Stahl Riesa

A club from a medium sized town that suffered the fate of many eastern teams and went belly-up.

The soccer tradition in Riesa is fairly strong. In 1903, SC Riesa was founded, renamed to Riesaer SV two years later. Success was modest during the Weimar Republic years, but by the 1940s, RSV established itself in the relatively strong Gauliga Sachsen. Like all sports clubs, RSV was banned with the collapse of the Third Reich.

SG Riesa would be the successor to Riesaer SV, and was started in late 1945. In 1948, the club became affiliated with the steelworkers, eventually becoming BSG Stahl Riesa. This remained until almost the end of the GDR. After die Wende, there was about a decade when the club tried to claim it's pre-GDR past and played as Riesaer SV. This lasted until the new milenium, when it reverted to Stahl. However the decline of the region economically reflected itself in the collapse of club finances as well, and attendance levels that had been as high as 10,000 average (in 1975) dropped to around 1,000 by 2001. Despite attempts to stay afloat by essentially swallowing up other local clubs, Riesaer SV Blau-Weiß (1995) and SC Riesa-Röderau (the old Chemie Riesa, 1999), things went from bad to worse.

The club officially died June 30, 2003. The financial problems could not be overcome, and the club was wound up. Some of the players and coaches decided to remain, and members founded a new club Traditions SportVerein Stahl Riesa, which would start over in the 2. Kreisklasse (9th division).

Full Name Fußballclub Stahl Riesa '98 e.V.
City Riesa (Sachsen). Pop: 36,140 (2007)
Between Leipzig and Dresden, population was over 50,000 in the 1980s.
Address Merzdorfer Str. 31a, 01591 Riesa
Phone: 03525/872323
Colors Red jersey, black shorts/socks (old Stahl). New colors are blue-white
Stadium Nudelarena. Capacity: about 5,000
Originally built in 1954, this park was originally known as "Stadion Am Merzdorfer Park". The facility was in disrepair when acquired in 2004, but the club has been renovating and it should be ready sometime in the 2005/06 season. During the GDR years, Stahl played at the Stadion der Stahlwerker Ernst Grube. Capacity: 14,000
Supporters Expectation is around 500 per match for 2005/06.
Friends Erzgebirge Aue
Foes City rivals SC Riesa, Dynamo Dresden.
Heroes Lothar Kurbjuweit was a fine player for Riesa, Jena and the GDR (66 caps, 1970-81). Ulf Kirsten got his start in Riesa, and went on to fame with Dresden and Leverkusen, along with a combined 100 internationals for the GDR and combined Germany. The pre-GDR Riesaer SV had Willi Arlt (11 caps, 1939-42)
Beer Reudnitzer is available in the stadium. Some fans have a preference for Becks.
Pub Grub The usual sausages on rolls. For big matches often some pasta dishes are available.
The Net
Official site (new club):
Also useful is the main fan page, , which has links to other sites and the fan-forum.

Recent History:

		BSG Stahl Riesa

1963-64	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. Süd	7th
1964-65	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. Süd	6th
1965-66	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. Süd	7th
1966-67	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. Süd	2nd
1967-68	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. Süd	1st
1968-69	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1969-70	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1970-71	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1971-72	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1972-73 (**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		2nd
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1974-75	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1975-76	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1976-77	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1977-78	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. E		1st
1978-79	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1979-80	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1980-81	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1981-82	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		1st
1982-83	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		1st
1983-84	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1984-85	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1985-86	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1986-87	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1987-88	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		14th
1988-89	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		1th
1989-90	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		3rd

		FC Stahl Riesa

1990-91	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		11th

		Riesaer SV

1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Süd		12th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Süd		16th
1993-94	(IV)	Landesliga Sachsen		2nd
1994-95	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		7th
1995-96	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		9th
1996-97	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		3rd
1997-98	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		2nd
1998-99	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		3rd
1999-00	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		1st

		FC Stahl Riesa

2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Süd		8th
2001-02 (IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Süd		x	administration, results annulled
2002-03	(V)	Landesliga Sachsen		16th	bankruptcy

		TSV Stahl Riesa

2003-04	(X)	2.Kreisklasse Riesa-Großenhain	1st
2004-05	(IX)	1.Kreisklasse Riesa-Großenhain	1st
2005-06	(VIII)	Kreisliga A Riesa-Großenhain	1st
2006-07	(VII)	Bezirksklasse Dresden-4		4th
2007-08	(VII)	Bezirksklasse Dresden-4

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: