FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt

Rot-Weiss was founded in 1966 through a merger of Fortuna, KWU and Turbine clubs. The orginal Erfurt club was SC Erfurt, but it was not restarted after WWII. Turbine was considered one of the stronger teams in the eastern zone immediately after the war, winning the title in 1954 and 1955. When soccer was reorganized in 1965, Turbine oddly became one of the few clubs in the GDR not to have some type of "socialist" name. Instead, they became known as FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt. Generally, they were a midtable club in the DDR-Oberliga.

After reunification, Erfurt was able to do well in the new Oberliga Nordost, and on that basis, was seeded into the 2.Bundesliga, but dropped immediately. From then on, they were a fixture in the eastern 3rd division.

Erfurt was never in the running in 1998-99, and needed to regroup to see if they could challenge next season. In a hard fought campaign, they managed to gain a playoff spot and subsequently qualified for the new combined Regionalliga. There was somewhat of a disappointment in that Erfurt was seeded in the south group, removing some of the natural rivalries with other ex-GDR clubs. The season started out decently, but soon collapsed. Erfurt was only spared relegation due to finanicial problems of some other squads. Suprisingly, they seemed to solidify over the next couple of seasons, and maintain their 3rd division status. Although the on-field success in 2003/04 was strong early on, financial difficulties reared their head.

Fullname Fussball-Club Rot-Weiss Erfurt e.V.
City Erfurt (Thüringen). Pop: 200,000 (2002).
Address Arnstädter Straße 55, 99096 Erfurt
Phone: (0361) 3459259 Fax: (0361) 3459258
e-mail: info@rot-weiss-erfurt.de
Colors Surprise! Red and white...
Stadium Steigerwaldstadion. Capacity: 22,000. Initial construction started in 1927, and it was opened in 1931. Floodlights were put in 1970, and in 1994 a new Tribune was finished. During the GDR days, it was known as the Georgi-Dimitroff-Stadion.
Tickets Very reasonable prices, with standing room priced at 6 euros, and seats from DM 7.50-15 euros (2004). VIP cards are available for 55-65 euros. Plenty of capacity for walkup purchases.
Heroes 14 GDR internationals, the best known being Rüdiger Schnuphase (45 caps, 1973-83, also with Jena).
Beer Braugold, www.braugold.de , is a sponsor.
Pub Grub
The Net The official page is www.rot-weiss-erfurt.de

Recent History:

1965-66	(*)	DDR Oberliga		13th
1966-67	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. Sud	1st
1967-68	(*)	DDR Oberliga		9th
1968-69	(*)	DDR Oberliga		8th
1969-70	(*)	DDR Oberliga		9th
1970-71	(*)	DDR Oberliga		13th
1971-72	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. E		1st
1972-73	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1974-75	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1975-76	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1976-77	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1977-78	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1978-79	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1979-80	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1980-81	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1981-82	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1982-83	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		5th
1983-84	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1984-85	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1985-86	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1986-87	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1987-88	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1988-89	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1989-90	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1990-91	(*)	NOFV-Oberliga Nordost	3rd
1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Sud	12th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost/S	3rd
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost/S	2nd
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	5th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	7th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	3rd
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	5th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	10th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	7th
2000-01	(III)	Regionalliga Sud	15th
2001-02	(III)	Regionalliga Sud	5th
2002-03	(III)	Regionalliga Sud	9th
2003-04	(III)	Regionalliga Sud	2nd
2004-05	(II)	2.Bundesliga		18th
2005-06	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	14th
2006-07	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	11th
2007-08 (III)   Regionalliga Nord	7th
2008-09 (III)   3.Liga			10th
2009-10 (III)   3.Liga			9th
2010-11 (III)   3.Liga			5th
2011-12 (III)   3.Liga

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