FC Sachsen Leipzig
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FC Sachsen Leipzig was a German football club from the Leutzsch district of Leipzig, Saxony. The club continued the traditions of BSG Chemie Leipzig. Although several short-lived successor sides were created, only one has survived, the BSG Chemie established in 1997 after financial troubles. The club officially dissolved in 2011.
The prewar identity of the club is rooted in the establishment of Britannia Leipzig in 1899 and its successor TuRa Leipzig. During the Soviet era the traditions of the club were continued in the East German teams BSG Chemie Leipzig and Lokomotive Leipzig before the emergence of FC Sachsen Leipzig following German reunification.
The reunification of East and West Germany saw significant change in football in the eastern half of the country. At the end of May 1990, the club was renamed FC Grün-Weiß Leipzig and quickly merged with SV Chemie Böhlen (formerly BSG Chemie Böhlen) to create FC Sachsen in August of that year and took up play in the Oberliga Nordost (III). They took part in qualification play for the 2. Bundesliga at the end of 1990-91, but failed in their attempt to advance.
Sachsen captured the Oberliga title in 1992-93, but were denied an opportunity to again take part in the promotion round because of financial problems. After another season at the Oberliga level, they slipped to the Regionalliga Nordost where they remained through 2001 before again collapsing into bankruptcy.
In 2006, Red Bull tried to purchase FC Sachsen Leipzig and make it part of its sports portfolio with a long term view of an advance to the Bundesliga. Despite the fact that the club was plagued by constant financial trouble, and the prospect of financial stability and sporting success, fans throughout the country strongly opposed what was viewed an overtly commercial approach. After months of protests which deteriorated into violence, the company abandoned the plan, opting instead to buy the licence of SSV Markranstädt as their entrée to German football, leading to the establishment of RB Leipzig in 2009.
Bankruptcy and Successors
Sachsen continued to struggle and, in March 2009, the club had to declare bankruptcy for the second time in its history before folding on 30 June 2011.
Two new sides soon appeared, both claiming to be the rightful heirs of the tradition of FC Sachsen. Founded on 21 May 2011, SG Leipzig Leutzsch took the place of Sachsen in the league and moved into the ground at Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark. In mid-2013 the club re-adopted the name SG Sachsen Leipzig, but their financial difficulties continued and in May 2014 the association was again bankrupt. However, the name Sachsen Leipzig was soon taken up again by a new club, the LFV Sachsen Leipzig, founded in 2014. LFV Sachsen Leipzig played the 2015-16 season in the 3. Kreisklasse. The team secured promotion to the 2016-17 2. Kreisklasse on 1 May 2016.
A new BSG Chemie Leipzig was founded in 1997 and the team began play in the lowest tier city competition, 3. Kreissklasse Leipzig, in 2008-09. That club won successive promotions and quickly advanced to 6th tier play and by 2011-12 was playing alongside SG Sachsen in the regional Sachsenliga. Their progress stalled in 2013 when they slipped to Bezirkliga play for a single season.
Despite the fact that both clubs see themselves as the sole legitimate successors to the club that failed in 2009, they have agreed to cooperate at youth level to help ensure that sporting opportunities remain available to the area's youth. They also hope to preserve and build on the historical tradition represented by Chemie and Sachsen.
In May 2014 it was announced that both clubs would cooperate in the future at the junior level, as 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 are secured. In a press release they stated: "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 30 June in the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark!".
SG Sachsen Leipzig sees itself, similar to BSG Chemie Leipzig, as the only legitimate successor of the defunct FC Sachsen Leipzig. SG Sachsen Leipzig played in the Saxony League . At the end of 2013 liquidity difficulties were encountered, the SG had Sachsen Leipzig on 5 May 2014 to file for bankruptcy.
SG Leipzig Leutzsch / SG Sachsen Leipzig
LFV Sachsen Leipzig
BSG Chemie Leipzig
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- Past players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.
- Saxony Cup
- Winners: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005
- Runners-up: 2008
- Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs 7. Vereinslexikon. Kassel: Agon-Sportverlag. ISBN 9783897841475.
- Red Bull Wants to Caffeinate Small Soccer Club Spiegel online, published: 19 June 2009, accessed: 25 June 2009
- "Sachsen Leipzig stellt den Spielbetrieb ein". Kicker (in German). 19 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- SG Sachsen Leipzig: Aus und vorbei
- Teichert, Torsten (27 October 2014). "Sachsen Leipzig ist wieder da". Leipziger Volkszeitung (in German). Leipzig. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- Wüstrich, Mike (2 May 2015). "LFV Sachsen Leipzig feiert Aufstieg". Leipziger Volkszeitung (in German). Leipzig. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
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