Eintracht Braunschweig

Eintracht Braunschweig
Full name Braunschweiger Turn- und
Sportverein Eintracht von 1895 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Löwen (The Lions)
Founded 15 December 1895 (1895-12-15)
Ground Eintracht-Stadion,
Ground Capacity 23,325
Chairman Sebastian Ebel
Sporting director Marc Arnold
Coach Torsten Lieberknecht
League 2. Bundesliga
2015–16 8th
Website Club home page

Braunschweiger Turn- und Sportverein Eintracht von 1895 e.V., commonly known as Eintracht Braunschweig (German pronunciation: [ˈʔaɪ̯ntʁaxt ˈbʁaʊ̯nʃvaɪ̯k]) or BTSV [beː teː ʔɛs faʊ̯], is a German association football and sports club based in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony. The club was one of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1963 and won the national title in 1967. Currently, Braunschweig play in the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system.

Since 1923 Eintracht Braunschweig plays at the Eintracht-Stadion. The club shares a rivalry with fellow Lower Saxon side Hannover 96. In addition to the football division, Eintracht has departments for several other sports, of which historically the field hockey department has been the most successful.


Foundation and early years

Eintracht Braunschweig was founded as the football and cricket club FuCC Eintracht 1895 in 1895, became FC Eintracht von 1895 in 1906, and changed its name again into SV Eintracht in 1920.

The team has a colorful history and it quickly became one of northern Germany's favorite sides. In 1900 Eintracht Braunschweig was among the founding members of the German Football Association. They enjoyed success early on, playing in the upper tier league, winning the Northern German championship in 1908 and 1913, and placing three players on the German national team by 1914. Under the Third Reich the team played in the Gauliga Niedersachsen and managed two appearances in the national final rounds. In 1942–43, Eintracht Braunschweig went into the national championship play-offs as one of the main favorites.[1] The team under manager Georg "Schorsch" Knöpfle had just won the newly formed Gauliga Südhannover-Braunschweig with a record of 17 wins and one draw in 18 games, scoring 146 goals in the process. After a convincing 5–1 win over Victoria Hamburg in the first round, the draw saw the club paired with the other big favorites for the title, Helmut Schön's Dresdner SC. Dresden won the game held in Dresden with 4–0 and subsequently went on to win the German championship with an undefeated season.[2]

Post-war football

Walter Schmidt, one of the team's key players during the 1960s, pictured in the Eintracht-Stadion in 2009.

As part of the denazification of Germany after World War II the British authorities dissolved all previously existing sports clubs in Braunschweig and demanded the creation of a single, united sports club for the city. Because of this Eintracht Braunschweig was merged into the new club TSV Braunschweig on 2 November 1945. TSV Braunschweig finally took on the club's current name, Braunschweiger TSV Eintracht von 1895 on 1 April 1949.

The club continued to play in the top division, now the Oberliga Nord after the war, with the exception of a single season (1952–53) spent in tier II. The side was touched by tragedy in 1949 when goalkeeper Gustav Fähland died of internal bleeding a few days after being injured during a game in a collision with a Werder Bremen striker.[3] Another appearance in the final round of the national championship came in 1958.

Bundesliga football 1963 to 1985

Paul Breitner (left), Eintracht Braunschweig's most prominent signing during the 1970s.

Eintracht Braunschweig's consistently high standard of play and financial stability helped it to become one of the sixteen teams selected out of a group of forty-six applicants for play in the Bundesliga, the new federal professional league formed in 1963. Once again the side enjoyed early success, capturing the national title in the 1966–67 season under manager Helmuth Johannsen with solid defensive play. That championship team gave up only 27 goals against, which stood as a Bundesliga record until bettered by Werder Bremen in 1988.[4] Another ten players joined the national side from the team, mostly through the 60's and 70's.

The club was hit by tragedy again during the winter break of the 1968–69 season, when forward Jürgen Moll, aged 29 at the time, and his wife died in a car accident. Two charity matches were played for the benefit of the Molls' children, the first featured West Germany's 1954 FIFA World Cup winning squad in the line-up of the tournament's final, the second saw a combined squad of Eintracht Braunschweig and rivals Hannover 96 take on a Bundesliga all-star team.[5]

The club found itself embroiled in the Bundesliga scandal of 1971, but with a somewhat unusual twist. A number of players accepted payments totaling 40,000 DM – not to underperform and so lose or tie a game, but rather, to put out an extra effort to win.[6] Ultimately, two players were suspended and another ten were fined.

In 1973, in the face of some opposition from the league, Braunschweig became the first Bundesliga side to sport a sponsor logo on their jerseys – that of Wolfenbüttel-based liquor producer Jägermeister. The move paid the team 100,000 DM and introduced a new way of doing business to football that is worth millions today. Other clubs quickly followed suit. Braunschweig's game against Schalke 04 on 24 March 1973 became the first-ever Bundesliga match to feature a club having sponsorship on its jersey.[7] Jägermeister continued to sponsor the club until 1987, although a later attempt to rename the team Eintracht Jägermeister was finally refused by the German Football Association in 1983.[8]

Eintracht Braunschweig just missed a second title in 1977 when they finished third, one point back of champion Borussia Mönchengladbach and just behind second-place finisher FC Schalke 04 on goal difference. The club made news after the season by signing 1974 FIFA World Cup winner Paul Breitner from Real Madrid for a transfer fee of 1,6 million DM. However, Breitner did not fit into the team at all and was sold to Bayern Munich after just one season.[9]

Lutz Eigendorf (left)

The side counted a casualty in the Cold War in the death of Lutz Eigendorf, who fled East Germany in 1979, where he played for Dynamo Berlin, to come to the west to play for 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Shortly after his transfer to Braunschweig in 1983, he died in a motor vehicle accident which was revealed in 2000 as the assassination of a "traitor" arranged by the Stasi, East Germany's secret police.[10][11]

The club played in the Bundesliga through to the mid-80's having been relegated just twice, playing in the second division in 1973–74 and again in 1980–81. During their run of 322 games in the Bundesliga from 1963 to 1973 they set a record that still stands by not seeing a single player red-carded.[12] In 1984–85 Eintracht Braunschweig was relegated from the Bundesliga for the third time.


Regionalliga home game against VfB Lübeck in 1998.

Since the 1985–86 season the side has played at the tier II and III levels. In 1987, Braunschweig managed to set a mark even as they were demoted. They are the only team ever to have been relegated with a positive goal differential: 52 goals for and 47 against. After having been stuck in the Regionalliga for most of the 1990s, Eintracht Braunschweig moved constantly between the 2. Bundesliga and the Regionalliga during the 2000s. At the end of the 2007–2008 Regionalliga season the club was facing a severe crisis, both financially and on the field: Eintracht was in serious danger of missing out on qualification for Germany's new nationwide third-tier league 3. Liga, which would have meant Braunschweig's first ever relegation to the 4th level of the German football league system.

Recent history

However, with their new manager Torsten Lieberknecht, who had only taken over the job a few weeks before,[13] Eintracht Braunschweig managed to qualify for the 3. Liga on the last matchday of the season. Moreover, under Lieberknecht and also newly appointed director of football Marc Arnold, the club continued to steadily improve throughout the next few seasons; a resurgence on and off the field that was widely recognized by the German media.[14][15][16][17][18][19] In 2010–11 the team won promotion back into the 2. Bundesliga as champions of the 3. Liga. There Eintracht Braunschweig re-established themselves quickly, finishing the 2011–12 season comfortably mid-table. 2012–13 should prove even more successful: on the second matchday Braunschweig took over a direct promotion spot and kept it for the rest of the season. On the 31st matchday the club secured its return to the Bundesliga after 28 years in the second and third divisions with a 1–0 away win over FC Ingolstadt 04.

The team finished the 2013–14 Bundesliga season in 18th place and was therefore relegated again after one season in the top-flight. Eintracht Braunschweig had spent most of the season on a relegation spot, but had a chance to stay in the league until the very last matchday. They were officially relegated on 10 May 2014 after a 1–3 loss at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Crest and colours


Traditionally Eintracht Braunschweig plays their home games in the colours blue and yellow. Those colours are derived from the flag of the Duchy of Brunswick.



The club's crest contains a red lion on white ground. This symbol is derived from the coat of arms of the city of Braunschweig, which in turn is based on the insignia of Henry the Lion. The club badge went through various different versions during its history, most of the time however it consisted of a circular badge in blue and yellow, with a red lion on a white shield in the center of the circle.

In 1972–73, Eintracht Braunschweig scrapped the original crest and replaced it with a new design based on the logo of their sponsor Jägermeister.[20] This was initially done to get around the German FA's ban on shirt sponsors – a loophole in those rules allowed to club to put a very close looking symbol on their shirt as long as it was the club's official crest. In 1986, after Jägermeister stopped the sponsorship of the club, Eintracht Braunschweig adopted a new, diamond shaped logo containing the traditional red lion as well as the club's colours blue and yellow.

In 2011 the club members voted to return to the club's more traditional round crest. In March 2012 the club then presented the new version of the crest, which was adopted as the official logo at the start of the 2012–13 season.[21] During the 2016–17 season, the club wore a special anniversary crest, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club's 1966–67 Bundesliga title.[22]


Main article: Eintracht-Stadion

Eintracht Braunschweig plays at the Eintracht-Stadion in Braunschweig, built in 1923. Currently the stadium has a capacity of ca. 25,000, during the 1960s it held up to 38,000 people.[23] Before the construction of the Eintracht-Stadion, the club played its home games at Sportplatz an der Helmstedter Straße, which held 3,000 people.[23]


Eintracht Braunschweig supporters in 2013.

Despite spending recent years in the lower divisions, the club's fan support has remained strong: with 21,396 per game Eintracht Braunschweig had the 24th highest average attendance of any sports team in Germany during the 2011–12 season.[24]

Eintracht Braunschweig has a strong rivalry with Hannover 96,[25][26][27][28] while friendly fan relations exist with 1. FC Magdeburg,[29] SV Waldhof Mannheim,[30] and FC Basel.[31]

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999–2000 Regionalliga Nord (III) 3rd
2000–01 Regionalliga Nord 8th
2001–02 Regionalliga Nord 2nd (promoted)
2002–03 2. Bundesliga (II) 15th (relegated)
2003–04 Regionalliga Nord (III) 6th
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord 1st (promoted)
2005–06 2. Bundesliga (II) 12th
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 18th (relegated)
2007–08 Regionalliga Nord (III) 10th
2008–09 3. Liga (III) 13th
2009–10 3. Liga 4th
2010–11 3. Liga 1st (promoted)
2011–12 2. Bundesliga (II) 8th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 2nd (promoted)
2013–14 Bundesliga 18th (relegated)
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 6th
2015–16 2. Bundesliga 8th

League history

Between 1904 and 1985 Eintracht Braunschweig spent all but three seasons in Germany's top division. Between 1985 and 2013, the club then alternated between the second and third level of the German league pyramid, before returning to the top flight for the first time in 28 years at the end of the 2012–13 season.



1No championship played in 1914 and 1915. 2Includes 2. Bundesliga Nord (1974–81).


European record

Match day poster for the 1967–68 European Cup quarter-finals play-off versus Juventus in Berne.
Season Competition Round Nation Club Home Away Aggregate Result
1967–68 European Cup 1st round
Dinamo Tirana
2nd round
Rapid Vienna 2–0 0–1
Juventus 3–2 0–1
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1st round
Northern Ireland
Glentoran 6–1 1–0
2nd round
Atlético Bilbao 2–1 2–2
3rd round
Ferencváros 1–1 2–5
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1st round
Holbæk B&I 7–0 0–1
2nd round
RCD Español 2–1 0–2
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1st round
Soviet Union
Dinamo Kiev 0–0 1–1
2nd round
IK Start 4–0 0–1
3rd round
PSV Eindhoven 1–2 0–2

1 Juventus beat Eintracht Braunschweig 1–0 in a play-off in Berne, Switzerland to reach the semi-finals.

2 Eintracht Braunschweig progressed to the second round on away goals.

Intertoto Cup record


Current squad

As of 23 August 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Marcel Engelhardt
3 Switzerland DF Saulo Decarli
4 Sweden DF Joseph Baffo
5 Norway DF Gustav Valsvik
6 Germany MF Quirin Moll
7 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Domi Kumbela
8 Poland MF Adam Matuszczyk
9 Germany FW Julius Biada
10 Germany MF Mirko Boland
11 Germany MF Jan Hochscheidt
12 Slovenia MF Nik Omladič
15 Sweden FW Christoffer Nyman
No. Position Player
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Jasmin Fejzić
17 Ghana DF Phil Ofosu-Ayeh
19 Germany DF Ken Reichel
20 Nigeria FW Suleiman Abdullahi
21 Germany MF Patrick Schönfeld
22 Switzerland MF Salim Khelifi
23 Germany MF Onel Hernández
24 Germany DF Maximilian Sauer
25 Portugal DF Marcel Correia (captain)
27 Germany DF Niko Kijewski
30 Germany MF Hendrick Zuck
34 Germany FW Phillip Tietz

Players out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
23 Denmark FW Mads Hvilsom (at Esbjerg fB until the end of the season)

Notable former players

The list includes players with at least 250 games or 50 goals for Eintracht Braunschweig's first team, as well as players with at least one cap for their country's national or Olympic football team. However, players who did not receive any of their caps whilst playing for Eintracht Braunschweig are only included if they made at least 10 appearances for the club.



Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Torsten Lieberknecht
Assistant coach Darius Scholtysik
Assistant coach Henning Bürger
Athletic trainer Jürgen Rische
Goalkeeping coach Alexander Kunze
Sporting director Marc Arnold
Physiotherapist Günter Jonczyk
Physiotherapist Goce Janevski
Physiotherapist Philipp Glawe
Club doctor Stephan Bornhardt
Club internist Friedrich Scheibe
Team manager Holm Stelzer
Kit and equipment manager/Bus driver Christian Skolik

Manager history

Caretaker managers in italics.

Notable former presidents

The list includes former presidents and chairmen of Eintracht Braunschweig who have their own Wikipedia article.


Reserve and youth teams

Eintracht Braunschweig youth academy.

Reserve team

Eintracht Braunschweig II, historically also referred to as Eintracht Braunschweig Amateure, currently plays in the Regionalliga Nord. The team's current manager is Henning Bürger.

Eintracht Braunschweig II squad

As of 30 September 2016[34] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Björn Rührer
2 Germany DF Erik Henschel
3 Germany DF Mohammad Baghdadi
4 Germany DF Edwin Stramiello
5 Germany DF Gunnar Niemann
6 Finland MF Armend Kabashi
7 Germany MF Sulhattin Capli
8 Turkey DF Deniz Doğan
9 Albania MF Engjell Hoti
10 Germany MF Eros Dacaj
11 Belgium FW Gyamfi Kyeremeh
12 Germany GK Daniel Reck
No. Position Player
13 Germany MF Lukas Kierdorf
16 Germany FW Luca Sasso-Sant
17 Luxembourg MF Eric Veiga
18 Germany MF Luka Szagun
19 United States MF Omar Castro
20 Romania FW Andrei Blejdea
21 Australia FW Stefan Valentini
22 Germany MF Morten Rüdiger
23 Germany DF Braydon Manu
27 Austria DF Florian Neuhold
38 Poland FW Maik Łukowicz



The club's Under-19 and Under-17 teams play in the Under 19 Bundesliga and the Under 17 Bundesliga respectively in the 2014–15 season. The club's youth academy is located at the Sportpark Kennel near Schloss Richmond.

Other sports

As a multi sports club Eintracht Braunschweig also has departments for athletics, basketball, chess, darts, field hockey, gymnastics, team handball, swimming and water polo, tennis, and winter sports. The club was especially successful in athletics and swimming from the 1940s until the 1960s, with the club's athletes, among them the then-current 800 metres world record holder Rudolf Harbig, winning over 40 national championships during that period.[36]

Field hockey

Anke Kühn

The field hockey department historically has been one of Eintracht Braunschweig's most successful sections. Eintracht's women's field hockey team has won numerous titles, mostly during the 1970s.




Notable players

Ice hockey

Eintracht Braunschweig's ice hockey department was founded in 1981. After years in the lower divisions, the team played its first and only season in Germany's second division, then named 1. Liga, in 1997–1998. In 2000 the ice hockey section became independent as Eintracht Braunschweig Eissport e.V., and eventually dissolved in 2003.


Eintracht Braunschweig's basketball department was founded in 1956. The club's women's team currently plays in the 2. Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga, the second tier of women's basketball in Germany.

The German 2009 drama film 66/67: Fairplay Is Over (German: 66/67: Fairplay war gestern) tells the story of a group of Eintracht Braunschweig hooligans. The title is a reference to Eintracht's championship winning season 1966–67, as well as the name of the fictional supporters club the characters in the film belong to.[37]

In 2008 the German jazz funk/hip hop band Jazzkantine produced a musical about Eintracht Braunschweig, titled Unser Eintracht, in cooperation with the Staatstheater Braunschweig.[38]



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