Cologne came together in 1946 after the Kölner Ballspiel-Club and SpVgg Sülz merged. They won the first-ever Bundesliga title in 1963-64. They were also crowned German champions in 1961-62 and 1977-78.
In recent years, they have been an up-and-down club, but Cologne were a major player in West German football in the post-war era. 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.