Hansa Rostock

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Hansa Rostock
Coat of arms of Hansa Rostock
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Surname Football club Hansa Rostock e. V.
Seat Rostock , Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
founding December 28, 1965
Colours White blue
Members 13,828 (December 1, 2019)
Board Robert Marien
Günter Fett
(Finance & Administration)
Martin Pieckenhagen
Website fc-hansa.de
Football company
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Surname FC Hansa Rostock
GmbH & Co. KGaA
Limited partners 55%: FC Hansa Rostock e. V.
45%: Obotritia Capital KGaA
General partner GmbH FC Hansa Rostock Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
→ 100%: FC Hansa Rostock e. V.
(general partner GmbH)
Identical to the e.V. board
First team
Head coach Jens Härtel
Venue Ostseestadion
Places 29,000
league 3rd league
2019/20 6th place

The football club Hansa Rostock e. V. , FC Hansa Rostock for short and generally known as Hansa Rostock , is a German football club from Rostock . With around 13,800 members, it is one of the sports clubs in Germany with the largest number of members . FC Hansa was founded as a football club on December 28, 1965 with the spin-off of the football department from SC Empor Rostock , which was founded on November 11, 1954 .

FC Hansa recorded its greatest successes in 1990/91 when it won the championship last played under the name NOFV-Oberliga and the cup final of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) last held in 1991 under the name NOFV-Pokal . With twelve Bundesliga appearances, Hansa subsequently developed into the most successful GDR club in reunified Germany . In 2010 and 2012, the club, which belongs to the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state football association , was relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga to the 3rd league , in which its 1st men's team is currently playing.

Club history

The beginning as Empor Rostock

1954 - Establishment of Empor Rostock

In 1954, so-called sports clubs were founded in most districts of the GDR as part of the promotion of competitive sports , which, unlike the general sports- oriented company sports associations , were to become competitive sports centers in their respective regions and their central sports association . In Rostock, the largest GDR city north of Berlin , the SC Empor Rostock, initially called "SK Empor Rostock", was founded on November 11, 1954 with sections for seven sports. With the Rostock fish combine as the sponsoring company , it was the designated center of excellence for the Empor sports association, which comprised the sports associations with sponsoring companies from the retail and utility sectors. The Ostseestadion , which opened on June 27, 1954, was largely completed, but in contrast to field handball, it was not possible to put together a higher-class football team from the sports communities in the area.

Also because the north of the GDR was no longer represented in the GDR league after the 1951/52 season after Motor Wismar was relegated and mainly Saxon teams played for the championship in the 1954/55 season , the GDR sports management decided that Team of the Saxon BSG Empor Lauter to delegate to Rostock during the season. In 1953 Vorwärts Leipzig was delegated to Berlin with a similar project. While the trade journal Neue Fußballwoche linked the move from Empor Lauters to Rostock in a special edition in 1991 with the later union chairman Harry Tisch , the actual initiator of the move is Karl Mewis , who at the time was the first secretary of the SED district management in Rostock.

Like Empor Rostock, Empor Lauter belonged to the sports association Empor and at the time of the move was the current league leader with 10: 6 points. In Lauter , however, the team did not have a long-term competitive infrastructure and competed with other first division clubs in the vicinity. The league game of the ninth game against Motor Zwickau was canceled to enable the team to move to Rostock. However, some players from Lauter switched to Motor Zwickau, into lower-class leagues or ended their careers, with three players only renouncing the previously promised change of location under the impression of angry protests from the Lauterer residents, so that only twelve players with coach Oswald Pfau moved to Rostock. While the Rostock players were insulted as “traitors” at away games, especially against Saxon teams, the move to Lauter led to long-lasting resentment, which was initially expressed in the exclusion of relatives of the delegated players.

Empor Rostock was one of the sports communities particularly promoted as a sports club; However, the relatively small sports association Empor could not compete with the sports associations Motor, Turbine or Dynamo. In the early years of the club, the football squad was mainly filled with young talents from the north of the GDR: In addition to the immediate Rostock environment, TSG Wismar and Einheit Greifswald were the main delegation focuses until the 1970s. Only a few established top division players were delegated to the Baltic coast during this time.

1954 to 1965 - the "eternal second"

On the eleventh game day, which was played on November 14, 1954, the upper league team Rostock completed their first league game in front of 17,000 spectators in the not yet completely finished Ostseestadion against Chemie Karl-Marx-Stadt (0-0). By the end of the season, the team, which was briefly reinforced with other players from the region, slipped to ninth place in the GDR league, but reached the final of the FDGB Cup . Against Bismut Karl-Marx-Stadt the Rostock team lost 2: 3 after extra time in the Bruno-Plache Stadium in Leipzig .

After Empor Rostock still occupied second place in the transition round in 1955 and had sent Gerhard Schaller for the first time to the national team of the GDR , the team rose in the 1956 season as bottom of the table in the second-class league . Rostock had only achieved two first round victories under Willi Möhring , then under Erich Dietel and most recently played against relegation under Lothar Wiesner , who was assisted by Kurt Zapf as player-coach. Under Heinz Krügel , however, Rostock achieved immediate resurgence in 1957 and also made it into the FDGB Cup final, which was lost again in extra time against Lok Leipzig (1: 2) despite being in the lead in the meantime.

In the following period, Empor Rostock established itself in the league and reached the FDGB Cup final again under coach Walter Fritzsch in 1960 , but lost to Motor Jena (2: 3) for the third time in extra time, although Rostock was still with in the 63rd minute 2-0 lead. In 1961/62 , the Rostock team was runner-up in the Oberliga, after receiving the leaders Vorwärts Berlin on the last day of the match with one point behind them and losing 1: 3 in front of 30,000 spectators in the Ostseestadion. Nevertheless, the team was voted Team of the Year 1961 in a poll by the newspaper Junge Welt , while Rostock's Arthur Bialas was top scorer in the league with 23 goals .

In 1962/63 , Empor Rostock was six points behind Motor Jena and in 1963/64 , two points behind BSG Chemie Leipzig, it was runner-up again, whereupon the team had the reputation of "eternal second". In 1964/65 , four Rostock players, Wolfgang Barthels , Jürgen Heinsch , Herbert Pankau and Klaus-Dieter Seehaus, took part in the 1964 Summer Olympic Games and achieved the bronze medal with the all-German team for the time being, but only fifth with Empor Rostock in the big league. Trainer Fritzsch had resigned his position in April 1965, he was followed by Kurt Zapf as interim coach and, from July 1965, Gerhard Gläser as head coach.

The FC Hansa Rostock

1965 to 1973 - the early years

On December 28, 1965 at 6:32 p.m., the Rostock football department was separated from the entire Empor club with the signing of the founding deed , and FC Hansa Rostock was founded as a pure football club . This outsourcing, initiated by the GDR's sports management, was part of the association's efforts to establish high-performance centers specifically for football, which should thus occupy a special position in the GDR's competitive sports system. 1. FC Magdeburg was the first football club to be founded on December 22nd, 1965 ; The founding of the football clubs from Berlin, Chemnitz, Erfurt, Halle and Leipzig followed in January 1966. The carrier company of FC Hansa was the Combine Maritime Transport and Port Management , so that the Rostock state amateurs were employed as accountants in the Rostock overseas port . Heinz Neukirchen became the first chairman of FC Hansa .

In the second half of the 1965/66 season , the team played their first games as FC Hansa Rostock and finally took fourth place in the final table. In 1966/67 , the team only finished tenth, although in the same season they made their fourth entry into the FDGB Cup final, which was lost 3-0 against Motor Zwickau for the first time in regular time.

FC Hansa team photo 1969/70

At the beginning of the 1967/68 season , the GDR sports management delegated ASG Vorwärts Rostock to Stralsund, also because they were playing in the second-class league at the time and were viewed as competition for FC Hansa. At the end of the season, Rostock's Gerd Kostmann was top scorer with 15 goals and Hansa was five points behind Carl Zeiss Jena for the fourth time as vice-champion of the Oberliga, which was the first time that the trade fair cup was reached as the forerunner of today's UEFA Cup . Rostock prevailed there in the first round against OGC Nice and was eliminated in the second round due to the away goals rule against Fiorentina . Fourth place in 1968/69 meant for Hansa the renewed qualification for the trade fair trophy and for Kostmann with 18 goals scored the renewed win of the top scorer's crown.However, in May 1969, because he did not win the title, coach glasses was initially replaced by his predecessor Wiesner, who from July 1969 Horst Was succeeded in office.

Sat, striving to rejuvenate the team with the integration of young players like Joachim Streich and Gerd Kische , finished twelfth in the league with Hansa in 1969/70, only two points away from the first relegation place. In the trade fair cup, after Panionios Athens, Inter Milan were defeated 2-1 in the first round of the second round , but after a 3-0 defeat in the second leg, Rostock was eliminated from the competition again. After three more seasons with final placements in the lower half of the table from 1970/71 to 1972/73 Saß left FC Hansa. At the 1972 Summer Olympics Rostock's Joachim Streich and Dieter Schneider had achieved bronze with the national team.

1973 to 1990 - The Rostock "elevator team"

Under Heinz Werner , Rostock reached the top half of the table again with a seventh place in 1973/74, but was relegated in the following season 1974/75 . In the home defeat against Carl Zeiss Jena on March 8, 1975, Werner was dismissed from his office by party official Harry Tisch while the game was still going on. Helmut Hergesell , two years earlier as a player for Hansa, took over the coaching position, but could not prevent Rostock's second relegation to the second-rate GDR league. While Joachim Streich then moved to Magdeburg and became the record player in the GDR there, Gerd Kische stayed in Rostock. Both competed for the GDR national team at the 1974 World Cup , and Kische also played against the German team. At the 1976 Olympic Games , Kische should also win the Olympic football tournament.

The differences in performance between the GDR league, which consists mainly of company sports associations, and the upper league, which consists largely of football clubs, favored the repeated promotion and relegation of the team from Rostock, which has now become the elevator team. So Hansa remained in the GDR league 1975/76 without defeat, but finished in the league season 1976/77 with one point behind the non-relegation places in the last place in the table. The rise in 1977/78 succeeded despite two defeats again as leaders, with a 10-0 win against BSG Motor Wolgast, the highest competitive win in the club's history. The disappointing results in the league season 1978/79 then had the replacement of the coach Hergesell by his former teammate Jürgen Heinsch in December 1978, which did not prevent relegation at the end of the season. As the new coach, Harry Nippert followed Heinsch in July 1979 , under whom Hansa again without defeat in the 1979/80 league season and with another 10-0 victory, this time over BSG Kernkraftwerk Greifswald , immediately rose again and rose again the following season 1980/81 with three points ahead of the relegation ranks could finally hold in the league.

Program of FC Hansa Rostock from the GDR Oberliga season 1985/86. BSG Stahl Brandenburg was a guest in the Ostseestadion on March 22, 1986 .

Hansa Rostock stayed four more seasons from 1981/82 to 1984/85 under Jürgen Heinsch, who was again acting as a trainer, with final placements in the lower half of the table in the league, until 1985/86 the repeated relegation to the league under coach Claus Kreul followed. Rostock's young national player Thomas Doll then moved to the GDR record champions BFC Dynamo , while the older Axel Schulz and Rainer Jarohs stayed in Rostock. In addition to the immediate resurgence, the 1986/87 season under coach Werner Voigt also made it back to the FDGB Cup final, in which Rostock only came second for the fifth time with a 4-1 defeat against 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig . After the Rostock team had played for relegation in the 1987/88 season with two points behind the relegation places, they qualified by finishing fourth in the 1988/89 season for the first time for the official UEFA Cup , in which they, however knocked out in the first round against Baník Ostrava .

FC Hansa team photo 1989/90

After Rostock's Axel Kruse fled to West Germany during a game in Copenhagen in July 1989, the looming German reunification during the 1989/90 season , in which Hansa took sixth place in the table , resulted in extensive liberalization of the sport. For example, the players officially employed by the sponsoring companies of the sports associations were tied to the sports associations with player contracts and thus no longer declared as amateurs, while at the same time they were allowed to choose their sporting employer without the consent of the sports management. During the transition to a football club operating in the market economy, Rostock received support from SV Werder Bremen as a result of a cooperation agreement signed in January 1990 , while the liquidity of FC Hansa was initially secured by a subsequent transfer payment from Berlin Hertha for Axel Kruse. In contrast to other sports clubs in the GDR league, Hansa initially avoided selling players to the financially strong clubs in West Germany, which was also achieved through the comparatively high player contracts, which were initially worth 6,000  German marks (around 3,000 euros) a month.

1990 to 1995 - between championship and second class

The last season of the GDR Oberliga 1990/91 was renamed the NOFV Oberliga when the East German Football Association joined the West German Football Association and was considered to qualify for the all-German league system. For this purpose, Rostock signed the coach Uwe Reinders, who was previously only active in West Germany, and the US national player Paul Caligiuri, the first foreign player in the service of FC Hansa. On August 2, 1990, FC Hansa officially became a non-profit registered association and tried to compensate for the loss of the previous sponsoring company, in particular with the first sponsorship contract of the Club Chronicle, which was concluded with the adhesive manufacturer Uhu . The Rostock team then won the autumn championship with 20 points, so that another 15 points in the second half of the season in May 1991 meant winning the last East German championship. Rostock had thus qualified for the European championship and next to Dynamo Dresden as the second East German team for the Bundesliga. In the final of the FDGB Cup 1990/91 , which was held for the last time on June 2, 1991 and which was renamed the NOFV Cup in line with the league system, Rostock also won the competition for the first time in the sixth final, with Eisenhüttenstädter FC 1-0 in Berlin Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark could be defeated. The importance of both titles had declined since the reunification, so that the cup final took place in front of only around 4,800 spectators.

At the beginning of the 1991/92 season , Henri Fuchs, the first Rostock top performer, left the club in the direction of a West German competitor, which Hansa initially tried to compensate for by signing Eastern European players. As the last champion of the GDR to participate in the preparation for the DFB Supercup , Rostock was eliminated in the semi-finals against the reigning Bundesliga champions 1. FC Kaiserslautern . The Bundesliga season began successfully for Hansa with a 4-0 win against 1. FC Nürnberg , followed by a 2-1 away win at Bayern Munich . Between the first and the seventh game day, Hansa was the leader of the table five times. Afterwards, however, the Rostock team slipped more and more and found themselves in a relegation battle at the end of the season. The success in Munich should remain the only away win. Although coach Reinders was able to prevent his dismissal during the winter break despite differences with club president Gerd Kische , he was replaced by Erich Rutemöller in March 1992 . On the last day of the match, Hansa Eintracht Frankfurt defeated 2-1 and thus decided the German championship to the disadvantage of Frankfurt, but their own relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga could no longer be prevented. In the European Cup, Rostock had already failed in the first round against eventual cup winners FC Barcelona , although Hansa won the second leg 1-0 after the 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou .

For the second division season 1992/93 , the club's management planned an immediate resurgence, but had to accept the departure of four top performers, who were replaced by Bundesliga inexperienced players such as Timo Lange and Marco Zallmann due to the tense financial situation , of whom in particular Lange became the record player Hansas should be in the post-reunification period. In the first half of the season, Hansa mostly occupied promotion ranks, but then fell back to sixth place in the table. Horst Hrubesch therefore replaced the coach Rutemöller, who was in question, during the winter break, but slipped even further with the team until the end of the season and finally only finished eleventh. For the 1993/94 season under Jürgen Heinsch , who was hired as a coach for the third time , Hansa failed to climb to eighth place in the table again.

For the second division season 1994/95 , the club signed Frank Pagelsdorf as a coach. While long-standing top performers like Juri Schlünz ended their careers, Stefan Beinlich from the English club Aston Villa came to Rostock. Although the team had started the season without ambitions, they achieved the safe promotion on the third last day of the game and took first place in the table at the end of the season. With the simultaneous relegation of Dynamo Dresden from the Bundesliga, Hansa was the only representative of the former East German league in the Bundesliga for several years to become the “beacon of the East”.

1995 to 2005 - Rostock in the Bundesliga

Surprisingly, the climber from Rostock took third place in the table in the first half of the 1995/96 Bundesliga season ; he fell back to sixth place by the end of the season and renounced the participation in the UI Cup . In the home game against FC St. Pauli there were riots. As a result, Hansa was blocked , among other things , so that the game was played on October 28, 1995 instead of the 25,500-seat Ostseestadion in the Berlin Olympic Stadium in front of 58,492 spectators, which meant a new attendance record for Hansa. In addition, there was another game in the Berlin Olympic Stadium in front of 50,183 spectators on matchday 21 of the same season. At the beginning of the 1996/97 season , Rostock gave René Schneider to Borussia Dortmund , who was the first Hansa player to play in the all-German national team in 1995 and was part of the title-holder's squad at the 1996 European Championship . The resulting defensive weakness could only be resolved during the winter break, during which a supervisory board was also set up as a control body. Finally, with the 15th place at the end of the season, the renewed relegation was avoided. For the 1997/98 season , Rostock signed Ewald Lienen as the new coach, took at least seventh place throughout the season and was again sixth in the Bundesliga at the end of the season. In a survey of 200 Bundesliga players carried out by the specialist magazine kicker , Hansa took first place in the “Most Beautiful Football” category. At the DFB Indoor Cup in January 1998, the team under Lienen had already won the first all-German title of FC Hansa with a 4-3 victory in the final against FC Schalke 04 .

At the beginning of the 1998/99 season , Rostock then took part in the UI Cup, but failed there against the first opponent, the VSC Debrecen from Hungary. The team had again given up several top performers and initially occupied relegation places in the Bundesliga, almost without exception, until Lienen was released from his duties in March 1999 and replaced by his previous assistant coach Andreas Zachhuber , under whose direction Sławomir scored 3-2 Majak was secured in the 83rd minute against VfL Bochum on the last day of the game. The 1998/99 season finale is one of the most dramatic in the history of the Bundesliga. In the following DFB Cup , the club under Zachhuber achieved the best placement in the club's history in this competition with participation in the semi-finals.

In four other seasons with final placements between 12th and 15th place from 1999/2000 to 2002/03 Hansa played under the coaches Zachhuber, Friedhelm Funkel and Armin Veh against relegation to the second division. Among other things, the club gave up its German national players with Oliver Neuville and Marko Rehmer in 1999/2000 in order to be able to dispute part of the budget through transfer fees. In return, Hansa signed a total of seven Swedish and three Danish players between 1998 and 2004, which is why up to 2,000 Swedish fans occasionally came to the Ostseestadion for home games.

In the 2003/04 season , Hansa reached ninth place under coach Juri Schlünz and thus the third qualification for the UI Cup, but for the second time refrained from participating. Martin Max had scored 20 goals for Hansa in 33 games, setting a new club record in the Bundesliga; However, he ended his career prematurely after the season. At the beginning of the 2004/05 season , Hansa first took part in the DFB League Cup, but was eliminated in the first round against Leverkusen . Rostock then lost the first eight home games in the Bundesliga, setting a negative record for Tasmania Berlin that had existed since 1965 , and scored only eleven points in the entire first half of the season. A 6-0 defeat against Hamburger SV in November 2004 resulted in the resignation of coach Schlünz. Under his successor Jörg Berger , Hansa was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga as seventeenth in the table, with a total of 18 defeats in 34 games after ten years of membership in the first division.

2005 to 2010 - From the federal to the third division

For the 2005/06 season , Hansa strived for immediate promotion and replaced coach Berger after two defeats at the beginning with Frank Pagelsdorf , who was returning to FC Hansa and who finally took tenth place with the team in the final table. In the 2006/07 season , Hansa remained unbeaten until the 18th matchday, thus setting a new club record for the 2nd Bundesliga and being promoted to the top division in second place.

Successful coach at FC Hansa Rostock: Frank Pagelsdorf in 1995 and 2007 led the Rostock cog into the Bundesliga

Rostock rose again immediately in 2007/08 , although the club had gained additional liquidity through the sale of the naming rights to the Ostseestadion , now DKB-Arena . In the following second division season 2008/09 Hansa fell short of expectations, whereupon coach Pagelsdorf was on leave in November 2008. Under his successor Dieter Eilts , however, Hansa was in danger of relegation, until after another coach change to Andreas Zachhuber in March 2009 on the last day of the game, they remained in the second division. In the 2009/10 season , Hansa was again in danger of relegation and replaced Zachhuber in February 2010 with his previous assistant coach Thomas Finck , who was followed in March by former assistant and goalkeeping coach Marco Kostmann due to Finck's lack of a coaching license . Despite the change of coach, Hansa finished 16th in the table at the end of the season and also lost the following relegation games to remain in the second-highest division against FC Ingolstadt 04 , making Rostock third-rate for the first time in the club's history.

Immediate promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga and another crash into the third division

For the 2010/11 season , Hansa signed on as the new coach, Peter Vollmann , of whom only ten of the 27 players in the previous season were also available in the third division . Nevertheless, the newly formed team reached the autumn championship and on the fourth from last matchday also made it back to the 2nd Bundesliga. Since third division clubs do not automatically qualify for the DFB Cup , the licensed team also took part in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Cup for the first time , which they won as the highest-class participant, as expected.

In the second division season 2011/12 the Rostock team achieved only one victory during the first half of the season, after which coach Vollmann was replaced by Wolfgang Wolf . Despite the change of coach, Hansa was already relegated to the third division on the penultimate match day. At the beginning of 2012, the club's financial situation had worsened to such an extent that bankruptcy threatened. At the beginning of May 2012, the Rostock citizens voted for a package of measures which, in conjunction with further decrees by the Rostock tax office and other creditors, ensured the continued existence of the association.

Since 2012 - 3rd division

At the beginning of the third division season 2012/13 , Hansa fell short of its own expectations, which is why coach Wolf was replaced by Marc Fascher in early September 2012 , under whom the team achieved relegation on the penultimate match day and finally ended the season in twelfth place in the table. At the same time, qualification for the DFB Cup was sought by participating in the state cup again ; Due to a 3-0 defeat in the final against Neustrelitz, however, the project failed, so that Hansa did not take part in the national cup competition in the 2013/14 season for the first time in the club's history.

As the successor to the outgoing Marc Fascher, Andreas Bergmann was introduced as coach for the 2013/14 season , under which the team found themselves in third place at the end of the first half of the season. After the winter break, Hansa fell back into the middle of the table, so the elimination in the semi-finals of the state cup against the fifth division club 1. FC Neubrandenburg at the beginning of April 2014 led to Bergmann's leave of absence. Robert Roelofsen took over the training on an interim basis, followed two weeks later by Dirk Lottner .

For the 2014/15 season , Hansa introduced Peter Vollmann, who is returning to Rostock, as the new head coach. However, he was dismissed in December 2014, initially assistant coach Uwe Ehlers took over the position as interim coach. In the same month, Hansa introduced Karsten Baumann as the new head coach. At the end of the season, Hansa finished 17th, the worst placement in the club's history.

After a negative series of only one victory in the last 15 games, Baumann and the sports director Uwe Klein were on leave on December 6, 2015. Just one day later, Hansa signed Christian Brand, who had previously been dismissed from the regional division SSV Jahn Regensburg , as the new coach. With him, relegation was secured with a 3-1 win against Rot Weiß Erfurt two game days before the end of the season. At the end of the 2016/17 season, Brand was released on May 13, 2017. A few days later, on May 25, 2017, Hansa won the state cup under interim coach Uwe Ehlers against MSV Pampow 3-1 and thus secured participation in the first main round of the 2017/18 DFB Cup .

As the new coach for the upcoming season 17/18 was Pavel Dotchev named. Dotchev completely rebuilt the squad and rejuvenated the team. After a successful start to the season against Lotte , Hansa met the first division club Hertha BSC after further convincing performances in the league operation in the DFB Cup and lost the home game, which was broadcast on ARD during the premium period , with 0: 2. The game result fell into the background due to massive riots by both fan groups. The spectators in the north, east and west stands distanced themselves clearly and loudly from the events on the south stand, which resulted in an approximately twenty-minute break in the game. During the winter break, Hansa was able to take fourth place in the table and thus kept up with the promotion ranks, which they lost in the course of the second half of the season. At the end of the season, the Kogge occupied a single-digit place in the table for the first time after relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga - 6th place. In the final of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cup , Rostock defeated FC Mecklenburg Schwerin 2-1 and won the state cup for the fourth time Times in a row.

FC Hansa Rostock team bus , a 2nd generation
Neoplan Starliner . It entered service in October 2008.

Under the motto Together upwards , Hansa started the 2018/19 season with another strongly changed squad . The ambitious Rostock team received their first setback against the promoted Energie Cottbus on the first match day of the new season . Although the team showed their potential in the DFB Cup against the federal lists VfB Stuttgart (2-0), but lost a week later in the home game against league rivals Würzburger Kickers with 0: 4 and thus set their own negative record in the club's history within the 3. League one. The end of the DFB-Pokal took place in the second main round against the first division club 1. FC Nürnberg after two lead times and ultimately only after penalty shoot-outs . During the winter break, Hansa found himself in the middle of the league table, twelve points behind, in the middle of the league table, a circumstance that led to the separation of Dotchev and FC Hansa in early January. After only one year in office, sports director Markus Thiele also had to vacate his seat. Jens Härtel was appointed as the next coach , and Martin Pieckenhagen became the new sports director . At the end of the season, Hansa was able to confirm the placement of the previous season and also secure qualification for the DFB Cup with the fifth state cup win in a row.

Since January 2019 coach at FC Hansa Rostock: Jens Härtel .

Top performers such as Biankadi , Soukou , Gelios , Hilßner or Hüsing left Hansa for the 2019/20 season up to the Bundesliga . The club inevitably repositioned itself with various additions and went more defensively with the goal of promotion to the next higher German league. The draw for the first main round in the 2019/20 DFB Cup resulted in a déjà vu experience. As in the previous season, the Hanseatic League met the, meanwhile second division , VfB Stuttgart. The VfB, however, returned the favor for the end in the cup competition of the past season and this time won 1-0 after a grueling battle at the Rostock Ostseestadion.
March 9, 2020 was a special date in the current season, because on that Monday, it was the 27th matchday, FC Hansa played its last home game in front of a crowd. The 3-0 home win against Eintracht Braunschweig was once again experienced by over 12,000 spectators before the game had to be suspended for almost three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany . The DFB decided on 22 May 2020, the continuation of the season on the basis of a hygiene concept, which in consequence mystery games meant. FC Hansa Rostock had to play its last five home games of the season against Waldhof Mannheim , 1. FC Magdeburg , Carl Zeiss Jena , 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Uerdingen in front of a ghostly backdrop and also forego its fans in the away games. At the end of the season, which was played in just five weeks, the cog landed repeatedly on the sixth place in the table and thus missed the direct qualification for the DFB Cup. However, the same participation in this competition could be achieved by winning the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cup 2019/20 , which, due to the ongoing corona pandemic, was not held again until August 8, 2020 and on August 22, 2020, and not as originally planned in May 2020, was played to the end. This time Hansa Rostock won the final game - as in the previous season against Torgelower FC Greif - 3-0. The draw for the 1st round of the DFB Cup 2020/21 , which took place on July 26, 2020, revealed the opponent early on. The luck of the draw leads Bundesliga promoted VfB Stuttgart again to the Ostseestadion .


Second team

Hansa's second team serves in particular as a promotional squad for young players who can recommend themselves for the first team.

The second representative of SC Empor Rostock was founded in 1961 and rose within two years from the district class to the third-class district league at that time . After winning the district championship in the 1966/67 season, the team, which had since been spun off to FC Hansa Rostock, benefited from the decision of the GDR Football Association to enable the reserve teams of the upper division teams to move up to the second-rate GDR league in the future. Together with FC Carl Zeiss Jena and FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , Hansa was one of the first clubs whose reserve teams took part in the GDR league in 1967/68 . In order to achieve this, the Hansa club management had specially ordered the goal scorer Gerd Kostmann from the first to the second team, in which he had become the top scorer of the district league with 24 goals and thus contributed significantly to the promotion. In the GDR league, the reserve team then occupied mostly single-digit positions in the table in eight seasons, until they forcibly also relegated in the 1974/75 season because of the relegation of the league team to the GDR league. The following district league season ended the reserve as champions of their district league relay, but was then regrouped several times between the district league and the junior league that existed between 1976 and 1983 for the reserve teams of the league clubs. 1986/87 meant the renewed championship of the district league, which was now played again in a season, the renewed promotion of the reserve team to the GDR league. In the 1987/88 season , however, this rose immediately from bottom of the table.

Hansa's second team also took part in the FDGB Cup several times and scored 16 wins, twelve defeats and three draws in 31 cup games, but left the competition prematurely every time they participated. In the meantime, there was also a third team, which took part in the first round of the FDGB Cup as the district cup winner in 1969 and was eliminated by TSG Wismar .

As a result of German reunification, Rostock's second team was incorporated into the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania regional league in 1991/92 and was promoted to the Northeast Oberliga . With the unsuccessful rise of the first team in 1993, the players of the second team were sacked for financial reasons. so that in their place the A youth team of FC Hansa took part in the Oberliga season 1993/94 and was relegated to the national league as fifteenth in the table. Two years later, in the 1995/96 season, they were promoted again, followed by promotion to the Regionalliga Nordost as the third-highest German division in 1996/97 . From this, however , the team rose directly from 1997/98 , whereupon due to the expenses necessary to remain in the regional league on the promotion possible with the league championships in 1999/2000 and 2004/05 was waived.

In the 2007/08 season , under coach Thomas Finck , the promotion to the regional league was targeted again as the fourth highest German division in the course of the league reform 2008, which was finally reached second in the table. In the regional league season 2008/09 , the team then took tenth place in the final table and was able to stay in the league table in the following season 2009/10 as twelfth, but was in the summer of 2010 due to the relegation of the licensed team for financial reasons in the Oberliga Nordost withdrawn. A possible resurgence of the reserve team was only sought in the 2011/12 season in order to take part in the regional league, which was then played in five seasons as a result of a division reform. Due to the simultaneous relegation of the licensed team to the 3rd division, the reserve team lost the right to participate in the regional league. Since then, the Rostock's second set reached placements between 2nd and 10th place in the Oberliga Nordost until 2019. Due to the rampant corona pandemic , the Northeast German Football Association (NOFV) decided to end the 2019/20 season after the 19th matchday. Hansa II took third place in the table, both in terms of points and the quotient rule used to determine the final placements.

The second team also represented FC Hansa Rostock in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cup and won it in 1997/98, 2004/05 and 2005/06. In the DFB-Pokal they achieved, the team was eliminated in the first round with a total of 1:15 goals against MSV Duisburg , 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 . Since the reserve teams of the licensing clubs lost their eligibility to participate in the DFB Cup from summer 2008, FC Hansa has not made any further national cup appearances for the reserve team since 2007.

Youth football

The FC Hansa describes itself as a "training club", in which youth players are increasingly encouraged to become professional athletes via the second team.

After the delegation from Empor Lauters to Rostock, the B-youth of the BSG unit Rostock was connected to the SC Empor Rostock in order to set up a youth department in 1955 . Further youth players were recruited from company sports clubs in the region, and 18 of 250 applicants for an audition were accepted into the youth teams in April 1955. In the youth competitions of the GDR , among others, the age group pupils (C-youth) in 1967, in the age group youth (B-youth) 1970, 1978 and 1990 and in the age group juniors (A-youth) 1968, 1973 and 1980 the respective championship can be won. Through the youth teams, players like Jürgen Decker , Jürgen Heinsch , Rainer Jarohs , Heiko März , Dieter Schneider and Axel Schulz made it into the Rostock's top division.

One of the greatest successes of the youth department since reunification is winning the German runner-up championship for B-youths in 2005 and A-youths in 2013 as well as the championship for A-youths in 2010 . Here, players like Kai Bülow and Tim Sebastian from Rostock's youth came to professional football. With Carsten Jancker and Toni Kroos , other Rostock youth players made their Bundesliga debuts at other clubs and became national players. The first Rostock player to be awarded the Fritz Walter Medal was Felix Kroos .

In 2004 (2: 0) and 2010 (4: 2), the B-youth won the NOFV club cup , each against the representative of Energie Cottbus . In addition, the final was reached in 2009, 2013 and 2014. The final games, however, were lost against Chemnitzer FC (3: 4 i. E.), RB Leipzig (2: 5) and Hertha BSC (1: 3 a. V.).

The youth work of the FC Hansa is through cooperation with the elite school football excellent CJD Jugenddorf-Christophorusschule and Heinrich-Schütz-secondary school , the Baltic school and BCAW Education Center GmbH , as well as several local football clubs such as FC concord Schwerin , the 1. FC Neubrandenburg and Rostocker FC supports. 25 players find accommodation in the club's own youth hostel. The FC Hansa youth performance center was initially awarded two out of three possible stars by the DFB and DFL in 2007 and received an additional third star when it was re-examined in 2011 due to its particular effectiveness and permeability.

In the 2012/13 season, FC Hansa had two youth teams in the age groups F to C youth , one of which each took part in matches in the next higher age group, as well as two teams in the age group B and one team in the age group A youth .

Hansa's youth teams were among the founding members of both the U-17 Bundesliga and the U-19 Bundesliga . The U-17 team was relegated from the Bundesliga in the 2010/11 season, returned to the 2016/17 season and was relegated from the top division again at the end of the same season. The A-youth said goodbye to the Bundesliga in 2015 after twelve years of service.

Women's soccer

In 1991 the soccer department of BSG Post Rostock , which played in the women's regional league, joined FC Hansa Rostock. This won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Cup in each of the following two seasons . As early as 1993, the department moved on to Police SV Rostock , for which she briefly appeared in the women's Bundesliga in 1995/96 . In 2005 the department joined SV Hafen Rostock 61 .

FC Hansa Rostock GmbH & Co. KGaA

On June 30, 2016, as a result of the vote of the members of the club FC Hansa Rostock e. V. founded FC Hansa Rostock GmbH & Co. KGaA during an extraordinary general meeting on April 17, 2016 . The establishment meant the outsourcing of the professional department of the club in favor of possible and necessary investors in order to enable the future of professional football in the Hanseatic city of Rostock.

The course for the outsourcing of the professional department of FC Hansa Rostock e. V. in a gaming company with the title FC Hansa Rostock GmbH & Co. KGaA , were placed on May 10, 2015 by decision of principle during an extraordinary general meeting on the north stand in the Ostseestadion. This approval was necessary in order to obtain the admission regulations of the DFB for the license for the coming third division season 2015/16, to open the way for investors and to avoid the impending bankruptcy of FC Hansa Rostock e. V. avert. The supervisory board approved the reorientation of the association in advance. The then chairman of the board - Michael Dahlmann - described the concept, which was to be finally decided at an ordinary general meeting in November 2015 with a necessary three-quarters majority, as without an alternative. However, such a decision was no longer made in 2015 due to internal quarrels.

Finally, an extraordinary general meeting was called for April 17, 2016, the aim of which was to implement the fundamental resolution of May 10, 2015. 95 percent of the members present, who met on the north stand of the Ostseestadion for the general assembly, voted for the outsourcing of the professional division of FC Hansa Rostock e. V. into the limited partnership to be founded in the company FC Hansa Rostock GmbH & Co. KGaA as of June 30, 2016. The capital stock was provided by the Hansa Rostock association and Obotritia Capital KGaA from investor Rolf Elgeti as limited partners. The association received 55 percent and Obotritia Capital KGaA 45 percent of the shares in the new GmbH & Co. KGaA. The business area not only included the maintenance of a football licensed player department, but also the areas of marketing, ticketing, media, human resources and administration.

The also newly founded FC Hansa Rostock Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH became personally liable partner . It is 100% owned by FC Hansa Rostock e. V. Managing directors of the management company can only be someone who is a member of the board of directors of the football club Hansa Rostock e. V. and is registered as such in the register of associations.

Club structure

The FC Hansa Rostock has existed since August 2nd, 1990 as a non-profit association , which is registered under number 223 in the register of associations of the Rostock district court.

According to the statutes, the management of the association is incumbent on the board , which consists of a chairman, two deputies and possibly one other member. The board of directors is elected for a two-year term by the supervisory board, which in turn consists of a chairman, deputy chairman and four other members and a maximum of four substitute members. The Supervisory Board is elected by the general assembly for a term of four years. In addition, there are two committees for the youth sector and refereeing , an electoral committee that organizes the general meeting, a council of elders to maintain and promote the club's tradition, and a board of directors for the amateur sector.

Associated with the association are two companies whose business area is in particular the operation of the Ostseestadion . These are "Ostseestadion GmbH & Co. KG", which was entered in the commercial register of the Rostock local court on November 3, 1998 and which in particular organizes stadium operations and the sale of merchandise, and "Ostsee-Stadion Verwaltungs GmbH, which was entered in the commercial register on August 17, 1998 ", Which as general partner of the first-mentioned company is also responsible for its management. With a contribution of DM 5 million (at that time), the club is the  only limited partner in Ostseestadion GmbH & Co. KG and is also the sole shareholder in Ostsee-Stadion Verwaltungs GmbH , so that Hansa owns all shares in both companies.

As a result of an extraordinary general meeting on April 17, 2016, the FC Hansa Rostock GmbH & Co. KGaA was founded on June 30 of the same year . The first limited partnership shareholders were FC Hansa Rostock e. V. with 55% and Obotritia Capital KGaA with 45% of the shares in the new company. The newly founded FC Hansa Rostock Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH acts as general partner . Both companies are registered in the commercial register of the Rostock District Court.

Club management

From 1954 to 1965, part of SC Empor Rostock , today's FC Hansa was headed by Rudi Reichmann as head of the football section, who, as a member of the DTSB district board at the time, had been delegated from Saxony to Rostock, along with the football team of BSG Empor Lauter . While occasional volunteer functionaries were also subordinate to this, decisive decisions were incumbent on the management of the sports club, the DFV or the DTSB, whereby this political influence in the sporting system of the German Democratic Republic was to be practiced until the political turning point .

With the spin-off of FC Hansa from SC Empor, Heinz Neukirchen became honorary chairman of the now independent soccer club from 1965 , which was in line with the widespread practice of appointing the chairman of the respective club supporting company as chairman of the club. In 1967, the club's management, which now comprised twelve people, was restructured again and Ernst-Moritz Pahnke, who had previously been technical director under Neukirchen, took over the club's chairmanship; However, he was released from his official duties in 1973 because he had not won titles. In his place, the influential party functionary Harry Tisch appointed his up to then personal advisor Jochen Timmermann as chairman of FC Hansa and also had a great influence on the football club in other areas. As a result, Hansa was no longer able to build on the vice championships of previous years, so that Timmermann remained unreserved as chairman and was replaced by Rudi Alms in 1975, who in turn had to give way to Ulli Stoll after two years. In 1986 Robert Pischke was finally delegated to Rostock as chairman of the club management, which had meanwhile grown to 22 members, together with coach Werner Voigt from BFC Dynamo .

After Hansa became a registered association in the course of the political change, the association initially continued to be headed by Robert Pischke; but this was now the acting club president . Dieter Ernst, who is staying on the Baltic Sea as part of a cooperation with Werder Bremen, was appointed as his vice-president . Also because of the massive criticism of the former Hansa player Gerd Kische at this cooperation agreement and at the Personnel Ernst Pischke renounced an official candidacy at the annual general meeting in February 1991, so that there Kische himself as Vice President and Wolfgang Zöllick, previously Deputy Mayor of the City of Rostock , were elected as club president. However, a general assembly had already been scheduled for June 1991, at which Kische himself was elected president of the association. However, after he had fallen out with several club officials and coaches and partially caused their resignation, he finally gave in to pressure from the club members and in 1993 resigned from his office. For Kisches continued employment in the association, however, the post of manager was introduced, which he held until 1995.

After the term of office of the Rostock entrepreneur Gernot Böttrich as club president between 1993 and 1994, the former GDR interior minister Peter-Michael Diestel held the same position at the end of 1995 . After this office was formally abolished and the management of the association was divided into a board of directors and a supervisory board , Diestel took over the post of chairman of the board - Horst Klinkmann was the first chairman of the board in Hansa's history. Diestel's tenure ended in 1997 due to internal quarrels. He was replaced on a voluntary basis by Eckhardt Rehberg . At the general meeting in November 2000 it was decided to set up the post of CEO on a full-time basis. As the supervisory board delayed the implementation of the resolution, Rehberg declared at the end of January 2001 that he would only be available as chairman of the board until the end of the season. Rehberg was followed by Manfred Wimmer, who initially received a two-year contract until June 30, 2003 as full-time CEO. The structural reform decided in November 2000 was thus taken into account. After Hansa's sporting descent to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2005 and the missed immediate promotion, Wimmer announced in May 2006 - together with manager Herbert Maronn - his resignation to the supervisory board. He unanimously released Wimmer from his current contract, which was valid until 2007, and presented Dirk Grabow as the next, and to date youngest, chairman of the board in the club's history.

Klinkmann's term of office as chairman of the supervisory board ended in November 2008. He no longer ran for chairmanship and Adalbert Skambraks was his successor. After 12 years on the supervisory board, only a few months of which as chairman of the board, he resigned in March 2009, citing the reason that he had problems with the media. Hans-Ulrich Gienke was unanimously elected as the successor to the office. As the second division club FC Hansa was in difficulties both sportily and financially, Dirk Grabow was released from his duties as CEO in March 2010. Grabow remained on the board and became head of the finance department. The previous marketing manager Dirk Hempel took over the chairmanship of the board until the end of the season.

With the first relegation to the third division in 2010, there was a complete change in Hansa's board. Bernd Hofmann became the new chairman in May 2010 . Hoffmann's goal was clearly a new start in sport, and that with a great financial burden. In terms of sport, he was immediately promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2011. After serious riots on the 15th matchday in the home game against FC St. Pauli, Hofmann closed the south stand, which put a considerable strain on the relationship with the active fan scene. Trying to create a positive image for the club, Hofmann turned to the police and politicians for help, because otherwise the violence potential of some fans could not be controlled. With this act of desperation, Hofmann split the fan scene. On the one hand there was satisfaction with Hofmann's concern for the financial well-being of the association, on the other hand there was disappointment about being criminalized across the board. At the end of the 2011/12 season , Hansa rose from bottom of the table for the second time in the club's history in the third division. Hofmann initially remained in office. As a consequence of the renewed relegation to third division, the chairman of the supervisory board Hans-Ulrich Gienke resigned from his office. In accordance with the articles of association, Holger Stein succeeded him as chairman of the supervisory board until the next general meeting. As a result of this ordinary general meeting of November 2012, Thomas Abrokat was elected as the new chairman of the supervisory board. Soon afterwards, in December 2012, both full-time CEO Hofmann, as well as CFO Sigrid Keler and Marketing Director Peter Zeggel, resigned from their honorary positions. A committee made up of the management board around Juri Schlünz and Uwe Vester, as well as the supervisory board member Jan-Hendrik Brincker (during the time of the honorary function on the management board, the office on the supervisory board was suspended) acted provisionally as management board in accordance with the statutes to ensure the business and agency of the association to be able to. From the end of January 2013, Michael Dahlmann was appointed chairman of the board by the supervisory board, headed by Thomas Abrokat.

On July 11, 2014, Thomas Abrokat informed the Supervisory Board and the Management Board of his resignation as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. At the beginning of September 2014, the Supervisory Board elected Harald Ahrens as the next chairman of the supervisory body.

On October 1, 2015, the association's office was briefly confiscated by the police and the Rostock public prosecutor's office as the investigating authority. The reason for this was a complaint against Dahlmann because of the suspicion of infidelity in connection with being too close to the ultra movement and its presumed instructions for action by e-mail to Dahlmann in favor of the investor Rolf Elgeti and the aim of disempowering members of the supervisory board. The CEO Dahlmann resigned on the same day. When there was widespread protest from the active fan scene, Harald Ahrens also declared that he would resign from his position as chairman of the supervisory board. Jörg-Uwe Neumann succeeded him, and Chris Müller-von Wrycz Rekowski was entrusted with the post of CEO . With the aim of forming a new board immediately, Müller-von Wrycz Rekowski held this office temporarily until November 17, 2015; he was replaced by Markus Kompp. After only a few months in office, Kompp announced his resignation at the end of the 2015/16 season for personal reasons. The previous deputy Robert Marien moved to the top of the board.

The members, the professional and the Hansas coaching team elected - for the first time electronic voting devices were used - during the ordinary general meeting on November 20, 2016 for four years a new supervisory board headed by Günter Fett as chairman of the supervisory board. The supervisory body now consisted of seven members, including Rainer Lemmer as deputy, Martin Ohde as second deputy, the former CEO Chris Müller-von Wrycz Rekowski and, for the first time, Sebastian Eggert, one of the leading figures in the ultra fan scene (Suptras) and four successors . As a result of the general meeting, the competencies of the five-person committee of the council of elders, consisting of ex-players Peter Sykora , Gerd Kostmann , Wolfgang Barthels , Dieter Schneider and Klaus Albrecht, were curtailed, whereupon the latter resigned unanimously and completely a few days later.


The Ostseestadion during the game between Empor Rostock and Motor Dessau, June 13, 1957
Ostseestadion with a view of the main stand during the game between Hansa Rostock and SC Freiburg on April 30, 1996
East stand of the Ostseestadions on July 20, 2019 about an hour before the start of the game

The Ostseestadion was built between 1953 and 1956 with the help of the national structure and opened on July 27, 1954 in an unfinished state, so that Empor Rostock, or later the FC Hansa Rostock, served as a venue from November 14, 1954.

After several renovations, the Ostseestadion, initially designed for 18,000 spectators, finally held 25,500 spectators until it was completely renovated between April 2000 and July 2001 with financial support from the city of Rostock and the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. A pure football stadium with a capacity of up to 29,000 spectators, in which the first home game of FC Hansa took place on August 4, 2001 , was created through expenses of 55 million  DM (around 28.1 million euros) .

The stadium underwent a name change between July 2007 and May 2015, as those responsible for the club at the time sold the naming rights. The Ostseestadion was called the DKB -Arena at that time .

Before the Ostseestadion was built, Rostock's largest sports facility was the Volksstadion , which was built between 1923 and 1928 and is said to have temporarily seated up to 20,000 spectators. With the exception of the games in the Regionalliga seasons 2008/09 and 2009/10, which were played in the DKB-Arena, the Volksstadion with a capacity of 8,000 standing places is mainly used as a venue for Rostock's second team. The youth Bundesliga teams of FC Hansa also play some of their games in the Volksstadion, but occasionally switch to the Rostock athletics stadium or venues in the Rostock region.

Club area

The club grounds of FC Hansa essentially consist of two areas in Rostock, which encompass several parcels of land and the club has heritable building rights . On the one hand, there is a 36,981  site in the immediate vicinity of the Ostseestadion between Kopernikusstrasse and Trotzenburger Weg in the Hansaviertel and, on the other hand, a 11,324 m² site on Maxim-Gorki-Strasse in Evershagen , which was launched in 2012 as part of a package of measures to prevent the club from going bankrupt the city of Rostock should be sold. While the first-named area includes the club's office, the youth boarding school and two grass pitches, the second-named area consists of a sports facility with an artificial turf pitch including a running track and a shot put facility. Additional training areas exist on the grounds of the Ostseestadion, where the club has rented three lawns, one artificial turf and one tennis court from Ostseestadion GmbH & Co. KG.


In the sporting system of the GDR Empor Rostock was initially the fish Kombinat Rostock as a carrier operating assumed during the same function for Hansa Rostock through the combine shipping and port industry was perceived. In the course of the reunification, the sponsoring companies of the upper league clubs ceased to exist, so that they had to operate independently for the first time. In the 1990/91 season, Hansa signed the club's first sponsorship contract with the adhesive manufacturer Uhu , but in the following the club in the comparatively structurally weak Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania should face difficulties in finding sponsors. For example, the sponsorship agreement concluded with the construction company Elbo for the 1991/92 Bundesliga season became obsolete when the former GDR conglomerate was broken up by the Federal Cartel Office, and the contract with BioWolf that was valid in the 1992/93 second division ended with BioWolf's bankruptcy . Thereupon, for financial reasons, Hansa dismissed the players from the second substitution, which was replenished by youth players, and completely outsourced the women's soccer department that had only joined the club two years earlier. While other former top division clubs such as Dynamo Dresden and VfB Leipzig soon had to accept point deductions and forced relegations due to financial bottlenecks, Hansa was gradually able to stabilize economically, which was only possible through the increased commitment of numerous secondary sponsors.

The athletic promotion to the Bundesliga in 1994/95 was finally followed by a period in which FC Hansa was able to cover part of its budget through player sales, with René Schneider , Oliver Neuville and Victor Agali in particular . During this time, however, the club also spent millions on new signings, such as for Rade Prica as the most expensive player purchase in the club's history.

From 2002, however, there were no profitable player sales, so that the relegation from the Bundesliga 2004/05 also ushered in a high level of debt for the club over the next few years. After a loss of 430,000 euros in the relegation season, the club posted a loss of 1.4 million euros in the 2005/06 season and again reported a loss of around 1.2 million euros in the 2006/07 promotion year. Hansa then used the renewed participation in the top German league in 2007/08 to generate a profit of 3.2 million euros on a budget of 27.6 million euros, but in the following second division season 2008/09, the Club with a budget of 17 million euros, another loss of 1.46 million euros was posted, reducing the club's assets to 111,585 euros. Through the 2009/10 season, for which Hansa planned a budget of 15 million euros, the balance sheet assets of the association finally decreased further to –4.43 million euros after Hansa had made a loss of 4.54 million euros. Of this, 4.25 million euros alone accounted for a provision that Hansa had to account for with regard to an additional tax payment for the fiscal years 1999 to 2001, which was then confirmed by a court at the beginning of 2012 and had far-reaching effects (see below). Due to a positive continuation forecast, however, there was initially no over-indebtedness . At this point in time, the club had a total of around 9 million euros in liabilities, which had to repay an additional 20.5 million euros from loans for the new construction of the Ostseestadion by 2025.

This was one of the reasons why Hansa had meanwhile broken new ground to secure liquidity and on July 2, 2007 already sold the naming rights to the Ostseestadion for 1.5 million euros annually to the Deutsche Kreditbank . In 2009, a contract with Infront Sports & Media , valid until 2026, was added, which transferred extensive advertising and marketing rights to Infront. In 2010, this resulted in a collaboration with Veolia Umweltservice as the new main sponsor for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons - which was not extended beyond 2012 due to ongoing fan riots - and in 2011 a five-year contract with the sporting goods manufacturer Nike as new supplier to FC Hansa. By leasing the roofs of the Ostseestadion for the purpose of operating a solar system, Hansa has also been generating an additional six-figure amount per year since January 2011. The club played the third division season 2010/11 with a total budget of 8.9 million euros and made a loss of around 590,000 euros.

Most recently, Hansa issued a bond in July 2011 , which, with a nominal amount of 5 million euros, was to flush up to 4.7 million euros into the club's coffers and then bear interest of five to seven percent with a term until 2017. By November 2011, however, the bond had only generated a volume of around EUR 300,000 through around 500 subscriptions. Hansa planned to contest the 2011/12 second division season with a budget of 13.2 million euros.

In the spring of 2012, the club's financial situation finally deteriorated to such an extent that it was on the verge of bankruptcy . The continued existence of FC Hansa was then to be secured through a four-point package of measures, which included the creation of a sustainable redevelopment concept, all creditors waiving around 39 percent of their claims as well as the sale of part of the club's premises to the city of Rostock and a one-off payment from the city Rostock provided to the club. On May 9, 2012, the Rostock citizens voted in favor of the partial waiver of tax debts in the amount of 680,000 euros, a one-time grant of 750,000 euros and the purchase of the sports grounds in Evershagen for 530,000 euros. Subsequently, the other creditors of the association also announced that they would waive parts of their claims. For the Rostock tax office this means a tax waiver of around 1.2 million euros, as well as around 2 million euros for the Deutsche Kreditbank and around 343,000 euros in debt relief for the OstseeSparkasse . Overall, the package of measures thus comprises a volume of around 5.5 million euros.

The German Football Association honored the exemplary management, risk-conscious action, the quality of the plan and the positive annual result in the 2018/19 season with a sum of 100,000 euros in December 2019. This represented the maximum amount of the newly introduced “Financial Fair Play” reward system for the 3rd soccer league. Since relegating to the third division, FC Hansa has achieved a record turnover of 19 million euros this past season, an increase of around 4.6 million Euros compared to the previous season, which was achieved, among other things, by reaching the second main round in the DFB Cup and through player transfers. Furthermore, top marks were achieved in the areas of sponsoring, ticketing, the number of members and merchandising. The club's debt burden, however, still amounts to over 23 million euros.

The second team of FC Hansa has its own shirt sponsor, w.Holz GmbH , which works as a caterer in the Rostock Ostseestadion, among other places; the junior division is particularly sponsored by Stadtwerke Rostock AG .

Club symbols

As part of the SC Empor Rostock, the soccer team initially carried the emblem of the sports association Empor, which was soon expanded with lettering referring to Rostock and finally replaced by emblems based on the Rostock city arms . When the football department was spun off from SC Empor in 1965, the sports management looked for the future symbols of the new football club, whereupon the name and emblem suggestions Hansa and Kogge , which refer to the history of Rostock as a Hanseatic city , were mentioned most often and finally in 126 entries implemented. The club's coat of arms was designed in January 1966 as a commissioned work by the Rostock artist Karl-Heinz Kuhn , who used the colors and griffin of the Rostock city coat of arms to design the stylized cog . The meaning of the dots in the abbreviation “FC” in the club name is unclear. Possibly it should be remembered of the traditional club Rostocker FC from 1895 , which was newly founded in 1996. Until the 1990s, however, the spelling without dots was common for FC Hansa.

In addition to the cog, which has become a symbol of the association, there is no official association mascot . As a means of identification, Hansa Rostock conducted a survey in 1993 about the club's future mascot, with a Viking named “Rollo” prevailing against the Mecklenburg bull and successively embodied by two Hansa supporters. After both were killed in a stroke or a traffic accident, Rollo was abolished as the club's mascot.

Club anthem

Since 1995, the club's anthem has been the song “FC Hansa, We love you total” by the rock band Puhdys , which replaced Klaus Leschinski's “Oberliga anthem” . From around 2000 the song "Hansa Forever" , which was composed by Gunnar Günther and produced by Mathias Watzek in 1996, established itself as a club song and is now loudly sung by fans in the Ostseestadion at every home game:

In 1997 Hansa Forever appeared on "Compact Disc" (CD).

Here you still play football with your heart, and not just with your legs.
Whether in joy or pain, we want Hansa and nobody else.
Here you still play the ball with fun, here you still really stand together.
A real storm is still sweeping over the grass here and something connects us.

Hansa Forever for all time,
Hansa Forever and for eternity.
We never let Hansa down,
Hansa forever and forever.

No one can ignore football here, everyone's fingers crossed here.
Fans are passionate about this, and other clubs can only be amazed.
Here you still play the ball with fun, here you still really stand together.
A real storm is still sweeping over the grass here and something connects us.

(Refrain 1x)

Forever and ever, and even with wind force 10.
We stick together, we won't go under.

(Refrain 2x)

As the spectators sing the club's anthem, they get up from their seats and hold up their scarves.


According to a representative survey published in 2007 by the sports promoter Sportfive , Hansa Rostock had 1.97 million fans across Germany, the seventh largest fan base among German professional clubs. In the new federal states , Hansa was a representative survey published in 2008 by the Allensbacher market and advertising medium analysis for the most popular professional club, ahead of FC Bayern Munich and in Germany as a whole the most popular eastern German professional club ahead of Energie Cottbus . In 2009, according to another study by Sportfives, the level of awareness of the club was 79 percent across Germany.

Prominent supporters of the association include the band Feine Sahne Fischfilet and the rapper Marteria . The latter played for the club as a youth and in 2015 organized a charity game Paule and friends versus Marteria and friends with Stefan Beinlich when the club got into financial need. For this he also won musician friends such as Campino , Paul Kalkbrenner , Sido and Max Herre . The left top candidate for the 2017 federal election , Dietmar Bartsch , is also considered a supporter of the association.

Fan scene

Although delegated to Rostock only a few days earlier, the first home game of the soccer team in the sold-out Ostseestadion on November 14, 1954 was attended by 17,000 spectators. As a result, due to the lack of other top division clubs in the vicinity and the initial successes of SC Empor, a larger following established itself, some of which were organized in fan groups, which were initially only tolerated, so that fan articles were only available from the season 1974/75 were sold. Up to 5,000 supporters accompanied the Rostock Oberliga team to away games, although they had to accept the longest journeys made by the Oberliga clubs, who are mainly located in the south of the German Democratic Republic.

With the looming German reunification , the supporters of FC Hansa also became increasingly political and turned in chants against the GDR government in the stadium. Although 4,000 Rostock fans took special trains to Ostrava for an away game in the UEFA Cup in September 1989, individual wagons were checked in Prague and the entire train was finally forced to turn around at its destination.

After the reunification, the club set up the first fan meeting point of FC Hansa in 1991 and made a building available at the Volksstadion Rostock for this purpose , in which the Hansa fan project was subsequently established, which has had club status since 1995 and as the umbrella organization of the Hansa fan clubs should act. Regional subdivisions of the project were made in order to coordinate the activities of the more than 170 fan clubs that existed in Germany, especially in Scandinavia and Poland , but also in China , for example . In addition to the organization of fan tournaments and trips away, the distribution of individual merchandise was part of the fan project's area of ​​responsibility, which also published the periodically published magazine Fan Project live . In 2009, however, the association ended its cooperation with the Hansa fan project, whose tasks for the purpose of closer ties to the association should in future be performed by the fan support department founded in 2006.

As early as 1993, Rostock's fan scene got into negative headlines, especially in connection with riots at games against future rivals FC St. Pauli , which waned towards the end of the 1990s, but among other things due to riots at Stendal train station in February 2006 at the away game in Essen in February 2007 and at the promotion ceremony in Rostock in the same year, FC Hansa again came into the focus of the media. The association put the damage it caused at 400,000 euros. In the same year it was estimated that around 500 violent people were among Rostock's supporters. As a result, FC Hansa stopped working with the Suptras Rostock fan club in February 2007 and welcomed the establishment of the independent Rostock fans' club in autumn 2007 , which was supposed to have a preventive effect on its own fans.

Despite these and other measures, there were further riots, for example in the 2009/10 season in the home games against Ahlen and St. Pauli and on the last matchday in Düsseldorf, where there was also the illegal use of pyrotechnics . For away games during the 2010/11 season, forbidden pyrotechnics were repeatedly used by Rostock supporters, with the away game in Dresden in October 2010 in particular prompting the club to refrain from visiting fans in the next two away games before the DFB sports court had the same judgment to explain. In the run-up to the 2011/12 second division season, 16 of the 34 upcoming games were classified as risk games , including in particular the duels against East German teams and FC St. Pauli. Before the season started, it was estimated that there were only 150 violent people in Hansa's fan scene, which meant a 70 percent decrease in violent followers compared to 2007. Nevertheless, Rostock's fan scene continued to get negative headlines due to the use of pyrotechnics, which reached its temporary climax in November 2011 when fireworks were shot into the block of Hamburg fans in the home game against FC St. Pauli. Then Hansa Rostock was assigned by the DFB sports court to play the upcoming home game against Dynamo Dresden in December 2011 as a ghost game . Hansa decided to close the south stand for security reasons. Due to the riots by the fans of FC Hansa in the game against FC St. Pauli, the main sponsor Veolia decided not to extend the current contract beyond 2012 and even considered withdrawing sponsorship prematurely in further incidents.

Also in connection with the riots at games against FC St. Pauli, but also for example through the racist abuse of Gerald Asamoah at a game in Rostock in 2006, parts of the Rostock fan scene were also said to have right-wing extremist tendencies. In the summer of 2010, however, around 150 Rostock fans refused Udo Pastörs , the parliamentary group leader of the NPD in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state parliament, and his 15 companions access to the fan block when they wanted to attend the home game against TuS Koblenz . The association itself is now increasingly committed to countering right-wing extremism . Since 2010 he has been a supporter of the No place for neo-Nazis campaign to stand up against the NPD in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Fans of FC Hansa Rostock on the south stand of the Ostseestadion on August 5, 2017

The ghost game against Dynamo Dresden on December 18, 2011, did not prevent some parts of Rostock's fan scene from continuing to make negative headlines and put the club's reputation in trouble. There were regular uses of pyrotechnics, violent attacks, property damage and acts of theft. Game schedules in the junior area were also affected, which sometimes led to games being held in camera. After losing the state cup final against TSG Neustrelitz in May 2013, Hansa fans even attacked players from their own team and stormed the football field.

Due to several missteps by fans on various match days and in the DFB Cup, the DFB Control Committee condemned the club to a second ghost game in its history. The scheduled game on January 28, 2017 against Jahn Regensburg had to be played with complete exclusion of the public. In addition, a maximum of 2000 spectators were admitted to the south stand, home of Rostock's active fan scene, in the following five home games. Only a few months later, on August 14, 2017, the same fan scene caused a nationwide sensation. During the DFB Cup game against Hertha BSC there was a pyro scandal that overshadowed the actual game, made it a minor matter and caused the club a considerable loss of image.

At the request of the Rostock fans' scene at the responsible local office in 2016, the bus stop in front of the stadium was renamed from DKB-Arena in Ostseestadion to the Ostseestadion .

For the benefit of the traditional floodlight masts of the Ostseestadion, which are in need of renovation, the fan scene organized the largest T-shirt choreo in the club's history in cooperation with the club. For the DFB Cup game on August 12, 2019 against VfB Stuttgart , 20,000 shirts were made available for the spectators and offered for sale.

Since the game in the 3rd soccer league 2019/20 was suspended from the 28th matchday due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the club was threatened with financial damage amounting to millions, the fans of the cog called the relief campaign "Hamsters for Hansa" into life, with the aim of buying the online fan shop empty by Easter 2020 in order to support the association. At best, you should also refrain from refunding tickets that have already been paid for. Furthermore, a call was made that went beyond the events of football, namely the call to donate blood to save lives. After less than a week, the number of articles in the online fan shop had halved. One and a half weeks before Easter, the target has already been erreicht- the fan shop was empty hoarding . The club's sympathizers and fans bought a total of 15,500 items online. The association was able to book a turnover of 250,000 euros. The fans' initiative was a complete success.


Rivalries from the time of the German Democratic Republic, such as the GDR record champions BFC Dynamo or local rivals such as Schiffahrt / Hafen Rostock , have steadily lost importance since reunification at the latest because of the lower divisions of these clubs. On the other hand, especially in the first division, despite the sometimes large distances between the respective cities, games against Hamburger SV or FC St. Pauli were occasionally as a north derby , against Hertha BSC as a north-east derby and games against former GDR teams such as Dynamo Dresden or Energie Cottbus , known as the East Derby .

About half a year after the radical right-wing riots in Rostock-Lichtenhagen , Hansa Rostock and FC St. Pauli competed in what was then the second division in the Ostseestadion on March 13, 1993. For the first time in the stadium were the St. Pauli fans from Hamburg, known as politically left-wing, and a mob of neo-Nazis and hooligans on the Rostock side. The competition between the two northern clubs lost its relevance in the middle of the second half and was abused for political ideology. Around 400 neo-Nazis and hooligans tried to storm the guest fans' block during the game. "Fans" use projectiles on both sides. Water cannons were used and ultimately various arrests by law enforcement officers. Since these violent attacks, there has been an intense contempt and aversion to FC St. Pauli, games against each other are still considered risky and attract violent people who do not belong to either of the two fan camps. A media implementation of the events took place in the television film game of fate .

Although Hansa Rostock and Energie Cottbus had already competed against each other in the GDR league , the rivalry between the two clubs developed with Cottbus' first promotion to the Bundesliga in the 2000/01 season . Since Hansa was the only representative of the clubs from the former GDR in the Bundesliga from 1995 up to this point and now for the first time East derbies were taking place in the top German division, the question arose as to which club is now the "number one in the east" be. Cottbus' relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2003 decided this question for the time being and Hansa continued to be the most successful club in the post-reunification period. When both clubs clash, there were occasional violent clashes between the fan camps and the games were classified as risky games. Alternating ascents and descents in Cottbus and Rostock shifted these east derbies to the third division and the dislike for each other lost in view of the ascents of other Eastern clubs, such as Union Berlin , Erzgebirge Aue , Dynamo Dresden or 1. FC Magdeburg , in higher levels of explosiveness.

With the Stuttgarter Kickers , however, there has been a kind of fan friendship between individual fan groups since the only joint Bundesliga season in 1991/92 , but this is not recognized by the active fan scene in Rostock.

Names and numbers

Current teams

First team

Squad 2020/21 of the 3rd division
No. Nat. * player Date of birth In the team since
01 GermanyGermany Markus Kolke August 18, 1990 2019
22nd GermanyGermany Luis Klatte March 1, 2000 2020
30th GermanyGermany Ben Voll December 9, 2000 2019
03 GermanyGermany Julian Riedel (C)Captain of the crew August 10, 1991 2017
04th GermanyGermany Damian Rossbach February 27, 1993 2020
07th GermanyGermany Nico Neidhart September 27, 1994 2019
14th ItalyItaly Max Reinthaler March 22, 1995 2018
15th CanadaCanada Adam Straith September 11, 1990 2019
16 GermanyGermany Nils Butzen April 2, 1993 2019
23 GermanyGermany Sven Sonnenberg January 19, 1999 2019
06th GermanyGermany Bjorn Rother July 29, 1996 2020
08th GermanyGermany Bentley Baxter Railway August 28, 1992 2020
10 GermanyGermany Korbinian Vollmann October 27, 1993 2019
11 GermanyGermany Aaron Duke January 30, 1998 2020
19th GermanyGermany Manuel Farrona Pulido May 1, 1993 2020
20th GermanyGermany Lukas Scherff July 14, 1996 2010
21st SloveniaSlovenia Nik Omladič August 21, 1989 2019
24 GermanyGermany Jan Löhmannsröben April 21, 1991 2020
25th GermanyGermany Oliver Daedlow II June 29, 2000 2016
28 GermanyGermany Maurice Litka January 2, 1996 2020
09 GermanyGermany Erik Engelhardt April 18, 1998 2019
17th GermanyGermany Gian Luca Schulz January 14, 1999 2020
18th NetherlandsNetherlands John Verhoek March 25, 1989 2019
39 GermanyGermany Pascal Breier 2nd February 1992 2018
* In the case of dual nationality, the country for which the player last played international matches is named.
Coaching team
function Surname Nat. Date of birth
Head coach Jens Härtel GermanyGermany 7th June 1969
Assistant coach Uwe Ehlers GermanyGermany March 8, 1975
Assistant coach Ronny Thielemann GermanyGermany 15th November 1973
Goalkeeping coach Dirk Orlishausen GermanyGermany 15th August 1982
Athletic trainer Björn Bornholdt GermanyGermany 17th September 1982
Transfers 2020/21

As of August 24, 2020

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020

Former players

This is a list of players who achieved outstanding performances at FC Hansa or its predecessor SC Empor and who were partly national players in their respective home countries. The period and the number of missions and goals for the first team in the league up to and including 2019/20 are also given.

player Period Games (goals) Remarks
Alms, Gernot 1980-1994 298 (12) Alms won the double in 1990/91 with Hansa and was promoted from the GDR league in 1986/87. With 298 games, he is seventh among the players with the most league appearances for Hansa.
Arvidsson, Magnus 1999-2006 181 (31) With 27 Bundesliga goals, the Swedish national player is the most successful striker for FC Hansa in the top German division and with 181 appearances the most frequently used foreign player for FC Hansa.
Barthels, Wolfgang 1959-1969 221 (45) Born in Magdeburg, he came to FC Hansa as a teenager and completed 221 appearances in the league and two international matches for the GDR, scoring the 100th goal in the history of the GDR selection.
Legally, Stefan 1994-1997
138 (35) Beinlich was considered a leading player in the promotion seasons 1994/95 and 2006/07 and later took over the managerial post of the club in the third division.
Bialas, Arthur 1954-1952 167 (93) Arthur Bialas came with his brother Franz from Lauter to Rostock, where he was second in the club's all-time goalscorer list with 93 goals and top scorer in the GDR league in 1962. In 1961 he completed his only international match for the GDR.
Decker, Jürgen 1964-1973
211 (31) With a one-year break, Decker played for Rostock for 15 years, completed 211 appearances and, after his active career, was Uwe Reinders' assistant coach in the 1990/91 championship season.
Dowe, Jens 1987-1994
197 (30) Born in Rostock, he won the double in 1990/91 with Hansa and completed 197 missions for Rostock in ten years of membership, with which he also had a share in the rise from the GDR league in 1986/87.
Drews, Werner 1959-1970 268 (58) The two-time GDR national player Drews is the ninth player with the most appearances with 268 appearances and fifth with the most goals for Rostock with 58 goals.
Heinsch, Jürgen 1958-1971 176 0(0) As a goalkeeper, Heinsch completed 176 missions for Rostock and seven missions in the GDR national team. After his active career, he worked several times as an (interim) trainer for Hansa.
Hergesell, Helmut 1963-1972 200 (17) Hergesell completed 200 missions for Rostock in ten years of membership and after his active career initially worked as a youth coach, then as head coach of the first team and finally as deputy chairman of the board at FC Hansa.
Jarohs, Rainer 1975-1990 362 (166) Jarohs is the most successful goalscorer in the club's history with 166 goals and completed the second most games in the club's history with 362 appearances. Jarohs also ran three times for the selection of the GDR, before he worked as vice president of FC Hansa after his active career.
Kische, Gerd 1970-1981 248 (23) Right-back Kische completed 248 missions for Hansa and received the most appointments for the GDR selection of all Hansa players with 63 international matches. After his active career, Kische first worked as Vice President, then President and later as Manager of FC Hansa.
Kleiminger, Heino 1956-1969 191 (62) The four-time GDR selection player Kleiminger scored the fourth-most goals in the Rostock club history with 62 goals in 191 appearances.
Kostmann, Gerd 1964-1971 089 (43) Kostmann was in the service of FC Hansa in 1967/68 and 1968/69 top scorer of the GDR league before he worked as an amateur and junior coordinator in the club after his active career.
Long, Timo 1992-2004 275 (31) In twelve years of membership in the club, Lange completed 165 appearances in the Bundesliga, making him Hansa's record player in this. After his active career, Lange first became the coach of the Hansa-Amateurs and then assistant coach of the first team.
Lantz, Marcus 1999-2005 164 0(6) The Swedish national player Lantz completed 164 games in the Bundesliga in the service of FC Hansa, making him the Hansa player with the second most appearances in the top German division.
Littmann, Norbert 1978-1988 221 0(9) With 221 appearances for Hansa, Littmann had a share in the re-promotion to the league in the 1979/80 season and the 1986/87 season.
Max, Martin 2003-2004 33 (20) At the end of his football career, Max switched to Bundesliga club Hansa Rostock and was Germany's top scorer in the 2003/04 season. He scored 20 goals in 33 Bundesliga games for Rostock. An unbroken record in the club history of FC Hansa in the top German division.
March, Heiko 1983-1998 344 (27) With 344 appearances, March ranks fifth among the players with the most appearances for Hansa and won with the Club des Double in 1990/91. In 1989 he came to his only assignment in the dress of the GDR national team.
Mischinger, Michael 1973-1986 258 (27) Mischinger completed 258 missions at FC Hansa in 13 years. Although never used in the national team of the GDR, he played eleven times for their Olympic selection.
Pankau, Herbert 1960-1971 257 (30) With 30 goals in 257 missions during his eleven years at FC Hansa, Pankau also recommended himself for the selection of the GDR, for which he ran 24 times from 1962 to 1967.
Radtke, Christian 1970-1975
220 (30) In twelve years of club membership, Radtke completed 220 games for Rostock, in which he was able to score 30 goals.
Rydlewicz, René 2000-2008 199 (26) Rydlewicz completed 199 missions in the service of FC Hansa and was the last active soccer player in the Bundesliga in the 2007/08 season to have played in the GDR upper league.
Schlünz, Yuri 1979-1994 356 (77) With 77 goals in 356 appearances, Schlünz is the player with the third most goals and the third most appearances for Hansa. In the 1990/91 championship season, Schlünz was also the team captain before, after his active career, he worked as a youth, co- and head coach and finally as manager of FC Hansa.
Schneider, Dieter 1968-1986 349 0(0) With 349 missions in 18 years of club membership, goalkeeper Schneider completed the fourth most missions in the club history and was also recommended for the selection of the GDR, for which he completed three missions.
Schober, Mathias 2001-2007 191 0(0) With 123 Bundesliga appearances, Schober is the goalkeeper with the most games in the service of FC Hansa in the top German division. With only 30 goals against in 34 second division games in the 2006/07 season, Schober was a guarantee in goal and played a key role in the promotion to the Bundesliga.
Schulz, Axel 1977-1993 321 (51) With 321 appearances and 51 goals, Schulz is considered the player with the seventh most goals and the sixth most appearances for Hansa. In 1990/91 he won the double with Rostock and continued to work as a press spokesman for the club after his active career.
Seehaus, Klaus Dieter 1961-1974 261 0(4) Seehaus recommended himself with 261 appearances in 13 years at Hansa for the GDR national team, for which he played ten games.
Prank, Joachim 1969-1975 141 (58) With 58 goals in 141 appearances, Streich is fifth in the club's internal goalscorer list for FC Hansa. After the descent of Rostock in 1974/75 Streich moved to 1. FC Magdeburg, in whose service he became the record player of the GDR Oberliga and the GDR national team.
Uteß, Jürgen 1976-1988 265 (23) With 265 appearances, Uteß is the tenth player with the most appearances for Rostock and in 1982 he played his only international game for the GDR team.
Weilandt, Hilmar 1986-2002 365 (17) With 365 games, Weilandt is the player with the most appearances for FC Hansa and participated in the promotion from the GDR league in 1986/87 and from the 2nd Bundesliga in 1994/95. In 1990/91 he won the double with Hansa and completed two missions for the GDR national team.
Zallmann, Marco 1992-2001 201 0(9) As a top performer in the 1994/95 season, Zallmann was involved in Hansa's promotion to the Bundesliga, in which he played the tenth most games in the Rostock club history with 112 appearances.
Zapf, Kurt 1954-1967 242 0(4) With 242 appearances for Rostock, Zapf also recommended himself for four appearances in the dress of the GDR national team. After his active career, Zapf was, among other things, head coach in Rostock.

Former trainers

This is a list of the coaches who have been with FC Hansa or its predecessor SC Empor since 1954. The period of her activity for Rostock as well as her record with Rostock in all competitive games (wins - draws - defeats) up to and including the summer break of the 2019/20 season is also given.

Trainer Period Balance sheet Remarks
Baumann, Karsten 2014-2015 15-12-15 On December 9th, 2014 Baumann took over the coaching position at the relegation-threatened third division club FC Hansa. He almost reached relegation for the 2014/15 season. Under Baumann's direction, the 2014/15 Landespokal was won, which led to participation in the first round of the DFB Cup of the 2015/16 season. After only three wins in eighteen league games the following season, and the acute risk of relegation associated with it, Baumann was given leave of absence from the club on December 5th, 2015.
Berger, Jörg 2004-2005 5-7-12 In 2005, Berger could no longer prevent the relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga, which was already underway under his predecessor Schlünz. After two defeats at the beginning of the following second division season, he was released from coaching.
Bergmann, Andreas 2013-2014 16-8-13 As Fascher's successor, Bergmann led the team in the first half of the 2013/14 season to promotion to the third division. When Hansa fell back into the middle of the table in the second half of the season, he was released from his duties in April 2014 immediately after leaving the state cup.
Brand, Christian 2015-2017 25-20-18 Christian Brand, former Bundesliga player for Rostock, took over the position of coach at Hansa from matchday 20 of the third division season 2015/16. Under him not only managed to stay in the league that same season, but also won the national cup. This led to participation in the first round of the DFB Cup the following season.
Dietel, Erich 1956 4-3-11 Dietel was not able to lead the Rostock team out of the relegation zone of the league within five months, whereupon he was replaced early.
Dotchev, Pavel 2017-2019 33-18-19 Under Dotchev's aegis, Hansa achieved a single-digit position in the third division in 2018 after seven years and qualified for the DFB Cup of the following season by winning the state cup. There he led the team back into the second main round after a decade. Off course Together upwards strayed, the ambitious Rostock found the winter break 2018/19 only in mid-table again. This circumstance led to separate ways Dotchevs and the Ostseestädtern.
Ehlers, Uwe 2015
1-0-2 The former Bundesliga player der Kogge became interim coach on the 19th matchday of the third division 2015/16 season and on the 38th matchday of the 2016/17 season. Under Ehlers, Hansa won the 2016/17 state cup.
Hurry up, Dieter 2008-2009 1-2-8 As Pagelsdorf's successor, Eilts was to lead FC Hansa into the top tier of the 2nd Bundesliga. A few months later he was released again in the spring of 2009, as Rostock was instead in danger of relegation.
Fascher, Marc 2012-2013 13-8-14 Fascher took over as coach from Wolfgang Wolf in the third division, but played there against relegation and also failed to qualify for the DFB Cup in the state cup. As a result, his contract was not renewed.
Finck, Thomas 2010 0-2-2 Finck took over the coaching position in February 2010, after previously coaching various youth teams and the second team, and since 2009 assistant coach of the licensed team under Andreas Zachhuber. However, since he was only in possession of the A license , he was only allowed an interim job until March 15, 2010, which is why the office of head coach was passed on to Marco Kostmann.
Fritzsch, Walter 1959-1965 92-40-54 Under Fritzsch, Rostock developed into a top team in the GDR, reached the FDGB Cup final in 1960 and was runner-up three times in a row from 1962 to 1964. The comparatively unsuccessful 1964/65 season ended Fritzsch's engagement in Rostock; with Dynamo Dresden he later won numerous titles.
Sparkle, Friedhelm 2000-2001 14-10-22 When Funkel took office, Rostock was in a relegation zone in the Bundesliga, but relegation was ensured three game days before the end of the season. A few months later, Funkel was dismissed after disappointing results at the beginning of the 2001/02 season.
Glasses, Gerhard 1965-1969 55-28-37 Glasses, who had been working as a DFV selection trainer shortly before, was initially unable to match the results of previous years with the Rostock team, whereupon the team and coach were ridiculed as "eleven bottles and glasses". Nevertheless, he made it into the FDGB Cup final in 1967 and won the GDR runner-up in 1968. In the following season 1968/69, glasses were replaced when it became apparent that the championship title would again be missed.
Heinsch, Jürgen 1978–1979
57-42-49 Previously himself a player and assistant coach in Rostock, Heinsch could no longer avert the relegation from the league in 1979, which was already looming under Hergesell. After he subsequently acted as assistant coach under Nippert, he returned to the coaching chair in 1981 and established the team in the midfield of the league. In 1984/85 Rostock was in danger of relegation again, which is why Heinsch was replaced. His third coaching position from 1993 ended after failing to return to the Bundesliga after a year.
Hergesell, Helmut 1975-1988 59-27-32 Hergesell, who had previously been active as a player and youth coach for Hansa, succeeded Werner in office, but could no longer prevent relegation from the league. Rostock then became the elevator team: The immediate resurgence in 1976 was followed by relegation in the 1976/77 season and renewed ascent in 1978. However, the unsuccessful start of the 1978/79 season resulted in Hergesell's replacement.
Hrubesch, Horst 1993 7-4-10 As Rutemöller's successor, Hrubesch should lead Rostock to promotion to the Bundesliga, but his record was even more disappointing than that of his predecessor, which is why he resigned after six months in office.
Kostmann, Marco 2010 3-1-6 Previously goalkeeping coach under Zachhuber and assistant coach under Finck, Kostmann took over the coaching office on March 15, 2010, because Finck did not have the required coaching license that Kostmann had. Under Kostmann, Rostock finally rose to the 3rd division.
Kreul, Claus 1985-1986 10-7-15 Under Kreul, who previously won the FDGB Cup at 1. FC Magdeburg, the Rostock team was relegated from the league again, which meant the end of his engagement in Rostock after a year.
Krügel, Heinz 1957-1958 34-13-15 Under Krügel, Rostock managed to rise again in 1957, the final participation in the FDGB Cup in the same year and the establishment in the league in 1958, whereupon Krügel was appointed DFV selection coach.
Lienen, Ewald 1997-1999 18-18-23 As the successor to Pagelsdorf, Lienen led Rostock to sixth place in the Bundesliga in 1998 and achieved the club's first all-German title with the DFB Indoor Cup victory. In the following season, Hansa was in danger of relegation, which is why Lienen was replaced by his previous assistant coach in the spring of 1999.
Lottner, Dirk 2014 1-2-1 Since interim coach Roelofsen did not have an A license, Lottner supervised the last four games of the season after Bergmann's dismissal in order to recommend himself for further employment. After the season he was replaced by the returned Peter Vollmann.
Möhring, Willi 1956 0-2-3 Möhring took over the coaching post after Pfau's appointment to the DFV, but was in turn replaced after a few months after Rostock was in danger of relegation in the major league.
Nippert, Harry 1979-1981 43-13-22 Under Nippert, Rostock managed to stay in the league in 1981 after being promoted again in 1980. He then returned to Berlin to coach 1. FC Union.
Pagelsdorf, Frank 1994-1997
90-54-83 Committed in 1994 to rebuild the team playing in the 2nd Bundesliga, Pagelsdorf was promoted to the Bundesliga as early as 1995 and finished sixth with Rostock in 1996. In 1997 he left the club after being the only Hansa coach since reunification to have fulfilled his contract. In 2005 he returned to FC Hansa, which is now playing in the 2nd Bundesliga, and in 2007 he took it back to the Bundesliga. After the immediate relegation in 2008 and the disappointing results at the beginning of the 2008/09 season, however, he was released from his office.
Peacock, Oswald 1954-1955 18-5-12 Together with the league team, Pfau was delegated from Lauter to Rostock in 1954. After reaching second place with Rostock in the transition round in 1955, Pfau became DFV selection trainer, but fled to West Germany shortly afterwards.
Reinders, Uwe 1990-1992 28-18-18 Reinders, who previously worked exclusively in West Germany, was supposed to ensure Rostock's integration into the future all-German Bundesliga. Ultimately, the Rostock team under Reinders not only qualified for the Bundesliga, but also won the championship and the 1991 cup final. In the following Bundesliga season, Rostock was in danger of relegation, so Reinders was on leave during the season.
Roelofsen, Robert 2014 0-0-2 Roelofsen took over as interim coach, due to the lack of an A license he was replaced by Dirk Lottner after two defeats.
Rutemöller, Erich 1992 13-11-14 Rutemöller could no longer prevent the decline in 1992, which was already becoming apparent under Reinders. When Rostock threatened to miss the targeted re-promotion in the following season, Rutemöller was released from his coaching position after only nine months in office.
Sat, Horst 1969-1973 41-30-53 As a trained sports teacher, Saß was not only supposed to establish scientific methodology in Rostock, but also to rejuvenate the team, whose top performers were almost exclusively older players. Until Saß's replacement in 1973, Rostock could no longer build on the successes of previous years and sometimes even played against relegation from the league.
Schlünz, Yuri 2000
19-9-22 As a long-time co-coach of the club, after the resignation of his head coach, Schlünz worked several times as an interim coach for the Hanseatic League before he became head coach himself in 2003 and led the club, which was initially threatened with relegation, to ninth place in the Bundesliga. In the following season, however, a series of six home defeats meant the temporary end of his coaching activities in Rostock. In 2008 he again acted as the club's interim trainer.
Veh, Armin 2002-2003 19-13-30 As Funkel's successor, Veh ensured Rostock's relegation in the Bundesliga in both 2002 and 2003, but resigned after a series of defeats at the beginning of the following season.
Vollmann, Peter 2010-2011
33-19-29 Vollmann took over the coaching post after Rostock's relegation to the third division in the summer of 2010 and led the club to direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. In this he was given leave of absence in December 2011 after just one win during the first half of the season. In the summer of 2014, Vollmann returned to Rostock, but had to leave the club again due to failure and the threat of relegation from the cog to fourth division.
Voigt, Werner 1986-1990 66-29-35 Under Voigt in 1987 not only succeeded in being promoted again, but also in the FDGB Cup final and staying in the league in 1988. In 1989, Voigt led the team back into the upper half of the league table for the first time since 1974, with the looming German reunification being sufficient However, he no longer met the demands of the club's management and was replaced by the West German coach Reinders.
Werner, Heinz 1973-1975 18-9-23 Under Werner, who previously worked as an assistant coach under Saß for Rostock, Rostock established itself in the midfield of the league in 1974, but in 1975 was again in danger of relegation. In the looming home defeat against Carl Zeiss Jena on March 8, 1975, Werner was therefore released from the coaching office during the game.
Wiesner, Lothar 1956
4-2-2 Under Wiesner, supported by the player-coach Zapf, in 1956 the relegation from the league, which had already been marked under their predecessors, took place. After Glaser's departure in May 1969, Wiesner briefly acted again as a trainer in Rostock.
Wolf, Wolfgang 2011–2012 6-7-13 As Vollmann's successor, Wolf was supposed to protect the club from relegation to the third division, which he did not succeed. When the team fell short of expectations at the beginning of the following third division season, Wolf was released from the coaching office after only nine months of work.
Zachhuber, Andreas 1999-2000
30-27-33 Previously assistant coach under Lienen, Zachhuber took over the relegation-threatened team in the spring of 1999 and ensured that he would remain in the Bundesliga on the last day of the match. This also succeeded in the following season, but three opening defeats in the 2000/01 season meant the temporary end of his coaching activity in Rostock. In 2009 he returned to the club, which was now threatened with relegation in the 2nd Bundesliga, and held the class with this again. When Hansa was in danger of relegation again in the following season, Zachhuber was replaced by his previous assistant coach Finck.
Zapf, Kurt 1965 2-0-2 After Fritzsch's departure in April 1965, Zapf, who had already assisted Wiesner as player-coach in 1956, acted as interim coach until the end of the season.

League affiliation


title More Achievements
First team
NOFV Oberliga champions : 1990/91 GDR Oberliga : 2nd place ( 1955 ), 1961/62 , 1962/63 , 1963/64 , 1967/68
NOFV Cup winner : 1990/91 FDGB Cup : 2nd place in 1954/55 , 1957 , 1960 , 1966/67 , 1986/87
Champion of the 2nd Bundesliga : 1994/95 Bundesliga : 6th place 1995/96 , 1997/98
GDR league champions : 1975/76 , 1977/78 , 1979/80 , 1986/87 GDR League : 2nd place (promotion) 1957
DFB Indoor Cup Winner: 1998 2nd Bundesliga : 2nd place (promotion) 2006/07
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cup winners: 2010/11 , 2014/15 , 2015/16 , 2016/17 , 2017/18 , 2018/19 , 2019/20 3rd division : 2nd place (promotion) 2010/11
DFB Cup : semi-finals 1999/2000
DFB Supercup : semi-finals 1991
European Champion Clubs' Cup : 1st round 1991/92
Exhibition and UEFA Cup : 2nd round 1968/69 , 1969/70 ; 1st round: 1989/90
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Pokal final : 2012/13
Second team
Junior league champions: 1989/90 FDGB-Cup : quarter-finals 1972/73
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Pokal -Winner: 1997/98 , 2004/05 , 2005/06 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Pokal final : 1999/2000 , 2000/01 , 2001/02
DFB-Pokal : 1st main round 1998/99 , 2005/06 , 2006/07
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cup Winner: 1991/92, 1992/93
GDR champions :
  • Juniors: 1967/68, 1972/73, 1979/80
  • Youth: 1969/70, 1977/78, 1989/90
  • Student: 1966/67
GDR Championship :
  • Juniors: 2nd place 1969/70, 1978/79
  • Youth: 2nd place in 1957, 1972/73, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1978/79
  • Students: 2nd place 1962/63, 1977/78, 1987/88, 1988/89
German champion : German Championship :
NOFV club cup winner:
  • B-youth: 2004, 2010
DFB Junior Club Cup :
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cup Winner:
  • Youth A: 1992/93, 1993/94, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007 / 08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
  • B-Youth: 1991/92, 1994/95, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008 / 09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16

See also


  • Andreas Baingo: FC Hansa Rostock. We totally love you! Sportverlag, Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-328-00692-3 .
  • Robert Rosentreter : FC Hansa Rostock. Football on the Baltic Sea; under the sign of the red cog . Suum Cuique, Reutlingen 1995, ISBN 3-927292-55-9 .
  • Wolfgang Dalk: The fan book Hansa . Weymann Bauer, Rostock 1997, ISBN 3-929395-29-0 .
  • Uwe Krüger: Hansa Rostock. Data, facts, pictures . Agon Sportverlag, Kassel 1998, ISBN 3-89609-127-1 .
  • Markus Hesselmann, Michael Rosentritt: Hansa Rostock. The east is alive . The workshop, Göttingen 1999, ISBN 3-89533-258-5 .
  • Robert Rosentreter , Günter Simon: Always close to the wind. 40 years of FC Hansa Rostock . The workshop, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-504-5 .
  • Björn Achenbach: Hansa is my life: 50 years of FCHansa Rostock . Hinstorff, Rostock 2014, ISBN 978-3-356-01867-7 .
  • Heiko Neubert: Fankogge: With Hansa through the GDR upper league . nofb-shop.de, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-00-044931-4 .
  • Kieran Brown: 111 reasons to love Hansa Rostock . Schwarzkopf Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86265-416-1 .
  • Andreas Schwinkendorf: Football and Violence. The view of spectators and actors using the example of FC Hansa Rostock . Publishing house for police science, Rostock / Bochum 2014, ISBN 978-3-86676-377-7 .
  • Marco Bertram: FC Hansa Rostock. Football primer. , CULTURCON medien, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-944068-50-3 (= Library of German Football , Volume 8)
  • Heiko Neubert: Fankogge 2: Alone against the West . Self-published, Rostock 2018, ISBN 9781728989846 .

Web links

Commons : FC Hansa Rostock  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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