1. FC Köln - also affectionately known as Effzeh by fans - is noticeably different and yet authentic: a club with idiosyncrasies, rough edges and corners, where the billy goat is just as much a part as the Rhenish carnival. The FC draws this authenticity from its history, its values, but especially from its origins and roots in Cologne and the region. That simply suits STAHLWERK. That is why we are looking forward to taking the next steps together with Effzeh. The successful cooperation of the past will not only be continued, but further expanded: True to our motto "STAHLWERK welds together", from the 2022/23 season we will be the exclusive partner of 1. FC Köln and thus one of the biggest sponsors of the Geißböcke. With this, STAHLWERK wants to set an example and underline the development of the reliable partnership.
FC is one of the most respected sports clubs in Germany and can look back on a history rich in tradition. The founding member of the Bundesliga has won three German championships and four DFB cups. Numerous national players were trained by the cathedral city. The football club is regarded as one of the most popular clubs in the league, and home games are regularly sold out. The atmosphere in the stadium is unique and as well-known as it is popular beyond the Rhineland. The FC anthem says "Üvverall jitt et Fans vom FC Kölle" and that is no exaggeration: The club currently has well over 120,000 members, almost half of whom come from Cologne and the surrounding area. There are 909 FC fan clubs in Germany, but fans have also joined forces in Belgium, England, Spain and even in Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil and Nigeria.