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.
The scene was set for Cologne and Claudio Pizarro to instigate the start of a miraculous great escape. It was not to be, however, and now Cologne’s Bundesliga status looks as good as over, writes DW's Janek Speight.