1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig

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1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
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Full name1. Fußballclub Lokomotive Leipzig e.V.
Founded11 November 1893;128 years ago (1893-11-11) as SC Sportbrüder Leipzig
20 January 1966;56 years ago (1966-01-20) as 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
10 December 2003;18 years ago (2003-12-10) is refounded as 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Ground Bruno-Plache-Stadion
ChairmanThomas Löwe
Coach Almedin Civa
League Regionalliga Nordost (IV)
2020–21 7th
Website Club website
The various names and forms of 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig. VfB Lok Leipzig Stammbaum.jpg
The various names and forms of 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig.

1. Fußballclub Lokomotive Leipzig e.V. is a German football club based in the locality of Probstheida in the Südost borough of Leipzig, Saxony. The club may be more familiar to many of the country's football fans as the historic side VfB Leipzig the first national champion of Germany. It has also been known as SC Leipzig. The club won five titles in FDGB-Pokal and the 1965–66 Intertoto Cup during the East German era. It also finished runner-up in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup. 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig was renamed VfB Leipzig after German re-unification and managed to qualify for the Bundesliga in 1993. However, like many clubs of the former DDR-Oberliga, VfB Leipzig faced hard times in re-unified Germany and a steady decline soon followed. 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig was refounded in 2003 and has reclimbed through divisions since then. The team competes in the fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost as of 2021. The 1. in front of the club's name indicates that it was the first to be founded in the city.



1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig claims to be the successor to the VfB Leipzig and SC Sportbrüder Leipzig established in 1896 and 1893 respectively, and to be, therefore, one of the oldest clubs of the German Football Association. However, they are not nominally successors. In 2018, 1. FC Lokomotive announced a merger with the formally extant, but bankrupt and dormant VfB Leipzig, in order to be entitled to the forerunner's titles. [1] Due to the significant breaks and turmoils in the club history, especially during the post-World War II era, many fans identify 1966 as the year of establishment rather than 1893.

VfB Leipzig (1893–1946)

The club was formed as VfB Leipzig on 13 May 1896 out of the football department of gymnastics club Allgemeine Turnverein 1845 Leipzig. However, the club lay claim to an earlier date of origin by reaching back to a club that was merged with VfB Leipzig in 1898, the SC Sportbrüder Leipzig, which was one of four football clubs formed in Leipzig in 1893.

Following the merger with SC Sportbrüder Leipzig, the club competed under the name VfB Sportbrüder 1893 Leipzig. VfB Sportbrüder 1893 Leipzig was one of the original 86 teams that came together in the city on 28 January 1900 to form the German Football Association (DFB). From 2 May 1900, the Sportbrüder 1893 part of the name was dropped and the team became again known as VfB Leipzig.

The team that won the first German league championship in 1903. German Football Champion 1903.jpg
The team that won the first German league championship in 1903.
Eintritts-Karte Fussballwettspiel um die Meisterschaft von Deutschland Pfingstsonntag, 31. Mai 1903 Nachm. 4 Uhr Exerzierplatz Altona VfB Leipzig 1903.jpg
Eintritts-Karte Fussballwettspiel um die Meisterschaft von Deutschland Pfingstsonntag, 31. Mai 1903 Nachm. 4 Uhr Exerzierplatz Altona

VfB Leipzig were immediately successful at their chosen sport and made their way to the first German national championship final held in 1903. Their opponents were DFC Prag, a German-Jewish side from Prague, which was then part of Austria-Hungary. The DFB had invited "German" clubs of this sort from other countries in order to boost numbers in their new national association.

DFC Prag had made their way to the final under circumstances that had allowed them to avoid playing a single playoff match, while VfB Leipzig had come through some hard-fought matches. Arriving in Hamburg for the match, the heavily favoured Pragers took themselves off on an ill-advised pub crawl the night before the contest and so arrived to the pitch in less than ideal match-shape. The contest against was delayed half an hour as officials scrambled to find a football that was in good condition. The host, FC 93 Altona Hamburg, provided a new ball and 11 minutes in, DFC Prag scored the first goal. At the end of the first half, the score stood at 1–1, but VfB Leipzig then pulled away to emerge as the first winners of the Viktoria Meisterschaftstrophäe ("Victoria Championship Trophy"), representative of German football supremacy, on the strength of a decisive 7–2 victory.

VfB Leipzig played themselves into another final appearance in 1904, but the match was never contested. A protest by FV Karlsruhe over their disputed semi-final with Britannia Berlin was never resolved and the DFB called off the final only hours before its scheduled start. There would be no champion that year. The following season, VfB Leipzig found themselves unable to cover the expense of travelling to participate in their scheduled first-round playoff match and so were eliminated from that year's competition. However, they did go on to raise the Viktoria again in 1906 and 1913 and also played in the 1911 and 1914 finals.

In the period leading up to World War II, VfB Leipzig was unable to repeat their early success. Gyula Kertész coached the side from 1932-33. [2]

After the re-organization of German football leagues under the Third Reich in 1933, the club found itself in Gauliga Sachsen, 1 of 16 upper-tier divisions. While they earned strong results within their own division, they were unable to advance in the playoff rounds. In 1937, they captured the Tschammerpokal, known today as the DFB-Pokal, in a match against Schalke 04, the dominant side of the era.

Post-war turmoil

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Historical chart of Lokomotive Leipzig league performance
1. Lok Leipzig team photo, 23 August 1983. Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0823-305, Mannschaftsfoto 1. FC Lok Leipzig.jpg
1. Lok Leipzig team photo, 23 August 1983.

The club, like most other organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs, was dissolved by the occupying Allied authorities in the aftermath of the war. Club members reconstituted the team in 1946 as SG Probstheida under the auspices of the occupying Soviets. After playing as BSG Erich Zeigner Probstheida and then BSG Einheit Ost, the club merged with sports club SC Rotation Leipzig in 1954 and played in the DDR-Oberliga, East Germany's top-flight league, but earned only mediocre results. In 1963, the city of Leipzig's two most important sports clubs – SC Rotation and SC Lokomotive Leipzig – were merged, resulting in two new sides being founded: SC Leipzig and BSG Chemie Leipzig.

1. FC Lokomotive (1966–1990)

East German football went through a general re-organization in 1965, creating football clubs as centres of high-level football, during which the football department of SC Leipzig was separated from the sports club and reformed into football club 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig, while rivals Chemie Leipzig continued as a Betriebssportgemeinschaft (BSG), or a corporate team. Like most East German clubs, it was assigned to a publicly owned enterprise as its "sponsor". In the case of Lokomotive, the providing enterprise was Deutsche Reichsbahn—the East German state railways—hence the name. The club's fortunes improved somewhat as they almost always finished well up the league table, but they were unable to capture the top honour in the DDR (German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik or German Democratic Republic) with losing final appearances in 1967, 1986, and 1988.

Lok earned a clutch of East German Cups (FDGB Pokal) with victories in 1976, 1981, 1986 and 1987 against failed appearances in the Cup final in 1970, 1973 and 1977. They also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1966 and made an appearance in the 1987 final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, falling 0–1 to Johan Cruyff's Ajax after a Marco van Basten goal.

VfB Leipzig (1991–2004)

The re-unification in 1990 was followed by the merger of the football leagues of the two Germanies [3] a year later. A poor season led to a seventh-place finish in the transitional league, but an unexpectedly strong playoff propelled the club into the 2. Bundesliga.

1. FC Lokomotive made a grasp at their former glory by re-claiming the name VfB Leipzig. A third-place finish in 1993 advanced the team to the top-flight Bundesliga, where they finished last in the 1994 season. The new VfB began a steady slide down through the 2. Bundesliga into the Regionalliga Nordost (III) by 1998 and then further still to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (IV) by 2001. They were bankrupted in 2004, their results were annulled and the club was dissolved.

1. FC Lokomotive (since 2003–04)

In late 2003, the club was re-established by a group of fans as 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig. The renewed side had to start in the lowest league eleventh-tier 3. Kreisklasse, Staffel 2 in 2004–05. Even so, they continued to receive solidly enthusiastic fan support: their match against Eintracht Großdeuben's second team in the Leipzig Zentralstadion on 9 October 2004 broke the world record for lower-league attendance with 12,421 spectators. Thanks to a merger with SSV Torgau, the club could play in the seventh-tier Bezirksklasse Leipzig, Staffel 2 in 2005–06. Finishing this league as champions, the team qualified for the sixth-tier Bezirksliga. In 2006, 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig also played a friendly match against FC United of Manchester (4–4) and qualified for the 2006–07 Landespokal by winning the Bezirkspokal. 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig finished as champions of their group and promoted to fifth-tier Landesliga Sachsen Group for 2007–08 season. The club finished second to Erzgebirge Aue and missed out on direct promotion to NOFV-Oberliga Süd by two points in 2007–08 season. It still had the chance to regain Oberliga status through a relegation play-off with Schönberg, winning the first leg 2–1 at Schönberg. In the return leg, in front of almost 10,000 spectators, the club lost 0–1 but still gained Oberliga promotion via the away goals rule. [4]

1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig finished Oberliga in third place in 2008–09, 12th in 2009–10 and eighth in 2010–11. 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig was promoted to Regionalliga Nordost after finishing Oberliga as sixth due to reserve teams of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, Dynamo Dresden and FC Carl Zeiss Jena being ineligible for promotion. Lokomotive finished in tenth place in the 2012–13 season but were relegated to Oberliga Nordost after finishing 15th in 2013–14. [5] [6]

The club stayed in contention for promotion back up to the Regionalliga during the 2014–15 season, having hired former German international Mario Basler as director of sports in early 2015. In the final match of the season, Lok supporters stormed the field after their club had fallen behind 2–0, forcing the match to be abandoned and the club to finish outside of the promotion ranks. [7] The club finished in first place in the southern group of the NOFV-Oberliga and returned to Regionalliga Nordost for the 2016–17 season.


The club's fans share a fierce and often violent rivalry with the supporters of Chemie Leipzig. When both teams met in the quarter finals of the Sachsenpokal in 2016, German daily newspaper Die Welt called the match the "German hooligan summit". [8] An additional reason for the enmity between some fan groups (namely their ultras) is a political one. Whereas certain Chemie fan clubs express left-wing and anti-fascist political views, Lok has vocal supporters from the right and far-right of the political spectrum. [9] [10] Lok also have lesser local rivalry with RB Leipzig.

Lokomotive Leipzig in European competitions

1963–64 [lower-alpha 1] Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Flag of Hungary.svg Újpesti Dózsa 0–0, 2–3
1964–65 [lower-alpha 1] Inter-Cities Fairs Cup1R Flag of Austria.svg Wiener Sport-Club 1–2, 0–1
1965–66 [lower-alpha 1] Inter-Cities Fairs Cup2R Flag of England.svg Leeds United 1–2, 0–0
1966–67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup1R Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF 3–1, 2–1
2R Flag of Belgium (civil).svg RFC Liège 0–0, 2–1
1/8 Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 3–1, 1–2
1/4 Flag of Scotland.svg Kilmarnock 1–0, 0–2
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup1R Ulster Banner.svg Linfield 5–1, 0–1
2R Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Vojvodina 0–0, 0–2
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup1R Flag of Denmark.svg KB Walkover
2R Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian 1–3, 0–1
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Italy.svg Torino 2–1, 2–1
2R Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0, 1–4
1/8 Flag of Germany.svg Fortuna Düsseldorf 1–2, 3–0
1/4 Flag of England.svg Ipswich Town 0–1, 1–0 (4–3 a.p.)
1/2 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 1–2, 0–2
1976–77 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Flag of Scotland.svg Hearts 2–0, 1–5
1977–78UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1R Ulster Banner.svg Coleraine 4–1, 2–2
1/8 Flag of Spain.svg Real Betis 1–1, 1–2
1978–79UEFA Cup1R Flag of England.svg Arsenal 0–3, 1–4
1981–82UEFA Cup Winners' CupQ Flag of Romania.svg Politehnica Timișoara 0–2, 5–0
1R Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Swansea City 1–0, 2–1
1/8 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Velež Mostar 1–1, 1–1 ( a.e.t. )(4–1 p )
1/4 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 0–3, 2–1
1982–83UEFA Cup1R Flag of Norway.svg Viking 0–1, 3–2
1983–84UEFA Cup1R Flag of France.svg Bordeaux 3–2, 4–0
2R Flag of Germany.svg Werder Bremen 1–0, 1–1
1/8 Flag of Austria.svg Sturm Graz 0–2, 1–0
1984–85UEFA Cup1R Flag of Norway.svg Lillestrøm 7–0, 0–3
2R Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow 1–1, 0–2
1985–86UEFA Cup1R Ulster Banner.svg Coleraine 1–1, 5–0
2R Flag of Italy.svg Milan 0–2, 3–1
1986–87UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1R Ulster Banner.svg Glentoran 1–1, 2–0
1/8 Flag of Austria.svg Rapid Wien 1–1, 2–1
1/4 Flag of Switzerland.svg Sion 2–0, 0–0
1/2 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux 1–0, 0–1 (a.p.)
Final Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax 0–1
1987–88UEFA Cup Winners' Cup1R Flag of France.svg Marseille 0–0, 0–1
1988–89UEFA Cup1R Flag of Switzerland.svg Aarau 3–0, 4–0
2R Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 1–1, 0–2
  1. 1 2 3 Participated as part of sports club SC Leipzig.

European record

UEFA Cup 3215413046.88
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 251087040.00
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup [lower-alpha 1] 228410036.36
  1. Participated 1963-1966 as part of sports club SC Leipzig.




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Won by VfB Leipzig.


  1. Won by VfB Leipzig.
  2. 1 2 SC Lokomotive Leipzig.
  3. SC Leipzig.


  1. Won by SC Leipzig.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Won by VfB Leipzig.
  2. 1 2 3 Won by reserve team.


  1. 1 2 Corresponds to U19 level.
  2. 1 2 Won by SC Rotation Leipzig.
  3. Won by SC Leipzig.
  4. 1 2 Corresponds to U17 level.


BSG Leipzig-Ost

SC Rotation Leipzig

SC Leipzig

1. FC Lok Leipzig

VfB Leipzig

1. FC Lok Leipzig

Current squad

As of 10 August 2022

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

1 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Isa Dogan
2 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Eun-soo Gong
3 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Mike Eglseder
5 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER David Urban
6 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Zak Paulo Piplica
7 FW Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Bogdan Rangelov
8 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Farid Abderrahmane
9 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Osman Atilgan
13 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Djamal Ziane
15 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Linus Zimmer
17 MF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Antonio Verinac
18 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Leon Heynke
19 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Eric Voufack
22 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Maik Salewski
23 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Sascha Pfeffer
24 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Luca Sirch
27 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Theo Ogbidi
30 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Dennis Dickmann
31 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Riccardo Grym
32 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Julian Weigel
34 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Tobias Dombrowa
44 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Niclas Müller

Former players

Organizational history

1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig has undergone several reorganizations during its history and has taken several different forms and names. The club was a football department of sports clubs SC Rotation Leipzig and later SC Leipzig, before being reorganized as football club 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig in 1966.

13 May 1896VfB Leipzig
15 June 1898VfB 1893 Sportbrüder LeipzigMerger with SC Sportbrüder Leipzig, founded on 11 November 1893.
2 November 1900VfB LeipzigThe name 1893 Sportbrüder was dropped.
1946SG ProbstheidaVfB Lepzig was dissolved in 1946. The remains were reorganized as SG Probstheida.
31 July 1950BSG Erich Zeigner ProbstheidaThe club was renamed.
1953BSG Einheit OstThe club was again renamed.
November 1954SC Rotation Leipzig
July 1963SC Leipzig
20 January 19661. FC Lokomotive LeipzigFootball department of SC Leipzig was reorganized as a football club.
1 July 1991VfB LeipzigRenamed.
10 December 20031. FC Lokomotive LeipzigRefounded as 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig. VfB Leipzig became defunct on 1 July 2004.

Team trivia

Records (since re-establishment on 10 December 2003)

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