FSV Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg

A tale of two cities, or rather towns, joined at the hip in socialist brotherhood...

Actually Brieske is a mining village, and Senftenberg is the town. In 1999, the club moved it's offices to Senftenberg in anticipation of the merger of the two towns, but 85% of Brieske's voters turned down incorporation.

Actually, east Brieske (Brieske-Ost) was known as Marga until 1950. And it is here that the soccer tradition began. This was manufactured by a mining company in 1907-1912, for living quarters for coal miners in the nearby mines that had started from the 1860s. Soccer started in 1919 with a workers club that soon went belly-up. In 1925, Glückauf Marga joined the DFB, but soon the workers left and founded the ATSB affiliated FSV Sturm Marga. This was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and had to be rebuilt.

After the foundation of the GDR, things began to rapidly improve on the soccer pitch. The club (now known as BSG Aktivist Brieske-Ost) was a charter member of the priginal DDR-Oberliga, finishing as high as 2nd in 1955. After a move of team headquarters to Senftenberg in 1954, the commie bureaucrats continued to interfer with the club. In 1963, authorities announced that the players would be moved en masse to Cottbus. The fans, led by the stadium announcer, protested, but to no avail. The stadium announcer, Werner Riska, was censured by the party and the club was moved to SC Cottbus.

This left Brieske-Ost to kick around in the lower regions until 1972, when it was again reunited with Senftenberg. However the collapse of the GDR also meant the decline of the mining industry and the economic decline of the region.

Full Name Fußballsportverein Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg
City Senftenberg (Brandenburg). Pop: 30,589 (2002). Near Cottbus.
Address Rudolf-Harbig-Straße 19, 01968 Senftenberg
Phone: 03537-661776, Fax: 03537-790158
Colors Blue jersey, white shorts, blue socks
Stadium Elsterkampfbahn. Capacity: 5,000
This was originally the Sportplatz an der Badeanstalt and had been built in 1924. There is so much coal-dust under the grass that water can't drain efficiently, so many games are played by the water-polo team instead. There have been some improvements, as floodlights were added in 2000. In the heyday of the GDR, the club played in the Glückauf-Stadion Briesker Straße. This was built in 1953, and some 33,000 fans showed up for the inaugural match against Torpedo Moscow. This was finally torn down in 1997 and replaced with housing.
Supporters Support has dwindled to a couple hundred fans per game.
Heroes Two GDR internationals, Heinz Lemanczyk (2 caps, 1955-58) and Heinz Krüger (1 cap, 1957). And of course the stadium announcer, Werner Riska.
Zeroes GDR commie bureacrats who stole the team.
Pub Grub
The Net www.fsv-brieske.de

Recent History:
		BSG Aktivist Brieske-Senftenberg

1971-72	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		11th
1972-73	(***)	Bezirksliga Cottbus	1st
1973-74	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		2nd
1974-75	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		10th
1975-76	(***)	Bezirksliga Cottbus	1st
1976-77	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		4th
1977-78	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		5th
1978-79	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		5th
1979-80	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		11th
1980-81	(***)	Bezirksliga Cottbus	1st
1981-82	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		3rd
1982-83	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		5th
1983-84	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		5th
1984-85	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		11th
1985-86	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		16th
1986-87	(***)	Bezirksliga Cottbus	1st
1987-88	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. A		5th
1988-89	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. A		16th
1989-90	(***)	Liga-AR, St. A		2nd

		FSV Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg

1990-91	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. A		10th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Mitte	11th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Mitte	11th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Mitte	11th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Süd		11th
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Süd		11th
1996-97	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	3rd
1997-98	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	4th
1998-99	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	5th
1999-00	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	6th
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	8th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	11th
2002-03	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	15th
2003-04	(VI)	Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd
2004-05	(VI)	Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd	4th
2006-07	(VI)	Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd	10th
2007-08	(VI)	Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: www.abseits-soccer.com