FC Sachsen Leipzig

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FC Sachsen Leipzig
FC Sachsen Leipzig.png
Full name FC Sachsen Leipzig 1990 e.V.
Nickname(s) Chemie
Founded 1 August 1990
Dissolved 2011
Ground Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark
Ground Capacity 10,889
League NOFV-Oberliga Süd
2010-11 10th

FC Sachsen Leipzig was a German football club from the Leutzsch district of Leipzig, Saxony. The club continued the traditions of BSG Chemie Leipzig. The club officially dissolved in 2011. Although several successor sides were established, only one survived, the BSG Chemie Leipzig. The name Sachsen Leipzig was revived in 2014 by amateur football club LFV Sachsen Leipzig.

History[edit]

Historical chart of Sachsen Leipzig and its predecessors' league performance after WWII

Predecessors[edit]

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 SC Lokomotive Leipzig before the emergence of FC Sachsen Leipzig following German reunification.[1]

Establishment[edit]

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 Leipzig in August of that year and took up play in the third tier Oberliga Nordost. They took part in qualification play for the 2. Bundesliga at the end of 1990-91, but failed in their attempt to advance.

Playing era[edit]

Sachsen captured the Oberliga title in 1992-93, but were denied an opportunity to again take part in the promotion round because of financial difficulties. 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 GmbH 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 difficulties, 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,[2] opting instead to purchase the playing right of SSV Markranstädt as their entrée to German football, leading to the establishment of RB Leipzig in 2009.

Bankruptcy and successors[edit]

FC Sachsen Leipzig 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.[3] Two new sides soon appeared, both claiming to be the rightful heirs of Sachsen.

The first side was BSG Chemie Leipzig. The club had been founded by supporters of FC Sachsen Leipzig already back in 1997. The team began play in the lowest tier city competition and made its debut in the 2008-09 3. Kreisklasse Leipzig. The new BSG Chemie Leipzig won successive promotions over the following seasons. The second side was SG Leipzig Leutzsch founded on 21 May 2014. SG Leipzig Leutzsch took over the place of the second team of FC Sachsen Leipzig in the Sachsenliga, as well as the youth department of FC Sachsen Leipzig, and was made the main tentant of the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark. In 2013, SG Leipzig Leutzsch adopted the name SG Sachsen Leipzig.[4]

Financial difficulties for Sachsen continued. After SG Sachsen Leipzig encountered liquidity difficulties at the end of 2013, the club eventually filed for bankruptcy on 5 May 2014.[5] The insolvency proceedings were opened on 30 June 2014. The team had to descend to the Landesklasse Sachsen Nord (previously named Bezirksliga Sachsen Nord) and BSG Chemie Leipzig was made the sole tenant of the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark.[6] SG Sachsen Leipzig was however unable to prove the number of junior teams required. The Saxony Football Association (SFV) and the Leipzig Football Association (LFV) therefore denied the club a playing right in any of their leagues.[7][8] SG Sachsen Leipzig cancelled its sporting operations, and dissolved.

However, the name Sachsen Leipzig was soon taken up again by a new club, the LFV Sachsen Leipzig, founded in October 2014.[9] LFV Sachsen Leipzig made its debut in the 2015-16 3. Kreisklasse Leipzig. The team was formed out of the second team of TuS Leutzsch and coached by former FC Sachsen Leipzig-coach Michael Breitkopf.[9] Among the players was former SG Sachsen Leipzig-forward Nico Breitkopf.[10] The team proved successful, with LFV Sachsen Leipzig winning promotion to the 2. Kreisklasse Leipzig on its first attempt.[11] The success was repeated in the next season, with LFV Sachsen Leipzig winning promotion to the 1. Kreisklasse Leipzig on 14 May 2017.[12] LFV Sachsen Leipzig plays its home matches at the Willi-Kühn-Sportpark in Leipzig, as sub-tenants of DSV Leipzig Nordwest. The stadium has a capacity of 4,000 spectators, of which 350 are seated and roofed.[13]

Recent standings[edit]

SG Sachsen Leipzig

Season League Division Place Goal difference Points
2011/12 Sachsenliga 6 6 50:31 49
2012/13 Sachsenliga 6 7 54:60 41
2013/14 Sachsenliga 6 6 48:36 48
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

LFV Sachsen Leipzig

Season League Division Place Goal difference Points
2015/16 3. Kreisklasse Leipzig 12 1 171:25 77
2016/17 2. Kreisklasse Leipzig 11 1 93:30 63
2017/18 1. Kreisklasse Leipzig 10 - -:- -
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

BSG Chemie Leipzig

Season League Division Place Goal difference Points
2008/09 3. Kreisklasse Leipzig 12 1 158:18 76
2009/10 2. Kreisklasse Leipzig 11 1 105:19 74
2010/11 1. Kreisklasse Leipzig 10 1 99:27 79
2011/12 Sachsenliga 6 7 54:33 47
2012/13 Sachsenliga 6 14 36:46 29
2013/14 Bezirksliga Sachsen Nord 7 1 56:17 60
2014/15 Sachsenliga 6 3 54:29 56
2015/16 Sachsenliga 6 1 68:30 60
2016/17 NOFV-Oberliga Süd 5 1 69:21 71
2017/18 Regionalliga Nordost 4 - -:- -
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Notable players[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cup[edit]

  • Saxony Cup
    • Winners (4): 1992-93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2004-05
    • Runners-up: 2007-08

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs 7. Vereinslexikon. Kassel: Agon-Sportverlag. ISBN 9783897841475.
  2. ^ Red Bull Wants to Caffeinate Small Soccer Club Spiegel online, published: 19 June 2009, accessed: 25 June 2009
  3. ^ "RB Leipzig verzichtet auf Lizenz des FC Sachsen". Kicker Online (in German). Nuremberg: Olympia Verlag GmbH. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Roth, Matthias (1 June 2013). "Sachsen Leipzig ist zurück – SG Leutzsch benennt sich um – Mitglieder müssen zahlen". Leipziger Volkszeitung (in German). Leipzig: Leipziger Verlags- und Druckereigesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Haug, Clemens (4 May 2014). "SG Sachsen Leipzig ist insolvent". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Puppe, Matthias (30 June 2014). "Chemie Leipzig wird alleiniger Nutzer im Kunze-Sportpark – Zwangsabstieg der SG Sachsen". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Nößler, Robert (7 July 2014). "Absturz in die Stadtliga: SG Sachsen wird nach Insolvenz heruntergestuft". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Teichert, Torsten (15 July 2014). "SG Sachsen steht vor dem sportlichen Aus". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Teichert, Torsten (27 October 2014). "Sachsen Leipzig ist wieder da". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Wüstrich, Mike (2 May 2015). "14:0 - LFV Sachsen zündet Torfeuerwerk". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Wüstrich, Mike (2 May 2016). "LFV Sachsen Leipzig feiert Aufstieg". Sportbuzzer (in German). Hannover: Sportbuzzer GmbH. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "LFV Sachsen Leipzig marschiert in die 1. Kreisklasse". fupa.net (in German). Leipzig: FPM Sportmanagement UG. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "LFV Sachsen Leipzig vor dem nächsten Aufstieg". fupa.net (in German). Leipzig: FPM Sportmanagement UG. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 

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