FC Koln is a German football club based in the city of Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia. They currently feature in the German Bundesliga.
FC Koln was established in 1948 after Kolner Ballspiel-Club 1901 and SpVgg Sulz 07 were merged. But their history stretched back as far as June 6, 1901, when a group of young men formed Kolner BC as an exclusive football club. The club was a competitive one before World War I broke out.
Koln commenced playing in the Oberlia West in the 1949-1950 season and in 1954 won their first divisional championship. That year they also reached the final of the German Cup, losing 1-0 to VFB Stuttgart.
In 1960 they won their second divisional championship. They went on to become the first German Bundesliga champions when they won the title in the inaugural season of 1963-1964. They reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1965.
In the initial years in the German Bundesliga, Koln was the most successful club in West Germany in terms of total points won. But at the start of the 1990s, Koln started to decline and have been moving between the first and the second division in Germany.
At the end of the 2004-2005 season, they returned to the German Bundesliga and were relegated after just one season. But in 2008 they climbed back the steps and won promotion to the Bundesliga.
FC Koln plays their home matches at the RheinEnergieStadion which can hold 50,374 spectators. They bear the nickname The Billy Goats.
- Klaus Fischer 1981–1984
- Thomas Häßler 07/1984 – 06/1990
- Bodo Illgner 07/1985 – 08/1996
- Jürgen Kohler 1987–1989
- Pierre Littbarski 07/1978 – 06/1986 and 07/1987 – 06/1993
- Wolfgang Overath 07/1963 – 06/1977 (Präsident 2004–heute)
- Lukas Podolski 11/2003 – 06/2006 and since 07/2009
- Harald Schumacher 07/1972 – 06/1987
The mascot is a real Billy Goat named Hennes. The original version of the mascot appeared in 1950 and stayed the same through 1966. He was officially called Hennes I. He has been replaced eight times since with Hennes VIII debuting in 2008.
- 1963–64, 1977–78 - Bundesliga Champions
- 1964–65, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1989–90 - Bundesliga Runners-ups
- 1961–62 - German Football Championship Winners
- 1959–60, 1962–63 - German Football Championship Runners-up
- 1967–68, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1982–83 - DFB-Pokal Winners
- 1953–54, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1979–80, 1990–91 - DFB-Pokal Runners-up
- 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2018–19 - 2. Bundesliga Winners
- 2002–03 - 2. Bundesliga Runners-up
- 1985–86 - UEFA Cup Runners-up
- 1991 - Uhrencup Winners