BSG Chemie Leipzig

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BSG Chemie Leipzig
Founded 1899 as Britannia Leipzig
1938 as Tura 1899 Leipzig
1950 first named BSG Chemie Leipzig
1990 as Sachsen Leipzig
2011 re-founded as BSG Chemie Leipzig
Ground Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark
Ground Capacity 4,999
Manager Dirk Heyne
League NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V)
2009–10 NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V) 6th

BSG Chemie Leipzig is and was a German football club from Leipzig, Saxony. The roots of the club go back to 1899 and the founding of Britannia Leipzig. Following World War I, a 1919 merger with FC Hertha 05 Leipzig created Leipziger Sportverein 1899. Another predecessor side, SV Tura Leipzig, was formed in 1932 and just six years later, in 1938, joined with 1899 to create Tura 1899 Leipzig. In 1990,BSG Chemie Leipzig was re-named FC Grün-Weiß Leipzig which then quickly merged with SV Chemie Böhlen (formerly BSG Chemie Böhlen) to form FC Sachsen Leipzig. FC Sachsen Leipzig was dissolved in 2011, and a new BSG Chemie Leipzig team was re-created as a phoenix club relating to the club's complicated history.


Predecessors and formation[edit]

Logos of Sachsen's earliest predecessors Britannia, Tura 32 and Tura 99

Of these early clubs, only Britannia was of any note competitively, playing in senior level city competition from 1908 to 1910. They re-emerged there in 1922 as SV, but finished at the bottom of the table the next season.

German football was reorganised in 1933 under the Third Reich into 16 premier divisions. Newcomer Tura 32 had been competing in the top flight Gauliga Sachsen since 1936 and following its merger with SV, continued in the top flight as SV Tura 1899. The team escaped relegation in 1939 only because of the restructuring of the Gauliga Sachsen into two divisions. However, by 1942 the club's continued lacklustre performance saw them in last place and relegated from the top flight. They earned a return in 1943, but World War II made play untenable and the Gauliga Sachsen broke up into a number of small local city-based leagues. Tura merged with SpVgg Leipzig to briefly form the wartime side KSG Tura / SpVgg Leizig.

Following the war a number of new sports and football clubs were formed, often built around the cores of pre-war clubs: SG Leipzig-Leutzsch was the closest descendant of the old Tura side. In March 1949, Leutzsch, SG Lindenau-Hafen, SG Lindenau-Aue, SG Leipzig-Mitte, and SG Böhlitz-Ehrenberg were united to form ZSG Industrie Leipzig. In August the next year, the club was renamed BSG Chemie Leipzig.

The first BSG Chemie[edit]

Chemie was dissolved in September 1954 when its players were assigned to Lokomotive Leipzig. In 1963, East German football was re-organized with a view towards fostering the development of talent for the country's national side. This time Lok was disassembled to help re-create the club BSG Chemie Leipzig.

FC Sachsen Leipzig[edit]

FC Sachsen Logo

At the end of May 1990, the club was renamed FC Grün-Weiß Leipzig and in quick succession merged with SV Chemie Böhlen (formerly BSG Chemie Böhlen), forming the current club in August that year. The club last competed in the fifth tier Regionalliga Nord and played its home matches at the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark.

In 2006, Red Bull GmbH tried to purchase FC Sachsen Leipzig which was plagued by constant financial trouble, with the promise of financial stability and sporting success. After months of fan protests which deteriorated into violence, the company abandoned the plan, [1] opting to buy the licence of SSV Markranstädt instead of renaming the club RB Leipzig.

In March 2009, the club had to declare insolvency for a second time in its history, already having done so in 2001. The administrator finally announced in May 2011 that the club would fold on 30 June 2011.[2]

Successor clubs[edit]

Soon after Sachsen Leipzig was dissolved, 2 successor clubs emerged, although both were unofficial successors and both claimed to be the only legitimate continuation of the club.

In may 2014 it was announced that both clubs will cooperate in the future at the junior level, as the SG Sachsen (the main tenant in the stadium) is insolvent, the employed administrators decide the ultimate direction of the club. The ultimate goal is the survival of the Association, so that at least the youth teams of SG Sachsen is secured. In their current press release it is called among others: "No matter what decision the liquidator of SG Sachsen in terms of the insolvency proceedings: BSG Chemie Leipzig will ensure that children and young people can play football even after the 30th June in the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark!". [3]

SG Leipzig Leutsch[edit]

On 21 May 2011, the SG Leipzig Leutzsch was founded. The club took to the 2011/12 season on the game mode, took over the game right the second men's team of the insolvent FC Sachsen Leipzig and monopolized the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark. It is also known as SG Sachsen.

The junior football section of the insolvent FC Sachsen Leipzig came after consideration of the concepts of SG Leipzig Leutzsch and ball sports community Chemie Leipzig in 2011 by a majority with the SG Leipzig Leutzsch.

On 31 May 2013, the General Assembly decided eV renaming of the association in Sports Community Sachsen Leipzig, shortly SG Sachsen Leipzig.[4]

The SG Sachsen Leipzig sees itself - similar to BSG Chemie Leipzig as the only legitimate successor of the defunct FC Sachsen Leipzig. The SG Sachsen Leipzig is currently playing in Saxony League . After the end of 2013 liquidity difficulties were encountered, the SG had Sachsen Leipzig on May 5, 2014 to file for bankruptcy.[5]

Season League Division Place Goal difference Points
2011/12 Sachsenliga 6 6. Platz 50:31 49
2012/13 Sachsenliga 6 7. Platz 54:60 41
2013/14 Sachsenliga 6

The new BSG Chemie Leipzig[edit]

A BSG Chemie Leipzig club which claims the traditions of the old side, especially the spirit of the 1963–64 championship team, has been reformed. The club had to restart at the lowest level, playing in the 3rd Kreisklasse Leipzig – Staffel 1 in 2008–09.

The BSG Chemie Leipzig sees itself - similar to SG Sachsen Leipzig as the only legitimate successor of the defunct FC Sachsen Leipzig. The BSG Chemie Leipzig plays in the Sachsenliga since 2014/2015 season after the descent from the lower Saxony leagues.

On August 12, 2011 at a general meeting the association was renamed Sports Association Chemie Leipzig, so that the club has historical continuation from the East Germany era of dissolved FC Sachsen Leipzig. A specific reference to the Association or to an existing operating company of sports activities does not exist.

Season League Division Place Goal difference Points
2008/09 3. Kreisklasse 12 1. Platz 158:18 76
2009/10 2. Kreisklasse 11 1. Platz 105:19 74
2010/11 1. Kreisklasse 10 1. Platz 99:27 79
2011/12 Sachsenliga 6 7. Platz 54:33 47
2012/13 Sachsenliga 6 14. Platz 36:46 29
2013/14 Bezirksliga Sachsen Nord 7 1. Platz 56:17 60
2014/15 Sachsenliga 6

Notable players[edit]


The following players were capped by East Germany while playing for Chemie Leipzig:


  • Past players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.


  • East German champions: 1951, 1964
  • East German Cup winners: 1957, 1966
  • Saxony Cup: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005


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