Karlsruhe FV

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Karlsruhe FV
Coat of arms of the Karlsruhe FV
Basic data
Surname Karlsruhe Football Association V.
Seat Karlsruhe , Baden-Wuerttemberg
founding November 17, 1891
Colours black red
Board Michael Obert, Steffen Herberger, Axel Schönwitz
Website karlsruher-fv1891.de
First soccer team
Head coach Dirk Hauri (Men)
Venue Battstrasse 87 sports field
Places 2
league District class B Karlsruhe
2018/19 11th place

The Karlsruher FV (KFV) is a soccer club from the city of Karlsruhe . The club was founded on November 17, 1891 and is one of the 86 founding members of the German Football Association . It is the oldest still existing football club in southern Germany . In the years before the First World War , the KFV was one of the top teams in German football, it was eight times South German champion, twice German runner-up (1905 and 1912) and once German champion (1910). The track and field athletes have won national titles several times. After a very eventful history, games had to be temporarily suspended in 2004 for financial reasons and the site on Hertzstraße abandoned. Since the summer of 2007, the KFV has been playing in the lower divisions of the Baden Football Association .


1891 to 1918

The beginnings

In 1889, 16-year-old Walther Bensemann moved to Karlsruhe after his parents came to the Baden capital from Berlin. Bensemann had previously been a student at a Swiss private school in Montreux , where he first came into contact with football and founded the Montreux Football Club with school friends.

Bensemann later described his first involvement with football in Karlsruhe as follows:

“In September 1889 I had a soccer ball from Switzerland; the ball was inflated in the morning in front of the school and in the 10 o'clock break a window in the high school had to believe it. [...] Director Wendt sent us to the small parade ground called Engländerplatz. Two years earlier, some English people and high school students had played rugby here. A few days after moving we founded the 'Karlsruher Football Club', which at first only consisted of Pennals, but which was soon joined by around 15 to 20 Englishmen. "

The "International Football Club" (IFC), which Bensemann finally founded on September 16, 1889, was the first football club in southern Germany to play according to association rules . Gradually personal tensions arose between Walther Bensemann and some other IFC members in the still young International Football Club. However, details are not known.

Bensemann finally resigned with his closest friends to found a new association. On November 17, 1891, they met at noon on Engländerplatz. In deliberate contrast to the International Football Club, the new club was given the simple, German name “Karlsruher Fußballverein” and the club colors light blue and white were chosen. Since balls and goal posts had already been donated to the club, training could begin immediately. The first game of the newly founded KFV took place in March 1892 against the initially only available opponent, International FC, with whom they had previously agreed on the use of the Engländerplatz (0: 1).

In September of the same year, the KFV opened the season 1892/93 with 25 to 30 active players and a youth team. The first game against a foreign opponent took place on September 14th against FC Baden-Baden (7-0). In one of its first away games in the club's history, KFV beat Baden-Baden 3-1 in the second leg. Under Ernst Langer's game management, the KFV won three out of six games, two games ended in a draw, with one defeat (against the mostly English team from College Heidelberg 0: 1) and a 22: 4 goal difference.

Within two years the KFV grew to over 100 members. Soon a young trainee teacher from Bensemann's grammar school next to Engländerplatz named August Marx increasingly established himself as an authority in the still young KFV. For the first time Marx found words of warning, especially for the - in his opinion - unsocial travel practices of the student football clubs, which presented the students with financial problems and which were full of temptations. In fact, it was for the KFV players - despite Bensemann's occasional support - "a matter of honor to do the away trips from their own money". Around 1893 Marx finally prevailed in the programmatic dispute about the direction of the KFV and Bensemann again left an association he had founded. For the second time, Bensemann formed another club: The Karlsruher Kickers .

With Bensemann three quarters of the members and 10 players of the first team, u. a. also his friends Ernst and Fritz Langer from the KFV. Only a dozen players remained loyal to the KFV. The Kickers in their red and blue blouses with black lapels became a successful team and lost only once in their first year of existence (a total of 28 games were played). The team quickly gained a legendary reputation in southern Germany, which is also evident from the fact that many clubs also called themselves "Kickers" or "Cickers". The Stuttgarter Kickers, founded in 1899, traced their name back to the Karlsruhe team.

Association of the KFV with the International Football Club

The refusal to take part in competitive games meanwhile led the young KFV almost to ruin. In 1893 the KFV wintered with only three players. In the spring of 1894 the KFV merged with the International Football Club from 1889, which also almost "went bankrupt".

A large part of the English players of the IFC now joined the KFV. The name “Karlsruher Fußballverein” was retained, but the colors of the International Football Club (red and black) were adopted. The black and red blouse on dark pants was worn for the first time in 1896 (in the game against 1. FC Pforzheim 7-2). The training was led from now on by the Englishman Captain R. Cooper, the previous captain and excellent half rights of the "International", who in a short time drilled the newly formed KFV team on "combination game", ie "division of tasks within the team, holding position, position game and pushing the ball […] In addition, however, the art of dribbling was overestimated ”. Due to the initial difficulties, only five games were played in 1894, two of which were won and three lost (goal difference 9:11). In the Karlsruhe address book from 1894, the association is now mentioned for the first time under the name "Roth R., I. Kapitän".

The Kickers disbanded in 1895 and Bensemann and his teammates mostly returned to the KFV. Both clubs were members of the short-term South German Football Union . In 1895/96, after a renewed increase in members, the crisis seemed to be over and the KFV was able to provide two full teams. After the KFV had survived its first crises, sport did not go well: With a record result of 0:10 he lost to the Strasbourg FV . “That was an expensive lesson! […] New training began - we trained in all weathers, which had not happened before ”. A general assembly was called immediately, in which the still quite young sub-prime minister Rudolf Wetzler was elected as the new captain. The training quickly showed its effect: the second leg against Strasbourg ended 0-0.

The beginning of the successful years

The team of the KFV 1898, v. l. to the right: Karl Sauter, Wilhelm Langer, Albert Alterheim, Zinser, A. Tafel, Ernst Langer, Friedrich Gutsch, kneeling: Fritz Langer and Rudolf Wetzler; before: Hans Ruzek and Ludwig Heck.

From 1897 a member of the Association of South German Football Associations , in 1899 they won the first and second class championship of the Karlsruhe Football Association . Between 1898 and 1901, players from the Karlsruhe FV were used in all seven original international matches .

Five times in a row - 1901 , 1902 , 1903 , 1904 and 1905 - the KFV won the South German championship and was thus able to qualify for the final round of the German soccer championship , which took place in 1903 .

The club's highest victory in history came with a 29: 0 against FC Kaiserslautern on August 4, 1901: On this August day, “the Karlsruhe team, who was already at a lonely height at that time, gave the young FCK a more than rough lesson [...] Karl Seifert stood at a loss Goal [...] and when goal after goal was scored, the team completely lost confidence in itself and endured a goal blessing ”. On June 3, 1900, he beat the previously undefeated DFC Prague , "the best team on the European mainland at the time", with 5-1 goals. From 1900 to 1902 the KFV did not lose a single game against a South German team. Only the team from Oxford University lost 1: 3. However, the English had to accept the first goal of their "tour" on their journey through continental Europe in Karlsruhe.

Prince Max von Baden became the patron of the KFV in October 1905 and since then has occasionally attended the association's games: “It was a picture for gods when he […] drove up to the parade ground in the rain and wind in his carriage. The two white horses stood in the back and let the streams of water run over them with drooping heads, Prince Max was fire and flame at the game. A lackey stood by and held the umbrella over his head ”. In addition, Karl Heimburger, member of the state parliament, became an honorary member of the association.

German runner-up in 1905

In 1905 the KFV made it into the finals for the first time, but lost to Union 92 Berlin .

Game dates for the final of the German championship in 1905

German champion 1910

The championship team of the KFV 1910, above: Ruzek, Förderer, Bosch, Dell, Hüber, Breunig, trainer Townley;
below: Fuchs, Hollstein, Tscherter, Hirsch, Schwarze.

The club then developed into one of the most successful football clubs in Germany before the First World War. From January 17, 1909, the Englishman William Townley (won the FA Cup twice with Blackburn Rovers ) took over the training for two years. In 1910 , 1911 and 1912 they were again South German champions. The culmination of this era was winning the German championship in 1910, which the team secured with a 1-0 win after extra time in the final over Holstein Kiel .

Game dates of the final of the German championship in 1910

German runner-up in 1912

In 1912 they lost the final against the same opponent and became German runner-up for the second time.

Game dates for the final of the 1912 German championship

The outstanding players of this time included the national players Max Breunig , Hermann Bosch , Fritz Förderer , Gottfried Fuchs , Wilhelm Gros , Julius Hirsch and Ernst Hollstein , all of whom played for the senior national team from 1908 to 1913 . Fuchs scored a record with his ten goals in the game against the Russian team during the 1912 Olympic Games . The selection of southern Germany reached with these players in 1910 , 1911 and 1912 the finals in the Crown Prince's Cup, which was won twice.

The KFV was or is a member of the following associations:

  • On June 4, 1893 founding member of the South German Football Union. Walther Bensemann was elected 2nd chairman.
  • On October 17, 1897 founding member of the Association of Southern German Football Associations | Association of Southern German Football Associations. On the first football day at Easter 1898, the KFV chairman Friedrich Wilhelm Nohe was elected first chairman, who held this office until 1907.
  • Founding member of the Karlsruhe Football Association in 1899. The KFV chairman Friedrich Wilhelm Nohe was elected as the first chairman of this union .
  • On January 28, 1900 founding member of the German Football Association. At the DFB, too, the KFV chairman Friedrich Wilhelm Nohe was its 1st chairman from May 22, 1904 to May 21, 1905.

1918 to 1945

1918–1923: Difficult start after the World War

The maintenance of gaming operations during the First World War was only possible under difficult conditions due to the numerous drafts. Some players in the final teams in 1910 and 1912 fell during the First World War, such as right runner Hans Ruzek (November 8, 1914), defender Kurt Hüber (August 17, 1915), left winger Hermann Bosch (July 16, 1916) and the right runner Wilhelm Gros (August 22, 1917). The young administrative actuary (civil servant) Hermann Kächele (born May 24, 1890 in Karlsruhe), who was runner-up in 1912 and was a storm talent in Karlsruhe, fell on the morning of August 13, 1914 in the Alsatian Brückensweiler ( Bréchaumont ) between Belfort and Mühlhausen as Sergeant in the reserve of the 4th Company - ten days after the German declaration of war on France. Today he rests in Block 7, grave 507 in the war cemetery in Cernay (Haut-Rhin) , France. The on the court always in black-clad Franzburger (born in 1893; due to its slender shape usually only "the Burgerle" called), also runner-up in 1912, suffered a serious eye injury, he no longer could play that. In the last days before his death in November 1940, he was completely blind.

In 1918 the association was rebuilt. It quickly became clear: The KFV no longer belongs to the top of German football. In the two decades between the wars, it was primarily 1. FC Nürnberg , SpVgg Fürth and Hamburger SV that fought for the German championship. In southern Germany, too, the weight of football shifted to Bavaria. Southern Germany - now without Alsace that fell to France - organized itself into 10 regional leagues after World War I. The KFV played in the "Kreisliga Südwest", which was divided into several groups for the regions of Württemberg, Odenwald and Baden. At the "zero hour" after the World War, the KFV team consisted only of a rump squad from the aging championship generation and new, hopeful talents. One of the talented strikers was Emil Melcher , who was to make a name for himself less as a player and more as a coach. Karl Egetmeyer (born September 21, 1875 in Karlsruhe ), who played for the KFV from 1900 to 1909 and was in the first team again with Hirsch and Fritz Tscherter in the post-war period from 1919 , made an important contribution to the KFV club history 1914 on an association day. As the negotiator of the KFV, he saved the old master at the green table from relegating to the second class for the first time. A few years after joining the KFV, he became the first chairman of the administrative board of VfR Mannheim . In July 1948 he retired as Mannheim gas director after 48 years in the service of the city of Mannheim . His brother Alfred Egetmeyer was also a KFV player before he was transferred to Furtwangen as a teacher in December 1908 . There he gave FC 07 Furtwangen a sporting upswing, but was transferred again after just one year. He fell in World War I.

In front of over 6,000 spectators, the KFV 1919 played against the Hungarian master MTK Budapest , with the master players Förderer (who came from Halle (Saale) for this ) as well as Tscherter, Fuchs and Hirsch. Shortly before the end, the KFV was awarded a penalty because of a handball by a Hungarian, which the Budapesters refused to accept. Every time the ball was placed on the penalty spot by a KFV player, an MTK player pushed it away again. Only when the prudent sponsor made it clear to the Hungarians that he would deliberately miss, the penalty could be taken. The audience screamed and whistled at first, but finally gave Förderers applause. After three passable post-war years, but poor championship honors, the Black-Reds won the Southwest District League in 1922 and played as the strongest Baden team against the Sportfreunde Stuttgart for the championship in the Württemberg / Baden district, losing the second leg just 0: 1 after a previous one 1: 1.

1923–1931: return to the southern German football stage

In 1923 the league system was reformed and the district leagues were replaced by district leagues, which again gave southern German football a supra-regional character and thus its attractiveness. In the 1922/23 season, when it was a matter of securing a place in the newly emerging league, the KFV weakened and only took 5th place in the district league. While Pforzheim, Freiburg FC and city rivals Phönix and Mühlburg qualified for the new first-class league, the KFV remained in the now second-class Central Baden regional league.

At this time, Max Groke (November 2, 1893–1968) established a new leader in the KFV team. “He couldn't be brought down with his horse lungs and he was able to dribble across half the field. But this gift tempted him to hold the ball for too long ”. From 1919 Groke was already active for the KFV and from 1925 to 1930 captain of the Black-Reds. For southern Germany he played against Switzerland in 1923. In the season after the weak 5th place, player Groke also became coach of the KFV-Elf. With their new player-coach, the team won the championship of the second-class district league, but failed in the promotion games at VfB Stuttgart and SC Freiburg.

The promotion took place after two years in second class in 1924/25. The rise brought the KFV back on the stage of German football. The KFV competed in the Württemberg-Baden regional league, Baden group. The master of the Baden group played the Württemberg / Baden championship against the champions of the Württemberg group every year. The best teams in southern Germany, ie the champions of the districts of Main / Hessen, Rhine / Saar, Bavaria and Württemberg / Baden played for the southern German championship, which in turn - as in earlier times - secured the qualification for the German championship final.

As in the decade before, a British trainer acted as a catalyst for sporting success after a period of crisis: James Lawrence was signed in August 1925. Lawrence showed less pedagogical flair than football theory knowledge. He is said to have taught the KFV players the so-called W system or World Cup system , which has been practiced in British football since 1925. The result of Lawrence's work caused a surprise: The KFV was promoted to champions of the Württemberg-Baden league in 1925/26 and qualified for the southern German championship. The black and red won 9-0 in the local hit against FC Phönix: "The recipe that made the sick KFV healthy again, under the new coach, is tireless training, sporting unity, discipline and strict abstinence," concluded a newspaper new spirit at KFV. In the finals of the southern German championship, the KFV, which played the promotion games for the district league within a year and was champion in the district league itself, performed poorly. Weak replacement, the KFV could not keep up with opponents such as FC Bayern Munich or last year's runner- up FSV Frankfurt in the finals of the southern German championship .

In the following year, the KFV landed behind VfB Stuttgart in second place in the table in the Württemberg / Baden district league. In the consolation round of the runner-up in the German district leagues, the KFV started as the favorite. A fiercely contested and extremely hard game against VfR Mannheim was a decisive turning point to the disadvantage of Karlsruhe: “To play against VfR, we drove to Mannheim with an extraordinarily strong team. It could have been a gripping and exciting meeting, if not ... The audience couldn't stop being amazed. Our games against Mannheim in recent years have always been among the best and fairest. But what developed and unfolded there had nothing in common with this label. Hardly 5 minutes had passed when Günther was as good as done. A little later Ferdinand Lange hobbled alarmingly. Bekir went into the locker room at the break with a facial injury, as if he had just come out of a boxing ring. And shortly before the end of the game, Kastner was sent into exile when he tried to fend off the constant deviousness and meanness of the opposing middle runner Deschner. It was horrible. Messrs. Deschner and Engelhardt II in particular have shown themselves to be consummate "sportsmen"; we wouldn't miss anything if we didn't meet these people in the future. ”The“ KFV was already leading 5-0. Kastner had scored all goals. Then he talked! And the lucky guy became a bad luck guy. Mannheim was still catching up! ”. The KFV won 5: 4, but could only take second place in the consolation round of the district league winners, just behind TSV 1860 Munich. After 15 years of abstinence, KFV missed its comeback in the German championship finals.

In July 1927 - shortly after the missed final round of the championship - another highlight of the season took place: 15,000 spectators gathered in the Karlsruhe Wildpark Stadium to watch the KFV cup match against the reigning German champions, 1. FC Nürnberg . A preview of the game shows how big the event character of football was in the 1920s: “The competition ball is likely to be thrown from an airplane. Lord Mayor Dr. Finter will greet the German champions on behalf of the city and the entire fire brigade band will play from 1.00 a.m. under the direction of music director Irrgang. As a prelude there will be a meeting between the juniors of the KFV and the FC Phönix ”. The kick-off was initially delayed because the Nuremberg stars Kalb and Stuhlfauth did not arrive by plane in Karlsruhe until 3:00 a.m. After the regular playing time of an exciting game it was still 0-0. Only those from Karlsruhe appeared for an extension. The Nuremberg could not be persuaded to continue playing. Since the statutory winner, KFV, renounced the victory after the game, 1. FC Nürnberg played the other cup games.

The 1927/28 season saw what is probably the strongest post-war KFV. Matured through the first few years at a high level, the KFV won the district league and beat local rivals FC Phönix 6-1 in the playoff for the championship in the Württemberg / Baden district, group Baden. In the southern German championship, the KFV landed in 4th place behind Bayern, Eintracht Frankfurt and SpVgg Fürth . After a change in the allocation of territory, the KFV became champions of Baden in 1928/29 , 1930/31 and 1931/32 .

The derby against local rivals FC Phönix remained a crowd puller in the following season. In front of 10,000 spectators, the KFV played against the blue-blacks in November 1928, who won the first leg 3-2. The KFV was looking for revenge. The two local rivals fought doggedly against each other in a classy game. After three penalties imposed (two for KFV and one for Phoenix), the KFV-Elf won 4-2. In one of the following derbies, in January 1930, KFV star Bekir practiced quick-witted vigilante justice on the Phoenix keeper Krimmer, was thrown off the field and was banned for 13 weeks (pardoned again with effect from April 12, 1930). Krimmer himself was expelled from the field shortly before the end of the game. With 4: 1 the KFV won the emotional derby again. With a score of 4: 1, Eugen Nagel - known as a sure penalty taker - missed the goal with shaky knees on a penalty kick. Despite all the emotions and long disputes between the referee and the players on both sides, the derbies mostly remained with relatively fair games.

In addition to the derbies, the games against the multiple German champions Nuremberg were of great public interest. 15,000 spectators saw the 0-0 between KFV and 1. FC Nürnberg in the KFV stadium in 1929 . Even in March 1930, the "Clubberer" could not win in front of 12,000 spectators (1: 1). “The KFV arena is of historical importance for both clubs. The "club" always found its master here, and it has never been able to achieve a victory on what for it was downright disastrous territory, ”said a reporter.

After the KFV was already in lively exchange with foreign club teams in its early years, the KFV continued this tradition in the inter-war years. Over the Easter holidays of 1930, the people of Karlsruhe traveled to Holland under the leadership of Ivo Schricker . Slavia Prague made a guest appearance in Karlsruhe in May 1930. It was up against a team from overseas two months later when DSV Milwaukee New York made a guest appearance in Karlsruhe. Another trip to France took the KFV team at Christmas 1930 under the renewed direction of Ivo Schricker together with master player Tscherter to Marseille, Nancy and Paris. At Easter 1928, the KFV tournament winner was in a well-filled international competition in Luxembourg . Over New Year's Eve 1932, KFV went back to France, where KFV won 3-1 against the French cup winners Montpellier and played 0-0 against Olympique Marseille in front of 10,000 spectators.

1931–1933: Vienna School in Karlsruhe? The system question

On July 1, 1931, James Lawrence left the KFV after six years of successful work. As a successor, the Karlsruhe hired Franz "Benjamin" Sedlacek from Vienna , who played for Wiener AF from 1910 to 1919 , with whom he became Austrian football champion in 1914. Between 1913 and 1918 he made 11 international matches for Austria , all of which he played against Hungary due to the war, with one exception (Italy). He was also appointed to the Lower Austrian Association Selection. After trainer stations u. a. at AC Venezia (1924-26), Lazio Rome (1927/28) and Garbarnia Krakau , he was coach of the KFV from the 1931/32 season.

As the cadet of the “Wiener Schuler” of the Austrian national coach Hugo Meisl, Sedlacek embodied the contrasting game culture of his British predecessor Lawrence. The Austrian football philosophy, which was based on ball control, short passing and little physical effort, was in many ways incompatible with the British "W-System" or "World Cup system" that Lawrence previously taught. After the very happy 2: 2 of 1. FC Nürnberg at KFV, the kicker wrote about the system change at KFV: “The KFV was in combat with its Stuttgart line-up. Viennese School? At KFV, at the beginning of the group games, there were no less than two Sundays at a high level. But then it disappeared as quickly and completely as it had come. Since then, the Karlsruhe-based company has been wandering between two systems. The way the KFV plays vegetates between Lawrence and Sedlacek ”. In 1932 the criticism became friendlier when the KFV won a friendly match against the French cup winner Montpellier "with fine typical Viennese combination football" .

From the 1930s on there was a debate in Germany as to whether the British "WM system" (3-2-2-3) or the "Vienna School" (a further development of the 2-3-5 system) should be preferred. KFV veteran Schricker took the side of the Austrians, pointed to the "tremendous propaganda effect of offensive football" and named not only 1. FC Nürnberg, Fürth and FC Bayern, but also KFV as an example of a successful implementation of the Viennese game concept. Ultimately, however, the WM system became the standard in the 1940s at the latest - also at the KFV. The fact that two Austrians, Hans Koudela and Preisinger, were in the KFV squad in 1940 could not change that. The KFV troop did not receive a sustainable profit from the engagement of the Viennese Sedlacek. In terms of personnel, however, the Karlsruhe team was able to fall back on ever stronger players: Experienced forces around the Turkish striker Bekir were supplemented by new talents such as Fritz Müller and Fritz Keller . This soon became apparent in the results: In the preliminary round of the South German championship in 1932, the KFV was in 2nd place. But the relegation of important players to representative games (national and association games), bad luck with injuries and sporting bans on top performers prevented the black-reds from achieving greater success in this phase.

From the second half of the 1920s until the National Socialists seized power in 1933, the KFV mostly won the title, or at least the runner-up, in the championships in Baden and Baden-Württemberg. In the finals of the South German Championship, the KFV could not prevail against the strong clubs from Bavaria, which dominated German football at the time.

1933–1945: Gauliga and National Socialism

An opportunistic adjustment to the new political situation also took place at the KFV. Every KFV chairman who was at the head of the club's leadership during the Third Reich became a member of the NSDAP in 1933 or after and was classified as a follower in the denazification process.

Declaration of April 9, 1933

On Sunday, April 9th, 1933, the clubs involved in the South German championship round met in Stuttgart for a conference "to comment on the sporting situation". The participating clubs - including the KFV - signed a resolution on that day in which they express "in the spirit of this cooperation to draw all conclusions, especially with regard to the question of removing Jews from the sports clubs". It is not known who took part in the conference for the KFV. On the same day, the KFV played at home in Karlsruhe against Union Böckingen (3: 2). In the Kicker edition of April 11, 1933, the declaration is printed and the KFV is named as the second association to sign the resolution. Also in the Karlsruher Tagblatt on Monday, April 10th, in the supplement “Sport Turnen Spiel”, the resolution can be found on the first page.

Former international Julius Hirsch , who read about this resolution a day later, on Monday, April 10, wrote disappointedly to his KFV:

“Today I read in the Stuttgart sports report that the major clubs, including the KFV, have made a decision that the Jews should be removed from the sports clubs. I have been part of the KFV since 1902 and have loyally and honestly made my weak strength available to it.

Unfortunately I have to announce my resignation to my dear KFV with a moved heart. I would like to mention, however, that there are decent people and perhaps even more nationally-minded German Jews who are 'proven by their deeds and have been poured out through their heart and soul' in the beating child of the German nation, who is so hated today. [...] At the same time, I thank the KFV youth department for the friendly invitation from the youth department and I regret not being able to take over the position of assessor in the jury. The invitation is attached.

I am currently in an economically precarious situation and may ask the honorable club management to waive my owed contribution, because I've never had any financial advantages from the KFV.

I draw with a sporty greeting

Signed Julius Hirsch "

Today, the letter is one of the most cited documents from German football in the Third Reich. The KFV replied almost four months later:

"Dear Member!

If we have not yet confirmed your declaration of resignation, it was because the resolution passed by the associations in Stuttgart was not to be understood as you understood it. We were still waiting for the sports commissioner's guidelines, but they have not yet appeared. In our opinion, there is no reason for you to leave the KFV for the time being. We would be very sorry if we lost you as an old and established member and therefore ask you to consider your declaration of resignation as not having happened. As far as the certificate you have requested is concerned, it is of course our top priority to fulfill this request. Now in our files there is a draft of a certificate that we thought you had. Since this gentleman has drafted the District Court Judge Albiez and said gentleman until August 9th Js. If you are on vacation, we would be very grateful if you could let us know whether this certificate has come into your possession in the meantime. If not, we will deal with the matter immediately according to your request. With KFV greetings The leader of the association: i AK Huber "

The "guidelines" to which the KFV referred were a long time coming. On April 19, 1933, the DFB and the German Sports Authority published the following statement: “The Board of Directors of the German Football Association and the Board of Directors of the German Sports Authority hold members of the Jewish race, as well as people who have turned out to be members of the Marxist movement , in leading positions of the national associations and clubs not acceptable. The regional associations and club boards are called upon to take the appropriate measures if they have not already been taken. ”On April 23, 1933, the South German Football and Athletics Association (SFLV) ​​called on its clubs to“ take those from the board of German football -Bundes [...] issued regulations regarding members of the Jewish race or the Marxist movement (immediately) to carry out. ”The“ Official Announcement 4/33 ”of the Baden Gausport leader Herbert Kraft of December 16, 1933 reads as a relative measure :“ The The issuing of regulations on the admission of non-Aryan members to recognized gymnastics and sports clubs is left to the professional associations and, insofar as no binding regulations are issued by them, to the individual clubs.

KFV association statutes and the Aryan paragraph

Like other sports clubs, the KFV had to adopt the standard statutes of the German Reich Committee for Physical Exercise (DRL) from January 1935 , which was supposed to oblige the members of the DRL to "educate its members physically and mentally in the spirit of the National Socialist People's State". For unknown reasons, the adoption of the statutes at the KFV, which was also based on an older statute from 1933, was delayed. On April 27, 1935, the KFV issued statutes, which were approved by the general meeting on July 15, 1933. In a handwritten letter, Otto Albiez ("Vereinführer" from 1932 to 1934) sent the statutes, which had been reviewed by attorney Joseph Ruzek (clerk at the time and later "Vereinführer"), to the incumbent club leader Fritz Langer (Ruzek found them to be in order) and at the same time reminded the submission to the district court by the end of the month. On July 19, 1935, the statutes were confirmed again by the general assembly. On August 9, 1935, the DFB already wrote a reminder to the KFV with the subject uniform statutes: “I received the message from the representative of the Reich Sports Leader for the Mittelbaden district, Mr. Boots, that your club was still with the submission of the according to the order of the Reichsportführer, the standard statutes to be adopted are in arrears. Without criticizing the sloppiness so far, I am giving you the last opportunity to send the statutes to our Gauge office within the next week [...] [...]. It is inexplicable to me how there can still be clubs that have not followed this really simple order of the Reich Sports Leader, which is necessary for the continued existence of the club. It is urgently necessary that the eternal sloppiness is finally done away with. ”On August 26, 1935, the KFV finally submitted the statutes to the DFB. In the statutes received today, it emerges that the KFV probably did not add any additional Aryan paragraph . When the National Socialist Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (NSRL) was established on December 21, 1938 , it issued a uniform statute in March 1940, which the KFV and the other associations would adopt (unfortunately there is no copy of the KFV statutes with the wording of the 1940 amendment in front). It says: “Members cannot be persons who are not of German or related blood or who are not treated as such” (the quotation comes from the general unitary statute). KFV members of the Jewish faith or with parents of the Jewish faith had long been active in Jewish sports communities (e.g. national player Julius Hirsch at the “Turnclub Karlsruhe”).

Affair about the "German greeting" in Nancy

On a Christmas trip to France, on which the KFV played a friendly match against both FC Metz and AS Nancy , the KFV was asked to forego the “ German greeting ”, otherwise the KFV would not receive any attendance fee. The KFV agreed to it, withdrew the entry fee and refrained from greeting at the beginning of the game. The NS sports authority around Ministerialrat Kraft reacted immediately after the incident became known and withdrew the KFV's permission to host friendly games abroad.

Sporty performance

The Gauliga Baden , created in 1933 as the new top division, belonged to the KFV from 1933/34 to 1936/37 , 1938/39 to 1940/41 and in the last season of 1943/44 .

In the years between 1932 and 1939 there were three national players: Ludwig Damminger, Lorenz Huber and Franz Immig. From January 1944 on, guest national player Ernst Willimowski, who served in a tank destroyer unit in Karlsruhe, strengthened the club. Here, too, it was no longer possible to qualify for the final round of the German championship. In the South German Cup in 1926 (against 1860 Munich ) and 1927 (against 1. FC Nürnberg ) the quarter-finals were reached, in the Tschammerpokal in 1935 (against SV Feuerbach) the first final round and in 1937 (against Fortuna Düsseldorf ) the second final round.

1945 to 1975

1945–1947: Last years of first class in the Oberliga Süd

Scene from the KFV game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

On March 5, 1944, the KFV played its last competitive game in the German Reich . On April 4, 1945, Karlsruhe was occupied by the French army; Karlsruhe was later assigned to the American zone of occupation. Parties, associations and clubs began to form anew early after the end of the war. After the first general meeting on December 20, 1945, the American military government approved the founding protocol of the KFV. After the end of the war, Max Ransenberg, who was dismissed from the Wehrmacht as a "first degree hybrid" due to two Jewish grandparents, was elected the first post-war chairman of the KFV. It was thanks to his negotiating skills that the KFV was classified in the first-class Oberliga Süd . The challenges Ransenberg faced were immense: the club area, clubhouse and sports equipment were destroyed by bombs.

Very few players from the KFV line-up had returned from the war, in contrast to VfB Mühlburg, which had a number of regular players. As the nearby telegraph barracks were the target of air raids during the war, KFV-Platz was almost completely destroyed in 1944. In addition, the US Army parked clearing vehicles there until February 1, 1946. When the league started, KFV therefore had to play its home games at KSC's forerunner FC Phönix im Hardtwald, at the location of today's Wildpark Stadium, and pay a corresponding rental fee. Due to the parallel construction of the new stadium, the KFV could not invest in new additions, which in the medium term resulted in a sporting disadvantage. In the league , the KFV was again one of the best clubs in southern Germany, but was hardly competitive in terms of sport, so the club was knocked off last. Arch-rival Phoenix was penultimate. After all, the old master Albert Janda (brother of Ludwig Janda ) from TSV 1860 Munich, the Freiburg center forward Oskar Scherer and Johann Herberger could win. Simon "Seppel" Weber played exactly 600 games in the first team from 1945 to 1956 and was the record scorer in the last first-class phase of the KFV from 1945 to 1947.

Due to the increase in the Oberliga, the KFV stayed in the Oberliga Süd for another year before the old master was relegated in 1947 as penultimate - ahead of city rivals Phoenix.

1947–1949: Renewed relegation and district class

Kurt "Kaddel" Ehrmann in the KFV jersey

After relegation from the first-class league, the KFV found itself in the regional league, as at that time there was still no national second division. 15 players of the KFV-Oberliga-Team emigrated, top achievement Helmut Morlock moved to Offenbach for professional reasons. KFV national player Max Breunig stayed as coach. With the relegated FC Phönix Karlsruhe and the 1. FC Pforzheim, the KFV played with two other traditional clubs in the state league.

While the KFV had previously campaigned for a supra-regional, second-class league in order not to fall so low in terms of sport after the foreseeable relegation from the upper league, these efforts now became the old master's undoing. Since the Landesliga Nordbaden was merged with the Landesliga Mittelbaden in the following season, the KFV had to come under the top six teams after relegation from the Oberliga in order to keep the class. However, the KFV only came in seventh and was relegated again.

Arrived in the district league (1948/49), the KFV reached second place in the following season, just behind the FV Daxlanden . A positive event for the club during these months was the reopening of the KFV-Platz on August 29, 1948. The opening game against the new local hero VfB Mühlburg was lost 6-1 in front of 6,000 spectators.

1949–1951: Promotion and German Vice-Amateur Champion 1951

In the following game year 1949/50, the KFV celebrated sporting successes again. With 92:19 goals and 43: 1 points, the club dominated the district league under captain Erich Benz, one of the last remaining Oberliga veterans. After ex-KFV player Trauth ("iron Hermann") had led KFV back up, a three-time German national player, Karl Striebinger , who had won the first German post-war championship two years earlier as a player of VfR Mannheim, took over the position of coach of KFV. With the promotion to the newly created 1st Amateur League North Baden , the team was once again drawn level with arch-rivals FC Phönix - at least in terms of league membership. In terms of sport, things also continued to improve with the prominent coach: In August, KFV and FC Basel were invited to the inauguration of the CD Santa Clara sports field in Portugal, where the black and reds beat the Swiss runners-up 3-2. In the following league round, the KFV landed just ahead of the FC Phönix in second place. Feudenheim became champion and climber. Coach Striebinger only stayed a year and was replaced by sports teacher Erwin Stumpp, who was replaced after a short time by the former player Erwin Schneider.

The KFV was soon able to make headlines across the country with the final round of the first German amateur championship that followed in the summer . Within 14 days, KFV beat FC 08 Villingen (3: 2), VfL Sindelfingen (2: 0) and SSV Troisdorf 05 (3: 1). The KFV was in the final of the German amateur championship, which was played in a double event in the Berlin Olympic Stadium as a prelude to the final of the contract players (1. FC Kaiserslautern - FC Preußen Münster 2: 1). As a final opponent, the ATSV Bremen 1860, a Bremen football pioneer club, awaited the Karlsruhe team. Before the final , striker Kurt Ehrmann had to complain about an upset stomach. Only a few minutes before kick-off, coach Boba Kraft decided to use him. 70,000 spectators were already waiting for the Karlsruhe team in the Berlin stadium: “The team was met with a lot of impressions. This huge, wonderful sports field, the warm, sunny weather, the huge audience, in short, these were all moments that had to be overcome by the team itself ”.

Erich Benz played his 1100th competitive game for the KFV in Berlin. The strong Bremen Willi Schröder , who would later play 12 A internationals, scored the 1-0 early, 20 minutes later the 2-0 and so both teams went into the half-time break. The Bremen increased to 3-0. In the last 30 minutes the KFV won more parts of the game and reduced it to 2: 3 by Kittlitz and Ehrmann from the perspective of the old master, which meant the creation of the final. DFB President Peco Bauwens (himself an honorary member of the KFV) found comforting words (“You both won”) for the Karlsruhe team. For Kurt Ehrmann, the competition was the starting point of his international career: He was then called to a DFB preparatory course for the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki and in the same year played an international match against Luxembourg.

1952–1957: The years in the 2nd League South

In the following season 1951/52 the KFV succeeded in promotion to the 2nd League South . In the year of promotion there were the last two derbies against FC Phönix, which only ended up in fifth place and merged with VfB Mühlburg to form Karlsruher SC. A chapter in German football derby history came to an end. The KFV was also offered to join the newly founded club, but this refused, as the old master had only renovated his stadium in 1948 and had made two gains in the previous years. Thus, on October 16, 1952, the Karlsruher SC was created , with which the KFV could no longer keep up in the following years, both sportily and financially.

Scene from the game between KFV and Wacker Munich. In the middle of the Karlsruhe striker Stutz.

With the self-confidence restored, the KFV rose in 1952 from the 1st Amateur League to the 2nd League South. In the first year of the 2nd League South, he finished in 10th place. In the years to come, Karlsruhe managed to keep the contract team almost completely.

In 1954 the KFV had 949 members (147 active, 504 passive, 28 honorary members, 20 honorary captains and 174 members of the Siemens sports group) and was thus the number 2 of the Karlsruhe football clubs, behind the KSC (approx. 2,000 members). In the 2nd League South, the KFV played mostly in the lower midfield and showed its best performance of the season in 1954 , with a fifth place, just behind TSV 1860 Munich . In 1956, KFV goalkeeper Manfred Eglin was appointed to the Summer Olympics in Melbourne by DFB coach Georg Gawliczek . As a junior, the KFV goalkeeper was nominated for the DFB team for the FIFA youth tournament in 1954. After the bad luck with injuries hit the Black and Reds in 1956, the Karlsruhe team only strengthened insufficiently before the 1956/57 season. National player Ehrmann switched to 1. FC Pforzheim and KFV was relegated.

1957–1960: finally arrived at the amateur camp

The hoped-for promotion to the second division did not succeed. The KFV had to reshape its team in too short a time. Olympian Manfred Eglin also left Karlsruhe for the Stuttgart Kickers. The sporting misery finally led to the idea of ​​a merger at the KFV: In 1957 the KFV formed a commission which “is to continue the merger negotiations with FC-Frankonia”. On the part of the KFV, the willingness to merge was given and the city was also included in the talks. Even the merger with FC 21 Karlsruhe was examined. The considerations for the merger were already so concrete that the clubs agreed on a joint coach from KFV-Frankonia. However, the talks were postponed to the following year and then ended again. In 1959 Fritz Ruchay took over as coach together with former player Simon Weber.

1961–1975: Stabilization in amateur football, three-time Baden cup winners and almost promotion to the second division

It was not until 1961 that the KFV secured sporting success again after years, when they beat Feudenheim 2-0 in extra time after a grueling cup round. In the pre-qualification round for the DFB-Pokal the KFV had to admit defeat to the local heroes KSC with 1:10. In 1962 and 1965, the Badischer Fußballverband Pokal was also won. The KFV celebrated its 70th anniversary in 1961 with jubilee games against KSC, Waldhof Mannheim (which stood in for the GDR club BSG Nordhausen , which did not receive an entry permit) and AS Nancy . In the cup round they lost to the KSC contract team with 1: 3 in front of 5,000 spectators. A high point in the early 1960s was the KFV's first trip to the USA in June / July 1963. A team from Pennsylvania made a return trip a year later. Bruno Baumann was retired as honorary captain after more than 500 games. A soccer team from Philadelphia was officially welcomed in the city hall when visiting Karlsruhe. In 1964, Georg Seeburger took over as coach. He stayed with KFV for two years. In 1967/68 he returned to KFV a second time as a coach.

In 1967 the KSC Bundesliga professional Gustav Witlatschil switched to KFV, which probably prevented the traditional club from being relegated from the amateur league. Witlatschil's KFV debut against Mosbach (2-0) wanted to see 1,000 spectators. From 1967 to 1970 Gustav Witlatschil strengthened the old master in the 1st Amateur League North Baden, before he ended his playing career at the age of 35 in the Karlsruhe Northwest City, in the traditional stadium at the Telegrafenkaserne, not far from his family residence and his metalworking shop. In 1968 the KFV inaugurated its new club house, which was to represent a high financial burden for the club in the following decades. The expensive new building of the clubhouse was initially rejected. KFV functionary and city councilor Günther Rüssel finally convinced the members of the new building.

Bernhard Termath trained the KFV from 1970 to 1972 and also remained an active member of the club's AH department. At this time u. a. the young Roland Vogel to the first eleven of the KFV.

On the 80th anniversary of the club in 1971, the KFV played at home against the Bundesliga team of Rot-Weiss Essen , which the KFV lost with 0: 3 in front of a good 3,000 spectators. In the Amateur League North Baden, the games against the KSC Amateurs, SV Waldhof Mannheim, VfR Mannheim, SV Sandhausen and the two Pforzheim clubs remained the most popular. After the 1973/74 season there was a stalemate in the Baden amateur class: five clubs were tied at the top of the table. The consequence was a decision-making round which the KFV won confidently with victories against FC Dossenheim , 1. FC Pforzheim , SV Sandhausen and VfB Eppingen .

Despite the championship, the KFV was classified in the amateur league through a new reform of the German league system. By 1974, five regional leagues as the second highest division were the foundation of the 1st Bundesliga. Last year's champions of the Amateur League North Baden, VfR Mannheim, made the leap into the Regionalliga Süd after a successful relegation round. Due to a league reform, the KFV was not given the chance of promotion later, because the regional league was abolished in the following year and replaced by a two-pronged 2nd Bundesliga. The KFV thus remained in the amateur league and could not catch up with the Karlsruher SC.

1975 to 2004

1975–1991: Fall by two classes and a decade in the national league

In 1976 the KFV surprisingly got down. 14 regular players then left the KFV after the club could not meet the premium demands of some master players. Only four regular players remained loyal to the club. A total of 19 of 22 players left the club. The average age of the first team initially fell to around 20 years. On July 23, 1978 the KFV was defeated in a guest appearance by Borussia Mönchengladbach the u. a. with Heynckes, Kleff, Simonson, Köppel, Schäfer, Berti Vogts, Veh, Ringels and Del'Haye, before 4,000 in the KFV Stadium with 0: 3.

Rolf Kahn took over the coaching position at the Black-Reds on Hertzstraße in 1978/79. In the season finale of the relegation battle, Kahn was once again as a player in the game in Flehingen (1: 1) himself as a player on the ball. By winning the point, KFV managed not to be relegated. Despite the relegation struggles, the “most Karlsruhe of all Karlsruhe clubs” (according to the then Mayor Dullenkopf) did not resign.

After four years in the district league (1977/78 still the fifth highest division, from 1978/79 the sixth highest division in Germany) the KFV 1980/81 u. a. with Hans Gawliczek, the son of Georg Gawliczek - for the 90th anniversary of the club - to be promoted to the regional league. The year before, the KFV failed to rise due to a defeat against SpVgg Oberhausen after extra time (1: 2) in the relegation. But even in the promotion year it had to tremble because the last opponent of the season of the KFV - SV Blankenloch - lodged an objection against the game on the last day of the game (4: 1 for KFV), due to an alleged rule violation by the referee. However, the appeal was dismissed. In 1980 the association spent a total of 157,000 DM. In the 1981 anniversary games against the Bundesliga teams of VfB Stuttgart (0:12) and Karlsruher SC (2:12), the KFV lost a lot. In the one-sided game against KSC, Joachim Löw also entered the scorers list three times. The guest performance of the Swabians was worth 15,000 marks plus VAT, packed lunches for the Bundesliga professionals and a standing reception for the KFV. Once again, the spending policy of the initiator and unofficial KFV boss Günter Rüssel (“We have to prove that the KFV still exists”) was criticized. The KFV did not even collect half of the audience money.

In the following national league season, the KFV was fourth, despite the weak storm of the team. In the coming year, the KFV only scored 49 goals and moved up one place in the table. A real football rarity brought the KFV the Egyptian national team , whose young team defeated KFV 4: 1 in a guest game in Karlsruhe. Hugo Rastetter trained the KFV in the 1984/85 season. In addition, Rainer Paul, son of the KSC Bundesliga keeper Manfred Paul , guarded the KFV gate.

Guest performance of the Egyptian national soccer team at KFV

After a disappointing 8th place, the KFV was only able to improve slightly in 1985, despite extensive preparation, and ended up in sixth place. Coach Cornelius Rastetter threw in the towel in the middle of the season, so a replacement had to be found at short notice. In the district cup, however, the black and reds had to admit defeat to FC Germania Friedrichstal (0: 1) in the final. It got juicy in the BFV Cup. Against the newly crowned champions of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg, SV Sandhausen, they lost 0:13. The KFV also lost a guest appearance by Hota Bavaria New York 1: 5.

A year later, the KFV went on a rejuvenation cure: the average age of the team was 20.6 years, not including the three oldest players. Seven A youth players moved up. Stefan Sternkopf, the brother of the former KSC and FC Bayern player Michael Sternkopf , came from his own youth. The KFV narrowly missed the championship with a lot of bad luck: The inexperienced Karlsruhe team let FV Wiesental overtake them in the final phase of the season. Doubly annoying: In the lower and upper divisions, the runner-up was also allowed to play for promotion. But not in the regional league. In the summer of 1989, 25 players from the 1st and 2nd team left the club because the KFV could no longer afford any lucrative cumulative money. “The KFV has to cook on the back burner,” it said in the local newspaper BNN. As is so often the case, the KFV had once again offered its well-paid players more money, but in the end could not afford it. Although the KFV was traded as a relegation candidate, the Karlsruhe team surprised as runner-up. Coach Rolf Müller sums it up: "After an unprecedented downsizing, the players on Hertzstraße rolled up their sleeves, trained and disciplined and played some exciting football". In May 1989 the professional team of the KSC lost to the KFV. The so far last victory of the black-reds in the city derby. The Bundesliga team of coach Winfried Schäfer could not cope with the counter tactics.

For the anniversary year 1990/91, the KFV finally achieved the long-awaited promotion to the association league. With a 2: 0 against the GU Pforzheim, trained by Karl-Heinz Kwolek, the black and reds secured the championship on matchday 30. For the first time since 1976/77 (back then in the 2nd amateur league in Central Baden), the KFV was back in fourth class. On May 1, 1991 Dinamo Zagreb was a guest at the KFV. In front of around 2,000 spectators, the Croatians won 5-1. National player Mladen Mladenović , who was also to play for Croatia at the 1996 European Championship, gave Zagreb the lead twice before Cupac and Laya made it all clear. A curious guest that day in the Telegraph Stadium: Bundesliga player Vladimir “Vlado” Kasalo from 1. FC Nürnberg, who was arrested some time later for betting fraud after own goals in the games against VfB Stuttgart and Karlsruher SC. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the club, there were two friendly matches on July 19, 1991 in the Wildpark Stadium. First the KFV played against the KSC amateurs and then the Karlsruher SC against the FC Bayern Munich .

1991–2004: regional league and association league in interplay; Fall into the B-Class

In 1994, ex-Bundesliga professional Rudi Wimmer , who played for KSC from 1969 to 1983, took over as coach at KFV. This was followed by immediate resurgence and immediate relegation for the 1994/95 season. During these years around 180 viewers regularly followed the KFV games on Hertzstrasse. The young Adnan Masić played for the old master in 1994. In the following three years the KFV played in the regional league until after a bad season performance the relegation game to the regional league was lost (1999/2000) and the old master had to take on the path to the regional league. The relegation was followed by the last sporting championship of the KFV and thus the promotion to the state league, which was followed by relegation to the district league.

Parallel to the sporting decline, the financial situation became more and more precarious. Due to a rescheduling, the club was partially canceled by one of its banks, but in 1999 the KFV made a loss of 33,000 DM. The charity match between KSC and VfB Stuttgart (1: 2) on the KFV square in favor of Schwarz -Roten attracted 3,000 spectators. After a passable season, the KFV withdrew its reserve team in the 2001/2002 season. A low point. KFV trainer Riedle resigned from his position as a trainer “for lack of prospects”. The KFV was not exactly the football association's favorite child. Referees were disgusted by the condition of the changing rooms and swore never again to whistle a KFV game. In 2001 the debt level of the KFV had grown to more than half a million marks. The municipal utilities even switched off the electricity for a short time. The KFV could not bring itself to reduce the sporting ambitions. In 2001, almost half of the squad still had contract amateur status, which meant that the club had to pay each of these players at least 200 marks a month.

In 2002, the KFV announced its youth teams due to a lack of personnel, and a little later its first team (after a 0: 8 against FSSV Karlsruhe). The withdrawal was not effective and did not bring the hoped-for new upswing, because even in the following season, the KFV had only one point on the points account after eight games. In 2001, Gunter Dietrich took over the training at KFV, who before the fall of the Wall, earned his spurs as a player and coach for the GDR third division team Stahl Freital . In the following season, the KFV rose in the district league A. The 2003/04 season should be the last season before the temporary end. The 2004/05 game year was still starting for the KFV, but the game was stopped in autumn because the football association fees could no longer be paid.

2004–2006: The greatest turning point in the club's history: insolvency and loss of home

On July 14, 2004 an insolvency administrator was appointed for the KFV. In autumn 2004, the KFV was no longer able to pay the association fees and was then excluded from the game operations by the Badischer Fußballverband. The association had accumulated 280,000 euros in debt over the decades. The club's premises fell back to the city of Karlsruhe as a long lease, which sold part of it to an investor, had the soccer field rebuilt and bequeathed it to the neighboring club, FC West . The tennis department of the KFV got together in 2005 with the former KFV chairman Wolf-D. Koller (1984–1986) self-employed as the West Tennis Club and stayed on the old club grounds. Siegfried Schneider, chairman of the association from 1992 to 2000, resigned and left the association when he was accused of financial misery. The former KFV chairman (1986–1992) Peter Weingärtner switched to ASV Durlach and became the sporting director there. Günter Rüssel (1932–2010), KFV member since 1947, from 1965 to 2006 for the CDU in the Karlsruhe municipal council and one of the most important figures in the association fell out of favor due to an affair. As the head of the supervisory board of the Karlsruhe housing company “Familienheim”, he is said to have incorrectly accounted for attendance fees and expenses. Disputes and disagreements among the members as well as the weak leadership of the association led the old master into chaotic conditions, so that the public wrongly even assumed that the association would no longer exist.

Since 2007

New beginning since 2007

The KFV disappeared from the soccer map of Germany for three years, but was never deleted from the club register. Shortly after being excluded from gaming in 2004, the former KFV player Alexander Etzel and Wolfgang Albert, former youth coach of the KFV, decided to revive the KFV. In the summer of 2007, the KFV finally resumed play in the Karlsruhe district class C season 3. The KFV team, supervised by trainer Joe Inci, trained and played on the pitch of the Deaf SV in Daxlanden. For the second half of the season, Jürgen Rheinländer was the new coach and had eight wins after a disappointing first half of the season. In June 2010 the long-time (youth) trainer and sporting director Wolfgang Albert was elected first chairman, but died unexpectedly after a month in office. In February 2011, Michael Obert was elected first chairman of the Black-Reds at the annual general meeting, after taking over on an interim basis after Albert's death. Second and third chairman were Steffen L. Herberger, a great-nephew of the former national and national trainer, and Andreas Reifsteck. In 2010, the then goalkeeper Pietro Lombardi joined the club, which became known nationwide in 2011 by winning the eighth season of the German music casting show Deutschland sucht den Superstar . From 2012 a second team was formed for three years.

In 2013, the association initiated a “football tradition day” in Karlsruhe, where a so-called football pilgrim stone was set up on Engländerplatz, the historic venue for the old master. As part of the event, exhibits from the exhibition "Kicker, Fighters and Legends" at the Centrum Judaicum Berlin were on view in the Moltke cafeteria in Karlsruhe. In June 2013, a section of the Karlsruher Weg was named in Julius Hirsch-Straße and an open space north of it at the corner of Berliner Straße in Gottfried Fuchs-Platz. A number of guests - including the former DFB President Zwanziger and members of the two families Fuchs and Hirsch - took part in the street inauguration and the subsequent opening of a permanent KFV picture exhibition in the adjacent "House Karlsruher Weg".

In the district class C season 3, the club could not record any sporting successes until the 2017/18 season. In 2017/18 the KFV rose to the district class B of Karlsruhe with trainer Dirk Hauri. In 2017, the club founded a women's soccer department for the first time. The women's team, which is trained by the former Bundesliga professional Wilfried Trenkel , won the championship in the first year of its existence and with it promotion to the association league. In 2018/19 both the men's team and the women's team were able to maintain their class. In addition, the men formed a second team again.

Other departments

Active departments

Old men

The AH department played the first football game on November 11, 1906 against Germania Beiertheim . After the Second World War , the department existed from 1948 to 2004 and was re-established in 2013. It was played against many national and international teams, in 1967 alone there were a total of 34 games between March and November. In the summer of 2018, the AH team will be visiting Bern.

Women's soccer

At the beginning of the 2017/18 season, a team started in the Baden State League. In the absence of their own venue, the women's team plays and trains on the DJK Durlach square . Former Bundesliga professional Wilfried Trenkel was hired as coach of the newly founded women's team . The team became national league champions in the first year of its existence (promotion to the association league).

Former departments

Youth (soccer)

But there was a junior team as early as 1892/93 and in 1905 a school team played against the Strasbourg FV . From 1951 to 1991 the KFV hosted the “Walter Bensemann and Dr. Ivo Schricker Junior Memory Games ”, which was won once in 1991. The KFV reached the semi-finals in the 1992/93 DFB Junior Club Cup . From the youth of the KFV came u. a. Helmut Hermann , Alexander Göhring , Arnold Dybek , Angelo Accursio, Raphael Krauss , Stefan Sternkopf (brother of Michael Sternkopf ) and Viktor Göhring . In 2002 the last youth team was withdrawn from the game.


In the years 2007-2010 there was a separate futsal department, which had previously been formed from the leisure team "FC Portugues Karlsruhe". The team took part in the Baden Futsalliga.


The exact founding date of the tennis department is not known. Since 1906 at the latest, there have been tennis courts on the sports grounds, which were restored after the First World War in 1919 and destroyed again in 1944. In the 1920s and 1930s there were not only club championships but also competitions against foreign teams. Game operations were stopped at the end of 1939. In 1971, the initiative of Peter Pflästerer led to the re-establishment of the tennis department and on June 10, 1972 the new tennis facility was inaugurated. The KFV participated with three teams in the association games of the Baden Tennis Association. By 1989 this had increased to 10 teams. The tennis department became independent in 2004 as TC Karlsruhe-West .


From 1905, the KFV included athletic exercises as a valuable addition to the soccer game in its program. Good footballers often turned out to be above-average athletes, such as B. the legendary Max Breunig. On June 17, 1906, the first sports festival, the so-called International Olympic Games, premiered on KFV-Platz . It was headed by Eugen Seybold, later editor of the magazine Fußball . The Grand Ducal Family, which was very close to the KFV, donated the trophies for some competitions. In 1912, under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel a. D. von Freydorf assigned officers of the Leibgrenadier Regiment as a subdivision to the KFV.

One of the outstanding participants of the first sports festival was the Hungarian István Somodi (AC Budapest), who scored three victories: long jump with run-up (6.58 m); from standing (2.98 m) as well as high jump (1.58 m). The sports festival exerted great attraction on the greats throughout the empire and on a number of foreigners. The economic success, however, failed because the favor of the audience belonged to football.

On the occasion of the second KFV sports festival on September 15, 1907, honorary prizes and trophies were donated again: the Grand Duke of Baden's anniversary cup for the 400-meter relay; Cup of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Baden for the triple jump; Honorary award from the city of Karlsruhe for the 1,500 meter run; Honorary award from the women of the KFV for the winner of the 100-meter run. One of the participants was Lucien Uettwiller (FC Mülhausen), who was later to set a French discus record (36.03 m). At the Olympic Games in London in 1908, he started in six disciplines. At that time he was a member of an association in Gdansk, where he was called up for German military service as an Alsatian.

The third KFV sports festival was constantly developing, so that the extensive program on Sunday, June 14, 1908, could only be concluded shortly before dark. Athletes from Bern, Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart appeared at the start. Olympic champion Julius Wagner (Reutlingen / Bern) achieved a good performance in the javelin throw with 47.98 m, ahead of Max Breunig with 41.20 m. In general, Wagner was the outstanding athlete, with the winning distance in the shot put (12.10 m) and in the 110-meter hurdles (17.2 s). Incidentally, Wagner was the first German javelin thrower to exceed the 50-meter mark (52.50 m - 1907). He lived as a journalist and publisher's bookseller (including editor of the standard works of the Olympic Games in 1912, 1924, 1928, 1936, 1948) in Bern. In 1917 he received Swiss citizenship, which enabled him to become multiple national champions and record holders. In 1912 he was a founding member of the Federal Olympia Comité . 1912–1915 he was also President of the Swiss Football Association .

A large advertisement in the Karlsruher Tagblatt referred to the fourth International Olympic Games on August 1, 1909. 38 clubs sent 110 participants to the start. Julius Wagner (TB Reutlingen) threw the javelin to a brilliant 54.10 m - that was the German record. A note on the admission prices: In the stands, the so-called "star box", you paid 1.50 M; Seat 1.00 m; while standing room cost 50 pfennigs.

At the fifth KFV sports festival in 1910, there was trouble with the association because it took place on the same day (July 10) as the one in Munich. However, this had been approved by headquarters four weeks earlier. 149 athletes from 62 clubs had registered. In all competitions, honorary prizes were awarded that were donated by authorities or companies. The protector of the games - His Grand Ducal Highness Prince Max, who followed the fights, donated the honorary award for the 1,500 meter relay. The KFV women awarded the hurdle winner. Incidentally, the award ceremony was carried out by Lord Mayor Karl Siegrist .

The 1500 meter winner (4:22 min), James Lightbody , famous four-time American Olympic champion who competed for the Berliner SC should be highlighted . Lightbody lived for a while as a member of the American embassy in Berlin. In 1910 and 1911 he was German champion over 800 meters and 1500 meters. His successes at the Olympic Games, however, outshine everything.

In the soccer metropolis, athletics unfortunately found little interest; for the sixth KFV sports festival on July 9, 1911, with 149 participants only 500 spectators came. The sensational 100 meter times were favored by the strong tail wind. For the winner Emil Ketterer (1860 Munich) you stopped 10.5 seconds (consequently not recognized as a German record). From this year school competitions were added, participation was permitted by the Baden Ministry of Culture and Education .

For the seventh edition of the KFV sports festival on July 30, 1912, 130 athletes from 37 clubs competed. However, the top people were missing, since the 5th Olympic Games began on July 6th. The nonetheless high participation was seen as evidence of increasing popularity in Germany's sports world and beyond. The prizes of honor were issued in the Heller cigarette shop on Kaiserstraße.

The eighth KFV sports festival on June 22, 1913, still on a grass track, was the last and is said to have been more glamorous than ever. At the start were top athletes such as Karl Halt (MTV Munich), Richard Rau (SC Charlottenburg), Paul Weinstein (Sportfreunde Halle) and Erwin Kern . The highlight was the German record in the shot put by Karl Halt (13.16 m).

After the First World War, the KFV no longer organized its own sports festival. After the Second World War, athletics ceased entirely.


The handball department was founded by Hermann Bachmann after the First World War. The KFV department head (1906–1912) was one of the most deserving pioneers of the German sports movement. Before the First World War, he excelled in organizing events. In 1911 and 1912 he led the Association of Southwest German Athletic Clubs . He founded the Karlsruhe Lawn Sports Association ; From 1911 to 1921 he was chairman of the Southern German Association for Athletics . From February 16, 1913 to February 14, 1920 he was deputy chairman of the German Sports Authority for Athletics and thus one of the leading men in this sport. In 1919 he set up the first women's athletics department at KFV. He earned the greatest merit with the introduction and development of handball, u. a. 1921 the publication of the first rulebook. In September 1913, the first German sports badges could be awarded. The Karlsruhe post office clerk Hermann Bachmann was one of the first gold sports badges to wear.

In 1920, the KFV provided the first women's team in southern Germany with the women's department. The men's team was Badischer Meister in 1924 in field handball with a 3-0 against Freiburg. After the Second World War, the department was re-established in 1946 and from 1953 the second team started playing. From 1957 to 1960, the first team played after promotion in the then second-rate district league. In 1960 games had to be stopped due to a lack of players. The former Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Gerhard Seiler, is the honorary captain of the handball department and an honorary member of the club.


The hockey department was established in 1921 and the last known game was played in 1931. The department was a member of the South German Hockey Association , headed by Hertz. Until about the mid-1920s, home games were played away due to lack of space.


The Siemens sports group has been a member of the KFV since the Karlsruhe branch was founded in the 1950s. The first sports festival was held on September 12, 1953. On April 1, 1964, the independent SG Siemens Karlsruhe was founded .


The bowling department had existed since September 1, 1971. At this point in time, the BC Scheile Gasse association founded in 1963 (from 1969 BC 63 Karlsruhe ) switched to the KFV. In 1980 the ladies' team was runner-up in Baden. In 1983 the association founded a youth department. In 1990 this department became the independent association BSG Karlsruhe .


The women's gymnastics department existed since January 25, 1972. It is not known when exactly this was dissolved.



Greatest national success
  • German champion 1910
  • German runner-up in 1905, 1912
  • Semi-finalist of the German championship in 1903, 1911
  • South German Master 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1912
  • South German runner-up in 1900
  • German vice amateur champion 1951
  • Participation in the German Cup / DFB Cup 1935, 1937
  • Participation in the German amateur championship in 1951, 1973, 1974
The championship challenge cup Victoria , which the KFV won in 1910
Further regional successes
  • Master of the Southern District League 1910, 1911, 1912; Southwest District Champion 1922
  • Baden-Württemberg runner-up in 1922
  • District Master Central Baden 1924, 1925
  • Baden-Württemberg district champion in 1926
  • Badischer Meister 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932; Baden runner-up in 1927, 1930, 1933
  • District champion 1938; District Master 1943
  • North Baden amateur champion 1952, 1974; North Baden amateur runner-up in 1973
  • North Baden Cup Champion 1961, 1962, 1965; North Baden Vice Cup Champion 1960
  • District league champion 1981 (ascent of the national league)
  • National league champion 1991 (promotion to association league)
  • North Baden amateur champion 1952, 1974; North Baden amateur runner-up in 1973
  • North Baden Cup Champion 1961, 1962, 1965; North Baden Vice Cup Champion 1960
  • District league champion 1981 (ascent of the national league)
  • National league champion 1991 (promotion to association league)
  • Women's national league champions 2018 (women, promotion to association league)


German championships
  • 1909 First in the 110-meter hurdles by Adolf Speck
  • 1920 First in the 800 meter run by Georg Amberger
  • 1920 third in the 400 meter run by Georg Amberger
  • 1921 second in the 3 x 1000 meter relay race (Heinzelmann - Amberger - Hoffmann)
  • 1922 third in the 400 meter hurdles by Georg Amberger
  • 1927 First in the 800-meter run by Lina Radke-Batschauer in a new world record time
  • 1933 Third in the discus throw by Ernst Lampert
  • 1935 fourth in the marathon by Alois Wirth
  • 1935 fifth in the 200-meter run by Albert Steinmetz
  • 1936 fourth in the 100-meter run by Albert Steinmetz
South German championships
  • 1910 First in the 110-meter hurdles by Adolf Speck
  • 1912 Third in the discus throw by Max Breunig
  • 1920 First in the 800 meter run by Georg Amberger
  • 1920 first in the Olympic relay (Amberger - Neumann - Kuhnmünch - Sayer)
  • 1920 second in the 400 meter run by Otto Neumann
  • 1924 Third by Otto Ortner in the 1,500 meter run
  • 1925 runner-up in the men's 3 x 1,000 meter relay
  • 1925 second in the women's 4 x 100 meter relay
  • 1925 Second in the 100-meter run by Liesel Weber
  • 1926 First in the 100-meter run by Liesel Weber
  • 1927 First in the 800-meter run by Lina Radke-Batschauer
  • 1933 First in the discus throw by Ernst Lampert

At the German Fighting Games in Berlin in 1922, the KFV represented the association relay of the Baden Association in the Olympic relay race and came second behind Brandenburg.


  • 1924 Badischer Meister in Feldhandball (men)


National soccer player

Players who were active in an senior national team before their KFV season
  • Ernst Willimowski (8/13; Germany - 22/21; Poland / no international match as KFV player; World Cup participant 1938), at the KFV 1944
Gottfried Fuchs - honorary captain of the KFV and national soccer player
Players who were appointed to the German national football team during their playing time at KFV
  • Hermann Bosch (5 senior internationals / 0 goals; Germany; Olympic participant 1912)
  • Max Breunig (9/1; Germany; Olympic participant 1912), active in the KFV 1905–1913
  • Ludwig Damminger (3/5; Germany), active in the KFV 1934–1940, 1945/56
  • Fritz Förderer (11/10; Germany; Olympic participant 1912), active in the KFV 1905–1917
  • Gottfried Fuchs (6/13; Germany; Olympic participant 1912), active in the KFV 1907–1914
  • Wilhelm Gros (1/0; Germany), active in the KFV 1910–1914
  • Julius Hirsch (7/4; Germany - 4/4 as a KFV player; Olympic participant 1912), active in the FV 1909–1913, 1919–1925
  • Ernst Hollstein (6/0; Germany; Olympic participant 1912), active in the KFV until 1913
  • Lorenz Huber (1/0; Germany), active in the KFV 1925–1940
  • Franz Immig (2/0; Germany - 3/0; Saarland, DFB games as a KFV player), active in the KFV 1937-40
  • Kurt Ehrmann (1/0; Germany; Olympic participant 1952), active in the KFV 1946–48, 1949–1956

Total: 49 appointments with 33 goals for the German national soccer team;

Max Breunig and Kurt Ehrmann, coach and player of the Karlsruhe FV

The club's record player is Fritz Förderer with 11 appearances, the record scorer is Gottfried Fuchs with 13 goals

Appointments to the German amateur national team (after 1945):

  • Kurt Ehrmann (3/0)
  • Manfred Eglin (3/0, Olympic participant 1956), active in the KFV 1947–1957

Appointments to other senior national teams during their season at KFV

  • Bekir Rafet (3/3; Turkey - 1/1 as a KFV player; Olympic participant 1924 and 1928), active in the KFV 1926–1937
Players who were called up to a national team after their KFV season
  • Fritz Keller (8/3; France; World Cup participant 1938), active in the KFV 1929–1932
  • Emil Kutterer (8/0; Germany; Olympic participant 1928), active in the KFV 1920–1922
  • Otto Reiser (1/0; Germany), active in the KFV until 1905
  • Aldo Poretti (11/4; Switzerland), active in the KFV 1928/29
KFV coaches who were active as players for an senior national team
William Townley looked after the KFV in the final in 1910 and 1912

Officials and patrons

  • Prince Max von Baden , Reich Chancellor, patron of the KFV since 1904; Son Berthold von Baden was an honorary member
  • Walther Bensemann , founder, functionary and player of the KFV and other clubs and associations; Founder of the Kicker sportmagazin
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Nohe , President of the VSFV, the KFB and the DFB
  • Ivo Schricker , FIFA Secretary General 1932–1950; KFV player 1900–1906, German runner-up with the KFV 1905
  • Hermann Kessler (1893–1968), FDP founding member, friend of Theodor Heuss '
  • Richard Drach (1873–1924), government architect; KFV player, represented the KFV when associations were founded
  • August Marx (1864-1934), Albert Einstein's cousin; KFV football programmer
  • Hermann Bachmann - long-time chairman of the South German Association for Athletics and Deputy Chairman of the German Sports Authority for Athletics
  • Karl-Daniel Huber - Chairman of the Association of Southwest German Athletic Clubs

More players


  • Georg Amberger - South German Master, German Master
  • Lina Radke, b. Batschauer - Olympic champion in the 800 m run in 1928
  • Ernst Lampert - South German Master
  • Adolf Speck - South German Master, German Master
  • Albert Steinmetz - Olympian 1936
  • Liesel Weber - South German Champion


Before 1905

The large parade ground

The large parade ground was an area of ​​around 80 hectares in the west of the city of Karlsruhe, which was created in 1820 through forest clearing. Games were held on the western side of this area in the 1890s. Part of the former large parade ground is on the site of the old airport. It is very likely that the later KFV square was also located at the telegraph barracks on the former parade ground (including the telegraph barracks itself, which did not exist at the time). On November 28, 1899, one of the seven original international matches (country comparisons before the establishment of the DFB) between a German team and a selection from England took place here. In front of 5,000 spectators, the German selection lost 0: 7.

The Engländerplatz

Engländerplatz is the first ever football pitch in Karlsruhe and one of the first in all of southern Germany. Actually, it was previously a fire brigade training area, on which a four-storey wooden structure was located as a fire tower. The "English game" was played on a still unnamed place, therefore popularly known as the English place. In 1913 this name was officially adopted. The KFV (later also Phönix, Alemannia and Frankonia) was allowed to change in the fire tower and also stored the sports equipment there. Engländerplatz was rebuilt by September 2006 and the Moltke canteen was completed in March 2007. The playing field has been rotated 90 degrees.

1905 to 2004

The KFV square

On October 1, 1905, the KFV-Platz at the Telegraph Barracks was opened on an approximately 20,000 square meter site in the “Mittlerer See” district on the western edge of the city . The stadium, which could hold almost 10,000 spectators, was the first to have heaped spectator stands and modern changing rooms with showers. The system was built entirely by the members from their own resources. The KFV played the opening game against FC Zurich (8: 0) in front of 2,000 spectators. In 1906 a cinder track was added, in 1907 a separate wooden grandstand for 500 spectators and in 1908/09 a modern clubhouse. There were also "a number" of tennis courts.

On April 4, 1909, an international match between Germany and Switzerland took place here in front of 7,000 spectators. It was the first official international match that the DFB won (1-0). During a DFB training camp in the Wilhelmshöhe sports school, the national team candidates played a test match in front of 5,000 spectators on March 11, 1931. On May 18, 1929, the ATSB national team played an international match against Switzerland in front of 6,000 spectators.

On May 4, 1913, elimination competitions were held on the KFV-Platz with a view to the 1916 Olympic Games in Berlin, which, as is well known, had to be canceled because of the First World War.

On August 17, 1919, a sports festival of the Karlsruhe Lawn Sports Association took place on the KFV-Platz . At the end of the sports festival, Karlsruhe beat Mannheim 5: 1 in a city soccer game.

Additional improvements were made after the First World War. The changing rooms have been redesigned and a bathing facility with a warm water bath has been installed based on the English model. In 1919 three tennis courts were "re-opened for use". Up until the 1920s, further soccer fields were built north of the KFV-Platz. Next door was VfB Karlsruhe and it in turn adjacent to the FC Concordia Karlsruhe home. On November 1, 1926, the place of FC Concordia could be taken over and was used as an adjacent place. Since the VfB square (which was used by FC West Karlsruhe from the 1930s ) was still between the old and new grounds , there was a narrow corridor here, which thus established a connection. On August 1st, 1968 this corridor became superfluous again due to an exchange of places with FC West and the KFV finally had a continuous area with several playing fields.

The entire system was completely destroyed in the Second World War, so that the KFV had to temporarily move to the then place of the KFC Phönix in the Oberliga season 1945/46 . On their own initiative, the playing field was restored, the standing bars expanded and in 1951 a barrack was built as a new clubhouse. The poorly restored washing and changing rooms were not renewed until 1963. The attendance record at KFV-Platz was set on June 19, 1949. At the final round of the German soccer championship , 35,000 spectators saw the quarter-final replay between Wormatia Worms and Kickers Offenbach .

With the expansion of Hertzstraße, a narrow strip of land was made available on the eastern side at the request of the city in the 1960s. In return, the old wooden fence on Hertzstrasse was replaced by a stone wall and new ticket booths were built. The foundation stone was laid for a modern clubhouse and restaurant on May 11, 1968 and the opening ceremony on October 26, 1969. It was financed with subsidies from the city and the state. In 1972 four more tennis courts were built, which were expanded to 7 courts by 1978. All of this led to a considerable reduction in the capacity, which at last was only 4,000 spectators.

In 1991 there were two small fields, two large fields, a 100 m track, eight tennis fields and a clubhouse with a sports hall and restaurant on the sports grounds. The total area was 36,902 square meters. In the summer of 2006, the main square, including the clubhouse and ticket booth, was demolished. A retirement and nursing home was built here on the southern part. The area around the adjacent square was also leased by FC West . The tennis courts were retained and expanded to nine. These are used by the new TC Karlsruhe-West .

Since 2007

The KFV plays its home games as a visiting team on the following sports fields: 2007/08 on the GSV Karlsruhe square in Daxlanden , 2008 briefly on the side square of the SZ Südwest Hardeck- Oberreut , 2009 to 2015 on the DJK Karlsruhe-Ost square , 2015 bis 2017 on the place of the SpVgg Olympia Hertha on Adenauerring and since 2017 on the place of the DJK Grün-Weiss Rüppurr . The city of Karlsruhe was able to lease the facility in Rüppurr in summer 2018.


KFV newspaper

When exactly the first edition of the club newspaper appeared is unknown. However, it must have appeared before the 10th Foundation Festival in 1901. Until the 1920s, this newspaper was not available regularly. In 1940 the publication was stopped and from August 1950 on it appeared again regularly. In 1975 the newspaper was finally discontinued.

The KFV song

The KFV's anthem was written and set to music around 1900. It is one of the oldest football club anthems in Germany. In the original version, the KFV song has five stanzas. The author is the KFV player Otto Jüngling, who was called "Piccolo" because of his musical work, based on the piccolo he played. Since the game year 1896/97, Jüngling was part of the first KFV-Elf as left winger and at times captain of the team. In his free time, the musically gifted athlete wrote poetry and played several musical instruments. The sometimes pathetic stanzas of the KFV song are colored by the zeitgeist of the empire and were later adapted several times. The engineer Otto Jüngling and fire director of the Düsseldorf professional fire brigade died in an accident.

Memorial to the Fallen

The memorial for the dead of the Karlsruhe soccer club was commissioned on the initiative of the old gentlemen's association and inaugurated in 1920. It commemorates those who fell in World War I (or, after the inscription was expanded, also those who fell in World War II). The monument was badly damaged by bombs in 1944, but it was repaired in the following years. The monolith was located on Hertzstrasse at the KFV sports field from 1920 to 1969. It has been found on the edge of the playground at today's Gottfried-Fuchs-Platz since 1969.

Stele in honor of the national team

Stele in honor of the German championship in 1910

The stele was unveiled by Mayor Heinz Fenrich on May 15, 2010, exactly 100 years after winning the German championship. It is at the old people's and nursing home on Julius-Hirsch-Strasse. The adjoining old people's home "Karlsruher Weg" has been showing pictures with historical motifs of the Karlsruhe FV in its corridors since 2013.

Stele in honor of Walther Bensemann

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, near Engländerplatz on Moltkestrasse in Karlsruhe, a free-standing memorial plaque in honor of the KFV club's founder and Karlsruhe football pioneer Walther Bensemann was ceremoniously opened by Mayor Frank Mentrup and Supporters Karlsruhe 1986 eV, the umbrella organization for fans of Karlsruhe SC , revealed.

Pilgrim stone of German football history

The Leipzig “Initiative 1903” and the KFV decided to work together in 2012 to set up a “football pilgrim” to commemorate the pioneering role of the KFV in German football. This is located on Engländerplatz. The 1903 initiative already suggested similar projects in Hamburg and Leipzig. As part of the inauguration day, a football game was played in a contemporary style, and the early history of German football was commemorated through lectures, historical inspections and an exhibition.

Wilhelminian style building "Prinz Berthold"

There is a Wilhelminian-style building on the corner of Hertzstrasse and Julius-Hirsch-Strasse in Karlsruhe's north-west town. On its facade you can read the inscription "Prinz Berthold", which comes from the former "Wirtschaft zum Prinzen Berthold". The economy was the contact point for club members, especially after home games. The historical lettering goes back to Berthold Markgraf von Baden , the son of the KFV patron Prince Max von Baden. Berthold Margrave von Baden was an honorary member of the KFV.


The KFV on the cover of the first Kicker edition
  • The oldest surviving German football film shows footage of the semi-finals of the 1910 German Championship between the KFV and local rivals FC Phönix. The approximately three minute long film shows some crosses and game scenes at the height of the penalty area. Goals are not shown in the film. The film was recorded in the home of the KFV, in the stadium at the telegraph barracks.
  • The KFV team was featured on the cover of the first issue of the kicker sports magazine founded by Walther Bensemann in 1920 .

Karlsruhe city derby

Until the 1950s, there was a great rivalry between KFV and FC Phönix , which merged into Karlsruher SC in 1952 . From 1896 to 1952, the KFV played 130 games against FC Phönix (with 59 wins, 32 draws and 39 defeats). Since 1952, there have only been 14 games against the higher class Karlsruher SC, of ​​which KFV was able to win one game, with a draw and 12 defeats. If you include the other predecessor clubs of the KSC ( Karlsruher FC Alemannia 1897, which merged with Phönix in 1912, and VfB Mühlburg , which emerged in 1933 from FC Mühlburg and VfB Karlsruhe , the latter from FC Germania and FC Weststadt ), one comes up 237 games (113 wins, 42 draws and 82 defeats).

The best-known meeting in the semifinals of the German championship in 1910 was decided by the KFV 2: 1 (see also “Oldest German Football Film”). In 2018 there is a loose, friendly relationship between the associations, for example the former KSC presidents Roland Schmider and Gerhard Seiler are honorary members of the KFV, Ingo Wellenreuther is the current KSC president, member and board of directors at KFV.

History of the club coat of arms

The club crest of the Karlsruhe FV went through several changes in the course of its history, whereby the core of the emblem, the lettering in the middle, remained almost unchanged. The original club colors of the KFV were light blue and white. After the merger with the International Football Club Karlsruhe in 1894, its colors (red-black) were adopted. As early as 1905 you can find the club's coat of arms with the artistically superimposed initials of the club, which are still characteristic of the club's appearance today. The Kehler FV has an almost identical club emblem in green.

On the club's early jerseys - these were mostly white linen blouses tied at the chest and collar - one recognizes a (black and red) striped coat of arms around 1909 and 1910 at the same time as the round emblem with the KFV lettering. Different variants of the emblem can be found early on on historical stationery, in programs and club magazines. Most often, the club's initials are depicted on a leather ball lying on the lawn.

In 1985 the graphic artist and former KFV goalkeeper Hartmut Dröse designed a modified logo, which consists of black lettering on a red background and which was intended to contribute to a fresh appearance in the 1980s. In the present, the club plays with the traditional emblem supplemented by a championship star, which is reminiscent of the German soccer championship won in 1910.


Club history

General club history
  • Festschrift for the 30th anniversary of the Karlsruhe FV. Compiled u. edited by Jörg H. Nagel. Chronicle, 1921. Available at karlsruher-fv1891.de
  • 90 years Karlsruher FV 1891–1981. A chapter in Karlsruhe and German football history. Compiled and edited by Josef Frey. Chronicle, 1981.
  • 100 years of the Karlsruhe FV 1891–1991. A chapter in Karlsruhe and German football history. Compiled and edited by Josef Frey. Chronicle, 1991.
  • A piece of German football history - 125 years of KFV. Karlsruhe football club, 2016, ISBN 978-3-00-054943-4 .
  • Ernst Otto Bräunche, Volker Steck (ed.): Sport in Karlsruhe: from the beginning until today. (= Publications of the Karlsruhe City Archives. Volume 28). 2006, ISBN 3-88190-440-9 .
  • Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 7: Club Lexicon . AGON-Sportverlag, Kassel 2001, ISBN 3-89784-147-9 .
  • IFFHS (ed.): Der Deutschen Fußball (1900–1920) (= Libero, Spezial deutsch. No. D3, 1992). IFFHS, Wiesbaden 1992.
  • Fritz Steinmetz : 75 years of the German Athletics Championships (1898–1972). Bartels and Wernitz, Berlin 1973, ISBN 3-87039-956-2 .
  • Matthias Weinrich, Hardy Greens: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 6: German Cup history since 1935. Pictures, statistics, stories, constellations. AGON-Sportverlag, Kassel 2000, ISBN 3-89784-146-0 .
During the Gauliga time of the KFV 1933–1945
  • Andreas Ebner: When the war ate football. regional culture publisher, Ubstadt-Weiher 2016, ISBN 978-3-89735-879-9 .
At the top division of the KFV 1945-1947
  • Werner Skrentny (ed.): When Morlock still met the moonlight - The history of the Oberliga Süd 1945–1963. Agon Sportverlag, Kassel 2001, ISBN 3-89784-175-4 .
To the rivalry to Phoenix Karlsruhe
  • Thomas Alexander Staisch: The German Masters: The History of German Football. BadnerBuch-Verlag, Rastatt 2014, ISBN 978-3-944635-09-5 .

Personalities of the Karlsruhe FV

Julius Hirsch and Gottfried Fuchs
  • Werner Skrentny: Julius Hirsch. National player. Murdered. Biography of a Jewish footballer. 2nd, updated and revised edition. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-89533-858-8 .
Walther Bensemann
  • Bernd M. Beyer: The man who brought football to Germany. The life of Walther Bensemann. A biographical novel. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2003, ISBN 3-7307-0093-6 .
  • Bernd M. Beyer: The king of all sports: Walther Bensemann's football glosses. 2008, ISBN 978-3-89533-603-4 .
James "Jimmy" Lawrence
  • Paul Joannou, Anne Hamilton: Newcastle United, the First 100 Years & More. Polar Print Group, Leicester 2000, ISBN 1-899538-20-8 .

Karlsruhe FV venues

  • Werner Skrentny: Once upon a time there was a stadium ... Disappeared cult sites of football. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 978-3-7307-0192-8 .

Web links

Commons : Karlsruher FV  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The oldest football clubs in Germany. Retrieved August 4, 2018 .
  2. cf. The kicker
  3. cf. A piece of German football history - 125 years of KFV. Karlsruhe football club 2016.
  4. Badische Presse, May 30, 1942, No. 124
  5. cf. A piece of German football history - 125 years of KFV. Karlsruhe football club 2016.
  6. cf. "Games and Sport" of March 24, 1895.
  7. ^ Badische Presse, No. 122, May 28, 1942
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  12. his son Heinz Groke also played in the KFV-Sturm in the post-war period and was chairman of the gaming committee again in the 1990s
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