acquired fan hero status at RB Leipzig during its inaugural season for his solid play and leadership on the pitch....

  • Olaf Holetschek
  • Steffen Karl
    Steffen Karl
    Steffen Karl is a retired German footballer, who played as a defensive midfielder.-Football career:...

  • Peer Kluge
    Peer Kluge
    Peer Kluge is a professional footballer who plays for FC Schalke 04.-Career:Kluge is a midfielder who previously played for Chemnitzer FC and Borussia Mönchengladbach before signing with 1. FC Nuremberg.-External links:* *...

  • Rainer Krieg
    Rainer Krieg
    Rainer Krieg is a German football coach and a former player who is currently managing ASV Durlach.-External links:...

  • Nebojša Krupniković
    Nebojša Krupnikovic
    Nebojša Krupniković is a Serbian retired football player.He last played for Paderborn in 2. Fußball-Bundesliga.He has played in six different countries, including two seasons in Japan and a second season in Germany...

  • Thomas Laudeley
  • Hendrik Liebers
  • Ulf Mehlhorn
  • Silvio Meißner
    Silvio Meißner
    Silvio Meißner is a former German football midfielder who played for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. During his early career, he was often played as a striker or as a defender .-External links:*...

  • Jens Melzig
    Jens Melzig
    Jens Melzig is a German football coach and a former player.- External links :*...

  • Karsten Oswald
    Karsten Oswald
    Karsten Oswald is a German footballer who plays for ZFC Meuselwitz.-External links:...

  • Andrej Panadic
    Andrej Panadic
    Andrej Panadić is a Croatian football coach and a former defender. He last managed LASK Linz in 2008.He played for Dinamo Zagreb , Chemnitzer FC , KFC Uerdingen 05 , Hamburger SV , Sturm Graz and Nagoya Grampus Eight .With Dinamo Zagreb he won a Croatian Championship for the year 1993.He played for...

  • Jan Seifert
    Jan Seifert
    Jan Seifert is a German former footballer. He is currently Manager of Radebeuler BC.-External links:*...

  • Kujtim Shala
    Kujtim Shala
    Kujtim Shala is a former Yugoslav football player who holds Croatian citizenship and played a match for the Croatia national football team.-International:...

  • Ervin Skela
    Ervin Skela
    -Albania:Skela started his playing career in Albania, from a young age he was involved in football. He started his professional career with his local team KS Flamurtari Vlorë, who at the time were one of the best teams in Albania...

  • Rico Steinmann
    Rico Steinmann
    Rico Steinmann is a German football coach and a former player-External links:...

  • Eberhard Vogel
    Eberhard Vogel
    Eberhard "Ebse" Vogel is a former German football player.Vogel played for FC Karl-Marx-Stadt and FC Carl Zeiss Jena ....

  • Jörg Weißflog
    Jörg Weißflog
    -External links:*...

  • Lutz Wienhold
  • Ernest Wilimowski
    Ernest Wilimowski
    Ernst Willimowski was a football player who played for both the Polish and German national teams....

  • Current squad


    • Karl Haueisen – 1952 to 1953
    • Heinz Hartmann – 1953 to 1955
    • Rolf Kukowitsch
      Rolf Kukowitsch

       – 1955
    • Walter Fritzsch
      Walter Fritzsch
      Walter Fritzsch was a German football player and trainer.- Beginning :He began his career as a player in 1927 with SC Planitz. In 1940 he transferred to VfL Leisnig and played there until 1943 after which he played for several other clubs including BC Hartha, SC Döbeln and Zwickau-Oberhohndorf...

       – 1956 – 1957
    • Fritz Wittenbecher – February 1958 to May 1958
    • Hans Höfer – May 1958 to December 1960
    • Siegfried Seifert – September 1960 to February 1961
    • Heinz Werner
      Heinz Werner (footballer born 1916)

       – 1 March 1961 to 1963
    • Horst Scherbaum – 1963 to 1968
    • Bringfried Müller – 1968 to 1970
    • Heinz Weber – 1970 to 30 June 1971
    • Gerhard Hofmann – 1 July 1971 to December 1974
  • Dieter Erler
    Dieter Erler
    Dieter Erler was a German footballer.He began his footballing career with Chemie Glauchau in 1953. He transferred to Wismut Gera in December 1958, and then after a brief spell, moved to SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt in January 1959...

     – Dezember 1974 to 1976
  • Herbert Naumann – 1976 to 31 March 1976
  • Manfred Kupferschmied
    Manfred Kupferschmied
    Manfred Kupferschmied is a retired German footballer, who was as a football manager in East Germany.-References:...

     – 1 April 1976 to 1980
  • Manfred Lienemann – 1981 to 1985
  • Heinz Werner – 1985 to 1988
  • Hans Meyer
    Hans Meyer (football)
    Hans Meyer Hans Meyer Hans Meyer (born 3 November 1942 in Briesen (today near Bílina, Czech Republic) is a German former football player and manager.- Coaching career :...

     – 1988 to 30. June 1993
  • Reinhard Häfner
    Reinhard Häfner
    Reinhard Häfner was a German footballer who now works as a football coach.Häfner played children's and youth football for his hometown club BSG Motor Sonneberg. As a junior player he was assigned to FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt before joining Dynamo Dresden in 1971...

     – 1 July 1993 to 15 May 1996
  • Christoph Franke
    Christoph Franke
    -External links:*...

     – 15 May 1996 to 7 September 2000
  • Josip Kuze
    Josip Kuže
    Josip Kuže is a Croatian football coach and former player. He was a player and later coach of Dinamo Zagreb where he played from 1971-1981 making a total of 384 appearances and scoring 14 goals.-Playing career:...

     – 7 September 2000 to 29 November 2000
  • Manfred Lienemann – 29 November 2000 to 10 December 2000
  • Dirk Karkuth – 11 December 2000 to 24 August 2001
  • Matthias Schulz – 24 August 2001 to 31 October 2002
  • Dirk Barsikow – 31 October 2002 to 11 November 2002
  • Joachim Müller – 11 November 2002 to 18 June 2003
  • Frank Rohde
    Frank Rohde
    Frank Rohde is a German football coach and a former player who is currently coaching Oranienburger FC Eintracht.-Honours:* DDR-Oberliga champion: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988...

     – 18 June 2003 to 18 September 2004
  • Dirk Barsikow – 18 September 2004 to 4 March 2005
  • Dietmar Demuth
    Dietmar Demuth
    Dietmar Demuth is a German former footballer who is now manager of SV Babelsberg 03.-External links:...

     – 5 March 2005 to 15 December 2005
  • Joachim Müller – 15. December 2005 to 7 April 2007
  • Tino Vogel – 10 April 2007 – 21 April 2008
  • Christoph Franke
    Christoph Franke
    -External links:*...

     – 21 April 2008 to 30 June 2008
  • Gerd Schädlich
    Gerd Schädlich
    Gerd Schädlich is a German former footballer who is now manager of Chemnitzer FC.-External links:...

     – since 1 July 2008

  • Stadium

    Chemnitzer FC plays in the club-owned Stadion an der Gellertstraße
    Stadion an der Gellertstraße
    Stadion an der Gellertstraße is a single-use football stadium in Chemnitz, Germany and the home stadium of Chemnitzer FC. Between 1950 and 1990, the stadium was called "Dr. Kurt-Fischer-Stadion". The stadium was later nicknamed the "Fischerwiese".- Structure :...

     which has a capacity of 16,061 spectators (~540 seats). Until 1990 the facility was officially known as "Dr. Kurt-Fischer-Stadion", or locally as the "Fischerwiese". During its 2. Bundesliga
    2. Fußball-Bundesliga
    - Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

     seasons the club also made use of the larger Chemnitzer Sportforum
    Sportforum Chemnitz
    Sportforum Chemnitz is a multi-purpose stadium, in Chemnitz, Germany. The capacity of the stadium is 18,500 spectators. It is used as the stadium of Chemnitzer BC matches.-External links:*...

    , which has a capacity of over 19,000.

    External links

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