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Regionalliga Nordost
Promotion To
2nd Bundesliga
Relegation To
NOFV-Oberliga Nord
NOFV-Oberliga Süd
Number of Seasons
Replaced by
Regionalliga Nord
Regionalliga Süd
Level on Pyramid
Level 3
Last Champions 1999-2000
1. FC Union Berlin

The Regionalliga Nordost was the third tier of the German football league system in the states of former East Germanymarker and West-Berlin from 1994 to 2000. As such, it was almost identical in territorial cover to the old DDR-Oberliga.


The Regionalliga Nordost was formed in 1994 to form a regional third level of play between the 2nd Bundesliga and the NOFV-Oberligas Nord, Mitte and Süd. The league was made up of 18 clubs, with two coming from the 2nd Bundesliga and six each from Mitte and Nord while the south only send four. It was formed alongside three other Regionalligas, the Regionalliga Nord, West/Südwest and Süd. With the introduction of the Regionalliga also went the disbanding of the central division of the NOFV-Oberligas. Its clubs were spread between the remaining two.

The founding members of the Regionalliga Nordost were:

From the 2nd Bundesliga:

From the NOFV-Oberliga Nord:

From the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte:

From the NOFV-Oberliga Süd:

The league always contained 18 teams throughout its six year existence..

The league winner was not always promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga. The champions of the Regionalligas Nord and Nordost had to play-off for a spot in the 2nd Bundesliga from 1996 to 2000. The winner of this contest was promoted, the loser faced the runners-ups of the Regionalligas Süd and West/Südwest for another spot in the second division.

In 1997, Energie Cottbus became the first club from the Regionalliga to reach a German Cup final, losing 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart.

The league only existed for six seasons. In 2000, the numbers of Regionalligas was reduced from four to two which meant that most clubs from the league went to the Regionalliga Nord. Some clubs from the very south went to the Regionalliga Süd.

With the changes in the German league system in 2008, the number of Regionalligas will be extended to three with the interception of the Regionalliga West, a league which essentially is a reformation of the Regionalliga West/Südwest. The Regionalliga Nordost will not be reformed, however. Instead, its clubs will remain with the Regionalliga Nord and any teams from its region which now play in the Regionalliga Süd will swap to the northern group as well, unless they qualify for the 2nd or 3rd Bundesliga.

Disbanding of the Regionalliga Nordost

When the league was discontinued in 2000, the first seven clubs in the league went to the two remaining Regionalligas, five to the north and two to the south, these being the two clubs from the state of Thüringen. The other eleven league teams were relegated down to the NOFV-Oberligas.

To the Regionalliga Nord:

To the Regionalliga Süd:

Winners and runners-up of the Regionalliga Nordost

Season Winner Runner-Up
1994-95 FC Carl Zeiss Jena FC Sachsen Leipzig
1995-96 Tennis Borussia Berlin 1. FC Union Berlin
1996-97 Energie Cottbus Erzgebirge Aue
1997-98 Tennis Borussia Berlin Dynamo Dresden
1998-99 Chemnitzer FC VfB Leipzig
1999-2000 1. FC Union Berlin Dresdner SC
  • In 1995, FC Carl Zeiss Jena was promoted.
  • In 1997, Energie Cottbus was promoted.
  • In 1998, Tennis Borussia Berlin was promoted.
  • In 1999, Chemnitzer FC was promoted.

Placings in the Regionalliga Nordost 1994 to 2000

Club 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1. FC Union Berlin 3 2 5 6 6 1
Chemnitzer FC II BL II BL 4 8 1 II BL
Tennis Borussia Berlin 4 1 6 1 II BL II BL
Energie Cottbus 7 3 1 II BL II BL II BL
FC Carl Zeiss Jena 1 II BL II BL II BL 9 4
Dresdner SC 13 2
Erzgebirge Aue 9 5 2 7 7 3
SV Babelsberg 03 14 15 5
FC Sachsen Leipzig 2 6 9 4 14 6
Rot-Weiß Erfurt 5 7 3 5 10 7
Dynamo Dresden BL 4 7 2 11 8
VfB Leipzig II BL II BL II BL II BL 2 9
1. FC Magdeburg 12 3 10
Hertha BSC Berlin II 13 18 11
FC Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt 8 14 8 3 17 12
VFC Plauen 10 10 5 13
VfL Halle 1896 14
Tennis Borussia Berlin II 15
Lok Altmark Stendal 16 8 11 9 12 16
Dynamo Berlin 11 13 13 11 8 17
FSV Zwickau II BL II BL II BL II BL 4 18
Spandauer SV 14 10 16 13 16
SD Croatia Berlin 18
Hertha Zehlendorf 10 12 15 15
Reinickendorfer Füchse 6 9 14 16
FSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen 11 12 17
Hansa Rostock II 18
SC Charlottenburg 17
FSV Velten 15 18
Bischofswerdaer FV 08 12 16
FSV Optik Rathenow 15 17
BSV Stahl Brandeburg 17
Türkiyemspor Berlin 18

  • BL denotes club played in the Bundesliga.
  • II BL denotes club played in the 2nd Bundesliga.


"Kicker Almanach" The Football Yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine

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