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finances, revenues, transfers and salaries 1. FC Cologne

Here you will find extensive information on the finances, transfers and player salaries of 1.FC Cologne. We offer you detailed insights into the club's financial situation, including revenue from merchandising, sponsorship and ticket sales, as well as spending on player transfers, salaries and infrastructure. Our website is updated regularly to ensure you are always aware of the latest developments.


1. FC Cologne is a sports club located in Cologne, and with 124,122 members, it is the largest club in the city and the sixth largest in Germany. It was founded on February 13, 1948, through the merger of the football clubs Kölner BC 01 and SpVgg Sülz 07. The club has won the German Championship three times and the DFB-Pokal four times in its history. Additionally, the club reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 1986 and made it to the semifinals of a European competition eight times.

1. FC Cologne was a founding member of the Bundesliga and played in the top tier of German football for 35 consecutive years, regaining its position in the 2019/20 season after a sixth promotion. The club ranks ninth in the all-time Bundesliga table and third in the all-time table of the Oberliga West, the highest division for West German clubs prior to the introduction of the Bundesliga.

Since March 6, 2002, the club's professional football department, including the first team, U21, U19, and U17, has been spun off into 1. FC Köln GmbH & Co. KGaA. The registered association holds 100 percent of the share capital of €2.5 million in the KGaA and is the sole shareholder of the fully liable general partner entitled to manage the company, 1. FC Köln Verwaltungs GmbH.


  • Name: 1. FC Köln e. V.

  • Headquarters: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Foundation: February 13, 1948

  • Colours: red and white

  • Members: 124,122

  • Football company: 1. FC Köln GmbH & Co. KGaA

    • Limited shareholder: 1. FC Köln e. V.

    • General partner GmbH: 1. FC Köln Verwaltungs-GmbH, 100% owned by 1. FC Köln e. V

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  • ​Stadium: Rheinenergiestadion

  • Seats: 50,000

  • League: Bundesliga

Financial key figures of 1. FC Cologne from 2018/19 to 2021/22

The financial figures of 1. FC Cologne show a mixed development in recent years. While annual revenues have steadily increased from 2018/2019 to 2021/2022, the annual result after taxes has often been negative in recent years. In particular, in the 2019/2020 season, the club recorded a loss of 23.8 million euros.

The club's equity has been declining since 2018/2019 and was at 3.2 million euros in the 2021/2022 season.

Revenues, annual results, and equity of 1. FC Köln in the 2018/19 to 2021/22 seasons:

  • 2021/2022: revenue: 148.4 million euros, annual result after taxes -15.7 million euros, equity 3.2 million euros.

  • 2020/2021: revenue: 140.6 million euros, annual result after taxes -3.9 million euros, equity 16.9 million euros.

  • 2019/2020: revenue: 122.5 million euros, annual result after taxes -23.8 million euros, equity 14.8 million euros.

  • 2018/2019: revenue:114.6 million euros, annual result after tax 1.1 million euros, equity 38.6 million euros.

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