|Full name||Spiel- und Sportverein Markranstädt|
|Ground||Stadion am Bad|
|League||NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V)|
SSV Markranstädt is a German association football club from the city of Markranstädt, Saxony near Leipzig. It is part of a larger sports club that also has departments for badminton, cycle ball, gymnastics, table tennis, and volleyball.
Established following World War II as Sportgemeinde Markranstädt, the club took up play in the top flight regional Landesliga Sachsen/Leipzig in the Soviet occupied eastern part of the country and earned a first place finish in the 1947–48 season. Renamed SG Glück-Auf Markranstädt, the team slipped to consecutive seventh place finishes in its next two campaigns. The club then disappeared into lower tier play in East Germany and, like most other clubs there, underwent a succession of name changes over the years: BSG Stahl Markranstädt (1951–1952); BSG Motor Markranstädt (1952–1958); BSG Turbine Markranstädt (1959–1984); BSG Motor Markranstädt (1984–1988); and BSG Turbine Markranstädt (1988–1990).
Following German reunification in 1990 Turbine adopted its current identity as Spiel- und Sportverein Markranstädt. The merger of the football competitions of the two Germanys saw SSV placed in the Landesliga Sachsen (V) where they would stay until relegated in 1993. The team re-bounded to return to fifth tier play in 1995, but was again immediately sent down and did not return to the Landesliga until 1999. Following their 2007 divisional championship Markranstädt was promoted to the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (IV) where they earned mid-table results in the next two seasons.
The club's license was purchased by energy drink maker Red Bull in 2009 and the team resumed play in the now fifth tier Oberliga in 2009–2010 as RB Leipzig, the fourth football team in the company's sports advertising portfolio. The ownership's goal is to advance to the country's first division Bundesliga within a decade. SSV Markranstädt continued to operate as an affiliated club, and won the Landesliga Sachsen in 2012. The club has been playing in the Oberliga as a top of the table side since.
The club's honours:
- NOFV-Oberliga Süd
- Runners-up: 2014
- Landesliga Sachsen
- Champions: 2007, 2012
- Bezirksliga Leipzig
- Champions: 1995, 1999
- Landesliga Sachsen/Leipzig
- Champions: 1948
As of 6 November 2013[update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
SSV Markranstädt plays its home fixtures in the Stadion am Bad which has a capacity of 5,500, which includes 500 seats added in 2001. The stadium was the site of several matches of the 2003 Women's Under-19 European Championship.
Notable club members
- Rudi Glöckner worked as a referee in East Germany's top flight DDR-Oberliga from 1959–1977 and officiated in the final of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
- Official team site
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German domestic league tables (in German)
- eufo.de European football club profiles and current team rosters