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Basic data
Surname Rot-Weiss Essen e. V.
Seat Essen , North Rhine-Westphalia
founding February 1, 1907 (as SV Vogelheim)
Colours Red and white
Members 6,196 (23 August 2020)
Board Marcus Uhlig
First soccer team
Head coach Christian Neidhart
Venue Essen stadium
Places 20,650
league Regionalliga West
2019/20 3rd place

Rot-Weiss Essen is the most famous football club from Essen . It was founded on February 1, 1907 as SV Vogelheim . After several mergers with other associations, the name of the association has been Rot-Weiss Essen (RWE for short) since 1923.

The club celebrated its greatest successes in the 1950s. In 1953, RWE won the DFB Cup against Alemannia Aachen . Two years later, on June 26, 1955, Rot-Weiss Essen became German champions for the only time to date with a 4-3 victory over 1. FC Kaiserslautern .

Food was in the 1955/56 season in Europe Champions Cup represented. This made RWE the first German club in this competition alongside 1. FC Saarbrücken , which competed for Saarland , which was still independent at the time . However, RWE was eliminated in the first round with 0: 4 and 1: 1 against the Scottish champions Hibernian Edinburgh . In 1994 the club reached the DFB Cup final in Berlin against Werder Bremen .

The club was promoted to the Bundesliga three times (1966, 1969 and 1973). In the 2005/06 season, one match day before the end of the season, the championship in the Regionalliga Nord and thus the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga succeeded . This was the second ascent in two years; RWE had to leave the second division in 2005 after only one year of membership.

The association has (as of August 23, 2020) 6,196 members.


From the foundation in 1907 to the Second World War

Rot-Weiss Essen was founded on February 1st, 1907 in Essen-Vogelheim, initially under the name “Sportverein Vogelheim” through a merger of the “SC Preußen” and “Deutsche Eiche” clubs. After the First World War , the name of SV Vogelheim was changed to "Spiel und Sport 1912", before the club merged with the Turnerbund Bergeborbeck in 1923 and from then on appeared under the name Rot-Weiss Essen ; since then the association is z. B. by journalists also repeatedly referred to as "the Bergeborbecker". In 1938 RWE was able to qualify for the Gauliga Niederrhein and was one of the most successful teams in this league until the beginning of World War II in 1939. The qualification for the final round of the German championship was narrowly missed several times in these years (1939 and 1940 as third, 1941 as second in the Gauliga Niederrhein). In the 1943/44 season a war syndicate (KSG) was formed with BV Altenessen , which was expanded in 1944 to include Ballfreunde Borbeck to form KSG RWE / BV 06 Essen .

The spelling of the word “white” is incorrect because of the double consonants “ss” instead of “ß” according to the rules of the old and the new spelling . Nonetheless, the association uses the spelling “Rot-Weiss Essen” in official correspondence and in its external presentation; the association is also entered in the association register with this spelling.

Oberliga time and decline 1945–1963

After the Second World War, RWE excelled in the Essen City League and the Lower Rhine Regional League in the first few years. The second attempt in 1948 succeeded in qualifying for the Oberliga West. In the top league, RWE was able to put itself in the limelight immediately. As early as 1949 and 1950, the club qualified for the final round of the German championship. In 1951 Helmut Rahn moved from local rival Sportfreunde Katernberg to Hafenstrasse and together with August Gottschalk formed one of the best storm duos in Germany. A first success was the 1952 championship in the Oberliga West. In the group stage of the final round, RWE finished second behind VfB Stuttgart , which made it into the final. For the 1952/53 season, goalkeepers Fritz Herkenrath and Penny Islacker moved to RWE, thus completing the development of the great team of the 1950s. In 1953, RWE achieved the first major success in the club's history with the DFB Cup . In the final, Islacker and Rahn made the two goals for a 2-1 victory over Alemannia Aachen in front of 40,000 spectators in the sold-out Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf . Meanwhile, in both 1952/53 (because of one point) and 1953/54 (because of three points) the re-entry into the DM finals was just missed.

A small turning point with a big impact occurred before the 1954/55 season. Fritz Szepan took over the coaching position from Karl Hohmann . The now consolidated team won the championship in the Oberliga West for the second time with a six point lead. In the final round, too, things went better than three years earlier. With 10: 2 points, RWE ended the group stage unbeaten in front of Bremerhaven 93 , Kickers Offenbach and Wormatia Worms , thus securing the final against the clearly favored 1. FC Kaiserslautern . The final was played on June 26, 1955 in the Lower Saxony Stadium in Hanover . After falling behind, RWE surprisingly won 4: 3 and thus celebrated the greatest success in the club's history. Long-time captain August Gottschalk resigned as an active player after this success.

In the 1955/56 season, RWE had to cope with the loss of Gottschalk and the move from Bernhard Termath to Karlsruher SC, as well as many injuries (Rahn, Islacker). In the first game of the season against Borussia Dortmund there was a 1: 4 defeat. It was not yet known that the champions from 1955 had played against the champions from 1956 and 1957 in this game. Nevertheless, RWE worked its way back into the pursuit role. At the beginning of November they were back in the race with 12: 8 points, before three defeats in a row ( Westfalia Herne , Wuppertaler SV and Fortuna Düsseldorf ) followed. Another intermediate sprint to 25:17 points gave hope again. With the 0: 2 at Alemannia Aachen on matchday 25, hopes of defending the title were finally extinguished. RWE was the first team to represent the DFB in the newly created European Cup, today's Champions League . After a clear 4-0 home defeat against Hibernian Edinburgh , the 1-1 draw in the second leg only had statistical value.

1956/57 RWE completed an inconspicuous season with renewed injury-related rotation on the offensive, which ended in eighth place. During the season, the new main grandstand with almost 5000 seats was completed. In 1957/58 RWE started with five games without a win, 2: 8 points and the last place in the table. The following 1-0 in Wuppertal started a series with only two defeats in 16 games. At the end of January it came to the top game at the later champions FC Schalke 04 . When RWE could not save a 2-0 lead over time and the following home game against Sodingen ended in defeat, the hopes for the final for this season were shelved.

There was another bad start with 7:17 points in 1958/59. However, three wins at the end of the first half, which started a 19: 3-point series, brought the season to a conciliatory end. Helmut Rahn announced his move to 1. FC Köln towards the end of the season . The first meeting with the Cologne team came in November 1959. After the classic false start with two defeats, RWE had at least worked their way up to 17: 9 points and fourth place, but suffered a 0: 2 home defeat. After that there were hardly any positive highlights. RWE ended the season just three points ahead of the relegation ranks.

The year 1960/61 began with a young defender on the team: Otto Rehhagel . The season started this time: 6: 2 points without conceding a goal. Then came the losing streak with only two wins from 17 games with 7:27 points. Among other things, a 4-6 defeat at Borussia Dortmund - after a 4-3 lead up to the 82nd minute - fell into this series. RWE took over the red lantern in early February with a 1-0 defeat at SC Viktoria Köln . The goalless draw at Rot-Weiß Oberhausen sealed relegation on the last day of the match. Fritz Herkenrath ended his career.

1961/62 RWE had no chance of immediate promotion and ended the season nine points behind the table runner-up. In the 1962/63 season, RWE again fell short of its own expectations with place 6. This season, Günter Hentschke was the first time a trainer was dismissed from RWE. However, since the second leagues were dissolved with this season and promotion was ruled out from the outset due to the introduction of the Bundesliga, at least the qualification for the newly created regional league remained. Otto Rehhagel moved to Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga after three years on Hafenstrasse . Today he visits home games every now and then and is always celebrated by the fans.

Bundesliga and relegation 1963–1977

The first Bundesliga season started on August 24, 1963 , but without food. However, someone who had decisively influenced the history of the club for more than half a century could no longer witness the moment of the new league. Georg Melches , one of the founders and honorary chairmen of RWE, died on March 24, 1963 . In his honor, the stadium on Hafenstrasse was renamed Georg-Melches-Stadion on August 5, 1964 . RWE achieved even points in the regional league seasons 1963/64 and 1964/65, but could not intervene in the battle for promotion to the Bundesliga. Fred Harthaus was replaced as coach by Fritz Pliska for the 1965/66 season .

In 1965/66, RWE started with 9: 1 points before they lost 4-1 at championship leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf . When Alemannia Aachen beat Essen 5: 2 on matchday 15 and thus moved up to two points on RWE, there was a three-way battle with Aachen and Düsseldorf for the first two places qualifying for participation in the promotion round. On the 32nd matchday there was a second leg against Alemannia, who were now three points behind. In front of 30,000 spectators, after a deficit, a 3-1 victory was achieved through goals from Hasebrink and Koslowski and an own goal, which ensured participation in the promotion round. This started with a 0: 1 at FC St. Pauli . After two wins against 1. FC Saarbrücken and 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 , the second leg against St. Pauli had to decide, Essen would have been enough to defeat by two goals. After an early deficit, it stayed at 0: 1. This secured promotion to the Bundesliga.

Before the Bundesliga season, Fred Bockholt (from Bottrop) and Heinz Simmet (from Neunkirchen) joined RWE. In the first home game the first win was achieved with a 4-1 win against FC Schalke 04 (first goalscorer Heinz-Dieter Hasebrink ). At the end of October, after a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt , RWE was one point behind the top of the table with 13: 9 points. However, a 2:10 series followed, so that after the first half of the season at 15:19 points, RWE was only two points ahead of the relegation zone. At the beginning of March there was a 4-0 home defeat against co-promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf, which RWE fell back to a relegation rank for the first time. After the 32nd matchday (1: 2 at 1. FC Köln despite leading until 15 minutes before the end) the relegation seemed to be certain. A 0-0 in the following home game against eventual champions Eintracht Braunschweig confirmed him. After relegation, Hasebrink, Simmet, Dietrich and Koslowski left the club.

In the new regional league season, RWE under the new coach Erich Ribbeck scored a 1: 2 home defeat against Lüner SV. This was followed by 14 games without a defeat until RWE lost 4-2 to their promotion rival Arminia Bielefeld . After the first half of the season, RWE was 24:10 ahead of Leverkusen (23:11), Oberhausen (22:12) and Bielefeld (21:13). A decision was made with Oberhausen and Leverkusen. The decisive game took place on the 32nd matchday on Hafenstraße: RWE was able to prevail against RWO 1-0 and thus qualified for the Bundesliga promotion round. Hertha BSC prevailed there with two points ahead of RWE. Kuno Klötzer took over the coaching position as Ribbeck moved to Eintracht Frankfurt.

1968/69 began as follows: After 13: 1 points, RWE only lost 1: 2 to their direct neighbors VfL Bochum and then parted ways with Rot-Weiß Oberhausen without a goal. The table after that: RWO and Bochum 17: 1, RWE 14: 4. Until the winter break, RWE (23:11) often played a draw, so Bochum (29: 5) and RWO (27: 7) got away. Hope arose when Bochum was defeated 2-1 in the second leg, RWE also took a point with a 1-1 in Oberhausen and VfL lost 3-1 to Fortuna Düsseldorf. When the local duel at Schwarz-Weiß Essen ended 2: 3, Klötzer was fired. With seven wins under Willi Vordenbäum , RWE caught the Bochum team on points due to the goal quotient that applied at the time. In the promotion round, RWE prevailed with 14: 2 points ahead of VfL Osnabrück (11: 5) and Karlsruher SC . An unbeaten series with 28: 2 points had secured the second Bundesliga promotion.

For the new start in the Bundesliga, RWE strengthened itself with Diethelm Ferner (from Bremen), Erich Beer (from Nuremberg) and Peter Czernotzky. Even if the first game resulted in a 4-0 defeat at Bayern Munich , at the beginning of the winter break they finished ninth with 16:18 points. Since the winter brought a number of game cancellations, RWE (ten games without a win) was relegated to 17th place with 21:33 points. The direct neighbors TSV 1860 Munich and Hannover 96 had completed three more games with 23:37 points. The following series (1: 1 against Braunschweig, 1: 0 in Duisburg , 1: 0 against the eventual champions Borussia Mönchengladbach and 3: 3 against Werder Bremen ) secured the league for the first time.

In 1970/71 there was the first league lead in the Bundesliga: On matchday three, RWE took the lead with a 4-0 win against Kaiserslautern and held it with Bayern after 2-2 deficit. On October 10, 1970, a series of 52 home games without defeat (2 years, 8 months and 13 days) ended with a 0: 1 against Braunschweig. Overall, the first half of the season ended with 16:18 points in midfield. The 3-1 win against Bayern in February should be the last win. The balance of 20:22 points, which seems free of relegation concerns, was converted into 18th place and relegation by 13 games without a win with 3:23 points and the Bundesliga scandal , which made RWE one of the main sufferers.

The new regional league season began. On the eighth day of the match, RWE suffered their third away defeat in a row and were far behind the leaders. The negative climax was a 5-0 home defeat against Wuppertaler SV at the beginning of November . Willi Vordenbäumen then had to take off his hat. After the first half of the season, Wuppertal led by 31: 3 points ahead of SC Fortuna Köln (26: 8), Alemannia Aachen (24:10) and RWE (22:12). When RWE scored 0-0 in the second leg in Wuppertal after 12 wins in a row (including 4: 3 at Fortuna Köln in stoppage time), the situation in the table had changed: RWE was second with six points ahead of Fortuna Köln. In the promotion round they remained unbeaten (13: 3 points), but in the direct comparison with Kickers Offenbach they had the worse goal difference in the end.

For the 1972/73 season, Horst Witzler, a coach who had already been successful at local rivals SW Essen, was hired. In the first half of the season, decisions had to be made between RWE, the Bundesliga relegated Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Köln. When RWE recorded a 3-2 win at BVB at the beginning of November, BVB fell behind. After the first half of the season, RWE was 30: 4 points ahead of Fortuna Köln (28: 6) and Dortmund (25: 9). In the second half of the season, RWE increased the gap and became champions with a five point lead. This year, the promotion round was completed in a similar way to 1972, but this time with a positive outcome for RWE: The 2-2 win at SV Darmstadt 98 two game days before the end ensured promotion, in the end with a six-point lead (14-2).

When the first three home games were lost at the beginning of the 1973/74 season, Horst Witzler was replaced after 4:12 points and 18th place by Diethelm Ferner, who moved from midfield to the coaching bench. Ferners debut brought three wins in a row and one defeat until the winter break. RWE achieved 9th place and 17:17 points. On the 32nd matchday it was clear that VfB Stuttgart won 3-0 early in relegation .

In 1974/75 RWE started with two wins at 1. FC Köln and Wuppertaler SV. The club took only one point out of the next five games. On the seventh match day (October 5, 1974), RWE conceded the highest defeat in competitive games after the Second World War with a 9-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. The club stabilized until the winter break at 16:18 points and 13th place. This season, relegation was secured on matchday 31 with a 2-2 win against Bayern Munich.

For the 1975/76 season, Horst Hrubesch, a striker who had previously failed trial training at other Bundesliga clubs, moved to RWE. Ivica Horvat took over the coaching position . RWE had already signed a contract with Udo Lattek ; But this resigned - paying a transfer fee - and instead switched to Borussia in Mönchengladbach. The coaching position there had recently become vacant. In the first half of the season, RWE was able to rely on its home strength as well as its weakness away from home, so that 18:16 points and 8th place were recorded. In the second half of the season, RWE initially had chances of qualifying for the UEFA Cup with an 11: 3 series, but ended up in eighth place with four points behind runner-up HSV. The season ended with the best Bundesliga placement in RWE's history.

The 1976/77 season revealed an unstable defense in the first few games. In addition, Willi Lippens had left the club for Dortmund and Manfred Burgsmüller for Bayer 05 Uerdingen . After the seventh match day (3:11 points) Ivica Horvat was dismissed and Hermann Erlhoff took over. The second victory was only achieved on the 17th matchday with a 2-1 win against Eintracht Braunschweig. The first half of the season was 18th place with 8:26 points behind Tennis Borussia Berlin (10:24), 1. FC Saarbrücken (11:23) and 1. FC Kaiserslautern (12:22). The results stabilized in the second half of the season, but the gap to the non-relegation places was too great. Again it was a defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt (1: 8 in Essen) that sealed relegation on matchday 32. In the last Bundesliga year, Frank Mill made his debut in the ranks of Essen.

2. Bundesliga and amateur football 1977–1994

After relegation Dieter Bast (to VfL Bochum ) and Werner Lorant (to 1. FC Saarbrücken ) left the Red-Whites. Thanks to Horst Hrubesch, who was the top scorer by a long way, the team got into gear. At the end of the first half of the season, RWE was in second place with 25:13 points behind Preußen Münster (28:10) and ahead of Bayer 05 Uerdingen and Fortuna Köln (24:14). After the 1: 2 home defeat against Westfalia Herne at the end of January, Hermann Erlhoff had to vacate his place, he was replaced by Klaus Quinkert . Despite three points behind after 34 games, a 2-0 win against Union Solingen with 50:26 points made it into second place behind Arminia Bielefeld (51:25), but ahead of Münster (49:27) and Fortuna Köln (48: 28). In the promotion games RWE failed after a missed Hrubesch penalty just 0: 1 and 2: 2 at 1. FC Nürnberg .

For the 1978/79 season Horst Hrubesch moved to Hamburger SV and Diethelm further took over the coaching office again. After the first half of the season, RWE was in 5th place with 22:16 points, but was already twelve points behind the sovereign leaders Bayer 04 Leverkusen and six points on Bayer Uerdingen. Capricious weather brought RWE a marathon program in the second half of the season, which ruined the last chances.

In the fall of the 1979/80 season Willi Lippens came back from the USA. After the first half of the season, RWE was again promisingly placed with 27:11 points, level on points with Hannover 96 behind Arminia Bielefeld (32: 6). A few weak games quickly meant that Hannover was six points behind. In a direct duel, RWE beat Lower Saxony 3-2 at the beginning of May and thus shortened the gap. In fact, with a 3: 1 against DSC Wanne-Eickel on the last day of the match, they made it to second place. Again the promotion games were reached, but RWE failed again, this time at Karlsruher SC (1: 5 and 3: 1).

The 1980/81 season was characterized by qualification for the single-track 2nd Bundesliga from next year. The relegated Werder Bremen , Eintracht Braunschweig and Hertha BSC dominated the field of 22. After the first half of the season, RWE was four points behind second place (Hertha BSC) with 26:16 points. Two defeats at the beginning of the second half ended all hopes of still being able to intervene in the promotion battle. The qualification for the single-track league was certainly achieved with 8th place. Frank Mill was the top scorer, but left RWE in the direction of Mönchengladbach.

With the new coach Aleksander Mandziara , RWE started well with 7: 5 points, but four subsequent defeats caused RWE to fall back to 17th place. At the winter break, the team was in 14th place with 17:21 points. In the second half of the season, RWE was just a short distance from the relegation ranks. Only four victories at the end of the season made up the balance of points.

1982/83 started with 3: 1 points, but then five defeats in a row, so that RWE only took 19th place with 3:11 points. Thanks to a stabilization in the Georg-Melches-Stadion (4-0 against SG Wattenscheid 09 , 3-0 against SC Freiburg ) and a 3-2 success at Union Solingen , the relegation zone could be left at the end of November. RWE finished the first half of the season in 16th place (14:24 points). After a 3-0 start at BV Lüttringhausen, Aleksander Mandziara was replaced by Rolf Bock. In April, the team gained some air in the relegation battle with a 6-1 win against KSV Hessen Kassel and a 2-0 win at MSV Duisburg . RWE was finally safe with a 4: 2 against the already promoted Kickers from Offenbach on matchday 37.

The year 1983/84 began with 5: 5 points in midfield, but the following 1: 9 series let RWE fall back to last place. Until the winter break, RWE worked its way up to 14th place (15:23 points). During the winter break, Jürgen Wegmann had to be sold to Dortmund for economic reasons . In the second half of the season RWE fluctuated between 14th and 18th place. After 30 match days they had a two-point lead with 24:36 points, but were only able to achieve 1: 1 results in the home games against Stuttgarter Kickers , Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and Hessen Kassel. On the last day of the match, RWE was level on points with Oberhausen, but had to compete in the Park Stadium at FC Schalke 04 . The game was lost 5-0. Hope arose when the DFB decided to repeat the game because RWE goalkeeper Carsten Hallmann had been injured by a steward. But the replay was also lost 2: 3. RWE was thus third class for the first time.

Dieter Tartemann took over the rebuilding for the 1984/85 season as coach. In addition, Norbert Nigbur came as a goalkeeper. The league season was dominated by Essen. For a long time it was local rivals SW Essen who led the table before RWE. Only in the second leg on Easter Monday did RWE take over the championship lead with a 3-1 win. On the penultimate matchday a 4-2 win at 1. FC Viersen secured the championship. There was a false start in the promotion round (0: 1 against VfL Osnabrück , 0: 4 at Eintracht Hamm). RWE landed in third place and thus missed out on promotion.

In 1985/86 there was another head-to-head race. This year, BVL 08 Remscheid was the opponent, who finished the first half of the season three points ahead of RWE (24: 8). In the second half of the season the picture changed and RWE secured first place again with 52:12 points ahead of Remscheid (51:13). Again the start of the promotion round failed (0: 5 at VfB Oldenburg ), but with four home wins, RWE ultimately secured promotion.

1986/87 Horst Hrubesch took over the coaching position from Tartemann, who became manager. After nine games without a win (4: 14/18.) Hrubesch was about to be released, but the 5: 1 against Viktoria Aschaffenburg was the start of six home wins in a row and 13th place (17:21 points) after the first half of the season. The impressive home strength continued with home wins seven to eleven, so that the DFB requested licensing documents for the Bundesliga in the spring. At the end of the season, however, RWE slackened and ended up in midfield with a balanced point account.

There was also a classic false start in the 1987/88 season: 6:12 points, 18th place, Hrubesch was dismissed. His successors Peter Neururer and Horst Franz left the club after nine and three games respectively in the direction of Aachen and Schalke. RWE finished the first half of the season with 16:22 points in fifteenth place. Stabilization was achieved under Lothar Buchmann . The 3: 1 at SSV Ulm 1846 on matchday 30 was a big step towards relegation, which was brought on the penultimate matchday with a 1-0 against Fortuna Köln.

In 1988/89 RWE started negative again with 7:11 points. The following three wins (including in Saarbrücken and Darmstadt) brought RWE into the upper half of the table. After the first half of the season there were 18:20 points and 13th place. Buchmann was replaced by Hans-Günter Neues . With 31:31 they seemed to be safe, but 2: 8 points in a row and matching games of the competition put RWE in the highest risk of relegation. A 3-0 win against Wattenscheid still didn't bring any security, because on the last day of the match the game against direct rivals Kickers Offenbach was due. After the 0: 1, the clubs swapped positions. However, Essen managed to save itself to 16th place.

In 1991 license revocation and forced relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga followed, as the DFB doubted the club's economic performance due to existing liabilities. In 1992 RWE won the German amateur championship with a 3-2 draw against SpVgg 05 Bad Homburg . After returning to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1993 under coach Jürgen Röber , the DFB's license was withdrawn for the second time in 1994, as well as forced relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga, this time caused by manipulated documents in the licensing process before the season.

Cup final and bankruptcy 1994–2010

Ticket for the second division season 1996/97

Also in 1994, Essen was able to reach the final in the DFB Cup , which the team lost 3-1 to Werder Bremen . After promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1996 and direct relegation to the Regionalliga in 1997, RWE finally had to move into fourth division in 1998 . In the following years, the association with the controversial sponsor Kinowelt only narrowly escaped bankruptcy . After successful financial consolidation, it was possible to re-establish oneself in the regional league. Finally, in 2004, the long-awaited return to the second division followed , but after a disappointing 2004/05 season without an away win, the immediate relegation to the Regionalliga Nord followed.

With a new sporting management (head coach Uwe Neuhaus and sporting director Olaf Janßen ) and an almost completely new team, he was immediately promoted back to the 2nd Bundesliga in the 2005/06 season . However, RWE had to start again in the regional league with coach Lorenz-Günther Köstner, who was signed up in winter 2006 . On the last day of the match, a 3-0 defeat in Duisburg sealed relegation after they had achieved a remarkable away record in the second half of the season with away wins at the later promoted Karlsruher SC and SpVgg Greuther Fürth , but only won and closed one home game in the second half had often captured decisive goals in the final minutes of the game. In the following year, RWE had to cope with another severe setback. Due to a surprising 0: 1 home defeat against the already relegated VfB Lübeck on the last day of the match, the Essen team surrendered the qualification for the new 3rd division and had to continue to compete in the fourth-class Regionalliga West. As a consequence of the sporting and therefore also economic downturn, President Rolf Hempelmann , who had always closely linked his stay with the club to the construction of the new stadium, resigned in June 2008 after ten years in office.

With a five-year plan, Thomas Strunz wanted to bring RWE back to the 2nd Bundesliga. After the defeat in the regional league game against the second team of 1. FC Köln (0: 2), the club's management announced on September 11, 2009 that Rot-Weiss Essen is separating from the sporting director and team manager Thomas Strunz with immediate effect. Until the end of the season, the two assistant coaches Uwe Erkenbrecher and Ralf Außenem took over the training of the regional league team.

On June 4, 2010, the association's board was forced to file for bankruptcy at the Essen district court. More than two million euros were missing to keep the game going. The documents required for the NRW League were submitted on June 28, 2010 to the West German Football and Athletics Association (WFLV), which is responsible for licensing .

Since 2010

On July 15, 2010, RWE was granted the right to play for the 2010/11 NRW League season by the WFLV . However, this made the newly formed team extremely successful. She was able to make her return to the regional league perfect on matchday 28 with a 2-1 win at Sportfreunde Siegen . Four weeks later, the Red-Whites secured the championship with a 1-1 draw against Alemannia Aachen II . On May 26th, the team won the Niederrhein Cup with a 1-0 win against SSVg Velbert and thus secured their place in the first main round of the DFB Cup. On May 17, 2011, the creditors of Rot-Weiss Essen agreed to the insolvency administrator 's insolvency plan at a creditors' meeting called by the Essen district court . The proceedings were officially canceled on June 28, 2011 with effect from June 30, 2011. The association has been debt-free since July 1st and bears sole economic responsibility again. The creditors received between 6 and 13% of their claims.

The 2011/12 season began for Essen with a surprise success in the DFB Cup , when the club defeated the second division 1. FC Union Berlin 6-5 on penalties. In 2012, RWE qualified again as the winner of the Niederrhein Cup for the first main round of the DFB-Pokal 2012/13 , in which they met the second division club 1. FC Union Berlin, but were eliminated 0-1 afterwards. On May 18, 2012 it was announced that three Rot-Weiss Essen players had bet against their own club in the home game against Borussia Dortmund II (0: 4). A day later, before the last game of the season, the players confessed and published a letter of apology. They were immediately suspended from playing and training. In 2013, in cooperation with the Prof. Dr. Eggers Foundation, a third team of the club was founded, which takes part in the district league C.

In December 2013, it became known that RWE was looking for a board member with sporting skills in order to create a dual position on the board. At the beginning of January, the club announced that Uwe Harttgen will take up his work as sports director on February 1, 2014. With him the club hoped for more sporting professionalism in order to pave the way for the 3rd division. As the first major official act, the new sports director took a leave of absence on March 17, 2014, after a 4-0 win at bottom SSVg Velbert , head coach Waldemar Wrobel. At that time, he was over three and a half years old, the longest-serving head coach in the past 60 years. The next day, the new head coach Marc Fascher was presented at a press conference . This first lost the Niederrheinpokal semifinals against MSV Duisburg in front of a sold out house after penalty shoot-out, with which the team missed the DFB Cup, and reached 9th place in the Regionalliga West at the end of the 2013/14 season . Even before the end of the season it was announced that the second team, which played in the Oberliga Niederrhein in the 2013/14 season , will be canceled from the game. In the summer of 2014, Rot-Weiss Essen founded a women's football department, initially with one team. After Schwarz-Weiß Essen deregistered its women's and girls' department in September, RWE also accepted its first team and the B and C junior teams. Since September 2014 there has been official women's football at Rot-Weiss Essen for the first time.

Preparatory game for the 2014/15 season against Borussia Dortmund

At the end of the first half of the 2014/15 season , RWE was autumn champion . Shortly before the end of the year it became known that after the first game of the second half of the season on December 6, 2014 against Sportfreunde Lotte, the player Cebio Soukou had tested positive for a substance that was on the doping list. The B sample was also positive. In the court hearing before the WFLV ruling chamber, Soukou was suspended for five months on January 29, 2015 and RWE's point was deducted from the game against Lotte (1: 1). In March 2015 it became known that Harttgen's sports director had extended his contract with head coach Fascher without the consent of his colleague Michael Welling and the supervisory board. At a press conference on March 24, 2015, the association announced Harttgen's termination without notice on the grounds that Harttgen had violated his employment contract and irreparably destroyed the relationship of trust. A week later, the trainer and his assistant trainer Stefan Kühne were given leave of absence.

For the 2015/16 season, Jan Siewert, a young coach who had been assistant coach of the U-17s of the German U-17 national team , was hired. However, he was released on April 2, 2016 after a previously unsuccessful season. In the meantime, RWE was even close to relegation, which the successor Sven Demandt was able to prevent. In addition, by winning the Niederrhein Cup, Rot-Weiss secured participation in the DFB Cup for the second time in a row. In the first DFB main cup round , Rot-Weiss had to admit defeat to second division Arminia Bielefeld 6: 7 only after a penalty shoot-out in the home stadium. In the league, the Essenes occupied fifth place in the table. In the Lower Rhine Cup, the Essenes reached the final again, but lost against the then third division club and now second division promoted MSV Duisburg . Since Duisburg qualified for the DFB-Pokal as promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga, the Esseners accepted the starting place. In the following season, Rot-Weiss met Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in the first round of the DFB Cup and lost 2-1 after a 1-0 lead.

In the 2015/16 season, RWE was ranked 53rd in the audience statistics of all German sports clubs. With an average of 7,352 viewers, RWE was the most popular regional soccer division in Germany. In the 2017/18 season, Essen was briefly replaced by the Bayern regional division and later promoted TSV 1860 Munich , whose home games saw an average of 12,465 viewers.

Sporting successes


Cup competitions

Other successes


Squad season 2020/21

  • As of August 24, 2020
No. Nat. player Date of birth at RWE since
01 IranIran Daniel Davari January 6, 1988 2020
22nd GermanyGermany Jakob Golz August 16, 1998 2019
03 GermanyGermany Felix Herzenbruch August 8, 1992 2019
05 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Marco Kehl-Gómez (C)Captain of the crew May 1, 1992 2019
07th GermanyGermany Kevin reason August 14, 1987 2011
14th GermanyGermany Daniel Heber 4th July 1994 2018
21st GermanyGermany Sandro Plechaty August 24, 1997 2020
24 GermanyGermany Alexander Hahn January 20, 1993 2019
29 GermanyGermany Jan Neuwirt January 18, 1998 2019
31 GermanyGermany David Sauerland June 28, 1997 2019
GermanyGermany Jonas Behounek May 17, 1998 2020
06th GermanyGermany Dennis Grote August 9, 1986 2019
10 GermanyGermany Jan-Lucas Dorow April 26, 1993 2019
11 GermanyGermany Cedric Harenbrock April 19, 1998 2017
18th GermanyGermany Amara Condé January 6, 1997 2019
30th GermanyGermany Hamdi Dahmani November 16, 1987 2019
34 GermanyGermany Jonas Hildebrandt December 8, 1996 2020
GermanyGermany Felix Schluesselburg May 5, 2001 2020
GermanyGermany Felix Backszat September 13, 1989 2020
09 GermanyGermany Marcel Platzek May 21, 1990 2013
11 GermanyGermany Simon Engelmann March 22, 1989 2020
23 RussiaRussia Maximilian Pronitschew November 17, 1997 2020
28 GermanyGermany Ayodele Adetula February 9, 1998 2019
33 GermanyGermany Joshua Endres March 22, 1997 2019
38 GermanyGermany Oğuzhan Kefkir August 27, 1991 2019

Transfers of the 2020/21 season

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020

Coaching staff

Nat. Surname function
Coaching staff
GermanyGermany Christian Neidhart Head coach
GermanyGermany Carsten Wolters Assistant coach
GermanyGermany Lars Fleischer Assistant coach
GermanyGermany Manuel Lenz Goalkeeping coach
GermanyGermany Alexander Ulbricht Fitness trainer

Coach after World War II

A chronological overview of all the club's coaches since World War II.

Term of office Trainer
fromuntil .0006.1949 Raymond Schwab (†)
fromuntil .0006.1954 Karl Hohmann (†)
fromuntil .0006.1956 Fritz Szepan (†)
fromuntil .0006.1957 Elek Schwartz (†)
fromuntil .0006.1959 Raymond Schwab (†)
fromuntil .0006.1961 Willi Multhaup (†)
tofrom .0007.1961 Günter Hentschke (†)
fromuntil .0006.1963 Waldemar Brockmann
fromuntil .0006.1965 Fred Harthaus (†)
fromuntil .0006.1967 Fritz Pliska (†)
fromuntil .0006.1968 Erich Ribbeck
fromuntil .0003.1969 Kuno Klötzer (†)
fromuntil .0006.1969 Willi Vordenbäume (†)
fromuntil .0005.1971 Herbert Burdenski (†)
fromuntil .0011.1971 Willi Vordenbäume (†)
fromuntil .0006.1972 János Bédl (†)
fromuntil .0009.1973 Horst Witzler
fromuntil .0006.1975 Diethelm Ferner
fromuntil .0009.1976 Ivica Horvat (†)
fromuntil .0001.1978 Hermann Erlhoff
fromuntil .0006.1978 Klaus Quinkert (†)
fromuntil .0006.1979 Diethelm Ferner
fromuntil .0006.1981 Rolf Sheepfold (†)
Term of office Trainer
fromuntil .0001.1983 Aleksander Mandziara (†)
fromuntil .0010.1983 Rolf Bock
fromuntil .0001.1984 János Bédl (†)
fromuntil .0002.1984 Burkhard Schacht
fromuntil .0006.1984 Siegfried Melzig
fromuntil .0006.1986 Dieter Tartemann
fromuntil .0009.1987 Horst Hrubesch
fromuntil .0011.1987 Peter Neururer
fromuntil .0012.1987 Horst Franz
fromuntil .0011.1988 Lothar Buchmann
fromuntil .0012.1988 Siegfried Melzig
fromuntil .0006.1989 Hans-Günter News (†)
fromuntil .0006.1991 Hans-Werner Moors
fromuntil .0012.1993 Jürgen Röber
fromuntil .0005.1995 Wolfgang Frank (†)
fromuntil .0003.1997 Rudi Gores
fromuntil .0004.1998 Dieter Brei
fromuntil .0006.1998 Willi Lippens
fromuntil .0004.1999 Dieter Tartemann
fromuntil .0006.1999 Klaus Berge
fromuntil .0010.1999 Fritz Fuchs
fromuntil .0003.2001 Klaus Berge
fromuntil .0006.2001 Frank Kurth
Term of office Trainer
fromuntil 08/25/2003 Harry Pless
fromuntil 09/21/2003 Holger Fach
fromuntil April 23, 2005 Jürgen Gelsdorf
fromuntil 0November 8, 2006 Uwe Neuhaus
fromuntil November 17, 2006 Olaf Janßen (interim trainer)
fromuntil May 21, 2007 Lorenz-Günther Köstner
fromuntil 03/23/2008 Heiko Bonan
fromuntil 0April 1st, 2009 Michael Kulm
fromuntil 0May 6, 2009 Ernst Middendorp
fromuntil June 30, 2009 Thomas Strunz (interim trainer)
fromuntil 09/11/2009 Thomas Strunz (Team Principal)
fromuntil June 30, 2010 Uwe Erkenbrecher and Ralf Außenem
fromuntil March 17, 2014 Waldemar Wrobel
fromuntil March 31, 2015 Marc Fascher
fromuntil April 18, 2015 Markus Reiter and Jürgen Lucas
fromuntil June 14, 2015 Markus Reiter (interim trainer)
fromuntil 0April 2nd, 2016 Jan Siewert
fromuntil 004/05/2016 Jürgen Lucas (interim trainer)
fromuntil 0October 1st, 2017 Sven Demandt
fromuntil 0April 7th, 2018 Argirios Giannikis
fromuntil 04.06.2019 Karsten Neitzel
fromuntil June 17th, 2020 Christian Titz
tofrom 07/15/2020 Christian Neidhart


A chronological overview of all presidents of the association since it was founded.

Term of office president
1913-1914 Wilhelm Schindler
- -
1918-1919 Bernhard Böckling
1920-1921 Eugen Winneken
1921-1923 Bernhard Böckling
1923-1925 Theodor Schneider
tofrom 1925 Felix Winneken
fromuntil 1930 Hubert Schürmann
1930-1945 Gustav Klar
1945-1960 Max Wagner
Term of office president
1960-1963 Hermann Rödiger
1963-1971 Ernst Ruhkamp
1971-1972 George of Wick
1972 Kurt Roetger
1972-1976 Will Naunheim
1976-1980 Heinz Schwerdtfeger
1980-1982 Wilhelm Lüke
1982-1987 Rolf Neuhaus
1988-1992 Anton "Toni" Döbbe
1993-1994 Manfred Himmelreich
Term of office president
1994-1997 Wilfried Schenk
2007 Stefan Meutsch (Managing Director)
1998-2008 Rolf Hempelmann
2009 Stefan Meutsch (Managing Director)
2009 Thomas Hermes (Managing Director)
2010 Kai Stütz (managing director)
2010-2018 Michael Welling (board member)
since 2018 Marcus Uhlig (board member)

Well-known former players

Most games (league games and final / promotion rounds)

Most goals (league and final / promotion round goals)

Second team

The second team, which acted as a link between the first team and the U19s, was logged off from play after the top division season 2013/14 . She finished the season in twelfth place out of 20 teams. For the season 2019/20 was second started reactivated and in the Kreisliga C. Responsible for the project is a supervisory board member Frank Kurth . In the first season he was promoted to the district league B.

Club songs

The most important club song of Rot-Weiss Essen is called Adiole . It is a song by the Swedish pop singer Siw Malmquist from 1970, which was played at the Bundesliga home games in the stadium. After a short time, the fans had chosen the song as “their” song and before the kick-off they asked: “We want our record”. Instead of the refrain “Adiole” they sang “Oh, RWE”. After a few years with changing opening melodies and also Torjingles, Adiole found its way again at the end of the 1990s. The song was also covered by the singer of the original with the "new" lyrics.

Grandpa Luscheskowski is also quite popular, especially with younger stadium- goers . It consists of four stanzas, which are interrupted by the refrain "We will never forget food, we are fans of red-white food, whether alive or dead, we love red-white-red".

At the end of the 1990s, Frank “Mono” Malz added the anthem 100 Years of RWE .

The counting rhyme from the former children's program Rappelkiste "Ene mene miste, es rappelt in der Kiste ..." has served as the goal jingle for many years , followed by "Adiole".

The Steigerlied , based on the mining history of the club and the culture of the Ruhr area, is a fixed ritual before home games .

“Who is the horror of the Lower Rhine?” Became Lothar Dohr's battle cry. He was only 15 years old when he climbed a breakwater during the game against Bayern Munich on November 23, 1974 (final score 2: 2) and heated up the fans. The answer he received was “Only from RWE”. Lothar Dohr is now a fan representative.

Fan friendships

In the 1970s, the fan friendship with the neighboring district club Borussia Dortmund developed . Above all, this was shaped by the mutual aversion to neighboring FC Schalke 04 . This partly intense friendship partly ended again when there were massive riots in a competitive game (DFB Cup 1982/83).

Long before the 1994 DFB Cup final against Werder Bremen (1: 3), the clubs were very close to fans. Above all else, the Ultras Essen and Wanderers Bremen as well as many other fan clubs of both clubs cultivate the friendship. On May 2nd, 2009, the fans celebrated their 25th anniversary in Essen. By visiting each other's games, they manage to compensate for the high league difference.

Currently, there is also a fan friendship with an ultra group of the Austrian club FK Austria Wien , the Viola Fanatics 2001. During the game against SV Mattersburg on February 26, 2010, they held up a banner saying “Capital of Culture 2010 - New Stadium Now!” . A few weeks later, 20 Ultra fans traveled from Vienna to Essen for the game and to support the fan demo that took place the day after.

Some fan groups also maintain a friendship with fans of Chemnitzer FC , others with those of Kickers Offenbach .

Fan rivalries

The greatest aversion is to the neighboring FC Schalke 04 (10 km as the crow flies between the two stadiums); this hostility is partly based on mutuality, even if this seems disproportionate from Gelsenkirchen's point of view due to the difference in leagues. Nevertheless, 16,495 spectators watched the game against the second team of FC Schalke 04 in the 2008/09 regional league season in the Veltins Arena . In addition to the spatial proximity, the relegation of Essen from the Bundesliga in the 1970/71 season is responsible for this rivalry . The Schalke team were actively involved in the Bundesliga scandal by deliberately losing a game against Bielefeld in 1971. As a result of this and other "sold" games from other clubs, RWE would have kept the class despite the poor athletic performance.

Another fan base is MSV Duisburg , who played together with RWE in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga. This became evident again in 2007 when the zebras won on the last match day in Duisburg and were promoted to the Bundesliga, while the Essenes were relegated to the regional league because of the lost points.

There are other rivalries with other clubs in the region such as Alemannia Aachen , Rot-Weiß Oberhausen , Wuppertaler SV , Fortuna Düsseldorf and against Hamburger SV and Preußen Münster . Obvious is the aversion to Hamburger SV, since the Essenes are allied with the Bremen and they are enemies with the Hamburgers.

There have been problems in the fan scene for many years. There are riots in and in front of the respective stages. The trigger in each case is not always with one party, it is mostly about banalities. Illegal fireworks and bodily harm occur again and again in these hostilities. This behavior forces the police to deploy in large numbers and to intervene to protect the population and bystanders.

For black and white food there although no "hostility", but it is here to historically grown rivalry between the traditional club of the affluent south of Essen and the former "Workers Association" Rot-Weiss Essen. The relationship between the two clubs was burdened by a dispute over the income from a cup game.

Season overviews

season league space Points SUN Gates spectator Top scorer
1922/24 District League Essen (2) 03. 32:20 - 63:47 - -
1924/26 2nd District League Essen (2) 04th 29:23 - 72:63 - -
1926/27 2nd district class Essen (2) 01. 21: 7 9-3-2 51:22 - -
1927/28 2nd district class Essen (2) 02. 20: 8 8-4-2 22:19 - -
1928/29 2nd district class Essen (2) 01. 24: 4 10-4-0 63:30 - -
1929/30 1st district class E-GE (2) 03. 29:23 13-3-10 72:63 - -
1930/31 Ruhr District League (1) 06th 19:17 9-2-7 45:40 - -
1931/32 Ruhr District League (1) 08th. 10:22 4-2-10 32:44 - Johann Gap (9)
1932/33 District class (2) 02. 30:14 12-6-4 70:39 - Wilhelm Altrath (12)
1933/34 District class (2) 04th 23:21 11-1-10 63:48 - Wilhelm Altrath (13)
1934/35 District class (2) 02. 41:11 18-5-3 87:34 - Jupp Hullisch (30)
1935/36 District class (2) 02. 36:12 17-2-5 59:34 - Jupp Gorcelanzek (12)
1936/37 District class (2) 02. 32:12 15-2-5 68:34 - Jupp Gorcelanzek (16)
1937/38 District class (2) 01. 27: 9 13-1-4 49:19 - Jupp Hullisch (18)
Ascent round to Gauliga Niederrhein (2) 01. 8-0 4-0-0 13: 4 - Jupp Hullisch (6)
1938/39 Gauliga Lower Rhine (1) 03. 22:14 10-2-6 42:33 - Jupp Gorcelanzek, Günther Karger (8)
1939/40 Gauliga Lower Rhine (1) 03. 25:11 10-5-3 45:36 - August Gottschalk (17)
1940/41 Gauliga Lower Rhine (1) 02. 25:11 12-1-5 50:21 - August Gottschalk (15)
1941/42 Gauliga Lower Rhine (1) 04th 19:17 9-1-8 58:50 - August Gottschalk (22)
1942/43 Gauliga Lower Rhine (1) 04th 19:13 9-1-6 48:45 - Fritz Abromeit , Josef Lücke (10)
1943/44 Gauliga Lower Rhine (1) 08th. 15:21 6-3-9 32:39 - Alois Tabor (6)
1945/46 District class Essen group 3 02. 31: 9 15-1-4 75:26 - -
1946/47 Ruhr district league 03. 23:17 9-5-6 64:28 - -
1947/48 Association League Niederrhein (2) 01. 32: 8 15 2 3 67:27 - August Gottschalk
Promotion round to Oberliga West (2) 01. 5: 3 2-1-1 6: 3 27,500 August Gottschalk (3)
1948/49 Oberliga West (1) 02. 30:18 10-10-4 39:22 15,167 August Gottschalk (14)
1949/50 Oberliga West (1) 03. 38:22 16-6-8 78:47 13,400 Hans Kleina (20)
1950/51 Oberliga West (1) 06th 30:30 13-4-13 59:53 12,600 August Gottschalk, Fritz Abromeit (12)
1951/52 Oberliga West (1) 01. 45:15 20-5-5 78:41 21,000 Helmut Rahn , Bernhard Termath (20)
1952/53 Oberliga West (1) 03. 40:20 18-4-8 86:40 15,000 Franz Islacker (19)
1953/54 Oberliga West (1) 02. 40:20 19-2-9 75:49 20,067 Helmut Rahn (18)
1954/55 Oberliga West (1) 01. 45:15 20-5-5 64:38 16,800 Franz Islacker (20)
1955/56 Oberliga West (1) 05. 36:24 15-6-9 59:45 13,467 Johannes Röhrig (11)
1956/57 Oberliga West (1) 08th. 32:28 12-8-10 57:51 15,600 Johannes Röhrig (12)
1957/58 Oberliga West (1) 07th 30:30 11-8-11 40:42 13,233 Helmut Rahn (8)
1958/59 Oberliga West (1) 06th 32:28 13-6-11 51:42 17,200 Franz Islacker (12)
1959/60 Oberliga West (1) 06th 29:31 12-5-13 46:60 13,533 Heinz Hornig (12)
1960/61 Oberliga West (1) 15th 24:36 7-10-13 32:46 13,667 Heinz Hornig (7)
1961/62 2nd League West (2) 05. 34:26 15-4-11 63:54 05,713 Werner Kik (11)
1962/63 2nd League West (2) 06th 32:28 14-4-12 55:45 06,833 Heinz-Dieter Hasebrink (14)
1963/64 Regionalliga West (2) 10. 38:38 13-12-13 70:64 08,279 Eckehard fig chip (20)
1964/65 Regionalliga West (2) 07th 34:34 14-6-14 56:53 07,589 Manfred Fallisch (16)
1965/66 Regionalliga West (2) 02. 53:15 23-7-4 74:31 16,588 Heinz-Dieter Hasebrink (18)
1966/67 Bundesliga (1) 18th 25:43 6-13-15 35:53 27,294 Willi Lippens (10)
1967/68 Regionalliga West (2) 02. 52:16 21-10-3 73:35 18,176 Willi Lippens (25)
1968/69 Regionalliga West (2) 02. 51:17 21-9-4 72:25 16,529 Willi Lippens (24)
1969/70 Bundesliga (1) 12. 31:37 8-15-11 41:54 20,706 Willi Lippens (11)
1970/71 Bundesliga (1) 18th 23:45 7-9-18 48:68 22,800 Willi Lippens (19)
1971/72 Regionalliga West (2) 02. 54:14 24-6-4 113: 37 11,676 Peter Dahl (25)
1972/73 Regionalliga West (2) 01. 55:13 26-3-5 104: 40 10.206 Willi Lippens (23)
1973/74 Bundesliga (1) 13. 31:37 10-11-13 56:70 17,235 Willi Lippens (13)
1974/75 Bundesliga (1) 12. 32:36 10-12-12 56:68 14,469 Manfred Burgsmüller (18)
1975/76 Bundesliga (1) 08th. 37:31 13-11-10 61:67 16,065 Horst Hrubesch (18)
1976/77 Bundesliga (1) 18th 22:46 7-8-19 49: 103 13,106 Horst Hrubesch (20)
1977/78 2nd League North (2) 02. 50:26 21-8-9 82:49 08,247 Horst Hrubesch (41)
1978/79 2nd League North (2) 08th. 39:37 14-11-13 68:62 04.163 Frank Mill (15)
1979/80 2nd League North (2) 02. 54:22 24-6-8 97:54 07,711 Frank Mill, Matthias Herget (16)
1980/81 2nd League North (2) 08th. 47:37 20-7-15 99:74 05,583 Frank Mill (40)
1981/82 2nd Bundesliga (2) 11. 38:38 15-8-15 60:62 06,718 Gregor Grillemeier (17)
1982/83 2nd Bundesliga (2) 14th 33:43 12-9-17 56:60 04,504 Jürgen Wegmann (16)
1983/84 2nd Bundesliga (2) 17th 29:47 7-15-16 48:63 05,071 Jürgen Wegmann (12)
1984/85 Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein (3) 01. 54:14 23-8-3 96:37 05,516 Michael Pröpper (28)
1985/86 Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein (3) 01. 52:12 23-6-3 91:36 05,525 Michael Tonnies (24)
1986/87 2nd Bundesliga (2) 10. 38:38 14-10-14 70:69 08,447 Dirk Heitkamp (17)
1987/88 2nd Bundesliga (2) 11. 34:42 11-12-15 53:60 05,772 Ralf Rainbow (11)
1988/89 2nd Bundesliga (2) 16. 35:41 13-9-16 54:60 08,068 Ralf Regenbogen, Dirk Helmig (9)
1989/90 2nd Bundesliga (2) 06th 42:34 15-12-11 49:46 07,439 Ralf Rainbow (14)
1990/91 2nd Bundesliga (2) 15th 34:42 12-10-16 49:52 06,614 Dirk Helmig (8)
1991/92 Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein (3) 02. 48:12 19-10-1 67:21 05,518 Frank Kontny (10)
1992/93 Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein (3) 01. 44:16 20-4-6 59:29 04,742 Thomas Ridder , Harald Kügler (9)
1993/94 2nd Bundesliga (2) 19th 26:50 7-12-19 44:60 07.182 Christian Dondera (7)
1994/95 Regionalliga West / Southwest (3) 04th 43:25 17-9-8 62:40 07,986 Wolfram Klein (16)
1995/96 Regionalliga West / Southwest (3) 02. 71 21-8-7 60:31 08,300 Wolfram Klein (15)
1996/97 2nd Bundesliga (2) 17th 29 8-5-21 47:74 07,427 Angelo Four (18)
1997/98 Regionalliga West / Southwest (3) 17th 30th 7-9-18 41:80 04,373 Richard Cyron (11)
1998/99 Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein (4) 01. 67 20-7-3 59:28 05,981 Oliver Ebersbach (10)
1999/00 Regionalliga West / Southwest (3) 07th 52 14-10-12 55:46 06,651 Sascha Wolf (16)
2000/01 Regionalliga North (3) 13. 47 13-8-15 45:54 05,851 Sascha Wolf (15)
2001/02 Regionalliga North (3) 03. 64-1 18-10-6 58:33 08,994 Sascha Wolf (10)
2002/03 Regionalliga North (3) 03. 60 16-12-6 56:33 09,493 Achim Weber (16)
2003/04 Regionalliga North (3) 01. 74 23-5-6 77:26 10.303 Erwin Koen (18)
2004/05 2nd Bundesliga (2) 17th 33 6-15-13 35:51 14,164 Francis Kioyo (6)
2005/06 Regionalliga North (3) 01. 73 23-7-6 67:34 12,846 Danko Bosković (13)
2006/07 2nd Bundesliga (2) 15th 35 8-11-15 34:40 13,617 Danko Bosković (8)
2007/08 Regionalliga North (3) 12. 51 14-9-13 42:36 10,016 Rolf-Christel Guié-Mien (9)
2008/09 Regionalliga West (4) 07th 49 13-10-11 61:41 07,064 Sascha Mölders (28)
2009/10 Regionalliga West (4) 05. 52 14-10-10 44:32 05,637 Sascha Mölders (14)
2010/11 NRW League (5) 01. 71 21-8-3 59:28 06,355 Timo Brewer (10)
2011/12 Regionalliga West (4) 08th. 52 15-7-14 52:57 06,193 Benedikt Koep (8)
2012/13 Regionalliga West (4) 04th 66 19-9-10 63:50 08.008 Benedikt Koep (14)
2013/14 Regionalliga West (4) 09. 52 14-10-12 54:48 07,684 Marcel Platzek (16)
2014/15 Regionalliga West (4) 05. 56 16-8-10 58:38 08,208 Marcel Platzek (10)
2015/16 Regionalliga West (4) 12. 48 12-12-12 48:49 07,349 Marcel Platzek (8)
2016/17 Regionalliga West (4) 05. 55 14-13-7 48:35 07,863 Marcel Platzek (13)
2017/18 Regionalliga West (4) 10. 49 12-13-9 55:43 06,951 Marcel Platzek (13)
2018/19 Regionalliga West (4) 08th. 46 13-7-14 42:40 07,275 Enzo Wirtz (9)
2019/20 * Regionalliga West (4) 03. 51 16-3-5 43:25 10,742 Oğuzhan Kefkir (7)

*The 2019/20 season of the Regionalliga West was terminated prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluated according to the quotient rule.

The highest victories and defeats in competitive games since 1945

Biggest home wins

date league opponent Result
1946/47 Ruhr district league VfR copper turning 16: 0
20th August 1972 Regionalliga West 1. FC Mülheim- Styrum 10: 1
January 25, 1953 Oberliga West SpVgg Erkenschwick 9-0
August 25, 2015 Regionalliga West TuS Erndtebrück 9: 1
November 14, 1971 Regionalliga West VfL Klafeld-Geisweid 08 8-0
August 24, 1952 Oberliga West Bayer 04 Leverkusen 8: 1
December 28, 1952 Oberliga West Black and white food 8: 1
29th September 1968 Regionalliga West TSV Marl-Hüls 8: 1
January 30, 1972 Regionalliga West SpVgg Erkenschwick 8: 1
March 19, 1972 Regionalliga West Eintracht Gelsenkirchen 8: 1
1946/47 Ruhr district league SpVgg Schonnebeck 7-0
1961/62 2nd League West Dortmund SC 95 7-0
March 5th 1972 Regionalliga West Bayer 04 Leverkusen 7-0
1984/85 Oberliga Nordrhein Do Xanten 7-0

Highest away wins

date league opponent Result
1945/46 City League Essen Tura 09 Borbeck 9-0
September 29, 1991 Oberliga Nordrhein SC Brück 9: 1
February 22, 1986 Oberliga Nordrhein VfL Rhede 8: 1
1947/48 Lower Rhine regional league GW Viersen 7-0
April 2, 1953 Oberliga West Borussia Monchengladbach 7-0
May 22, 2004 Regionalliga North FC Schalke 04 II 7-0
1945/46 City League Essen SC Phoenix food 6-0
February 1, 1959 Regionalliga West Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0
1961/62 2nd League West TuS Duisburg 48/99 6-0
1961/62 2nd League West VfB Bottrop 7: 2
April 30, 1950 Oberliga West Arminia Bielefeld 6: 1
April 21, 1968 Regionalliga West SC Fortuna Cologne 6: 1

Biggest home defeats

date league opponent Result
May 7, 1977 Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt 1: 8
1945/46 City League Essen TuRa 1886 Essen 1: 6
4th May 2013 Regionalliga West Borussia Mönchengladbach II 1: 6
October 31, 1971 Regionalliga West Wuppertal SV 0: 5
March 22, 1975 Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt 0: 5
November 26, 1983 2nd Bundesliga 1. FC Saarbrücken 0: 5
May 21, 1994 2nd Bundesliga FC Carl Zeiss Jena 0: 5
September 14, 1997 Regionalliga West / Southwest SC Verl 0: 5
17th August 1973 Bundesliga Borussia Monchengladbach 2: 6
August 27, 1980 2nd Bundesliga North Eintracht Braunschweig 2: 6
2nd October 1976 Bundesliga MSV Duisburg 1: 5
April 2nd 1977 Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 1: 5
April 1, 1989 2nd Bundesliga Fortuna Dusseldorf 1: 5
August 7, 2004 2nd Bundesliga FC Erzgebirge Aue 1: 5
April 19, 2009 Regionalliga West Prussia Munster 0: 4
2nd October 2013 Regionalliga West SC Fortuna Cologne 0: 4

Biggest away defeats

date league opponent Result
5th October 1974 Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt 1: 9
April 10, 1960 Oberliga West 1. FC Cologne 1: 7
November 13, 1976 Bundesliga 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1: 7
March 30, 1974 Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt 0: 6
September 24, 1976 Bundesliga Borussia Monchengladbach 0: 6
May 21, 1977 Bundesliga Eintracht Braunschweig 0: 6
August 24, 1997 Regionalliga West / Southwest 1. FC Kaiserslautern amateurs 0: 6
November 9, 1997 Regionalliga West / Southwest SC Paderborn 07 0: 6
May 8, 1971 Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 2: 7
April 9, 1961 Regionalliga West 1. FC Cologne 1: 6


Traditionally, the club's players wear red home and white away shirts or white home and red away shirts. Sometimes there were already green or, according to the Essen city colors, yellow-blue away jerseys. The home jersey is currently white and a black and white picture of the west curve (stayer) is shown there, the away jersey is red (white writing).


Below is an overview of the Rot-Weiss Essen jersey sponsors

Years sponsor
1976-1977 Deichmann shoes
1977-1988 hairmatic (self hair trimmer)
1978-1984 natural gas
1984-1987 Schossau consumer electronics
1987-1992 Renault
1992-1993 Marlo USA travel
1993-1996 Renault
1996-1998 eat naturally
1998-2000 Carat
2000-2001 Yello electricity
2001-2004 RWE
2004-2007 steag
2007-2008 Evonik
2008-2017 Sparkasse Essen
2017-2019 XTiP
since 2019 HARFID


Overview of the sporting goods suppliers:

Years sponsor
0000-1982 bumblebee
1982-1984 Pony International
1984-1991 puma
1991-1995 Masita
1995-1998 Asics
1998-2000 Adidas
2000-2001 FAN World
2001-2014 Nike
2014-2017 puma
since 2017 Jako


  • Since the summer of 2013, the club has had a third team, which takes part in the game operations of the Kreisliga C Essen North-West. For the most part, the team consists of young men who have committed criminal offenses, were or are drug addicts, and who suffer from mental illness. In cooperation with various local foundations, the men should be given help for rehabilitation by playing and training together.
  • In August 2019, the association inaugurated a fan cemetery at the Matthäusfriedhof in Essen-Borbeck .
  • In November 2005, Pelé became an honorary member (membership number 23101940) at Rot-Weiss Essen. At the award of the membership certificate, Pelé said: "It is a great honor for me to now belong to the club in which the 'Boss' [ meaning Helmut Rahn ] played."

See also

Web links

Commons : Rot-Weiss Essen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Commercial : Entry in the register of associations at the Essen registry court under the serial number 10162
  2. a b become a member - member counter (display on the association's homepage)
  3. First discussions with the preliminary insolvency administrator. Retrieved April 8, 2020 .
  4. RW Essen starts a new start in the NRW League
  5. Creditors give the green light - RWE is debt-free!
  6. RWE is restructured and free of debt again. In: May 17, 2011, archived from the original on May 23, 2011 ; accessed on January 5, 2020 .
  7. Rot-Weiss Essen is debt-free again., May 29, 2011, accessed April 8, 2020 .
  8. Rot-Weiss Essen shows three of its own players
  9. RWE III starts in the district league C
  10. Rot-Weiss Essen - 3rd team
  11. Dr. Uwe Harttgen: From late starter to young expert
  12. Wrobel is out! New man is ready , March 17, 2014.
  13. RWE: Fascher wants "place one to five , March 17th, 2014.
  14. U23 team is canceled
  15. ^ Association founds women's football department , September 10, 2014.
  16. RWE: Soukou tested positive , December 23, 2014.
  17. ^ RWE: Soukou does not escape lock , January 29, 2015.
  18. ^ RWE: Harttgen must go , March 24, 2015.
  19. Rot-Weiss Essen is on leave of absence from Marc Fascher and Stefan Kühne , March 31, 2015.
  20. Jan Siewert: At 32, boss at RWE , May 30, 2016.
  21. ^ Coach Jan Siewert dismissed , May 30, 2016.
  22. Sven Demandt is the new trainer at the regional division RW Essen , May 30, 2016.
  23. Team ,
  24. Disastrous external image of the club. Retrieved December 12, 2014 .
  25. Rapid dismissal of the "coach of the century" - Rot-Weis Essen separated from Middendorp after 29 days. Retrieved December 12, 2014 .
  26. Victories for Real and Barcelona
  27. Kicker coach profile
  28. By Rolf Hantel: Rolf Hempelmann goes. June 24, 2008, accessed on September 18, 2019 (German).
  29. Glück auf Herr Meutsch | I sach ma | Yes, yes. Retrieved September 18, 2019 .
  30. Stütz becomes managing director, Buttler as board advisor | 2009 | General. Retrieved September 18, 2019 .
  31. DerWesten: Michael Welling new boss of Rot-Weiss Essen. September 21, 2010, accessed on September 18, 2019 (German).
  32. Marcus Uhlig new board member. Retrieved September 18, 2019 .
  33. Strengthening the Foundation ,, accessed on March 19, 2019
  34. RWE II only wants to strengthen itself selectively after promotion to the B-League ,, accessed on July 13, 2020
  35. The fan representative. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013 ; Retrieved December 12, 2014 .
  36. RWO fans rioted before the game against Rot Weiss Essen
  37. How the police in the Niederrheinpokal want to separate RWE and MSV hooligans
  38. 80 followers of Rot-Weiss Essen are considered to be violent seekers
  39. RWE: No FVN sanctions from August 5th, 2010.
  40. Team III ,, accessed on February 9, 2019
  41. Rot-Weiss Essen inaugurates fan cemetery ,, accessed on August 10, 2019