FSV Frankfurt

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FSV Frankfurt
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Surname Football club Frankfurt 1899 e. V.
Seat Frankfurt am Main , Hesse
founding August 20, 1899
Colours Black-blue
Members 2,461 (July 1, 2015)
president Michael Goerner
Football company
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Surname FSV Frankfurt 1899 Football GmbH
Shareholder 100%: e. V.
executive Director Patrick Spengler
Website fsv-frankfurt.de
First team
Head coach Thomas Brendel
Venue PSD Bank Arena
Places 12,542
league Regionalliga southwest
2019/20 12th place

The FSV Frankfurt (full name: Fußball-Sport-Verein 1899 Frankfurt ) is a sports club in Frankfurt am Main . The club from the Bornheim district, founded in 1899, is one of the most traditional sports clubs in Hesse. The venue is the PSD Bank Arena on Bornheimer Hang. Before the Second World War , the FSV took part in several finals for the German championship and reached a championship ( 1925 ) and a cup final ( 1938 ). The club has been playing in the Regionalliga Südwest since the 2017/18 season .

The women's division, which was dissolved in 2006, was three times German champions and five times DFB cup winners, making the FSV one of the most successful clubs in the history of German women's football , which has also produced players such as Katja Bornschein , Birgit Prinz , Sandra Smisek and Saskia Bartusiak .

In addition to the football department , the FSV also has departments for tennis , bowling and athletics . One of the most famous Frankfurt athletes ever competed for the latter, the world record holder over 100 meters and Olympic champion from 1960, Armin Hary .

Foundation and club history

The association was founded on August 20, 1899 under its current name. In its 115-year history, FSV Frankfurt - unlike most of today's higher-class clubs - has never merged or changed its name. In the last months of the Second World War, a war gaming community was briefly formed with Eintracht Frankfurt . After the end of the war, FSV Frankfurt was dissolved like all clubs and had to play for a short time as SG Bornheim for the first friendly matches, but returned to the original club name in 1945.

In contrast to the other Frankfurt pioneer associations that were founded during these years, such as Germania 94 , FC Victoria , Frankfurter Kickers or 1. Bockenheimer FC , which were anchored in the upper middle class, the Bornheimers came from the petty-bourgeois milieu. In the early years, the FSV used the “Prüfling”, a municipal playground in Bornheim, as a venue. In 1908, the FSV had its own sports field on Seckbacher Landstrasse. The stadium on Bornheimer Hang was built in 1931 - the club's home to this day.

Other sports at FSV were handball , athletics , boxing and hockey . The handball department was founded in 1926 and had its greatest successes in field handball in its early years and in the 1950s and 1960s. The official founding date of the athletics department is December 1, 1926; Running has been practiced since 1902, a few years after the club was founded. In particular, it was the running disciplines in which FSV athletes were successful. The later world record holder over 100 m, Armin Hary , started for the club in 1960. The hockey department followed on June 1, 1928 (there had apparently been a first attempt to establish this sport in the club as early as 1913) and quickly grew to a department with 130 members and five teams. In the same year, the boxing department was launched, and in 1931 the FSV provided Frankfurt's first German boxing champion with the flyweight Baum. After the Second World War, other sports followed with basketball (1961), bowling (1977) and tennis (1979).

History of men's football

From the foundation to the First World War

The founders of FSV Frankfurt were boys from the north of Frankfurt who had barely outgrown school and founded the Nordend football club in the summer of 1898 . This was one of the many "wild" associations that had emerged in these years and did not belong to any association. The team played on the Glauburgplatz, among other places, and the club bar was on the corner of Glauburgstrasse and Friedberger Landstrasse . The following year, on August 20, 1899, the "Football Sports Club 1899 Frankfurt / Main" was founded. The name alludes to the gymnastics club Frankfurt, in which only athletics was practiced. Football was frowned upon in most sports clubs around the turn of the century. The city assigned the playing field “Im Prüfling” in Bornheim as a venue for the club , so that the focus of the club has now shifted to this district.

FSV Frankfurt team in 1902 on the "Im Prüfling" sports field

In the 1890s there were hardly any championship rounds in the German Empire. It was only with the establishment of the first national associations at the end of the 1890s and finally the establishment of the German Football Association in 1900 that structures gradually moved into football. The Frankfurt clubs belonged to the Association of Southern German Football Associations (VSFV, from 1914 Southern German Football Association ), which roughly comprised today's federal states of Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. In its early years, the FSV had quickly moved up from the lowest to the top division, i.e. from the C to the A class, and reached the finals for the southern championship for the first time in 1902/03 , but where he played in the second round at FC Hanau 93 failed. In addition to the "regular" championship of the VSFV, there was the Frankfurter Associations Bund in Frankfurt between 1900 and 1908 , which the FSV also joined and in whose last season it was able to achieve the championship title.

The association grew continuously in the first two decades of its existence. In 1908 the FSV acquired its own club premises on Seckbacher Landstrasse and in 1913 was by far the largest club in the North Main District. In the beginning, sporting successes were few and far between, despite the early membership in the top division. From 1909/10 they belonged to the top group of the Northern District League , and with Camillo Ugi from Leipzig, a current German national player played in the ranks of the Bornheimers for a few months in 1911. But it wasn't until 1916/17 that the team won the championship in the northern district for the first time and finished third in the final round of the southern German championship.

Promotion to the top club (1918–1945)

In the early 1920s, FSV Frankfurt expanded its sports facility on Seckbacher Landstrasse (1921 and 1924) and expanded its range to include other sports. The sporting success of the soccer team went hand in hand with this expansion: from 1923 to 1927 there was only one champions on the Main, the FSV. The subsequent finals for the southern German championship, however, were completed by the Bornheimers in these years with the same regularity with maximally balanced points. After all, the FSV was able to qualify as third in the southern championship for the nationwide finals in 1925. After victories over Hamburger SV , Schwarz-Weiß Essen and Hertha BSC, FSV Frankfurt was in the final of the German championship . Only in extra time did the outsider lose 0: 1 to the big "club". In the following year, the Bornheimers qualified for the finals, but had to admit defeat to Hertha BSC in the quarter-finals. In 1928, 1930 and 1932 the FSV lost the playoffs for the third participant in the final round.

In 1931, the move to the “Bornheimer Hang”, which is still the Bornheimer venue today, was completed. Two years later, with the first win of the South German Championship in 1933 with a 1-0 win in the final against 1860 Munich on April 30, 1933, another highlight in the club's history followed. In the same year there was a fundamental reorganization in German football. All existing regional associations dissolved under pressure from the National Socialists , and the league structure was reorganized with the creation of 16 Gauligen as the top division. The top clubs from the Rhein-Main area were divided into the Gauliga Südwest / Mainhessen . The FSV and Eintracht were founding members as Frankfurt representatives; Union Niederrad joined them in 1934 and Rot-Weiss Frankfurt in 1939 . The balance of the FSV in the Gauliga was mixed, the Eintracht passed in these years the Bornheimer as Frankfurter number 1, and the FSV took on broadcast mostly just a place in the midfield, as the most successful placement was a second place in the season 1938/39 to Beech. This season the FSV reached a national final for the second time in its history. In the Tschammer Cup, the forerunner of the DFB Cup, the Bornheimers prevailed against Fortuna Düsseldorf , VfB Mühlburg and in the semifinals against the Wiener Sport-Club . In the final on January 8, 1939 , SK Rapid Wien , peppered with numerous current national players, was a high favorite. Nevertheless, the Bornheimer led 1-0 in the Berlin Olympic Stadium until the 80th minute, but then had to admit defeat 1: 3, now decimated by one player.

Due to the war, the Gauliga was reorganized from the 1941/42 round, the FSV now competed in the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau . In 1942/43 they landed just one point behind the Offenbacher Kickers in second place, and in third place the following year. Game operations were stopped in mid-1944.

Average in the Oberliga Süd (1945–1962)

During the war, the area and grounds on the Bornheimer Hang were badly damaged by aerial bombs in the air raids on Frankfurt am Main . After the end of the war, the US Army confiscated the facilities and, after a makeshift repair of the damage caused by gravel stones, used them as a parking lot for military vehicles. Like Eintracht, the FSV initially used the old FFV sports field on Roseggerstrasse, which was the home of the BSG Adlerwerke until the end of the war . It was not until March 1946 that the FSV, which had played its first game against Union Niederrad on July 8, 1945, two months after the end of the war, was able to return to its club premises. It was not until 1953 that the destroyed facilities were completely rebuilt.

In 1945 a new championship round started in southern Germany. The league was introduced as the new top division . As one of three Hessian representatives (in addition to Eintracht Frankfurt and Kickers Offenbach), FSV Frankfurt was a founding member of the 16 clubs in the Oberliga Süd and stayed in the new football upper house until 1962. However, it was no longer enough for top places and participation in the finals. During this time, Eintracht finally ousted the FSV as number 1 in Frankfurt football. On March 9, 1957, the Bornheimers succeeded with a 4: 3 in front of 10,000 spectators in the second round of the South German Cup, the last derby win against Eintracht in a competitive game. Apart from two fifth places in 1950 and 1951 , the FSV was consistently only upper league mediocre. In the round of 1959/60 , the team under coach Ludwig Janda last reached a single-digit place in the table. Two years later, in 1961/62 , the FSV finally occupied the penultimate place and was relegated for the first time in its club history.

Between second and third class (1962–1975)

The 1962/63 season was the last before the introduction of the Bundesliga and thus also the last of the II. League South, which was to be replaced by the Regional League the following year. The FSV played against expectations under coach Bernd Oles for the championship and finally secured it with a 3-0 win over the Stuttgarter Kickers. Admittedly, the Bornheimers were denied an ascent; the first 16 teams that were supposed to take part in the new Bundesliga were selected from among the best league clubs in recent years. The FSV therefore played from 1963 in the Regionalliga Süd , which had been created as one of five second-rate seasons as a substructure for the top division. After all, they met prominent opponents such as Bayern Munich and Kickers Offenbach, but the downward trend of recent years continued at FSV despite the still large number of fans. They barely escaped relegation in the first regional league season in 1963/64 .

Coach Oles, who had come under heavy criticism for the disappointing result, eventually resigned. There was also a change at the top of the club , with the film entrepreneur Karl-Heinz Böllinghaus now heading the club. However, he could not keep his full-bodied promise to establish the FSV in the first third of the table and to lead it into the Bundesliga in the medium term. In 1964/65 , the FSV had nothing to do with relegation, but only finished 10th and recorded a further decrease in the number of spectators. On average, only 4500 visitors came to the games on Bornheimer Hang in this round. Böllinghaus then announced investments in reinforcements for the coming round: “We need more money, so we have to attract more spectators. To do this, the team has to be attractive and that's why we need expensive new players. ”The club then spent around DM 100,000 on Edgar Otschik from Pirmasens, the Marl-Hülser Schöngen and Walter and the Freiburg-based Studenroth. As the 1965/66 round showed, this investment was in vain; the team supervised by coach Hoffmann again just barely missed relegation. Böllinghaus then left the FSV and left his successor Ferdinand Gindorf an association with a debt of 165,000 DM. In view of the financial situation, it was also considered at this time to voluntarily withdraw to the Hessen League. Gindorf presented the new trainer Heinz Baas with the difficult task of initiating a rebuilding with young talents from the lower classes.

Despite all efforts, the FSV was finally no longer able to maintain its place in the regional league and was relegated to the amateur camp after the 1967/68 round . By this time, President Gindorf had long since resigned, and the association's debts had now reached the impressive sum of 350,000 DM. In this difficult situation, under the leadership of Franz Seeger, it was still possible to generate a surplus of 80,000 DM in 1968/69. In terms of sport, the FSV won the championship in the amateur league Hessen under coach Hans Schwerdhöfer this season and thus returned to the regional league. But you could only stay there for a year. A phase of economic consolidation followed, in which the football balance did not need to hide: in 1971 and 1972, the FSV took second place in the Hessen League at the end of the season. In addition, the Bornheimers, led by former professional Horst Trimhold as captain, won the German amateur championship in 1972 . Trimhold scored the winning goal in the final against TSV Marl-Hüls to make it 2-1.

After the 1972/73 season, the FSV was able to celebrate the championship and promotion to the regional league. The 1973/74 season was dominated by the league reform planned for 1974. Instead of the previous five regional leagues as a substructure for the Bundesliga, a two-pronged 2nd Bundesliga should appear. For the southern clubs, 13 of the total of 40 places were provided there, and the promoted FSV Frankfurt did better than expected in the qualifying race and finished 11th at the end of the season. Nevertheless, the FSV did not qualify for the 2nd division, as a five-year rating was used for this; he had to play again in the Hessenliga in 1974/75. Here Ottmar Groh replaced player- coach Trimhold as trainer, but Trimhold was still a player in the ranks of the Bornheimers. With a 2-2 draw in the last game against VfR Bürstadt , which was fought in front of a record crowd of 17,000 spectators on Bornheimer Hang, the FSV again won the Hessen Championship and returned to the second division.

The FSV in the 2nd Bundesliga (1975-1983)

Between 1975 and 1983, the FSV was represented in seven of eight seasons in the "half profile camp" of the 2nd Bundesliga South. In 1975, Milovan Beljin , who came from FC Augsburg , took over the sporting direction from the promotion coach Ottmar Groh, who left for professional reasons. Beljin was the first FSV coach who held this post full-time, but the players were still semi-professionals. The budget grew to 700,000 marks, which the club was able to shoulder because the number of spectators in the second division exceeded the calculated figures. In the first round in 1975/76 , the target relegation was achieved without any problems. In the following year 1976/77 the FSV even took seventh place - the best placement in the second division time of Bornheimer. After the goal, euphorically given before the start of the season, to be among the top flight in the following year, the FSV quickly found itself on the ground when not a single victory was achieved in the first seven games; on the 14th matchday the FSV even found themselves in 18th place in the table. Coach Beljin came under fire and the finances were also bad after the investments made in previous years. At the end of the 1977/78 season it was just enough for a non-relegation place. Beljin left the club and also the long-time leading player "Schotte" Trimhold ended his time with FSV to end his career in the amateur camp.

In view of the sporting situation, but above all for economic reasons, the club now had to make a big cut. Now they wanted to secure relegation with young players under the new coach Heinz Bewersdorf . The season 1978/79 was marked by a permanent fight against relegation, which could only be prevented by a series of 9: 1 points in the last five games. The financial situation deteriorated noticeably and the license was only granted to the FSV under strict conditions. Reinforcements came mainly from their own youth. In addition, shortly after the start of the season, there were throws with coach Bewersdorf; With the official justification that the journey from his place of residence near Bingen to Frankfurt was too far for him, he left the club and signed on to FV Würzburg 04, which was even further away.

Gerhard Happ became the new FSV trainer, but was replaced six months later by amateur trainer Dietmar Grutsch ; a temporary solution because Grutsch did not have the required license. Finally, Heinz Bewersdorf, who had meanwhile been fired in Würzburg, took over the sporting management again. Bewersdorf didn't have many friends in Frankfurt and left the FSV again after only a few games. Grutsch took over again. In view of this situation, it was not surprising that the FSV at the end of the 1979/80 round finished 18th in a relegation rank; only the simultaneous success of Karlsruher SC in the relegation games to the Bundesliga saved the Bornheimers from going to the amateur camp this time.

The 1980/81 season was marked by the imminent introduction of the single-track 2nd Bundesliga. A place among the top ten teams would have been mandatory for the FSV to stay in the second division. As with the introduction of the 2nd league, both economic and sporting criteria had to be met. Under the new coach Dietmar Schwager , the FSV finished in 15th place after a temporary high at the beginning of the round and 4th place after eleven game days at the end of the season. The FSV had to contest the 1981/82 season in the amateur league Hessen. In August 1981, Bernd Metz became the new president of the club, and Rolf Birkhölzer, a coach who knew the amateur league well, was hired. At the end of the 1981/82 round, the FSV had won the Hessen Championship and, after a successful promotion round, rose again to the now single-track 2nd division. But you couldn't stay there. “Everything was too big for the FSV!” The Frankfurter Rundschau summed up the 1982/83 second division season on June 7, 1983 . The FSV rose as the penultimate again in the amateur league and this time it should take eleven years to return to the second division.

Eleven years of amateur league and brief return to the second division (1983-1996)

After the descent, a mountain of debt of 1.1 million DM put pressure on the mood and the future prospects of the FSV. After being represented in the top group of the amateur league at the end of the 1983/84 round, a new sporting low point was reached the following year with 10th place. And the average number of spectators, which had dropped to 700, as well as the problem with supporters willing to use violence, which was everywhere in German football at the time, presented the club with additional difficulties. In terms of sport, well-known coaches such as Dieter Stinka , Dragoslav Stepanović or Wolfgang Solz and Hubert Genz could not lead the team out of the third division in the 1980s. In 1990/91, audience participation reached a low point with an average of 460 visitors per game. The only bright spot during this time was winning the Hessen Cup in the 1989/90 season.

The Rüsselsheim-born trainer Herbert Dörenberg led the FSV back on the road to success in 1991 with regard to performance in the league. He initiated a rebuilding with regional talent, which paid off after just two years. The average age of the squad put together for the 1991/92 season was 22 years, and after the team had been predicted at the beginning of the season a place in the lower half of the table, the FSV finished the round in 5th place. The successes of the women's soccer team, which has now been founded and which celebrated the German championship for the first time in 1992, not only had a positive and motivating effect on the men's team, but also on the club's reputation.

Motivated by the positive outcome of the previous season, the FSV started the 1992/93 season full of optimism. After a cautious start, the team increased over the course of the season and finished in second place behind the Offenbacher Kickers, the best position since relegation to the amateur camp in 1982. At the end of the season, the FSV surprisingly announced the commitment of Klaus Gerster as manager, at the same time Andreas stepped Möller joins the association's board of directors. With the help of the well-known players' agent, the club management hoped to create the basis for more professional structures and a return to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the place of the sick President Peter Baecker, Edgar Drexel, who had already helped shape the politics of the association as a member of the board of directors, stepped in. Gerster's obligation also came from him.

For the 1993/94 season in the last third-rate league - the regional league was to take its place from 1994 - coach Dörenberg's team was strengthened by former Eintracht professionals Thomas Lasser , Ralf Haub and the "returnees" Michael Klein . As in the previous year, the Bornheimers only slowly gained momentum, but celebrated the autumn championship after a 1-0 win over the OFC in front of 7,600 spectators. During the winter break, Herbert Dörenberg resigned as a trainer - officially for professional reasons - and manager Gerster now also took over the sporting management. The FSV was also able to establish itself in the first places in the second half of the season, so that the minimum goal for the current season, qualifying for the regional league over a three-year ranking, was achieved early. At the end of the season, the FSV celebrated the league championship and thus qualified for the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. After defeats against Ulm and Trier and only one win against Kickers Emden , the ascent seemed almost unattainable. But after victories in the return matches against Trier and Emden, 10,000 spectators celebrated a 3-0 victory over SSV Ulm and returned to the second division on the Bornheimer slope.

After eleven years of abstinence, the FSV played again in the second division in 1994/95 . But it soon became apparent that coach Gerster's team couldn't keep up in this division. A 2: 2 in the first away game in Zwickau was followed by a 0: 5 against Fortuna Köln in the first game on Bornheimer Hang . On the fourth match day, the FSV found themselves in the last place in the table, which they should not leave until the end of the season. Although it was clear early on that the relegation could not be averted, the club did not prepare for the return to the amateur camp; The reason for this was turbulence in the management floor. Even before the start of the 1994/95 season, there had been disputes about Gerster's contract, which led to President Drexel's resignation in June. But the quarrels continued; the club management did not react to the sporting misery, as there was practically no executive board capable of acting and trainer Gerster was also a manager. In mid-March 1995, when relegation could no longer be prevented, both Klaus Gerster and Vice President Bernd Reisig resigned. At the end of the season, the presidium under Fritz Imhof saw a chance of a second year in the second division when the license withdrawal for four professional clubs was announced, and accordingly planned the obligation of reinforcements in the professional camp. But when two of the four “license offenders” were pardoned and the relegation was finally established, Imhof left the club on the grounds that he was not the right person for the amateur camp.

Weeks passed in which nothing was done for the further planning of the first team, and two weeks before the start of the round in 1995/96 the FSV was practically without a team. Only then did Gerhard Emmerich make himself available as interim president and players' agent Leukel was hired as the new manager. After all, the FSV, which had been able to close the second division season with a profit, had the highest budget of all Hessian clubs in the Regionalliga Süd, so that despite the leadership crisis, they hoped to rise again immediately. At Leukel's mediation, the FSV was able to present Ouédraogo (Kassel), Iresic (Dubrovnik), Tatarenko (Eisbachtal) and Rüppel (Egelsbach) as new signings. When the hopes of immediate sporting success did not materialize under coach Michael Dämgen , financial difficulties also emerged for the club. The decline in the number of spectators, but above all the high salaries of the players, ensured that the club got into financial difficulties, which in turn had a negative effect on the players' performance. With the squad that was quickly bought up shortly before the start of the season, the FSV soon found themselves in the last place in the regional league. In May 1996, the FSV Frankfurt was relegated to the bottom and the club was close to bankruptcy .

Almost insolvency and consolidation in the fourth class (1996-2006)

Before the last home game in 1995/96 against SG Egelsbach, an article appeared in the Frankfurter Rundschau under the heading “The downfall of a traditional club” speculating about the impending dissolution of FSV Frankfurt. President Emmerich had recently had to file for bankruptcy and at the same time announced his resignation on June 30, 1996. An internal "examination committee" tried to save the club. From this group a new presidium was formed under the leadership of Bernd Reisig , which after discussions with creditors and long-term agreements finally managed to avert bankruptcy. The "contaminated sites" from the 1995/96 season should have an impact for a long time to come.

At least the team under coach Niko Semlitsch should stay in the Oberliga Hessen so as not to slip into sporting insignificance. With a budget cut by two thirds to 500,000 DM for the first team, some important players from previous years were retained and the team strengthened through individual additions, so that the 1996/97 round ended with a positive balance sheet in 7th place. With the "old" new coach Herbert Dörenberg and a team strengthened by the Eintracht players Carsten Hennig , Michael Guth and Dietmar Roth , the FSV was the favorite in the 1997/98 league season. When they “only” finished second behind Viktoria Aschaffenburg during the winter break , Dörenberg was dismissed shortly before the first league game in 1998 and ex-professional Ronald Borchers was presented as the new coach that evening . On its debut, the team won against leaders Aschaffenburg in front of their own audience and at the end of the season secured the Hessen championship and thus promotion to the regional league.

Due to the still tense economic situation of the club, there was little money available for prominent reinforcements for the 1998/99 regional league season, and the few additions turned out to be all wrong purchases. After nine game days with only four points, Borchers was dismissed and replaced by Michael Blättel . This brought the team back on track through numerous changes, so that the FSV managed to stay in league, which was hardly expected after a race to catch up in the anniversary year. The 1999/2000 round was dominated by the "slimming down" of the regional league from four to just two seasons. In order to stay in the third highest division, the FSV had to reach 11th place. The team, which started with almost the same staff as last year, was able to carry the euphoria of the previous season into the new season. She collected 28 points in the first half of the season, so relegation seemed only a matter of form. All the more surprising was the drop in performance in the second half of the season. At the end of the season they still believed they had reached their goal; with 13th place - the license was withdrawn from FC Augsburg and the amateurs of Karlsruher SC had to be relegated due to the relegation of the first team - athletically qualified for the regional league. But due to a formal error in the last game - the FSV replaced a player who was not on the score sheet - the three points from this game were deducted from the FSV, so that the Bornheimers could only secure a place in the regional league via relegation can. The games against Jahn Regensburg were lost 2: 3 and 1: 3.

After relegation to the league, coach Blättel and some top performers left the club, so that a new start was due again. The FSV's goal was to get promoted again immediately, but the team only achieved a midfield position under the new coach, Austrian Kurt Garger . During the winter break, Mohamadou Idrissou's commitment turned out to be a direct hit, but the Cameroonian left the club at the end of the season for Wiesbaden . In the 2001/02 season, the FSV made a radical cut, parting with eleven players and Martin Hohmann moved from the post of sporting director to the coaching bench. The Bornheimers then played again in the upper third of the table, but missed promotion again with second place behind the amateurs of Eintracht. Also in 2002/03 the team, now trained by Stefan Hassler, only managed a third place after not being able to prevail against the direct competitors for promotion, 1. FC Eschborn and Hessen Kassel . For the 2003/04 season they wanted to invest back and thus keep out of the promotion race, as the big league competitors from Darmstadt, Fulda and Kassel had strengthened strongly. Instead, they rejuvenated the squad this year and tried, above all, with players from their own youth to create the sporting basis for the next few years. The team supervised by Niko Semlitsch finished in 6th place and was thus above the goal set before the season, a place in the table between 8th and 10th place.

As early as 2004/05, the FSV was one of the favorites again in the major league. The fiercest competitor, like two years earlier, was 1. FC Eschborn. And although the Bornheimers were three points ahead of the Eschbornern during the winter break and with Michael Aničić, the most successful striker with 16 goals in the preliminary round, they were left behind after this season. Aničić could not build on his form of the preliminary round, the FSV lost in a direct duel to FC Eschborn with 0: 1; and although this was the only defeat in the second half of the season, FSV Frankfurt landed in second place at the end of the season. Gerhard Kleppinger took over the sporting management for the 2005/06 round, with the playing staff almost everything stayed the same. After 14 games without a defeat, the team collapsed at the end of the preliminary round, but still led the Oberliga Hessen after the Hinserie with six points. Nevertheless there was a change in the coaching bench during the winter break, with Michael Blättel an old friend returned to the Bornheimer Hang. The second half of the season began with a 1: 2 defeat against FV Bad Vilbel and a negative series in April let the lead over the most stubborn pursuer Kassel shrink further. The decision was made on the last day of the game; With a three-point lead, the FSV competed at home against Hessen Kassel, with a draw the championship would have been wrapped up. But the Bornheimer were defeated by the North Hesse with 0: 1, and after 33 match days at the top of the table, the FSV came back only as runner-up.

From the regional league to the 2nd Bundesliga (2006-2015)

View from the “Bornheimer Hang” on the second division match between FSV and KSC on February 26, 2012 (after the old main stand was torn down)

After several narrow failures, the rise should finally succeed in 2006/07. Tomas Oral , who was active as a player for FSV for many years and then coached the second team, took over the coaching position. After a brilliant preliminary round with 16 wins and only one draw, the FSV could not be deprived of first place in the second half of this season, secured the championship title early on and was confirmed as a promoted player in the Regionalliga Süd .

The 2007/08 season was primarily about qualifying for the 3rd division , which was to be introduced as a new professional class the following year. To the surprise of many experts, the Bornheimers achieved a promotion place and rose to the second division . As in 1994, it was possible to “skip” a league.

FSV Frankfurt was also able to win the car manufacturer Hyundai and the Frankfurter Volksbank as new main sponsors. In November 2007, the construction of the new venue on Bornheimer Hang (today PSD Bank Arena ) began. The stadium was built in around a year; it offers a capacity of 10,300 spectator seats designed for the new 3rd league, if the club is promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga (which has already taken place) it could be expanded to 15,000 seats. In order to meet the requirements of the DFB for the second division, the FSV played all home games as well as the games in the DFB Cup for the 2008/09 season in the 51,500-seat Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena .

For the first victory in professional football after twelve years of abstinence, the FSV supporters had to wait until the 5th match day, but this was followed by defeat after defeat. On the 8th matchday, the Bornheimers took the last place in the table for the first time, and only on the last matchday of the preliminary round achieved the second win of the season against FC St. Pauli. In the new year, a 4-0 opening win against Rot Weiss Ahlen was followed by their first away win in Koblenz, which meant that the FSV was not relegated for the first time in months. A series of four games without defeat laid the foundation for relegation in February 2009, although this was only established after the last match day.

The start of the 2009/10 season was anything but optimal. On the second match day the FSV found themselves in last place and in the cup they were eliminated in the first round against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Coach Tomas Oral announced his resignation after the 8th match day. He was replaced by Hans-Jürgen Boysen from the neighbor Kickers Offenbach . In a mixed preliminary round, in which only one home win, the FSV shuttled between the last three ranks of the table and took 16th place at the winter break, six points behind a non-relegation place. The start of the second half of the season went very badly with two bitter 5-0 defeats. The sports management reacted to this by suspending several players from the first team's squad, and striker Matías Cenci also left the club. In return, the FSV strengthened with Bundesliga professional Vlad Munteanu from VfL Wolfsburg and striker Sascha Mölders from Regionalliga West. These measures proved to be effective; a series of games without defeat followed. The FSV finished the season again in 15th place in the table. After another change in personnel - only four players from the starting eleven were also part of the squad in the new season - the FSV surprised the league in the preliminary round when it established itself in the top half and at times even the ascent places were in sight. Through a series of ten games without a win, the Bornheimers fell back into the lower midfield in the second half of the season, but relegation was secured early on. There were also numerous changes at FSV for the 2011/12 season ; In particular in the midfield and in the attack, the staff had to be almost completely replaced. The preliminary round was marked by a series of major defeats, including a 0: 4 in the first Frankfurt city derby for almost 50 years against Frankfurt Eintracht. Due to the high level of audience interest, the game was moved to the Commerzbank-Arena, where 50,000 spectators gathered. At the end of the year, the FSV finished 16th after 19 match days and coach Hans-Jürgen Boysen was dismissed. Under the new coach Benno Möhlmann , the team, strengthened by a few newcomers, played like a changed player after the winter break; at home, where they had not won a single match before, she did not lose a single game and ended the season in 13th place, as in the previous year.

The 2012/13 season was the most successful second division season in the club's history for FSV Frankfurt. In contrast to previous years, they had nothing to do with relegation early on and were able to stay in the top third of the table. The FSV remained undefeated in the first seven games. In the DFB Cup, he reached the second round, in which he was eliminated against VfL Wolfsburg. After the first half of the season he was in 8th place and it initially looked like a season in the no man's land of the table. After a mixed start, the Bornheimers played a surprisingly consistent second half. Up to the 31st matchday even the relegation place was within reach. In a direct duel against third-placed 1. FC Kaiserslautern, however, they had to admit defeat to the Palatinate and ended the season in 4th place. Before the 2013/14 season, John Verhoek (FC St. Pauli), Marcel Gaus (1. FC Kaiserslautern) left ) and Yannick Stark (1860 Munich) three regulars the club. After a preliminary round with ups and downs, they found themselves in 16th place. The second half of the season started with a series of four games without a loss. After a series of defeats of five games, however, the FSV slipped back into the regions of the table that were threatened with relegation three game days before the end. With a win over Energie Cottbus and a draw against Arminia Bielefeld, relegation could be secured before the last match day. With another victory over the designated champions 1. FC Köln on matchday 34 in the sold-out Frankfurter Volksbank Stadium, the season ended in 13th place.

The 2014/15 season was turbulent for the FSV. After being a permanent guest on the relegation ranks in the first third of the season, they established themselves in midfield during the winter break. One matchday before the end of the season, however, the Frankfurters found themselves on the relegation place. Benno Möhlmann was dismissed a few days before the decisive final match day and was taken over by Tomas Oral. Under him, the FSV won the last game at Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2 and thus secured the class.

Present (since 2015)

The following season 2015/16 was initially successful for FSV Frankfurt, scoring 22 points in the first half of the season. However, after a catastrophic second half of the season (10 points from 17 games) the class could not be maintained. With the most goals conceded in the league and as the worst home team, the FSV rose as seventeenth in the table in the third division.

The third division season 2016/17 could not be designed successfully. On April 11, 2017, the Fußball-GmbH filed for bankruptcy. On the 26th matchday (March 10-12, 2017), the team fell to a relegation place and was then unable to improve to a non-relegation place. On the 37th matchday, on May 13, 2017, relegation to the Regionalliga Südwest was mathematically determined.

In the 2017/18 regional league season , FSV Frankfurt was in 14th place in the table and was only just two points ahead of the relegation ranks.

In the 2018/19 season , the FSV was able to make relegation perfect with a 5-1 win against SC Hessen Dreieich on matchday 32. Previously, on April 13, 2019, Alexander Conrad was given leave of absence, after the FSV was in acute danger of relegation after 4 defeats in a row. The sporting director Thomas Brendel took over the position as interim trainer. FSV Frankfurt will therefore also play in the Regionalliga Südwest in the 2019/20 season .

Achievements (men)

Seasonal balance sheets

Current squad 2019/2020

No. position Surname
1 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina TW Kenan Mujecinovic
2 GermanyGermany FROM Timo Kunert
4th GermanyGermany FROM Jesse Sierck
5 TogoTogo FROM Alban Sabah
6th GermanyGermany MF Fabian Burdenski
7th GermanyGermany FROM Ahmed Azaouagh
8th KosovoKosovo FROM Alban Lekaj
9 TurkeyTurkey ST Arif Güclü
10 GermanyGermany MF Mirco Born
11 GermanyGermany MF Mischa houses
14th GermanyGermany MF Andu Yobel Kelati
17th GermanyGermany MF Steffen Straub
18th SloveniaSlovenia ST Vito Plut
No. position Surname
19th LebanonLebanon ST Muhamed Alawie
20th Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina MF Emir Sejdovic
21st CameroonCameroon FROM Nestor Djengoue
23 GermanyGermany MF Robin Williams
24 GermanyGermany FROM Luke Wilton
25th Korea SouthSouth Korea FROM Jeong-Hui Cho
27 GermanyGermany FROM Adrian Schulze Solano
29 GermanyGermany FROM Dominik Nothnagel
30th GermanyGermany MF Denis Mangafic
31 GermanyGermany TW Jannik Kraft
32 ItalyItaly MF Luca Bazzoli
33 GermanyGermany TW Marco Aulbach
Current coaching staff
Surname function
Thomas Brendel Chief trainer
Taner Yalcin Assistant coach
Marc Stephani Goalkeeping coach
Fabian Meier Athletics coach

History of women's football

The women's team, which has existed since September 1970, was founded by Renate Baum and the later manager and trainer Monika Koch-Emsermann , among others , was a founding member of the Bundesliga and was the most successful Frankfurt soccer team from the mid-1980s to the end of the 1990s. Among other things, talented youngsters like Birgit Prinz , Sandra Smisek , Katja Kraus and Katja Bornschein came from the ranks of FSV Frankfurt to what was then the Bundesliga South. Birgit Prinz and Sandra Smisek were soon known throughout the league under the nickname "Keks und Krümel" and Katja Kraus still holds the record of the women's Bundesliga for the longest time without conceding a goal. After the 1-0 final victory in the DFB Cup against TSV Siegen , Monika Koch-Emsermann ended her engagement as a trainer in 1992. Her successor was Peter Walz, who was soon replaced by Jürgen Strödter. He remained a coach until 1997. After its establishment in 1998, however, city rivals and series champions 1. FFC Frankfurt dominated the national competitions. The women's soccer department of the FSV was finally dissolved at the end of the 2005/06 season due to a lack of financial sustainability.

Successes (women)

Statistics (women)

season league space S. U N Gates Points DFB Cup
1985/86 Oberliga Hessen 1. 20th 2 0 95: 6 42: 2 not qualified
1986/87 Oberliga Hessen 1. 19th 1 0 87: 8 39: 1 Semifinals
1987/88 Oberliga Hessen 1. 17th 1 0 81: 4 35: 1 Semifinals
1988/89 Oberliga Hessen 1. 17th 1 0 78: 4 35: 1 final
1989/90 Oberliga Hessen 1. 17th 0 1 96: 6 34: 2 winner
1990/91 Bundesliga South 1. 11 6th 1 51:15 28: 8 Round of 16
1991/92 Bundesliga South 1. 16 2 2 44:16 34: 6 winner
1992/93 Bundesliga South 2. 11 3 4th 34:16 25:11 Round of 16
1993/94 Bundesliga South 2. 13 3 2 66:20 29: 7 Round of 16
1994/95 Bundesliga South master 18th 0 0 92: 4 36: 0 winner
1995/96 Bundesliga South 1. 16 1 1 99: 6 49 winner
1996/97 Bundesliga South 1. 17th 1 0 76: 6 52 Quarter finals
1997/98 Bundesliga master 18th 2 2 80:19 56 final
1998/99 Bundesliga 5. 7th 8th 7th 26:31 29 Round of 16
1999/00 Bundesliga 9. 6th 1 15th 28:52 19th Semifinals
2000/01 Bundesliga 7th 7th 7th 8th 28:37 28 Semifinals
2001/02 Bundesliga 5. 11 6th 5 48:29 39 Semifinals
2002/03 Bundesliga 7th 9 0 13 42:52 27 Semifinals
2003/04 Bundesliga 9. 6th 3 13 29:53 21st Quarter finals
2004/05 Bundesliga 6th 7th 5 10 37:51 26th Round of 16
2005/06 Bundesliga 12. 0 1 21st 5: 142 1 2nd round
Note: The playing time highlighted in red indicates a relegation.

Known players



Other sports

With tennis (since 1979), bowling (since 1977) and athletics (since 1902) three other sports are practiced at FSV Frankfurt, but the departments are significantly smaller than the football division that dominates the club. For a long time, the team sports handball (from 1926), hockey (from 1928) and basketball (from 1961) as well as boxing played a role at the FSV , but their importance decreased in the 1980s and 1990s and were finally discontinued .


As in football, the FSV track and field athletes have always been overshadowed by their much more successful local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt . Nevertheless, they too have had some successes:

At the 1960 Olympic Games , Armin Hary won two Olympic gold medals in the hundred meter run and with the 4 x 100 meter relay. Born in Saarland, Hary only started for FSV in 1960, with two gold medals, a world record and two German championship titles, it was his most successful season. Paul Schmidt also only started one season for FSV , he came from OSV Hörde and returned there in 1961. Schmidt won the German championship title over 800 meters in 1960 and took fourth place at the Olympic Games. Ludwig Müller , who came from Wesel, stayed with FSV for two years . During this time he took part in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where he was sixth in the 3000 m obstacle. In the same year he also won the German championship in cross-country running and was third in the 5000 m. In 1961 Müller was runner-up in the 3000 m obstacle course before continuing his athletic career at KSV Hessen Kassel .

Middle-distance runner Karl Eyerkaufer was active longer at FSV . He became German champion in the 1500 m in 1961 and won the runner-up in the two following years behind the outstanding Munster Harald Norpoth . In 1962 he was German cross-country champion. With Eyerkaufer, Peter Christ and Klaus Ostach , the 3-by-1000-meter relay of the FSV won the German championship title in 1961 and the runner-up in 1964 in a different composition.


Stadium on Bornheimer Hang before the renovation

The home of FSV Frankfurt has been on the so-called Bornheimer Hang since 1931. From 2007 the stadium was converted into a pure football stadium and renamed the Frankfurter Volksbank Stadium. In the summer of 2009 the new venue, which after an expansion in 2012 can hold 12,542 spectators, was inaugurated with a friendly against Werder Bremen . The stadium has been called PSD Bank Arena since February 2018 .

Fan scene

Friendships and enmities

Friendly connections (part of the by no means homogeneous and numerically manageable fan scene) exist with Altona 93 and FC Carl Zeiss Jena , which can be seen in the battle cry “Bornheim and Jena ”.

Traditional rivalries exist primarily with Kickers Offenbach and SV Wehen Wiesbaden , which is reflected in the chant “We hate Wehen and OFC. Oh FSV, ole, ole ”. Due to decades of sporting differences, there is now a rather friendly relationship with its big neighbor and former arch rival Eintracht Frankfurt . That was not always the case, however, and the aversion to the Offenbacher Kickers was by no means as pronounced as it is today, when, for example, the FSV team celebrated with the Kickers in 1936 after they had destroyed the possible championship title in the Gauliga Südwest 1935/36 . Back then, the Bornheimers triumphed together with the Offenbachers: "Hi, ha, ho, Eintracht is knocked out!"

Known fans

Hans-Joachim Tonnellier , the former CEO of Frankfurter Volksbank , is one of the supporters of FSV Frankfurt, as is the presenter Kay-Sölve Richter , who lives in the Bornheim district of Frankfurt and who declared herself a supporter of FSV Frankfurt in the ZDF morning magazine on May 13, 2016 .


  • Hardy Greens : Legendary football clubs. Hesse. Between FC Alsbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Tuspo Ziegenhain. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2005, ISBN 3-89784-244-0 , pp. 242-248.
  • Harald Schock, Christian Hinkel: One Century FSV Frankfurt 1899 e. V. The history of a traditional Frankfurt sports club. FSV Frankfurt 1899 e. V. (Ed.), Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-89784-189-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Club information FSV Frankfurt Circa ??? WTF
  2. Greens: Legendary football clubs. Hesse. P. 242.
  3. ^ Karl Seeger: 90 years FSV Frankfurt a. M. 1899-1989. (Memorandum) Self-published by FSV Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main 1989, without ISBN, p. 218 f.
  4. ^ Karl Seeger: 90 years FSV Frankfurt a. M. 1899-1989. (Memorandum) Self-published by FSV Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main 1989, without ISBN, p. 17 f.
  5. ^ Karl Seeger: 90 years FSV Frankfurt a. M. 1899-1989. (Memorandum) Self-published by FSV Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main 1989, without ISBN, p. 27.
  6. leipziger-fussballverband.de: Article about Camilo Ugi , accessed on December 14, 2009.
  7. According to an announcement by the Frankfurt press on July 5, 1945, this game was also the first ever in the American occupation zone, it ended 9: 1 for the FSV.
  8. www.eintracht-archiv.de: Match report from the cup game on March 9, 1957 , accessed on July 30, 2010.
  9. Quoted from Greens: Legendary football clubs. Hesse. P. 246.
  10. 2nd Bundesliga 2015/16
  11. Smisek and Prince: The biscuit and the crumb. Retrieved March 7, 2020 .
  12. Previous cup winners. March 26, 2014, accessed May 29, 2020 .
  13. Saskia Bartusiak - player profile. Retrieved March 8, 2020 .
  14. Katja Bornschein - player profile. Retrieved May 29, 2020 .
  15. SGE - OFC (1: 1) at eintracht-archiv.de
  16. Michael Helms ( FNP ): Continuity in Bornheim ( Memento from May 17, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (article from May 5, 2012)
  17. Kay-Sölve Richter at moderatorenfinder.de.
  18. Immediately before the news was read at 7:30 a.m., Kay-Sölve Richter was asked whether she was also interested in football. She replied that her upcoming weekend would concentrate entirely on keeping the FSV Frankfurt in the 2nd Bundesliga . To explain: on Sunday, May 15, 2016, the FSV played their last game of the season in front of their own audience against TSV 1860 Munich . Despite a 2-1 success, the FSV was relegated to the 3rd soccer league , because MSV Duisburg , who were tied on points and four goals better , won their home game against RB Leipzig , which they played at the same time .