Eintracht Braunschweig


Founded in 1895, as FuCC Eintracht (Fussball and Cricket Club), Eintracht is one of northern Germany's most famous and popular clubs. In recent years, the club has fallen on hard times, and the only real success was winning the Bundesliga title in 1967. However, this started a slow decline which eventually led to relegation in the early 70s.

Pre-WWII results were generally solid, with Eintracht usually near the top of the regional league (then known as Braunschweiger SV Eintracht).

Eintracht has provided some 13 internationals to the national team, mostly players from the 1960s-70s. Among the best known are Horst Wolter (13 caps), Lothar Ulsaß (10 caps) and Bernd Franke (7 caps). During this period, Braunschweig experienced the highpoint of the club's existence: the Bundesliga title in the 1966/67 season. This was a solid team of veterans that mostly were local lads, and were given little respect by the rest of the league. Indeed, they did have trouble scoring goals (only 49, Lothar Ulsass led with a mere 15), but they had the best defense by far, anchored by GK Wolters, defenders Peter Kaack and Jurgen Moll. This was a team that could grind out the points. They led Eintracht Frankfurt by two points after the 18th round, and managed to hold that until the end. Although they did have a good season two years later, within 5 years the club was relegated for the first time.

In 1973, Eintracht had it's greatest impact on German soccer. Their team was crap, but they became the first club to carry a sponsor on their uniform. The company was Jägermeister, maker of that gross herbal liquer. They originally had the full sponsor, but teh DFB objected. Eventually it was shrunk down so that the club emblem was essentially the Jägermeister deer. (In later years, the league relented somewhat, and sponsors could have their name prominrntly displayed). Overall, the 1970s were reasonbly decent years for the club on the field.

By the mid 1980s, Eintracht was running out of gas, going up-down and finally a drop into the 3rd division for the first time in club history. After that drop, they quickly returned to the 2nd level, but without distinction, finally falling back down in 1993.

Throughout the late 1990s, the club seemed to be on the verge of breaking back into the 2nd division, only to choke near the finish line. When they finally made it back, in 2002, it was only for one season, and the dropped back down.

A brief stay in the 2.Liga starting in 2005 proved to be too much. The club reasonably well at the gate, but on the field they were overmatched. Eintracht started the inaugural 3.Liga season with hope, but struggled to compete. They never really worried about relegation, but never threatened to move up either. On the positive side, they did well at the box office, and seemed to be building a solid squad.

All the hard work paid off, and in 2013 Eintracht was back in the Bundesliga after an almost 30 year absence. Of course, they were immediately relegated, but given the meager resources, they gave a reasonably good account of themselves, and a win on the last day might have even them stay up.

The future is hard to predict, but the fact that the club has been conservative financially would seem to indicate that they ride the elevator between the top and 2nd flights on a regular basis.

Full Name Braunschweiger Turn- und Sportverein Eintracht von 1895 e.V.
City Braunschweig (Niedersachsen). Pop: 245,500 (2002).
Address Hamburger Straße 210, 38112 Braunschweig
Phone: (0531) 232300 Fax: (0531) 2323030 Open Tu-Fri 10-13, 1400-1700
e-mail: eintracht@eintracht.com
Colors Yellow shirts, blue shorts. Also black jersey with yellow trim.
Nicknames Die Löwen (The Lions)
Stadium Hamburger Straße Capacity: 25,000 (9,800 seats).
The stadium was built in 1923, previously they had played in a small park on Helmstedter street that cost RM 5,000 and held 300 folks. (Hey, we're talking 1905). It was torn down in 1931.
Tickets Range from 7-18 euros, although there is sometype of luxury suites for 84 euros (2003/04)
Supporters Averaged 10,000 in 2004 (Regionalliga). Some of the strongest support in northern Germany. Lots of fan clubs. A good contact is through the internet fan club Webloewen (web Lions).
Friends 1.FC Magdeburg, SV Waldhof Mannheim and Swiss club FC Basel.
Foes Hannover 96 is a bitter foe, as is of course VfL Wolfsburg.
Heroes 13 German internationals. Most notable are midfielder Lothar Ulsaß, (10 caps, 1965-69) and keeper Horst Wolter (13, 1967-70)
Beer Feldsclösschen and Wolters.
Pub Grub Eintracht-Klause , Roggenkamp 1, 38112 Braunschweig - close to stadium, is highly recommended. Foreign vistors are welcomed: "It's the meeting point of the Webloewen - they are never involved in trouble and are friendly and helpful to every visitor."
The Net One of the first clubs to jump onto the internet, the official site is www.eintracht.com . This is almost a model site, although it's only in German.

Recent History:

2013-14 (I)	Bundesliga		18th
2012-13 (II)    2.Liga			2nd
2011-12 (II)    2.Liga			8th
2010-11 (III)   3.Liga                  1st

2009-10 (III)   3.Liga                  4th
2008-09 (III)   3.Liga                  13th
2007-08 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       10th
2006-07 (II)    2.Liga            	18th
2005-06 (II)    2.Liga            	12th
2004-05 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       1st
2003-04 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       6th
2002-03 (II)    2.Liga            	15th
2001-02 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       2nd
2000-01 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       8th

1999-00 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       3rd 
1998-99 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       3rd
1997-98 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       2nd
1996-97 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       2nd
1995-96 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       2nd
1994-95 (III)   Regionalliga Nord       6th
1993-94 (III)   Oberliga Nord           2nd
1992-93 (II)    2.Liga            	19th
1991-92 (II)    2.Liga Nord       	7th
1990-91 (II)    2.Liga            	13th

1989-90 (II)    2.Liga            	7th 
1988-89 (II)    2.Liga            	9th
1987-88 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord        1st
1986-87 (II)    2.Liga            	17th
1985-86 (II)    2.Liga            	12th
1984-85 (I)     Bundesliga              18th
1983-84 (I)     Bundesliga              9th
1982-83 (I)     Bundesliga              15th
1981-82 (I)     Bundesliga              11th
1980-81 (II)    2.Liga Nord       	2nd

1979-80 (I)     Bundesliga              18th
1978-79 (I)     Bundesliga              9th 
1977-78 (I)     Bundesliga              13th
1976-77 (I)     Bundesliga              3rd 
1975-76 (I)     Bundesliga              5th 
1974-75 (I)     Bundesliga              9th 
1973-74 (II)    Regionalliga Nord       1st 
1972-73 (I)     Bundesliga              17th
1971-72 (I)     Bundesliga              12th
1970-71	(I)	Bundesliga		4th

1969-70 (I)     Bundesliga              16th
1968-69 (I)     Bundesliga              4th
1967-68 (I)     Bundesliga              9th
1966-67 (I)     Bundesliga              1st     CHAMPIONS
1965-67 (I)     Bundesliga              10th
1964-65 (I)     Bundesliga              9th
1963-64 (I)     Bundesliga              11th

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany : www.abseits-soccer.com