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1. FC Köln is a German association football club
Football in Germany
Association football is the most popular sport in Germany. The German Football Association is the sport's national governing body, with 6.6 million members organized in over 26,000 football clubs. There is a league system, with the 1. and 2. Bundesliga on top, and the winner of the first...

 based in Cologne
Cologne
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city , and is the largest city both in the Germany Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.Cologne is located on both sides of the...

, North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany, with four of the country's ten largest cities. The state was formed in 1946 as a merger of the northern Rhineland and Westphalia, both formerly part of Prussia. Its capital is Düsseldorf. The state is currently run by a coalition of the...

. It was formed in 1948 as a merger of the clubs Kölner Ballspiel-Club 1901 and SpVgg Sülz 07.

The club's nickname Die Geißböcke ("The Billy Goats
Goat
The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. The goat is a member of the Bovidae family and is closely related to the sheep as both are in the goat-antelope subfamily Caprinae. There are over three hundred distinct breeds of...

") refers to the club's mascot
Mascot
The term mascot – defined as a term for any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck – colloquially includes anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name...

, a male goat named Hennes after the veteran FC player and (later) manager Hennes Weisweiler
Hennes Weisweiler
Hans "Hennes" Weisweiler was a German football player and coach....

. The first Hennes was donated by circus entrepreneur as a Cologne carnival
Cologne carnival
The Cologne Carnival is a carnival that takes place every year in Cologne, Germany. Traditionally, the "fifth season" is declared open at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of November. The Carnival spirit is then temporarily suspended during the Advent and Christmas period, and picks up again in...

 joke. Currently (since 24 July 2008) the eighth Hennes is the acting mascot. Another nickname, more common locally due to its ambiguity, is FC, a common German abbreviation for football clubs. Characteristic for the dialect spoken around Cologne, this is pronounced "EF-tsay", in contrast to the high language pronunciation of the abbreviation where the emphasis is on the "C".

Like many of Germany's other professional football clubs, 1. FC Köln is part of a larger sports club that also incorporates departments playing other sports, in this case handball
Team handball
Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team...

, table tennis and gymnastics. The club's main rivals are Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach is a German association football club based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. The team plays in the Bundesliga and is one of the country's most well-known, well-supported, and successful teams. Borussia Mönchengladbach has over 40,000 members and is the sixth...

, Bayer Leverkusen, and Fortuna Düsseldorf
Fortuna Düsseldorf
' is a German association football club based in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, currently playing in the second tier of German league football, the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga...

 – all clubs from the same general region, near the river Rhine.

Predecessor sides


Kölner BC was formed on 6 June 1901 by a group of young men who were unhappy as part of the gymnastics club FC Borussia Köln and far more interested in football. BC was a competitive side in the Zehnerliga West in the years before World War I who took the Westdeutsche championship in 1912 and advanced to the preliminary rounds of the national finals. Their next best result was a losing appearance in the 1920 league final, where they lost a 1–3 to Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach is a German association football club based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. The team plays in the Bundesliga and is one of the country's most well-known, well-supported, and successful teams. Borussia Mönchengladbach has over 40,000 members and is the sixth...

.


Spielvereinigung 1907 Köln-Sülz was established in 1907 as Sülzer Sportverein and on 1 January 1919 merged with Fußball Club 1908 Hertha Sülz to form SpVgg. They won the Westdeutscher title in 1928 and they too went out in the early rounds of the national finals in their turn on that stage. They went on to play as a top flight club in the Gauliga Mittelrhein
Gauliga Mittelrhein
The Gauliga Mittelrhein was the highest football league in the central and southern part of the Prussian Rhine Province from 1933 to 1945. Shortly after the formation of the league, the Nazis reorganised the administrative regions in Germany, and the Gaue Köln-Aachen and Moselland replaced the...

, one of sixteen premier level divisions established in 1933 in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. The side earned generally good results through the 30s – including a divisional championship in 1939 – but then faltered in the early 40s. After the 1941 season the Gauliga Mittlerhein was split into two new divisions: the Gauliga Köln-Aachen and the Gauliga Moselland, which included clubs from occupied Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Luxembourg , officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg , is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. It has two principal regions: the Oesling in the North as part of the Ardennes massif, and the Gutland in the south...

. Sülz struggled until they were united with VfL Köln 1899 for the 1943–44 season to form the combined wartime side Kriegspielgemeinschaft VfL 99/Sülz 07 which promptly won the Gauliga Köln-Aachen title by a single point over SG Düren 99 in a close race. The club did not play the next campaign as war overtook the region.

A successful new club



After the union of these two predecessor sides, 1. FC Köln began play in the tough Oberliga West in the 1949–50 season and by 1954 had won their first divisional championship. That same year they lost a 1–0 German Cup final to VfB Stuttgart
VfB Stuttgart
Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V., commonly known as VfB Stuttgart, is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The club is best known for its football team, which has participated in all but two Bundesliga seasons...

. Die Geißböcke won their second divisional championship in 1960 and this time parlayed that title into an appearance in the national final against Hamburg
Hamburger SV
Hamburger Sport-Verein, usually referred to as HSV in Germany and Hamburg in international parlance, is a German multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department...

, where they went down to a 2–3 defeat. They went on to finish first in the Oberliga West in each of the next three seasons and again played their way to the national final in 1962 and 1963. They won the '62 match 4–0 over Nuremberg resulting in entry to the European Cup where they were one of the favourites to win the trophy. In the first round FC Koln visited Dundee FC of Scotland and lost 1-8, and despite winning the second leg back in Germany by 4-0 they were out of the tournament. In the following year's contest they lost 1–3 to Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund, commonly BVB, are a German sports club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. Dortmund are one of the most successful clubs in German football history. Borussia Dortmund play in the Bundesliga, the top league of German football...

. By virtue of their appearance in the 1963 final they were selected as one of the original sixteen teams to play in the Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

, Germany's new professional football league. Köln continued their winning ways by becoming the first ever Bundesliga champion in the league's inaugural 1963–64 season. The most successful year for the club was 1978, where they won the national championship for the third time and also captured the national cup.

The most infamous result to fans was possibly a match played in the quarter-finals of the 1965 European Cup, where they met England's Liverpool F.C.
Liverpool F.C.
Liverpool Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside. Liverpool has won eighteen League titles, second most in English football, seven FA Cups and a record seven League Cups...

 After two 0–0 draws, a third game was played which was also a stalemate, this time 2–2. As the penalty shootout had not yet been introduced as the means of deciding a tie, Köln went out of the competition on the toss of a coin. Ironically enough there was the need for a second coin toss, because the first time the coin stuck vertically in the ground.

21st century: ups and downs


In recent years, the club's performance was mixed. The FC holds the doubtful distinction of the worst goal drought in Bundesliga history; in 2002, the supporters had to wait 1034 excruciating minutes (equivalent to eleven games and a half) until Thomas Cichon
Thomas Cichon
Thomas Cichon is a German football player who plays for Moroka Swallows in the South African Premier Soccer League.-External links:* at transfermarkt.de...

 found the back of the net again.http://www.fussballdaten.de/bundesliga/2002/25/fckoeln-herthabsc/

In the early years of the Bundesliga, 1. FC Köln was the most successful club in West Germany in terms of total points won. However, beginning in the early 1990s the club's performance fell, and in 1998 they were relegated for the first time. Since about 2000, the side has been a "yo-yo team", moving between the first and second divisions. They returned to the Bundesliga at the end of the 2004–05 season as 2. Bundesliga champions after having been relegated the season before. There was little optimism about their return to the top flight as they were picked by German football magazine Kicker as one of the clubs most likely to be relegated.

This prediction came true when Köln lost to Hamburg
Hamburger SV
Hamburger Sport-Verein, usually referred to as HSV in Germany and Hamburg in international parlance, is a German multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department...

 0–1 in the third to last match of the season. The club finished the season in second to last place and was relegated after conceding a league-worst 71 goals. The team's most prolific goalscorer was Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Lukas Josef Podolski ; born Łukasz Podolski ) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker/winger for 1. FC Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before...

 with a total of 12 goals, who transferred to Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich , is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. It is best known for its professional football team, which is the most successful football club in Germany, having won 22 national titles and 15 cups....

 after the end of the season. He also appeared with the national side in the 2006 World Cup competition.

In late 2006, former coach Christoph Daum
Christoph Daum
Christoph Daum is a German football coach, currently managing Club Brugge.-Career as a player:Daum began his football career in 1971 in the youth league with Hamborn 07, transferred in 1972 to Eintracht Duisburg and then in 1975 to 1...

 was convinced to once again take the helm of the 2. Bundesliga club and succeeded in leading the club back to the 1. Bundesliga in 2008. After a successful Bundesliga campaign in 2008–09 Daum left Köln towards his former club Fenerbahçe. Also Köln's former star-striker Lukas Podolski returned for the 2009–10 season.

After a poor run of form in the 2010/2011 season getting only one win from their opening nine Bundesliga fixtures FC Köln displaced coach Zvonimir Soldo with Frank Schaefer
Frank Schaefer
Frank Schaefer is a German football manager and head coach of the German Fußball-Bundesliga team 1. FC Köln until the end of the season 2010/11.He resigned April 27,2011.- References :...

. The former Norwegian national team player and recent F.C. Copenhagen
F.C. Copenhagen
F.C. Copenhagen is a professional Danish football club in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is part of the Parken Sport & Entertainment....

 coach, Ståle Solbakken
Ståle Solbakken
Ståle Solbakken is a Norwegian football coach and a former player. He was named 2004 Norwegian Manager of the Year, and has won five Danish Superliga championships with Copenhagen....

 is now replacing Schaefer.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position Points Goal difference Top goalscorers
1990–91 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
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 (I)
7th 37:31 +7   Maurice Banach
Maurice Banach
Maurice "Mucki" Banach was a German footballer.-Biography:Banach was the son of a German seaman and an American GI, and rose to become one of the most hopeful talents in 1980s German football....

 14 ,   Ralf Sturm
Ralf Sturm
Ralf Sturm is a retired German football player. He is the son of Hans Sturm.-Honours:* DFB-Pokal finalist: 1991.* Bundesliga runner-up: 1989, 1990.-External links:...

 9 ,   Frank Ordenewitz
Frank Ordenewitz
Frank Ordenewitz is a retired German football player. He was capped 2 times for the West German national team. In a German League match against FC Cologne on 7 May 1988 the Werder Bremen player admitted handball in the penalty area to the referee. Cologne went on to win the match 2–0...

 7
1991–92 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
4th 44:32 +17   Frank Ordenewitz
Frank Ordenewitz
Frank Ordenewitz is a retired German football player. He was capped 2 times for the West German national team. In a German League match against FC Cologne on 7 May 1988 the Werder Bremen player admitted handball in the penalty area to the referee. Cologne went on to win the match 2–0...

 11 ,   Henri Fuchs
Henri Fuchs
Henri Fuchs is a retired German football striker who coached Rot-Weiß Erfurt.- Career :Fuchs has played for 1. FC Köln, Chemnitzer FC, Dynamo Dresden, VfB Leipzig, Hansa Rostock and Rot-Weiß Erfurt.- International :...

 10 ,   Maurice Banach
Maurice Banach
Maurice "Mucki" Banach was a German footballer.-Biography:Banach was the son of a German seaman and an American GI, and rose to become one of the most hopeful talents in 1980s German football....

 10 ,   Anders Giske
Anders Giske
Anders Giske is a retired Norwegian football player. He is the father of Madeleine Giske. He became the athletic director in Sogndal in 2005 after working in SK Brann.-Honours:* DFB-Pokal finalist: 1990–91...

 6 ,   Ralf Sturm
Ralf Sturm
Ralf Sturm is a retired German football player. He is the son of Hans Sturm.-Honours:* DFB-Pokal finalist: 1991.* Bundesliga runner-up: 1989, 1990.-External links:...

 5
1992–93 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
12th 41:51 -10   Frank Ordenewitz
Frank Ordenewitz
Frank Ordenewitz is a retired German football player. He was capped 2 times for the West German national team. In a German League match against FC Cologne on 7 May 1988 the Werder Bremen player admitted handball in the penalty area to the referee. Cologne went on to win the match 2–0...

 9 ,   Henri Fuchs
Henri Fuchs
Henri Fuchs is a retired German football striker who coached Rot-Weiß Erfurt.- Career :Fuchs has played for 1. FC Köln, Chemnitzer FC, Dynamo Dresden, VfB Leipzig, Hansa Rostock and Rot-Weiß Erfurt.- International :...

 6
1993–94 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
11th 34:34 -2   Toni Polster 17 ,   Stefan Kohn
Stefan Kohn
Stefan Kohn is a retired German football player.-Honours:* Goal of the Year winner: 1986.* UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winner: 1992.* Bundesliga champion: 1993.-External links:...

 6
1994–95 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
10th 32:36 ±0   Toni Polster 17 ,   Bruno Labbadia
Bruno Labbadia
Bruno Labbadia is a former German footballer of Italian heritage who is now head coach of German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.- Club career :...

 14
1995–96 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
12th 40 -2   Toni Polster 11
1996–97 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
10th 44 ±0   Toni Polster 21 ,   Ion Vlădoiu
Ion Vladoiu
Ion "Jean" Vlădoiu, , is a retired Romanian football player one of the very few who played for the biggest teams of Romania - Steaua Bucureşti, Rapid Bucharest, Dinamo Bucharest, Universitatea Craiova and Argeş Piteşti....

 8 ,   Holger Gaißmayer 5
1997–98 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
17th 36 -15   Toni Polster 13 ,   René Tretschok
René Tretschok
René Tretschok is a retired German footballer who has played for Borussia Dortmund and was part of their Champions League victory in 1997. He scored an important goal in the semi final of their victorious campaign against Manchester United, giving Dortmund a crucial 1-0 lead going into the second...

 8 ,   Khodadad Azizi
Khodadad Azizi
Khodadad Azizi is an Iranian retired professional football striker and a current coach.-International career:Azizi represented Iran at the 1996 Asian cup, 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2000 Asian Cup...

 5
1998–99 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 (II)
10th 45 -7   Dorinel Munteanu
Dorinel Munteanu
Dorinel Ionel Munteanu is a Romanian former football midfielder, and current manager of Oţelul Galaţi.-Club career:Munteanu started to play football for Metalul Bocşa, a team which offered him the first chance to play in Divizia B in 1986...

 7
1999–00 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 (II)
1st 65 +29   Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner is a German football coach and a former player. As of January 2009, he is managing the under-17 youth team for 1. FC Köln.-External links:...

 14 ,   Markus Kurth
Markus Kurth
Markus Kurth is a German former footballer.-External links:* *...

 9 ,   Christian Timm
Christian Timm
Christian Timm is a football striker who plays for Karlsruher SC.Starting his career at Dortmund in 1996 he managed just 15 appearances for the club and eventually moved to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga club 1...

 7 ,   Christian Springer
Christian Springer
Christian Springer is a retired German football player.-External links:...

 7 ,   Georgi Donkov
Georgi Donkov
Georgi Donkov is a Bulgarian former football player who works as assistant coach of Wacker Burghausen.-Career:In his career Donkov played for Levski Sofia, Botev Plovdiv and CSKA Sofia. He played also in Germany fot VfL Bochum, 1...

 6
2000–01 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
10th 46 +7   Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner is a German football coach and a former player. As of January 2009, he is managing the under-17 youth team for 1. FC Köln.-External links:...

 11 ,   Christian Timm
Christian Timm
Christian Timm is a football striker who plays for Karlsruher SC.Starting his career at Dortmund in 1996 he managed just 15 appearances for the club and eventually moved to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga club 1...

 8 ,   Markus Kurth
Markus Kurth
Markus Kurth is a German former footballer.-External links:* *...

 7 ,   Archil Arveladze
Archil Arveladze
Archil Arveladze is a retired Georgian professional footballer.-Career:He has played for various sides in Europe. After a youth career with local team Iberia Tbilisi, the striker began his senior career at Georgian champion team, Dinamo Tbilisi...

 7 ,   Christian Springer
Christian Springer
Christian Springer is a retired German football player.-External links:...

 6
2001–02 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
17th 29 -35   Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner is a German football coach and a former player. As of January 2009, he is managing the under-17 youth team for 1. FC Köln.-External links:...

 9 ,   Markus Kurth
Markus Kurth
Markus Kurth is a German former footballer.-External links:* *...

 5
2002–03 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 (II)
2nd 65 +18   Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz is a German former football player.- Career :The right winger Matthias Scherz played for the amateur club Rot-Weiß Scheeßel until 1994. Then, at the age of 22, he joined FC St. Pauli. His first two years in Hamburg he was member of their amateur team...

 18 ,   Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner
Dirk Lottner is a German football coach and a former player. As of January 2009, he is managing the under-17 youth team for 1. FC Köln.-External links:...

 13 ,   Florian Kringe
Florian Kringe
Florian Kringe is a German footballer who plays for Fußball-Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as a midfielder.-Career:...

 7 ,   Christian Springer
Christian Springer
Christian Springer is a retired German football player.-External links:...

 6 ,   Francis Kioyo
Francis Kioyo
Francis Adissa Kioyo is a German footballer of Cameroonian descent, who currently plays for SpVgg Bayreuth.-Notes:...

 5
2003–04 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
18th 23 -25   Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Lukas Josef Podolski ; born Łukasz Podolski ) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker/winger for 1. FC Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before...

 10
2004–05 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 (II)
1st 67 +29   Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Lukas Josef Podolski ; born Łukasz Podolski ) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker/winger for 1. FC Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before...

 24 ,   Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz is a German former football player.- Career :The right winger Matthias Scherz played for the amateur club Rot-Weiß Scheeßel until 1994. Then, at the age of 22, he joined FC St. Pauli. His first two years in Hamburg he was member of their amateur team...

 11 ,   Marius Ebbers
Marius Ebbers
Marius Ebbers is a German footballer who plays for FC St. Pauli.-References:...

 9 ,   Alexander Voigt
Alexander Voigt
Alexander Voigt is a German football player, who plays for FC Carl Zeiss Jena.- Career :Voigt started his career with 1. FC Köln , where he also started to play when he was only nine years old. He also played in the Netherlands for Roda Kerkrade , before moving to FC Carl Zeiss Jena, where he...

 5
2005–06 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
17th 30 -22   Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Lukas Josef Podolski ; born Łukasz Podolski ) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker/winger for 1. FC Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before...

 12 ,   Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz is a German former football player.- Career :The right winger Matthias Scherz played for the amateur club Rot-Weiß Scheeßel until 1994. Then, at the age of 22, he joined FC St. Pauli. His first two years in Hamburg he was member of their amateur team...

 8 ,   Albert Streit
Albert Streit
Albert Streit is a German footballer who plays in midfield for Schalke 04 II.-Career:Streit signed a three-year contract with Eintracht Frankfurt following the relegation of his previous team, 1. FC Köln, on 9 May 2006....

 6
2006–07 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 (II)
9th 46 -1   Patrick Helmes
Patrick Helmes
Patrick Helmes is a German football striker who plays for VfL Wolfsburg. Until September 2007 he was captain of 1. FC Köln.-Early career:...

 14 ,   Milivoje Novakovič
Milivoje Novakovic
Milivoje Novakovič is a Slovenian footballer who plays for 1. FC Köln and the Slovenia national team.-Club career:...

 10 ,   Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz
Matthias Scherz is a German former football player.- Career :The right winger Matthias Scherz played for the amateur club Rot-Weiß Scheeßel until 1994. Then, at the age of 22, he joined FC St. Pauli. His first two years in Hamburg he was member of their amateur team...

 9
2007–08 2. Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

 (II)
3rd 60 +18   Milivoje Novakovič
Milivoje Novakovic
Milivoje Novakovič is a Slovenian footballer who plays for 1. FC Köln and the Slovenia national team.-Club career:...

 20 ,   Patrick Helmes
Patrick Helmes
Patrick Helmes is a German football striker who plays for VfL Wolfsburg. Until September 2007 he was captain of 1. FC Köln.-Early career:...

 17 ,   Roda Antar
Roda Antar
Roda Antar is a Lebanese football midfielder who currently plays for Shandong Luneng Taishan in the Chinese Super League, and is captain of the Lebanon national team....

 7 ,   Youssef Mohamad
Youssef Mohamad
Youssef Wasef Mohamad is a Lebanese footballer currently playing for Al-Ahli in the UAE Football League and the Lebanon national team. He represented Lebanon at the 2000 Asian Cup and also captained of the team from November 2004 to August 2005.-Club career:...

 5
2008–09 Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
12th 39 -15   Milivoje Novakovič
Milivoje Novakovic
Milivoje Novakovič is a Slovenian footballer who plays for 1. FC Köln and the Slovenia national team.-Club career:...

 16
2009–10
2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga
The 2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga was the 47th season of the Fußball-Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. The season commenced on 7 August 2009 with the traditional season opening match involving the defending champions VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart. The last games were played on 8 May 2010...

Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
13th 38 -9   Milivoje Novakovič
Milivoje Novakovic
Milivoje Novakovič is a Slovenian footballer who plays for 1. FC Köln and the Slovenia national team.-Club career:...

 6 ,   Zoran Tošić
Zoran Tošic
Zoran Tošić is a Serbian footballer who plays as a left winger for CSKA Moscow. Born in Zrenjanin, Tošić began his career with his local side Proleter Zrenjanin. He then joined Budućnost Banatski Dvor, who then merged with Proleter to form Banat Zrenjanin...

 5
2010–11
2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga
The 2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga was the 48th season of the Fußball-Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. The season started on the weekend of 21 August 2010 with the traditional season opening match involving the defending champions and ended with the last games on 14 May 2011. The winter...

Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)
10th 44 -15   Milivoje Novakovič
Milivoje Novakovic
Milivoje Novakovič is a Slovenian footballer who plays for 1. FC Köln and the Slovenia national team.-Club career:...

 17 ,   Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Lukas Josef Podolski ; born Łukasz Podolski ) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker/winger for 1. FC Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before...

 13
2011–12
2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga
The 2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga is the 49th season of the Fußball-Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. The season started on 5 August 2011 with the season opening match involving defending champions Borussia Dortmund and will end with the last games on 5 May 2012...

Bundesliga
Fußball-Bundesliga
The Fußball-Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. At the top of Germany's football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga...

 (I)

Honours

  • German Champions
    • Winner (3) : 1961–62
      German football championship 1962
      The 58th German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1961–62. 1. FC Köln were crowned champions for the first time after a group stage and a final, having previously reached the final in 1960, where they lost to Hamburger SV.On the...

      , 1963–64, 1977–78
    • Runners-up (7): 1960, 1963, 1965, 1973, 1982, 1989, 1990

  • DFB-Pokal
    DFB-Pokal
    The DFB-Pokal or DFB Cup is a German knockout football cup competition held annually. 64 teams participate in the competition, including all clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. It is considered the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga...

    • Winner (4) : 1968, 1977, 1978, 1983
    • Runners-up (6): 1954, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1980, 1991

  • UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup
    • Runners-up (1): 1986


  • Uhrencup
    Uhrencup
    The Uhrencup is a club football tournament, held annually in Switzerland.The tournament usually features four teams , each playing two matches, and is held in July at Stadion Brühl in Grenchen. As a friendly tournament, the format tends to be fluid...

    : 1991
  • Joan Gamper Trophy
    Joan Gamper Trophy
    The Joan Gamper Trophy or Joan Gamper Cup is an annual friendly football competition held in August, before the start of Spanish club FC Barcelona's La Liga season. The competition is hosted by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium and is named in honour of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player,...

     of Barcelona: 1978, 1981
  • Trofeo Villa de Gijón
    Trofeo Villa de Gijón
    The Trofeo Villa de Gijón, called Trofeo Costa Verde until 1992, is a friendly football tournament played annually since 1962 in Estadio Municipal El Molinón in Gijón, Asturias, Spain.- List of champions :- List of winners :- External links :**...

     1973

Youth

  • German Under 19 championship
    • Champions: 1971
    • Runners-up: 1974, 1983, 1992
  • German Under 17 championship
    • Champions: 1990, 2011
  • Under 19 Bundesliga West
    Under 19 Bundesliga (football)
    The Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga is the highest level in German Under 19 football. It was created in 2003 and is divided in three divisions with 14 teams each...

    • Champions: 2008

Stadium


The team plays its home matches in the RheinEnergie Stadion, with a capacity of little over 50,000. The name comes from a contract with the local power supplier RheinEnergy AG that will last till 2014. However, most fans still call the stadium "Müngersdorfer Stadion", according to the former stadium and the suburb Müngersdorf, where it is located.

Current squad


For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers winter 2010–11 and List of German football transfers summer 2011.

Players out on loan


1. FC Köln II squad


Manager:   Rainer Thomas

Women's section


Since July 2009 the club has had a women's football section. FFC Brauweiler Pulheim
FFC Brauweiler Pulheim
FFC Brauweiler Pulheim 2000 was a German women's football club based in Pulheim, North Rhine-Westphalia. It was founded when the women's section of Grün-Weiß Brauweiler in 2000 established its own club. The team played its last season in the Regionalliga, the German third division. Afterwards the...

 dissolved their club to join 1. FC Köln. The team is coached by Klaus Schmischke and plays in the 2nd Bundesliga
2. Fußball-Bundesliga (women)
The 2nd Women's Football Bundesliga is the second league competition for women's football in Germany. It is divided into 2 groups of north and south...

. In their first season in 2009–10, they managed a solid 3rd place. They play in the Franz-Kremer-Stadion.
Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts DFB-Cup
2009–10
2009–10 2. Fußball-Bundesliga (women)
The 2009–10 season of the 2nd Fußball-Bundesliga is the sixth season of Germany's second-tier women's football league. It began on 20 September 2009 and the date set for the final relegation game is 30 May 2009...

 
2nd Bundesliga South
2. Fußball-Bundesliga (women)
The 2nd Women's Football Bundesliga is the second league competition for women's football in Germany. It is divided into 2 groups of north and south...

 (II)
3 14 3 5 54 24 45 Quarter final
2010–11
2010–11 2. Fußball-Bundesliga (women)
The 2010–11 season of the Women's 2nd Fußball-Bundesliga was the seventh season of Germany's second-tier women's football league. It began on 15 August 2010 and ended regular season ended on 1 May 2011. For the first time the 2nd Bundesliga was won by a reserve team, when Hamburg II won the...

 
2nd Bundesliga South 2 16 3 3 74 19 51 Round of 16
2010–11 Frauen DFB-Pokal
The DFB-Pokal 2010–11 was the 31st season of the cup competition, Germany's second-most important title in women's football. 1. FFC Frankfurt defeated 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 2–1 in the final in Cologne on 26 March 2011.-Participating clubs:...

Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

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