FC KÃ¶ln is a German football club based in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. It was formed in 1948 as a merger of the clubs KÃ¶lner Ballspiel-Club 1901 and SpVgg SÃ¼lz 07. Like many of Germany's other professional football clubs, 1. FC KÃ¶ln is part of a larger sports club that also incorporates departments playing other sports, in this case handball, table tennis and gymnastics. The club's main rivals are Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach, and Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf - all clubs from the same general region, near the river Rhine.
The team plays its homematches in the RheinEnergie Stadion, with a capacity of little over 50,000. The name comes from a contract with the local power supplier RheinEnergy AG that will last till 2009. However, most fans still call the stadium "MÃ¼ngersdorfer Stadion", according to the former stadium and the suburb MÃ¼ngersdorf, where it is located.