- Address: Aachener Straße 999, Cologne
- Country: Germany
- Capacity: 49,000
- Opened: 16 September 1923
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: 1. FC Köln (football)
Extra stadium info – RheinEnergieSTADION
The construction of the football stadium, which used to have an athletics track, started in 1921. It was known as the Müngersdorfer Stadion before it became the RheinEnergieSTADION in 2004. The Cologne Centurions used the RheinEnergieSTADION for American football matches between 2004 and 2007. In 1988, the venue was used for the European championship for national football teams. The Netherlands won the tournament after beating the USSR in the final. Rudi Dil, commonly known as Ruud Gullit, scored the first goal of the game. Marcel van Basten, commonly known as Marco van Basten, scored the second one.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup
The venue hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup match on 11 June 2006. 45,000 people showed up for the football match between the national football teams of Angola and the Portuguese Republic, also known as Portugal. The Portuguese Republic won the game. The former Portugese striker Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, commonly known as Pauleta, scored the only goal of the match. The second world championship game at the RheinEnergieSTADION was won by the national football team of Ghana after beating the Czech Republic. England, the French Republic, Sweden, the Swiss Confederation, Togo and Ukraine also played at the venue during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
1. FC Köln
1. FC Köln, also known as Die Geißböcke, use the RheinEnergieSTADION for home games. In 1962, they were crowned German football champions for the first time in their history. Die Geißböcke won their second German championship title in 1964. 1. FC Köln drew an average home attendance of 31,000 in that domestic league season. They gathered 45 points in 30 league games. 1. FC Köln won 17 league games during that football season. 11 games ended in a draw and two games ended in a loss. 1. FC Köln won the German cup tournament in 1968 for the first time in their history. They won the cup after defeating VfL Bochum.