SSV Markranstädt
SSV Markranstädt is a German association football club
Football in Germany
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 from the city of Markranstädt
Markranstädt is a town in the Leipzig district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated 11 km southwest of Leipzig.- Geography and transport :...

, 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....

 near Leipzig
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. It is part of a larger sports club that also has departments for badminton, cycle ball
Cycle ball
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, gymnastics, table tennis, and volleyball.


Established following World War II as Sportgemeinde Markranstädt, the club took up play in the top flight regional Landesliga Sachsen/Leipzig in the Soviet occupied eastern part of the country and earned a first place finish in the 1947–48 season. Renamed SG Glück-Auf Markranstädt, the team slipped to consecutive seventh place finishes in its next two campaigns. The club then disappeared into lower tier play in East Germany and, like most other clubs there, underwent a succession of name changes over the years:
BSG Stahl Markranstädt (1951–1952); BSG Motor Markranstädt (1952–1958); BSG Turbine Markranstädt (1959–1984); BSG Motor Markranstädt (1984–1988); and BSG Turbine Markranstädt (1988–1990).

Following German reunification
German reunification
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 in 1990 Turbine adopted its current identity as Spiel- und Sportverein Markranstädt. The merger of the football competitions of the two Germanys saw SSV placed in the Landesliga Sachsen (V) where they would stay until relegated in 1993. The team re-bounded to return to fifth tier play in 1995, but was again immediately sent down and did not return to the Landesliga until 1999. Following their 2007 divisional championship Markranstädt was promoted to the 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...

 (IV) where they earned mid-table results in the next two seasons.

The club's license was purchased by energy drink maker Red Bull in 2009 and the team will resume play in the now fifth tier Oberliga in 2009–2010 as RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig is a German association football club based in Leipzig, Saxony. The club is supported by energy drink-maker Red Bull who purchased the license of fifth division side SSV Markranstädt with the intention of advancing the re-modeled club to the top-flight Bundesliga within ten years...

, the fourth football team in the company's sports advertising portfolio. The ownership's goal is to advance to the country's first division Bundesliga within a decade.


  • Landesliga Sachsen
    Landesliga Sachsen
    The Sachsenliga, formerly referred to as Landesliga Sachsen, is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Saxony,...

     (V) champions: 2007
  • Bezirksliga Leipzig (VI) champions: 1995, 1999
  • Landesliga Sachsen/Leipzig champions: 1948

Current squad


SSV Markranstädt plays its home fixtures in the Stadion am Bad which has a capacity of 5,500, which includes 500 seats added in 2001. The stadium was the site of several matches of the 2003 Women's Under-19 European Championship.

Notable club members

  • Rudi Glöckner
    Rudi Glöckner
    Rudolf "Rudi" Glöckner was the first German to referee a football World Cup final when he took charge of the 1970 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and Italy in Mexico City....

     worked as a referee in East Germany's top flight 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...

     from 1959–1977 and officiated in the final
    1970 FIFA World Cup Final
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     of the 1970 World Cup
    1970 FIFA World Cup
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     in Mexico
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