Berliner FC Dynamo is a German football club and is the successor organization to the club that played in East Berlin as Dynamo Berlin from 1953 to 1966. The club was known as being the favoured team of Erich Mielke, the head of East Germany's Stasi .HistoryFounding and GDR eraA predecessor side to the current-day club was established in 1949 as Sportgemeinde Deutsche Volkspolizei Berlin. In March 1953 this team assumed the place of SC Volkspolizei Potsdam in the DDR-Liga, East Germany's tier two competition. The Potsdam and Berlin sides were later formally merged and after 27 March 1953 played as part of the larger Sportvereinigung Dynamo sports club under the name SG Dynamo Berlin. After a 14th place result in the 1953–54 season the team was sent down to the Bezirksliga Berlin (III). The club was again renamed, being christened Sport Club Dynamo Berlin on 1 October 1954.In 1954 team members of Dynamo Dresden were ordered to leave for the capital to establish a competitive side in Berlin. Some of these team members, including Johannes Matzen, Herbert Schoen and Günter Schröter were originally from Potsdam and had previously been ordered to leave the region to establish the Dynamo Dresden side in order to replace the popular but bourgeois Dresdner SC team in Dresden.Dynamo Berlin enjoyed some success in the late 1950s and early 1960s with a number of top-three finishes and an East German Cup win in 1959. However, by 1963 their play had fallen off and they had become a lower table side leading to their relegation in 1967.
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