Bayer Leverkusen needed extra-time goals from Hakan Calhanoglu and Stefan Kiessling to beat second-division Kaiserslautern...

Gries says the Red Devils, who currently play in Germany's second tier, will pull out all the stops to sign him, and hope nostalgia will do the rest.

"From the first day Kaiserslautern were riding on top of a wave. The fans were high on emotion and the team were playing successfully."

Swiss international Ciriaco Sforza, a summer signing from Inter Milan, played a major role in midfield, alongside Andreas Buck, Martin Wagner, and even cameos from a young Michael Ballack. 

Ciro Immobile scored twice as Borussia Dortmund advanced to the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal with a 2-0 win over third-division Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday.

After winning 2-0 in the Bundesliga, the Bavarians saw off Mirko Slomka's side by a 4-1 scoreline at the Allianz Arena.

Kaiserslautern chairman Thomas Gries has launched a bid to re-sign Miroslav Klose, saying he would be stupid not to try.

Die DFL hat am Donnerstag, 6. Oktober 2016, die letzten Spieltage vor Weihnachten zeitgenau terminiert. Der 1. FC Kaiserslautern tritt in diesem Zeitraum einmal freitags, einmal samstags und einmal montags an.

"Their relegation into the second division caused absolute agony around the team," he told Sky Sports. "Even insolvency was officially discussed.

Zuschauerzahl, Flankengeber, Atmosphäre – viele Anekdoten ranken sich um die Geschichte des Jahrhunderttors Fritz Walters aus dem Jahr 1956. Auch wenn es keine Bewegtbilder vom Kunstschuss gibt, hat der Treffer Legendenstatus inne. Zum Jahrestag ziehen wir den Hut vor einem Hackentreffer, der auch ohne filmische Dokumentation legendär wurde.

The club has friendly ties to TSV 1860 München and SV Werder Bremen and are bitter rivals of Waldhof Mannheim and FC Bayern Munich. They also have lesser local rivalries with Eintracht Frankfurt and, more recently, with 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Karlsruher SC.

Title holders Bayern Munich will entertain second division side Kaiserslautern at home, while Borussia Dortmund play league rivals Wolfsburg at the Westfalenstadion in the semifinals of the DFB-Pokal.

They finished fifth again in 1999/00 under Rehhagel, but by October 2000, King Otto's reign was over, resigning after what some described as a smear campaign.

The Bundesliga club announced that Heintz has signed a three-year-deal with Cologne, who earlier this summer sold Austria international Wimmer to Spurs.

"But the goal for the new season was merely: stay in the Bundesliga. The fans loved the team because it was a fantastic mix of players. Fans, team and coach became an absolute union."

Drei Gegentore nach Freistößen brachen der U23 am Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2016, gegen die Zweite Mannschaft des VfB Stuttgart das Genick. Am Ende war die Enttäuschung beim 1:4 entsprechend groß.

1. FC Kaiserslautern also has sports departments in athletics, basketball, boxing, handball, headis, hockey, running and triathlon.[5]

The DFB-Pokal draw has left Germany dreaming of a replay of the 2013 Champions League final in Berlin.

"Otto gave us our freedom on the pitch," Olaf Marschall, who was their top scorer that season with 21 goals, told last year. "He told us the line-up; we did the rest. Everyone helped out in defence, even the strikers, chasing the ball as soon as we'd lost it. A bit like Dortmund when they won their recent Bundesliga titles."

But how was that success brought about on the pitch? Like Leicester, it started with industry at the back and yielded deadly results in attack, but with a defensive role rarely seen in football in 2016.

Cologne have signed Germany under-21 international Dominique Heintz from second-tier club Kaiserslautern.

Kaiserslautern's Fritz-Walter-Stadion has long been a feared away venue given the rabid ferocity of Kaiserslautern fans: the most faithful of these supporters are located in the stadium's "Westkurve" (Westside, literally "West Curve", since the stands used to be shaped in a semicircle behind the goals). Most famously, FC Bayern Munich once lost a match here in a charged atmosphere by a score of 7–4 after leading 4–1 at the 58th minute.

Nottingham Forest's triumphs under Brian Clough in the late 70s and early 80s and, further back, Ipswich Town's successful first crack at the First Division under Alf Ramsey in 1962, are both obvious comparisons. 

"Marschall was the main man in attack, and Jurgen Rische also contributed to the goals, with young midfielder Marco Reich providing the service," he said.

As Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and the other Premier League title-winning managers have declared with experience - retaining is the real challenge.

"Everybody was a boss without being bossy," says Wagner. One player was fighting for the other without being jealous of their success.


They earned 33 points out of the next possible 42 up to December, but the title talk was still under wraps, allowing the team to go on without heightened publicity, further helped by Bayern and Dortmund's rocky starts to the campaign. 

The Red Devils came storming back in 1998 with an accomplishment unique in Bundesliga history by winning re-promotion to the first division from the 2. Bundesliga and immediately going on to win the national championship under famous coach Otto Rehhagel. They also played in 1998–99 UEFA Champions League in the same group with PSV Eindhoven, S.L. Benfica and HJK Helsinki.

The wheelchair basketball team FCK Rolling Devils was founded in 2009 as a part of the club's basketball department and turned into a separate department in 2013.[7] Since 2014, the Rolling Devils play in the 1st German Wheelchair Basketball Federal League.[8] In July 2015, the outsourcing of Rolling Devils into an independent club with 1.FC Kaiserslautern as name sponsor took place and the FCK department was suspended at the annual meeting of 1.FC Kaiserslautern in December 2015.

"It was a mix of stars who remained grounded, nobody played the superstar. The result was an unbelievable shock for football in Germany."

The boxing department exists since the times of FV Kaiserslautern. Most prominent athletes are Silver medalist of the 1964 Summer Olympics Emil Schulz, Bronze medalist of the 1988 Summer Olympics Reiner Gies and, before his professional career, later European heavyweight champion Karl Mildenberger.

"We are convinced that we can together make the next steps in his development," the club's sporting executive Jorg Schmadtke said of the 21-year-old left-footed...

As of 19 May 2011[update][2] P = Played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; Cup = DFB-Pokal; CWC = European Cup Winners' Cup; EL = UEFA Europa League; CL = UEFA Champions League. in = Still in competition; — = Not attended; 1R = 1st round; 2R = 2nd round; 3R = 3rd round; 1/8 = Round of sixteen; QF = Quarterfinals; SF = Semifinals.

Andree Wagner, a Kaiserslautern fan who has studied Rehhagel's success closely, remembers the time well, and his description of their situation before and during the title success has uncanny similarities with Leicester's.

For Leicester, their Premier League rivals have some making up to do next season, and their push for the top again will undoubtedly encounter more obstacles.

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Auch das kommende pflichtspielfreie Wochenende nutzt der 1. FC Kaiserslautern für einen Test. Am Freitag, 7. Oktober 2016, gastiert der FCK bei der SG Sonnenhof Großaspach, das Spiel in der mechatronik Arena wird um 19 Uhr angepfiffen.

Nächste Englische Woche für die U23 des 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Am Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2016, gastiert um 19.00 Uhr die Zweite Mannschaft des VfB Stuttgart im Fritz-Walter-Stadion.

From December they drew more than they won, but the title was wrapped up on the penultimate day of the season with a 4-0 home win over Wolfsburg, while Bayern could only draw 0-0 at Duisburg.

Like Ranieri, Rehhagel's coolness and experience from previous high-level jobs helped stem the attention away from Kaiserslautern, but Wagner remembers how inside the camp, the club were conscious of their momentum since the win over Bayern.