GER­MAN LI­ONS’ FA­MOUS HIS­TORY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHO are Ein­tra­cht Braun­schweig? Formed 118 years ago, the club’s of­fi­cial ti­tle is Braun­schweiger Turn-und-Sportverein Ein­tra­cht von 1895.Their nick­name is The Li­ons. Their games are held at the 23,325 ca­pac­ity Ein­tra­cht-Sta­dion in Braun­schweig (Brunswick), a city of 1.1m peo­ple in north­ern Ger­many. Founder mem­bers of the Ger­man FA, they were one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous names be­fore World War I I .

Ein­tra­cht were also one of 16 teams – cho­sen from 46 ap­pli­cants – to be se­lected for the in­au­gu­ral Bun­desliga in 1963 and won their first and only ti­tle in 1966-67.

In 1971, ten play­ers were fined and two sus­pended for tak­ing bribes – not to fix matches but to put in ex­tra effort. They have reg­u­larly been touched by tragedy. In 1949, goal­keeper Gus­tav Fahland died from in­ter­nal bleed­ing two days af­ter a col­li­sion with an op­po­nent.

In 1968, long-serv­ing for­ward Jur­gen Moll was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash whilst re­turn­ing from hol­i­day. And Lutz Ei­gen­dorf, who fled com­mu­nist East Ger­many to play for Kais­er­slautern in 1979, also died in a car ac­ci­dent shortly af­ter join­ing Braun­schweig in 1983.The Stasi later ad­mit­ted it had been a planned as­sas­si­na­tion. Their main ri­vals are Han­nover 96. Ein­tra­cht have pro­vided 13 play­ers to the West Ger­man na­tional team. Fa­mous alumni in­clude Paul Bre­it­ner, aWorld Cup win­ner in 1974, Wolf­gang Dremm­ler, who won 27 caps for Ger­many, and Max Lorenz, a mem­ber of theWest Ger­many squad beaten by Eng­land in 1966.

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