NICKNAME – Die Geissbocke (The Billy Goats)
FOUNDED – 1948
LOCATED IN – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
STADIUM – Rhein Energie Stadion
CAPACITY – 49,698
PROMOTED – 2019
BEST BUNDESLIGA FINISH – Winners (Twice)
BEST DFB POKAL RUN – Winners (4 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – SF (1978/1979)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Runners Up (1985/1986)
BEST CWC FINISH – SF (1968/1969)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Hannes Lohr (222)
2019/2020 FINISH – 14th
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT 1 FC KOLN
1. Koln won the very first Bundesliga title back in 1963.
2. Their mascot is a billy goat named Hennes IX, who normally resides in the zoo, but attends all home matches.
3. The goat is named after coach Hennes Weisweiler, a legend both here and at nearby Borussia Monchengladbach.
4. Weisweiler is the main source of enmity between these two rivals. Under him, Koln won the double in 1977/1978, pipping former charges Monchengladbach to the post.
5. In 2002, the Billy Goats went 1034 minutes without scoring, a Bundesliga record.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT COLOGNE
1. With over a million residents. Cologne is the largest city on the Rhine and the fourth largest in Germany.
2. The cathedral, wryly nicknamed “The Eternal Construction Site” by locals, is Germany’s most visited building.
3. The original “Eau de Cologne” (Kolnisch Wasser) was mixed here in 1709 by Johann Maria Farina.
4. Cologne hosts the largest carnival in Germany, a source of rivalry with nearby Dusseldorf, who have one of their own. In Cologne you drink Kolsch, a light beer; in Dusseldorf it’s Alt, a dark beer.
5. Nobel prize winning author Heinrich Boll, “the conscience of the nation”, was both born and resided in the city.
OTHER GERMAN TEAMS
Arminia Bielefeld, Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia MG, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, Koln, Leipzig, Mainz, Paderborn, Schalke, Stuttgart, Union Berlin, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg