FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt

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FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
Club crest of the FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
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Surname Football club Rot-Weiß Erfurt e. V.
Seat Erfurt , Thuringia
founding January 26, 1966
Colours Red White
Members 2,426 (as of May 2020)
president Dieter Steiger
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Website rot-weiss-erfurt.de
First team
Head coach Robin Kruger
Venue Stadium on Grubenstrasse
Places 4000
league 2020/21: Athletic qualification for Oberliga Nordost
2019/20 Cessation of game operations ( Regionalliga Nordost )  

The FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt is a soccer club in the Thuringian capital Erfurt . On January 26, 1966, the association was founded under its current name. The football departments of SC Turbine Erfurt and BSG Motor Optima Erfurt merged to form FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt .

In the last season of the GDR league , Erfurt reached third place in the table. They qualified for the 2nd Bundesliga and the UEFA Cup. After relegation, re-promotion in 2004 and relegation again, the club, which won the Thuringian Cup ten times after the fall of the Wall , played in the 3rd division until 2018 and was the only team to take part in all seasons of the 3rd division up to this point. Several national players such as Jürgen Heun , Marco Engelhardt , Thomas Linke and Clemens Fritz emerged from the club.

On January 29, 2020 it was announced that the first team will cease playing with immediate effect. The reason for this is the bankruptcy of the association.


Prehistory to the founding of FC Rot-Weiß

Logo of the SC Erfurt 1895 (1895–1945)

The first roots of football in Erfurt lie with the Cricket Club Erfurt , which was founded on May 25, 1895 and which was renamed SC Erfurt 1895 a year later . The SC Erfurt was a founding member of the DFB in 1900 and a pioneer of the football movement in the Thuringian region. In 1904 the club joined the Association of Central German Ball Game Clubs (VMBV). The number of members rose from 50 in 1900 to 419 in 1914 and reached the 1000 mark in the early 1920s. In 1927 the SC Erfurt was the second largest club in the VMBV with 1256 members. The club played its games mainly in the Cyriaksburg sports park on what is now the egapark site. The sports field had a wooden grandstand with 600 seats.

FC Britannia Erfurt, founded in 1904, was later also of importance for the development of what would later become the football club. The club was renamed VfB Erfurt in 1915 during the First World War because of hostility to Great Britain . The club's venue was the former "Am Franzosenlager" sports field on Johannesplatz.

When, after the Second World War, all sports clubs had to be dissolved on January 1, 1946 due to Directive No. 23 of the Allied Control Council of the Occupying Powers, and sports traffic was only permitted at city or district level, several loosely organized sports communities emerged in Erfurt. The SG Erfurt-West consisted to a small extent of players from the dissolved former clubs SC Erfurt and VfB Erfurt. The games were played in the Cyriaksburg sports park.

The SG was renamed Fortuna in 1949 and after the introduction of the system of company sports associations (BSG) it was renamed BSG KWU (1950) and BSG Turbine (1951). In November 1954, in the middle of the second championship season, the Turbine sports association set up its GDR performance center in Erfurt and the company sports association became SC Turbine Erfurt . On January 26, 1966, the football department became independent under the name FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt as part of a reorganization of GDR football . The aim of the restructuring was to found pure football clubs in order to raise the level of the GDR upper league . The football departments of SC Turbine Erfurt and BSG Motor Optima Erfurt merged to form FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , while the sports club and the BSG and their other sections continued to exist. After the club had played two games before its official founding in January as FC Erfurt, Adolf Wicklein , the second secretary of the SED district management responsible for sports , finally set the name FC Rot-Weiß, referring to the use of the Erfurt city colors by.

Athletic career

The beginnings of Erfurt football - SC Erfurt and VfB Erfurt

The first soccer game of SC Erfurt took place in 1895, the year the club was founded, and was lost to TV 1860 Gotha with 0-2. Between 1903 and 1910 the club was the leading club in the Thuringian region and during these years regularly won the Thuringian Gaume Championship even though the city of Erfurt did not belong politically to the state of Thuringia. In 1908, the SC Erfurt played for the first time in the final round of the Central German Championship and was able to win it a year later. After a 7: 2 in the semifinals against Dresdner SC , the Thuringians defeated Halleschen FC 96 5: 4 in the final . With this victory, SC Erfurt was qualified for the final round of the German championship and defeated SC Alemannia Cottbus 4: 3 in the quarter-finals . In the semifinals, the club was clearly defeated 1: 9 against the later German champions Phönix Karlsruhe . In the following season, the club again reached the final of the Central German Championship and lost to VfB Leipzig 1: 4. In 1910 and 1911 the Erfurt team was eliminated in the semifinals against Wacker Halle . In the following years, the club took a total of eight times in the final round of the Central German Championship, but could not repeat its success of 1909. Two semi-finals in 1917 and 1919 should remain the greatest successes. In 1933 the team from Erfurt qualified for the newly founded Gauliga Mitte , at that time the highest German league. In 1936, the SC Erfurt was relegated from the Gauliga, but managed to immediately rise again. After relegation again in 1938, it took two years to return to the top division, which Erfurt then belonged to until the game operations were stopped in 1944. Overall, the club in the Gauliga could not build on the successes of its early history and even lost the supremacy in the city, which was now held by VfB Erfurt and SpVgg Erfurt .

VfB Erfurt's career was overshadowed by SC 95. From 1919 the club played in the Thuringia regional league, the top division at the time. From 1923 the district league Thuringia was dissolved and the VFB came to the Gauliga Nordthüringen and was Gaumeister in the season 1927/28. That was the greatest success in the club's history. The SC 95 was able to win this title ten times. In the years that followed, VfB Erfurt continued to slide and only played second or third class until the ban in 1945.

1946 to 1965 - Turbine Erfurt

league season space Points Gates Diff. spectator
Oberliga 1949/50 04th 35:17 58:30 +20 13,115
Oberliga 1950/51 02. 50:18 80:37 +43 19,235
Oberliga 1951/52 08th. 39:33 58:47 +11 11,330
Oberliga 1952/53 07th 34:30 51:44 + 07 13,350
Oberliga 1953/54 01. 39:17 58:36 +22 22,714
Oberliga 1954/55 01. 34:18 58:25 +33 20,692
Oberliga 1955 08th. 13:13 16:18 - 02nd 11,930
Oberliga 1956 12. 21:31 36:38 - 02nd 16,538
Oberliga 1957 06th 27:25 37:33 + 04 11,692
Oberliga 1958 11. 22:30 33:44 −11 10,923
Oberliga 1959 13. 18:34 27:45 −18 12.192
league 1960 01. 39:13 66:25 +41 10,000
Oberliga 1961/62 10. 35:43 66:69 - 03 09,675
Oberliga 1962/63 08th. 24:28 45:45 000 10,461
Oberliga 1963/64 14th 21:31 23:38 −15 12,076
league 1964/65 01. 42:18 53:26 +27 05,650
Logo of BSG KWU Erfurt (1950–1951)

In the summer of 1946, gaming operations at the district level in Erfurt were resumed. Former players of the two clubs SC 95 and VfB as well as other football enthusiasts met at the Sportpark Cyriaksburg. A complete re-establishment took place under the name SG Erfurt-West. The games initially took place in the Cyriaksburg sports park. It was not until 1948 that games were played in the Steigerwald Stadium, which was then the Georgij Dimitroff Stadium.

After winning the Thuringian Championship in 1949 against SG Altenburg-Nord , SG Fortuna took part in the final round of the Eastern Zone Championship . After victories against SG Wismar-Süd (10: 0) and SG Meerane (4: 3 a.s.) Erfurt reached the final, but lost 4-1 in front of 50,000 spectators in the Dresden Ostragehege against ZSG Union Halle . As a 1949 finalist, Erfurt was one of 14 founding members of the East German Zone League , which later became the top division in East German football as the East German league , and achieved a respectable fourth place in the first season of 1949/50 as BSG KWU. On September 30, 1950, Erfurt was in the final of the FDGB Cup , where they were defeated 0: 4 by BSG Eisenhüttenwerk Thale . In the 1950/51 season, BSG Turbine ended up tied with BSG Chemie Leipzig at the top of the table. Erfurt had the better goal difference, but that didn't matter at the time. A final between the two leaders in the table had to decide the GDR championship. The game took place on May 20, 1951 in the Ernst Thälmann Stadium in Chemnitz in front of a record crowd of 60,000 spectators. But even in the third final within just three years, the Thuringians unfortunately lost 2-0.

KWU Erfurt - Motor Dessau ,
March 1951 (1: 2)

The club experienced its most successful times in the following years under coach Hans Carl . With captain and game designer Helmut Nordhaus and several national players such as Gerhard Franke and Georg Rosbigalle , the Erfurt team won the title twice in a row in 1954 and 1955 . The most accurate player at this time was striker Siegfried Vollrath . In 1954 he was together with Heinz Satrapa von Wismut Aue with 21 goals top scorer in the GDR league. He also played an important role in the second championship title when he scored 16 goals in 20 games. Other guarantees of success were the defense of the Thuringian and goalkeeper Rolf Jahn . In both years of the championship, Erfurt allowed the fewest goals against of all teams in the GDR Oberliga.

The first championship title in 1954 was won by the following team with an average age of 25.2 years:

Heinz Grünbeck (24 games / 25 years) - Wilhelm Hoffmeyer (28/29), Helmut Nordhaus (28/31), Gerhard Franke (27/20) - Karl-Heinz Löffler (20/26), Jochen Müller (28/28 ) - Lothar Weise (25/19), Georg Rosbigalle (26/27), Siegfried Vollrath (28/25), Rudolf Hermsdorf (25/27), Konrad Wallroth (23/20)

Turbine Erfurt was unable to build on its great success in the following years. Coach Hans Carl left the GDR in the direction of Hesse and trained there in the period that followed KSV Hessen Kassel and several important players in the championship teams ended their careers, so that the Erfurt 1959 relegated to the second-rate GDR league for the first time . After the immediate resurgence, the people of Erfurt played first class again until 1964 , before relegating again and immediately rising again.

1966 to 1990 - FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt in the GDR league

league season space Points Gates Diff. spectator
Oberliga 1965/66 13. 19:33 26:42 −16 09,462
league 1966/67 01. 41:19 62:21 +41 06,407
Oberliga 1967/68 09. 23:29 34:39 - 05th 14,646
Oberliga 1968/69 08th. 25:27 32:27 + 05 09,538
Oberliga 1969/70 09. 24:28 32:40 - 08 09,500
Oberliga 1970/71 13. 21:31 28:44 −16 11.308
league 1971/72 01. 40: 4 87:14 +73 05,918
Oberliga 1972/73 12. 19:33 37:56 −19 08,846
Oberliga 1973/74 12. 19:33 27:39 −12 11,231
Oberliga 1974/75 09. 23:29 37:42 - 05th 11,577
Oberliga 1975/76 07th 26:26 44:36 + 08 11,962
Oberliga 1976/77 06th 25:27 27:35 - 08 13,000
Oberliga 1977/78 09. 23:29 23:35 −12 07,538
Oberliga 1978/79 07th 22:28 37:46 - 09 10,760
Oberliga 1979/80 12. 18:34 33:38 - 05th 10,846
Oberliga 1980/81 07th 27:25 37:49 −12 12,962
Oberliga 1981/82 07th 28:24 55:44 +11 14,615
Oberliga 1982/83 05. 31:21 45:37 + 08 15,423
Oberliga 1983/84 07th 28:24 36:39 - 03 12,808
Oberliga 1984/85 06th 30:22 47:29 +18 11,692
Oberliga 1985/86 10. 24:28 41:34 + 07 11,769
Oberliga 1986/87 07th 24:28 33:33 000 08,731
Oberliga 1987/88 12. 21:31 40:49 - 09 07,577
Oberliga 1988/89 12. 21:31 27:39 −12 08,038
Oberliga 1989/90 11. 19:33 29:40 −11 05,504
Oberliga 1990/91 03. 31:21 30:26 + 04 06,815
Logo of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt (1966–1970)
Logo of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt (1971–1984)

Ironically, in 1966 , the year the soccer club was founded , the team was relegated to the GDR league again. This time, too, the immediate re-emergence succeeded, just like after the club's last relegation from the GDR league in the 1970/71 season . In the 1970s, red and white worked their way up from relegation places to stable midfield positions in the final table. Prominent players at that time were striker Horst Weißhaupt , goalkeeper Wolfgang Benkert , the aspiring Jürgen Heun and national player Rüdiger Schnuphase .

In the 1979/80 FDGB Cup , there was a dramatic cup final against Thuringian rivals FC Carl Zeiss Jena . With Armin Romstedt's goal, Erfurt led until ten minutes before the end before Jürgen Raab equalized for Jena. In extra time, Jena finally got the upper hand 3-1 and won the trophy. In the following seasons, the Erfurt hoped to finally make it into the European Cup.

In the 1982/83 season, the RWE reached fifth place under coach Siegmar Menz and only missed international participation due to the poorer goal difference against 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig . This is exactly what the Erfurters hoped for when the successful Jena trainer Hans Meyer came to Erfurt in 1985 and brought the former Erfurt Rüdiger Schnuphase with him. But Meyer also failed to lead Erfurt out of mediocrity, so that reaching the Intertoto Cup remained the maximum for Red-White. There the Thuringians were able to convince in several games and beat Fortuna Düsseldorf 6: 1 and 3: 0, as well as the Dutch representative FC Twente Enschede 4: 0.

1990 to 1992 - UEFA Cup and 2nd Bundesliga

Even Hans Meyer (left) could not lead Erfurt out of mediocrity

The most successful season of the Red-Whites was, of all things, the last season of the GDR Oberliga 1990/91 . Although the club had started the season without any great illusions, they ended up in third place in the table and thus directly qualifying for the 2nd Bundesliga and entering the UEFA Cup . Zbigniew Fabinski scored the club's last major league goal on May 25, 1991 in a 2-1 win against BSV Stahl Brandenburg , after Frank Dünger equalized for Erfurt. In the end, only one point was missing from the runner-up Dynamo Dresden and the associated classification in the Bundesliga . The joy lasted less than a year, because Erfurt was knocked off last and was relegated to the amateur league . The club did better this season in the cup competitions. In the DFB Cup , Red-White surprisingly defeated FC Schalke 04 2-1. The Schalke team discovered the great potential of Erfurt defender Thomas Linke in this game and signed him at the end of the season.

In the UEFA Cup, the club faced Dutch representatives FC Groningen in the first round and even reached the second round after two 1-0 successes. In the first leg in the Netherlands, the Thuringians took the lead after just two minutes through Jörg Schmidt and should defend this until the end of the game, among other things Groningen failed with goalkeeper Péter Disztl from a penalty . Tino Gottlöber scored the decisive goal in the second leg in Erfurt. In the second round, the top European team Ajax Amsterdam was a size too big for the Thuringians. Despite Uwe Schulz's opening goal in the first leg in front of only 6,000 spectators, Erfurt lost 2-1 and also had no chance in the 3-0 in the second leg against the team from Amsterdam, made up of well-known players such as Dennis Bergkamp .

1992 to 2003 - twelve years of third-class status and financial worries

league season space Points Gates Diff. spectator
2nd Bundesliga South 1991/92 12. 17:47 36:75 −39 02,713
NOFV-Oberliga Nordost Süd 1992/93 03. 49:15 76:27 +49 01,613
NOFV-Oberliga Nordost Süd 1993/94 02. 50:10 71:17 +54 01,155
Regionalliga Northeast 1994/95 05. 44:24 66:34 +32 01,506
Regionalliga Northeast 1995/96 07th 50 31:26 + 05 01.006
Regionalliga Northeast 1996/97 03. 66 80:39 +41 02,271
Regionalliga Northeast 1997/98 05. 56 59:49 +10 01,735
Regionalliga Northeast 1998/99 10. 45 41:46 - 05th 01,845
Regionalliga Northeast 1999/00 07th 57 39:41 - 02nd 02,648
Regional league south 2000/01 15th 39 40:47 - 07th 03,963
Regional league south 2001/02 05. 54 47:31 +16 04,363
Regional league south 2002/03 09. 50 44:44 000 03,524
Regional league south 2003/04 02. 55 52:39 +13 04,882
2nd Bundesliga 2004/05 18th 30th 34:60 −26 11,980
Regionalliga North 2005/06 14th 42 40:48 - 08 04,768
Regionalliga North 2006/07 11. 50 41:44 - 03 05,314
Regionalliga North 2007/08 07th 56 70:46 +24 07,386

From 1992 the club played in the NOFV-Oberliga and for the first time only in third class. In the following two seasons Erfurt only narrowly failed to return to the 2nd Bundesliga twice. In 1993, Erfurt only finished third, two points behind leaders FC Sachsen Leipzig , and in June the Erfurt idol Jürgen Heun played his last game in front of only 600 spectators against FC Meissen , after he had previously played 399 points the place and scored 132 goals. In 1994 the club was second behind FSV Zwickau , although the team did not suffer a single defeat in 30 games. The qualification for the newly founded Regionalliga Nordost was achieved. There the Thuringians always came in the top third of the table in the following seasons, but the jump back to paid football did not succeed.

In 1997 insolvency proceedings were opened against the association due to over-indebtedness of over DM 6.1 million . In the months that followed, there was chaos around the club. Only when President Klaus Neumann took office could the financial downturn end. He made a significant contribution to the fact that the insolvency proceedings were successfully concluded after eight months and that the association could continue to exist. When the number of regional leagues was reduced from four to two in 2000, FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, seventh in the table, had to play the last free place in the regional league against the upper division FC Schönberg 95 in two relegation games. After the first leg in Schönberg was lost 0: 1, Erfurt qualified with a 4: 1 in the second leg for the Regionalliga. In the 90th minute of the game, a Schoenberg player hit the crossbar with a score of 3: 1, whereupon the 4: 1 fell in direct return. A 3-2 would not have been enough for RWE due to the away goals rule .

In the following season, the team was only 15th in the Regionalliga Süd and was thus on a relegation zone at the end of the season. The club was only able to hold the class due to a license withdrawal for SSV Ulm in 1846 . In the following two years the team only reached midfield, although promotion was always given as the goal before the start of the season and accordingly expensive players were brought to the state capital. This recently led to a high level of indebtedness for the club, so that advancement to paid football due to the much higher television income in the 2nd Bundesliga has meanwhile become of vital importance.

2003 to 2008 - regional league and second division

Block 3, former fan block for "RWE" fans
Erfurt team in December 2008

In the 2003/04 season, René Müller came to Erfurt as a coach and, with a completely rebuilt team, made the long-awaited return to the 2nd Bundesliga after twelve years. For the first time in years, the club had not set promotion as a goal before the season and had not signed any well-known players, so the success at the end of the season was all the more surprising. The team improved continuously over the course of the season and achieved promotion after the penultimate matchday. In front of 20,000 spectators, the Erfurt team defeated their direct competitor and later co-promoted 1. FC Saarbrücken 2-1.

In the following season, Müller radically changed the Erfurt squad again, but the numerous newcomers could not meet expectations this time and the mood in the team and the Erfurt environment deteriorated increasingly. After numerous controversial decisions, including the banishment of Erfurt's audience favorite Ronny Hebestreit to the stands or holding on to goalkeeper Claus Reitmaier despite several game-changing mistakes, René Müller was dismissed on February 20, 2005, but his successor Ján Kocian was unable to relegate prevent more. The club had to cope with a major setback shortly before the end of the season. During the game against SpVgg Unterhaching on April 6, 2005, the Erfurt player Senad Tiganj was convicted of taking a prohibited substance. Tiganj later testified that he had shown his young son how to take an asthma spray that contained the banned substance. Although no performance increase was possible due to the small amount, the sports court of the DFB ruled the cancellation of the victory and evaluation of the game for SpVgg Unterhaching. This deduction of points contributed to the relegation of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt to the regional league. After relegation, Erfurt received a license for the regional league with great difficulty due to a mountain of debt of four million euros and competed with numerous players from their own offspring in the 2005/06 season. The red-whites only managed to stay up because of the better goal difference against Prussia Munster .

Also in the 2006/07 season, the coach Pavel Dotschew had to put together a team due to the need to save money with little financial means, so that relegation had top priority this season. After a bad start to the season, the Thuringians improved over the course of the season and were surprisingly in third place in the table at the winter break, level on points with the team in second place, which entitled them to promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the second half of the season, the team could not build on the performance of the first half of the year and ended the season in 11th place in the table. For the 2007/08 season, the club aimed to qualify for the new 3rd division . The club promised all season ticket holders a return of the money in the event of failure to reach the 3rd division. During the winter break, the club was in second place, which would have qualified for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. The lead in eleventh place, which no longer qualifies for the 3rd division, was seven points. A few days before the start of the second half of the season, coach Pavel Dotchev surprisingly resigned and switched to his former club SC Paderborn 07 . FC Rot-Weiß signed Karsten Baumann as his successor . In the second half of the season - as in the previous season - the team was no longer able to match the performance of the preliminary round. Nevertheless, the club qualified early for the 3rd division. The team finished seventh in the final accounts.

2008 to 2018 - long-running in the 3rd division

league season space Points Gates Diff. spectator
3rd league 2008/09 10. 50 46:48 - 02nd 6,149
3rd league 2009/10 09. 53 41:41 000 5,534
3rd league 2010/11 05. 61 63:45 +18 6,557
3rd league 2011/12 05. 59 54:41 +13 5,828
3rd league 2012/13 13. 44 44:58 −14 4,813
3rd league 2013/14 10. 50 53:49 + 04 5,703
3rd league 2014/15 12. 51 47:54 - 07th 5,819
3rd league 2015/16 08th. 50 47:50 - 03 5,325
3rd league 2016/17 14th 47 34:47 −13 5,762
3rd league 2017/18 20th 13 26:78 −52 5.118

In the 2008/09 season , red and white could not intervene in the promotion battle and took tenth place in the first season of the 3rd division . The season highlight Erfurt experienced already early in the season, when they in the first round of the German Cup to Bayern Munich met and after a very good performance with only 3 documents. 4 On April 28th, 2009 the coach Karsten Baumann was dismissed from the club to stop the negative trend of the previous games. For the 2009/10 season Rainer Hörgl took over the position of head coach. After Rot-Weiß had won the Thuringian Association Cup in 2009 , the team was again qualified for the first main round of the 2009/10 DFB Cup . There the team was eliminated from the competition after a 1: 2 defeat against the second division club MSV Duisburg .

During the winter break of the 2009/10 season, Rainer Hörgl was entrusted with additional management tasks and the previous manager Stephan Beutel was on leave. In addition, on February 9, 2010, the former sports director of the MDR Wilfried Mohren was hired as a freelance press spokesman for the club. Hörgl was released from his duties on March 25, 2010 after a 3-0 home defeat against FC Carl Zeiss Jena and after a previous sporting downturn for the team. At the end of March 2010, Stefan Emmerling was hired to succeed Hörgl .

Overall, the 2009/10 season was rather unsatisfactory. Instead of playing for promotion as expected before the start of the season, the team came close to the relegation zone in spring 2010. In the end, they took ninth place in the middle of the table. For the first time in years, the club could not qualify for the main round of the DFB Cup, as they failed in the Thuringian Association Cup in the semifinals by a 1: 2 defeat at the top division VfB Pößneck . Although he was on leave in March 2010, Rainer Hörgl was introduced on May 11, 2010 as the new sports director at FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt. He was responsible for a newly founded scouting department, the management of the office and the management of the youth training center . On March 22, 2011, the club announced that it would not extend the contract with Rainer Hörgl as head of sports and would take him on leave with immediate effect. Torsten Traub was appointed as his successor . Although the team was in third place on the last game days before the end of the season, it could not be held, and the 2010/11 season ended with fifth place. The qualification for the DFB Cup was also missed.

Many players left the club again in the 2012/13 season. Rot-Weiß-Erfurt started the season with a younger squad, which mainly relied on players from their own youth department. After the team only finished last in the table after the first six match days, coach Stefan Emmerling was given leave of absence from the club. The training work was then led on an interim basis by the coach of the second team, Christian Preußer . After a draw against Alemannia Aachen and a clear 5-0 win against Borussia Dortmund's second team as well as a success in the Thuringian State Cup, Christian Preusser asked not to be considered for the head coach position. On September 10, 2012, Alois Schwartz was introduced as the new head coach. With 44 points at the end, Erfurt finished the season 13th in the table. Despite relegation, Alois Schwartz moved to SV Sandhausen after the season .

For the 2013/14 season, Walter Kogler was introduced as the new head coach on June 20, 2013 . In addition, some positions were changed in advance. The previous assistant coach Rudi Zedi left the club. Christian Preusser and Norman Loose were appointed as new assistant coaches . The team played a surprisingly good first half of the season under the Austrian coach and was in the range of promotion places at the winter break. In the second half of the season, Erfurt could not build on the previously shown performances and finished in 10th place. The negative highlight of the season was the final of the Thuringia Cup, which was lost 5-0 to arch-rivals Carl Zeiss Jena, who played in the Regionalliga.

The 2014/15 season started satisfactorily. The club went into the winter break in 10th place in the 3rd division with only 4 points behind the promotion relegation place. After a series of defeats in the second half of the season, head coach Walter Kogler was released on March 23, 2015. Co-trainer Christian Preußer took over the position of head coach.

In the following 2015/16 season, Preusser was dismissed on December 15, 2015 for lack of success. Stefan Krämer took over the position as head coach and finished 8th in the table with the team after a strong second half of the season. In the following season, the team fought for a long time to stay in the league, but was able to achieve it with 14th place.

Since 2018 - bankruptcy, outsourcing and withdrawal from the regional league

league season space Points Gates Diff. spectator
Regionalliga Northeast 2018/19 05. 54 57:42 +15 03,870
Regionalliga Northeast 2019/20 - - - -

The 2017/18 season should be the last season in the 3rd division for the time being. Neither Stefan Krämer, nor his successors David Bergner and later Stefan Emmerling were able to lead the team on the road to success, so that after 10 years of continuous membership in the league, the relegation was behind the table.

When the sporting descent was almost inevitable, the club announced on March 14, 2018 that it had filed for insolvency at the local court due to economic and sporting hopelessness. This went hand in hand with the deduction of nine points. In addition to the deduction of a further point due to a non-closed liquidity gap, the club, after no objection to the point deductions had been raised, was 22 points behind in 17th place (with six remaining game days) as the first relegated of the season from April 5. Thus, in the anniversary season, the last "founding club" left the 3rd division.

In the 2018/19 season, FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt started a new start in the Regionalliga Nordost and thus played only fourth-class for the first time in the club's history. Oliver Bornemann was introduced as the new sports director. A little later, Thomas Brdarić , his former companion at TSG Neustrelitz , was introduced as the new coach. With a completely new team, after the successful conclusion of the insolvency proceedings, the return to the 3rd division was declared as the goal for the coming years.

A first step was the outsourcing of the licensed players' department and A-youth to FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt Fußball GmbH at the end of August 2019 . On October 1st of the same year, Michael Krannich took up the position of managing director. Just two weeks later, the responsible insolvency administrator Volker Reinhardt was able to confirm the entry of three sponsors (ASGV Grundbesitz and Verwaltung, Franz Gerber Sports Agency and Millhouse Capital GmbH) into the corporation. With the help of the first three shareholders, the share capital of the GmbH was to be increased by 1 million euros.

During the following winter break it became known that FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt was in arrears with salaries for players and employees. According to insolvency administrator Volker Reinhardt, "the main investor would prevent this". Together with the three shareholders, Reinhard had agreed to secure the continuation of gaming operations through the newly created financial possibilities, as well as to transfer the club's liabilities arising from January 1, 2019. On January 29, 2020, after the 19th matchday of the 2019/20 season , the club announced the cessation of the first team's game operations, making it the first relegated to the Oberliga Nordost . The club's youth teams are not affected. However, the FC Rot-Weiß loses the status of the youth performance center for the new season, because the A and B youth teams have not played continuously in the game of the respective junior leagues in the past three years. However, this is one of the basic conditions for clubs competing in the major league to obtain the status.



  • GDR champions: 1954 , 1955
  • Eastern zone runners-up: 1949
  • GDR runner-up: 1951
  • Thuringian Master 1949

Cup competitions

  • FDGB Cup finalist: 1950 , 1980
  • Thuringia Cup winners: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 (amateurs), 2008, 2009, 2017
  • UEFA Cup: 2nd round 1991/92
  • Group winners Intertoto Cup: 1985, 1986
  • DFV Toto special round : 1973/74

Successes of the SC 95 Erfurt

  • Central German master : 1909
  • Semi-finals of the final round of the German championship: 1909
  • Thuringian Gau-Meister 1903 to 1910, 1912, 1917, 1919, 1920
  • Gau-Meister Nordthüringen 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1918, 1924, 1927, 1932, 1933

Successes of the VFB Erfurt

  • Gau master North Thuringia 1928

Personal details

National player

General 1st league stakes National team
Surname ' at RWE societies Calls Gates Working time Calls Gates
Gerhard Franke Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1950-1968 BSG Turbine Erfurt, SC Turbine Erfurt and FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 276 023 1958-1959 06th 0
Rolf Jahn Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1954-1959 FC Carl Zeiss Jena and SC Turbine Erfurt 149 000 1957 01 0
Jochen Müller Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1949-1962 SC Turbine Erfurt 277 020th 1953-1954 03 0
Helmut Nordhaus Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1949-1962 Fortuna, KWU and SC Turbine Erfurt 178 033 1953-1954 03 0
Georg Rosbigalle Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1952-1963 SC Turbine Erfurt 185 028 1952 02 0
Harald Wehner Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1956-1972 SC Turbine Erfurt and FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 258 009 1961 01 0
Wolfgang Benkert GermanyGermany 1972-1985 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 256 000 1984 01 0
Martin Busse GermanyGermany 1977-1988 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 202 058 1983 03 1
Jürgen Heun GermanyGermany 1976-1993 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 341 114 1980-1985 17th 4th
Albert Krebs GermanyGermany 1968-1977 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 129 007th 1975 01 0
Armin Romstedt GermanyGermany 1978-1992 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 287 062 1984 01 0
Carsten singer GermanyGermany 1971-1992,
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 211 004th 1984-1987 16 0
Rüdiger snuff GermanyGermany 1971-1976,
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and FC Carl Zeiss Jena 320 123 1973-1983 45 6th
Uwe Weidemann GermanyGermany 1983-1987,
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, 1. FC Nuremberg , MSV Duisburg and FC Schalke 04 196 035 1985,
10 0
Thomas Linke GermanyGermany 1987-1992 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, FC Schalke 04 , FC Bayern Munich and FC Red Bull Salzburg 392 020th 1997-2004 43 1
Marco Engelhardt GermanyGermany 1999-2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern , 1. FC Nürnberg and Karlsruher SC 106 007th 2004-2005 03 0
Clemens Fritz GermanyGermany 1999-2001 Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Werder Bremen 331 007th 2006-2008 22nd 2
Péter Disztl HungaryHungary 1990-1991 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, Honvéd Budapest and Videoton SC 024 000 1984-1993 37 0
Gediminas Šugžda LithuaniaLithuania 1997-1999 FK Žalgiris Vilnius 59 11 1998 01 0
Bruno Akrapović Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 2003 Energy Cottbus 060 000 2000-2002 13 1
Stephan Keller SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2004-2005 Neuchâtel Xamax , FC Zurich , FC Aarau , RKC Waalwijk and BV De Graafschap 232 012 2002-2003 03 0
Eric Akoto TogoTogo 2004-2005 Floriana FC , Interblock Ljubljana , Grazer AK , FK Austria Wien , FC Admira Wacker Mödling and SV Kapfenberg 187 008th 2001-2009 56 1
George Koumantarakis South AfricaSouth Africa 2004-2005 FC Basel and FC Luzern 112 036 1997, 2002-2004 08th 1
Najeh Braham TunisiaTunisia 2004-2005 Without any effort 000 000 2003-2005 08th 3
Zoran Pavlovič SloveniaSlovenia 2005 NK Korotan Prevalje , NK Mura , NK Olimpija Ljubljana and Interblock Ljubljana 194 030th 1998-2002 21st 0
Senad Tiganj SloveniaSlovenia 2005 ND Mura 05 , NK Olimpija Ljubljana , NK Rudar Velenje , Interblock Ljubljana , NK Maribor , NK Celje 159 052 2001-2002 04th 1
Ilija Gruew BulgariaBulgaria 2005-2006 Locomotive Sofia and FK Neftochimik 0018th 001 1997-1999 13 1
Albert Bunjaku KosovoKosovo 2006-2009 FC Schaffhausen , 1. FC Nürnberg and FC St. Gallen 151 028 2009-2010 06th 0
Steve Gohouri Ivory CoastIvory Coast 2014-2015 Yverdon-Sport FC , BSC Young Boys , Borussia Mönchengladbach , Wigan Athletic , Skoda Xanthi 143 021st 2006–2009,
07th 0

The low number of internationals among these players is also due to the fact that only very few internationals for the GDR national team took place in the 1950s . Georg Rosbigalle played on September 12, 1952 against Poland in the GDR's first international match.

Erfurt players who were successful in the Bundesliga

General 1st league missions:
Surname country at RWE societies Calls Gates
Clemens Fritz GermanyGermany 1999-2001 Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Werder Bremen 331 07th
Marco Engelhardt GermanyGermany 1999-2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern , 1. FC Nürnberg and Karlsruher SC 106 07th
Uwe Weidemann GermanyGermany 1983-1987, 1988-1990 1. FC Nürnberg , MSV Duisburg and FC Schalke 04 102 14th
Marco Weißhaupt GermanyGermany 1992-1994 Hamburger SV , SC Freiburg and Hansa Rostock 101 09
Moritz Stoppelkamp GermanyGermany 2006-2007 Hannover 96 and SC Paderborn 07 071 04th
Maximilian Nicu GermanyGermany 2004 Hertha BSC and SC Freiburg 070 03
Albert Bunjaku KosovoKosovo 2006-2009 FC Schaffhausen , 1. FC Nürnberg and FC St. Gallen 054 14th
Domi Kumbela Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo 2006-2007 Eintracht Braunschweig 030th 09
Daniel Brückner GermanyGermany 2006–2008, 2016–2018 SC Paderborn 07 023 00

Record player

Marco Engelhardt :
played in Erfurt until 2001
Most games Most goals
Games Surname Gates Surname
400 Jürgen Heun 131 Jürgen Heun
304 Armin Romstedt 098 Ronny lifting dispute
299 Ronny lifting dispute 067 Daniel Bearwolf
290 Steffen Kraus 063 Armin Romstedt
275 Franz Egel 058 Martin Busse
270 Wolfgang Benkert 058 Gerd Stieler
267 Dieter Göpel 055 Carsten Kammlott
265 Carsten singer 048 Horst Weißhaupt
233 Martin Iffarth 045 Lutz Lindemann
220 Jens Große 040 Josef Vlay

Only championship games are listed. Cup games were not taken into account. Status: (June 16, 2018).


Surname Term of office Surname Term of office
Helmut Nordhaus 1964 to May 31, 1966 Alois Schwartz April 11, 2003 to June 30, 2003
Martin Schwendler June 1, 1966 to August 4, 1970 René Müller July 1, 2003 to February 20, 2005
Gerhard Bäßler August 5, 1970 to June 30, 1971 Ján Kocian February 22, 2005 to June 30, 2005
Siegfried Vollrath July 1, 1971 to July 31, 1973 Pavel Dotschew July 1, 2005 to February 8, 2008
Gerhard Bäßler August 1, 1973 to June 30, 1978 Heiko Nowak February 9, 2008 to February 19, 2008
Manfred Pfeifer July 3, 1978 to April 9, 1982 Karsten Baumann February 20, 2008 to April 28, 2009
Siegmar Menz April 10, 1982 to June 30, 1984 Henri Fuchs April 28, 2009 to June 17, 2009
Hans Meyer July 1, 1984 to April 28, 1987 Rainer Hörgl June 18, 2009 to March 25, 2010
Manfred Pfeifer April 29, 1987 to June 30, 1988 Stefan Emmerling March 30, 2010 to August 25, 2012
Wilfried Groebner July 1, 1988 to December 31, 1989 Christian Preusser August 26, 2012 to September 9, 2012
Lothar Kurbjuweit January 3, 1990 to August 28, 1991 Alois Schwartz September 10, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Rüdiger snuff August 29, 1991 to September 10, 1991 Walter Kogler July 1, 2013 to March 23, 2015
Josip Kuže September 11, 1991 to June 30, 1992 Christian Preusser March 24, 2015 to December 15, 2015
Klaus Goldbach July 1, 1992 to August 18, 1995 Stefan Krämer January 3, 2016 to October 2, 2017
Horst Kiesewetter August 19, 1995 to August 29, 1995 David Bergner October 3, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Frank Engel August 30, 1995 to May 15, 1997 Stefan Emmerling November 21, 2017 to May 17, 2018
Hans-Günter Schröder May 16, 1997 to June 30, 1997 Thomas Brdarić June 18, 2018 to November 12, 2019
Rudi Gores July 1, 1997 to July 17, 1997 Robin Kruger since November 13, 2019
Jürgen Raab July 18, 1997 to April 25, 2000
Frank Engel April 26, 2000 to November 25, 2000
Hans-Ulrich Thomale November 26, 2000 to August 14, 2001
Jens Große August 15, 2001 to October 8, 2002
Michael Feichtenbeiner October 9, 2002 to April 10, 2003

Second team

In GDR times, the second team of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt played from 1967 to 1969, 1972 to 1975 and 1984 to 1986 for a total of seven seasons in the then second-rate GDR league and took part in the FDGB Cup several times . In 1970, after winning over Vorwärts Meiningen and Sachsenring Zwickau , the team even reached the round of 16, where the team lost 3-0 against Vorwärts Berlin .

After the turnaround, the second team was grouped into the West Thuringia District League. In 1993 the team rose to the fifth class Thuringian league , where they played continuously for the next eleven years. In the 2004/05 season the team was Thuringian champions and rose to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd , where the team finished seventh in the first season. In addition, the second team won the Thuringia Cup in 2005 . They defeated FC Carl Zeiss Jena on penalties at the Gera Stadium of Friendship . The team reached the final of the national cup last year, but also lost there against the Jena team on penalties. In the first round of the 2005/06 DFB Cup, the team met Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen and lost 8-0. In their second league season, the team could not build on the successes of the previous year and was knocked off last. Since the immediate resurgence from the Thuringian league in the 2007/08 season, the second team played again in the major league.

The second team was trained by the former RWE player Albert Krebs from 2001 to June 2010 and plays its home games in the north of Erfurt in the stadium on Grubenstrasse. In the Thuringian League, the team played in the Cyriaksgebreite at the ega , but the place there did not meet the security requirements for league games. From the summer of 2010 the team was trained by the former RWE player Piet Schönberg, who was replaced by Carsten Hänsel during the winter break of the 2013/14 season.

After the 2015/16 season, the club withdrew the team.


FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt maintains one of 54 DFB performance centers in Germany. The club also operates a sports boarding school, which offers space for up to 34 young players, so that talents from more distant areas can also be tied to the club at an early stage. In total, over 200 players of all ages are active in the youth field at the club.

The youth work of the club always produces talents who make the leap into the first team. Talents like Clemens Fritz, Marco Engelhardt or Kevin Möhwald later made it into the Bundesliga.

Both the U19 and the U17 have played several seasons in their respective junior Bundesliga. Both teams are currently playing in the second-rate regional league.


Panorama of the stadium before the renovation

FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt played its home games in the Steigerwald Stadium , which is located in the south of Erfurt in the immediate vicinity of the Gunda-Niemann-Stirnemann-Halle and the Thuringian state parliament . Since the renovation between 2014 and 2016, the stadium offers space for 18,611 spectators, 9,495 of which are seated, 7509 standing, of which 5,422 are home. 1210 business seats and 343 premium seats. 44 wheelchair spaces and 10 visually impaired spaces.

The stadium was opened on May 17, 1931 as Daberstädter Schanze and a little later renamed the Mitteldeutsche Kampfbahn . In GDR times it was called the Georgi-Dimitroff-Stadion , before it was given its current name in 1991 after a population survey.

The stadium has numerous athletics facilities, including a 400-meter tartan track, and is used regularly for national and international athletics competitions. For the German athletics championships in 1994, a new grandstand was built with space for 4,000 spectators. The Steigerwald Stadium was to be converted into a modern multifunctional arena by 2016. The official acceptance by the city of Erfurt took place on October 28, 2016.

In the Oberliga Nordost 2020/21, Erfurt will no longer play mainly in the Steigerwaldstadion, but will instead play their games in the stadium on Grubenstrasse with 4,000 seats. The club's second team played there until 2016. You only want to return to the Steigerwald for important encounters . The final decision to start Rot-Weiß Erfurt in the major league should be made in mid-June of the year.


Clouds of smoke in front of the FC RWE fan block after the pyrotechnics had burned down.

The fans of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt are in the Steigerwaldstadion in block 3, but since the 2012/13 season the "Erfordia Ultras" have founded a new atmosphere center on the main stand in block E2, as they deal with the declining mood and the composition of the old block 3 were not satisfied and would like to start over. The highest average attendance in the club's history was achieved in the 1953/54 season, when an average of 22,714 spectators saw the games of Turbine Erfurt. In the 1960s and 1970s, the number of visitors leveled out at around 11,000 spectators per game. From the mid-1980s, fewer and fewer spectators came to the Steigerwaldstadion. The games in the last GDR league season saw an average of 6815 spectators, in the 2nd Bundesliga 1991/92 an average of 2713 people came. In the 1990s there were usually fewer than 2,000 fans in the stadium. It was only with the introduction of the two-track regional league in 2000 that the number of visitors rose significantly to an average of 4,000 spectators per game. In the 2nd Bundesliga 2004/05, a five-figure average attendance was achieved for the first time since 1986 with 12,000 spectators per game. From 2008–2018, RWE played in the third-highest division in German football and attracted an average of 5600 spectators per game day to the stadium. Since the stadium renovation was completed, the “Erfordia Ultras” have been located in the “Steigerwaldkurve” in blocks “R” and “S” to create a mood in the stadium.

A big rivalry exists with the fans of the Thuringian local rival FC Carl Zeiss Jena . This had already started in GDR times and most likely began in 1959.

On the last day of the match, FC Carl Zeiss received the team from SC Einheit Dresden. Jena was in fourth place and Dresden in 12th and thus the first non-relegation place in the league. The then SC Turbine received the table runner-up FC Vorwärts Berlin as 13th and penultimate. Berlin had no more chance of the title due to the new champions Wismut Aue, who won 2-0 the day before at Chemie Leipzig. Erfurt had to beat Berlin for relegation and was dependent on Jena rifle help against Dresden. Erfurt won 3-2. If the game in Jena ended in a draw, Erfurt would have been enough to keep the league. However, Dresden surprisingly won 1-0 against the home strong Jenaern. It was Dresden's only away win of the season and allegations were made by Erfurt that Jena had "given away" the game.

This rivalry was later fueled by delegations from Erfurt top performers such as Rüdiger Schnuphase and Lutz Lindemann in the direction of Jena. In the 2008/09 season, “racist calls and chants” could be heard at the Thuringia derby in the Steigerwald Stadium in Erfurt, according to the DFB. The following home game then took place in camera by order of the DFB Sports Court. There are no firm friendships with fans of other clubs. The ultra grouping of the Erfordia Ultras club and some other fan clubs maintain friendly contacts with fans of Halleschen FC as well as 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig , Unione Sportiva Massese 1919 and FC Groningen .

See also


Web links

Commons : FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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