BSG Chemie Leipzig (1950)

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BSG Chemie Leipzig
BSG Chemie Leipzig 1963-1990.svg
Full name Company sports club Chemie Leipzig
place Leipzig , Saxony
Founded 1950
Dissolved 1990
Club colors green white
Stadion Alfred Kunze Sports Park
Top league DDR-Oberliga
successes GDR champions 1951 and 1964 , GDR cup winners 1957 (as SC Lok ) and 1966

The company sports club Chemie Leipzig , BSG Chemie Leipzig for short or simply Chemie Leipzig , was a Leipzig sports club from the Leutzsch district , which was organized as a company sports community (BSG). The soccer team was particularly well known . The BSG was created in 1950 due to the reorganization of the GDR sports clubs on the basis of the transformation of the ZSG Industrie Leipzig / Leutzsch department into the BSG Chemie Leipzig on August 16, 1950 , which already hosted the GDR soccer championship in the season in the first year of its existence Won in 1950/51 . In 1954, the club was dissolved and the players were given the choice of either playing in the future club of the central chemistry sports association in Halle ( SC Chemie Halle-Leuna ) or joining the newly founded Lokomotive sports club in Leipzig , with the players opting for the latter variant and from then on ran under the new name SC Lokomotive Leipzig . Due to the restructuring of Leipzig football , the BSG Chemie was re-launched in 1963, was assigned the supposedly "not worthy of support" players and became a "legend" in the first year of its revival as the surprise champion of the GDR Oberliga in 1963/64 . The BSG Chemie Leipzig existed until the fall of the Berlin Wall and merged in 1990 with the BSG Chemie Böhlen to form FC Sachsen Leipzig . Due to the increasing dissatisfaction of part of the FC Sachsen Leipzig fan scene, the BSG Chemie Leipzig was re-established in 1997 .

Club history

The root of the later BSG Chemie Leipzig formed in 1932 in the district of Leipzig Leutzsch founded sports club for gymnastics and lawn games 1932 Leipzig , just TuRa. Further historical information on the predecessor clubs of BSG Chemie can be found in the article about FC Sachsen Leipzig .

season league space Gates Points
1949/50 Oberliga 8th place 38:45 22:30
1950/51 Oberliga 1st place 66:33 50:18
1951/52 Oberliga 3rd place 90:53 47:25
1952/53 Oberliga 8th place 55:51 34:30
1953/54 Oberliga 2nd place 51:37 35:21
1954/55 Oberliga 11th place 33:38 24:28
transition round
Oberliga 6th place 21:17 14:12
1956 Oberliga 3rd place 45:22 34:18
1957 Oberliga 7th place 36:32 26:26
1958 Oberliga 9th place 40:28 25:27
1959 Oberliga 9th place 28:36 24:28
1960 Oberliga 3rd place 37:31 32:20
1961/62 Oberliga 6th place 67:57 40:38
1962/63 Oberliga 5th place 38:35 27:25
1963/64 Oberliga 1st place 38:21 35:17
1964/65 Oberliga 3rd place 47:29 31:21
1965/66 Oberliga 8th place 32:32 26:26
1966/67 Oberliga 12th place 35:38 25:27
1967/68 Oberliga 12th place 26:32 21:31
1968/69 Oberliga 6th place 30:27 27:25
1969/70 Oberliga 4th Place 33:27 30:22
1970/71 Oberliga 14th place 27:43 19:33
1971/72 League St.C 1st place 35: 7 32: 8
1972 Ascent 2nd place 11: 5 10: 6
1972/73 Oberliga 9th place 21:36 21:31
1973/74 Oberliga 13th place 22:39 15:37
1974/75 League St.C 1st place 57:16 37: 7
1975 Ascent 1st place 12: 5 12: 4
1975/76 Oberliga 13th place 25:62 14:38
1976/77 League St.C 1st place 46:22 33:11
1977 Ascent 3rd place 11:10 9: 7
1977/78 League St.C 1st place 45:15 33:11
1978 Ascent 3rd place 12:14 7: 9
1978/79 League St.C 1st place 61:28 35: 9
1979 Ascent 2nd place 11: 7 9: 7
1979/80 Oberliga 14th place 21:58 15:37
1980/81 League St.C 3rd place 37:26 29:15
1981/82 League St.C 4th Place 40:25 27:17
1982/83 League St.C 1st place 43: 9 41: 3
1983 Ascent 2nd place 13: 9 11: 5
1983/84 Oberliga 12th place 21:49 14:38
1984/85 Oberliga 13th place 26:56 17:35
1985/86 League St.A 3rd place 58:36 43:25
1986/87 League St.A 10th place 43:51 33:35
1987/88 League St.B 6th place 40:33 41:27
1988/89 League St.B 6th place 49:47 38:30
1989/90 League St.B 2nd place 47:36 39:29
Seasons in the GDR Oberliga and GDR League
highlighted in beige: Game time as ZSG Industrie Leipzig
highlighted in green: Winning the championship
highlighted in orange: Game time as SC Lokomotive Leipzig


On March 21, 1949, the SG Leipzig-Leutzsch merged with the sports associations Lindenau-Hafen , Lindenau-Aue, Leipzig-Mitte and Böhlitz-Ehrenberg to form the Central Sports Association (ZSG) Industry . On April 1, 1949, the ZSG Industrie Leipzig / Leutzsch department split off.

Due to the reorganization of the GDR sports clubs based on company sports associations (BSG) , the ZSG was converted into the BSG Chemie Leipzig on August 16, 1950 . The chemical company VEB Lacke und Farben Leipzig acted as the sponsoring company.

In the first season of the GDR league in 1949/50 , the first team, still appearing as ZSG Industrie Leipzig, reached 8th place in the table. In the following season 1950/51 , BSG Chemie Leipzig played a good season and at the end of the season reached first place in the table, tied with Turbine Erfurt . The Erfurt team's better goal difference was not a decision criterion at that time, so a decision game about winning the GDR championship was necessary. BSG Chemie Leipzig won this game 2-0 in front of around 60,000 spectators in the Ernst-Thälmann-Stadion in Chemnitz .

Between company sports community and sports club

From 1954, the BSG Chemie Leipzig was repeatedly and lastingly affected by the repeated restructuring of the Leipzig sports clubs. The players of the first team were given the choice of either playing in the future focus club of the central chemistry sports association in Halle ( SC Chemie Halle-Leuna ) or joining the newly founded Lokomotive sports club in Leipzig . The players opted for the latter variant.

Playing under the new name SC Lokomotive Leipzig , the first team of BSG Chemie Leipzig won the FDGB Cup in 1957 . At the same time, under the "traditional name" BSG Chemie Leipzig-West, a newly founded team played in the fifth-class district class. They played their home games in the Georg-Schwarz-Sportpark , while the SC Lokomotive played in the Stadium of Peace in Gohlis and partly in the Bruno-Plache Stadium .

In 1963 the SC Lokomotive Leipzig was forcibly merged with the SC Rotation Leipzig to form SC Leipzig . The football departments of the two clubs were represented in the football league, which is why the BSG Chemie Leipzig was re-established in order to receive the two league start rights for Leipzig for the upcoming season 1963/64 . While the team of the SC Leipzig as a football focus consisted of the supposedly best performing Leipzig players, the team of the BSG Chemie Leipzig consisted only of "not eligible" players. The team from BSG Chemie Leipzig-West that played in the district class in previous years became the 3rd team of the new BSG Chemie Leipzig.

The NOFV into its official perennial ranking East German Oberliga the results of chemical Leipzig and Sachsen Leipzig together with FC Sachsen Leipzig (13th) and lists the results of the SC Lokomotive Leipzig independently. The SC locomotive takes 21st place.

The “rest of Leipzig” wins the championship

Semi-final FDGB Cup 1965/66 - Chemie Leipzig wins 2-0 against Motor Zwickau

In the following season 1963/64 the BSG Chemie Leipzig celebrated the greatest success in the club's history. The team, which consisted of the "not eligible" players and was referred to as the "Rest of Leipzig", played very successfully under coach Alfred Kunze . Among other things, a 3-0 win against SC Leipzig was achieved. In addition, an average of 20,461 spectators came to the games of BSG Chemie Leipzig and thus more than twice as many spectators as to the games of SC Leipzig. Before the last game day in Erfurt, one point was enough for BSG Chemie Leipzig for the championship, which is why around 10,000 fans traveled to Erfurt for the away game on May 10, 1964. After only 13 minutes of play, BSG Chemie Leipzig led 2-0 and defended the lead until the final whistle. The 1964 championship of BSG Chemie Leipzig was the biggest surprise in the history of the GDR league. The championship eleven around the players Klaus Günther , Dieter Sommer , Manfred Walter , Bernd Bauchspieß , Heinz Herrmann , Horst Slaby , Wolfgang Behla , Lothar Pacholski , Dieter Scherbarth , Bernd Herzog , Wolfgang Krause , Klaus Lisiewicz , Manfred Richter and Hans-Georg Sannert was later Life-size cast in concrete and is still in the Alfred Kunze Sports Park today .

In 1966 , BSG Chemie Leipzig was able to win the FDGB Cup again . In the final in Bautzen Lok Stendal was defeated 1-0 by a goal from Hans-Bert Matoul .

April 3, 1974: BSG Chemie Leipzig loses in the decisive game to stay up against Rot-Weiß Erfurt and has to be relegated for the second time

Chemie Leipzig as the elevator team

BSG Chemie Leipzig was unable to build on these great successes in the following years. In 1971 the club rose from the league for the first time and became the elevator team in the following years , with the club often playing in the second-rate GDR league . Although 1972 succeeded in direct promotion to the league, but in 1974 the relegation took place. Further promotions were made in 1975, 1979 and 1983. The club had to relegate in 1976, 1980 and 1985.

Establishment of FC Sachsen Leipzig

Logo of FC Grün-Weiß Leipzig (1990)

In the 1989/90 season , the BSG Chemie Leipzig took second place in the GDR league. As a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall , sport was reorganized in East Germany. The previous BSG Chemie Leipzig was renamed on May 30, 1990 to FC Grün-Weiß 1990 Leipzig . Due to the process of integrating GDR football into all-German football, this club was only allowed to play third-rate. Therefore, a merger offer was made to FSV Böhlen, which had emerged from BSG Chemie Böhlen , and which had reached promotion to the GDR league in the previous season in the GDR soccer league Season B. After FSV Böhlen, which was in a tight financial situation, accepted the offer, the merger of the football departments of both clubs resulted in FC Sachsen Leipzig on August 1, 1990, which exercised its right to promotion to the league.

In colloquial terms, fans and football enthusiasts from Leipzig continued to call FC Sachsen “chemistry” and its supporters “chemists”.

Sporting successes

  • GDR champions: 1951, 1964
  • FDGB cup winners: 1957 (as SC locomotive), 1966
  • Spectator record holder for championship point games: 100,000 in the central stadium as SC Lokomotive Leipzig against SC Rotation Leipzig on September 9, 1956

Relationship to other clubs

Rivalries with Leipzig clubs

Derby ticket from the 1999/2000 season

Even during the GDR era, the footballers from Leutzsch were in constant rivalry with their neighbors from Probstheida . In the 1950s, for example, up to 100,000 spectators attended the GDR Oberliga matches between the predecessor club SC Lokomotive and SC Rotation in the Leipzig Central Stadium , which is still the all-German record for championship point games. The concentration of Leipzig's top sport in the mid-1960s hardened the aversions between the two camps, which was due, among other things, to the ongoing disadvantage of the BSG Chemie Leipzig compared to its local neighbors. Despite winning the title in 1964, BSG Chemie Leipzig always had to fight for the sporting connection in GDR football and, in addition, “delegate” its most capable players to 1. FC Lokomotive (until 1966 SC Leipzig). The 1. FC Lokomotive, on the other hand, as a sponsored performance center, played mostly in the upper regions of the GDR league and was also successful in the European Cup.

Even after the turnaround and the associated "equality" of the two Leipzig clubs as well as the temporary renaming of the local rival in VfB Leipzig , the rivalry of fan groups on both sides continued unchanged, which is why efforts to merge into a possibly more competitive club were several times unsuccessful and are no longer sought. Most recently, the derbies between FC Sachsen Leipzig and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig drew up to 15,000 spectators, making them one of the best-attended matches in the fifth division in Germany .

Fan friendships

Banner from Eintracht Frankfurt in recognition of the friendship with
BSG Chemie Leipzig

A long-lasting fan friendship existed with parts of the supporters of 1. FC Union Berlin . It developed in the 1970s and was also based on certain similarities between the two clubs. Both the supporters of Union Berlin and those of BSG Chemie Leipzig felt they were being disadvantaged by the SED's sporting policy compared to their local rivals. The bond was also put to the toughest tests and threatened to break completely in the process. So there were extensive riots between the fans of both clubs when BSG Chemie Leipzig in 1984 brought about relegation from the top division for Union Berlin after two sold-out playoffs.

At the end of the 1990s, however, the friendship solidified again. For example, supporters of FC Sachsen Leipzig appeared in the guest block at the games of VfB Leipzig against Union Berlin, and fans of Union Berlin did the same when BFC Dynamo met FC Sachsen Leipzig. This reciprocity is usually described by the battle cry “Sympathy for iron and chemistry!”, For example to be read on fence flags and fan scarves. A program of the 1. FC Union appeared on the front page for a game between both opponents in both club colors green-white and red-white.

There was also a strong friendship between the fans of the BSG Chemie Leipzig and the BSG Wismut Aue . From the 1970s until the fall of the Berlin Wall, fan groups attended the games of the other club. This reciprocity was usually described by the battle cry "Sympathy - for Aue and Chemistry!". At the beginning of the 1990s, however, there were violent riots between the fans of both clubs, so that the friendship was later not shared or even rejected by the majority of the supporters of FC Sachsen Leipzig.

In addition, there has been a very close fan friendship with Eintracht Frankfurt since around 2004 . Some of the BSG fan clubs have friendly relations with fan groups in Sion (Switzerland).

Great personalities

National player

The following players from BSG Chemie Leipzig wore the jersey of the GDR national soccer team :

Other well-known players


Trainer since 1949 (without interim trainer):

Successor club of the same name

In 1997 the ball sports association Chemie Leipzig was founded. The aim was to maintain the tradition from the GDR era, protect the former club name and the former logo of the FC Sachsen predecessor club BSG Chemie Leipzig from unauthorized use and support the youth work of FC Sachsen Leipzig as a sponsoring association. The club name ball sports community was chosen, among other things, because it could be abbreviated to BSG analogous to the word company sports community . This was intended to achieve a broad name identity with the former BSG Chemie Leipzig.

Towards the end of the 2007/08 season, after internal fan disputes and disagreements about the direction of FC Sachsen Leipzig, the largest ultra group, the "Diablos Leutzsch", turned away from FC Sachsen Leipzig. For this reason, among other things, BSG Chemie Leipzig took part in regular match operations for the first time in the 2008/09 season with its own men's soccer team. After three promotions, this team reached the Leipzig city class in the 2011/12 season.

After the 2010/11 season, the club took over the first men's soccer team of VfK Blau-Weiß Leipzig and was therefore able to compete in the Saxony League as a subtenant in the Alfred Kunze Sportpark in the 2011/12 season.

On August 12, 2011, at a general meeting of the club , it was decided to rename the company sports club Chemie Leipzig , so that the club now plays under the name from GDR times. The association has no specific reference to an existing company or company sports activities.

BSG Chemie Leipzig sees itself as the only legitimate successor to the old BSG Chemie, while it later accused the board of FC Sachsen, which was dissolved in 2011 due to insolvency, of having broken with the tradition of the old BSG Chemie.

After the Leutzscher were relegated from the regional league in 2018 after only one season , they were immediately promoted again in the NOFV Oberliga . In 2019/20, BSG Chemie finished 12th in the Regionalliga Nordost before the end of the season and will also compete in fourth grade in the coming season.


The rugby section of BSG Chemie Leipzig was a top team in the GDR in the early 1950s. In 1952 and 1953, the Leipzig chemists came 2nd in the national championship , behind BSG Stahl Hennigsdorf, and in 1954 and 1955 behind HSG DHfK Leipzig and Stahl Hennigsdorf. Five players from BSG Chemie Leipzig were appointed to the GDR's national rugby union team.


  • Jens Fuge: 100 years of football in Leutzsch. Westend, Leipzig 1999.
  • Jens Fuge: The rest of Leipzig. Agon Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-357-8 .
  • Jens Fuge: Leutzscher legend. From Britannia 1899 to FC Sachsen. Sachsenbuch, Leipzig 1992, ISBN 3-910148-72-7
  • Alexander Mennicke: BSG Chemie Leipzig , Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-944068-49-7 (= Library of German Football , Volume 6)

Web links

Commons : BSG Chemie Leipzig  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ronny's Fanpage , accessed on October 6, 2009.
  2. ^ Chemistry became a locomotive. A declaration by the collective , in: Leipziger Volkszeitung , No. 210 of September 10, 1954
  3. Eternal table of the GDR-Oberliga at the Northeast German Football Association ( Memento of the original from June 21, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Tim Jürgens, Maximilian Hendel, Robert Mucha: Fan-hostility in Leipzig - City of Mob. In: 11 Freunde , No. 75, 02/2008 (online March 17, 2008).
  5. ^ Voting on the merger of BSG Chemie and FC Sachsen Leipzig May 7, 2010
  6. Success versus tradition - The Leipzig fan culture in transition May 12, 2011
  7. Eintracht Frankfurt and Chemie Leipzig - Friendship on Bornheimer Hang (article from June 6, 2019)
  8. Chemie Leipzig creates a resurgence., June 2, 2019, accessed on July 25, 2020 .
  9. Regionalliga Nordost matchday 2019/20. 34th matchday., May 16, 2020, accessed on July 25, 2020 .
  10. ^ Rugby - GDR championships and cup of the German Rugby Sports Association . Accessed December 29, 2014.
  11. Claus-Peter Bach (Ed.): 100 Years of the German Rugby Association , pp. 171 f, 2000, Heidelberg.