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FC Energie Cottbus
Basic data
Surname Energie Cottbus e. V.
Seat Cottbus , Brandenburg
founding January 31, 1966
Colours Red White
Members 3,642 (November 10, 2019)
president Matthias Auth
First soccer team
Head coach Sebastian Abt
Venue Friendship Stadium
Places 22,528
league Regionalliga Northeast
2019/20 3rd place

The FC Energie Cottbus (full name: Fußballclub Energie Cottbus e.V. ) is a football club from Cottbus . It was founded in 1963 as SC Cottbus and renamed BSG Energie Cottbus in 1966 . In 1990 the company sports association (BSG) was dissolved and the club was renamed FC Energie Cottbus.

The first club team played in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga from 1997 to 2014 . After two years of membership in the Regionalliga Nordost , FC Energie returned to the 3rd division in the 2018/19 season . Promotion is currently the goal in the regional league.


Historic motif of a badge of honor from Energie Cottbus

After the 1962/63 season, the SC activist Brieske-Senftenberg's team, which had just been relegated from the GDR Oberliga, was delegated to Cottbus and joined the newly founded SC Cottbus . The outsourced, local team of BSG Lokomotive Cottbus acted as the second football team of the new sports club in the 1960s . The aim of SC Cottbus was to concentrate talents in the club and replace local rivals ASG Vorwärts Cottbus as the strongest football club. After this project failed, the football section was spun off from the sports club in 1966 and joined the Energie Cottbus company sports association , which was newly founded on January 31, 1966 . The name Energie was given to the new BSG by Bodo Krautz, one of 450 Lusatian sports enthusiasts who took part in finding a name for the Cottbus footballers in a readers' competition organized by the Lausitzer Rundschau . The former Cottbus district, with several power plants and open-cast lignite mines, was an energy producer. When the system of company sports associations could not be continued after the political change in 1989 and the associated economic changes, members of the BSG football section founded FC Energie Cottbus on July 1, 1990.

Sporting events

Game against Hansa Rostock (2: 2), March 4th 1989

Until 1991

Before the fall of the wall played Energie Cottbus 21 years in the East German league and managed for six years the leap into the DDR-Oberliga . The first ascent was on July 7, 1973, ensured by a goal of the later club manager Klaus Stabach in the league promotion round against ASG forward Stralsund (final score 1: 1). Because Energie had to permanently surrender the best talents to the BFC Dynamo in Berlin by party decision and was only treated as subordinate when new players were signed as BSG, the Lausitzers were mostly unable to maintain their position in the top league. So there followed four times (1974, 1976, 1982 and 1987) after the ascent, the direct relegation. It was not until 1989 that the first relegation could be celebrated. A milestone in the club's history that triggered a real football boom in Cottbus. Behind SG Dynamo Dresden and FC Hansa Rostock , Energie had the third highest average attendance in the GDR. The 1989/90 season finished the team in seventh place, which meant the best placement of Energie in GDR football and entitled to participation in the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first time . The average attendance of 11,055 fans was the second highest this last GDR league season. The 1990/91 season in the now reunified Germany, which was played as the NOFV Oberliga , only brought the penultimate place.

1991 to 1997

Due to the placement of the previous year, the club, now renamed FC Energie by BSG Energie, missed the leap into all-German professional football and was incorporated into the amateur league , at that time the third-highest division, for the 1991/92 season . The Oberliga season 1993/94 ended Energie as second in the table and took part in the promotion games to the 2nd Bundesliga because Union Berlin as champions did not get a license for professional football. In the promotion round, Energie failed due to the competition from Zwickau and Brandenburg , but had qualified for the newly created regional league . At the beginning of the first regional league season Energie Cottbus signed Eduard Geyer , who then managed a downright eerie series. FC Energie remained unbeaten in 57 competitive games in a row and ended the 1996/97 season as first in the table with 82 points. In two dramatic promotion games against Hannover 96, this solid team surprisingly prevailed against the former Bundesliga club and in 1997 managed to get promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga . The home game in Cottbus was burdened by racist failures by individual Energie Cottbus fans, who shouted racist insults to the 96 players Otto Addo and Gerald Asamoah and threw bananas at them. Just one week later, Energie was the second amateur club in German football history to make it to the DFB Cup final in Berlin's Olympic Stadium , which was then 0-2 against Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart who competed with its “magic triangle” ( Balakow , Bobic and Élber ) got lost.

Balance sheet
season league space Gates Points
1991/92 OIL 03. 102: 53 52:24
1992/93 OIL 03. 77:49 44:20
1993/94 OIL 02. 77:37 43:17
1994/95 RL 07th 54:40 38:30
1995/96 RL 03. 67:23 71
1996/97 RL 01. 80:17 82
1997/98 2nd BL 08th. 38:36 45
1998/99 2nd BL 11. 48:42 41
1999/00 2nd BL 03. 62:42 58
2000/01 BL 14th 38:52 39
2001/02 BL 13. 36:60 35
2002/03 BL 18th 34:64 30th
2003/04 2nd BL 04th 52:44 54
2004/05 2nd BL 14th 35:48 39
2005/06 2nd BL 03. 49:33 58
2006/07 BL 13. 38:49 41
2007/08 BL 14th 35:56 36
2008/09 BL 16. 30:57 30th
2009/10 2nd BL 09. 55:49 47
2010/11 2nd BL 06th 65:52 55
2011/12 2nd BL 14th 30:49 35
2012/13 2nd BL 08th. 41:36 48
2013/14 2nd BL 18th 35:59 25th
2014/15 3. L 07th 50:50 56
2015/16 3. L 19th 32:52 41
2016/17 RLNO 02. 58:26 66
2017/18 RLNO 01. 79:14 89
2018/19 3. L 17th 51:58 45
2019/20 RLNO 03. 53:32 45
2020/21 RLNO 0- 0- 0-

1997 to 2009

In the 1997/98 season Energie Cottbus managed to stay in the 2nd Bundesliga relatively easily as a promoted team.

Energie Cottbus had limited financial resources during this time and used them relatively successfully. From the 1997/98 season Energie Cottbus increased its focus on little-known players from the Balkans and the former Eastern Bloc . Three years after being promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga, Energie was promoted to the Bundesliga with Ede Geyer. When Cottbus jumped into the upper house of football , players from Eastern Europe were key players for the rise: goalkeeper Tomislav Piplica , playmaker Vasile Miriuță , defender Witold Wawrzyczek and the best goalscorer, Antun Labak .

Contrary to many predictions, the FCE twice managed to stay in the league before the Kirch crisis shook German football financially. On April 6, 2001, Energie Cottbus was the first Bundesliga club in the game against VfL Wolfsburg to have only foreign players on its starting line-up. After a turbulent season, Energie was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga for three years in 2003.

From the 2003/04 season onwards Cottbus played in the 2nd Bundesliga; promotion to the Bundesliga was narrowly missed in 2004 with fourth place: FC Energie only failed with a goal difference that was seven goals less than Mainz 05 . In the following 2004/05 season , relegation to the regional league under the newly installed coach Petrik Sander in November 2004 was barely prevented due to the one goal better goal difference than Eintracht Trier .

The 2005/06 season was then characterized by avoiding relegation; a return to the Bundesliga was not officially declared a season's goal. But on the last day of the match the team secured third place in the table with a 3-1 win against TSV 1860 Munich and thus their return to the first Bundesliga. In the 2006/07 season , Cottbus sometimes played for higher places than just to keep up. At the end of the season, Sergiu Radu was Cottbus' best player with 14 goals in fifth place on the top scorer list. FC Energie secured their relegation in what was, at the end of the tight season, 13th place ahead of schedule with a 2-1 home game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen . But the fifth Bundesliga season began under difficult circumstances. After a 1: 2 home defeat against VfL Wolfsburg on the sixth match day of the following season , coach Petrik Sander was on leave, his team had only scored two points to date. A few days later, the Slovene Bojan Prašnikar was introduced as his successor. On February 16, 2008, Chancellor Angela Merkel became an honorary member of the association. Even after the start of the second half of the 2007/08 season, Energie initially trembled, but was even able to assert itself as the only team in the league with a 2-0 win over leaders Bayern Munich. On the 33rd match day of the 2007/08 season, a 2-0 home win over HSV ensured that they would remain in the first division in 14th place behind Borussia Dortmund. The so far last Bundesliga season 2008/09 ended the FC Energie Cottbus in 16th place on the newly introduced relegation place and had to relegate after two defeats against 1. FC Nürnberg , the third place in the 2. Bundesliga. The coach Bojan Prašnikar dissolved his contract and was replaced by Claus-Dieter Wollitz .

2009 to 2014

After reinforcements during the summer break (including Markus Brzenska , Marc-André Kruska and Sergiu Radu ), FC Energie declared immediate promotion as the official season goal in the 2nd Bundesliga season 2009/10 . At the beginning Energie lived up to the demands and was able to achieve good results against other aspirants for promotion, after all, FC Energie played in the top midfield of the league.

The 2010/11 season started with many goals, and so the club was second in the table on matchday six. The strong offensive should last the whole season and even set club records. It achieved the highest victory of FC Energie Cottbus in professional football (6: 0 (2: 0) against FC Erzgebirge Aue ) and with a 5: 5 (2: 4) against Karlsruher SC after a 2: 5 deficit result not yet played in the 2nd Bundesliga. Striker Nils Petersen developed into the league's top scorer with 25 goals ; he was lured away from Bayern Munich at the end of the season . However, a weakening defense was decisive for the fact that only the 6th place in the table was reached at the end of the season. In the DFB-Pokal the semi-finals were reached in the season with victories against the first division club SC Freiburg (2-1 H), TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (1-0 H) and VfL Wolfsburg (3-1 A). There, however, FC Energie lost to MSV Duisburg 1: 2.

In 2011/12, FC Energie lost 3-0 at the start of the season in the first round of the DFB Cup at the regional league team Holstein Kiel . So they could not continue the successful cup round of the previous season. In the league, too, FC Energie was unable to play the role they had hoped for, despite four wins in the first five games. After 17 matchdays, the club was only ninth in the midfield of the league. Coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz then asked to terminate his contract. He listed both sporting and private reasons as decision-making criteria. His successor on January 1, 2012 was Rudi Bommer , who moved from SV Wacker Burghausen to Cottbus. The team ended the season in 14th place after a weak second half of the season. It was particularly disappointing that the team had only lost many points in the last few minutes (including against Fortuna Düsseldorf , FSV Frankfurt and Hansa Rostock ) and was only able to secure relegation on the last match day.

On March 27, 2012, the Association of German Sports Journalists announced that Energie Cottbus had been awarded the Fair Play trophy. The reason for the award was the level-headed behavior of the energy players and fans on March 13, 2011 in the league game against VfL Osnabrück , when Osnabrück's Flamur Kastrati injured his head and spine during the game . The Cottbus decided thereupon no more offensive actions to start.

After a solid start to the 2013/14 season, Rudi Bommer's team was increasingly in danger of relegation in autumn 2013. In the course of a 0-1 home defeat against VfL Bochum and the associated slipping to 17th place in the table, Bommer was dismissed by those responsible. As his successor, the club presented Stephan Schmidt on November 6, 2013 , who had previously been responsible for SC Paderborn 07 from 2012 to 2013 . However, there was no improvement under Schmidt either. After nine games, Schmidt was released from his duties again, because the club only got one point with him by 2-2 at VfR Aalen. The previous assistant coach Jörg Böhme took over . Under the former Schalke there was initially an upswing, but towards the end of the season Cottbus ran out of steam, so that the bitter relegation to the third division was certain. On the last day of the match, René Rydlewicz made his first appearance as a coach because Böhme was unable to play. With the new sporting director Roland Benschneider and the new trainer Stefan Krämer , responsible persons have been hired to ensure immediate promotion.

2014 to 2016

In the 2014/15 season Energie Cottbus played within the 3. Liga and finished at the end of the season in seventh place in the table. In the Landespokal Cottbus did not concede a goal until the final, before they had already won 2-0 in the semifinals against SV Babelsberg 03 . The final took place at the FSV Union Fürstenwalde . After an early lead by the home team, Cottbus quickly equalized with an own goal. After that, Nikolas Ledgerwood and Tim Kleindienst gave FC Energie a 3-1 lead before half-time. Fürstenwalde only succeeded in stoppage time in the second half with a penalty kick.

After two wins at the start of the 2015/16 season , Energie was even top of the table. Since only two points were won from the following seven games, coach Krämer separated on September 19, 2015. René Rydlewicz worked as interim coach for the following two game days, before the club appointed former Cottbus player Vasile Miriuță as the new coach . Under his direction, FC Energie remained unbeaten for twelve games in a row, but ultimately did not get beyond 16th place in the table, as nine draws were played. After two victories against Holstein Kiel on the 29th and against 1. FC Magdeburg on the 30th matchday, five games without a goal of their own followed in a row (including a catch-up game). Already after the fourth goalless game and the crash on a relegation zone Miriuta was released from his duties. Claus-Dieter Wollitz took on the difficult task for the last five games of the 2015/16 season. After two wins in four games, on the last day of the 2015/16 season there was a long-distance duel with Werder Bremen II, SV Wehen Wiesbaden and the Stuttgarter Kickers , where Cottbus is enough to keep up with a win against the second team of 1. FSV Mainz 05 would have. After a goal by Julian Derstroff and the opening goals in the parallel games, Cottbus was on a relegation zone. They were able to turn the game around again with a penalty goal and another goal by Sukuta-Pasu, but after the goals of Fabian Kalig in the 88th and Marcel Costly in the 90th minute the game was decided 2: 3. Since the direct competitors Werder Bremen II and Wehen Wiesbaden won their games, Cottbus slipped to 19th place in the table and was relegated. In the 2015/16 season, FC Energie was the weakest home team with just three wins. After 19 years Cottbus was no longer represented in professional football and is fourth class for the first time in the club's history.

By winning the regional cup last season, Energie was qualified for the first main round in the 2015/16 DFB Cup , where they had to admit defeat to Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05 3-0. In the next round of the Landespokal, Cottbus made it to the quarter-finals, where the team surprisingly knocked out against the lower class FSV 63 Luckenwalde with 0: 1 a n. V.

Since 2016

View of the stadium from the guest block

In May 2016, the club's management announced that they would be deregistering the second team of FC Energie Cottbus from play at the end of the season, as the ratio of effort and benefit was not balanced. The U23 team last played in the fifth-class soccer Oberliga Nordost .

In June, the club's president, Wolfgang Neubert, resigned from his position. He was succeeded by Michael Wahlich, Managing Director of Cottbusser Presse Vertrieb OHG. Despite the relegation, the contract with Wollitz was extended to 2018. He changed the coaching team by hiring Krystian Kalinowski as goalkeeping coach from TSG Neustrelitz and extending the contracts with co-coaches Sebastian Abt and Frank Eulberg . Nevertheless, the squad had to be fundamentally redesigned. So went u. a. High achievers like Fabio Kaufmann , Daniel Lück , Torsten Mattuschka , Sven Michel and Richard Sukuta-Pasu . In return, Philipp Knechtel and Malte Karbstein 's contract could be extended or extended to the professional team. Energie Cottbus also signed several players who already had experience, such as Alexander Meyer , Benjamin Förster , Marc Stein , Tim Kruse and Marcel Baude .

Through the private initiative WIR, which was started in May 2016 , attempts were made to advertise the association in order to increase the number of members and season tickets and to get sponsorship contracts. Many previous sponsors remained loyal to Energie Cottbus. With the support of the initiative, at least 600 new members were gained after relegation.

As the goal for the new 2016/17 season, the promotion was targeted. However, Energie Cottbus started with three draws and one defeat and still had problems finding themselves as a new team. After four match days they were in 14th place in the table. This was followed by four wins, including a 4-0 win against VfB Auerbach . On the 9th matchday they met the front runners FC Carl Zeiss Jena with eight wins , who were able to wrest a 0-0 draw. With two subsequent wins, Cottbus stayed on the road to success and was beaten again for the first time after seven games when it lost to direct rivals Berliner AK 07 on matchday 12 . During training, goalkeeper Alexander Meyer, who had only conceded seven goals and played seven times to zero, suffered a torn ligament in his right knee and was replaced by young keeper Avdo Spahic. Energie Cottbus then achieved three wins again with 7-1 goals. In the further course of the season Cottbus remained in the pursuit position behind the first-placed Jena. After a 3-1 win against their competitors on matchday 26, they came close to five points, but then had to let go after several draws. Energie finished the 2016/17 season with 66 points in second place behind Jena and thus missed the promotion. In the Landespokal , Cottbus secured the ticket for the first round of the DFB-Pokal 2017/18 after a 2-0 win in the final against FSV 63 Luckenwalde . Benjamin Förster was the top scorer in the cup with eight goals.

For the new 2017/18 season, the top performers from the previous season could be retained. The squad was strengthened selectively, for example with Maximilian Zimmer from the Berlin AK 07 , who advanced to the standard shooter. Cottbus started the season very well. On the first day of the match, TSG Neustrelitz won 4-0. Eight more wins followed with a goal difference of 24: 2. It was only on the 10th match day that there was a goalless draw against 1. FC Lok Leipzig . After three wins in a row, Cottbus drew against Wacker Nordhausen for the second time. During the winter break, Energie led the Regionalliga Nordost with 50 points from 18 games and a goal difference of 47: 5. Runner-up BFC Dynamo was 14 points behind. On March 28, 2018, the team suffered the first and only defeat of the season in a catch-up game on the 22nd matchday with a 1: 2 at ZFC Meuselwitz . With 89 points and a goal difference of 79:14, Cottbus ended the season unchallenged as the first in the table. Wacker Nordhausen, who had finished the season in second place in the table, was 31 points behind. In the promotion games to the 3rd division Energie met the champions of the Regionalliga Nord , SC Weiche Flensburg 08 . Energie won the first leg 3-2, so that 0-0 in the second leg was enough for promotion to the third division .

In the DFB Cup, for which they had qualified by winning the state cup, Cottbus failed dramatically against VfB Stuttgart in the first round. In front of 17,516 spectators, Fabio Viteritti met in the 5th minute after a failed back pass from Benjamin Pavard to make it 1-0. In a fast-paced game, Maximilian Zimmer converted a free kick in the 28th minute. After the half-time break, Stuttgart came out of the dressing room with verve and scored the 2-1 in the 49th minute through Josip Brekalo . The equalizer fell after 77 minutes with an own goal by Matuwila. Cottbus had several good chances in extra time, but couldn't use them. The Stuttgart Daniel Ginczek also failed because of Alexander Meyer. The first three shooters met in the penalty shoot-out. After Teffer von Brekalo, Ziegenbein only hit the post. In return, Meyer saved Berkay Özcan’s shot . Benjamin Förster slipped when he tried to shoot, which sealed the defeat.

In the 2018/19 season , Energie Cottbus rose again to the Regionalliga Nordost in the last match day with a draw with tied competitor Eintracht Braunschweig , who secured relegation with a goal difference that was one goal better.

After relegation, 22 departures, 16 newcomers and many players from the A-youth, head coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz put together an above-average young team around the remaining top performers and identifying figures, Felix Geisler and captain Dimitar Rangelow . After initial difficulties, the FCE positioned themselves in the first place in the table during the winter break, during which Wollitz left the club for 1. FC Magdeburg . Internal disagreements between the club's management, committees and head coach had led to a rift in the first half of the season that Wollitz had addressed publicly. Shortly afterwards, President Werner Fahle and assistant coach René Renno , also for 1. FC Magdeburg, left the club. The vacancies were filled internally by the former U19 coach, Sebastian Abt, now head coach, Sebastian König, sporting director, and board member Matthias Auth, now president.

League affiliation

The rise and fall of energy - although hardly noticed in the nationwide media - has become known to some fans as a three-year rule. The club managed a total of six times between 1988 and 2009, either promoted or relegated exactly every three years. This rule lasted for 25 years. It was not until the 2011/12 season that the rhythm was broken after they were relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga for the third time in a row.

Three year rule
Playing times Duration level league
1987/88 1 2 GDR League , Season A
1988-1991 3 1 GDR Oberliga or the NOFV Oberliga Nordost, which is
classified as equivalent by the DFB
1991-1994 3 3 Am.-Oberliga Nordost Mitte
1994-1997 3 3 Regionalliga Northeast
1997-2000 3 2 2nd Bundesliga
2000-2003 3 1 1st National League
2003-2006 3 2 2nd Bundesliga
2006-2009 3 1 1st National League
2009-2014 5 2 2nd Bundesliga
2014-2016 2 3 3rd league
2016-2018 2 4th Regionalliga Northeast
2018-2019 1 3 3rd league
2019– 4th Regionalliga Northeast


Establishment of the 1997 DFB Cup final

In the all-time table of the Bundesliga, Energie Cottbus ranks 34th out of 56 teams with 211 points and 38th out of 127 teams in the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga with 505 points. (Status: end of season 2019/20).


  • 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006: Team of the Year of Brandenburg


The team 2019/20

Status: February 6, 2020

No. Nat. player Date of birth Last club with energy since
01 GermanyGermany Tim Stawecki August 13, 2000
30th GermanyGermany Jan Glinker January 18, 1984 Wacker Nordhausen II 2020
31 GermanyGermany Toni Stahl September 17, 1999 Fulham FC U23 2019
32 GermanyGermany Julian Simon U19 July 27, 2001 1. FC Frankfurt U17 2017
02 GermanyGermany Florian Brügmann January 23, 1991 MSV Duisburg 2020
03 GermanyGermany Marcel Hoppe January 25, 2000 RB Leipzig U19 2019
04th GermanyGermany Ibrahim Hajtić April 4, 1998 Würzburger Kickers 2019
16 GermanyGermany Robert Muller November 12, 1986 KFC Uerdingen 05 2019
17th GermanyGermany Ben Meyer January 4, 1999 FSV Union Fürstenwalde 2019
20th GermanyGermany Axel Borgmann July 8, 1994 VVV-Venlo 2019
24 GermanyGermany Jan Koch November 4th 1995 Berlin AK 07 2019
35 GermanyGermany Adrian Jarosch U19 April 2, 2001 Hannover 96 U17 2019
05 GermanyGermany Paul Gehrmann April 28, 1995 Goslarer SC 08 2016
06th GermanyGermany Jonas Zickert August 25, 1997 SG Groß Gaglow Youth 2010
10 GermanyGermany Felix Geisler March 20, 1997 FSV Zwickau 2017
13 GermanyGermany Berkan Taz December 19, 1998 1. FC Union Berlin 2019
14th GermanyGermany Tobias Hasse January 3, 1996 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 2019
19th GermanyGermany Niklas Geisler December 10, 2000 SpVgg Blau-Weiß 90 Vetschau 2012
21st GermanyGermany Tobias Eisenhuth U19 September 21, 2001 1. FC Frankfurt Youth 2015
22nd GermanyGermany Niclas Erlbeck January 10, 1993 without a club 2019
25th GermanyGermany Dominik Pelivan June 8, 1996 without a club 2020
26th GermanyGermany Damir Bektic January 30, 1997 without a club 2019
27 TurkeyTurkey Orhan Yıldırım March 27, 1993 Berlin AK 07 2019
34 GermanyGermany Colin Raak April 21, 2000 2010
37 GermanyGermany Rico Gladrow April 14, 1991 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 2020
07th GermanyGermany Abdulkadir Beyazit November 4, 1996 SV Babelsberg 03 2018
08th BulgariaBulgaria Dimitar Rangelow February 9, 1983 without a club 2018
23 GermanyGermany Felix Brügmann November 30, 1992 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 2019
29 GermanyGermany Danilo Martschinkowski U19 May 31, 2001 1. FC Frankfurt Youth 2015
33 GermanyGermany Moritz Broschinski September 23, 2000 FSV Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg 2015

U19 also in the U19 squad

Change of season 2019/20

  • As of July 5, 2019
Accesses Departures
Summer 2019
a. borrowed
wa was borrowed

Current coaching staff

Surname nationality Date of birth function
Sebastian Abt GermanyGermany February 26, 1981 Head coach
Tim Kruse GermanyGermany January 10, 1983 Assistant coach
Anton Wittmann GermanyGermany August 21, 1994 Goalkeeping coach

Well-known former players

For a complete list of players since 1997 see: List of players of FC Energie Cottbus

Coach history

A chronological overview of all coaches of the club since it was founded.

Term of office Trainer
1963-1965 Willi Schober
1965-1965 Hellmut Trunschke
1966-1967 Heinz Frenzel
1967-1969 Helmut Beulich
1969-1969 Günter Dabow
1969-1971 Erich Lüdecke
1971-1975 Manfred Coppersmith
1976-1976 Dieter Schulz
1976-1977 Claus Kreul
1978-1980 Hans-Jürgen Stenzel
Term of office Trainer
1980-1982 Dieter Schulz
1982-1982 Rudi Speer
1982-1984 Günter Guttmann
1984-1990 Fritz Bohla
1990-1991 Timo Zahnleiter
1991-1992 Hans-Jürgen Stenzel
1992-1994 Ulrich Nikolinski
1994-2004 Eduard Geyer
2004-2007 Petrik Sander
2007-2009 Bojan Prašnikar
Term of office Trainer
2009-2011 Claus-Dieter Wollitz
2012-2013 Rudi Bommer
2013-2014 Stephan Schmidt
2014-2014 Jörg Böhme / René Rydlewicz (interim)
2014-2015 Stefan Krämer
2015-2016 Vasile Miriuță
2016-2019 Claus-Dieter Wollitz
since 2020 Sebastian Abt

Club crest history


Friendship Stadium

FC Energie plays its games in the Stadium of Friendship in Cottbus . After renovations in 2007 and 2008, a completely closed football arena was created for the first time. The stadium holds a total of 22,528 spectators (including 10,949 covered seats, 7795 covered and 3630 uncovered standing places and 154 places for wheelchair users). The average attendance in the 2008/09 season was 16,708.

On July 1, 2011, FC Energie Cottbus acquired the stadium for around 1.95 million euros from the city of Cottbus.

Training ground

For the training of the professional team, the training grounds in Eliaspark or the sports facility in Parzellenstraße are mainly used. Both systems are located in the immediate vicinity of the Stadium of Friendship and the FC Energie office.

During the winter break of the 2007/08 season, the training grounds in Eliaspark were expanded and modernized. Within a few weeks of construction, the playing field was enlarged and equipped with turf heating. In addition, the training area received a floodlight system and new ball catching fences. Since April 2008, FC Energie Cottbus has also had the new sports and leisure facility in Parzellenstrasse available as an additional training facility. In addition to a natural football pitch, the facility has a goalkeeper training area and is also used by other clubs in the city of Cottbus. In November 2009 the modernized sports facility at Priorgraben was opened with a natural and artificial turf field. The area is mainly used by the youth teams of FC Energie Cottbus as a training and venue.

Fan culture

Friendships and rivalries

Rivalry between clubs in eastern Germany

There are rivalries with other clubs from eastern Germany, in particular with Dynamo Dresden , Hansa Rostock and Hertha BSC . The reason for these rivalries is not justified by special occurrences, but rather based on the claim of the various teams to be number one in the east. The games against the first and second team from Hertha BSC are particularly explosive. In March 2001, for example, there were serious riots by Hertha fans in the guest block during a game, after which there was even an attack with a Molotov cocktail on the house of the then team captain Christian Beeck .

VfB Stuttgart

Some fans of the FCE maintain a friendship with the supporters of VfB Stuttgart . The first friendships were formed in the 1996/97 DFB Cup , when the then regional league team from Cottbus was able to advance to the final, completely surprisingly. There they were defeated by VfB Stuttgart 2-0 (1-0), but participation in the final was celebrated extensively with the Stuttgarters. The friendship intensified on the last day of the Bundesliga season 2002/03 when the already relegated team from Cottbus won a draw at Borussia Dortmund . With this unexpected result, VfB Stuttgart moved up to second place in the final table and thus qualified directly for the Champions League .

VfL Osnabrück

FC Energie's supporters have been friends with VfL Osnabrück fans since March 13, 2011 , after Flamur Kastrati , who was attacking Osnabrück at the time, suffered a serious neck injury in a duel with Markus Brzenska . Kastrati had to be resuscitated several times and was then transported to the Carl-Thiem-Klinikum Cottbus for further treatment . The match referee didn’t whistle, even though both captains had asked for it, as there were only a few minutes left to play. Osnabrück was 2-0 down at the time and would most likely have lost. Both teams signed a kind of non-aggression pact and just passed the ball to each other. As a result, FC Energie and its fans were even awarded the Fair Play Prize from the Association of German Sports Journalists . Brzenska was not punished by the DFB because he competed fairly in the duel with Kastrati and the injury was unfortunate. The supporters of both teams praised the performance of the rescue workers and the (non-) play of the players with a standing ovation. Flamur Kastrati was brought on again less than three weeks after his injury on April 1, 2011 in the game against Karlsruher SC . The game ended 2: 2, with Kastrati shooting the 1: 1.

1. FC Union Berlin

Partly for many years, but increasingly since the rise of the Berliners in professional football, supporters and isolated ultra groups from 1. FC Union Berlin have maintained cordial contact with the Cottbusers. This friendship is based on the one hand in the fact that both clubs in the GDR suffered the same misfortune several times, having to delegate above-average players to larger clubs such as the BFC Dynamo , which were overly funded by the state and its officials , which was detrimental to their own development. This outsider image is especially staged in the games against Hertha BSC , which is now equally unpopular to fans of both clubs . A second reason for the mutual sympathy of the supporters of both clubs is Torsten Mattuschka, who is recognized as a crowd favorite in both Berlin-Köpenick and Cottbus . The legendary midfielder, who comes from Cottbus, got his start in professional football at FC Energie and then played successfully for 1. FC Union for nine years before moving back to Cottbus in 2014. As one of the dazzling figures and outstanding football personalities of all time at both clubs, Mattuschka was and is the popular footballing identification figure of the East Berlin / Brandenburg region.


Since 2006, the song Football is the official club anthem from the Pimp your Hometown project . The song was written by several local music groups and can be heard when the players march into the stadium. Before that there was energy, we are there like never before from The Malefactors the official anthem.

After the 2013/14 relegation season, Alexander Knappe , who was born in Guben but grew up in Cottbus, wrote another hymn: We'll be back tomorrow .

Problems with neo-Nazis in the ultra scene

Although the association has supported numerous initiatives for openness to the world, diversity and tolerance for years and speaks out openly against all forms of discrimination, racism and violence, several right-wing extremist and neo-Nazi groups were loudly active in its ultra scene until mid-2017 . In 2005, for example, the neo-Nazis from Inferno Cottbus displayed an anti-Semitic banner during a guest performance at Dynamo Dresden . In April 2017, as part of the away game at SV Babelsberg in the fans' block of Energie Cottbus, several right-wing extremists showed the Nazi salute several times and chanted “ Arbeit macht frei , Babelsberg 03” and “Ticks, Gypsies and Jews”. In the aftermath of this game, the FC Energie club management distanced itself from these incidents in the sharpest possible way, spoke of "terrible proportions and dimensions" and announced life-long stadium bans for identified criminals and neo-Nazis. Furthermore, the association has been involved since 2017 in the "Cottbuser Aufbruch", which has been campaigning against right-wing extremism in the region for decades. After promotion to the 3rd division in 2018, a group of fans in Ku Klux Klan costumes and a Ku Klux Klan flag combined with the club's logo are said to have celebrated. The state security then started the investigation. The club management distanced themselves from the action and announced that the form of representation was "inhuman, repulsive and in no way tolerable".

Shirt sponsors

  • 1990-1992: Renault
  • 1992–1995: Noga window
  • 1995–1997: Bautec, construction machinery rental
  • 1997–1998: “Naturally Brandenburg” pro agro - Association for the promotion of rural areas in the Brandenburg-Berlin region
  • 1998–2001: Jacobs , coffee producer
  • 2001–2009: Envia Mitteldeutsche Energie , energy supplier
  • 2009–2011: Penny , discount grocery store
  • 2011–2014: Tropical Islands , leisure provider
  • since 2014: IPS GmbH & Co. KG, packaging manufacturer


  • Jens Batzdorf: FC Energie Cottbus. Football primer. CULTURCRON medien, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-944068-41-1 (Library of German Football Volume 4).
  • Matthias Koch: There like never before. Energy Cottbus. The miracle from Lausitz. Das Neue Berlin, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-360-01252-6 .

Web links

Commons : Energie Cottbus  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. #WIR 3,642 members
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  4. VDS: Fair Play Trophy for Energie Cottbus
  5. September 19, 2015, The decision has been made ( Memento from September 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  6. 23 September 2015, Vasile Miriuta new trainer ( Memento from 25 September 2015 in the Internet Archive )
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  21. Osnabrück striker Kastrati released from Thiem-Klinikum ,
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