FSV Zwickau

Founded in 1991, after die Wende, but it's roots are of a standard GDR club. In 1948, it started out as BSG Horch, but was changed in 1950 to BSG Motor. At this time they actually won the GDR championship, although these were less formally organized years. In 1969, it took the name Sachsenring, which apparently was an auto factory, makers of the infamous Trabant.

Results in the DDR-Oberliga were modest. A good season meant a mid-table finish, other years were a tight battle against relegation. They did manage to win the GDR-Cup in 1975. After legendary keeper Jürgen Croy hung up his boots in the 1980s, things got worse, and Zwickau started bouncing up and down.

After reunification, things actually started to get better. The successes were modest, but they did have a decent run one year in the 2.Liga - and lasted four years. Although FSV was going down, there was some hope that they could establish themselves as a regional force and soon pop back up.

The 1998-99 campaign was fairly decent, as they were near the top of the table for most of the season. What followed was an unbelievable collapse, as in the critical combined Regionalliga qualifying year they finished dead last. Financial difficulties, like almost all eastern clubs, continue to weigh heavily. Results on the field refelected the economic problems, and by 2005, Zwickau was relegated down to the 5th diivsion, the lowest level in club history.

Fullname Fußball-Sport-Verein Zwickau e.V.
City Zwickau (Sachsen). Pop: 102,000 (2002).
Address Geinitzstraße 22, 08056 Zwickau.
Phone: (0375) 350090. Fax: (0375) 282944
Colors Red and White.
Nickname Die Schwäne (The Swans)
Stadium Westsachsenstadion. Capacity: 14,000 (11,000 seats)
Construction started in 1937, but final completion in was in 1951, with a capacity of 35,000. During GDR days, it was known as Georgi-Dimitroff-Stadion.
Tickets General admission, 7 euros (2004). Readily available. Like many stadiums, there is a seperate entrance for visiting fans.
Supporters Averaged 797 in 2004 (Oberliga). Usually under 10,000 during GDR and 5-6,000 in 2.Liga.
Foes Erzgebirge Aue.
Heroes 9 GDR internationals. The best player was Jürgen Croy, the long time GDR goalkeeper (94 caps), one of the world's best, who probably would have been world famous if he had played in the west. Normally a player like Croy would have been forced to transfer to a stronger team, but he convinced the bureaucrats that as a keeper, he got better practice playing for a weaker club.
Beer Wernesgrüner-Pils and the famed Köstritzer Schwarzbier are popular. Light Bier from the local Mauritius Brewery was made especially for FSV, however generally other Mauritius brews are preferred. (Pilsener, Urtyp, Schwarzes Gold, Bock, etc.)
Grub and Pub Aside from the Light beer and sodas, there is the usual array of sausages available. There is also a mobile Bockwurst seller that provides "Bockwursts for Peace". The Gaststätte am Stadion supposedly has decent food.
The Net Official site: www.fsv-zwickau.de
Apparently in November 2004 the club board ordered the "fan-forum" closed due to criticism, and the staff of the website resigned in protest. Remains to be seen what happens. Among other sites worth checking out are The Fan Project site, www.fanprojekt-zwickau.de . Another useful fan-site is www.zwickau2000.de/fsv/index.html. Ralf Strobelt maintains a nice fan page, www.fsv-fan.de

Recent History:
		BSG Sachsenring Zwickau

1967-68	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1968-69	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		5th
1969-70	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		5th
1970-71	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1971-72	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1972-73	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		8th
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		8th
1974-75	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1975-76	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1976-77	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		8th
1977-78	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1978-79	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1979-80	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		8th
1980-81	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1981-82	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1982-83	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		14th
1983-84	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. D		1st
1984-85	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		1st
1985-86	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		14th
1986-87	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		2nd
1987-88	(**)	DDR-Liga, St. B		1st
1988-89	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th

		FSV Zwickau

1989-90	(**)	NOFV-Liga, St. B	4th
1990-91	(**)	NOFV-Liga, St. B	1st
1991-92	(III)	Oberliga Nordost-Sud	1st	
1992-93	(III)	Oberliga Nordost-Sud	5th
1993-94	(III)	Oberliga Nordost-Sud	1st
1994-95	(II)	2.Bundesliga		16th
1995-96	(II)	2.Bundesliga		5th
1996-97	(II)	2.Bundesliga		14th
1997-98	(II)	2.Bundesliga		17th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	4th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	18th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	4th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	6th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	6th
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	8th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	14th
2005-06 (VI)	Landesliga Sachsen
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	9th
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Süd	

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