The history of East German football is complex, and that of its clubs particularly so. After World War II, the occupying allies disbanded most German organisations, including football clubs. While some were re-formed, others were not, and many that were emerged having been renamed, merged with their neighbours, or even split. The instability continued throughout the DDR era, with many clubs being moved to new towns, and with very frequent name-changes, Soviet-sounding names like Dynamo and Lokomotive replacing more traditional names. After re-unification, many clubs reverted to their pre-East German names, but some stuck with them, and others have changed back again. This page lists all prominent East German clubs, along with their original name, their present day name, and a list of name changes and mergers that they underwent.
° Football club (FC), which were foundet 1965-66 as centers of high-level football in the GDR.<br/>°° SG Dynamo Dresden was a sport-community with FC-status.