FC Hansa Rostock

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FC Hansa Rostock (German: [ʔɛf ˈt͡seː ˈhanza ˈʁɔstɔk]) is a German association football club based in the city of Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They have emerged as one of the most successful clubs from the former East Germany after German reunification and have made several appearances in the top-flight Bundesliga.

Hansa Rostock
F.C. Hansa Rostock Logo.svg
Full nameFußballclub Hansa Rostock e. V.
Nickname(s)Hansa, Hanseaten, Kogge,
Hansa-Kogge, Ostseestädter
Founded28 December 1965; 56 years ago (1965-12-28)
GroundOstseestadion, Rostock
ChairmanRobert Marien
ManagerJens Härtel
League2. Bundesliga
2021–222. Bundesliga, 13 of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

After being in the Bundesliga for ten years, from 1995 to 2005, Rostock suffered a steady decline. In 2012, the club was relegated to the 3. Liga for the second time and only managed to regain its place in the second tier in 2021.


Historical chart of Hansa league performance after WWII

The club was originally founded on 1 November 1954 as the multi-sport Sportclub Empor Rostock. The football squad, however, could not be recruited from local Betriebssportgemeinschaften like the squad of the handball section, so a transfer of BSG Empor Lauter's squad from Lauter to Rostock was considered. The area around Lauter, near the Czech border, was well represented in East German football by competitive sides including Wismut Aue, Fortschritt Meerane and Motor Zwickau, so the footballers of Empor Lauter was delegated to Rostock, over the futile protests of the team's local supporters, to Rostock. Then SED First Secretary in Bezirk Rostock Karl Mewis and SED functionary Harry Tisch were instrumental in the relocation of BSG Empor Lauter to Rostock.[1][2] Karl Lewis was allegedly the initiator of the relocation.[3] This was not an uncommon occurrence in the 1950s of East German football, where clubs were regularly renamed, re-structured, dismantled or shuffled from city to city at the direction of well-placed communist officials. The new club would be sponsored by the fishing combine VEB Fischkombinat Rostock.

The wholesale transfer of the Lauterers to Rostock part way through the 1954–55 season led to the disappearance of that association from play. A new club was formed in 1956 as BSG Motor Lauter and on 1 August 1990, it took up the tradition of the original side to play as Lauterer Sportverein Viktoria 1913.

Play in RostockEdit

A match between SC Empor Rostock and SC Dynamo Berlin at the Ostseestadion in 1957.

Newly formed SC Empor Rostock took the place of the former Lauter-based club in first division play in November 1954. They finished second the next season, but in 1956 plunged to 14th place and were relegated. They quickly bounced back, rejoining the DDR-Oberliga in 1958, before going on to become a very competitive side with a series of three vice-championships to their credit from 1962 to 1964, as well as several appearances in the final of the FDGB Pokal. The re-organization of East German sports in 1965 led to the association's football department becoming independent as Fußball Club Hansa Rostock, which was designated as one of the country's 11 dedicated football club intended to groom talent for the development of a strong East Germany national team. The new club's name acknowledged Rostock's history as one of the major trading centres of northern Europe's Hanseatic League. FC Hansa Rostock would be sponsored by the maritime combine VEB Kombinat Seeverkehr und Hafenwirtschaft.[4] And the club would be patronaged by the SED First Secretary of Bezirk Rostock as well as future Free German Trade Union Federation chairman and Politburo member Harry Tisch.[5][6]

By the 1970s, the club was consistently finishing in the lower half of the league table and was relegated to the second division DDR-Liga for a single season on three occasions late in the decade. They returned to form in the 1980s and as the football leagues of West Germany and East Germany were merged in 1990 after the re-unification of the country, Rostock won its first national championship in the final season of East German football, played out in the transitional NOFV-Oberliga. This is their only top flight title to date in play in East Germany or the unified Germany.

They also captured the last East German Cup with a 1–0 win over FC Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt.[7]

United Germany and the BundesligaEdit

The January 1990 squad

The club's timely success earned them a place in the Bundesliga alongside Dynamo Dresden when the top-flight Bundesliga was briefly expanded from 18 to 20 teams for the 1991–92 season to accommodate two former East German teams. Hansa, however, was unable to stay up and was relegated after falling just a single point shy of SG Wattenscheid 09. Three seasons of tempering in the 2. Bundesliga would return the club to the top flight for the 1995–96 season. In ten years spent in the Bundesliga, the team's best results were a pair of sixth-place finishes. In spite of frequent placings in the bottom-half of the league table, they would persist as the only former East German side able to consistently challenge the well-heeled clubs of the west. On 1 December 2002, Rostock became the first club to field six foreigners from the same country in a Bundesliga match (Rade Prica, Marcus Lantz, Peter Wibrån, Andreas Jakobsson, Magnus Arvidsson and Joakim Persson – all Swedes).

Hansa had a very poor first half in the 2004–05 season, earning only 1 win and 5 draws in 17 matches. They were unable to recover despite the late arrival of Finnish striker Jari Litmanen and at season's end were relegated, leaving the former GDR without a club in the top flight for the first time since re-unification. Like other East German teams, they were the victims of a harsh economic reality as the wealthier, well-established western sides bought up the most talented eastern footballers as their clubs struggled to survive financially: Rostock's Stefan Beinlich, Oliver Neuville and Victor Agali were just three players sent west in exchange for cash. After two years in the 2. Bundesliga, the club returned to the top-flight for the 2007–08 season, but was again relegated.

The club's poor form continued in 2009–10 and they finished third-last. With this season, a new promotion/relegation format accompanied the introduction of the 3. Liga and Rostock found itself in a playoff versus the third place third division club FC Ingolstadt. Hansa lost both legs of the contest and was sent down to the 3. Liga, while Ingolstadt won promotion to the 2. Bundesliga alongside the top two third tier teams which advanced automatically by virtue of their finishes. Their stay was a short one as they were sent back down after finishing bottom table in 2011–12.

Hansa Rostock drew an average home attendance of 11,433[8] in the 2016–17 3. Liga, the third-highest in the league.


After German reunification, the last regular DDR-Oberliga season was played in NOFV-Oberliga. During 1990–91 NOFV-Oberliga season, Hansa Rostock became the last East Germany champion.





  • German Indoor championship
    • Winners: 1998


DDR-Oberliga and FDGB-Pokal:

  • 1991


Current squadEdit

As of 23 June 2022[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   GER Markus Kolke (captain)
2 DF   GER Timo Becker (on loan from Schalke 04)
3 DF   GER Julian Riedel
4 DF   GER Damian Roßbach
5 MF   GER Simon Rhein
6 MF   GER Björn Rother
7 DF   GER Nico Neidhart
8 MF   GER Bentley Baxter Bahn
9 FW    SUI Ridge Munsy
10 FW   BIH Haris Duljević
11 FW   GER Streli Mamba (on loan from FC Kairat)
13 FW   GER Kevin Schumacher
14 MF   SWE Svante Ingelsson
15 MF   SWE Nils Fröling
16 DF   USA Ryan Malone
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   NED John Verhoek
19 FW   GER Robin Meißner (on loan from Hamburger SV)
20 MF   GER Lukas Scherff
21 MF   SVN Nik Omladič
22 GK   GER Luis Klatte
23 DF   GER Jonathan Meier (on loan from Mainz 05)
25 DF   GER Thomas Meißner
26 FW   UKR Danylo Sikan (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
27 DF   GER Calogero Rizzuto
28 MF   GER Maurice Litka
30 GK   GER Ben Voll
33 FW   GER Theo Martens
34 DF   GER Lukas Fröde (on loan from Karlsruher SC)
38 MF   GER Tobias Schwede
39 FW   GER Pascal Breier
MF   LUX Sébastien Thill

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   GER Oliver Daedlow (at TSV Havelse)
MF   GER Luca Horn (at FSV Zwickau)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   GER Gian Luca Schulz (at Energie Cottbus)
FW   GER Michel Ulrich (at Berliner AK 07)


  • Chairman: Robert Marien
  • Supervisory Board: Günter Fett



A study published in 2007 by Sportfive reported Hansa's fanbase to be the seventh largest in Germany, involving up to two million supporters.[10] According to another study published in 2008 by Allensbach Institute, Hansa is the most popular German football club in the New Länder and the most popular club of the former GDR in reunited Germany.[11] Hansa Rostock's official anthem is "FC Hansa, wir lieben Dich total" ("Hansa FC, We Totally Love You"), recorded in 1995 by East German band Puhdys. Hansa struggles with hooliganism, estimating up to 500 supporters to be leaning towards violence.[12] The club itself as well some fans' associations are anxious to curtail these in several ways.[13] In 2005, the club successfully sued three streakers who disrupted their 2003 match against Hertha BSC to recoup the 20,000 they were fined by the German Football Association (DFB) for failing to maintain adequate security at their ground.


The original Ostseestadion was built in 1954, with the participation of several hundred citizens of Rostock who helped for free. The first international match in the Ostseestadion of East Germany was on 26 September 1956. In 2001, the stadium was refurbished and modified to accommodate 30,000 spectators.

Reserve teamEdit

The club's reserve team, F.C. Hansa Rostock II, has played as high as Regionalliga level, last playing in the Regionalliga Nord in 2009–10. The team currently plays in the tier five NOFV-Oberliga Nord. It first reached Oberliga level in 1992 and has won three league championships at this level, in 2000, 2005 and 2012.[14][15]

In 1998, 2005 and 2006, it also won the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Cup, the local cup competition in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and qualified for the first round of the DFB-Pokal through this but never advanced past the first round.

Further readingEdit

  • Pönig, Uwe: FC Hansa. Berichte, Statistiken 1966–1966. (german) Ostsee-Druck, Rostock 1969.
  • Pönig/Liebenthron: FC Hansa. Alles über den Rostocker Fußballklub in Wort und Bild. (german) Ostsee-Druck, Rostock 1972.
  • Baingo, Andreas: FC Hansa Rostock. Wir lieben Dich total! (german) Sportverlag, Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-328-00692-3.
  • Rosentreter, Robert: FC Hansa Rostock. Fußball an der Ostsee; im Zeichen der roten Kogge. (german) Suum Cuique, Reutlingen 1995, ISBN 3-927292-55-9.
  • Dalk, Wolfgang: Das Fan-Buch Hansa. (german) Weymann Bauer, Rostock 1997, ISBN 3-929395-29-0.
  • Krüger, Uwe: Hansa Rostock. Daten, Fakten, Bilder. (german) Agon Sportverlag, Kassel 1998, ISBN 3-89609-127-1.
  • Hesselmann/Rosentritt: Hansa Rostock. Der Osten lebt. (german) Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 1999, ISBN 3-89533-258-5.
  • Rosentreter/Simon: Immer hart am Wind. 40 Jahre F.C. Hansa Rostock. (german) Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-504-5.
  • Schmidtke, Holger: Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung in strukturschwachem Raum: Welche Bedeutung nimmt der Fußballbundesligist FC Hansa Rostock e.V. ein? (german) AV Akademikerverlag, Saarbrücken 2012, ISBN 3-63942-330-5.
  • Achenbach, Björn: Hansa ist mein Leben: 50 Jahre F.C.Hansa Rostock. (german) Hinstorff, Rostock 2014, ISBN 978-3-356-01867-7.
  • Neubert, Heiko: Fankogge: Mit Hansa durch die DDR-Oberliga. (german) nofb-shop.de, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-00-044931-4.
  • Brown, Kieran: 111 Gründe, Hansa Rostock zu lieben. (german) Schwarzkopf Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86265-416-1.
  • Schwinkendorf, Andreas: Fußball und Gewalt. Die Sicht von Zuschauern und Akteuren am Beispiel des F. C. Hansa Rostock. (german) Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, Rostock/Bochum 2014, ISBN 978-3-86676-377-7.
  • Bertram, Marco: F.C. Hansa Rostock. Fußballfibel. (german) CULTURCON medien, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-944068-50-3.
  • Neubert, Heiko: Fankogge 2: Allein gegen den Westen. (german) Eigenverlag, Rostock 2018, ISBN 978-1-72898-984-6.
  • Bertram, Marco (editor): Kaperfahrten: Mit der Kogge durch stürmische See. (german) nofb-shop.de, Berlin 2020, ISBN 978-3-00-066536-3.
  • Czoch, Peter: Alles für den FCH! Die legendärsten Hansa-Spiele. (german) Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2021, ISBN 978-3-7307-0536-0.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hesse-Lichtenberger, Ulrich (2003). Tor!: The Story of German Football (3rd ed.). London: WSC Books Ltd. pp. 225–226. ISBN 095401345X.
  2. ^ Mike, Dennis; Grix, Jonathan (2012). Sport under Communism – Behind the East German 'Miracle' (1st ed.). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan (Macmillan Publishers Limited). p. 138. ISBN 978-0-230-22784-2.
  3. ^ Ehlers, Matthias (18 June 2009). "Die Retortenschlacht". 11 Freunde (in German). Berlin: 11FREUNDE Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ Oelmaier, Tobias (28 December 2015). "Jubiläum - Hansa Rostock wird 50". deutschlandfunkkultur.de (in German). Cologne: Deutschlandradio. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  5. ^ Mike, Dennis; Grix, Jonathan (2012). Sport under Communism – Behind the East German 'Miracle' (1st ed.). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan (Macmillan Publishers Limited). p. 138. ISBN 978-0-230-22784-2.
  6. ^ MacDougall, Alan (2014). The People's Game: Football, State and Society in East Germany (1st ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-107-05203-1.
  7. ^ Hesse, Uli (3 June 2016). "The last days of football in East Germany". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  8. ^ "3. Liga 2016/2017 - Attendance".
  9. ^ "F.C. Hansa Rostock – Profi Mannschaft Spieler Übersicht" (in German). F.C. Hansa Rostock. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  10. ^ 11Freunde.com. "Marktstudie: Köln mischt die Bundesliga auf".
  11. ^ FC-Hansa.de. "Hansa bleibt beliebtester Fußballverein in Ostdeutschland".
  12. ^ "Kampf um die Nummer eins". Der Tagesspiegel.
  13. ^ "Rostock, wir haben ein Problem". Der Spiegel.
  14. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  15. ^ F.C. Hansa Rostock II at Fussball.de (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues

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