Founded on 12 April 1953 and affiliated with the East German police, Dynamo Dresden became one of the most popular and successful clubs in East German football, winning eight league titles. After the reunification of Germany, Dynamo played four seasons in the top division Bundesliga (1991–95), but have since drifted between the second and fourth tiers.
The club begin the 2017/18 season in the 2. Bundesliga (2nd division in Germany).
Dynamo plays at the DDV-Stadion (better known as Stadion Dresden) in Dresden, Saxony, which opened in 1923.
Its original name was the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion after local track and field athlete Rudolf Harbig. It was renamed Dynamo-Stadion by the East German authorities in 1971, but reverted to its former name after the reunification. With an original capacity of 24,000, the stadium was rebuilt in the 90s, in line with DFB and FIFA regulations, and was thoroughly modernised between June 2007 and December 2009. After a £45M renevation the modernised stadium opened on 15 September 2009 with a friendly match against Schalke. and has a capacity of 32,066 spectators.
In December 2010, the naming rights were sold for 5 years to Bavarian energy company Goldgas, who wanted to promote its Glücksgas brandname.
Dynamo Dresden’s home colours are yellow and black. The away kit is red and black.
When they were formed as SG Volkspolizei Dresden, the club wore green and white, the state colours of Saxony, but when the team became part of SV Dynamo they adopted the sports society’s wine red colour scheme. In 1968, the club adopted its current colours of yellow and black, the city colours of Dresden.
The club’s original crest was built around the shield of the Volkspolizei, to whom they were affiliated. In 1953 they adopted the D logo of SV Dynamo, which was retained until reunification, when its wine red background was replaced with Saxon green. They reverted to the red background in the early 2000s.
Perhaps the most notable Dynamo Dresden player is Matthias Sammer.
He played for the club between 1985 and 1990, during which he won 23 caps for East Germany. He later made 51 appearances for Germany, winning the European Championship in 1996 and played at club level for VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund. With the latter he won two German titles, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, and was named European Footballer of the Year in 1996.