Found in Aue-Bad Schlema in Saxony, Germany, FC Erzgebirge Aue was founded in 1946. The region was formerly a part of East Germany and it was one of the founders of the 3. Liga back in 2008/2009 when Erzgebirge Aue was relegated out of the second tier of football in Germany. However, the team is now back in Bundesliga 2.
With the Aue-Bad Schlema city only having a population of roughly 20,800, it is one of the smallest cities that has still managed to have a football club in the second tier of football in the country.
However, supporters do come to the club from a bigger urban area in the nearby regions of Zwickau and Chemnitz. The team plays its home games in the Erzgebirgstadion which holds about 16,500 fans.
History of Erzgebirge Aue
The football team started in 1946 and went through a number of name changes over the years. It was performing well in a lot of the amateur leagues around their region for some years.
There were plans to move the club into the Karl-Marx-Stadt and formed a new sports club in the 1950s. However, there were protests from local miners and players were threatening a strike, which led to a compromise.
From there on out, Erzgebirge Aue became one of the best teams in East Germany. They captured the East German Cup in 1955 and the DFR-Oberliga title on four occasions in the 1950s. This saw Erzgebirge Aue take part in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup on a number of occasions.
Over the next few decades, Erzgebirge Aue performed solidly in the DDR-Obelriga and took part in the UEFA Cup in 1986 and 1988, losing out in the first and second rounds respectively. Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, the club’s name was changed again before becoming Erzgebirge Aue in 1993.
With the united German football leagues, Erzgebirge Aue was playing in regional competitions for a time. It was in 1992 that they entered the DFB-Pokal for the first time. After winning the Regionalliga Nord in 2003, Erzgebirge Aue got promoted to the second tier of German football for the first time.
They were in the mid-table finishes for a few years before getting relegated to the newly formed 3. Liga in 2008. After finishing runner-up there a couple of years later, they got back to the second tier. The club's best finish in the second tier came in 2011 when they finished in 5th place.
Erzgebirge Aue plays at a multipurpose ground called the Erzgebirgsstadion. The stadium was built in 1950 and can hold about 16,500 fans.
There was another stadium on these grounds for a number of years beforehand. It took four months to completely rebuild this arena in 1950 after the creation of the German Democratic Republic.
In the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, there were significant renovations completed of the stadium, with its name being changed in 1991. There have been subsequent redevelopments in 2010 and 2017.
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