By this point the Berlin Wall had fallen, and many of the top players in East Germany took the opportunity to head west. With German reunification looming, many clubs in the East changed their name to shed their Soviet image, and Dynamo Dresden changed from SG to the more traditional 1.
Dynamo Dresden finished second, behind Hansa Rostock , thus qualifying for the Bundesliga. Walter Fritzsch had retired in , and was succeeded by Gerhard Prautzsch ,  who was in turn followed by former players Klaus Sammer —86 , Eduard Geyer —90 and Reinhard Häfner — Gerd Weber , who along with teammates Peter Kotte and Matthias Müller had been offered a lucrative contract with 1.
The Stasi somehow got wind of this plan, and in January the three players were arrested at Schönefeld Airport , from where the national team was about depart for Argentina , and banned for life from the DDR-Oberliga.
Weber was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Kotte and Müller, who had decided to stay in Dresden, were nonetheless punished for their knowledge of Weber's plans.
During the s, the club continued to be a regular participant in European football, generally earning respectable results. Debutant Jens Ramme was introduced, and proceeded to let in six goals, as the team lost 7—3.
Dynamo's fans rioted at the second leg, which resulted in the club being banned from Europe for the following season. Having been among the top clubs in the East, Dynamo found life in the Bundesliga much harder, struggling both financially and on the pitch.
They spent four years at this level,  during which they were in a near-constant battle against relegation. Their highest placing was 13th in —94 , but the following year they succumbed to the drop, finishing in last place,  having gone through three managers Sigfried Held , Horst Hrubesch and Ralf Minge during the season.
Bundesliga , and had to drop down to the third tier Regionalliga Nordost. Dynamo sought to regroup in the Regionalliga , and again looked to former players to manage the team, being led by Hans-Jürgen Kreische —96 , Udo Schmuck and Hartmut Schade — , but failed to seriously challenge for promotion.
In they finished second in the table, but with 60 points: Having finished 11th in the previous season they turned to Colin Bell ,  an English coach who had had some success with youth football in Germany, but he left in March after poor results and a player revolt.
Dresdner SC had returned after reunification, and finished as runners-up in the Regionalliga Nordost in Optimism was high, though, after the way the last season had ended, and the slogan " Wir kommen wieder " we're coming back , was adopted.
However, the Oberliga was now highly competitive with VfB Leipzig , 1. A 2—1 defeat against Magdeburg in February ended their promotion chances, and Pot resigned.
Life in the 2. Bundesliga began brightly, with a 3—1 win against MSV Duisburg , but by the halfway point of their first season they were facing relegation, with only 18 points.
They recovered strongly in the second half of the season though, and finished in 8th place, thanks in part to signings such as Ansgar Brinkmann , Joshua Kennedy and Klemen Lavric.
The —06 season began similarly brightly, as Dynamo climbed to third place with a 2—1 win over Munich in the Allianz Arena ,  but this was followed by thirteen matches without a win, resulting in the dismissal of Christoph Franke.
Austrian manager Peter Pacult was brought in,  and results improved, but Dynamo could not escape the drop, finishing 15th.
Dynamo were back in the Regionalliga with the immediate aim of promotion, and things started brightly, but Peter Pacult left the club after six matches, to manage his former club, Rapid Vienna.
Another re-organisation of the league structure was looming, and Dynamo knew they'd have to finish in the top to qualify for the new national 3.
A number of former star players returned, including Lars Jungnickel , Marek Penksa and Maik Wagefeld ,  but results were not consistent, and Meier was sacked, replaced by former coach Eduard Geyer.
The club turned to Ruud Kaiser , a Dutchman with a good reputation at youth level, as Geyer's replacement.
Mauksch led the team to contention for a playoff place during the —11 season, but was sacked in April after a run of five games without a win, and was replaced by Ralf Loose.
Dynamo Dresden performed well in —12 2. Reaching a stable place the team kept always away from struggling against relegation.
The sentence was later turned into one Game behind closed doors and one away game without own fan support. Virtual tickets were offered to reduce the financial loss, creating the first sold-out Ghost Game in history.
The —13 season started poorly for Dynamo and Ralf Loose was sacked in December after a 3—0 defeat to VfL Bochum with the team in 15th place. He was replaced by Peter Pacult , returning to the club after more than six years.
Dynamo's form improved after Pacult's arrival but the team still finished the league as 16th behind Erzgebirge Aue. Both teams had collected the same number of points, so Aue's better goal average made the difference.
Due to this Dynamo had to enter relegation play-offs again after just two seasons, incidentally meeting VfL Osnabrück once more—with the roles reversed.
Dynamo emerged victorious with 2—1 on aggregate and remains in the second tier for the —14 season. Jansen was unable to save the club from the drop to the 3.
Liga after they lost 3—2 at home to relegation rivals Arminia Bielefeld to drop into 17th place, ultimately costing Jansen his job. Dynamo had drawn half of their matches, winning just five all season.
Under new coach Stefan Böger, the club completely overhauled the squad, and assembled one capable of winning promotion to the 2.
The team advanced to third round after beating VfL Bochum as 2—1 at extra time. But, the club was knocked out by Borussia Dortmund.
The team finished 3. Liga as 6th in —15 season. Dynamo returned to second level after a 2—2 draw at away match against FC Magdeburg in 16 April Dynamo crowned as champions of 3.
Liga after a win against Wehen Wiesbaden at home match in 23 April When they were founded as SG Volkspolizei , the club was sponsored by the East German police force , and in , when they became Dynamo Dresden they were part of the SV Dynamo , the sport organization of the security agencies.
Dynamo plays at the Stadion Dresden ,  which was opened in , originally named the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion after local track and field athlete Rudolf Harbig.
The stadium was renamed Dynamo-Stadion by the East German authorities in , but reverted to its former name after the reunification. With an original capacity of 24, spectators, the stadium was rebuilt in the beginning of the s, in line with DFB and FIFA regulations, and was thoroughly modernised between June and December The modernized stadium opened on 15 September with a friendly match against Schalke 04 and has a capacity of 32, spectators.
Dynamo were one of East Germany 's best-supported clubs, regularly drawing crowds of around 25, during their heyday. Since reunification attendance levels have fluctuated along with the team's fortunes, while they were still one of the most well-supported teams in the lower leagues, drawing an average of around 10—15, fans in the 3.
Following their advance to the 2nd League , they were again drawing crowds of 25, The —14 season average attendance reached 27, Dynamo Dresden have a particularly fractious relationship with Berliner FC Dynamo , who were formed out of the club in , and were their main obstacle to success in the s, but the two clubs rarely meet these days.
Lokomotive Leipzig are traditionally Dynamo's main rivals in the battle for Saxon dominance, although this rivalry extends to other clubs including Chemnitzer FC , Sachsen Leipzig and currently Erzgebirge Aue.
When they were formed as SG Volkspolizei Dresden , the club wore green and white, the state colours of Saxony ,  but when the team became part of SV Dynamo they adopted the sports society's wine red colour scheme.
Shortly after moving to Germany, my mid-breakfast-Facebook-scroll informed me that Hull City, freshly promoted, were coming to East Germany to take on SG Dynamo Dresden in a friendly a few weeks later.
But in the days beforehand, friends and colleagues had one thing to say;. Dynamo Dresden fans are notorious for their aggression and extremism.
Later, as he tried to film some of the action on his phone, he was pelted with coins until he stopped.
The exploits of the Dynamo Dresden Ultras are so infamous that fans of other German teams look for any opportunity for revenge.
The extensive hooliganism that exists across the former German Democratic Republic is well documented. Communist East German industry died quickly after reunification, plunging many into unemployment that is still higher compared to the former West 27 years later.
Higher unemployment means that predominantly young men gravitate toward team sports to get their sense of purpose and meaning in their otherwise unproductive, frustrated lives.
The lack of a job means less negative incentive to not get involved with hooliganism. At time of writing, Dynamo Dresden continue to underachieve on the pitch down in the 2.
The magnificent Glücksgas Stadion, owned by the Dresden city council, boasts a capacity of 32, that is usually close to full for home league fixtures, in spite those league fixtures having been in the 2.
Bundesliga for a while now. It is the fans that do the work. While some of them may enjoy the occasional tear-up, the collective efforts of the Schwarz-Gelb faithful demonstrate a creativity not usually associated with the methodical, dogmatic Germans.
Have a browse on Youtube after you finish reading this post. Dresden is the largest city in the German federal Bundesland of Saxony.
Putting Football fans to one side for a brief moment, the conventional pop-culture images of contemporary Dresden and of Saxony are quite dissimilar.
Meanwhile the Neustadt across the river is home to a thriving leftist counter-culture. Meanwhile, Saxony itself is increasingly being associated with the modern far right.
Ask citizens of other German cities and states what they associate with small town Sachsener. Dynamo Dresden has come to embody the neo-fascist Football skinhead identity in the minds of many onlookers.
This is a rather unfair portrayal of Dynamo Dresden supporters as a collective.