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FC Erzgebirge Aue
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Full name Fussball Club Erzgebirge Aue e. V.
Nickname(s) Veilchen (Violets)
Founded 4 March 1946
Ground Erzgebirgsstadion, Aue
(Capacity: 16,350)
Chairman Germany Uwe Leonhardt
Manager Rico Schmitt
League 3rd Liga
2007–08 2. Bundesliga, 16th (relegated)
Home colours
Away colours

The FC Erzgebirge Aue is a German football club based in Aue, Saxony. The former East German side was a charter member of the 3. Liga in 2008–09, after being relegated from the 2. Bundesliga in 2007–08. The city of Aue has a population of about 18,000 making it one of the smallest cities to ever host a club playing at the second highest level of German football. However, the team attracts supporters from a larger urban area that includes Chemnitz and Zwickau, whose own football sides are among Aue's traditional rivals.

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History

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East Germany's dominant side

The club was founded as SG Aue in 1945 and on 1 November 1948 became BSG Pneumatik Aue under the sponsorship of the local construction tool works. Changes in sponsorship led to a change in name to Zentra Wismut Aue in 1949 and then simply to SC Wismut Aue in 1951.[1]

Historical logo of Wismut Aue.

The club performed well, advancing through third and second tier play to the DDR-Oberliga in 1951. BSG finished as national vice-champions in 1953 losing in a final to Dynamo Dresden by a score of 2-3.

In 1954 the East German government decided that the nearby city of Chemnitz – recently renamed Karl Marx Stadt – deserved a quality team and so, while the team was never relocated, it was renamed SC Wismut Karl Marx Stadt. It was during this time that the club became dominant in East German football. It captured the 1955 East German Cup and followed this up with four national titles in 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1959. It also played for the 1959 East German Cup, but lost 2-3 in a rematch versus Dynamo Berlin after the clubs had drawn 0-0 in the first game. Those successes led to Aue's participation in the European Clubs' Champions Cup in 1958, 1959 and 1961.

With the DDR-Oberliga to the end

In 1963 Karl Marx Stadt got its own team and Aue's squad recovered its identity as BSG Wismut Aue. The club continued to enjoy modest success by staying up in the top-tier DDR-Oberliga, and although it did not win another championship, it holds the record for the most games played by any team in that league. Aue sits 4th on the all-time DDR-Oberliga list and over the course of thirty-eight years played more games (1019 matches) than any other East German side. Just behind them, 6th place Rot-Weiss Erfurt played 1001 matches.

Aue also played in the UEFA Cup tournament in 1985 and 1988, going out in the first round against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in their first appearance and in second round against Albanian side KS Flamurtari Vlorë in their second. After German reunification in 1990 the club was renamed FC Wismut Aue before taking on its current name, FC Erzgebirge Aue in 1993. The name “Erzgebirge", Ore Mountains in English, recognizes that the club's home is located in the western part of these mountains.

Play in united Germany

In the combined football leagues of the newly united Germany, Aue began play in the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (III). With the establishment of the Regionalliga Nordost (III) in 1994, the club qualified for the new league. The club was moved to the Regionalliga Nord in 2000, and after a surprising league title there in 2003 it advanced to the 2nd Bundesliga where it has so far delivered very respectable mid-table performances.

Aue made its first appearance in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) tournament in 1992 and since 2001 has been a regular participant there. They have only managed to make it into the second round on two occasions.

Wismut Aue II

The second team side of Wismut Aue played in the DDR-Liga (II) through the first half of the 1970s and had a single season turn there in 1985-86. They also made more than a half dozen appearances in the early rounds of FDGB Pokal (East German Cup) play between 1968 and 1991.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999–2000 Regionalliga Nordost (III) 3rd
2000–01 Regionalliga Nord (III) 7th
2001–02 Regionalliga Nord 9th
2002–03 Regionalliga Nord 1st (promoted)
2003–04 2. Bundesliga (II) 8th
2004–05 2. Bundesliga 7th
2005–06 2. Bundesliga 7th
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 10th
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 16th (relegated)
2008–09 3. Liga (III) 12th

Current squad

As of 29 July 2009 (2009 -07-29)

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Martin Männel
2 Germany DF Pierre le Beau
3 Poland DF Tomasz Kos (captain)
4 Germany DF Thomas Paulus
6 Germany MF Daniyel Cimen
7 Germany MF Thomas Birk
8 Germany FW Sebastian Glasner
9 Tunisia FW Najeh Braham
11 Germany FW Manuel Hiemer
13 Germany DF Sven Müller
14 Albania FW Skerdilaid Curri
16 Germany MF Nico Klotz
No.   Position Player
17 Germany MF Jan Hochscheidt
18 Germany DF Sven Schaffrath
19 Germany MF Patrick Sonntag
20 Ghana FW Eric Agyemang
22 Germany FW Marc Hensel
23 Germany DF Marco Stark
25 Germany MF Joern Wemmer
26 Germany GK Stephan Flauder
27 Ghana MF Bashiru Gambo
28 Kosovo MF Alban Ramaj
30 Bulgaria GK Russi Petkov
31 Republic of Macedonia MF Ivan Ristovski

Honours

Notable players

Internationals

 East Germany internationals
  • Erhard Bauer – 3 caps (1954)
  • Dieter Erler – 47 caps (1959–1968; 25 LS for Aue)
  • Horst Freitag – 1 cap (1957)
  • Manfred Kaiser – 31 caps (1955–1964)
  • Bernhard Konik – 1 cap (1984)
  • Steffen Krauß – 2 caps (1985)
  • Willi Marquardt – 1 cap (1956; for Rotation Babelsberg)
  • Harald Mothes – 1 cap (1984)
  • Bringfried Müller – 18 caps (1955–1960)
  • Klaus Thiele – 4 caps (1958–1959)
  • Willy Tröger – 15 caps (1954–1959)
  • Konrad Wagner – 4 caps (1959–1963)
  • Jörg Weißflog – 15 caps (1984–1989)
  • Karl Wolf – 10 caps (1954–1957)
  • Siegfried Wolf – 17 caps (1955–1959)
Other national teams

Others

  • John Bemme (1986–1992)
  • Sven Beuckert (1994–2000)
  • Ulrich Ebert (1971–1984)
  • Uwe Ehlers (2005–2007)
  • Ernst Einsiedel (1961–1975)
  • Holger Erler (1970–1985)
  • Jürgen Escher (1971–1985)
  • Armin Günther (1946–1958)
  • Jörg Hahnel (2000-2006)
  • Holger Hasse (1995–2002 und 2004–2005)
  • Matthias Heidrich (2000–2005)
  • Enrico Kern (1998)
  • Sven Köhler (1996)
  • Ralf Kraft (1978–1986)
  • Harro Miller (1964–1969)
  • Stefan Persigehl (1990–1991)
  • Dietmar Pohl (1962–1975)
  • Mirko Reichel (1989–1994)
  • Heinz Satrapa (1953–1956)
  • Konrad Schaller (1965–1978)
  • Volker Schmidt (1980–1994)

Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt in European competitions

Season Competition Round Nation Club Score
1957–58 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1/16 Poland Gwardia Warszawa 1-3, 3-1, 1-1
1/8 Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam 1-3, 0-1
1958–59 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1/16 Romania Petrolul Ploiesti 4-2, 0-2, 4-0
1/8 Sweden IFK Göteborg 2-2, 4-0
1/4 Switzerland Young Boys Bern 2-2, 0-0, 1-2
1960–61 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1/16 Northern Ireland Glenavon FC walkover
1/8 Austria SK Rapid Wien 1-3, 2-0, 0-1

as Wismut Aue

Season Competition Round Nation Club Score
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1/32 Soviet Union FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-3, 1-2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1/32 Iceland Valur 0-0, 1-1
1/16 Albania KS Flamurtari Vlorë 1-0, 0-2

External links

References

  1. ^ *Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9

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