FC Energie Cottbus

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Energie Cottbus
Full nameFußballclub Energie Cottbus e. V.
Nickname(s)Energie[citation needed]
Die Lausitzer (Lusatian)[citation needed]
Ultima Raka (Crayfishes)[citation needed]
Founded31 January 1966
GroundStadion der Freundschaft
Capacity22,528 (10,949 seated)[citation needed]
ChairmanSebastian Lemke[citation needed]
ManagerClaus-Dieter Wollitz
LeagueRegionalliga Nordost
WebsiteClub website

FC Energie Cottbus (Lower Sorbian: Energija Chóśebuz) is a German football club based in Cottbus, Brandenburg. It was founded in 1963 as SC Cottbus in what was East Germany. After the reunification of Germany, Energie played six seasons in the third tier of the German football league system before floating between the 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga for 17 years between 1997 and 2014. From 2014 to 2016, the club played in the third tier, 3. Liga, and were then relegated to the Regionalliga Nordost. In 2018, they were promoted back into the 3. Liga, only to be relegated again the next season.


Predecessor sides[edit]

Energie Cottbus can trace its roots back to a predecessor side of FSV Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg, a club founded by coal miners in 1919, in what was then called the town of Marga.[citation needed] FV Grube Marga, as the club was then called, was active until 1924 when the miners left to form a new team called SV Sturm Grube Marga, which was banned by the Nazi Party in 1933.

East German era[edit]

Historical chart of Energie league performance

The club re-emerged after World War II in 1949 as BSG Franz Mehring Grube, becoming BSG Aktivist Brieske-Ost in 1950.[citation needed] The club was re-organized as sports club SC Aktivist Brieske-Senftenberg in 1954 and played in the DDR-Oberliga generally earning mid-table results until relegation to second-tier DDR-Liga in the early 1960s.[vague][citation needed] The players of this side joined the new sports club SC Energie Cottbus in 1963, whilst the reserve team merged back to BSG Aktivist Brieske-Ost to form BSG Aktivist Senftenberg.[citation needed] The club still exists as FSV Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg today.[citation needed] SC Cottbus was quickly assisted by a wholesale transfer of players from SC Aktivist Brieske-Ost ordered by the East German authorities,[citation needed] who often intervened in the business of the country's sports and football clubs for political reasons. East German authorities had a penchant for[according to whom?] tagging sports teams with the names of socialist heroes: Franz Mehring was a German socialist politician and journalist.

In the mid-1960s, a re-organization program by the regime led to the separation of football sides from sports clubs and the creation of BSG von Bodo Krautz under the patronage of a local coal mine.[citation needed] The football club went by that name only briefly and was quickly renamed BSG Energie in early 1966.

German reunification[edit]

Team bus of Energie Cottbus
Previous logo

The team took on the name FC Energie in 1990 at the time of German reunification.

After years as a II division or lower-table I division side in East Germany, Energie emerged as one of the few former DDR sides to enjoy[tone] relative prosperity in a united Germany. After six seasons playing tier III football, the club earned returned to the 2. Bundesliga in 1997 (the same year they became the first former East German club to play the DFB Cup Final), winning the Regionalliga Nordost, and then played its way into the Bundesliga in 2000, where it had a three-year stay.[vague][citation needed] A key player in the Bundesliga run was Vasile Miriuță, an imaginative[according to whom?] midfield player.[citation needed] After being returned, Energie narrowly missed a prompt[tone] return to the top tier, losing out to Mainz 05 on goal difference.

In 2004–05, Energie struggled with both financial (reported debts of €4.5 million) and on-field problems, and the only club escaped relegation to the third tier Regionalliga by scoring one more goal than Eintracht Trier while having the same number of points and goal difference.[vague][citation needed] During the season, the manager and the chairman were replaced.[by whom?] The 2005–06 season was a much more successful one,[according to whom?] as the club finished third and returned to the Bundesliga.

The 2006–07 Bundesliga season resulted in a 13th-place finish and 41 points, a club record total in the Bundesliga.[citation needed] Energie Cottbus were the only club from the former East Germany playing in the Bundesliga until they lost a relegation play-off to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2009.[citation needed] Cottbus remained in the 2. Bundesliga for another five seasons until 2014, when an 18th-place finish meant returning to the 3. Liga, ending a 17-season stint in the top two divisions.[citation needed] After a 19th-place finish in the 3. Liga in 2015–16, the club suffered[tone] another returned to the Regionalliga Nordost.[vague]

Following two seasons in the fourth tier, Cottbus returned to 3. Liga after defeating Weiche Flensburg over two legs in the Regionalliga play-offs, but in the 2018–19 season they were returned to the Regionalliga after finishing 17th.

On May 21, 2023, Cottbus won the Regionalliga Nordost with their win over SV Babelsberg 03 in Matchweek 33.[vague] It was their third time winning Regionalliga Nordost and their first since 2018.

13 days later, on June 3, 2023, Cottbus won the Brandenburg Cup for the 11th time in their history.[citation needed] They defeated FSV 63 Luckenwalde by a score of 4–1.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an honorary member of the club.


The club's honours:

  1. ^ Won by SC Cottbus.[citation needed]


Current squad[edit]

As of 21 August 2023[1]

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 Germany GER Alexander Sebald
4 DF Germany GER Tim Campulka
5 MF Germany GER Dominik Pelivan
6 MF Germany GER Jonas Hofmann
7 FW Germany GER Timmy Thiele
8 MF Germany GER Joshua Putze
9 FW Germany GER Tim Heike
10 FW Germany GER Maximilian Oesterhelweg
11 FW Germany GER Phil Halbauer
12 GK Germany GER Elias Bethke
14 MF Germany GER Tobias Hasse
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF Germany GER Jonas Hildebrandt
18 FW Germany GER Cedric Euschen
20 DF Germany GER Axel Borgmann
22 FW Germany GER Rudolf Ndualu
23 FW Germany GER Timo Bornemann
27 DF Germany GER Dennis Slamar
30 GK Germany GER Karl Pischon
31 DF Germany GER Paul Milde
36 MF Germany GER Janis Juckel
37 MF Germany GER Alexander Prokopenko

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Germany GER Edgar Kaizer (at FSV 63 Luckenwalde until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Montenegro MNE Arnel Kujovic (at FC Baden until 30 June 2024)

Notable players[edit]


The all-foreign line-up[edit]

On 6 April 2001, Energie became the first Bundesliga club to field a side made up of 11 foreign players. Energie often fielded nine or ten foreigners that season: German players appeared a total of just 83 times, with striker Sebastian Helbig as the leader with 28.

The players were Tomislav Piplica, Faruk Hujdurović, Bruno Akrapović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), János Mátyus, Vasile Miriuță (Hungary), Rudi Vata (Albania), Moussa Latoundji (Benin), Andrzej Kobylański (Poland), Antun Labak (Croatia), Laurențiu Reghecampf (Romania), and Franklin (Brazil). As a side note, even the three substitutes were foreigners, namely Johnny Rödlund from Sweden, Sabin Ilie from Romania and Witold Wawrzyczek from Poland [1].

Reserve team[edit]

The club's reserve team, FC Energie Cottbus II, has played as high as Regionalliga level, last playing in the Regionalliga Nordost in 2012–13. The team most recently[when?] played in the tier five NOFV-Oberliga Süd but has, in the past,[when?] also played in the northern division of the league. It first reached Oberliga level in 1998 and has won league championships in 2007 and 2010.[2][3] At the end of the 2015–16 season, the team was withdrawn from competition.

In 1998, it also won the Brandenburgischer Landespokal, the local cup competition in Brandenburg, and qualified for the first round of the DFB-Pokal through this.[citation needed] In 1998–99, it went out losing 1–0 to SpVgg Greuther Fürth, in 2001–02 it lost 4–0 to Arminia Bielefeld.


  1. ^ "Erste Mannschaft". fcenergie.de. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  3. ^ FC Energie Cottbus II at Fussball.de (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues

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