Cologne came together in 1946 after the Kölner Ballspiel-Club and SpVgg Sülz merged together. They won the first ever Bundesliga title in 1964, one of three German championships in their possession.
In the modern era, they are an up and down club, but Cologne was a major player during the rise of German football. The inaugural Bundesliga champions are one of the most successful clubs in the German Cup, appearing in 10 finals and lifting the trophy four times. Find all of DW's content on Cologne below.
With an attractive mixture of team spirit, commitment and self-irony, Cologne are enjoying their Bundesliga season and dreaming of European soccer. And with very good reason, writes DW sports' Thomas Klein.