Lautern plays Bundesliga 2 season opener against MSV Duisburg

(c) picture @ Der Betze brennt

When Bundesliga 2 season starts tomorrow, all eyes from many countries all over the world will be on the matchup between the two traditional and former Bundesliga clubs, MSV Duisburg and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Unfortunately, during summer break, we haven’t always provided you the latest news relating our FCK, so with this article, we want to provide you the most important information to make you prepared for the season opener tomorrow.


As usual, FCK had a high fluctuation in its squad. These are the players who joined FCK thus far this summer:

  • Patrick Ziegler, DM, 25 years old, comes from SC Paderborn, 800,000€ transfer fee (according to
  • Kacper Przybylko, CF, 22, Greuther Fürth, 400,000€
  • Zlatan Alomerovic, GK, 24, Borussia Dortmund, 200,000€
  • Daniel Halfar, OM, 27, 1. FC Köln, free transfer
  • Jón Dadi Bödvarsson, CF, 23, Viking Stavanger (Norway), free transfer*
  • Stipe Vucur, CB, 23, Erzgebirge Aue, free transfer
  • Sascha Mockenhaupt, CB, 23, VfR Aalen, free transfer
  • Lukas Görtler, OM, 21, FC Bayern U23 (4th division), 50,000€
  • Stefan Mugosa, CF, 23, Erzgebirge Aue (loan ended)
  • Jan-Lucas Dorow, CF, 22, Mainz 05 U23 (3rd division; loan ended)

Bödvarsson will join 1. FC Kaiserslautern in January at the latest, when his contract with Viking Stavanger ends. Sports director Markus Schupp says he is optimistic that Bödvarsson will come to K-Town right in this summer transfer period already; Stavanger has an offer for an immediate transfer.

But of course, players did not only join Lautern but also many left it to play for other clubs:

  • Willi Orban, CB, 22, RB Leipzig, 2,000,000€
  • Dominique Heintz, CB, 21, 1. FC Köln, 1,500,000€
  • Ariel Borysiuk, DM, 23, Lechia Gdansk, 600,000€
  • Christopher Drazan, LF, 24, LASK Linz (Austria), free transfer
  • Tobias Sippel, GK, 27, Borussia Mönchengladbach, free transfer
  • Karim Matmour, RF, 30, Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait), free transfer
  • Leon Jessen, LB, 29, Esbjerg fB, unknown transfer fee
  • Kevin Stöger, OM, 21, VfB Stuttgart, loan ended
  • Simon Zoller, ST, 24, 1. FC Köln, loan ended
  • Amin Younes, LF, 21, loaned from Borussia Mönchengladbach, transferred to Ajax Amsterdam
  • Kerem Demirbay, CM, 21, Hamburger SV, loan ended

Additionally to that, the club hopes to transfer Philipp Hofmann and Jan-Lucas Dorow as well. Bild reported that Bundesliga side Darmstadt 98 allegedly agreed terms with Hofmann and yet has to agree with FCK for a transfer, but Schupp said that the club is in advanced negotiations with an English club (Brentford FC, according to media). He hopes to finalize the transfer ASAP. The money from the transfer fee should be used to sign more offensive players, Schupp said.

Season goals

FCK chairman Stefan Kuntz didn’t really displayed a season goal, he said that it would be nice if FCK stood as good in the table after 30 match days as it did last season. He said he wants the club to be like ‘ticks’, very hard for all other clubs in the league to throw Lautern off. To him, RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg are the favorites to get promoted this year. Behind those two teams, FCK is one of many other clubs who are competing for the 3rd place, Kuntz said.

Main Sponsor

By now, Kaiserslautern doesn’t have a main and jersey sponsor. If there is no sponsor found until tomorrow, Lautern will take the field with a special ‘115 years of tradition and passion’ jersey because of the club’s 115 birthday last June. According to FCK publicist Stefan Roßkopf, marketer SportFive is in the ‘end game’ to sign a new main sponsor.

We hope we didn’t forget anything important, if so, feel free to ask us on Twitter. See you tomorrow!


Lautern To Face Club World Champion Bayern München – Prestigious Derby Against Waldhof Mannheim (Both To Be Broadcast)

‘We have nothing to lose’, Kosta Runjaic said in the pre-match press conference before the semi final of the DFB Cup and the clash with the old and new German Championship Winner Bayern München on Wednesday. ‘Bayern is the best team in the world at the moment. There’s only one team who can beat them, and that are themselves’, he said reverently. But who says that tomorrow isn’t that day, when an awesome fighting FCK team, an out of sync FCB team, and a huge helping of luck comes together?

Many local TV channels will broadcast the match. If not, the German TV channel ARD will broadcast the match fully. You can receive it e.g. via or Zattoo. Kick off will be at 20.30h.

Another important match will take place in Kaiserslautern, when our U23 team will face Waldhof Mannheim in the most prestigious derby for our club. From the five matchups our U23 team had against Mannheim, they won three of them, two ended with a draw. The last match between Waldhof and the professional team of Lautern was in the DFB Cup 2000-01, when Lautern won 2-3 at the Carl-Benz-Stadium in Mannheim.

This match will also be broadcast by a Waldhof Mannheim live stream project from 1907 Media. Follow this link to see the match. It starts at 17.00h.


Betze News: 1. FC Köln

Here is the latest ‘Betze News’ section of today’s stadium program against 1. FC Köln.

Thanks to 1. FC Kaiserslautern for furnishing the PDF!

Click here to open the PDF file

DFB Cup: 1/4 final at Bayer Leverkusen


When the 1/4 of this years DFB Cup was drawn, there was many disappointment at Kaiserslautern as the 2nd Division team has to travel to Champions League 1/8 final participant and Bundesliga second Bayer Leverkusen. Disappointing as well, when you see that with Wolfsburg, Hoffenheim and Hamburg, three teams are still in competition that would have been more beatable for K-Town. When it would have been at least a home match… Read More…

FCK To Play In A Special Jersey On Saturday


Source: FCK press release

On saturday, FCK will play with a special jersey. The jersey shows the normal chili-red color on the front and a print of the Westkurve on the back. The jersey wants to symbol the Westkurve which is always in the back of the players to support them all the time.

The  to 1900 exemplars limited jerseys will be available from saturday on in the FCK shops in Kaiserslautern and online at It is available in the european sizes from S to 4XL and will cost 89,99€.

Lakic comes back to his ‘German Home’


Lakic (left) together with Coach Kosta Runjaic (right). Photo: Der Betze brennt

On Friday, the rumours that had started on Thursday were confirmed, 30 year old Croatian, Srdjan Lakic had returned to Kaiserslautern on a 6 month contract with the option for a further year after dissolving his loan deal at Frankfurt as well as his contract at Wolfsburg, after a unhappy and unsuccessful 2 and a half years away from the Pfalz.

With Lakic re-joining FCK, one of the more polarising figures in recent FCK history returns, not many will forget his 2010/11 season – Kaiserslautern’s first in the Bundesliga in 4 years where he went on to score 16 goals in 31 games including winning goals against Köln, Schalke twice (including the opener in the 5-0 home thumping), Bremen twice and Stuttgart or a matching winning brace in Karlsruher in the derby during the Aufstieg season of 2009/10  or his 11 minute matching winning hattrick in Koblenz in the Pokal in 2010 (a week before he announced his move to Wolfsburg). Read More…

Tryout Against Austria Wien To Be Broadcast Live On FCK-TV

As FCK just announced via YouTube, our tryout match against the Austrian championship winner FK Austria Wien at their training camp in Belek, Turkey, will be broadcast live on the FCK service FCK-TV.

However, this is not a free service. You’re able to subscribe FCK-TV for 4.95€/month (other plans available as well). We do not have any information if other tryouts will be broadcast as well. Via FCK-TV, you can watch FCK games re-live immediately after the match ends, as well as you can see other exclusive content like player interviews. More information on the FCK-TV website.

Tryout At Chemnitz To Be Broadcast At

Tomorrow’s FCK tryout match at 3rd division tier Chemnitzer FC will be broadcast live on the website of MDR. You can find the live stream here. Kick off will be at 18.30h. For Chemnitz, it’s the ‘Goodbye Match’ at their ‘Stadion an der Gellerstraße’, which will be taken down for a newer, more modern stadium.

As we informed, our match against Borussia Dortmund on saturday will be broadcast as well.

Ticket Information: Leverkusen, Aue, Aalen, Cottbus, Sandhausen (Update: Köln)

1. FC Kaiserslautern announced yesterday on which days tickets for the next matches will go on sale. Here’s an overview:

Match Season Ticket Holders & Club Members Free sale
SV Elversberg (A, Tryout) available on spot
Borussia Dortmund (H, Tryout) on sale on sale
Greuther Fürth (H) on sale on sale
Bayer Leverkusen (A, DFB Cup) 13th Jan, 2014 16th Jan, 2014
Erzgebirge Aue (A) 13th Jan, 2014 16th Jan, 2014
VfR Aalen (H) on sale on sale
Energie Cottbus (A) 13th Jan, 2014 16th Jan, 2014
SV Sandhausen (H) 13th Jan, 2014 20th Jan, 2014
1. FC Köln (H) 20th Jan, 2014 27th Jan, 2014

Tickets are available on the known booking offices, as well as on the online ticketshop.

‘Kaiserslautern Has A Pot Of Gold Lying In The USA’ (


Source: hollykathryn on Flickr, some Rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This article was originally published on the website of We do not claim any rights on the content below, it is just a translation of the text originally published on the Bundesliga website.

About 50,000 Americans are living around Kaiserslautern, who mainly work at Ramstein Air Base, the Head Quarter of the US Air Force in Europa and Africa.
The change-over is high, every three years, Americans come and leave. But some of them stay, like Eric Lindon. The fifty-five-year-old came in 1985 to Ramstein as a Lieutenant of the Air Force, in 2000 he retired as a Major. Since then, the married father dedicated himself to the History of Sport of Lautern. Lindon is a FCK Fan since he has been living in the western Palatinate; he is e.g. member of the board of “Initiative Passion –Fritz Walter Museum Kaiserslautern e.V.”.
In an Interview with, Lindon elucidates the relationship of the Americans to the 1. FC Kaiserslautern, explains, why the Americans are a pot of gold (to FCK) and how he stands to traditional clubs as an American. Read More…