Classics Aue boss Leonhardt: "We are a figurehead of the East"

14:05  04 march  2021
14:05  04 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Today, Thursday, the Erzgebirge Aue celebrates its 75th birthday. Two days later there is also the 500th game in the 2nd Bundesliga. Violet President Helge Leonhardt is proud of this.

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"Pride - that's the right word", emphasized Leonhardt in an interview with kicker (Thursday edition). "I see the faces of many companions who have helped write this story since 1946. After the Second World War, the founders of our Wismut lacked everything, but not ideas, courage and enthusiasm for football and their homeland. All of that we have kept ourselves as their successors. I see championship titles, promotions, a lot of fights and, above all, a lot, a lot of work. We can all be proud. We are a figurehead of the East. "

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Unlike the much larger cities such as Dresden, Chemnitz or Magdeburg, Aue of all people managed to establish its club in professional football on a permanent basis: In the last eleven years, the FCE has spent ten in the second division. The violets are now playing for the fifth season in a row in the German lower house of football. In the all-time second division table, Aue is in 29th place, ahead of other Eastern clubs such as Union Berlin (31st), Energie Cottbus (38th), Hansa Rostock (43rd), Dynamo Dresden (46th), Carl-Zeiss Jena ( 49th) or Chemnitzer FC (58th).

"Nothing fell into our laps, we worked hard." - Helge Leonhardt

"We bet on the region", explains Leonhardt the Wismut way. "We didn't want the one great knight as a sponsor from somewhere. Nothing fell into our laps, we malocht. Bit by bit we were able to win more and more regional and supra-regional sponsors. Our maxim was: We only spend what we have. We have presented ourselves as the flagship and lighthouse of the region. "

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The myth should live on

It is precisely this closeness to the environment that should make FC Erzgebirge so strong on the pitch. The FCE President would like to adapt the values ​​from then to the present and the future: "It is our home that we love," emphasizes Leonhardt. "Historically we are a mining region. The weather is rough and the mountains are high. Hard work has been done here. The people are warm and give their last shirt - always for football. Our club is one big family and one for many." second religion. You can see that especially in these difficult days. Cohesion is part of our DNA. The myth of power out of the shaft should live on. "

Two days after their 75th birthday, the violets have their next anniversary: ​​on Saturday, Aue will play their 500th second division game at home against Hannover 96. With a win, the Schacht-Klub could even overtake the opponent in the table and get a big

closer to the goal of relegation. "Every season in the second division," knows Leonhard, "is like winning the championship for Bayern."

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