Hallescher FC

During the GDR years, this was the primary soccer club of Halle. It was best known as Chemie Halle. After die Wende, it was renamed as Hallesche FC, and started out in the 2.Liga. However, it started a long downfall, eventually reaching the 5th division.

The club was basically founded during the Soviet occupation and came to life as 1948 SG Freiimfelde Halle. A year later it was renamed to ZSG Union Halle, and they celebrated by winning the eastern zone championship. They repeated the feat in 1952. The Commies liked changing things, so the next year, they had a new name BSG Turbine Halle, which lasted 4 years, when it became SC Chemie Halle-Leuna. In 1958, they jettisoned Leuna...

In 1966, all across the GDR, soccer clubs were then seperated from combined sports clubs, with another corresponding name change. This time they were known as FC Chemie Halle, and were a fixture in the DDR-Oberliga, usually around midtable. The current name was chosen in 1991. After a short stay in the 2.Liga and maintaining itself in the 3rd level Oberliga, things started going downhill.

In 1997, politics entered the fray as well. The CDU sponsored an effort to get the stadium renamed by digging up dirt on the individual after whom the stadium was named. It was voted down by rival parties. A week later the most tragic event in club history happened. Prior to the local derby with VfL, a prematch parachute jump to deliver the game ball turned into a disaster. The parachute failed to open, and the diver crashed into the crowd, killing himself and 3 other fans.

Fullname Hallescher Fußball-Club e.V.
City Halle (Sachsen-Anhalt). Pop: 243,000 (2002)
Address Kantstraße, 06110 Halle (Saale)
Phone: (0345) 4 44 12 93, Fax: (0345) 4 44 16 16
E-mail: club@HallescherFC.de
Colors Red jersies, white shorts
Nickname Chemie
Stadium Kurt-Wabbel-Stadion Capacity: 24,000
Built in 1936. Wabbel was a communist resistance member who died in a Nazi KZ in 1944. Ironically, the stadium was known as the "Horst-Wessel-Stadion" after the SA-leader during Nazi days. The sculptures of workers at the stadium were also constructed in this era.
Tickets Very reasonable. 2004: 5-7 euros
Supporters Averaged 2,048 in 2004 (Oberliga). There are some 40 fan clubs, many listed on the HFC web site. Some, like the Alte Kamaraden have their own web pages. Generally speaking, HFC is more popular than rival VfL, although in recent years it has had less success.
Friends VfB Leipzig.
Foes Obviously city rival VfL Halle. In 2000, a deranged proposal to "fusion" VfL and HFC was sensibly voted down by both memberships. 1.FC Magdeburg is another rival.
Beer Köthener
Grub and Pub
The Net The official site is open for business at www.hallescherfc.de

		HFC Chemie Halle

1965-66 (*)	DDR Oberliga			11th
1966-67 (*)	DDR Oberliga			11th
1967-68 (*)	DDR Oberliga			10th
1968-69 (*)	DDR Oberliga			11th
1969-70 (*)	DDR Oberliga			10th
1970-71 (*)	DDR Oberliga			3rd
1971-72 (*)	DDR Oberliga			6th
1972-73 (*)	DDR Oberliga			14th
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Liga, Staffel C		1st
1974-75 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			11th
1975-76 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			8th
1976-77 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			7th
1977-78 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			6th
1978-79 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			6th
1979-80 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			7th
1980-81 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			8th
1981-82 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			11th
1982-83 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			11th
1983-84 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			14th
1984-85 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel B		2nd
1985-86 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel B 		2nd
1986-87 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel B		1st
1987-88 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			5th
1988-89 (*)	DDR-Oberliga			9th
1989-90	(*)	DDR-Oberliga 			9th
1990-91	(*)	NOFV-Oberliga Nordost		4th

		Hallescher FC

1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Sud		11th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost		2nd
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost		8th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost		16th
1995-96 (V)	Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt	7th
1996-97 (V)	Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt	1st
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost/Sud		13th
1998-99	(V)	Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt	2nd
1999-00	(V)	Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt	1st
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		10th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		7th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		5th
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		4th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		4th
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		4th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		7th
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd		1st		
2008-09 (IV)    Regionalliga Nord		2nd
2009-10 (IV)    Regionalliga Nord		4th
2010-11 (IV)    Regionalliga Nord

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