FK Pirmasens

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FK Pirmasens
Club crest of the FK Pirmasens
Basic data
Surname Football club 03 Pirmasens eV
Seat Pirmasens , Rhineland-Palatinate
founding June 10, 1903
Colours Blue White
Board Jürgen Koelsch, Edgar Schütz
First soccer team
Head coach Patrick Fischer
Venue Husterhöhe sports park
Places 10,000
league Regionalliga southwest
2019/20 16th place

The FK 03 Pirmasens is a football club from the Palatinate . The club - the fans call it "the club" - was founded on June 10, 1903. In 1905 the SK 1905 Pirmasens split off, which was temporarily rejoined on February 19, 1919, but was finally separated in the same year and exists today as SG 05 Pirmasens .

The FKP played from 1912 in the stadium on Zweibrücker Strasse in Pirmasens . After its demolition in 2003, the FKP moved to the stadium in the Spesbach, the home of PSV Pirmasens, until the new Sportpark Husterhöhe was completed .


Founding of the association and the pre-war period (1903–1945)

Hugo Deil had the idea of founding a football club in Pirmasens . In 1900, the city had 17 gymnastics and sports clubs, but not a single football club. So Deil and Heinrich Stapf proposed to TV 1863 Pirmasens to establish a football department. As the proposal met with rejection, the two decided to invite those interested in a football club to the Germania restaurant on June 5, 1903, by advertising in the newspaper. More than 20 men answered the call. The official establishment of the association finally took place on June 10, 1903.

After the First World War, FK Pirmasens developed into a big name in southwest German football . From 1930 to 1933 , the blue-whites were champions of the Saar district league four times in a row and were thus represented in the southern German championship finals. Subsequently, the team was runner-up in the Gauliga Südwest three times in a row from 1934 to 1936 and just barely missed making it to the final round of the German championship. In March 1942, the FKP withdrew after a 0-26 defeat at 1. FC Kaiserslautern ( Fritz Walter scored 13 goals), in which the team had to do without a number of players due to the war.

Seasonal balance sheets 1945–1963
season space Gates Points
1945/46 6th place 34:44 13:23
1946/47 1st place 23: 5
1947/48 6th place 56:54 27:25
1948/49 4th Place 58:41 33:15
1949/50 4th Place 68:36 45:15
1950/51 3rd place 68:39 37:15
1951/52 5th place 80:51 34:26
1952/53 7th place 64:56 30:30
1953/54 2nd place 73:30 51: 9
1954/55 5th place 70:45 39:21
1955/56 4th Place 65:42 37:23
1956/57 8th place 57:58 30:30
1957/58 1st place 63:32 42:18
1958/59 1st place 95:32 52: 8
1959/60 1st place 92:43 44:16
1960/61 3rd place 79:32 41:19
1961/62 2nd place 104: 33 45:15
1962/63 3rd place 82:39 41:19
gray background: Oberliga
yellow background: regional league

Major league with a one-year interlude in the second division (1945–1963)

After the Second World War , the Pirmasens played in the season 1945/46 in the Oberliga Südwest, in the season 1946/47 then in the Landesliga Westpfalz and from the season 1947/48 until they were dissolved in 1963 again in the Oberliga Südwest . In the "Eternal Table of the Oberliga Südwest" the club occupies second place behind 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In 1954 the Pirmasens became runners-up in the upper league with 51: 9 points, only one point behind 1. FC Kaiserslautern, which had several players in its squad at the time who were to become world champions that same year. With goalkeeper Heinz Kubsch , who did not play at the World Cup tournament, the FKP also provided a world champion.

In 1958, FK Pirmasens won the Southwest Championship, the rival from Kaiserslautern, one point behind, lost out this time. In Group 1 of the final round of the German championship, 1. FC Nürnberg , 1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV were all up against . After two draws against Cologne and Nuremberg, they lost to HSV in the last group game, which then moved into the final as the unbeaten group winner.

A year later, “die Klub” was again Southwest Champion with 52: 8 points. In the group stage of the championship round, in which there were first and second legs for the first time, the opponents this time were 1. FC Köln, Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen . With a 4-0 win over Cologne, the Palatinate got off to a good start, followed by a 2-3 defeat against Frankfurt. After a 4-1 win against Bremen, all the second round matches were lost, so that the Frankfurt team reached the final undefeated.

In 1960, like a year before, Borussia Neunkirchen was the toughest competitor in the championship fight, in which the Pirmasens won again with 44:16 points - for the third time in a row. In the final round, however, the Palatinate could keep up even less than the two years before. They managed to win a single point in a 1-1 draw at home against 1. FC Köln, which was also able to assert itself against Werder Bremen and Tasmania 1900 Berlin ; Pirmasens, however, ended up in last place.

In the course of the Bundesliga , which was introduced in 1963 , a so-called twelve - year evaluation decided the participating teams. 1. FC Kaiserslautern and 1. FC Saarbrücken qualified from the Oberliga Südwest . The decision for Saarbrücken had a bland aftertaste, as Hermann Neuberger , who was represented on the DFB Presidium, wanted to see his home club in the new division.

Regionalliga Südwest (1963–1974)

Seasonal balance sheets 1963–1974
season space Gates Points
1963/64 2nd place 128: 49 59:17
1964/65 7th place 76:44 41:27
1965/66 1st place 62:31 41:19
1966/67 6th place 60:31 36:24
1967/68 3rd place 57:31 41:19
1968/69 4th Place 65:36 40:20
1969/70 2nd place 68:36 44:16
1970/71 2nd place 69:29 44:16
1971/72 6th place 56:49 32:28
1972/73 3rd place 73:40 41:19
1973/74 8th place 63:47 32:28

The FKP also remained successful in the Regionalliga Südwest , which was introduced in 1963 as the foundation of the Bundesliga . In all eleven seasons, the club landed in the upper half of the table, so it also leads their "Eternal Table". Already in the first regional league season, the club played for promotion to the Bundesliga. With the exception of the second game day, at least second place in the table was taken. With a 5-1 away win against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on the last day of the match, the club secured the runner-up in the Regionalliga Südwest, which qualified for promotion to the Bundesliga. In this he met in Group 2 on Hannover 96 , KSV Hessen Kassel and Alemannia Aachen . A 3-0 win over Aachen was followed by a 0-2 defeat against Hannover. The third game against Kassel away from home was won 4: 1, but "the club" lost all second round matches and ended up in last place in the table.

After 7th place in the following season, the 65/66 season ended with 1st place. This time Pirmasens met Fortuna Düsseldorf , Hertha BSC and Kickers Offenbach in the promotion round . This developed into a duel between the Palatinate and Düsseldorf. After the preliminary round had been completed without a defeat, the club took over the championship lead on matchday four with a 2-0 win against Offenbach. The defeat in the following direct duel against Fortuna should remain the only one. Now both teams were tied, with Düsseldorf having the better goal difference; So on the last day of the match there was a long-distance duel between the two promotion aspirants. While Pirmasens only managed a 2-1 home win against Hertha, the Rhinelander secured promotion to the Bundesliga with a 5-1 victory over Offenbach.

In the following years, the village club SV Alsenborn , trained by world champion Fritz Walter , increasingly managed to dispute the position of the Pirmasens as the second most successful football club in the Palatinate after 1. FC Kaiserslautern . After "the club" had lost touch with the top for a few years, it landed in 1970 in second place behind the Alsenbornern. In the relegation to the Bundesliga, however, the FK had no chance. With only one win against Hertha Zehlendorf , the last place was taken. A year later, the Palatinate celebrated their third runner-up in the Regionalliga Südwest. Group 1 of the promotion round to the Bundesliga was dominated by VfL Bochum , who suffered the only defeat in the away game against Pirmasens and thus rose confidently to the top division.

2nd Bundesliga South (1974–1978)

Seasonal balances 1974–1978
season space Gates Points
1974/75 2nd place 75:62 48:28
1975/76 14th place 66:78 33:43
1976/77 18th place 43:85 19:57
1977/78 20th place 25: 120 6:70

In 1974 the FKP was a founding member of the first two-pronged 2. Bundesliga due to the consistently good placements in the Regionalliga . In the first game of the newly created league, the club met SpVgg Fürth away from home . After 37 minutes of play, “die Klub” took the lead with a goal from Georg Beichle , but the hosts managed to equalize in the second half. Then in the three games they won against SpVgg Bayreuth , Wormatia Worms and FC 08 Homburg , so that from the second matchday onwards they always occupied at least 6th place and the Pirmasensians played for promotion. On the last day of the match there was a long-distance duel with FC Bayern Hof , 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 and TSV 1860 Munich , all of whom were fighting for second place in the table. Pirmasens received help from SV Darmstadt 98 , which won in Hof; the latter would have qualified for the relegation place if they had won. A 5: 3 against Borussia Neunkirchen made the results of the games in Schweinfurt and the "Munich Lions" meaningless, as the Palatinate landed on rank 2. Compared to the Schweinfurters with equal points, the better goal difference was decisive.

In the relegation for the third promotion place, the club met Bayer 05 Uerdingen , the runner-up in the northern relay. The first leg on home soil should prove to be very scoring. After a 1-0 lead in the first minute, it was already 1: 2 after 24 minutes before Pirmasens scored three more goals within eight minutes. Shortly before the half-time break, the Uerdinger scored the 4: 3 connection goal and in the 81st minute they equalized the 4: 4 final score. The second leg was lost 6-0, which means that promotion to the Bundesliga was again missed (→ match dates for promotion games against Bayer 05 Uerdingen ).

The club was unable to hold its own in the top tier of the Second Bundesliga South, and in the following season it found itself in a relegation battle. It was only on the penultimate match day that relegation could be secured with a 2-1 victory over SSV Reutlingen 05 . When the sporting descent was sealed on the 33rd match day in 1977, Pirmasens was saved at the green table by the withdrawal of SV Röchling Völklingen . On the last day of the match, “the club” fought their way to third from last place with a draw against BSV Schwenningen - with the simultaneous defeat of SSV Jahn Regensburg , who had to be relegated due to the worse goal difference.

Season balances 1978 – today
season space Gates Points
1978/79 2nd place 96:38 48:20
1979/80 3rd place 57:41 40:28
1980/81 4th Place 69:46 42:26
1981/82 6th place 72:42 54:26
1982/83 3rd place 83:42 53:23
1983/84 5th place 61:45 40:28
1984/85 6th place 57:57 38:30
1985/86 10th place 48:58 31:37
1986/87 6th place 50:45 38:30
1987/88 8th place 55:45 35:33
1988/89 4th Place 65:42 43:25
1989/90 4th Place 77:55 45:23
1990/91 9th place 48:40 34:34
1991/92 17th place 41:66 23:45
1992/93 16th place 35:70 16:44
1993/94 3rd place 45:35 38:22
1994/95 1st place 67:23 50:10
1995/96 9th place 46:46 39
1996/97 1st place 61:21 70
1997/98 8th place 65:49 52
1998/99 1st place 63:24 72
1999/00 17th place 38:75 33
2000/01 8th place 48:34 64
2001/02 7th place 63:39 56
2002/03 13th place 46:53 48
2003/04 12th place 50:56 41
2004/05 10th place 49:57 44
2005/06 1st place 60:17 71
2006/07 17th place 31:61 31
2007/08 10th place 48:49 45
2008/09 3rd place 58:45 57
2009/10 2nd place 53:34 64
2010/11 2nd place 51:40 63
2011/12 3rd place 58:36 60
2012/13 8th place 50:50 49
2013/14 1st place 62:29 65
2014/15 14th place 40:44 42
2015/16 13th place 43:43 39
2016/17 14th place 38:55 42
2017/18 2nd place 97:31 79
2018/19 9th place 36:60 43
2019/20 16th place 19:35 18th
2020/21 ... ... ...
gray background: Oberliga
orange background: Association league
yellow background: Landesliga
red background: regional league

In 1978 the Pirmasens rose with a negative record of 6:70 points from the 2nd division . After losing the first ten games in a row, the Palatinate team consistently occupied last place in the table from the fourth matchday onwards and achieved only one win and four draws. In the season 77/78 they also had to accept 120 goals; it was the last so far that the club completed in professional football.

Predominantly upper league (1978-2014)

Since 1978 the FKP has been part of the hard core of the Oberliga Südwest almost continuously - but until 1992 as a "gray mouse". After relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga, Robert Jung , who was part of the club's squad from 1966 to 1976, was hired as a coach. The first season in the third division ended with second place in the table behind SV Röchling Völklingen , which narrowly missed the direct re-promotion. In the DFB Cup , the club had initially beaten MTV Gifhorn 3-0, before being eliminated by a 2: 4 against FC 08 Homburg . In the years that followed, the FKP was always in the top third of the table. In 1981, “die Klub” qualified for the DFB Cup . In the first round there was a 3-0 away win against Siegburger SV 04 , which was also an amateur league team at the time; but then they were defeated by MSV Duisburg away 3-0.

Jung left the club in 1985 in the direction of Salmrohr . For the next ten years the coaching position increasingly became an ejection seat; none of Jung's successors stayed longer than a year. In the league, "the club" lost touch with the top group. At the beginning of the 1990s a rapid decline set in: In 1992 Pirmasens was second to bottom in the table and after 14 years of uninterrupted membership in the Oberliga, rose to the Association League. The club could not hold up there either, after only a year he was relegated from bottom of the table. After third place at the end of the first season in the regional league, the first promotion in almost fifty years was achieved a year later. In the second half of the decade, an upward trend in sport was finally evident. In the next season, the Pirmasens secured a position in midfield before returning to the league in 1997.

In 1999, as champions of the Oberliga Südwest, promotion to the third-class Regionalliga West / Südwest, which had existed since 1994, followed with coach Frank Lelle , who had taken over the team after the surprising separation from Robert Jung in the middle of the 1998/99 season. Since a year later the number of seasons was reduced from four to two and the team ended up in the lower half of the table, they rose again after a year. In the DFB Cup , Pirmasens had a bye for the second round, in which Bundesliga club TSV 1860 Munich had the upper hand 3-0.

After several relegation battles, the FKP rose in the 2005/06 season - again under coach Robert Jung - as champions of the Oberliga Südwest in the regional league; from the 14th matchday onwards, the table leadership was no longer given away. The FC 08 Homburg remained close on the heels of the FKP in second place, so that the decision was only made in the last game. With a 2-0 win against Hassia Bingen , the promotion was finally made perfect. In addition, the Palatinate won the SWFV Association Cup by defeating the second team of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the final 2-1 and qualifying for the 2006/07 DFB Cup . In the first round they met Werder Bremen and surprisingly won 5-3 on penalties. In the second round, the FKP had to admit defeat 3-0 to SpVgg Unterhaching .

After further defeats in the Regionalliga Süd, they parted ways with Robert Jung on November 14, 2006. Andreas Kamphues' interim solution then became a permanent solution at the beginning of the second half of the season. 2006/07 the class could not be held, so that the FKP had to compete again in the 2007/08 season in the Oberliga Südwest . At the end of the 2009/10 season, the FKP was only because of the two goals worse goal difference compared to FC 08 Homburg runner-up in the Oberliga and thus narrowly missed promotion to the Regionalliga. With a 3-0 final win over the association league club FV Dudenhofen , the club won the Southwest German Football Association's cup again after 2006 and qualified again for the 2010/11 DFB main round . There he met Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen and after a respectable first half (a rather lucky 1-0 for the guests) lost very clearly with 1:11. For 2011 the aim was to move up to the regional league again. On January 17, 2011, Andreas Ring, Karsten Volberg and Manfred Hoffmann were elected for the first time in the club's history as three equal presidents. On March 3, Wendelin Guster resigned as a trainer. His successor until the end of the season was Peter Tretter, who was assistant coach to the new head coach Michael Dusek from the 2011/12 season , supported by Pascal Ott as assistant coach; Marco Geib remained the sporting director. At the end of the season, the FKP was again runner-up, four points behind champions SC Idar-Oberstein . In 2011/12, the Pirmasens took third place in the upper league final table.

Multi-year return to the Regionalliga Südwest (2014-2018)

Peter Tretter as head coach, Jens Schaufler as an assistant coach and Andreas Kamphues as team manager one was in the 2013/14 season by five points over second-placed FSV SALMROHR master of Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz / Saar and climbed into fourth-rate Regionalliga Southwest on . There they just managed to stay in the league when they were fourth in the table. The club's second team became champions of the Southwest Football Association League in 2014/15 and was promoted to the Rhineland-Palatinate / Saar Oberliga. In the same game year, the West Palatinate won the 2015 Landespokal when they defeated FV Dudenhofen in the final, this time 1-0 after extra time, as they did in the last two regional cup victories in 2006 and 2010 . Thus the FKP qualified for the first main round of the DFB Cup 2015/16 , in which it was defeated by the second division 1. FC Heidenheim with 1: 4. At the end of the season, Andreas Kamphues resigned as team manager. In the 2016/17 season, “die Klub” took 14th place in the table among 19 participants, but this was not enough to keep them up. Since on the one hand two teams from the 3rd division were relegated to the Regionalliga Südwest and on the other hand the top two of the Regionalliga did not succeed in the promotion to the 3rd division, six teams were relegated. However, the FK reached second place in the Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz / Saar in the 2017/18 season and rose directly through relegation.

Athletic history and league affiliation


Known players

Second division from 1974 to 1978

player nationality from to Games Gates
Hans-Jürgen Arnswald GermanGerman 1975 1978 39 1
Hans-Peter Backes GermanGerman 1977 1978 22nd 0
Georg Beichle GermanGerman 1974 1976 75 22nd
Peter Bernhardt GermanGerman 1974 1977 71 0
Heinz Bißbort GermanGerman 1977 1978 19th 1
Uwe Blauth GermanGerman 1977 1978 6th 0
Hans-Dieter Braun GermanGerman 1976 1978 45 6th
Harald Butow GermanGerman 1975 1976 3 0
Manfred Cremer GermanGerman 1977 1978 30th 1
Ratko Cvijanovic YugoslavYugoslav 1976 1978 25th 1
Uwe Döring GermanGerman 1975 1976 1 0
Harry Erhart GermanGerman 1974 1976 61 29
Volker Faul GermanGerman 1974 1978 92 1
Dieter Finkler GermanGerman 1977 1978 32 2
Gerd Geiersbach GermanGerman 1975 1978 72 3
Guntram Gentes GermanGerman 1974 1977 104 7th
Bernd Henzelmann GermanGerman 1977 1978 1 0
Raimund Hess GermanGerman 1977 1978 3 0
Paul Hornung GermanGerman 1974 1978 22nd 0
Karl-Heinz Jörg GermanGerman 1975 1977 9 0
Robert Jung GermanGerman 1974 1976 69 0
Robert Keller GermanGerman 1975 1978 21st 0
Harry Klein GermanGerman 1977 1978 26th 1
Karl Klein GermanGerman 1977 1978 2 0
Michael Koberstein GermanGerman 1976 1978 26th 2
Walter Koelsch GermanGerman 1977 1978 11 0
Jürgen König GermanGerman 1977 1978 3 0
Hermann coal burner GermanGerman 1974 1977 102 7th
Raimund Krauth GermanGerman 1974 1975 33 12
Branislav Krstic YugoslavYugoslav 1976 1978 32 1
Johannes Mainka GermanGerman 1976 1977 6th 0
Colin Marshal GermanGerman 1977 1978 1 0
Günther Michl GermanGerman 1974 1976 66 2
Hans-Jürgen Milde GermanGerman 1977 1978 4th 0
Josef Müller GermanGerman 1975 1977 57 7th
Klaus Müller GermanGerman 1977 1978 30th 0
Torben Nielsen GermanGerman 1974 1976 76 3
Klaus Pudelko GermanGerman 1974 1977 105 2
Heinz Rudloff GermanGerman 1976 1978 39 13
Arnold Ruppe GermanGerman 1977 1978 1 0
Klaus Schäfer GermanGerman 1977 1978 1 0
Walter Scherer GermanGerman 1976 1978 36 5
Günter Schlick GermanGerman 1974 1976 2 0
Thomas Schmidt GermanGerman 1977 1978 3 1
Gerard Schoonewille DutchDutch 1976 1977 7th 0
Willi Schuster GermanGerman 1976 1978 67 1
Alfred Seiler GermanGerman 1974 1976 63 27
Werner Tretter GermanGerman 1974 1977 87 3
Dieter Wagner GermanGerman 1976 1977 7th 2
Hans Weber GermanGerman 1976 1978 44 1
Dieter Weinkauff GermanGerman 1974 1978 107 38
Dieter Zell GermanGerman 1977 1978 14th 0
Reinhard Ziegler GermanGerman 1976 1977 9 0

Before 1974 and after 1978

player nationality time Special services
Uwe Fuchs GermanGerman ? –1984

German runner-up with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1994

Thomas Dooley GermanGerman 1981-1984

DFB Cup winner in 1990, German champion and Supercup winner 1991 with 1. FC Kaiserslautern; 1997 UEFA Cup winner with Schalke 04; US national player (participation in the 1994 World Cup in the USA and 1998 in France)

Eugen Hach GermanGerman ? –1984 made promotion to the Bundesliga with 1. FC Saarbrücken in 1992 ; then ended his career
Heinrich Hergert GermanGerman 1925-1938 completed five full international matches from 1930 to 1933
Rudolf Hoffmann GermanGerman 1960-1963 played an international match against Ireland in 1955
Helmut Kapitulski GermanGerman 1957-1964 1956 and 1957 champions with Borussia Dortmund; 1 A international match 1958
Heinz Kubsch GermanGerman 1953-1961 3 international caps; was in the squad at the 1954 World Cup, but was not used
Anton Lutz GermanGerman 1933-1936 scored 41 goals in three years at FK Pirmasens
Horst Nussbaum GermanGerman 1963-1964 later made a career as a music producer under the stage name "Jack White"
Johannes Riedl GermanGerman ? –1968 Bundesliga player from 1968 to 1985 at MSV Duisburg, Hertha BSC, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Arminia Bielefeld and Kickers Offenbach
Karl Schmidt GermanGerman 1962–? 9 international caps


After the Second World War until the introduction of the Bundesliga, 1. FC Kaiserslautern was the main rival of FK Pirmasens, as both teams fought for the position as number one in the Palatinate. After the "Red Devils" had dominated the Oberliga Südwest in the early and mid-1950s, the Pirmasensern succeeded more and more often to play the German championship. Since the "Lauterer" were then approved for the Bundesliga and both clubs have not played in the same league since then, the mutual aversion gradually subsided.

Within the newly formed Regionalliga Südwest, "the Club" was initially the most successful Palatinate club. The supremacy was only challenged by SV Alsenborn , the suburban club from the Kaiserslautern region, through its rise. Both clubs fought regularly for promotion to the Bundesliga until the mid-1970s.

Since Pirmasens was relegated from the second division in 1978 after four years of membership, encounters with SC Hauenstein , FC Homburg , SVN Zweibrücken and 1. FC Saarbrücken have had a derby character due to their regional proximity.

Individual evidence

  1. Andreas Kamphues resigns as sporting director. In: May 27, 2015, accessed September 25, 2016 .
  2. Football: FK Pirmasens is promoted to Regionalliga ,, accessed on June 6, 2018
  3. Test at the old rival: FK 03 Pirmasens against FCK, August 24, 2010
  4. Explosive “Christmas Game”, November 14th, 2009 ( Memento of October 2nd, 2010 in the Internet Archive )

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