Sachsenliga

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Sachsenliga
Founded
1990
Nation
 Germany
Map of Germany:Position of Saxony highlighted
State
Flag of Sachsen Sachsen
Promotion To
NOFV-Oberliga Süd
Relegation To
Bezirksliga Chemnitz
Bezirksliga Dresden
Bezirksliga Leipzig
Number of Clubs
16
Level on Pyramid
Level 6
Domestic Cup
Saxony Cup
Current Champions 2012-13
FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf

The Sachsenliga, formerly referred to as Landesliga Sachsen, is the sixth tier of the German football league system and the highest league in the German state of Saxony, (German:Sachsen). Until the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 it was the fifth tier of the league system, until the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 the fourth tier.

Overview[edit]

The Landesliga Sachsen was established in 1990 from twelve clubs as a highest league for the German state of Sachsen, which was established after the league in October 1990,[1] and the Sachsen Football Association, SFV (German:Sächsischer Fußball Verband). It compromised the area of the three Bezirksligen of Chemnitz (then:Karl-Marx-Stadt), Dresden and Leipzig, which still remain as the Landesligen feeder leagues. Each of those three leagues contributed four clubs to the new league. The Sachsenliga was established within the East German football league system and in cooperated in the league system of the united Germany after the end of its first season, in 1991.

The league has been a feeder league, together with the Landesliga Thüringen and Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt, to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, which its champion is directly promoted to. As such, it was the fourth tier of the German league system.

After the first season, the number of clubs in the league was increased to fourteen; in 1996 the league was again enlarged, to sixteen.

In 1994, with the establishment of the Regionalliga Nordost as the new third tier of the league system, the Sachsenliga fell to tier five in the system but remained unchanged otherwise.

In 2008, the league was again demoted one level when the 3rd Liga was established. However, this changed nothing in the leagues status as a feeder league to the NOFV-Oberliga.

The league is sponsored by the brewery of Wernesgrüner and carries therefore the official name of Wernesgrüner Sachsenliga. This is an unusual fact for Germany as football leagues don't normally carry sponsorship names.

The league had, in the 2007-08 season, the unique distinction of having a former UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finalist in its ranks, the re-formed 1. FC Lok Leipzig, loser of the 1987 final.

The Landesligen of Thüringen and Sachsen are unique in their naming as every other league in Germany of this standing carries the name Verbandsliga. This was done so simply by choice of the local football associations (German:Fussball Verband) in Sachsen and Thüringen and the name could be changed to Verbandsliga if they wish to do so.

Due to the changes to the German league system, the runners-up in 2007-08, Lok Leipzig was also promoted after winning a play-off round with the runners-up from the Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, FC Schönberg 95.

League champions[edit]

Season Champions
1990-91 VFC Plauen
1991-92 Dresdner SC
1992-93 Chemnitzer FC II
1993-94 VFC Plauen
1994-95 Dresdner SC
1995-96 FV Dresden-Nord
1996-97 SV 1919 Grimma
1997-98 VfB Leipzig II
1998-99 VfB Zittau
1999-00 Stahl Riesa
2000-01 FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf
2001-02 FV Dresden-Laubegast
2002-03 VfB Auerbach
2003-04 FC Eilenburg
2004-05 FSV Budissa Bautzen
2005-06 FSV Zwickau
2006-07 SSV Markranstädt
2007-08 FC Erzgebirge Aue II
2008-09 Dynamo Dresden II
2009-10 Chemnitzer FC II
2010-11 VfB Fortuna Chemnitz
2011-12 SSV Markranstädt
2012-13 FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf

Source:"Landesliga Sachsen". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

Founding members of the league[edit]

The league was established from twelve clubs from three leagues in 1990. Most of the East German clubs changed their names in the years after the reunion, some reverted to their old ones after a brief period, current names, when different from the one in 1990, are listed. The clubs are:

From the Bezirksliga Chemnitz:

From the Bezirksliga Dresden:

From the Bezirksliga Leipzig:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Short history of the SFV". Sachsen Football Association. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

Sources[edit]

  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

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