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.
Fußball-Sport-Verein Zwickau e.V.
Zwickau (Sachsen). Pop: 102,000
Geinitzstraße 22, 08056 Zwickau. |
Phone: (0375) 350090. Fax: (0375) 282944
Red and White.
Die Schwäne (The Swans)
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.
General admission, 7 euros (2004). Readily available. Like many stadiums,
there is a seperate entrance for
Averaged 797 in 2004 (Oberliga). Usually under 10,000 during GDR and
5-6,000 in 2.Liga.
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.
and the famed
Schwarzbier are popular.
Light Bier from the local Mauritius Brewery was made
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
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