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Carl Zeiss Jena

Carl Zeiss Jena is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About Carl Zeiss Jena

FC Carl Zeiss Jena is a Football in Germany based in Jena, Thuringia.


The club was founded in May 1903 by workers at the Carl Zeiss AG optics factory as the company-sponsored Fussball-Club der Firma Carl Zeiss. The club underwent name changes in 1911 to Fussball Club Carl Zeiss Jena e.V. and then again in March 1917 to 1. Sportverein Jena e.V.

The 1930s and World War II

In 1933, 1. SV Jena joined the Gauliga Mitte, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. The team captured the division title in 1935, 1936, 1940, and 1941. This earned Jena entry to the national finals, but they performed poorly and were never able to advance out of preliminary round group play. After the 1943–44 season the Gauliga Mitte broke up into a collection of city-based leagues as World War II overtook the area.

Postwar play in East Germany

In the immediate aftermath of the war, associations of all types including sports and football clubs, were banned in Germany by the occupying Allied authorities. Jena was re-constituted in June 1946 as SG Ernst Abbe Jena and like many other clubs in East Germany would undergo a number of name changes and was known variously as SG Stadion Jena (October 1948), SG Carl Zeiss Jena (March 1949), BSG Mechanik Jena (January 1951), BSG Motor Jena (May 1951), and SC Motor Jena (November 1954).

In 1950, the club became a founding member of the DDR Liga (II) and in their second season captured a divisional title to win promotion to the top flight DDR Oberliga for a single season appearance. Re-named SC Motor Jena in 1954, they played their way back to the upper league by 1957. Jena won its first honours with the capture of the FDGB Cup in 1960 and followed up with the East German national title in 1963. The club was "re-founded" as FC Carl Zeiss Jena in January 1966 and became one of East Germany's Football club (GDR), football's "focus centres" for the development of talented players for the national side. Jena would go on to become a dominant side in the DDR-Oberliga between then and 1975. They took two more national titles in 1968 and 1970, but finished in second place another half dozen times to sides like FC Viktoria Frankfurt, Dynamo Dresden, and 1. FC Magdeburg. In addition to their national titles, FCC captured East German Cups in 1972, 1974, and 1980. The club also appeared in the 1981 Cup Winners' Cup final, losing 1:2 to FC Dinamo Tbilisi. This was arguably the clubs greatest ever achievement.

German reunification

After German reunification in 1990, Jena was seeded into the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga. Their second place finish in 1992 deteriorated into a seventeenth place finish in 1994 and relegation to Regionalliga Nordost (III). They won immediate re-promotion and played three more years at the tier II level. For most of the time since 1999 the team has played tier III and IV football, but a second place finish in the Regionalliga Nord secured Jena promotion to the 2. Bundesliga for the 2006–07 season. Jena remained in the 2. Bundesliga in Second Fußball-Bundesliga 2007-08, having been saved from relegation by winning 2–1 away against FC Augsburg in their final match of the season. They would finish last in the 2. Bundesliga in 2007–08 and return to the third tier. However, this will not be one of the Regionalligen; the German Football Association (DFB) will launch the new 3rd Liga for 2008–09, of which Jena will be a charter member. On 9 November 2009 the Chairman Peter Schreiber announced his Retirement and on 13 November 2009 the completely Executive Board declared his Demission, on 25 November 2009 was Hartmut Bayer named as the new Chairman. The second team is involved in the 2009 European football betting scandal, loudly prosecution was the game against ZFC Meuselwitz arranged. On 10 December 2009 the club announced that the club is in financially distressed, Carl Zeiss fails over 1. Million €uro. In January 2010 the players to abandon a part of his salary.

Recent seasons



Head Coach
- Petrik Sander

- Ralf Santelli


- Dr. Heribert Zitzmann

- Mario Röser
- Marco Lohmann

Kit manager
- Stefan Andreas


Director of Sport
- Lothar Kurbjuweit

Chief Executive
- Andreas Trautmann

Vice President
- Holger Grümmer

Fan Guardian
- Hans-Heinrich Tamme

Youth Centre Leader
- Hans-Jürgen Backhaus

Club Supporters Leader & Vice President
- Tasso Carl

Chief executive
- Roy Stapelfeld

- Hartmut Beyer

Board of directors
- Tom Hilliger
- Dr. Reinhardt Töpel
- Gerd Brunner
- Mike Ukena
- Hermann Kraft
- Andreas Schenke

Honor Council
- Udo Gräfe (Board Chairman)
- Helmut Müller
- Winfried Patzer
- Jürgen Werner

Disciplinary Commission
- Klaus Schwarz (Board Chairman)

- Ulrike Baier
- Uwe Barth
- Uwe Dern
- Christa Jatho
- Thomas Petzold

Delegation Passive Member

- Bernd Schneider (footballer)

Department „Supporters Club“

- Hans-Heinrich Tamme (Board Chairman)
- Sven Nilson (Acting Board Chairman)
- Andreas Wiese (Acting Board Chairman)
- Andreas Larws (Treasure)

Reserve Squad

Notable players

FCC sent 33 players to the East Germany national football team.

- Bernd Schneider (footballer), 81 caps (1999–2008)
- Konrad Weise, 86 caps (1970–81)
- Eberhard Vogel, 74 caps (1962–76)
- Peter Ducke, 68 caps (1960–75)
- Lothar Kurbjuweit, 66 caps (1970–81)
- Rüdiger Schnuphase, 45 caps (1973–83)
- Harald Irmscher, 41 caps (1966–74)
- Roland Ducke, 37 caps (1958–67)
- Olegs Karavajevs
- Robert Enke
- Patrick de Napoli, Switzerland

Before the end of World War II Jena sent 3 players to the German national side (Willy Krauß 1911/12, Heinz Werner 1935, Ludwig Gärtner 1939–41)

Former Head Coaches

- Wolfgang Frank (2010 – April 2011)
- René van Eck (2009–2010)
- Marc Fascher (2009)
- René van Eck (2008–2009)
- Mark Zimmermann Interim (2008)
- Henning Bürger (2007–2008)
- Valdas Ivanauskas (2007)
- Frank Neubarth (2007)
- Mario Röser Interim (2006)
- Marco Lohmann Interim (2005)
- Heiko Weber (2004–2007)
- Thomas Vogel (footballer born 1965) (2004)
- Uwe Dern Interim (2003)
- Joachim Steffens (2003–2004)
- Thomas Vogel (footballer born 1965) (2002–2003)
- Frank Eulberg (2002)
- Wolfgang Sandhowe (2001–2002)
- Thomas Vogel (footballer born 1965) (1999–2000)
- Thomas Gerstner (1998–1999)
- Reiner Hollmann (1997–1998)
- Frank Engel (1997)
- Eberhard Vogel (1994–1997)
- Hans Meyer (football) (1993–1994)
- Uwe Erkenbrecher (1993)
- Reiner Hollmann (1992–1993)
- Bernd Stange (1989–1991)
- Lutz Lindemann (1991–1992)
- Hans Meyer (football) (1971–1983)
- Georg Buschner (1958–1971)
- Heinz Pönert (1958)
- Rolf Hüfner (1958)
- Hans Warg (1955–1957)
- Helmut Petzold (1954–1955)
- Max Hofsommer (1953–1954)
- Bernhard Schipphorst Spielertrainer (1953)
- Kurt Findeisen (1951–1953)
- Hans Carl (1949–1951)
- Hermann Malter (1948–1949)
- Adolph Prokoph (1940)
- Josef Pöttinger (1934–1938)
- Hermann Peter (1903–???)





- Gauliga Mitte7
- DDR-Oberliga (East German Championship)
- Regionalliga Nordost5
- Regionalliga Nord3
- NOFV-Oberliga Süd4


- FDGB Cup (East German Cup)
- Olympia Pokal



- Gau Thuringia (football)


- Thuringia Cup8


- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
- UEFA Intertoto Cup


- German Under 17 championship (football)


Team trivia

- In the immediate aftermath of World War II, East German authorities had a penchant for tagging sports teams with the names of socialist heroes: Ernst Karl Abbe was a local son and physicist who had an association with the Zeiss optical factory. He made an early contribution to easing the plight of workers by introducing the eight hour day at the Zeiss plant, a significant milestone for labour in the late 19th century.

Former Personnel

- Carsten Linke Director of Sport (2008–2009)
- Stephan Lehmann Mental Coach (2009)
- Roland Weissbarth Chief Executive Marketing (2009)
- Peter Voß Vice President
- Peter Schreiber President (1998–2009)
- Michael Meier

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