FC Erzgebirge Aue

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Erzgebirge Aue
FC Erzgebirge Aue logo.svg
Full nameFußball Club Erzgebirge Aue e.V.
Nickname(s)Veilchen (Violets)
Founded4 March 1946;75 years ago (1946-03-04)
Ground Erzgebirgsstadion
Capacity16,485
PresidentHelge Leonhardt
Head coach Dirk Schuster
League 2. Bundesliga
2020–21 2. Bundesliga, 12th of 18
Website Club website
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Fußball Club Erzgebirge Aue e.V., commonly known as simply FC Erzgebirge Aue or Erzgebirge Aue, is a German football club based in Aue-Bad Schlema, Saxony. The former East German side was a founding member of the 3. Liga in 2008–09, after being relegated from the 2. Bundesliga in 2007–08. The city of Aue-Bad Schlema has a population of about 20,800, 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 (CFC and FSV) are among Aue's traditional rivals.

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History

1945–1963: East Germany's dominant side

Historical chart of Erzgebirge league performance Erzgebirge Aue Performance Chart.png
Historical chart of Erzgebirge league performance

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 BSG Zentra Wismut Aue in 1949 and then simply to BSG Wismut Aue in 1951. [1]

Historical logo of Wismut Aue Wismut Aue logo.svg
Historical logo of Wismut Aue

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

The central sports association SV Wismut founded sports club SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt in the nearby city of Chemnitz – recently renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt – in 1954. The East German government urged that Karl-Marx-Stadt deserved a quality football team and plans were made for the football department of BSG Wismut Aue to move to Karl-Marx-Stadt and be incorporated into the new sports club SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt. However, local miners protested and players threatened to strike, leading to a partial abandonment of the plan. [2] The football department of BSG Wismut Aue was still delegated to SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt, but the team would continue to play their matches at the Otto-Grotewohl-Stadion in Aue. [2]

It was during this time that the club became a dominant force in East German football. They won the 1955 East German Cup and followed it up with four DDR-Oberliga titles in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1959. They also competed in the 1959 East German Cup final, but lost 2–3 in a replay against SC Dynamo Berlin, following the clubs' 0–0 draw in the final. [3] Those successes led to Aue's participation in the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1958, 1959 and 1961.

1963–1991: With the DDR-Oberliga to the end

SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt merged with SC Motor Karl-Marx-Stadt to form SC Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1963. Since SC Motor Karl-Marx-Stadt had brought their own football department, the football department of SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt, once delegated from Aue, got back their independence and could be rejoined with BSG Wismut Aue.

The team 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 (1,019 matches) than any other East German side. Just behind them, 6th place Rot-Weiß Erfurt played 1,001 matches.

BSG Wismut Aue also played in the UEFA Cup tournament in 1985–86 and 1987–88, going out in the first round against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in their first appearance and in the second round against Albanian side Flamurtari Vlorë in their second. [4] [5] 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. Aue was relegated to the DDR-Liga Staffel B in the 1989–90 season, so it was admitted to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, which was the fourth tier of the German League between 1991 and 2008, in the 1991–92 season.

1991–2003: Playing in united Germany

In the combined football leagues of the newly united Germany, Aue began playing in the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (IV). They competed in the DFB-Pokal for the first time in 1992. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Nordost (III) in 1994, Aue qualified for the new league. The club was moved to the Regionalliga Nord in 2000, and after a surprising league title there in 2003, they were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga.

2003–present: 2. Bundesliga

Following a Regionalliga Nord title, Erzgebirge Aue were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga where they delivered mid-table performances in their first three seasons, but suffered relegation back to the third tier in 2008. [6] [7]

Aue became part of the new 3. Liga in the 2008 season. They finished runner-up in the league in their second season there, earning promotion back to the 2. Bundesliga. After a fifth-place finish in their first season back, the club struggled against relegation, finishing in the lower third of the table for the following few seasons. [7]

On 6 February 2015, in a 2–0 home victory against RB Leipzig, Aue fans displayed two banners comparing RB Leipzig to Nazis. [8] Aue were fined £25,000 for it and it was ruled that two blocks in their stadium be closed for 12 months. [9] In the 2014–15 season, they were relegated back to the 3. Liga, [10] only to be promoted back to the 2. Bundesliga the following season. [11] The 2016–17 season saw Aue finish 14th, [12] whilst they finished 16th in the 2017–18 season. [13] They finished 14th in the 2018–19 season. [14]

Reserve team

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.

Since 2008 the club's reserve team, now the FC Erzgebirge Aue II, played in the tier five NOFV-Oberliga Süd with a fifth-place finish in 2014 as its best result. At the end of the 2014–15 season the team was withdrawn from competitive football despite finishing eighth in the league. [15]

The team also made a losing appearance in the 1991 and 2007 Saxony Cup final.

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club: [6] [7]

YearDivision Tier Position
1999–00 Regionalliga Nordost III3rd
2000–01 Regionalliga Nord 7th
2001–02 Regionalliga Nord9th
2002–03 Regionalliga Nord1st ↑
2003–04 2. Bundesliga II8th
2004–05 2. Bundesliga7th
2005–06 2. Bundesliga7th
2006–07 2. Bundesliga10th
2007–08 2. Bundesliga16th ↓
2008–09 3. Liga III12th
2009–10 3. Liga2nd ↑
2010–11 2. BundesligaII5th
2011–12 2. Bundesliga15th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga15th
2013–14 2. Bundesliga14th
2014–15 2. Bundesliga17th ↓
2015–16 3. LigaIII2nd ↑
2016–17 2. BundesligaII14th
2017–18 2. Bundesliga16th
2018–19 2. Bundesliga14th
2019–20 2. Bundesliga7th
2021–22 2. Bundesliga12th
2020–21 2. Bundesliga
Key
Promoted Relegated

Players

Current squad

As of 5 October 2020

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Martin Männel (captain)
2 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Gaëtan Bussmann
4 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Fabian Kalig
5 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Clemens Fandrich
6 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Florian Ballas
7 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Jan Hochscheidt
8 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Tom Baumgart
10 FW Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  AZE Dimitrij Nazarov
11 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Florian Krüger
12 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Steve Breitkreuz
13 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Louis Samson
14 FW Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Philipp Zulechner
16 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Erik Majetschak
17 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Philipp Riese
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Calogero Rizzuto
21 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Malcolm Cacutalua
22 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Niklas Jeck
24 MF Flag of the Philippines.svg  PHI John-Patrick Strauß
25 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Philipp Klewin
26 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Sören Gonther
27 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Sascha Härtel
31 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Ben Zolinski
33 MF Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  BIH Ognjen Gnjatić
34 GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Kevin Harr
37 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Pascal Testroet
40 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Jean-Marie Plath
FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Antonio Jonjić

Honours

Notable players

Internationals

Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany internationals
  • Bernhard Konik – 1 cap – (1984)
  • Bringfried Müller – 18 caps – (1955–60)
  • Dieter Erler – 47 caps – (1959–68; 25 LS for Aue)
  • Erhard Bauer – 3 caps – (1954)
  • Harald Mothes – 1 cap – (1984)
  • Horst Freitag – 1 cap – (1957)
  • Jörg Weißflog – 15 caps – (1984–89)
  • Karl Wolf – 10 caps – (1954–57)
  • Klaus Thiele – 4 caps – (1958–59)
  • Konrad Wagner – 4 caps – (1959–63)
  • Manfred Kaiser – 31 caps – (1955–64)
  • Siegfried Wolf – 17 caps – (1955–59)
  • Steffen Krauß – 2 caps – (1985)
  • Willi Marquardt – 1 cap – (1956; for Rotation Babelsberg)
  • Willy Tröger – 15 caps – (1954–59)
Other national teams

Coaching history

  • Kurt Gogsch (1946–50)
  • Walter Fritzsch (1950 – May 1952)
  • Rolf Kukowitsch (May – June 1952)
  • Karl Dittes (July 1952 – Aug 1955)
  • Fritz Gödicke (Aug 1955–31 May 1958)
  • Günter Horst (1 June – Sept 1958)
  • Gerhard Hofmann (Sept 1958 – July 1960)
  • Manfred Fuchs (July 1960–4 March 1962)
  • Armin Günther (10 March 1962 – 30 June 1965)
  • Bringfried Müller (1 July 1965 – 10 November 1967)
  • Gerhard Hofmann (10 Nov 1967 – 30 June 1971)
  • Bringfried Müller (23 July 1971 – 30 June 1977)
  • Manfred Fuchs (1 July 1977 – 30 June 1981)
  • Hans-Ulrich Thomale (1 July 1981 – 30 June 1985)
  • Harald Fischer (1 July 1985 – 12 October 1985)
  • Konrad Schaller (13 Oct 1985 – 31 December 1985)
  • Hans Speth (1 Jan 1986 – 16 April 1988)
  • Jürgen Escher (23 April 1988 – 30 June 1988)
  • Ulrich Schulze (1 July 1988 – Dec 1989)
  • Jürgen Escher (Jan – Nov 1990)
  • Klaus Toppmöller (28 Nov 1990 – 30 June 1991)

European record

as SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt

SeasonCompetitionRoundNationClubScore
1957–58 European Clubs' Champions Cup PR Flag of Poland.svg Gwardia Warszawa 1–3, 3–1, 1–1
R16 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax 1–3, 0–1
1958–59European Clubs' Champions CupPR Flag of Romania.svg Petrolul Ploiești 4–2, 0–2, 4–0
R16 Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Göteborg 2–2, 4–0
QF Flag of Switzerland.svg Young Boys 2–2, 0–0, 1–2
1960–61European Clubs' Champions CupR16 Ulster Banner.svg Glenavon walkover
QF Flag of Austria.svg Rapid Wien 1–3, 2–0, 0–1

as BSG Wismut Aue

SeasonCompetitionRoundNationClubScore
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1/32 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Dniprou Dnipropetrovsk 1–3, 1–2
1987–88UEFA Cup1/32 Flag of Iceland.svg Valur 0–0, 1–1
1/16 Flag of Albania.svg Flamurtari Vlorë 1–0, 0–2

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