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SG Dynamo Dresden are a Germanmarker football club, based in Dresdenmarker, Saxonymarker. They were founded in 1950, as a club affiliated to the East Germanmarker police, and became one of the most popular and successful clubs in East German football, winning eight league titles. Since reunification, the club's fortunes have been more turbulent, although they did play in the Bundesliga, the highest level of German football, for four years (1991–95).


In 1950, Dresden's most popular local club, SG Friedrichstadt, ran foul of the occupying Soviet authorities as being too bourgeois and not properly representative of East Germanymarker's new socialist society. After their appearance that year against Horch Zwickau in a farcial national final manipulated by the authorities, the club was broken up and its players exiled to other cities with many fleeing to the west. What was left of the club was tacked onto the worker's side BSG VVG Tabak Dresden that April.

Uncertainty and success

Logo of predecessor side SV Deutsche Volkspolizei Dresden.
Sportvereinigung Deutsche Volkspolizei Dresden was established after the war in October 1948 and was groomed as an ideologically safe "replacement" side for the city after the dismantling of SG Friedrichstadt. In July 1950, 17 players from 11 other police-sponsored clubs, most of them from SG Mickten, were delivered to SV DVP Dresden to create a competitive team wearing green and white - the state colors of Saxonymarker. The new club soon enjoyed some success; they began to attract a following and inaugurated a new stadium, won the FDGB Pokal (East German Cup) in 1952, and sent their first representatives to the national side.

The club was formally re-established as SG Dynamo Dresden on 12 April 1953 in the Schauburg cinema and changed its colors to wine-red and white. It was part of Sportvereinigung Dynamo, one of a group of multi-sport clubs built on the Soviet model to promote sport for political and nationalistic purposes. Each of these societies was affiliated to or identified with a sector of the national economy or government: in the case of Dynamo that affiliation was with the state security and police forces, including the Stasi (Ministry for State Security).

The original green Dynamo logo reflecting the club's origins as a Saxon club, the logo in use ca. 1960s-70s, and a recent variant showing championship stars.

Erich Mielke, head of the Stasi, was upset that Dresden was represented in the top-flight national league by several good sides while Berlinmarker did not have even one. In late 1954, Dynamo Dresden was packed up and moved off to the capital to become Berliner FC Dynamomarker. What was left of the team – reserves and younger players – ended up as a 2nd division side which fell to the third tier after just one season of play. The club regrouped, however, and made their way back to the top tier in 1962.

From December 1965 to January 1966, 11 East German clubs including Dynamo Dresden were separated from their parent sports clubs to be designated as Fußballclubs - football-only "focus clubs" where the country's best talent would be transferred with the object of developing players for the national team. In 1968, Dynamo Dresden took on the current team colors of black and yellow, the city colors of Dresden. They soon emerged as one of the DDR-Oberliga's best sides, enjoying a run of five championships and two Cup wins in eight years from 1971 to 1978 under coach Walter Fritzsch. During this time Dresden were the country's most popular side, regularly drawing crowds of 25,000, when most other clubs were attracting less than a third of that.

Second place to the Stasi

The Dresden team celebrate winning the cup final in 1990
Dresden and the rest of the league then came hard up against Stasi-sponsored Dynamo Berlinmarker. After a decade-and-a-half of football that had been relatively free of interference from above, there would not be a real opportunity to challenge for the title on fair terms for a decade as circumstances were manipulated in favour of Mielke's pet side: between 1979 and 1988, Dynamo Berlin won 10 consecutive titles. Dynamo Dresden earned six second-place finishes in that same period and could take some consolation in becoming East Germany's top performing side internationally. Once the hold of the secret police on the nation's football was loosened, Dynamo Dresden started winning titles again, winning the title in 1989 and the double (national and cup titles) in 1990.

German reunification and the Bundesliga

After German re-unification in 1990 the club was re-named 1. FC Dynamo Dresden. Following the subsequent merger of the East and West German leagues, they played for four years in the top flight Bundesliga, always finishing in the bottom half of the table. A last place finish in 1994-95 led to relegation, compounded by financial problems that saw the club's president imprisoned for fraud. The club was denied a license and sent all the way down to Regionalliga Nordost (III). Dynamo then struggled for some time, at one point falling to the Oberliga Nordost-Süd (IV), before clawing its way back to the 2.Bundesliga in 2004, despite on-going financial problems. Dynamo played there for two seasons, but were relegated to the Regionalliga Nord (III) in 2006. The 2006-07 campaign saw the team involved in the race for promotion early on, but a disappointing second half resulted in only a 7th place finish. In the summer of 2007 the club re-adopted its old East German name to play as SG Dynamo Dresden.

In 2008 Dynamo qualified for the inaugural 3. Liga, and after a difficult first half of the season, recovered to finish 9th. In doing so, they finished above local rivals Erzgebirge Aue, making them the top-ranked team in Saxonymarker for the first time since 1995. This was capped off by the reserve team winning both the Saxony League and Cup.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Regionalliga Nordost (III) 8th (relegated)
2000-01 NOFV-Oberliga Süd (IV) 5th
2001-02 NOFV-Oberliga Süd 1st (promoted)
2002-03 Regionalliga Nord (III) 7th
2003-04 Regionalliga Nord 2nd (promoted)
2004-05 2. Bundesliga (II) 8th
2005-06 2. Bundesliga 15th (relegated)
2006-07 Regionalliga Nord (III) 7th
2007-08 Regionalliga Nord 8th
2008-09 3. Liga (III) 9th
2009-10 3. Liga


The club plays its home fixtures at the Rudolf Harbig Stadionmarker opened in 1923.

Former players

See also: :Category:Dynamo Dresden players


Current squad

Technical staff

Name Role
Matthias Maucksch Manager
Nico Däbritz Assistant manager
Nikica Maglica Assistant manager
Gunnar Grundmann Goalkeeper Coach
Peter Tauber General Manager
Ralf Fröbel Masseur
Timo Lorenz Doctor
Thomas Jurisch Physiotherapist
Jan Seifert Reserve Team Manager
Tom Stohn Scout
Ivo Ulich Scout

Dynamo Dresden II

Dynamo Dresden's reserve team are managed by Jan Seifert and play in the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V). They are the current holders of the Saxony Cup, and the Landesliga Saxony, having won the double in 2008-09.

Current squad


Dynamo enjoyed its greatest successes under Walter Fritzsch, capturing the first division DDR-Oberliga title in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, as well as finishing as vice-champions four times. The team also took the East German Cup (FDGB Pokal) in 1971 and 1977.

Dynamo Dresden in Europe

Season Competition Round Nation Club Score
1967/1968 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1st round Rangers FC 1:1, 1:2
1970/1971 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1st round FK Partizan 0:0, 6:0
2nd round Leeds United 0:1, 2:1
1971/1972 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round Ajax Amsterdam 0:2, 0:0
1972/1973 UEFA Cup 1st round VÖEST Linz 2:0, 2:2
2nd round Ruch Chorzów 1:0, 3:0
Last 16 FC Porto 2:1, 1:0
Quarter final Liverpool FC 0:2, 0:1
1973/1974 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round Juventus 2:0, 2:3
Last 16 Bayern München 3:4, 3:3
1974/1975 UEFA Cup 1st round Randers Freja 1:1, 0:0
2nd round Dynamo Moscow 1:0, 0:1 (4:3 a.p.)
Last 16 Hamburger SV 1:4, 2:2
1975/1976 UEFA Cup 1st round ASA Târgu Mureş 2:2, 4:1
2nd round Budapest Honvéd FC 2:2, 3:0
Last 16 Torpedo Moscow 3:0, 1:1
Quarter final Liverpool FC 0:0, 1:2
1976/1977 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round S.L. Benfica 2:0, 0:0
Last 16 Ferencvarosmarker 0:1, 4:0
Quarter final FC Zürich 1:2, 3:2
1977/1978 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round Halmstads BK 2:0, 1:2
Last 16 Liverpool FC 1:5, 2:1
1978/1979 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round FK Partizan 0:2, 2:0 (5:4 a.p.)
Last 16 Bohemian F.C. 0:0, 6:0
Quarter final FK Austria Wien 1:3, 1:0
1979/1980 UEFA Cup 1st round Atlético Madrid 2:1, 3:0
2nd round VfB Stuttgart 1:1, 0:0
1980/1981 UEFA Cup 1st round FK Napredak Kruševac 1:0, 1:0
2nd round FC Twente 1:1, 0:0
Last 16 Standard Liège 1:1, 1:4
1981/1982 UEFA Cup 1st round Zenit Leningrad 2:1, 4:1
2nd round Feyenoord Rotterdam 1:2, 1:1
1982/1983 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st round B93 Kopenhagen 2:0, 1:5
1984/1985 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st round Malmö FF 0:2, 4:1
Last 16 FC Metz 3:1, 0:0
Quarter final SK Rapid Wien 3:0, 0:5
1985/1986 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1st round Cercle Brugge 2:3, 2:1
Last 16 HJK Helsinki 0:1, 7:2
Quarter final Bayer Uerdingen 2:0, 3:7
1987/1988 UEFA Cup 1st round Spartak Moscow 0:3, 1:0
1988/1989 UEFA Cup 1st round Aberdeen FC 0:0, 2:0
2nd round K.S.V. Waregem 4:1, 1:2
Last 16 AS Roma 2-0, 2-0
Quarter final Victoria Bucureşti 1:1, 4:0
Semi-final VfB Stuttgart 0:1, 1:1
1989/1990 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round AEK Athens FC 1:0, 3:5
1990/1991 European Clubs' Champions Cup 1st round Union Luxembourg 3:1, 3:0
Last 16 Malmö FF 1:1, 1:1 (5:4 a.p.)
Quarter final Red Star Belgrade 0:3, 0:3 (match abandoned)


  1. Regio Amateur Cup


  • Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  • Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German domestic league tables (in German)
  • European football club profiles and current team rosters

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