FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt

FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt is a German association football club based in Erfurt, Thuringia.

Rot-Weiß Erfurt
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt logo.svg
Full nameFußballclub Rot-Weiß Erfurt e.V.
Founded26 January 1966; 57 years ago (1966-01-26)
PresidentLars Fuchs[1]
CoachFabian Gerber
2022-2023Regionalliga Nordost, 1st of 18


Foundation to World War IIEdit

The club has roots that go back to a cricket club founded in 1895. As they broadened their interests they came to be called Sport Club Erfurt. The club was a founding member of the German Football Association in 1900 and in 1904 they joined the Verband Mitteldeutscher Ballspielvereine (Central German Football League). The side won the league championship in 1908–09 and advanced as far as the semi final of the national round where they lost to the eventual champion. While Erfurt did manage to play for a number of seasons in the premier level Gauliga Mitte, formed after 1933, they failed to earn any honours.

Post-World War II eraEdit

Historical chart of Rot-Weiß Erfurt league performance

In the aftermath of World War II, the Allies banned all organizations, including sport and football clubs. In 1946, the Soviet occupation authorities permitted the organization of five district sports clubs in Erfurt. SG Erfurt West encompassed the area of the city once served by SC Erfurt 1895 and VfB Erfurt and drew footballers who had played for these clubs. Success came quickly with an appearance in the 1948 Thüringer final, followed by a title in 1949. A quick series of name changes went hand-in-hand with a series of failed cup and final appearances: as SG Fortuna Erfurt in 1949, KWU Erfurt in 1950, and BSG Turbine Erfurt in 1951. In 1954 and 1955, Turbine captured consecutive East German national titles, but then slipped back into the pack and out of tier I for the first time in 1959. The team moved up and down between the first and second divisions through the 1960s, being relegated three times, but always winning immediate promotion. Like other East German clubs at the time, they suffered as the best players were routinely chosen to play for clubs with politically powerful sponsors.


East German football underwent major changes in 1965 with the creation of dedicated football clubs in the place of broadly generalised sports clubs. The number one football sides of SC Turbine Erfurt and BSG Optima Erfurt were merged in 1966 and revived the name FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, while the more junior sides stayed with their original clubs. The name (Rot-Weiß meaning the two colours red and white) was unusual for its time in that the club did not have a name that honoured a socialist virtue. In 1980, Rot-Weiß Erfurt appeared in the East German Cup final, losing 3–1 to Carl Zeiss Jena.


Stand 3, home of "Erfordia Ultras"

German reunification and the merger of the leagues of East and West Germany in the early 1990s brought exciting times to Rot-Weiß. A third-place finish in the NOFV-Oberliga in 1990–91 earned them a spot in the 2. Bundesliga, as well as qualification for the UEFA Cup. They eliminated Groningen in the first round, and went out against the eventual winners Ajax in the second round. This fixture made them the last side to appear internationally for East Germany.

Through the 1990s and into the new millennium, Rot-Weiß remained a tier three side. They had a close call in 2001 when they avoided relegation only because SSV Ulm 1846 was denied a licence due to financial difficulties. During this period of time, the club went through to the regional cup final seven times. They came away as Thuringian cup winner each time which qualifies for the nationwide German cup (DFB-Pokal), although they never advanced beyond the first round. In 2004, the club was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga, but finished last and was relegated back to Regionalliga Nord (III). In 2008, Erfurt finished in seventh place in Regionalliga Nord (III) and therefore qualified for the new nationwide 3. Liga. They played at this level until they were relegated to the Regionalliga Nordost (IV) in 2018.

Bankruptcy and reformationEdit

On 4 February 2020, the club ceased operations due to financial difficulties, and as a result, withdrew from the Regionalliga Nordost,[2] with all their results being annulled and all further matches cancelled.[3] The club formed a new team and organisation, playing in the Oberliga in the 2020/21 season; their first home game against FC Grimma was sold out.[4]


League competitionsEdit

Cup competitionsEdit



Current squadEdit

As of 24 February 2022[5]

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 Franco Flückiger
3 MF   GER Til Linus Schwarz
4 DF   GER Aaron Manu
5 DF   KAZ Andrey Startsev (captain)
6 DF   GER Abou Ballo
7 FW   CGO Kevin Nsimba
9 MF   GER Samuel Biek
10 FW   GRE Erik Weinhauer
11 FW   GRE Romario Hajrulla
13 DF   GER Paul Kämpfer
14 MF   GER Enrico Startsev
16 DF   NED Sidny Lopes
17 MF   GER Patrick Aguilar
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   GER Robbie Felßberg
19 DF   GER Kay Seiderman
20 GK   GER Lukas Schellenberg
23 MF   FRA Fatlum Elezi
24 MF   CPV Keliano Tavares
25 MF   CGO Abou Ballo
26 MF   GER Tony Müller
27 FW   GER Tom Woiwod
29 FW   GER Hannes Rückert
31 FW   GER Artur Mergel
33 DF   GER Salomon Nkoa
84 FW   KOR Choi Seung-in
92 MF   FRA Moulaye N'Diaye


Recent seasonsEdit

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[6][7]

Year Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Regionalliga Nordost III 7th
2000–01 Regionalliga Süd 15th
2001–02 Regionalliga Süd 5th
2002–03 Regionalliga Süd 9th
2003–04 Regionalliga Süd 2nd ↑
2004–05 2. Bundesliga II 18th ↓
2005–06 Regionalliga Nord III 14th
2006–07 Regionalliga Nord 11th
2007–08 Regionalliga Nord 7th
2008–09 3. Liga 10th
2009–10 3. Liga 9th
2010–11 3. Liga 5th
2011–12 3. Liga 5th
2012–13 3. Liga 13th
2013–14 3. Liga 10th
2014–15 3. Liga 12th
2015–16 3. Liga 8th
2016–17 3. Liga 14th
2017–18 3. Liga 20th ↓
2018–19 Regionalliga Nordost IV 5th
2019–20 Regionalliga Nordost 18th ↓
2020–21 NOFV-Oberliga Süd V Abd-3rd
Promoted Relegated

Reserve teamEdit

The club's reserve team, FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt II, most recently in the tier five NOFV-Oberliga Süd. It first played at this level from 2005 to 2007, and again since 2008 with a third place in 2012 as its best result.[6][8] At the end of the 2015–16 season the team was withdrawn from competition.[9]

The team also made a losing appearance in the 2004 Thuringia Cup final but won the competition in the following year. This win allowed the team qualification for the 2005–06 DFB-Pokal where it lost 0–8 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.


  1. ^ "Neuer RWE-Präsident Fuchs: "Seit frühester Kindheit ein rot-weißes Herz"". 8 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Schriftliche Mitteilung der Gremien an alle Mitglieder und Fans". rot-weiss-erfurt.de (in German). 4 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Rot-Weiß Erfurt: Begegnungen endgültig annulliert". kicker.de (in German). 19 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  4. ^ Thuringer Allgemeine (20 August 2020). "Erste Heimspiel des neuformierten FC Rot-Weiß in der Fußball-Oberliga ist ausverkauft" (in German).
  5. ^ "Profimannschaft - FC Rot Weiß Erfurt". Rot-weiss-erfurt.de. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  7. ^ Rot-Weiß Erfurt at Fussball.de (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  8. ^ FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt II at Fussball.de (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  9. ^ "Rot-Weiß Erfurt meldet U23 ab". transfermarkt.de (in German). 31 March 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2020.

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