This club was known as BSG Stahl until 1990, when it received it's current name.
The club was a regular power in the 2nd division of the old GDR, but could never make it through to the top, except for 1969 and then not again until the last year of the GDR. Interesting in 1970, after being relegated from the top Oberliga, after only two games, the club was forcibly further relegated for Verletzung der Prinzipien der sozialistschen Gesellschaft ("damage to the principles of socialist society"). As far as I can tell, their violation was that they paid their players over the table, instead of underneath it. Apparently they continued their non-socialist principles as they romped home over their fellow workers at the lower level, scoring 145 goals and conceding only 8, and were returned to 2nd division socialist brotherhood.
Just when the club made it back to the Oberliga, and actually survived (12th), it was the GDR that collapsed, and Stahl was thrust into the harsh reality of capitalist football. The legacy of GDR football had one positive aspect, as Stahl won the last GDR-Cup, and repesented in the European CupWinners Cup, losing to Galatasaray in the 1st round. After some decent success, which had them as high as 3rd in 1998, things fell apart. The 1998-99 season was a total disaster! Stahl had every reason to dream of contention for the title, and instead they were horrible. A very sad turn of events. However, they were able to escape with the skin of their teeth, as Chemnitz was promoted and Cottbus avoided the drop. With this reprieve, Stahl got off to a good start next season. However, they soon ran out of gas, and faded from any chance of making the combined Regionalliga.
In 2004, the club went into administration, and all results in the Oberliga were annulled as the team was withdrawn from competition. If EFC can successfully reorganize, they still start again in 2005 in a lower division.
|Fullname|| Eisenhüttenstädtischer Fussball-Club Stahl e.V.
Eisenhüttenstadt (Brandenburg). Pop: 40,200 (2002). Once
as Stalinstadt (1953-61).
Postfach 7304, 15872 Eisenhüttenstadt|
Phone: (03364) 375051
Black and white. Black/white jerseys, black pants. Road uniform is
blue/white jerseys, blue pants.
Sportplatz der Hüttenwerker. Capacity: 10,000 (3,000
The initial construction of a sports facility started in 1928, when the workers club Wanderlust Schönfließ cleared the field. In 1950, it was built out as a stadium for BSG Stahl Fürstenberg. With the promotion to the DDR-Oberliga in 1969, a major renovation saw capacity increase to 14,000, although it has since been renovated again.
5 euros for Tribune, 3 euros standing/regular seating (2007)
Some diehards, but only some 150 fans show up for games. Averaged 180 in
Fc Altona 93 Hamburg
Neuzeller Bier. Special mention to their dark beer, Neuzeller
||Pub Grub ||
Das Sportlerheim is at the stadium, and you can usually meet the
players after a match. Not at the stadium, but recommended is the Balkan
Grill, run by former player Zoran Culafic. || The Net
Apparently, there is no official site. But luckily, a very nice page by
Alex Schmidt, www.efcstahl.de
should give you decent info.
In 2004, www.rettet-den-efc.de , a "Save EFC!" website popped up, soliciting donations to keep the club afloat. They had only raised some 400 euros by mid 2004, but hopefully things will get better.
1965-66 (**) DDR-Liga, St. Nord 5th
1966-67 (**) DDR-Liga, St. Nord 4th
1967-68 (**) DDR-Liga, St. Nord 3rd
1968-69 (**) DDR-Liga, St. Nord 1st
1969-70 (*) DDR-Oberliga 14th
1970-71 (***) Bezirksliga Frankfurt 1st had got dumped for being non-socialist
1971-72 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 2nd
1972-73 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 4th
1973-74 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 2nd
1974-75 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 3rd
1975-76 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 2nd
1976-77 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 2nd
1977-78 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 6th
1978-79 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 2nd
1979-80 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 7th
1980-81 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 6th
1981-82 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 7th
1982-83 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 4th
1983-84 (**) DDR-Liga, St. B 3rd
1984-85 (**) DDR-Liga, St. A 2nd
1985-86 (**) DDR-Liga, St. A 10th
1986-87 (**) DDR-Liga, St. A 7th
1987-88 (**) DDR-Liga, St. A 15th
1988-89 (**) DDR-Liga, St. A 1st
1989-90 (*) DDR-Oberliga 12th
1990-91 (*) NOFV-Oberliga Nordost 9th
1991-92 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost 6th
1992-93 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost 3rd
1993-94 (III) Am.Oberliga Nordost 2nd
1995-96 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 14th
1996-97 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 8th
1997-98 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 3rd
1998-99 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 17th
1999-00 (III) Regionalliga Nordost 12th
2000-01 (IV) Oberliga NOFV-Nord 9th
2002-03 (IV) Oberliga NOFV-Nord 5th
2003-04 (IV) Oberliga NOFV-Nord 11th
2004-05 (IV) Oberliga NOFV-Nord xx withdrawn (insolvency)
2005-06 (V) Verbandsliga Brandenburg 14th
2006-07 (V) Verbandsliga Brandenburg 16th
2007-08 (VI) Landesliga Brandenburg-Süd
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