FC Sachsen Leipzig

The club's roots go back to 1899, when it was founded as Britannia Leipzig. In 1919, it merged with Hertha of become Leipziger Sportverein. in 1938 it merged with 6 year old Tura to become Tura 1899.

After WWII, the GDR authorities reconstituted the club as BSG Chemie. Success was modest, although they did manage to win a couple of GDR titles in the early 1950s. Oddly enough, during this period, the club was known as SC Lokomotiv. (However, this should not be confused with their bitter rivals, who would be known as 1.FC Lokomotiv Leipzig (later VfB Leipzig). During this period that club was known as SC Rotation.) The Chemie name remained until 1990, when it became FC Grün-Weiß. It kept that name for only a couple of months, when it merged with FSV Böhlen to form the current club. They've struggled in the shadow of the more popular VfB Leipzig.

In the first season as BSG Chemie, they ended up winning the GDR title in 1951. Oddly enough, the affiliation was changed in 1955, and the club became SC Lokomotive. Results were then generally average, and then in 1963, the club became BSG Chemie again. The result? Another GDR title, in 1964. However, that would be the high point, as things started going downhill. For the remainder of the GDR leagues, Chemie bounced up and down between the 1st and 2nd divisions.

Upon reunification, Sachsen had a few decent results, but financial difficulties began to make things difficult.

1998-99 was a disaster. After several half-way decent years in the RNO, Sachsen was faced with a relegation battle. They were finally able to pull it out, but only because other teams were crappier. That makes the next season turnaround even more of a surprise, as Sachsen not only surprised by qualifying for the new combined liga, but became the top team in Leipzig, as rivals VfB failed to make the cut. The first season in the new liga proved to be difficult, but Sachsen managed to squeak into 14th place, saving their butts. However, the DFB played a cruel joke, and denied them a 3rd division license, and Sachsen was forcibly relegated.

In 2008, Sachsen defeated NOFV-Nord squad Greifswalder SV in a playoff to qualify for the new Regionalliga Nord. However, the club continued to suffer financial problems. The taxman was owed some 100,000 euros, and Sachsen was unable to pay. As a result, the club will be forced into insolvency and administration, which carries automatic relegation.

Fullname Fußball-Club Sachsen Leipzig 1990 e.V.
City Leipzig (Sachsen). Pop: 493,000 (2002)
Address Am Sportpark 2, 04179 Leipzig
Phone: (0341) 453330
Colors White shirts, green trim, green shorts, green socks.
Stadium Zentralstadion. Capacity: 45,000
This stadium was completely refurbished and re-opened for business in March 2004. Previously, Sachsen had used the Alfred-Kunze-Stadion. Capacity: 18,000 (3,600 seats)
Tickets 6-18 euros (2004).
Supporters Averaged 7,500 in 2004 (Regionalliga). Small band. Sachsen is no.2 behind VfB in city support.
Foes Obviously city rival VfB Leipzig.
Heroes 12 GDR internationals.
Beer Ur-Krostitzer is a sponsor.
Pub Grub
The Net Official page: www.fc-sachsen.de
A good fan page is maintained by Ralf Kaiser at www.fc-sachsen-fanpage.net , which is more informative than the official page.

Recent History:

		BSG Chemie Leipzig

1963-64	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		1st
1964-65	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		3rd
1965-66	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		8th
1966-67	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1967-68	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1968-69	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1969-70	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		4th
1970-71	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		17th
1971-72	(**)	DDR-Liga		1st
1972-73	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1974-75	(**)	DDR-Liga		1st
1975-76	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1976-77	(**)	DDR-Liga		1st
1977-78	(**)	DDR-Liga		1st
1978-79	(**)	DDR-Liga		1st
1979-80	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		14th
1980-81	(**)	DDR-Liga		3rd
1981-82	(**)	DDR-Liga		4th
1982-83	(**)	DDR-Liga		1st
1983-84	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1984-85	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1985-86	(**)	DDR-Liga		3rd
1986-87	(**)	DDR-Liga		10th
1987-88	(**)	DDR-Liga		6th
1988-89	(**)	DDR-Liga		6th
1989-90	(**)	DDR-Liga		2nd

		FC Sachsen Leipzig

1990-91	(*)	NOFV Oberliga		12th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Süd	5th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Süd	1st
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Süd	4th
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	2nd
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	6th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	9th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	4th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	14th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	6th
2000-01	(III) 	Regionalliga Nord	14th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	5th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	1st
2003-04	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	17th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	3rd
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	3rd
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	4th
2007-08 (IV)    Oberliga NOFV-Süd	4th
2008-09 (IV)    Regionalliga Nord	17th

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