Rot-Weiss Essen is a German association football club which has its base in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Nicknamed as RWE, this club was founded on 1st February, 1907. The home matches are played at the Georg-Melches-Stadion, which has a seating capacity of 15,000 people. The manager of this club is Waldemar Wrobel.
In 1999, RWE returned to the Regionalliga Nord (III) team, dropping further to the Oberliga (IV) the next season. By 2004, this club won promotion to 2. Bundesliga, though they stumbled to 17th place finish, and were also relegated again. This team reappeared in the second division match on the strength of Regionalliga finish, narrowly missing to stay up, when they eventually lost the critical final match in 2006-07 season to Duisburg. The team later on became a fourth division side; post the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008. They were a fifth division team post 2010-11 league reformation.
In 1956, this team home field was the first stadium in West Germany to have introduced floodlights. In November 2005, Pele was the honorary club member.
In 1952-53, the club was the DFB-Pokal winners and in 1955, they were the German champions. Later on, in 1992, the club became the German amateur champions.