Eintracht Schwerin

This club grew out of the two main GDR era Schwerin clubs, BSG Motor and SG Dynamo. Both tried to go it alone after reunification, but in 1997, they merged to form Eintracht.

Schwerin soccer roots got their start back in 1900, as Wacker Schwerin and VfL Schwerin. 3 years later, Schweriner FC 03 was formed as well. All three joined together in 1938 to form powerhouse Schweriner Sportverein (SSV). Unfortunately, perhaps this union's lack of stunning success would be a precursor to the later union. In any case, SSV was banned by Soviet authorities in 1945.

Like all, "Dynamo" clubs, SG Dynamo Schwerin was controlled by the GDR secret police, but never really got advantages like their Berlin cousins. the club was founded in 1948 as SG Deutsche Volkspolizei, and became Dynamo in 1951. They bounced around, but eventually found stability after the reorganization of GDR football in the mid-1960s. From that point on, they were always found in the 2nd Division of GDR football, but never really threatened to make a name for themselves until the Wall collapsed. First, their name was changed to simply Polizei Schwerin. Then they sensationally reached the final of the NOFV Cup (the successor to the GDR FDGB-Pokal) against the mighty Dynamo Dresden. Although they were defeated 2-1, they qualified for the Euro Cup Winners Cup, as Dresden won the GDR championship. Although knocked out against Austria Wien, this would be the high point of Schwerin football. Post reunification otherwise was not too kind for the renamed 1.FSV Schwerin. Although they established themselves as a contender in the 4th division Oberliga NOFV, they lacked financial resources to move up. This would eventually lead to the merger with Schweriner SC.

The lineage of Schweriner SC is most distinguished not on the football field, but by constant employemnt for sign makers and football kit manufacturers - they seemed to have changed their name every couple of years. The club was founded in 1947 as SG Schwerin, and in 1949 became BSG Vorwärts Schwerin. Oddly enough, this club was not affiliated with the army (as most Vorwärts clubs were). However they did have the distinction of playing in the 1st division DDR-Oberliga - the only Schwerin club to ever do so. THis lasted one year, and they were relegated and changed their name as well: BSG Einheit Schwerin. Things continued to go downhill, so they had to change their name again in 1957 to SC Traktor Schwerin. Clearly, tractors hardly moved things fowards, and it was decided that they needed more flexibility - remember the early 1960s was the highpoint of General Motors - so in 1963 they simply became BSG Motor Schwerin. This was partially successful, as they bounced between the 2nd and 3rd divisions. As the end of the GDR loomed, the club realized they needed to become more capitalistic, so they decided to expand into other industries, becoming BSG Motor Kabelwerk Schwerin in 1988. As motors was becoming a dying industry (how can you compete with VW and BMW in a reunified Germany?), they decided to specialize again in 1990: SV Schweriner Kabelwerk. Perhaps they realized that business was not working out, so in 1991, they simply became Schweriner SC. (Actually, a little known fact was that in early 1991, it was a merger with local ISG Schwerin that brought forth VfL Schwerin - but the soccer players formed their own club - SSC.) Lack of success on the field and box office led to the merger with rivals FSV in 1997, and Eintracht was born.

Full Name Fußball-Club Eintracht Schwerin e.V.
City Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). Pop: 96,280 (2007)
Address Schleifmühlenweg 19, 19061 Schwerin
Phone: 0385/565071
Email: info@eintracht-schwerin.de
Colors Yellow jersey/blue shorts or all red
Stadium Sportpark Lambrechtsgrund. Capacity: 10,000
This, along with the Albrecht-Richter-Kampfbahn (capacity: 10,000), was the field of BSG Motor/Schwerin SC. Also, Dynamo/FSV played at the Paulshöhe (Capacity: 10,000). All of the fields are still used, although Paulshöhe seems to be the current park.
Tickets 4 euros (2007)
Supporters Averaged 130 in 2004 (Verbandsliga).
Heroes Longtime Bundesliga GK Andreas Reinke came out of the Dynamo club in 1990. Wolf-Rüdiger Netz scored some 113 DDR-Oberliga goals for BFC Dynamo from 1971-84. He came out of Dynamo Schwerin, getting transferred to the Berlin squad in 1971. Then for "disciplinary reasons" he was sent back to Schwerin in 1973 for a year.
Beer Lübzer Pils
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.eintracht-schwerin.de
An outstanding fan-page fce-fanpage.de for additional info.

Recent History:
		BSG Motor Schwerin

1972-73	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		8th
1972-73	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		12th
1976-77	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		10th
1983-84	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		12th
		Schweriner SC

1991-92	(IV)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	16th
1994-95	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	13th
1995-96	(IV)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	9th
1997 ----> see Eintracht Schwerin

		SG Dynamo Schwerin

1963-64	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		7th
1964-65	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		4th
1965-66	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		10th
1966-67	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		9th
1967-68	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		5th
1968-69	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		11th
1969-70	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		14th
1970-71	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord		6th
1971-72 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		3rd
1972-73 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		3rd
1973-74 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		3rd
1974-75 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		1st
1975-76 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		5th
1976-77 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		2nd
1977-78 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		6th
1978-79 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		4th
1979-80 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		7th
1980-81 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		3rd
1981-82 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		8th
1982-83 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		3rd
1983-84 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		2nd
1984-85 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		14th
1985-86 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		13th
1986-87 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		11th
1987-88 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		8th
1988-89 (**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		9th
		Polizei SV Schwerin

1989-90	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		14th
1990-91	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		15th
		1.FSV Schwerin

1991-92	(IV)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	2nd
1992-93	(IV)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	1st
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Nord	10th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		3rd
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		8th
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		9th

		FC Eintracht Schwerin

1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		4th
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		4th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		13th
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	1st
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		13th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		17th
2003-04	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	8th
2004-05	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	5th
2005-06	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	2nd
2006-07	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	3rd
2007-08	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	

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