|Surname||German sports club
Arminia Bielefeld e. V.
|Seat||Bielefeld , North Rhine-Westphalia|
|founding||May 3, 1905
(as 1st Bielefelder FC "Arminia" )
|Members||12,039 (as of October 1, 2019)|
|Surname||DSC Arminia Bielefeld
GmbH & Co. KGaA
|Limited partners||71.4%: e. V.
28.6%: Alliance of East Westphalia
|General partner GmbH||DSC Arminia Bielefeld
→ 100%: e. V.
(general partner GmbH)
|Head coach||Uwe Neuhaus|
|2019/20||1st place ( 2nd Bundesliga )
Arminia Bielefeld (full name: Deutscher Sportclub Arminia Bielefeld e.V. ) is a Bielefeld sports club in which, in addition to football, the sports of hockey , figure skating , billiards , wheelchair sports and table football are played. As of October 1, 2019, the association has 12,039 members, the association colors are black, white and blue. The club name is derived from the Cheruscan prince Arminius .
The club is known nationwide for its football department, the most successful in East Westphalia-Lippe . The first men's team played in the Bundesliga for 17 years and has played there again since being promoted in 2020. Because of its many ascents and descents, the Arminia is known as the " elevator team ". The Bielefeld team has been promoted to the Bundesliga eight times and, together with 1. FC Nürnberg, are record promoters. The Bielefeld team reached the semi-finals of the DFB Cup three times .
The venue for the first men's team is the SchücoArena with a capacity of 26,515. The stadium is known as the "Bielefelder Alm". The players are called the Blues and the Armines by the fans . The soccer players from Arminia Bielefeld play since 2019 in the 2. Bundesliga , where they were last represented from 2016 to 2018.
1905–1918: The early years
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Teutonia and Terpsichore societies existed in Bielefeld . The activities of these associations were limited to the social get-together of middle-class young people with tea dances and the like. Sport in general and football in particular were frowned upon in this social class. Two new members of the Terpsichore club , Alwin Bohlen from the Netherlands and Jonny Henningsen from Bremerhaven tried in December 1904 at the general meeting to add a football department to the club. However, the application was rejected. However, the club's chairman Emil Schröder had meanwhile found a taste for football. Together with Bohlen and Henningsen, he placed newspaper advertisements to look for like-minded people. On April 14, 1905, fourteen men gathered in the Modersohn restaurant , which was located in the basement of the old town hall, and decided to found a football club. On May 3, 1905, the 1st Bielefeld football club Arminia was founded at the same location . Schröder was elected first chairman. The club colors were blue-white-black and the monthly fee was one mark .
Two weeks later, the first game in the club's history took place on Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz in the city center. Opponent was a team from Osnabrück . Contrary to the club's own colors, the Arminia players wore orange jerseys. The result of the game is not recorded. The club quickly found new members and in the autumn of 1905 the club contacted the German Football Association . Because of the geographical location, it was initially questionable whether the 1st BFC should be assigned to West or North Germany. The West German Game Association then founded its seventh football district, Westphalia, and took on Arminia.
In the 1906/07 season the Bielefeld team took part in league games for the first time and met the Osnabrück clubs Teutonia, Olympia 1903 and FC 1899 . After several mergers , VfL Osnabrück emerged from these clubs in 1924 . Arminia finished third with 7: 7 goals and 6: 6 points. Further clubs were founded in Bielefeld, so that in 1907 the Bielefelder Ball Sports Association was founded on the initiative of Arminia . In the same year, FC Siegfried joined Arminia, which moved to a new location on Kaiserstraße (today: August-Bebel-Straße).
However, the association was not happy with the new space and after only five months the city confiscated the site. At the same time, the Arminia were plagued by financial problems. With Julius Hesse , a new president was elected who had the club entered in the register of associations and reduced the debt burden through clever negotiations with the creditors . In 1910 the Arminia moved to a new location on the Pottenau . The first game on the new site was lost 4-1 against the Essener Turnerbund .
The club celebrated its first major success in the 1912/13 season. For the first time, Arminia won the round in the A-class Westphalia, group east and then defeated the champions of the west group, BV Dortmund 04, with 5: 1. As a Westphalian champion, the Arminia took part in the West German championship. After the semi-final defeat against the Düsseldorfer SC Union it turned out that both teams had played against a wrong opponent in the quarter-finals. Due to a lack of time, the West German Association reported Duisburg SpV as a representative for the German championship .
The outbreak of World War I stopped the Armines from soaring. In the following four years, the club only played at the district level. The Arminia won the championship in the Ravensberg - Lippe district in 1916 and 1917 .
1918–1933: Arminia in the Weimar Republic
After the first post-war season had to be canceled, the 1919/20 season also turned out to be difficult in the single-track district class Westphalia. Due to a travel ban imposed by the Allies , the championship could only be held partially. While the Arminen were able to play 17 of the 18 games, FC Osnabrück 99 only played eight games. With the aim of creating a large club with many departments, Arminia merged with the Bielefeld gymnastics community in 1848 . From then on the association was called TG Arminia Bielefeld .
A year later, Arminia was indeed champion of the eastern group of the Westphalia district league, but was not allowed to compete in the final of the Westphalia championship against Preußen Münster . The Bielefeld had illegally poached the player Friemauth from Hammer SpVg and were banned for three months. Less than twelve months later, Arminia should benefit from a decision at the green table . In the district class, the team won all games and finished the finals for the West German championship level on points with the Cologne BC 01 in first place. The Rhinelander won 2-1 in the decider in Munich-Gladbach .
A few days after this game, the association rescheduled the final game of Cologne against the Essener Turnerbund. The reason was a lack of eligibility for Cologne's Scottish defender Gregor Smith. Cologne did not play and the game was considered won for Essen. As a result, Arminia had a point lead in the corrected final table and thus achieved the championship. This was the first time Arminia took part in the final round of the German championship . Here, however, came the end in the quarterfinals. Against FC Wacker Munich there was a 5-0 defeat in Karlsruhe .
On October 20, 1922, the TG Arminia was dissolved at the request of the former members of the BFC Arminia. On November 6, 1922, the 1st Bielefelder FC Arminia was re-established and the Bielefelder Turngemeinde 1848 was brought back to life. By reestablishing the parent associations, the club management anticipated the clean divorce , which in 1924 was to split countless clubs across the empire. In the 1922/23 season, the blues stayed in the district class without losing points. The team advanced to the finals of the West German championship via the stations of Preußen Münster and Jahn Siegen . Opponent in Essen's Uhlenkrug Stadium was TuRU Düsseldorf . The Rhinelander led 3-1 at halftime and the Düsseldorf supporters were already sending carrier pigeons home with the news of victory. But the Armines did not give up and were able to force an extension. In this the winning goal fell and Arminia won the West German championship for the second time. The Armines were supported in this game by numerous fans who traveled for the first time in the club's history with a specially booked special train.
In the quarter-finals of the German championship , the Bielefeld team met SC Union Oberschöneweide from Berlin . The game played in Bochum was canceled goalless after two and a half hours of play. The second leg in Berlin was dramatic. Willi Pohl put Bielefeld in the lead after 85 minutes. The equalizer fell shortly before the final whistle. In extra time, Lux provided the Berlin winner.
Arminia's playmaker Walter Claus-Oehler was the first Armine - and the first Westphalian ever - to be appointed to the German national soccer team. He made his debut on May 10, 1923 against the Netherlands . In total, he completed two international matches and scored one goal. It would be more than 75 years before a Bielefeld player again wore the jersey of the German national team.
From 1923 onwards, the sporting soaring at national level was over for the time being. Although the Blues were able to celebrate four more Westphalian championships, the Bielefeld team had nothing more to order at the West German championships. During this time, however, an event with Bielefeld participation occurred that was to make history. The away game of Arminia at Preußen Münster on November 1, 1925 on Münstermannplatz was the first live broadcast of a football game on German radio and ended 5-0 for Arminia .
The second half of the 1920s also brought two significant changes within the association. On January 30, 1926, on the initiative of the veterinarian Mennerich, it was decided to rename the club to "German Sports Club Arminia Bielefeld". Mennerich also had patriotic motives, but primarily the vision of a club under whose roof many sports should find a home. In the same year Arminia found its final home with the move to the Alm after almost exactly 21 years of changing venues. The new sports facility was opened on May 1, 1926 with a friendly against SC Victoria Hamburg .
In 1928, local rivals VfB 03 Bielefeld were in the final table for the first time in front of Arminia. In the following years, too, there were no successes and accordingly the number of viewers declined. The office had to be closed for financial reasons. However, DSC got its problems under control through lucrative friendlies against Hamburger SV and 1. FC Nürnberg . It was not until 1932 that after a 3-1 victory over VfL Osnabrück, when they won the Westphalia Cup, there was again a sporting reason to be happy. A year later, the Arminia was back in the final of the Westphalia Championship. Both games against SpVgg Herten ended with a 2: 2, so a playoff was necessary. The Bielefeld team won 4: 2 in Münster and qualified for the West German championship. Here came the end in the quarterfinals against SuS Hüsten 09 .
There were several reasons why the Arminia could no longer build on earlier successes towards the end of the 1920s. The top performers were getting on in years and there was a certain complacency among the players. In addition, the workers' associations pushed forward in the mid-1920s. These "proletarian clubs" initially viewed the civil associations with suspicion. In 1922, one of these workers' clubs from the Ruhr area wanted to arrange a friendly game with Arminia. The answer came from Bielefeld that this club “should learn to play football first”. For a long time, the Bielefeld reply was hung behind glass in the FC Schalke 04 office .
1933–1945: Arminia in the Third Reich
The seizure of power by the National Socialists also had an impact on football. Instead of over 30 top divisions, 16 Gauligen were installed, the territorial layout of which was based on the districts of the party. The Arminia was one of the founding members of the Gauliga Westfalen and was one of the teams that qualified for this class. For example, Dortmund's forced merger, Sportfreunde 95 , was accepted on the grounds that the city of Dortmund needed a Gauligist. None of the parent clubs had been top notch in the 1932/33 season.
The first season in the new league was not particularly successful from Bielefeld's point of view. With only six plus points, the DSC was bottom of the table and was relegated to the Ostwestfalen district league. After the Arminen failed in the promotion round in 1937, they were promoted again to the Gauliga Westfalen in 1938. The promotion team also included Helmut Kronsbein , who was to lead Hannover 96 as a coach to the German championship in 1954 .
In terms of sport, the Bielefeld team was able to keep up better and caused a few surprises. Already in the promotion season , the Arminia wrestled the "subscription champion" Schalke 04 from a 1: 1 on his place. In the 1939/40 season , the DSC was even runner-up, although the team was penultimate in February. This season, they managed an 8-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund , for which Dortmund in the 1940/41 season returned the favor with a 10-2 win at the "Alm". The Gauliga Westfalen game with the highest number of goals was a 13: 4 victory against the then promoted VfL Altenbögge in the 1941/42 season . In the same year, the Bielefeld team also achieved a sensational 2: 1 victory in Schalke.
The longer World War II lasted, the greater its impact on the crew. More and more often the team had to be composed of young people, front vacationers and veterans. On July 25, 1943, Arminia entered a war syndicate with VfB 03 . The " Bielefeld football remnants " ended the last Gauliga season in 1943/44 in last place. After the season the Gauliga was dissolved and replaced by three war Gau classes . However, KSG VfB / Arminia only played one game against Union Herford , which ended 1: 1.
The years between 1933 and 1945 were among the darkest chapters in the club's history. The synchronization of sport propagated by the National Socialists was actively supported. From the club side it said:
“We sincerely welcome the fact that the Führer has now given a clear guideline on how the entire football business will develop in the near future. A statement is unnecessary, since we have completely subordinated ourselves to the leader idea. "
The DSC stood alone in Bielefeld with the support of the regime. Other clubs like VfB 03 held back against the Nazis. With the new President Karl Demberg , the leader principle was implemented at DSC Arminia from 1934 . Jewish members were excluded and were banned from entering the Alm. Former board member Fritz Grünewald had to surrender his golden badge of honor. It was not until 2003 that he, who died in the Warsaw ghetto , was given the honor again. Since 2015, three stumbling blocks that were laid with the participation of the association have been a reminder of the Grünewald family.
1945–1963: up and down after the war
The city of Bielefeld was less severely damaged than other cities in Germany during World War II. Arminia was re-established shortly after the end of the war. At times, a merger with local rivals VfB 03 was also considered, but both clubs wanted to continue their tradition. In the late summer of 1945, representatives of all 18 clubs that played in the Gauliga Westfalen between 1933 and 1944 gathered in Bönen and founded the Landesliga Westfalen as a provisional arrangement. On February 17, 1946, the league began playing. The DSC finished the season as the penultimate of Group 2 and was relegated to the district class.
The targeted direct ascent was missed. In the district class, the team was only fifth and lagged behind clubs like Grün-Weiß Bielefeld (today: SC Bielefeld 04/26) or TBV Lemgo . With the introduction of the Oberliga West , Arminia was third class for the first time. With the new trainer Karl Wunderlich from SG Chemnitz-West everything should get better. The DSC dominated the district class at will and finished the season as champions with 41: 3 points and 112: 29 goals. But the joy of the championship only lasted for a short time. It turned out that Helmut Ullmann, who had also come from Chemnitz, had concealed the fact that he was still active in Hanover in the meantime . According to the regulations at that time, a change from one zone of occupation to the other resulted in a six-month ban. The Arminia were deducted 14 points, whereby the SC Oelde 09 rose.
The following season 1948/49 was curious. The team had already played a few games in the district class when the association subsequently decided to increase the state league by two teams. Without further ado, the Arminia was promoted to the state league. Inspired by moving up, the team became group winners and met SpVgg Herten and VfL Witten in the following round of promotion to the league . At the end of the round, all three teams were tied. A repetition of the round was scheduled in neutral places. After a 3-1 win against Herten in Gladbeck , Arminia had to play against Witten in Münster . With a header from Helmut Hasse , the DSC won 1-0 and rose to the top division.
The league playing time brought quick disillusionment, as the team was too weak for the West German elite league . Despite a celebrated 4-2 victory over Schalke, only 15th place remained in the end and relegation to the II Division, which was newly introduced in 1949 . Attempts to get back up to the top league failed. Due to the disadvantage of the location, it was difficult for Arminia to sign good players or to keep their own good players. Since the earning potential of the players was fixed at the time, many players sign with the clubs that paid more hand money than others. Although the DSC qualified in 1952 for the single-track II Division, however, in 1954, relegation to the state league had to be accepted. A 1: 4 defeat on the last day of the 1953/54 season against SG Wattenscheid 09 finally sealed relegation.
After relegation, merger negotiations with VfB 03 were carried out again. However, VfB withdrew at the last moment. There followed dreary years in the third-class regional league and in the association league introduced in 1956 . Even if the Arminia always came in the top five, the team had no real chance of promotion. This only changed in 1962, when the team won the northeast relay with one point ahead of Germania Datteln . Next, Arminia prevailed against the winner of the parallel relay, BV Brambauer 2-1 and 0-0, and celebrated the Westphalia Championship again.
At the end of the season, the DSC met Duisburg FV 08 and TuRa Bonn in the promotion round to the II. Division . Arminia lost 1-0 in Bonn and then beat Duisburg 2-0. Since Bonn ultimately renounced promotion, the Bielefeld returned to the second class. In the meantime, the DFB decided to found the Bundesliga for the 1963/64 season. There should be five regional leagues as a foundation . For this league the first eight of the II. Division West qualified.
After 20 match days, Arminia was penultimate with 14:26 points and nothing indicated a regional league qualification. Coach Jakob Wimmer had to leave and was replaced by Hellmut Meidt . Under his leadership, Bielefeld won eight of the next nine games. On the last day of the match, the team made it to seventh place with a 4-1 win over Dortmund's SC 95 . How important the qualification was for Arminia is shown by the fact that of the eight teams that missed the qualification for the regional league, only VfL Bochum managed to return to professional football.
1963–1970: Promotion to the Bundesliga
With the aim of staying up, Arminia started the first regional league season . The young team - the average age was 23 years - started furiously with a 6-1 win over Hamborn 07 . A successful preliminary round was followed by setbacks in the second half of the season, including a 0: 8 at eventual champions Alemannia Aachen . The season ended in eleventh place, the following year the team improved to fifth. For financial reasons, the club was only able to strengthen itself with young, talented players. So the club had to be content with tenth place in 1966. After all, the team was able to win the West German Cup with a 3-2 win against Alemannia Aachen.
The following season 1966/67 brought an increase in performance. One of the people responsible for this was striker Ernst "Jonny" Kuster , who was signed by KSV Hessen Kassel and who was to become the most successful goalscorer in the club's history. After a 2-1 win over Westfalia Herne , Arminia won the autumn championship . Until recently, the team had a chance of one of the first two places that would have qualified for participation in the promotion round to the Bundesliga. But on the last day of the match the team lost 1-0 at Wuppertaler SV and came third.
With the success, the expectations of the fans also grew. After a fourth and a seventh place, the team was only bobbing around in midfield at the beginning of the 1969/70 season . In November 1969, Egon Piechaczek from Poland took over as coach. Under his leadership, the team worked their way up the table and were leaders in mid-April after a 2-0 win over VfL Bochum. On the last day of the match, Arminia lost at Bayer 04 Leverkusen . With this tactical defeat, the DSC wanted to avoid the highly valued southern champion Kickers Offenbach .
In the promotion round, the Arminia started with a 1-0 victory at "Dorfverein" SV Alsenborn . The team had an exciting head-to-head race with Karlsruher SC . On the last day of the match, the Bielefeld team needed a win at Tennis Borussia Berlin . Although it was no longer about nothing for the "Veilchen", Arminia struggled for a long time. With goals from Kuster and Horst Stockhausen , the Bielefeld team finally made it to the top.
1970–1980: Bundesliga scandal and the consequences
In its first Bundesliga season , the DSC had big problems. Despite great enthusiasm in the city and the surrounding area, which led to the second-best average in the league with an average of 23,946 spectators 2 , Arminia was only able to celebrate its first victory on the sixth day with a 3-1 win against Hannover 96 . Even a later 1-0 win against Bayern Munich did not change anything in Arminia's regular positions in the basement of the league. It was obvious that the late qualification and the associated disadvantages had left their mark on the transfer market. The positive thing about the 1970/71 season was the surprise victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach's “foal elf” . A short time later, a 5-0 defeat against Kickers Offenbach brought DSC into an almost hopeless situation, which was followed by a fatal reaction: Participation in the Bundesliga scandal by bribing opposing teams.
The DSC finished the season in 14th place. One day after the end of the season, Offenbach's President Horst-Gregorio Canellas celebrated his birthday. During this celebration, he uncovered the targeted match fixing in the final phase of the season . While the public was shocked, the Bielefeld side denied participation in the shoving. As the burden of proof became more and more threatening, the DSC Presidium fled to the front. On October 24, 1971, President Wilhelm Stute made a comprehensive confession .
Arminia bought the 1-0 win at Schalke 04 on matchday 28 for 40,000 marks . In addition, VfB Stuttgart was bribed on matchday 33 and Hertha BSC on the last matchday . For the 1-0 win against Hertha 200,000 marks flowed. At the same time, the DSC Eintracht Braunschweig offered 40,000 marks for a win against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen . The attempt at bribery only failed at MSV Duisburg . The DFB sentenced Arminia for proven bribery in five cases of forced relegation to the highest amateur league. The Bundesliga season 1971/72 the team was allowed to play to the end, but all games were only rated for the opponents.
After an appeal hearing , the verdict was weakened. The DSC only had to relegate to the regional league. There was also a deduction of ten points at the end of the season. A financial collapse could only be prevented by transfers from Dieter Burdenski or Gerd Roggensack . The Bielefeld economy initially refused to support the club, which was in debt with about one million marks. And so it was the fans who saved the club with donations .
The 1972/73 regional league season turned into a nervous test for the young team. For a long time, the Armines had to fear that they would not be relegated before a series of seven games without defeat brought the Bielefeld team to the safe haven. In the end, the team was eleven points ahead of a relegation zone. A short time later, the DFB converted the point deduction into a fine.
The following year it was all about qualifying for the 2nd Bundesliga , which from 1974 should replace the five regional leagues as the Bundesliga substructure. The DFB created a five-year evaluation on the basis of which the participants were determined. Arminia had already collected a number of points through the two Bundesliga years. Nevertheless, the qualification did not become a sure-fire success. After the 20th matchday the DSC was penultimate with 9:31 points. According to the DFB regulation, the last two teams would not be admitted to the second division regardless of the number of points. After the winter break, Rudi Fassnacht took over the training. With Volker Graul and Jonny Hey , the club signed two more players. Arminia remained unbeaten in the last ten games and qualified for the 2nd Bundesliga despite being 14th.
With 13 games without defeat, the DSC started the first second division season . The dreamed-of return to the Bundesliga should not work, as Arminia drew 14 times during the season and awarded valuable points. Volker Graul was the top scorer with 30 goals. In the home game against HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst he scored five times alone. The highlight of the season was the friendly against Real Madrid on February 2, 1975. The DSC was only marginally defeated 2: 4 against the top Spanish team, for which Paul Breitner and Günter Netzer played at the time .
The 1975/76 season was more disappointing . After the team led the table at times, it fell into a performance hole and finished the season in ninth. With Karl-Heinz Feldkamp came a new coach who prescribed the team a more offensive direction. With Uli Stein , Norbert Eilenfeldt and Christian Sackewitz , new players were signed who advanced to become top performers in the following years. After a 2-0 win over Schwarz-Weiß Essen , the Bielefeld team secured the autumn championship in the 1976/77 season . After a weak start to the second half of the season, FC St. Pauli passed Arminia and became champions, while DSC secured second place.
Now the Armines had to compete in the relegation against TSV 1860 Munich . The games were to become one of the greatest dramas in the club's history. Arminia won the first leg 4-0 and looked like the sure climber. But the Munich “Lions” also won the second leg 4-0. The Munich team won the playoff in Frankfurt's Waldstadion 2-0 and was promoted. → Data on the 1977 relegation games
The shock was deep and the team started the 1977/78 season unsettled . With 22:16 points, Arminia was only fifth at the halfway point of the season. In the second half of the season, however, the team improved and secured the championship and return to the Bundesliga with a final sprint - they won eight of the last nine games. The 1978/79 season got off to a good start: a draw in Duisburg was followed by a win against Schalke. In addition, the Arminia threw the cup to Hamburger SV 1 after extra time out of the competition: by 2. The team remained without a win for the next six games. Coach Milovan Beljin had to leave.
Arminia signed Otto Rehhagel as his successor , who led the team in 10th place until the winter break. On March 10, 1979, DSC won 4-0 at Bayern Munich. “Those were football greetings from Bielefeld!” Commented Rehhagel, perhaps the greatest sensation in the club's history. Relegation seemed to be within reach at 19:19 points. But the triumph of Munich turned out to be a stumbling block. From the remaining 15 games, the team only won two more games and was relegated third from bottom. Years later, Uli Stein declared that the surprising victory was the reason for the relegation.
→ Data on the "Bayern game" Although the team was held together after relegation, the start of the second division season 1979/80 was a bit bumpy. Only when Otto Rehhagel moved to Fortuna Düsseldorf in October 1979 and was replaced by his predecessor Hans-Dieterippenhauer did the athletic performance improve. The direct promotion was already wrapped up five match days before the end of the season.
The team made it several league records , which sometimes still endure. She achieved a record goal difference of +89 (with 120:31 goals). During the season, the Arminen remained 28 games without defeat, including a streak of twelve wins in a row. The so-called “100-goal storm” had a large share. Christian Sackewitz was the top scorer with 35 goals. Norbert Eilenfeldt scored 30 times, while returnees Gerd-Volker Schock contributed 22 hits. On the penultimate day of the DSC beat Arminia Hannover with 11: 0 - this is the biggest win in the 2. Bundesliga today. League record is also the final result of Arminia - in terms of both points and goal balance - relative to the number of games.
1980–1985: Establishment in the Bundesliga
In view of the sovereign second division season, the club went optimistically into the Bundesliga season 1980/81 . However, the team only got one point from the first six games and have been in last place in the table since October. At the beginning of December 1980, Tipphauer resigned and was replaced by Horst Franz . Hope grew again in the second half of the season when the DSC won four home games in a row. On matchday 30, TSV Munich 1860, also in danger of relegation, competed on the Alm and led 2-1 up to the 88th minute. With two goals by Helmut Schröder and Norbert Eilenfeldt in the last few minutes, the Armines were able to turn the game around and saved themselves in 15th place at the end of the season. The game against TSV München 1860 went down in club history as the “Miracle of May 9th”.
Also in the 1981/82 season , Arminia had to fight long to stay in the league. On the 2nd day of the match, the DSC competed at Werder Bremen . A tackle from Bremen's defender Norbert Siegmann slit the thigh of Bielefeld's Ewald Lienen over a length of 30 centimeters. Lienen, still in shock, then stormed Bremen's trainer Otto Rehhagel and accused him of having encouraged Siegmann to commit this foul. The turning point did not come about until the spring, when the DSC won six home games in a row and finally finished twelfth. During the summer break, Arminia took part in the Intertoto Cup for the first time . Two more participations should follow in 1984 and 1985. Every time the Arminia came second in their group.
After the season, Norbert Müller was hired for the first time as a full-time manager. With the concept he designed to rely on talented players, he wanted to establish the club in the Bundesliga and lead it towards the UEFA Cup . When Müller fired the coach Horst Franz , who was popular with the fans , the new manager drew the anger of the supporters. Later on, Müller was supposed to turn the entire team against him. When the players refused to talk to Müller at all, the manager was fired.
Horst Köppel was signed as the new coach. Under the young coach, the team played attractive offensive football and got off to the best start in the club's history in the 1982/83 season . Three wins in a row brought the team to the table after the second and third round. On November 6, 1982, Arminia, still in sixth place, made a league novelty. After a 1-1 half-time score at Borussia Dortmund, East Westphalia lost 1:11 and are the only team in Bundesliga history to concede ten goals in one half. Bielefeld's goalkeeper Olli Isoaho went down in club history as "Pannen-Olli".
The DSC was never in serious danger of relegation during the season and finished eighth. The newcomers Gregor Grillemeier and the Finn Pasi Rautiainen were among the top performers of the season . Coach Köppel left Arminia at the end of the season and switched to the DFB. His successor was Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, who, in contrast to his first term in office, relied on more defensive tactics. The defensive bulwark around Dirk Hupe , Karl-Heinz Geils and Horst Wohlers guaranteed eighth place. With 33:35 points, the 1983/84 season was the most successful season in the club's history in the Bundesliga. Despite the sporting success, the club had to accept a sharp drop in audience numbers. While in the 1980/81 season just under 23,000 spectators came to the stadium on average, the number of visitors fell to 14,000 for the 1983/84 season.
For financial reasons, top performers like Gregor Grillemeier, Frank Pagelsdorf and Karl-Heinz Geils had to be sold. The transfer fees totaling 1.7 million marks alleviated the biggest problems. Nevertheless, the club and the environment were optimistic and hoped for a place in the extended top group. However, the newcomers largely fell short of expectations. Only Siegfried Reich struck and set a club record that is still valid today with 18 goals this season. Weakened by injuries and unnerved by the constant quarrels with manager Müller, the team was stuck in the table cellar throughout the 1984/85 season . In the end, the DSC was third from bottom and had to compete in the relegation against the third of the 2nd Bundesliga, 1. FC Saarbrücken.
The team drove to the Saarland capital for the first leg with great optimism , but the hosts were able to beat the too harmless Arminen 2-0. In the second leg, hope grew again when Matthias Westerwinter brought the DSC into the lead. But Saarbrücken managed to equalize and Arminia had to relegate from the Bundesliga after five years. In addition to the departure of top performers at the beginning of the season, goalkeeper Wolfgang Kneib also blamed some teammates for relegation, who in his opinion did not care whether the club was relegated or not, as these players had long since agreed to other clubs.
1985–1994: Deep fall and dreary years
The surprising relegation hit the club hard. During the five years of the Bundesliga, the club spent six million marks more than it earned and accumulated a mountain of debt of three million marks. In an emergency, numerous top performers such as Dirk Hupe had to be sold. Nevertheless, the team stayed in the promotion race until the middle of the second half of the season. A series of five games without a win brought the team out of the concept, so that at the end of the 1985/86 season jumped out fourth place.
The sporty and financial decline continued. In addition, due to a large number of injuries, the team was never able to compete with the best cast. On October 18, 1986, Arminia played against 1. FC Saarbrücken. The Bielefeld only had seven healthy professionals, but did not receive a special permit from the DFB to use more than the three amateurs allowed at the time. The DSC had to start with ten players before professional Thomas Ostermann was injured after 10 minutes and could not be replaced. A grotesque game developed in which the hosts were able to hold a 1-1 draw until the 79th minute. Then Saarbrücken scored two more goals. Two weeks later, the regular goalkeeper Wolfgang Kneib ran as a striker in the 3-2 defeat against VfL Osnabrück.
At the end of the 1986/87 season , the Arminia still reached ninth place, but the dubious financial circumstances of the club made major headlines throughout the season. In September 1987, an auditor determined a debt level of 4.5 million marks. The board briefly considered a voluntary return of the license, but then decided on a court settlement. After long negotiations, the creditors renounced most of their claims. In order to settle the remaining debts, the club played charity games against Bayern Munich, 1. FC Cologne and a selection of the second division, all of which went to Bielefeld.
Under these financial conditions, the club could not put a competitive team on their feet in the 1987/88 season . With 22:54 points, the DSC was last and thus rose again after 25 years from the "paid football". After two coach changes, the season ended under the leadership of the then 29-year-old Ernst Middendorp , a teacher from Rheine . This should prove to be a stroke of luck for the club in the following years.
Ernst Middendorp exchanged almost the entire team before the 1988/89 season . Around experienced players like Wolfgang Kneib he built a team of numerous young talents from the region such as B. Jörg Bode , Frank Geideck or Thomas Stratos . The success came and the team led the table of the Oberliga Westfalen for a long time . Only towards the end of the season did the Middendorp-Elf feathers and their competitor Preußen Münster came closer and closer. On the last day of the match, the Armines could have made the championship perfect with a draw at VfB Rheine . But the young team couldn't withstand the pressure and lost 2-1.
In the 1989/90 season the Bielefeld dominated the league and were able to celebrate the championship with six points ahead of TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus . After a good start in the promotion round, a 2: 3 defeat at outsider TSV Havelse followed on matchday 3 . After that, the team lost the thread and missed promotion as third. The failure represented a disaster for the club. Numerous top performers could not be held and switched to first or second division clubs.
Over the next four years, the fans' ability to suffer was put to a tough test. For four years, the team started the new season ambitiously and successfully completed the first games, only to break in in autumn or spring. Between 1990 and 1994, Arminia always ranked among the top five, but with a clear gap to the respective champions. After Ernst Middendorp was dismissed in autumn 1990, Franz Raschid , Fritz Grösche and Ingo Peter tried in vain to bring the team forward again.
The low points of this development were the 1990/91 season , when the lowest average attendance of all time was recorded at 2,320, as well as a game at DSC Wanne-Eickel , in which some players were spat at by angry fans because of their poor performance. In the 1993/94 season the DSC was third and qualified for the Regionalliga West / Southwest . In the final phase of the season, Arminia made a nationwide talk less because of what was happening on the pitch and more because of the commitment of the experienced Bundesliga players Thomas von Heesen , Armin Eck , Jörg Bode and Fritz Walter . Rüdiger Lamm , who has been a full-time manager since the beginning of 1994, was responsible for these newcomers .
1994–2004: Renaissance and elevator era
Due to the top-class newcomers that were presented on April 20, 1994, "Arminia Vielegeld", as the club was now called in the tabloids, went into the 1994/95 season as a top favorite . The signing of coach Wolfgang Sidka turned into a flop, who turned the team against him within a very short time and had to leave after four match days. His successor was Ernst Middendorp, who formed the team into a unit.
The Armines started a race to catch up, the climax of which was a 4-0 victory over table leaders Rot-Weiss Essen . On the penultimate game day, the team made the promotion perfect with a 4-0 win at Borussia Neunkirchen . Without any spectacular new signings, apart from the returnee Uli Stein, the DSC started the first second division season in seven years . After the team had temporarily led the table, there were three defeats in a row in the fall. Since the direct competition regularly lost games, the Armines remained in the top group. On the penultimate matchday the game in Bochum was lost 2-0, but the Bielefeld team had made their “march through” into the Bundesliga due to the simultaneous defeats of SpVgg Unterhaching and FSV Zwickau .
The most famous newcomer for the 1996/97 season was the newly crowned European champion Stefan Kuntz . He was signed by Beşiktaş Istanbul for 2.5 million marks and became the first Bielefeld national player in 73 years. After a weak start, the team was able to gain some breathing space before the winter break with a series of three home wins in a row. Relegation was made early on. In addition to striker Kuntz, Giuseppe Reina became one of the discoveries of the year.
In the run-up to the 1997/98 season , Arminia caused a stir when Ali Daei and Karim Bagheri, the first Iranians in Bundesliga history, were signed. The team was able to compensate for the blatant weakness away from home with numerous home wins, so that they were in 14th place at the halfway point of the season. After the winter break, a series of twelve games without a win led the team to last place. One reason for the crash was the broken relationship between Kuntz and coach Middendorp, which put a lot of pressure on the climate within the team. On the way back from the away game at Hamburger SV, Middendorp watched a television interview with Stefan Kuntz, which infuriated him so much that he left the team bus 70 kilometers from Bielefeld and took a taxi home.
The relegation also marked the end of the Lamm era, who also resigned shortly after Middendorp resigned. Thomas von Heesen took over the training for the remainder of the 1998/99 season and ensured that the team was offensive. Newcomer Bruno Labbadia , who was top scorer with 28 goals, benefited from this in particular . In the second half of the season, the team lost only three games and won the championship with ease. Despite the sporting success, the liquidity could only be guaranteed with great effort. To consolidate, the club had to save, which led to the curious situation that it was planning a lower budget for the new season - instead of 33 million marks in the second division season, only 32 million marks in the Bundesliga.
With Hermann Gerland as the new coach, Arminia started the 1999/2000 season . The DSC remained undefeated in the first four games before it went downhill. Between November 21, 1999 and February 28, 2000, the team lost ten times in a row and set the record against Tasmania Berlin and 1. FC Nürnberg . In addition to Gerland, Bruno Labbadia was also heavily criticized after the striker had missed three penalties over the course of the season and thus set a Bundesliga record.
In order to consolidate financially, the club had to give up numerous top performers such as Silvio Meißner or Jörg Böhme after relegation . Much to the displeasure of the fans, the club stuck to coach Gerland. Despite four victories at the beginning of the 2000/01 season , the supporters repeatedly demanded his dismissal. A series of eleven games without a win let the team slip into the relegation zone. After Gerland had to leave, goalkeeper Goran Ćurko caused a scandal when he took off his gloves in the middle of the game, showed the audience the middle finger and disappeared into the dressing room. Benno Möhlmann was the name of the new coach and he brought along Mathias Hain , the goalkeeper of his former club SpVgg Greuther Fürth . The completely insecure team was only able to save itself to 13th place towards the end of the season. The Pole Artur Wichniarek , who signed a contract for three million marks in the previous year, played a major role in this . The striker, who was already branded as a bad purchase, scored 18 goals and was top scorer together with Reutlingen's Olivier Djappa .
The 2001/02 season went better , for which the club strengthened itself with players like Rüdiger Kauf or Ansgar Brinkmann . Twelve home wins and 20 goals this season from the renewed top scorer Wichniarek formed the basis for the sixth promotion to the Bundesliga. This made the Bielefeld team a record climber. Behind the scenes, the licensed player department was converted into a partnership limited by shares and outsourced.
Arminia started the 2002/03 season with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen and took the lead in the Bundesliga for the third time in the club's history. Between the 14th and 19th game day, the team remained unbeaten for six games in a row. After 28 game days, the team had already collected 34 points and relegation was within reach. But from the last six games the team could only get two points and were relegated. In particular, a trial against Ansgar Brinkmann after a fight in a fast-food restaurant caused unrest in the team.
The 2003/04 second division season turned into a roller coaster ride. After a weak start and a temporary lead in the table, the team slipped to 8th place towards the end of the year. After the team had not won the first three games after the winter break, coach Benno Möhlmann had to leave. His successor was Uwe Rapolder , under whose leadership the team started a successful comeback. With six wins in a row, the Arminen laid the foundation for the seventh promotion to the Bundesliga, which was made perfect on the penultimate matchday with a goalless draw at VfL Osnabrück. Off the field, liquidity problems again caused unrest. The players' salaries were partially paid out late.
2004–2009: Re-establishment in the Bundesliga
Due to the still tense financial situation, the club lacked the funds for spectacular signings. After a botched start to the 2004/05 season , the Armines managed for the first time to win three away games in a row. In particular, newcomer Delron Buckley turned out to be a good commitment, he led the scoring list at times. Patrick Owomoyela became a national player and at the beginning of the winter break the team had scored 24 points. Although she only won four games in the second half of the season, including a 3-1 win against Bayern Munich, she was able to stay in league four game days before the end with a 3-1 win over SC Freiburg . In the DFB Cup, the team reached the semi-finals for the first time in the club's history, losing 2-0 at home to Bayern Munich. Despite the successful sporting season, Uwe Rapolder switched to 1. FC Köln for the new season. His successor was Thomas von Heesen, who had previously been the sporting director.
The 2005/06 season was marked by a blatant offensive weakness . In 15 games, the DSC remained without their own goal. One of the main reasons for the harmlessness in attack was the move from Delron Buckley to Borussia Dortmund. The South African , who scored 15 goals in the previous year, could not be adequately replaced. Despite a desperate second half of the season, the Arminen were again thirteenth in the end, which was also due to the weakness of the competition in the relegation battle. Things went better in the DFB-Pokal, where the team reached the semi-finals again. Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 on their own pitch. A victory over Eintracht would have meant the DSC's first participation in the UEFA Cup , as the other finalist Bayern Munich was already almost certain to participate in the Champions League .
After the obligatory weak start to the season, the team set a new club record in the first half of the 2006/07 season when eight games in a row were not lost. In the further course of the season, however, there were internal quarrels between the board of directors and Heesen's coach. After only one win came out in 14 games, the employment relationship with von Heesen was terminated. Assistant coach Frank Geideck took over as head coach and slipped to a relegation zone. Nine game days before the end there was another change of coach. An old friend, Ernst Middendorp, was signed on. He managed the rescue, four wins in a row ensured relegation.
There were three wins in a draw and one defeat after the first five games of the 2007/08 season and Middendorp called his team "Bayernjäger". However, this was followed by a rapid downward trend, which reached its absolute low point with an 8-1 defeat at Werder Bremen. After a 6-1 away defeat in Dortmund, Middendorp had to leave in early December. He was temporarily replaced by Detlev Dammeier, who ensured a halfway conciliatory end to the year with a 2-0 home win over reigning champions VfB Stuttgart. From January 1st, 2008 Michael Frontzeck took over the coaching position at Arminia. But he could not prevent slipping to a relegation rank. As a further personal consequence of the sporting misery, the sporting managing director Reinhard Saftig was dismissed, his successor was Detlev Dammeier . Finally, the league succeeded on the last day of play with a 2: 2 at VfB Stuttgart, with Arminia benefiting from a Nuremberg defeat against Schalke.
Although the team had the fewest wins (four) and the most draws (16) of all clubs in the 2008/09 season , the blues were still in third from last place until the last match day, which was due to the relegation against the third of the 2 . Bundesliga would have been entitled. After a 6-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on the penultimate game day, Jörg Berger, known as the “savior”, replaced Michael Frontzeck on the last game day. However, hopes of relegation were dashed after a 2-2 win against Hannover 96, as their rivals Energie Cottbus overtook Arminia with a 3-0 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen . Since the Karlsruher SC also won, the Armines were relegated to the bottom of the table for the seventh time from the Bundesliga. The following day, coach Berger and the club ended their short-term collaboration.
2009–2015: Third division twice and back
As a result of the relegation, the club's environment got into great unrest, which led to the largest personnel changes in years. The focus of the criticism was the club and business management, which was accused of having an inconsistent personnel policy in the area of sporting management and the squad. As a consequence, the entire board resigned and Chief Financial Officer Roland Kentsch was released. The team's new coach was Thomas Gerstner , who, however, had to vacate his seat on March 11, 2010.
On March 16, 2010, Arminia was deducted four points from the DFL for violating the licensing regulations, which made a promotion in the 2009/10 season that was still possible at that time almost hopeless. The financial distress also became more and more threatening and there was a budget deficit of twelve million euros. The main reason for this was the expansion of the east stand, which cost 19 million instead of the planned eight million euros. Finally, the association received the license, as further loans, deferrals and early payments from sponsors closed the shortfall in cover. Numerous top performers then left the club, which presented a new coach in Christian Ziege and a new managing director in Ralf Schnitzmeier . Before that, a new executive committee was set up around the previous deputy chairman of the supervisory board, Wolfgang Brinkmann .
The team for the second division season 2010/11 proved to be uncompetitive despite numerous follow-up commitments and rose from bottom of the table. The coaching position was taken over by Ewald Lienen in November 2010, who celebrated his debut with a curious 2-1 win against VfL Osnabrück. The Arminen won the game with two own goals by Osnabrück. In April 2011, the club had to take financial aid of 1.25 million euros from the league association's security fund, which is why three points were deducted from the team. Also in April, the club presented Markus von Ahlen, the coach for the new season. A month earlier, Samir Arabi had been signed as the new sporting director. After further financial support from the club environment, among other things, large parts of the fan bond Bau auf Blau from 2006 were extended by the subscribers or their payment was suspended, the Arminia received the license for the 3rd league on June 14, 2011 .
Before the start of the 2011/12 season , Arminia was one of the favorites for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga, but after three defeats and only one draw, they found themselves in last place on the fourth match day. The situation was strained by the “red light affair” around managing director Schnitzmeier, against whom a penalty order was issued for bodily harm and insult during a private brothel visit . The club then separated from him. After the 4-0 home defeat against 1. FC Saarbrücken on matchday ten, coach Markus von Ahlen was dismissed. His successor was Stefan Krämer , who was promoted to head trainer on November 3, 2011. Under Krämer, the team lost only one game in the last eleven games in 2011 and was able to establish themselves in the middle of the table. In addition, the DSC won the Westphalia Cup with a 2-0 victory over Preußen Münster.
With a selectively strengthened team, the Arminia went into the 2012/13 season , which established itself in the top group of the league. In the second half of the season, the Blues remained unbeaten except for two games and, after a 1-0 home win over VfL Osnabrück on the penultimate match day, managed to return to the 2nd Bundesliga. Coach Krämer described the ascent as a "little fairy tale" and praised the team spirit and the fighting power of the team. Fabian Klos was the top scorer in the 3rd division with 20 goals. At the end of the season, Arminia defended the Westphalia Cup against SC Wiedenbrück 2000 with a 3-1 win on July 9, 2013 .
After a successful start to the 2013/14 season , which led the team to third place in the table on matchday eight, a series of seven defeats followed, due to which the Arminia slipped into the relegation zone. Although the team was able to break through this negative series in December 2013, it did not manage to break away from the relegation ranks. As a result, coach Krämer was released from the club on February 23, 2014 after a 2-0 home defeat against FC Ingolstadt 04 and Norbert Meier was introduced as the new coach. The Arminia got only ten points from the following eleven games and took 17th place from the 26th matchday onwards. On the last matchday it came to the relegation game at Dynamo Dresden , which only took 16th place in the table due to the better goal difference. The Arminia defeated the Saxons 3-2 (after a 2-0 and 2-2) and moved into the relegation , in which they met SV Darmstadt 98 . Bielefeld won the first leg in Darmstadt 3-1, but lost in the home game by conceding a goal in stoppage time 2-4 after extra time and relegated to the 3rd division again due to the away goals rule .
In the following season, Arminia caused a sensation, especially in the DFB Cup . With Hertha BSC (5: 4 n. E.), Werder Bremen (3: 1) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (6: 5 after penalties ), the Bielefeld threw three Bundesliga clubs out of the competition and then were eliminated in the semifinals after a 0: 4 defeat against the eventual cup winner VfL Wolfsburg. In the league , the team got off to a bad start and climbed to the top in the following months. On the 19th match day the club became autumn champions. On the penultimate matchday, Arminia secured a direct promotion after a 2-2 win against SSV Jahn Regensburg . Pascal Testroet scored the decisive equalizer five minutes before the final whistle. A week later, the Bielefeld won the championship. In the second half of the season, the Armines had not given up the lead in the table.
2015 to 2020: Sporting and financial consolidation
In the 2015/16 season , Arminia was able to establish itself in the lower midfield of the table from the start and impressed with a stable defense as the season progressed. Measured by the number of goals conceded, they put the fourth-best defense in the league. The DSC ended the season with 42 points in twelfth place in the table, without having been on a relegation or relegation place. With 18 draws, the club achieved a new second division record. In the DFB Cup , Arminia could not build on the surprise successes of the previous season and was eliminated in the first round against the first division club Hertha BSC. Coach Norbert Meier left the club at the end of the season for SV Darmstadt 98. His successor was Rüdiger Rehm .
He had to leave after ten games without a win at the beginning of the 2016/17 season and was replaced by Jürgen Kramny . Even under him, the team's situation did not improve. After the Bielefeld team slipped to the bottom of the table in March 2017, the club made another novelty in German professional football when a coach from Luxembourg was signed for the first time in Jeff Saibene . In an exciting final spurt, Arminia managed to stay in the league. First, on the penultimate game day, the team beat second-placed Eintracht Braunschweig 6-0. She saved herself a week later with a 1-1 draw at Dynamo Dresden. The "blues" benefited from the simultaneous 1: 2 defeat of their direct competitor 1860 Munich at 1. FC Heidenheim . The Bielefeld team were more successful in the DFB Cup, in which they only failed in the quarter-finals with 1-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
After the expiring contract with Jeff Saibene was extended, the club had to cut the budget for the professional team despite increased television income. Financially, bankruptcy threatened in December 2017. This could be prevented through the commitment of sponsors in the "Bündnis Ostwestfalen" and through a waiver of claims by some creditors. The debt level should also be reduced to below four million euros through the sale of the stadium. The team was largely unimpressed by the financial difficulties, was never worse than 10th during the entire 2017/18 season and ended the season in fourth place in the table. With an average of around 18,000 visitors, Arminia posted a club-internal audience record for games in the second division. In the DFB Cup , the season was less successful and they were eliminated against the later Bundesliga promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf in the first round with 1: 3 after extra time in their own stadium in front of almost 20,000 spectators.
On November 12, 2018, Arminia sold the stadium for an undisclosed sum to a group of entrepreneurs from Bielefeld and the region. Through the proceeds from the sale and the waiver of some creditors on their claims, the debt level could be reduced by 26.5 million euros within one year. Head coach Saibene was relieved of his duties after ten competitive games in a row, slipping to 14th place in the 2nd Bundesliga and elimination in the 2nd round of the DFB Cup on December 10, 2018. On the same day, Uwe Neuhaus became the new head coach. Under Neuhaus, Arminia became the second best team in the second half of the season and finished seventh at the end of the 2018/19 season .
The good trend continued in the 2019/20 season and Arminia, who was traded as a secret favorite, finished the first half of the season as autumn champion and best team in the 2019 calendar year. In addition, the team set a new second division record with seven away wins in a row. The season was also interrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the team did not allow itself to be disrupted and secured the championship and the eighth promotion to the Bundesliga. Fabian Klos was the top scorer with 21 goals.
Squad season 2020/21
As of August 19, 2020
Transfers of the 2020/21 season
Officials and coaches for the 2019/20 season
|Chief trainer||Uwe Neuhaus|
|Assistant coach||Peter Németh|
|Assistant coach||Sebastian Hille|
|Goalkeeping coach||Marco Kostmann|
|Managing Director Sport||Samir Arabi|
A total of four Arminia players wore the jersey of the German national team . Walter Claus-Oehler was Bielefeld's first national player in 1923 and, for decades, the only one. In 1996 Stefan Kuntz became the second national player and in 1999 Ronald Maul became the third national player. Patrick Owomoyela completed a total of five international matches during his time at DSC and thus holds the club's internal record. Karl-Heinz Geils wore the jersey of the German B and Olympic team six times between 1981 and 1983. Internationally, Karim Bagheri is Arminia's record player. Between 1997 and 2000 he played 28 times for Iran .
Goalkeeper Wolfgang Kneib holds the record for most league games. Between 1980 and 1993 he played 370 times in the Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga and Oberliga. During his 13 years he scored three goals from penalties . Wolfgang Pohl (331) and Helmut Schröder (313) can also look back on over 300 league games .
Numerous DSC players became national players with other clubs. Examples are Dieter Burdenski , Arne Friedrich , Thomas Helmer , Uli Stein , Jörg Böhme , Heiko Westermann or, most recently, Diego Demme .
The Eleven of the Century
For the club's hundredth anniversary in 2005, the fans voted for the “Arminia-Elf of the Century”. Over 5000 fans chose not only one team (goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders, three strikers), but also the corresponding substitute bench and the coach.
Eleven of the Century
→ see also : List of Arminia Bielefeld's football coaches
Arminia has employed a total of 48 coaches in its club history. The first coach was the Czech Frantisek Zoubec in 1922 , who was once West German and four times Westphalian champions with the team. Along with Ernst Middendorp, Zoubec is the only coach who has held three terms with Arminia. Middendorp made it through from the regional to the Bundesliga with DSC and in 2005 was voted coach of the “team of the century” by the fans. In addition to Middendorp (1996), Egon Piechaczek (1970), Karl-Heinz Feldkamp (1978), Hans-Dieter Tipphauer (1980), Thomas von Heesen (1999), Benno Möhlmann (2002), Uwe Rapolder (2004) and Uwe Neuhaus ( 2020) promotion to the Bundesliga.
Otto Rehhagel and Karl-Heinz Feldkamp are among the most prominent coaches in the club's history . Willi Nolting occupies a special position among the coaches, having sat on the bench four times as an interim coach.
The second team
The second men's Arminia team last played in the fifth-class Oberliga Westfalen from 2012 to 2018. In March 2018 it was decided to dissolve the second team for sporting and financial considerations at the end of the 2017/18 season. The season and match operations ended in May 2018. The last home ground of the second team was the Rußheide stadium .
After the first promotion of the second team from the district to the district league in 1958, the second team initially shuttled between the regional and regional leagues, and in the 1980s and 1990s between the association and regional leagues. In 2002, the team rose to the Oberliga Westfalen for the first time and two years later made the leap into the regional league for the first time . At the third level of the league, this was the highlight of the team's history. After the direct relegation succeeded in 2010 the renewed regional league promotion, but now at the fourth league level, which again followed the prompt descent after a year. In the 2013/14 season , the small Armines were champions of the Oberliga Westfalen by a clear margin. Due to the relegation of the first team, Arminias second was not allowed to move up to the regional league.
The third team
The third men's team played in the national league from 2007 to 2011. The team coached by Miron Tadic was nationwide, together with Hamburger SV and Hertha BSC, after Werder Bremen, the third team with the highest performance during this period. After relegation in the 2010/11 season, the team was disbanded.
Arminia Bielefeld has 14 youth teams, including five girls' teams. The A-Youth played 2003-2011, 2012-2015, 2016-2018 and since 2019 in the U-19 Bundesliga , while the B-youth from 2007 to 2012 and since 2013 in the U-17 Bundesliga play . In the younger age groups, the majority of the teams play in the highest possible divisions. The B-Juniors were promoted to the second-class Regionalliga West in 2015. The other girls 'teams play in boys' leagues.
The successes in the youth field include the West German championship of the A-youth in 1961. A German championship in this age group has only been played since 1969. In 1996, the A-Jugend won the Westphalia Cup and reached the semi-finals in the DFB Junior Club Cup . There, however, the junior team lost 3-0 to the eventual finalist Energie Cottbus . Five years later, the A-Jugend won the West German Cup, but were eliminated again in the semi-finals at the federal level. At FK Pirmasens, the Bielefelder lost 1: 2.
Players like Thomas Helmer , who became European champion with the German national team in 1996 , or Yves Eigenrauch , who played 236 Bundesliga games for Schalke 04 between 1990 and 2001, and the future German national player Diego Demme come from the offspring of DSC Arminia . In 2011, Nico Perrey finished third with the U-17 national team at the World Cup in Mexico .
The first women's team of DSC Arminia plays in the 2nd Bundesliga . The team's coach is Markus Wuckel . The home venue is the EDImedienArena in the Windflöte district . Before that, the team played on the artificial turf on Schillerstrasse and the Waldstadion in the Quelle district .
In 1975 a department for women and girls' football was established. After initial difficulties in finding enough players for the teams, he was promoted to the district league in 1980. In 1982 the descent followed. Nevertheless, the immediate resurgence succeeded, which was followed by a march into the national league. In 1990 the first team was promoted to the association league for the first time. After a temporary relegation, Arminia has been back in the association league since 2003, which has been called the Westphalia league since 2008. In 2015 the team became champions and was promoted to the Regionalliga West . In the following 2015/16 season , they managed to march through to the 2nd Bundesliga North , from which the Bielefeld women had to relegate in 2018 . In 2019 the direct rise was achieved.
In the DFB Cup , the team reached the round of 16 in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons . However, the Bielefeld women achieved their greatest success in the 2019/20 season , when they only had to admit defeat to VfL Wolfsburg in the semi-finals . The second team rose in 2007 to the district league. With Maxine Birker , Deniz Harbert and Kirsten Nesse , Arminia produced three later Bundesliga players.
- Four times champions of the 2nd Bundesliga : 1978 (North) , 1980 (North) , 1999 , 2020
- Once champions of the 3rd division : 2015
- Once champion of the Regionalliga West / Southwest : 1995
- Two West German champions : 1922, 1923
- Westfalenmeister eleven times: 1912, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1933, 1962, 1990
- Two West German Cup winners : 1966, 1974
- Five times Westphalian Cup winners : 1908, 1932, 1991, 2012, 2013
- Three times semi-finalist in the DFB Cup : 2005 , 2006 , 2015
Arminia Bielefeld has been a top scorer twelve times. Ernst Kuster was the top scorer in the Regionalliga West three times in a row between 1967 and 1969. In the 2nd Bundesliga, Volker Graul , Christian Sackewitz , Fritz Walter , Bruno Labbadia , twice Artur Wichniarek and Fabian Klos were the top scorers. In addition, Fabian Klos was twice the top scorer in the 3rd division, once together with Anton Fink .
Ten times a goal by an Arminia player was voted goal of the month by the viewers of the ARD - Sportschau . The winners were Christian Sackewitz (February 1978), Norbert Eilenfeldt (March 1981), Horst Wohlers (November 1983), Dirk Hupe (May 1985), Stefan Kohn (April 1986), Giuseppe Reina (December 1996), Artur Wichniarek (May 2003 ), Fabian Klos (August 2014), Dennis Mast (November 2014) and Christoph Hemlein (April 2015). Stefan Kohn's overhead kick in the game at Tennis Borussia Berlin was named Goal of the Year in 1986 .
Arminia Bielefeld was promoted to the Bundesliga eight times and set the record for 1. FC Nürnberg with promotion in June 2020.
In the all-time table of the Bundesliga, the Arminia occupies 23rd place. The DSC won 153 of 544 games in 16 seasons, lost 252 and drew 139 times. The goal difference is 645: 883. In the eternal Table of the 2. Bundesliga Arminia can be found at number eleven. From 746 games in 20 seasons, the club brought in 309 wins, 215 draws and 222 defeats with a goal difference of 1190: 945 (as of 2020).
DSC Arminia Bielefeld e. V.
The main association comprises a total of ten departments. Hans-Jürgen Laufer has been President since August 21, 2013. Hermann Richter holds the office of treasurer and vice-president. The third member of the Presidium, responsible for the departments, is Bernard Kiezewski. In addition to the three-person executive committee, the association currently has a six-person economic council, chaired by Hans-Hermann Soll, and a five-person honorary council with chairman Michael Fredebeul. The association's office is located in the SchücoArena between the east and south stands.
At the beginning of the Bundesliga season 2005/06, the club started a member offensive with the aim of increasing the number of club members to 5000 ("Aktion 5000"). The focus of the campaign was on posters and postcards with various motifs relating to the association. The campaign goal was already achieved in December 2005. The campaign has now been continued under the name "Aktion 5000 Plus". In October 2007 the 10,000. Be welcomed to the club In mid-2009, a temporary high was reached with around 11,600 members. In the following years, the sporting downturn also made itself felt in a decrease in the number of members, so that in the meantime only around 8,000 people were members of the association. However, since July 2013 there has been an increase in the number of members. For the 2014/15 season, the club started a membership campaign again, the aim of which was to reach 11,111 members by the start of the 111th anniversary year in the club's history on May 3, 2015. However, after sporting success in the DFB Cup, this goal was achieved in April 2015. Since then, the number of members has fluctuated around the 12,000 mark, making Arminia one of the sports clubs in Germany with the largest number of members .
DSC Arminia Bielefeld GmbH & Co. KGaA
Since July 1, 2001, the club's licensed players department has been outsourced to "DSC Arminia Bielefeld GmbH & Co. KGaA ". The DSC Arminia Bielefeld e. V. holds a majority stake in this company with 71.4% as a limited partner . The remaining limited partner shares are held by the “Bündnis Ostwestfalen”, an association of regional companies that have set themselves the goal of supporting the Arminia Group. The general partner is DSC Arminia Bielefeld Management GmbH , whose sole shareholder is the main association.
The GmbH & Co. KGaA has had two managing directors since September 2017 . Samir Arabi has been responsible for sporting matters since March 2011 . Initially, Arabi did not have any management activities, but had been in possession of power of attorney since 2014 . In September 2016, Arabi was appointed Managing Director Sport. Markus Rejek has been the managing director for the commercial area since October 1, 2017 . The managing directors are controlled by a currently nine- member supervisory board , which consists of the members of the management board and the economic council of the e. V. and whose chairman is Hartmut Ostrowski .
DSC Arminia Bielefeld Arena and Property Management GmbH & Co. KG (ALM KG)
DSC Arminia Bielefeld Arena- und Liegenschafts-Management GmbH & Co. KG was founded in mid-2011 . The limited partnership had owned the stadium and training center on Friedrich-Hagemann-Strasse since June 2012. The aim was to reduce the financial burden on the club, which previously owned the stadium, since with the transfer of ownership, all debts on the stadium were also transferred. In addition, investors should be won for the stadium company and lenders should be encouraged to convert their loans into stadium shares. Since December 19, 2017, Markus Rejek has been managing director of ALM KG in addition to the GmbH & Co. KGaA.
On November 12, 2018, the club announced that the stadium would be sold to Bündnis Alm GmbH as part of the renovation concept . The new company is owned by several real estate entrepreneurs as well as local companies and sponsors. Arminia Bielefeld has signed a 15-year lease with Bündnis Alm GmbH , with an extension clause of two times five years. In addition, the DSC has a buy-back right after five years, as well as a permanent, exclusive right of first refusal. Since then, ALM KG has originally been responsible as the owner of the training center on Friedrich-Hagemann-Straße and the maintenance of the now rented stadium on Melanchthonstraße. The association is the sole shareholder of ALM KG.
→ see also : List of Presidents by Arminia Bielefeld
Since the foundation of the 1. Bielefeld FC "Arminia" on May 3, 1905, the club had 25 presidents. The first chairman was Emil Schröder . Julius Hesse headed the association from 1909 to 1914 . This led the club out of its first existential financial crisis. From March 1934, Karl Demberg enforced the leadership principle in the association and thus ushered in one of the darkest chapters in the association's history. At that time, Julius Hesse was murdered as a Jew in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1944 . Wilhelm Stute was partly responsible for the Bundesliga scandal in 1971 . It was thanks to Jörg Auf der Heyde , who was chairman for almost 13 years and thus had the second longest term of office of all presidents, that the association managed to find its way back into calm waters after these events . With the local politician Gisela Schwerdt , Arminia was the first German club in professional football to have a president in 1986. Her tenure, however, was short-lived at nine months. The longest term of office of a president was held by Hans-Hermann Schwick , who headed the association for around 20 years between 1991 and 2010. Other notable presidents were Wolfgang Walkenhorst , who took over responsibility during the sporting downturn at the end of the 1980s, and Hans-Joachim Faber , who took over the presidency from the resigned Wolfgang Brinkmann in a difficult phase around 2011 . Faber went from being a simple fan who wanted to get involved in the honorary council to becoming the interim president of his club within 14 days.
In the recent past, the President Jörg Zillies announced his immediate resignation from all offices on July 15, 2013. Zillies announced that this step had been planned for some time and that all committees had been informed for some time. He justified his decision with private motives. On August 21st, Hans-Jürgen Laufer was elected as the new President. After Jörg Zillies' resignation, he held this position on an interim basis. In addition to Laufer, Hermann J. Richter (Vice President and Treasurer) and Bernard Kiezewski (departments) were appointed to the Presidium by the association's members.
Fans and spectators
The club's supporters come primarily from Bielefeld and the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region . The catchment area is roughly 100 kilometers around Bielefeld. The "hard core" of the fans is at home games in the standing blocks 1 to 4 of the south stand and the seats on blocks J and I. The most prominent Arminia fans include the former Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein Torsten Albig , the rapper Casper , the SPD - politicians and Juso - National chairman Kevin Kühnert , the N24 -Nachrichtensprecher Hans-Hermann Gockel , the Sky -Fußballmoderator Sebastian Hellmann , the boxer Marco Huck , the RTL correspondent Ulrich Klose , 11 friends editor in chief Philipp Köster , the entertainer Ingolf Lück , the tennis player Philipp Petzschner and the former politician and current director general of the DOSB , Michael Vesper .
Since the last promotion to the Bundesliga in 2004, the average attendance has consistently been just over 20,000. With this, however, the club only occupied the lower ranks of the Bundesliga audience table. After relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga, Arminia, with a good 15,000 spectators, took a middle place in this ranking. In the third division, Arminia is one of the most popular clubs with an average attendance of around 10,000. The highest number of spectators was achieved on August 19, 1978, when 34,882 spectators saw the game against Schalke 04. On November 11th of the same year over 35,000 spectators are said to have watched the game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
How great the influence of the fans is on the club's work is shown by two examples from the years 2008 and 2009. At the beginning of March 2008, a modernized club logo was published, which supplemented the previous one with the words "Arminia". There was resentment on the part of the fans because the letters “DSC” were missing in this new logo, which the fans saw as an elementary part of the club's culture. In addition, the new design of the “Arminia” lettering also met with rejection. Several initiatives were then founded, including the group “Our DSC”, which, under the motto “Tradition cannot be invented”, collected over 2000 signatures against the new logo within a very short time. After several rounds of talks with the club's management, a compromise was reached, according to which the new design of the logo was retained, but the letters DSC were again included in the club's logo.
In 2009, the Critical Armines fan group caused a sensation when, after relegation, they made themselves the mouthpiece of the rising fan protests. The protest led, among other things, to the resignation of the entire management board and the long-standing CFO Roland Kentsch. At the annual general meeting in June 2009, the Critical Armines also succeeded in placing two of their candidates on the association's board. The association has not appeared in public since 2011, however, individual (former) members are still represented in association bodies.
Chants and songs
The Bielefeld fan scene has a variety of different chants. The first texts were published in club newspapers as early as the 1920s. The black-white-blue ribbon is an armine song from the very beginning, which was sung for a long time at the general meetings and reinterpreted several times in later years. The official club anthem, which is sung shortly before the start of every home game, is Arminia, our heart beats just for you by Willy d'Villa. One of the most popular songs that are sung in the stands before and during the games is Arminia, how beautiful are your goals by Werner Tennberg.
By the end of the 1980s, every goal was played for Arminia La Bostella . Since 1988 the cancan became the goal anthem . This changed briefly in the first half of the 2008/09 season when the cancan was replaced by Seven Nation Army . By winning a vote on the club's website in February 2009, in which there were four other pieces to choose from in addition to the cancan and Seven Nation Army , the cancan became the official goal anthem of Arminia again.
In addition to the chants, there are also a number of songs from different performers and styles that deal with the Arminia. In March 2005, for example, the association published a sampler with 20 titles for the association's anniversary . In addition, the fan project regularly produces fan samplers, on which you can find songs by fans related to Arminia. The CD Block Party was last released in 2007. Among other things, the gold and platinum musician Casper is represented with the title One Day .
Fan clubs, ultras and organizations
With the first promotion to the Bundesliga in 1970, the first fan clubs were formed . At the end of the decade, the first violent groups appeared with the Alm-Adler and the Blue Army - Ostwestfalenterror . The Blue Army in particular showed a closeness to right-wing extremist circles. In order to put a stop to this development, the city of Bielefeld founded the Bielefelder Fan Project in 1984, which , however, was dissolved again in 1985 after Arminia was relegated to the second division because the city now considered it unnecessary. In the following years, the Bielefeld hooligan scene experienced its heyday. Nowadays, hooligan groups hardly play a role in the Bielefeld scene, which is also reflected in the fan project Bielefeld e. V. is owed to look after the fan scene with two full-time employees.
Almost at the same time as the revival of the fan project, the fan organization Schwarz-Weiß-Blaues Dach was founded on October 1st, 1996. Since then, as the umbrella organization of the Arminia fan clubs with around 900 members, it has represented fan interests vis-à-vis the club and in the organization of away trips is very active. A special figurehead is the organization of special fan trains to the respective away opponents . The first special train of this type was used in Bielefeld as early as 1923. In 1994, initially on the initiative of the Federal Border Police , this idea was taken up again. In the years that followed, organized trips away from home developed into a successful institution. In the 2008/09 season, for example, the umbrella organization organized most of the special trains in the league with twelve train journeys. The Fan Project and the Black-White-Blue Roof are independent of each other, but they work closely together. Both organizations share an office at Ellerstrasse 39. The fan meeting block 39 of the fan project is also located in these rooms .
There are now over 100 Arminia fan clubs, which, in addition to the East Westphalia-Lippe region, are also based in Cologne , Hamburg , Berlin , Münster and Stuttgart . The oldest fan clubs still in existence are the Arminia Freunde Stuttgart-Stammheim (founded in 1981), the Blue Army Bielefeld (founded in 1982), the Last Faithful Rees-Wesel (founded in 1985), the Palermo Club (founded in 1986) and the DSC fans Rietberg (founded 1990). The “Dutch Arminia Team” ( Netherlands ) and “BFC Tirol” ( Austria ) fan clubs are active abroad . In December 2016, the DSC Arminia Bundestag was founded, a special fan club to which members of the German Bundestag , academic staff and employees of the federal authorities belong.
Since the mid-1990s, the ultra movement has also found its way into the Bielefeld fan scene, in particular through the establishment of Boys Bielefeld in 1995. The term "Ultras" was initially not used, until 2001 some Bielefeld fan groups, including Boys Bielefeld, the Bielefeld Ultras founded. After almost three years, the association dissolved again. One of the reasons for the move was that the term ultras was increasingly associated with violent actions in Germany. In the Bielefeld fan scene, however, there were still some groups that could be described as ultra-oriented and typical actions such as B. Performed choreographies . The first generation change in the Bielefeld ultra scene took place at the end of the 2000s . With the Lokal Crew , founded in 2006 , a new group emerged that quickly established itself as the most visible ultra-oriented group in the fan scene. In connection with this development, the term Ultras is being used more and more in the fan scene on flags and other identifying features, whereby the term “Bielefelder Ultras” is not assigned to any specific group, but is mainly used by ultra-oriented fans of the younger generation. The older groups, such as the Boys Bielefeld, are skeptical of the newer developments, but still see themselves as part of the active fan scene. The self-defined block of the Ultras is the fan block one. The most prominent Bielefeld ultra groups, in particular the local crew, are part of various nationwide fan initiatives such as ProFans , who are among others. a. Commit to maintaining the 50 + 1 rule and against the disproportionate criminalization of football fans through stadium bans and the like. In addition, the local crew shares the clear rejection of racist tendencies. The Bielefeld ultra scene is also actively campaigning for the legalization of pyrotechnics in football stadiums. In the course of these activities, an attempt was made in 2011 to obtain approval for the legal and controlled burning of 20 Bengalos at a home game against Karlsruher SC by developing a safety concept . The efforts failed because of objections from the security authorities. In the context of the ultra-oriented scene, in addition to these consensus-based approaches, pyrotechnics are also regularly used illegally (usually in away games), which usually results in punishments by the DFB. Outside of the ultra scene, the use of pyrotechnics in the Bielefeld fan scene is not without controversy.
Christian Venghaus has been the club's full-time fan representative since 1999. Since 2014, Thomas Brinkmeier has been another fan advisor for the association. Brinkmeier himself was a member of the active fan scene for years. In December 2003 the association founded the "Arminia Supporters Club" as an independent department.
The fans of the DSC cultivate fan friendships, especially with groups of the Hamburger SV . Among other things, the common colors are a connecting element. The bond is expressed in the battle cry "Black-White-Blue, Arminia and the HSV", which can be heard regularly in the Bielefeld fan blocks. At the beginning of this friendship, there were connections between violent fan groups. In the 1990s, the friendly ties then expanded throughout the fan scene. This development was also strengthened by the change of several HSV professionals to Arminia in 1994 and 1995, who played a major role in the club's return to the 1st Bundesliga. In the joint Bundesliga years, the supporter clubs of both clubs organized joint parties for the fans at the respective guest appearances. The friendship with fans is meanwhile also supported medially by both clubs themselves. The official Twitter account of the DSC tweeted, for example, immediately after the first relegation from the 1st Bundesliga in the history of HSV, with an ironic allusion to its own reputation as the elevator team: “Hömma, HSV is not going under. It goes up again, we speak from experience. We would have preferred to play against you in friendship, but now two football festivals among friends ”. In the course of the first competitive game meeting in the 2nd Bundesliga, both clubs issued a fan scarf that emphasizes the friendship between the two clubs.
There are also friendly ties to parts of the Hannover 96 fan scene , which are also friends with Hamburger SV. In May 2017, the fan friendship increased when the Bielefeld team gave the Hanoverians important support in their promotion campaign with a 6-0 victory over Eintracht Braunschweig.
In contrast to many other clubs, DSC Arminia has no main rival. There is no arch animosity like that between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. One reason for this is the constant ups and downs of the club in the German league system, which is why the rivalries with other clubs were only able to develop a temporary character.
The first big rival was VfB 03 Bielefeld . In addition to the struggle for supremacy in the city, the social background of the clubs played a decisive role. While Arminia had bourgeois roots, VfB 03 was a workers' club. In the early 1930s, VfB overtook Arminia for a few years. In the seasons 1943/44 and 1944/45 , the two clubs formed a war syndicate in order to maintain gaming operations despite the effects of the Second World War. Negotiations about a merger of the two clubs shortly after the end of the war were unsuccessful. VfB last played a class above Arminia in the 1955/56 season. After the DSC was promoted to the 2nd Division West in 1962, the clubs parted ways. Today the club, which is now called VfB Fichte, competes annually in friendly games against Arminia in preparation for the season.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Preußen Münster became a rival of the DSC. Both clubs competed with each other during this time to return to professional football. During these joint league years, there were regular brawls at the games of both teams. The sporting duels between the two opponents can be traced back to 1911 with interruptions. Most recently, both clubs played three seasons together in the third division between 2011 and 2015, with seven games played against each other in the league and cup. Since then, with the rise of Arminia in 2015, the athletic paths of the two rivals parted again. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the club, President Hans-Hermann Schwick was asked which opponent he would like for a friendly game. His answer was: "Either Real Madrid or Prussia Munster."
The encounters with VfL Osnabrück , only 42 kilometers away, are commonly classified as derby by fans and the media. Despite the Westphalian-Lower Saxony border, which has often ruled out matches in the lower divisions, the two clubs have a long history in common. Arminia played her first game in 1905 against a team from Osnabrück. Osnabrück clubs were often assigned to the Westphalian leagues due to their geographical proximity until World War II. Already in the 1924/25 season, Arminia competed against VfL Osnabrück, which was founded in April 1924, in the first-class Westphalia district league, after having competed against the previous clubs of VfL Osnabrück in the years before. Encounters after the war were long in coming due to the changed allocation practice and took place mainly in the context of the 2nd Bundesliga and the single-track 3rd division . The games between VfL and DSC are characterized by increased spectator interest and a peaceful rivalry.
In 2015 the filmmaker Milan Skrobanek released the documentary Im Derby-Dreieck , which sheds light on the rivalry between Arminia Bielefeld, Preußen Münster and VfL Osnabrück based on the third division 2014/15 season.
The rivalry with VfL Bochum, which had been latent since the early 1970s, intensified in 1996/97, among other things, after the Bochum player Dariusz Wosz made several obscene gestures at the Bielefeld audience in a game.
After Arminia was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga after the 2008/09 season, a rivalry with SC Paderborn 07 , the so-called Ostwestfalenderby , developed in the following seasons . Arminia played for the first time with Paderborn in a professional league, after having only met in amateur camps before. The rivalry is based on the geographical proximity of the two East Westphalian cities and the fact that the opponents are the only professional football clubs in the region. The public interest was increased by a media hype triggered by the local daily newspapers and radio stations. Critical voices from Bielefeld say, however, that for historical reasons there would be no rivalry. The German Football Association described the game between Bielefeld and Paderborn as a "derby without tradition".
The club has been home to the "Bielefelder Alm" since 1926. The stadium has a capacity of 26,515 seats, of which 18,510 are seated and 8,005 are standing. All grandstands are covered. The stadium has been called SchücoArena since 2004, after the construction supplier of the same name acquired the naming rights to the stadium. There is an artificial turf field next to the stadium . For decades it was called "Hartalm" and on January 28, 2018 it was renamed " Hannes Scholz Platz".
Immediately after the club was founded in 1905, Arminia Bielefeld initially played her games on the Kesselbrink , an inner-city park. After a brief interlude on Kaiserstraße (today: August-Bebel-Straße), a few years followed on a sports grounds in Pottenau, north of the city center . Here the club was able to celebrate some of its greatest sporting successes with two West German championships and the associated qualification for the final round of the German championship. In 1926, the club moved to today's venue on the western edge of the city center. The pasture originally looked like a field . The playing surface was uneven and when it rained the water gathered in numerous furrows . Heaped earth walls served as spectator stands. In 1954 the earth walls were provided with concrete steps. After the promotion to the Bundesliga in 1970, a main stand was built. Tubular steel stands were raised on the north and east sides. The stadium's capacity grew to around 30,000. These were floodlights installed.
After the second promotion to the Bundesliga, the main stand was roofed over and the other stands expanded again. With around 35,000 seats, the Alm achieved the largest capacity in its history. After the Arminia was relegated to the upper league in the late 1980s, the tubular steel stands, originally intended as a temporary measure, were dismantled. Due to the risk of collapse, the south stand had to be demolished with a few remaining concrete steps, except for the earth wall. The capacity fell to 15,000 places. The east stand was later renovated and covered. The capacity leveled off at 18,500 places by 1996. After the renewed promotion to the Bundesliga in 1996, the main and north stands were rebuilt. In 1999 the new construction of the south stand followed. Two years later, the new one was between South and East Stand branch of the club built. In the last stage of expansion, the east stand, conceived as a new main stand, was created between 2007 and 2008, the upper tier of the south stand was converted into a standing area and the north stand was expanded to include a standing room block for guest fans. The distinctive floodlight masts were replaced by a system integrated into the stadium roof.
In July 2019, Arminia Bielefeld became the first German professional club to set up a separate area to enable autistic people to visit the stadium without any problems. Above the north stand, a lounge and a soundproofed Snoezel room were set up in two panorama boxes , in which the games can be watched under professional supervision.
The second team played their home games in the Rußheide stadium . The Rußheide is the home of VfB Fichte Bielefeld and is located near the Bielefeld Ostbahnhof. The stadium, opened in 1970, has a capacity of 12,000 seats, of which around 1,400 are covered. During the regional football league season 2004/05 , the team, then called "Arminia Bielefeld Amateure", played a few home games in Herford's Ludwig-Jahn Stadium . In the regional league season 2010/11 , however, the stadium served as the home ground of the professional team.
The women's team played on the “Stadtheide” sports field on Schillerstraße until it was promoted to the second division in 2015. Since the artificial turf field there did not meet the requirements for the Second Bundesliga, the team has been playing their home games in the Waldstadion in Bielefeld-Quelle since then . The U19 and U17 teams each use the Böllhoff Stadium in the Brackwede district . The professional training area is located in the east of Bielefeld between the city center and Bielefeld- Oldentrup on Friedrich-Hagemann-Straße. It is to be gradually expanded in order to offer the professionals better conditions and to improve the cooperation between the professional and youth departments.
Club newspapers, fan magazines and blogs
The first newspaper owned by the association was the so-called monthly newspaper in 1925. They were intended to improve the integration of the members in the association's life. In the mid-1960s, the association announced the Arminia Bielefeld e. V. published the first club newspaper in the narrower sense. In the course of the 1970s, the more catchy name Almpost became established for club news . Initially, the association still produced the newspaper itself, from 1983 onwards the Westfalen-Blatt took over , which brought the Almpost newspaper supplement to a record circulation of 60,000 copies. According to the manager at the time, Norbert Müller, the Almpost was the stadium newspaper with the highest circulation of all Bundesliga clubs. From 2003 the association took over the lead in production again. In 2004 the Almpost was renamed in the course of the renaming of the stadium in Halbvier . The name Halbvier refers to the kick-off time of the Bundesliga on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
The Halbvier appears regularly for every Arminia home game as well as with a special edition at the end of the season. It usually includes topics related to the current opponent, reviews of away games, interviews with players from the professional and junior sector, news from the club and statistics. The Halbvier is published by DSC Arminia GmbH & Co KGaA, with the entire production being carried out by the media office 24/7. By the end of 2011, the magazine was mailed to all club members. Due to the financially strained situation in the course of relegation to the 3rd division, since the beginning of 2012 the mail has been sent exclusively electronically. At every home game, however, there are still a few printed copies available in the stadium.
In addition to the half-Four, the magazine is published from club side quarterly Arminia supporters of Arminia supporters clubs. Until the end of 2008 this magazine was called ASC Aktuell . The fan project Bielefeld e. V. also publishes the Fan-Post newspaper for every home game with current information on the game day and upcoming away trips.
Over the years, various fan clubs and individuals also worked as newspaper makers. In the 1960s, for example, the club's own newspaper, Almpost, faced strong competition from the privately published magazine Alm-Kurier , with a circulation of 5000 copies per game day, and in the 1970s from Sport-Aktuell . In 1989 and 1990, the fan club Blue Army - Ostwestfalen Terror, closely associated with the Bielefeld hooligan scene, published the magazine Der Rüpel . The fanzine appeared in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. At half past three the world was still in order , from whose editorship around Philipp Köster and Reinaldo Coddou H. later emerged the magazine for football culture 11 Friends . Until 2010, the Bielefeld Boys published the magazine Mit Schirm, Charme & Melone at irregular intervals . In addition to the fan project, the ultra-oriented local crew fan group is currently making public appearances, which has been distributing a mostly four-page flyer under the name pubLiC to visitors to the standing room blocks for every home game since 2009 .
There are also various fanzines and blogs on the Internet that deal with the Arminia. For example, Blog5 dealt with what is happening around the club in a partly satirical way. The website Pulsschlag-Arminia has been dealing with current and historical events around the Arminia since 2017 .
Two years after Eintracht Braunschweig became the first German football club to advertise their shirts, the fruit juice brand Granini became Arminia's first shirt sponsor. After four years, the company Seidensticker , Europe's largest shirt manufacturer , replaced Granini. This liaison lasted six years, and is still the longest partnership in the club's history. Until 1996, all shirt sponsors had their headquarters in Bielefeld, before Gerry Weber from Halle (Westphalia) became the first foreign company to become a shirt sponsor. Also noteworthy is the Krombacher brewery , which graced the chest of the Bielefeld footballers for six years between 2004 and 2010 and thus drew level with Seidensticker as the record holder. In third place with five years as a jersey sponsor is the Bielefeld company Schüco International KG , which, however, divided its sponsorship activities into three stages, the last of which began in 2016 and continues to this day.
After the existence of the association could only be saved through a settlement procedure in 1987 , the association broke new ground in the area of sponsor acquisition. With the help of Rüdiger Lamm, who led the table tennis department of Spvg Steinhagen to the top in Europe, a pool of sponsors was set up that already comprised 100 companies within a year. In the first years Lamm worked on a commission basis , from 1994 he worked as a full-time manager. In 2001, Lamm's successor, Heribert Bruchhagen , signed a ten-year contract with the marketing company Sportfive .
Probably the best-known Bielefeld company, the Dr. August Oetker KG , has always held back towards Arminia when it comes to sponsoring and was only occasionally represented with perimeter advertising in the stadium. For decades there has been a rumor around the club that the club and Oetker fell out at the beginning of the 1970s in the course of a discussion about a new stadium project. Against this rumor, the fact that Oetker is generally reluctant to sponsor sports because, according to the company, the target group in the food sector is less likely to be found among stadium visitors. Furthermore, after relegation in 2009 , August Oetker indicated his willingness to support Arminia's youth development. Another indication that the rift in the 1970s was an assertion is the fact that von Oetker's Syndic , Jörg Auf der Heyde, held the office of President of Arminia between 1973 and 1986. Oetker has been supporting the association as part of the Ostwestfalen alliance since 2017 and has been represented on the Arminia Group's economic and supervisory board since 2018 with Mathias Gerner (head of the main finance department at Dr. August Oetker KG).
With a spectacular public relations campaign , Arminia Bielefeld and the then shirt sponsor, the Herford brewery , made a name for themselves in the summer of 1999. They dressed the statue of Arminia's namesake, the Hermannsdenkmal , in an oversized jersey made of 130 m² of fabric. The jersey was numbered nine, reminiscent of Arminius's victory over the Romans in AD 9. As the “largest football jersey in the world”, the item of clothing received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records . The spectacle was also a great success in terms of tourism, with half a million visitors finding their way to the Hermannsdenkmal during the time it was veiled. The cost of the action amounted to about 10,000 marks.
In August 2008, Arminia was the first Bundesliga club to issue a license to Q1 petrol station sales , which operates a petrol station near the Alm. The petrol station now operating under the name "Der 12. Mann" offers members of the DSC various discounts.
Due to the events surrounding the Corona outbreak, Arminia terminated the advertising partnership with Tönnies Holding that had existed since July 2019 at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Action construction on blue
To finance the stadium expansion and other infrastructural projects, the association, together with Bank SEB AG , presented a fan bond on September 14, 2006 under the motto “Construction on Blue”. The nominal value per bond was 100 euros. At the time of issue, the bond had a maximum term of five years. After several extensions of the deadline, the campaign ended on February 28, 2007. According to the association, the bond was distributed in full to around 2,300 subscribers. The campaign raised a total of three million euros. The Blue Wall was unveiled on November 15, 2008 in honor of the illustrators . These are two boards on the ground floor of the new main stand, on which all subscribers of the fan bond are listed by name.
Due to the financial difficulties after relegation to the 3rd division in 2011, the club tried to persuade the subscribers to extend or suspend the bond due this year. This was largely successful, so that the license conditions could be met. In the course of the planned financial consolidation, the association issued the so-called future bond in July 2011 , which on the one hand offered old subscribers the opportunity to extend, and also made it possible to subscribe to new bonds. The term of this bond is also designed for a maximum of five years, and the remaining conditions also correspond to those of the “Bau auf Blau” bond. After the subscription period ended on August 31, 2011, the association announced that the total volume of this bond amounted to over two million euros. When the bond fell due in 2016, numerous subscribers waived repayment in order to support the association. This reduced the liabilities by 699,000 euros. The remaining amount of 1.893 million euros was repaid on time.
On March 6, 2013, the Museum / Archive / Forum Arminia (MAFA) opened in the old VIP room under the west stand of the Alm . In the museum , designed in the style of a football field , various exhibits from the club's more than 100-year history are presented. Among other things, parts of the old tubular steel grandstand, which was on the east side of the stadium until the 1980s, or the plaques for victories in the West German championships in 1922 and 1923 can be seen. In addition to multimedia elements, there is also an area for Special exhibitions in the museum. Many of the exhibits were donated by fans or made available on permanent loan. The financing came from sponsors and donations from the club's supporters. In addition, the association offered a fan package with original and replica items from the association's history for sale, the proceeds of which went to the museum. All donors and buyers of the fan package are immortalized on a board in the museum.
Arminia is more
The platform “Arminia is more” was published on November 18, 2013 and is intended to reflect the social and societal commitment of the traditional association. With the help of the topics "Education, Integration, Engagement and Courage", reports are made on the numerous projects that the association actively supervises and supports. In addition to numerous school and city partnerships, care for the disabled and voluntary work are important cornerstones of the platform. The aim of “Arminia is more” is to bring the association's social commitment more into the public eye in order to raise public awareness of important issues such as integration, tolerance and mutual respect.
We are East Westphalia
With the slogan Wir sind Ostwestfalen , DSC Arminia Bielefeld wants to publicly convey its identification with the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region. In addition to the lettering, a coat of arms logo also includes the attributes stubborn, stubborn, combative, which are intended to represent both the virtues of the East Westphalian citizens and those of the association. The coat of arms logo is not the club logo, but an addition. Since 2012, Arminia has been cooperating with 25 cities and municipalities as well as five schools, which are designated as official partner cities and schools, as part of the Wir sind Ostwestfalen campaign. Including the cities of Bad Oeynhausen , Bad Salzuflen , Blomberg , Borgholzhausen , Bünde , Enger , Espelkamp , Extertal , Halle (Westf.) , Harsewinkel , Herford , Hiddenhausen , Kalletal , Lage , Lemgo , Leopoldshöhe , Löhne , Oerlinghausen , Rietberg , Schloß Holte- Stukenbrock , Spenge , Steinhagen , Versmold , Vlotho and Werther . The aim of the cooperation is to get involved with the respective partner cities in the following areas: social affairs, integration / inclusion, mass sports, culture, urban development and city marketing.
Arminia currently provides three senior teams. In the age group over 32, a team is active both on the field and in the hall. The teams over 43 and over 50 play exclusively in the hall. The department is headed by Dirk Hempel. On September 20, 2015, the over 50 team in Berlin won the 2015 German championship in this age group with a 1-0 victory over NFS Gropiusstadt .
Arminia Supporters Club
After the spin-off of the licensed players department of DSC Arminia into a corporation , the club founded a fan and support department on December 6, 2003 under the name "Arminia Supporters Club" (ASC). Central tasks of the ASC are, in addition to the development of an attractive offer for its members, on the one hand the representation of member interests towards the club, associations and other bodies and on the other hand the promotion of the whole association with its departments and subsidiaries. Within a very short time, the ASC became the department with the largest number of members in the association with currently approx. 5,500 members. The ASC is represented at home games in the stadium with an information booth at the south entrance, while away fans are supported with a mobile contact point, the "Fanmobil". In addition, the ASC regularly organizes events for fans and members, supports care for the disabled and publishes its own department magazine every quarter. In addition, fans living outside of Ostwestfalen-Lippe are supported within the framework of a nationwide network.
In September 2005 the “Arminis”, a fan organization for children, was launched. The association cooperates with the von Laer Foundation, which is active in the Bielefeld area and the surrounding area as part of youth welfare. The aim of the department is to get as many young families as possible, but especially children, excited about football and the DSC Arminia. In addition to child-friendly events, the “Arminis” offer their members childcare during home games and discounts on fan articles . The Arminis also organize trips to Arminia away games.
The Arminis' mascot has been the domestic cattle "Lohmann" since the summer of 2006 . The name goes back to the farmer Lohmann, who leased the area of today's SchücoArena to the association in 1926 . To commemorate this event, Lohmann wears a shirt with the number 26. The Bielefeld rock band Randale released the EP Lieder für Lohmann in 2014 , which contains five songs with reference to Arminia Bielefeld and the Arminis.
The BVO Interpool department of the "Billiards Association Ostwestfalen-Lippe", founded in 2003, was integrated into the DSC Arminia on August 7, 2007. The division competes in the leagues of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe billiards association with a total of three teams. The first venue was the Interpool billiard café on Feilenstrasse. When the cafe closed in 2010, the department moved to the Break Even billiard cafe on Heeper Straße. The department has been at home in the former VIP rooms of the SchücoArena since 2012. A billiard room with eight tables was set up below the west stand, which was opened for gaming in November 2012. The new venue was financed with the support of the Supporters Club department. This means that Arminia has the only German soccer stadium that also plays billiards. The first team competes in the association league. Head of department is Cengiz Cenikli.
On March 31, 1979, a group from the Bielefeld roller and ice skating club joined the DSC Arminia. In the 1980s, the department won numerous national and international titles. The highlight was winning the Nations Cup in Budapest in 1988 . At that time, Vice European Champion Krisztina Czakó ran for Arminia. The department has organized the “Winter Festival on the Ice” every year since 1979. The training and competition venue is the Oetker ice rink in Bielefeld-Brackwede . Head of department is Sabine Esser.
Football culture & social
On July 29, 2019, the club announced that it would found a department for "Football Culture & Social Affairs" with the areas of fan support, clubs, social engagement, as well as children, youth and families.
As early as 1925, the then club chairman Mennerich tried to found a hockey department. However, since there were too few interested parties, nothing came of these plans. It was not until 1946 that the department was founded and the first successes came quickly. The men's team rose to the league in 1948. Between 1979 and 1988 the men played continuously in what was then the third highest division, the Oberliga. The women's team belonged to the indoor league in the late 1980s and commuted on the field between the league and association league. In the junior division, the Arminen were able to win numerous Westphalia championships. At the beginning of the 1990s, a decline set in after the neighboring Bielefelder TG opened an artificial turf pitch and many players moved there. Arminia and BTG later formed a syndicate.
In the early years of the department, the department struggled to find a suitable venue. At times, the teams had to play their home games in neighboring Gütersloh , then within the Queller racecourse, which, however, was also used by British sports aircraft . So it happened that games had to be interrupted due to take-offs and landings. In 1971, the department found a home on the grounds next to the Olderdissen Zoo . In April 1972, an international match between the German women's national team and Argentina was played on the facility , which ended in a 1-1 draw. Department head is Alexander Doht.
Since May 2, 2016, the association has expanded its care program for the disabled and founded a department for "disabled and wheelchair sports". The focus of the department is on fitness and skill exercises, as well as the ball sport "Wheelsoccer" (giant ball).
19 referees are active for the DSC Arminia. However, all referees whistle only in regional and local leagues. The department is headed by Vlado Radmann.
In August 2020, the association Sportfreunde Kickerfeld joined Arminia and thus founded the table football department. The department has 60 members and is based in the old bow factory on Meller Straße.
In the 1930s, the club briefly had a boxing department . However, nothing is known about the successes and reasons for the dissolution.
In January 2019, the club founded an eSports team. This is active in the sports simulation FIFA and took part in the newly founded Virtual Bundesliga in the 2019/20 season. The two players were called Sebastian Hallerbach ( wh00t ) and Timo Kraps ( Krapsi ). They were trained by Daniel Garcia ( Ignite ). In July 2020, the game was stopped because the club wanted to concentrate on its core business football.
The handball department was founded in 1923. In the mid-1930s handball players had their most successful period. The first team played in the field handball gauliga regularly in front of several thousand spectators. Franz Dierkes was one of the top performers at the time and narrowly missed the nomination for the Olympic squad in 1936 . After the Second World War, the handball players of the Arminia were more and more lapped by the clubs from the surrounding Bielefeld districts and slipped down to the district league. In May 1987 the department was finally dissolved.
Between 1952 and 1956, the Olympic Sports Club Bielefeld was an athletics club affiliated to the DSC Arminia . One of the most famous athletes was Paul Schmidt , who was German champion in the 800 meter run several times and came fourth at the 1960 Olympic Games.
The short existence of only four years is due to the fact that the support of the department with more than a hundred active members was financially and logistically too expensive. There was also no support from sponsors, so that the financial basis was based solely on donations from the then Arminia President and industrialist Kurt Wolff .
In addition to the only active time in the athletics department, attempts were made in 1907 and again later in 1964 to set up such a department. This failed, however, and since 1973 the DSC Arminia has no longer been interested in having its own athletics department.
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