Karlsruher SC

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Karlsruher SC
Karlsruher SC from the logo
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Surname Karlsruher Sport-Club
Mühlburg-Phönix e. V.
Seat Karlsruhe , Baden-Wuerttemberg
founding June 6, 1894
Colours Blue White
Members 10,000 (August 16, 2020)
president Holger Siegmund-Schultze
Vice President Günter Pilarsky
Football company
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Surname Karlsruhe Sport Club
GmbH & Co. KGaA
Limited partners 87.50%: Karlsruher SC e. V.
10.71%: Alliance KSC
01.79%: Carsten Klocke
General partner GmbH Karlsruher Sport-Club
Management GmbH
→ 100%: Karlsruher SC e. V.
(general partner GmbH)
Michael Becker
Oliver Kreuzer
Website ksc.de
First team
Head coach Christian Eichner
Venue Wildlife Park Stadium
Places 15,330 seats
league 2nd Bundesliga
2019/20 15th place

The Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e. V. , commonly referred to as Karlsruher SC or KSC for short , is the largest sports club in the city of Karlsruhe and in the North Baden region. With 10,000 members (as of August 16, 2020), Karlsruher SC is also one of the largest sports clubs in Germany .

In the club that was created in 1952 through the merger of Karlsruhe FC Phönix with VfB Mühlburg , the football department dominates. The predecessor club, FC Phönix, became German champions in 1909 , and KSC achieved two DFB Cup victories in 1955 and 1956 as their greatest successes . The first men's team last played in the Bundesliga in the 2008/09 season and was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga in the 2018/2019 season . The first women's team currently plays in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and the youth teams are consistently higher class.

Furthermore, the KSC operates an athletics department (founded in 1922), a boxing department (founded in 1959) and a leisure sports department (fitness, darts), but these are of less importance in the club. Although the other departments produced successful athletes in earlier decades, with the exception of boxer Sven Ottke , who fought for KSC in the 1990s, and athlete Heike Drechsler , who worked for the club for two years in the early 2000s, the achievements and Successes outside of football in the last few decades only have regional significance.


The early years of football in Karlsruhe

The still young sport of soccer was frowned upon in many sports clubs at the end of the 19th century, so that the first pure soccer clubs were founded in the 1880s and this trend intensified around the turn of the century. Alongside Berlin, Karlsruhe was one of the strongholds in Germany in the early years of football, in which Walther Bensemann , who lives in Karlsruhe, played a major role. The oldest football clubs in Karlsruhe include the International Football Club founded by Bensemann (1889), which was incorporated into the Karlsruher FV in 1891 , as well as the FC Karlsruher Kickers (1893). With the Karlsruher FC Phönix one of the predecessor clubs of today's Karlsruher SC followed in 1894.

The previous clubs

FC Phoenix

On June 6, 1894, some members of the Karlsruhe gymnastics community , who were denied the desire to have their own football department, founded the Karlsruhe FC Phönix . After the merger with FC Alemannia in July 1912, the club was called Karlsruher FC Phönix (Phönix-Alemannia) .

Team and supervisor of FC Phönix in the early years
Phoenix captain Arthur Beier sent the report of success from Breslau to Karlsruhe by telegram

In 1900 the club was one of the 86 clubs represented at the founding meeting of the DFB and was soon successful in the championship rounds. In 1909 the team around captain Arthur Beier was able to win the southern district league for the first time and qualified via a victorious southern German championship final for the final round of the German championship, in which the Karlsruhe team defeated FC Mönchen-Gladbach in the quarter-finals and SC Erfurt in the semifinals . The Baden team won the final on May 30th in Breslau 4-2 against BFC Viktoria 1889 and became German champions. Almost two months before the championship final, two players from the future championship eleven, Emil Oberle and Robert Neumaier , were appointed to the national team for the first time. With Karl Wegele (15 international matches from 1910) and Otto Reiser (one appearance in 1911), two other Phönix players could prove themselves in the national team in the following years.

In the following season the Karlsruher FV was able to prevail in the southern district league , as defending champion Phoenix was nevertheless qualified for the final round of the German championship. The “blue-blacks” defeated VfB Leipzig in the quarter-finals , but then failed in the semi-finals against their city ​​rivals, who then remained victorious in the final and won the championship title in 1910. In the following years, the KFV (1911 and 1912) and the Stuttgarter Kickers (1913 and 1914) dominated the southern German federation relay, so that Phoenix did not participate in the finals any more.

After the First World War , games could no longer be started on the “Maxau Railway”. The city of Karlsruhe leased the association a piece of land in the Hardtwald north of the city center. In 1923 the facilities at the “Wildlife Park”, the forerunner of today's Wildpark Stadium , were completed. In terms of sport, in the 1920s, as in the years before the war, Phönix was mostly behind the Karlsruher FV, at times they were even relegated to the second class. It was not until 1933, in the last season of the Württemberg / Baden district league, that Phoenix was able to record a sense of achievement again with the championship in the Baden group.

After the seizure of power of the Nazis all southern German top clubs signed a declaration in which they committed themselves to the exclusion of Jews and Marxists. The South German Football and Athletics Association joined this. This happened on April 9, 1933, 10 days before the DFB officially called for it and before there was a Nazi sports tour. The extent to which the Karlsruhe sports clubs in particular have accepted the new requirements, what motives have led to it and whether there has also been resistance behavior cannot be proven on the basis of the current source - but there is also no known example of clubs or officials fought against the exclusion of Jews or helped the persecuted.

For the 1933/34 season, the division of the leagues was redesigned: Instead of the district leagues of the seven state associations as the superstructure of the game operations, 16 Gauligen , which were based on the structure of the NSDAP -Gaue. In the Gauliga Baden , Phoenix played with an interruption (1936/37 season) until 1944 the game was stopped due to the war; in the last season of 1943/44 they joined FC Germania Durlach as KSG Phönix / Germania Karlsruhe . Phoenix could not assert itself in the league dominated by the three Mannheim clubs Waldhof , VfR and Neckarau , which won all twelve championships of the Gauliga Baden from 1933 to 1945.

Even after the Second World War , the KFC Phönix could no longer build on previous successes. In the first season after the war one occupied in the newly created Oberliga Süd 1946 only the 15th place and rose a year later as bottom of the table in the state league. With the creation of the 2nd league as the second highest division in 1950, the club was divided at the green table into the 1st amateur league, where it played until the merger year 1952.

VfB Mühlburg

VfB Mühlburg came about on July 28, 1933 through a merger of FC Mühlburg in 1905 with VfB Karlsruhe , which in turn had several predecessor clubs from Mühlburg and Karlsruhe Weststadt: 1. FV Sport-Mühlburg (founded in 1905) joined FC Mühlburg, which was founded in 1905 1895), while VfB Karlsruhe emerged in 1911 from a merger of FC Germania (1898) with FC Weststadt (1902). The Mühlburg venue was on Honsellstrasse near Karlsruhe's Rheinhafen. In 1942 the facilities were completely destroyed, but after the war they were rebuilt into a stadium with a capacity of 30,000 visitors.

While football in Karlsruhe was still completely dominated by the two top clubs FC Phönix and Karlsruher FV before the First World War, FC Mühlburg was able to hold its own in the first division for some time in the 1920s. Success only came after the merger with VfB Karlsruhe, which was not least due to the consistent youth work of the Weststadters, which was continued at VfB Mühlburg and from which top performers such as Franz Dienert , Hugo Rastetter and Oswald Traub emerged . Unlike Phönix and KFV, VfB Mühlburg was able to stay in the Gauliga Baden continuously from 1933 to 1944 , and even if it was not able to prevail against the overpowering competition from Mannheim in those years, VfB achieved in 1941, 1942 and 1944 after all, the runner-up in Baden, won the Baden cup in 1938 and 1939 and made it to the intermediate round of the Tschammer Cup, the forerunner of the DFB Cup, during the war years .

In the post-war period, initially classified in the second-class regional league, VfB Mühlburg rose to the Oberliga Süd in 1947, which was the highest German division after the end of the war until the Bundesliga was introduced in 1963. Mühlburg established itself there until the merger in 1952 and achieved third place as the best result in 1950/51 .

Fusion to Karlsruher SC

“Family tree” of the Karlsruher SC

After the sporting descent into the amateur camp, the KFC Phönix plagued financial problems at the beginning of the 1950s, and they saw themselves unable to maintain a club with several departments. The facilities in the “Wildlife Park” were in need of overhaul after almost 30 years of existence. A merger with VfB Mühlburg was considered as a possible solution, so that the club's management approached both the club and the city of Karlsruhe with this proposal.

Even VfB Mühlburg, despite sporting successes and a lively audience, was financially not on a bed of roses: Due to the currency reform and the contractual player statutes introduced in 1948/49, the club's assets had melted to 1,176 marks, so that the club was forced to be extremely thrifty in the years that followed. Because the capacity of the stadium on Honsellstraße had reached its limits, thought was given to a new building elsewhere as early as the 1951/52 season. Thus, the merger proposals in the management of the Mühlburger around Heinz von der Heydt met open ears, in the ranks of the members, however, there were also voices that a merger with the KFC Phönix and a "move" in the due to tradition and sporting successes Hardtwald initially refused.

At separate general assemblies on September 25, 1952, the members of both associations decided on a merger. While at Phönix the approval was given straight away, the vote of the 772 VfB members present lacked 33 votes for the necessary 2/3 majority. Three weeks later, trying to convince the skeptics of the economic and sporting advantages of a merger, another attempt was made, which resulted in an almost unanimous majority with 923 of 927 votes.

Thus the merger was decided on October 16, 1952 and the club received its current name Karlsruher SC from 1894 Mühlburg-Phönix e. V . Heinz von der Heydt became the first president of the new association, the former Phönix board member Robert Suhr held the office of vice-president. In terms of sport, you could take the place of VfB Mühlburg in the Oberliga Süd and continue the seven-day-old season under the name KSC Phönix-Mühlburg , from the 1953/54 season the name Karlsruher SC became common.

The construction of the new stadium in the wildlife park started immediately, but it took almost three years, so that the KSC played its home games in Mühlburger Honsellstraße for the first three years.

Sports development since 1952

First successes of the Karlsruher SC (1952–1963)

In the first few years after the merger, the Karlsruher SC advanced to become one of the strongest clubs in the Oberliga Süd , and the new club finished fourth in the first season. With Adolf Patek , an experienced coach was signed for the 1953/54 season , who led the team to the final of the DFB Cup in 1955 . Karlsruhe won against FC Schalke 04 3-2 and thus secured the trophy.

In the following season 1955/56 , the KSC was the first time champions of the Oberliga Süd and thus qualified for the final round of the German championship. After winning the group in the final group with FC Schalke 04, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Hannover 96 , the Karlsruhe team was in the final for the second time since 1909. However, they lost this in the Berlin Olympic Stadium against Borussia Dortmund 2: 4. In the same year, Baden defended the trophy after a 3-1 win in the final against Hamburger SV , which was played in front of 25,000 spectators in the Wildpark Stadium, which was just completed a year earlier.

While the Karlsruher SC had already grown into the largest sports club in Baden as a result of the merger, the successes triggered a further increase in the number of members and spectators, so that the KSC had the largest number of members in Germany with 6028 contributors - a fact that was not least due to the measure It was thanks to the fact that members were granted free entry to the games, a regulation that still existed in the first Bundesliga year. In the first season in the new Wildpark Stadium around 20,000 visitors came to each home game, which was a high average for the time.

Patek left the KSC in the summer of 1956, and his successor was already on the bench at the cup final. Under Ludwig Janda (1956-1959) and Eduard Frühwirth (1959-1952), the KSC was two more southern champions in 1958 and 1960 and just barely missed the final of the German championship as second in the group both times. In 1960 they were again in the cup final , but surprisingly lost 3-2 to the outsider Borussia Mönchengladbach in Düsseldorf .

With Gerhard Siedl , Horst Szymaniak and Günter Herrmann , Karlsruher SC posted players for the national team for the first time in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The first years in the Bundesliga (1963–1968)

In 1963, Karlsruher SC was one of the 16 clubs in the Bundesliga season for which they had qualified with third (1960/61) and fifth (1962/63) in the Oberliga Süd. Trainer Kurt Sommerlatt had a successful goalscorer in Otto Geisert and two promising talents in Klaus Zaczyk and Horst Wild . The departure of the strong half-striker Günter Herrmann to Schalke 04 could not be compensated, however, and the runner row Ruppenstein - Rihm - Kahn , in the previous year still guaranteed fifth place in the top division, disappointed in the Bundesliga. The KSC already played in the first Bundesliga season against relegation, which they escaped by a margin of one point. Even the newcomers to the second Bundesliga season, all of them strikers, could not significantly strengthen the team, and when the KSC had slipped to last place in January 1965, Sommerlatt was dismissed. The club finished the season penultimate, but you didn't have to relegate because there were no relegations this year due to the increase in the Bundesliga to 18 clubs. The 1964/65 season also gave the KSC two record results, which are still in place today; the 7-0 highest win at Eintracht Frankfurt in September 1964 was followed five months later with the 0: 9 at 1860 Munich, the so far highest defeat of the Karlsruhe in the Bundesliga.

After KSC narrowly escaped relegation in 1965/66 with 16th place, in 1966/67 under coach Paul Frantz, thanks to a furious second half of the season and the 17 goals of the season by Christian Müller, who came from Cologne, not only could the team be kept up in the league, the team achieved above also with 13th place the best result so far in the increased Bundesliga. The euphoria, however, vanished again when in the following fifth Bundesliga season 1967/68 with 6:14 points from the first ten games a classic false start followed and the KSC found themselves in 17th place in the table. Frantz was released in October 1967; However, since his three successors could no longer prevent relegation this season, the Karlsruher SC played second class for the first time since the merger in 1952 from 1968.

"Elevator team" of the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga (1968–1986)

With Kurt Baluses an experienced trainer for the "new beginning" of the Karlsruher SC has been committed in the regional league. Numerous top performers, including Klaus Zaczyk , Günter Herrmann and Jürgen Rynio , had left the club. Nevertheless, Baluses managed to achieve the championship of the Regionalliga Süd and thus the promotion round to the Bundesliga with a newly formed team around "returnees" Horst Wild in the first season. There they failed, however, as well as after the following two seasons, each of which ended with second place. Already on May 21, 1971, shortly before the third round of promotion in a row, the KSC presidium surprisingly dismissed the coach. His successor Heinz Baas was just as unable to help the team rise this year as in the two following seasons; 1972/73 they failed for the fourth time in the promotion round to the Bundesliga.

In February 1974, with the election of Roland Schmider as the new president - he led the club for 26 years - a new era of Karlsruher SC began. Under coach Carl-Heinz Rühl , the team around Rudi Wimmer , Rainer Ulrich and Wilfried Trenkel achieved direct promotion in 1975 as champions of the newly founded 2nd Bundesliga South . After seven years of abstinence, Karlsruher SC was back in the upper house of football, which caused great euphoria in the area. The following two seasons gave the club 1975/76 and 1976/77 despite moderate results (15th and 16th place) records for the audience average, which were not surpassed even in the sportingly much more successful 1990s and which still exist today.

Nevertheless, the KSC remained an " elevator team " until the mid-1980s : Between 1975 and 1986 they played in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga for six years. The club “wore out” no fewer than nine coaches during this time.

Due to the long period of second division, the Karlsruher SC could not afford to make any big leaps financially when it came to signing experienced players. This was reflected in the first Bundesliga season in particular in the absence of a scorer - the 46 goals scored were distributed among no fewer than 16 players and midfielder Martin Kübler was the team's top scorer with only six goals. In the following season, the lack of experience was mainly reflected in a poor defensive performance: 75 goals conceded led the KSC back to the second division after two years.

After relegation, the KSC retained the team's core, but the result of the following season in the 2nd Bundesliga was sobering with 7th place. A curiosity of this season is the dismissal of coach Bernd Hoss at a time when the KSC was the front runner in the 2nd division after the 12th matchday. President Schmider justified this step with the team's "unattractive style of play". His successor Rolf Schafstall was also dismissed before the end of the season, as an interim solution, the coach of the amateur team Walter Bauis stepped in .

With the Rhinelander Manfred Krafft , a coach took up his post in the 1978/79 season , who led the team back to the football upper house after two more years. The goals of Stephan Groß (14), Gerhard Bold and Emanuel Günther (9 each) formed the basis for the KSC's most successful year in the Bundesliga to date, the 1980/81 season ended with 56 goals and a tenth place. In November 1981 coach Krafft was dismissed and replaced by Max Merkel , which met with incomprehension among the fans and within the team - the KSC was in 12th place in the table despite three defeats in a row. President Roland Schmider himself later described this measure as his greatest mistake. Merkel reached 14th place with the KSC and thus relegation, but left the club after the end of the season. His successors Horst Franz and Lothar Strehlau could not prevent the Karlsruher SC from finding themselves again in the 2nd division a year later.

With Werner Olk in the 1983/84 season he was immediately promoted again, and the start of the Bundesliga season 1984/85 was promising with 12:12 points. After the following six defeats with 4:29 goals and six other games without a win, the KSC slipped to the bottom of the table and could not recover from this negative series until the end of the season. Even the coach Lothar Buchmann , who was brought from Bürstadt in March 1985 , could not prevent the penultimate one from relegating one more time. After a number of long-term supporters of the team such as Wimmer, Struth, Trenkel and Bold had ended their careers or had migrated in the previous years, the Karlsruher SC had lost favor with the public due to the constant "ups and downs": the second division season 1985 / 86 brought the second lowest average attendance since the merger in 1952 after 1971/72 and a disappointing sporting result with seventh place in the table.

The upheaval in the regular line-up had not yet borne fruit this year, but the new additions initiated by Buchmann (including Trapp , Lars Schmidt , Pilipović , Kreuzer , Schütterle and Bogdan ) became central in the successful years that followed under his successor Winfried Schäfer Supporting the team.

The time under coach Winfried Schäfer (1986–1998)

With the engagement of Winfried Schäfer as the new coach and Carl-Heinz Rühl as the manager in 1986, the club's most successful ten years began in recent history. Schäfer, who had already been active as a player for two seasons (1975–1977) for KSC, had worked as a talent scout for Mönchengladbach for a year after ending his active career in 1985 before taking up his first coaching position in Karlsruhe. In the club, which was troubled athletically and financially by the ups and downs of previous seasons, it was necessary to make a virtue out of necessity and to supplement the framework of experienced players such as Srećko Bogdan , Michael Harforth and Emanuel Günther with young, up-and-coming talents. The start of the season was anything but optimal and after a clear 8-0 defeat in Hanover, many had already checked off the season. But thanks to a series that began with a 6-0 win against Saarbrücken on the last day of the preliminary round and brought in ten wins in a row, promotion to the Bundesliga was already certain on the penultimate game day. With goalkeeper Alexander Famulla , Oliver Kreuzer in defense and Arno Glesius as an accurate striker (14 goals this season), three young players had made their way into the regular formation in the promotion season.

Oliver Kahn began his professional career in his hometown at KSC and became a regular goalkeeper there in 1990

After a mixed first Bundesliga season in 1987/88 , in which one narrowly escaped immediate relegation, the team, dubbed the "Eleven of the Nameless", was also traded as a relegation candidate in the second season. However, in contrast to his predecessors, Winfried Schäfer succeeded in establishing the Karlsruher SC in the elite class. Since the funds for prominent reinforcements were not available, Schäfer continued to rely primarily on talents from its own ranks and the region, including Oliver Kahn (1987), Michael Sternkopf (1988), Mehmet Scholl (1989) and Jens Nowotny (1991) Increasing success: In the next few seasons they settled in the secure midfield of the Bundesliga and ended the 1991/92 season in eighth place and thus for the first time in a single-digit position.

With sixth place in 1992/93 , the club qualified for the UEFA Cup . In the second round, after a 3-1-1 defeat in the first leg, the Karlsruhe team defeated Valencia 7-0. This game, which in retrospect was called the miracle of the wildlife park , is still considered the highlight of the club's recent history. The KSC also threw the renowned clubs PSV Eindhoven , Boavista Porto and Girondins Bordeaux out of the competition and made it to the semi-finals. There, the Karlsruher narrowly eliminated against SV Austria Salzburg after two draws (0-0 and 1-1) due to the away goals rule . In the following years the KSC took part in the UEFA Cup twice ( 1996/97 and 1997/98 ) and reached the final in the 1996 DFB Cup , which was lost 1-0 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In the same year the club won the final of the UEFA Intertoto Cup against Standard Liège (3-1 after 0-1 in the first leg) and thus secured their participation in the UEFA Cup again.

With the 1997/98 season an unexpected sporting downward slide of the Karlsruher SC began. The club qualified sixth in the previous season for the UEFA Cup, where they were eliminated in the round of 16 against Spartak Moscow . In the course of the championship round, however, it became clear that the team had not compensated for the departures of top performers from previous years such as Jens Nowotny (1996 to Bayer Leverkusen), Thorsten Fink and Michael Tarnat (both 1997 to Bayern Munich), the newcomers Nyarko , Schepens and Zitelli turned out to be wrong purchases. The KSC found themselves in the lower half of the table in the Bundesliga and due to the disappointing course of the season Winfried Schäfer was dismissed in March 1998 after twelve years in office. At the end of the season - after eleven years of uninterrupted membership - the Karlsruhe team was relegated from the Bundesliga.

Crash into the regional league, threatened bankruptcy and resurgence (1998-2003)

The intended goal of returning to the Bundesliga as soon as possible was jeopardized by a false start with four defeats from five encounters right at the beginning of the second division season 1998/99 . After the club's management was forced to dismiss coach Jörg Berger , the KSC seemed to be back on the road to success under successor Rainer Ulrich , but the attempted promotion was narrowly missed at the end of the season.

With the following season 1999/2000 turbulent years began for the club. Money that had previously been spent with full hands was no longer available; the attempt to put together a high-performance squad of players with a smaller budget failed completely: At the end of the season, the KSC took the last place in the table and was relegated to the regional league . The move into the third division, which the club had to compete for the first time in its history, could not prevent Joachim Löw , who was signed up after the first third of the season . The stay in the regional league, however, was only a short episode in the club's history, after a complete reorganization of the team, under coach Stefan Kuntz, the immediate return to the 2nd Bundesliga was achieved.

The logo introduced in 1998 as part of the “KSC 2000” future concept, and in 2004 the KSC returned to the old coat of arms

The club’s financial situation turned out to be more threatening than the first soccer team’s sporting downturn. Although the KSC raised large sums of money in the 1990s through transfers of stars like Mehmet Scholl (approx. 6.5 million DM) and Oliver Kahn (5 million DM), the financial collapse was imminent due to mismanagement. A lack of foresight and an unhappy hand when buying players for the football team, costly investments (new construction of the main stand) and image campaigns such as For example, the future concept "KSC 2000", which was accompanied by extensive advertising measures, or the commitment of Heike Drechsler for the athletics department had brought the Karlsruher SC to the brink of ruin. In the year 2000 this also meant the end of the Roland Schmider era , who, caught in the crossfire of criticism, resigned on June 30, 2000 after 26 years in the office of club president. The impending insolvency of the association could only be averted in 2002 by the interim president and former mayor of Karlsruhe, Gerhard Seiler . Seiler's successor was President Hubert H. Raase , who was in office until September 2009.

Second division relegation battle and first division high flight (2003-2009)

Edmund Becker led the KSC back to the Bundesliga as head coach in 2007

From a sporting point of view, the club initially struggled to keep the class after returning to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the 2003/04 season the KSC escaped relegation only with a win on the last day of the game, in the following round of the game the team was in 17th place during the winter break. The club management put coach Lorenz-Günther Köstner on leave , and after the strange commitment and dismissal of In January 2005, Reinhold Fanz, Edmund Becker, the previous supervisor of the second team, took over the professional coaching position within just seven days . In the second half of the season, relegation was only ensured by a final sprint with four wins. The positive sporting development of the team that began when Becker took office (6th place in the second half of the table) continued in the period that followed. KSC played in the 2005/06 season for the first time in years for promotion to the Bundesliga and ended the season in 6th place in the table. In the 2006/07 season , KSC was promoted from the first to the last match day, secured the championship in the 2nd Bundesliga three rounds before the end of the season and rose again to the top division after nine years of abstinence. This sporting success was achieved in spite of the small funds that have been available since the averted bankruptcy through the austerity measures imposed by the club's management.

Even in the run-up to the 2007/08 Bundesliga season , Karlsruher SC did not allow themselves any major leaps financially. Despite the smallest budget of all Bundesliga clubs, Tamás Hajnal was able to find a replacement for the playmaker Giovanni Federico who had moved to Dortmund and to strengthen the team with additional players. With second place after nine match days, KSC had the most successful start to the season in Bundesliga history and was able to finish the first half of the season with 28 points in 6th place. At the end of the season, the club slipped as the second worst team in the second half of the season to 11th place in the table, but remained the best promoted team. In the 2008/09 season , the Karlsruher SC was considered a relegation candidate from the start. By the winter break, the KSC had only achieved 13 points and was in 15th place in the table. In the second half of the season, Baden gave the best opportunities to leave the relegation places. One reason for this was the blatant final weakness of the Karlsruhe attack, and although there was still the theoretical possibility of reaching the relegation games up to the last matchday, the team was relegated from the Bundesliga as the penultimate.

Change in league 2, relegation and immediate promotion (2009-2016)

The meanwhile sixth relegation from the top division resulted in a gradual, but radical and chaotic upheaval for the entire club. Numerous players left the team, and due to the continued limited funds, the KSC started the 2009/10 season on a tight budget and a small squad . Players who continued to be paid at first division terms also put a heavy burden on the second division's budget. So manager Rolf Dohmen speculated about the originally borrowed defender Dino Drpić . There was no buyer for the targeted profitable sale after redeeming the purchase option, so that the club had to shoulder his first division salary. The club management initially continued to rely on Edmund Becker, but ended their cooperation after two games without a win at the beginning of the season and then announced the commitment of Markus Schupp as the new coach. President Hubert H. Raase, in turn, did not run for another term after internal disputes and was inherited by Paul Metzger a few weeks later after an emotionally charged general meeting . Manager Rolf Dohmen , who had long been controversial in the area, was given a leave of absence after a nine-year term of office shortly before the winter break, which the KSC completed after a mixed preliminary round in a midfield. He was succeeded by board member Arnold Trentl, although he had never held a comparable position. Meanwhile, among the members and within the committees of the association, there were heated disputes between supporters and opponents of the new presidium around Paul Metzger, whose actions in the public were seldom noticed confidently and seriously.

The Badener ended the season on a tenth place in the table. The beginning of the 2010/11 season was overshadowed by the club's financial problems. After the main sponsor EnBW had not extended its commitment, the search for a successor turned out to be very tedious, so that the team's jerseys only had a new sponsor name for the second competitive game of the season. Due to the tense financial situation - also due to the still valid first division contracts from the Dohmen era - no new field players were hired. Only one year after their election, President Metzger and Vice-President Arno Glesius resigned at the regular general meeting in 2010, thus anticipating an almost certain vote. Under the interim president Ingo Wellenreuther , coach Markus Schupp was dismissed after a series of six league games without a win. He was unable to form a successful team in the new season either. After Wellenreuther was elected regular president at an extraordinary general meeting, he introduced Uwe Rapolder as Schupp's successor until the end of the season in November 2010 . Only three months later, Rapolder was released again, which was justified by the fact that Rapolder had shown the middle finger to a spectator after his last game. Under the former KSC player Rainer Scharinger , the league finally succeeded. The season was characterized by numerous changes in the line-up, not least due to the change of coach, with many players from their own offspring being used, most recently the squad comprised more than 40 players.

Another cut followed in terms of personnel. Apart from that of Delron Buckley's winter access , none of the countless expiring contracts were extended, and the remaining first division contracts, for example those of Marco Engelhardt , were terminated . A dozen additions contrasted with seventeen departures. The position of sports director was again filled, the former Karlsruhe player Oliver Kreuzer came from SK Sturm Graz to replace Arnold Trentl. Within two years, the KSC had worn out three presidents, six vice-presidents, three sports directors and five coaches (including interim coach Kauczinski) and, with the exception of two players, completely replaced its squad. After ten games without a win in a row, Rainer Scharinger was also dismissed; again Kauczinski took over as interim coach. In November 2011, Jørn Andersen was introduced as the new head coach. After 13 competitive games, of which only two could be won, Andersen was dismissed in March 2012 and replaced by Markus Kauczinski as head coach. Kauczinski took over the team in seventeenth place in the table - with him they collected 13 points in the remaining seven games and finished 16th at the end of the second division season 2011/12 . The KSC therefore had to compete in two relegation games against third-placed SSV Jahn Regensburg in the past third division season and play for relegation. After the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Regensburg, the second leg in Karlsruhe also ended in a 2-2 draw. Due to the away goals rule , the KSC had to relegate to the third division.

The KSC started the 2012/13 season very badly and found themselves in a relegation zone with three draws and two defeats after five matchdays. In the DFB-Pokal 2012/13 , Karlsruher SC managed a victory that was not considered possible in the first round with a 4-2 win over the favored first division club Hamburger SV . The results of the KSC league games improved afterwards, so that the team finished the first half of the season in fifth place in the table. In the second round of the DFB-Pokal, the second division team MSV Duisburg was defeated until the team was eliminated in the round of 16 by a narrow 0-1 defeat against the first division team SC Freiburg . In the league, the KSC remained unbeaten for 20 games in a row. The immediate resurgence was already made perfect on the penultimate matchday, the season the Karlsruher SC finished as champions of the third division in first place.

Before the start of the second division season 2013/14 , sporting director Oliver Kreuzer and top performer Hakan Çalhanoğlu moved to Hamburger SV. Çalhanoğlu had already signed a contract with Hamburg a year earlier, but was awarded another year to Karlsruher SC for the 2012/13 third division season. Jens Todt was hired as Kreuzer's successor . With coach Markus Kauczinski , however, the continuity in the coaching bench could be maintained - the KSC finished the season in fifth and, as a promoted team, had no contact with the relegation ranks during the season. At the end of the following 2014/15 season , the KSC was even able to improve to third place and thus reached the relegation games for promotion to the Bundesliga, in which they met Hamburger SV. The first leg in Hamburg ended 1-1, in the second leg KSC lost 2-1 after extra time. The team played in the 2nd Bundesliga in the 2015/16 season . The missed first division promotion had an effect throughout the first half of the season (14th place in the table). While the players struggled with motivation problems, Kauczinski's announcement that he would not extend his contract, which was running out at the end of the season, created further uncertainty in the club's environment. With Tomas Oral , a new coach for the new season could only be introduced two months before the end of the season. The team was able to make the second round results more positive and ended the season in 7th place. After the departure of a few regulars, the 2016/17 season for Karlsruher SC under the new coach Oral began on a sobering note. The first half of the season ended with only 14 points in 15th place, sports director Todt and coach Oral were released during the first half of the season. As Todt's successor, Oliver Kreuzer returned to KSC and was able to announce the commitment of Mirko Slomka as the new coach for the second half of the season. But Slomka did not succeed in turning things around either and so he was released on April 4, 2017. Marc-Patrick Meister took over the position as head coach.

Relegation to the 3rd division, relegation and promotion, impending bankruptcy (2017–)

On the 31st match day of the 2016/17 season, KSC was determined to be relegated to the second division. The contract with coach Marc-Patrick Meister was extended to 2019. After the KSC had only collected five points after six games in the 3rd division, Meister was released from his position as head coach on August 20, 2017. After the team was looked after by the two co-coaches Christian Eichner and Zlatan Bajramović for a matchday on an interim basis , Alois Schwartz signed a contract as the new head coach on August 29, 2017, which ended on June 30, 2019.

Schwartz managed very quickly to stabilize the unsettled team that was newly formed after relegation. After a long series of positive results, the KSC surpassed its own third division record on March 31, 2018 with the 21st game in a row without defeat. The 2017/18 season ended in third place in the table, which entitles them to participate in the relegation games against FC Erzgebirge Aue as the third from last team in the 2nd Bundesliga. The first leg in Karlsruhe ended goalless, in the second leg in Aue the KSC lost 3-1 and remained in the 3rd division.

Choreo by the Karlsruhe fans during the farewell game against the Würzburger Kickers on November 3, 2018.

In October 2018, the club announced the decision of the city council to approve a new stadium. On November 3rd of the same year the game against the Würzburger Kickers turned into a "farewell game" with the motto Thank you, Wildpark Stadium! Announced 1955 - 2018 . Two days later, the demolition work on spectator blocks A1 to A4 began. After a mixed start to the 2018/19 season , KSC secured the autumn championship on matchday 19. In the second half of the season, with the exception of the 31st matchday, the club was consistently in 2nd place in the table. On May 11, 2019, after a two-year absence, the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga after a 4-1 win at Preußen Münster was confirmed.

Even before the start of the new season, an extraordinary general meeting voted with a positive percentage of 88.2% in favor of outsourcing commercial operations - including the professional team and the A and B youths - to Karlsruher SC GmbH & Co. KGaA .

In the 2nd league season 2019/20 the KSC started with 2 wins and the championship lead on the 2nd matchday, but slipped to 17th place at the turn of the year and therefore parted ways with coach Schwartz on February 3rd, 2020. The previous assistant coach Christian Eichner then took over the team. During the forced season break due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany , the KSC announced in mid-March 2020 that it would be the first corporation in German professional football to plan to participate in the club in the form of shares; in this way, an impending bankruptcy should be averted and the KGaA restructured.

On May 15, 2020, the association announced that it had initially averted the imminent insolvency of the KGaA after settlement and compensation agreements had been made with the main creditors Michael Kölmel and Günter Pilarsky . In addition, the “Alliance KSC”, an amalgamation of nine regional companies and entrepreneurs, is to subscribe for shares worth 6 million euros as part of a capital increase. A condition of the alliance had already been fulfilled the day before when the president of the e. V., Ingo Wellenreuther , resigned. The comparisons and the entry of the alliance enabled a debt relief effect of around EUR 20 million to be achieved in order to reduce the total debt of the KGaA to around EUR 10 million.

In terms of sport, the KSC was also able to consolidate after resuming gaming operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the last day of the match, after a 2-1 win against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, the direct relegation could be celebrated, after the prestigious derby against VfB Stuttgart had also been won 2-1 beforehand .

On August 16, 2020, the Karlsruher SC announced 10,000 members. Thus, for the first time in the club's history, the club had a five-digit membership.

First soccer team

Successes and balance sheets

The Karlsruher SC can look back on two cup wins (1955 and 1956) as the greatest success; the predecessor club FC Phönix won the German championship title in 1909.


  • German champion : 1909 (as Karlsruher FC Phönix )
  • German runner-up: 1956
  • South German master: 1909, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1975
  • Champion of the 2nd Bundesliga: 1975 , 1984 , 2007
  • 3rd division champions: 2013
  • Champion of the Regionalliga Süd: 1969 , 2001

Cup competitions

League record

The FC Phoenix was a founding member of the Oberliga Süd in 1945 , but rose after two seasons. The other predecessor club of Karlsruher SC, VfB Mühlburg, rose to the top division of the time in 1947 and stayed there until 1952. With the merger, the KSC took over the place of the Mühlburger and closed almost all seasons up to the foundation of the Bundesliga in the upper half of the table (exceptions: 9th place in the seasons 1958/59 and 1961/62).

Overall, the three clubs occupy the following places in the "Eternal Table" of the Oberliga Süd:

  • Karlsruher SC: 11th place (430 games between 1952 and 1963, 401: 159 points)
  • VfB Mühlburg: 19th place (162 games between 1947 and 1952, 166: 158 points)
  • FC Phönix: 24th place (68 games between 1945 and 1947, 42:94 points)
Decisive game for promotion back to the Bundesliga in 2007 against SpVgg Unterhaching

Taken together, the three clubs were represented in the history of the Oberliga Süd in all seasons between 1945 and 1963 and would occupy fifth place overall.

League balance

The Karlsruher SC was a founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963 , has participated in 24 seasons so far and is in 19th place (953 points) in the "Eternal Table" of the Bundesliga and 8th in the permanent table of the 2nd Bundesliga (1207 points in 23 seasons, Status: after the 2019/20 season). As the best result, the KSC reached 6th place ( 1993 , 1994 and 1997 ), six times ( 1968 , 1977 , 1983 , 1985 , 1998 and 2009 ) the club was relegated from the Bundesliga, five times ( 1975 , 1980 , 1984 , 1987 and 2007 ) succeeded in returning to the football upper house.

3. Fußball-Liga 2. Fußball-Bundesliga

Former players and coaches

For detailed information, see Known former players and coaches since 1952 and the list of players in the Karlsruher SC .

Twelve players wore the jersey of the German national soccer team during their time at Karlsruher SC and KFC Phönix . Kurt Sommerlatt from Karlsruhe also played for Germany in the 1952 Olympic football tournament ; but only one amateur national team was provided for these games. In the ranks of the Karlsruher SC there were also numerous players who either completed their international matches before their time at KSC (including Cieslarczyk , Kargus , Marx , Rolff , Buchwald ) or were only appointed to the national team afterwards ( Kahn , Scholl , Nowotny , Engelhardt , Fritz and finally Stindl ).

When Winfried Schäfer took over as coach in the summer of 1986, the club had already seen 24 predecessors in this position in the 34 years since the merger. The approximately 17 months that a coach has worked for the club on average to date, Schäfer should exceed many times over. His term of office, which lasted almost 12 years, is one of the longest that has existed in German professional football and was the most successful period in the club's recent history for the KSC. To date, a total of 37 different coaches have been responsible for the first team in Karlsruhe. Only 15 of them saw a full season in this position; Most recently Markus Kauczinski succeeded in the 2012/13 season and Edmund Becker in the 2008/09 season.

Coach history

Season 2020/21

Current squad 2020/21

  • As of August 18, 2020
No. Nat. player Date of birth at KSC since Contract until Last club
01 AustriaAustria Markus Kuster February 22, 1994 2020 2022 SV Mattersburg
28 GermanyGermany Sven Müller February 16, 1996 2018 2021 1. FC Cologne
35 GermanyGermany Marius Gersbeck June 20, 1995 2019 2021 Hertha BSC
05 GermanyGermany David Pisot (C)Captain of the crew July 6, 1987 2017 2021 Würzburger Kickers
16 GermanyGermany Philip Heise June 20, 1991 2020 2021 Norwich City
21st GermanyGermany Marco Thiede May 20, 1992 2017 2020 without a club
22nd AustriaAustria Christoph Kobald August 18, 1997 2018 2021 SC Wiener Neustadt
23 LuxembourgLuxembourg Dirk Carlson April 1, 1998 2019 2022 Grasshopper Club Zurich U21
27 GermanyGermany Marlon things June 16, 2001 2010 2022 SV 08 Kuppenheim [youth]
32 GermanyGermany Robin Bormuth September 19, 1995 2020 2022 Fortuna Dusseldorf
34 GermanyGermany Jannis Rabold March 27, 2001 2014 2022 1. SV Mörsch [youth]
04th GermanyGermany Lukas Fröde January 23, 1995 2019 2021 MSV Duisburg
07th GermanyGermany Marc Lorenz July 18, 1988 2017 2021 SV Wehen Wiesbaden
10 GermanyGermany Marvin Wanitzek May 7, 1993 2017 2020 VfB Stuttgart II
11 Korea SouthSouth Korea Kyoung-rok Choi March 15, 1995 2018 2021 FC St. Pauli
18th GermanyGermany David Trivunić October 30, 2001 2016 2022 Stuttgarter Kickers [youth]
20th GermanyGermany Alexander Groiss July 1, 1998 2018 2021 VfB Stuttgart II
25th GermanyGermany Janis Hanek February 12, 1999 2008 2021 Rastatter SC / DJK [youth]
26th GermanyGermany Jerôme Gondorf June 26, 1988 2020 2022 Sc freiburg
39 GermanyGermany Benjamin Goller January 1, 1999 2020 2021 Werder Bremen
09 GermanyGermany Marvin Pourié January 8, 1991 2018 2022 Randers FC
17th AustriaAustria Marco Djuricin December 12, 1992 2019 2021 Grasshopper Club Zurich
19th GermanyGermany Dominik Kother March 16, 2000 2009 2022
24 SenegalSenegal Babacar Guèye December 31, 1994 2020 2021 SC Paderborn 07
31 TurkeyTurkey Malik Batmaz March 17, 2000 2015 2021 SV Sandhausen [Youth]
33 GermanyGermany Philipp Hofmann March 30, 1993 2019 2021 Eintracht Braunschweig

Transfers season 2020/21

Nat. Surname donating club annotation Transfer period
TurkeyTurkey Malik Batmaz VfB Stuttgart II Lender Summer 2020
GermanyGermany Robin Bormuth Fortuna Dusseldorf
GermanyGermany Benjamin Goller Werder Bremen Borrow
GermanyGermany Philip Heise Norwich City Borrow
AustriaAustria Markus Kuster SV Mattersburg
GermanyGermany Marvin Pourié Eintracht Braunschweig Lender
Nat. Surname receiving club annotation Transfer period
TunisiaTunisia Anis Ben-Hatira destination unknown Summer 2020
TurkeyTurkey Burak Çamoğlu destination unknown
GermanyGermany Anton Fink SSV Ulm 1846
AustriaAustria Lukas Grozurek SK Sturm Graz Lender
GermanyGermany Tim Kircher VfB Lübeck
GermanyGermany Justin Möbius Prussia Munster
GermanyGermany Martin Röser VfB Lübeck
GermanyGermany Damian Rossbach Hansa Rostock
AustriaAustria Mario Schragl destination unknown End of contract
GermanyGermany Benjamin Uphoff Sc freiburg

Coaching staff 2019/20

  • Status: February 3, 2020
Surname position Date of birth nationality
Christian Eichner Trainer November 24, 1982 GermanyGermany
Zlatan Bajramović Assistant coach August 12, 1979 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina
Markus Miller Goalkeeping coach April 8, 1982 GermanyGermany
Florian Böckler Athletic trainer July 11, 1988 GermanyGermany

Sponsors and suppliers

For detailed information, see main sponsors since 1974

Karlsruher SC has had a main sponsor's logo on its jersey since 1974. The first company to do so was Karlsruher Lebensversicherungs-AG (“Karlsruher Leben”) until 1978 , which has been followed by eleven others (see list ). After the energy supplier EnBW let its commitment as long-term main sponsor of the Karlsruher SC expire at the end of the 2009/10 season, a successor could only be presented two days before the first day of the new season after a long search. A two-year contract was initially signed with the awning manufacturer Klaiber from the Karlsruhe area and then extended for one year, currently until 2019.

At the beginning of the 2000/01 season, the supplier of the KSC teams was the sporting goods manufacturer JAKO ; the contract with the Hohenlohe company, which expired at the end of the 2008/09 season , was not extended any further. The successor was the American competitor Nike , which had been the Karlsruhe-based shoe supplier since summer 2007. At the beginning of the 2012/13 season, the Danish company Hummel took over the equipment of the KSC for three years. From 2015/16 JAKO became the supplier again. The Baden-Württemberg manufacturer signed a contract until 2019 which was not extended. Instead, the club signed a five-year equipment contract with the Italian sporting goods manufacturer Macron in the summer of 2019.

In June 2018 the association expanded its cooperation with the Karlsruhe car dealership group Geisser. For example, the company provides Volvo company vehicles .

More soccer teams

KSC Amateurs / Karlsruher SC II

With the merger in 1952, the amateur and youth departments of both clubs were also merged. The first season was played regularly by the first team of FC Phönix (1st amateur league), while the "second" of VfB Mühlburg (A-class) only entered out of competition. For the 1953/54 season, the now unified amateur division provided four teams, with the first team, with the former Mühlburg player Georg Seeburger as coach, taking over and initially maintaining the place of FC Phoenix in the 1st amateur league. A year later, however, the relegation followed, at the same time the number of teams was reduced to two.

In the 2nd amateur league they mostly took top places, but stayed in this class for a few years. 1961 succeeded the promotion to the highest amateur class, where you could not only hold up to the relay reorganization in 1978, but also won the championship in 1965. The KSC did not qualify for the amateur Oberliga Baden-Württemberg , which was newly formed for the 1978/79 season, due to the results of previous years, and after the first season in the association league they also rose to the state league, whereupon, however, the immediate promotion succeeded. In 1983 they returned to the top amateur class for two years; At that time there were two players in the ranks of the team, Oliver Kreuzer and Rainer Schütterle , who later became very successful professionals. After relegation to the Association League, the former KSC professional Rolf Kahn took up the position of coach for the amateurs and set the promotion of talent as a premise for the amateur department; the average age of the team has now dropped to 19 years. The return to the league was a long time coming until 1989, but during this time several young players from the ranks of the team made the leap into the professional camp. B. Michael Sternkopf . As a climber, they surprisingly became champions of the Oberliga Baden-Wuerttemberg in the 1989/90 season, but after the departure of some top performers, they returned to the association league three years later.

In 1994 the Regionalliga replaced the Oberliga as the "superstructure" for amateur gaming and in 1996 the KSC amateurs returned to the top division. Due to the relegation of the professional team in 2000, the team had to start the league despite a 12th place, from which they only rose again in 2005 to the then third-class Regionalliga Süd . The junior team of the professional team, which by decision of the DFB since the 2005/06 season has been called Karlsruher SC II (U-23), aimed to qualify for the newly created 3rd division with the renewed restructuring of the German league system for the 2008/09 season on, but missed the target in the previous decisive season 2007/08 and from then on only played fourth class. Because the first team of the KSC missed relegation in the second division season 2011/12 , the second team has to compete in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in the 2012/13 season despite reaching fifth place in the regional league. In 2016, they just failed to participate in the relegation to the regional league as fourth, 7 points behind in second place. After two restrained years, in which the targeted promotion was clearly missed, the already severely decimated second team was dissolved for financial reasons at the end of the league season 2017/18.

For the 2019/20 season, the team was reactivated on fan initiatives and starts in the district class C. The team consisting largely of supporters of the KSC is trained by Jörg Zimmermann and Sebastian Staneker.

Junior teams

The juniors provide teams for the U-10 to U-19 age groups. The A-Juniors (U-19) play in the top division, the Bundesliga Süd / SW , the U-18-Juniors qualified with a 7th place in the 2006/07 regional league for the newly created U-18- Bundesliga. The other junior teams are also represented in higher-class relay teams. In the 60s and 70s there were up to six teams per age group, later it was deliberately limited to a maximum of two teams each. A youth home has existed on the grounds of the Wildpark Stadium since 1964, and the youths train and play on several of their own courts.

The youth work already played a major role in the two previous clubs of the Karlsruher SC. In 1902, for example , a youth department was launched at FC Phönix by Franz Klotz, the father of the later Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Günther Klotz , and at VfB Mühlburg, under the direction of Fritz Herzer, some talents grew up in the early 1930s, which they had in the years before Fusion formed the framework of the successful Mühlburg team. The A-youth of VfB Mühlburg was a year before the merger of southern German champions, the same age group was able to repeat this success at KSC in 1957, 1960 and 1962. In 1969/70 the association league was founded for the A-youth, a year later the same class was added to the B-youth. Both teams were able to qualify for the final round of the German championship several times, but mostly the preliminary and intermediate rounds ended. When the A-Jugend-Bundesliga was founded, KSC still missed qualification in 2003/04, and one year later it made it to the top division.

Women's and junior teams

The women's football department has existed since 2001, when Karlsruher SC took over the women's and junior teams from the DFC Eggenstein , which was dissolved for financial and organizational reasons . The DFC Eggenstein was a pure women's football club, whose first team last played in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg . The B-Juniors became German champions in the last year of the DFC's existence . In Hermsdorf , the team beat 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 1-0.

The first women's team of the KSC was champion of the then third-class league in 2004 and managed to qualify for the newly introduced 2nd Bundesliga in the promotion round . Despite the success, a large part of the team including coach and department head left the club as a result of internal quarrels in January 2005 and joined ASV Hagsfeld . In the first two second division seasons, the team only just saved themselves from relegation. While in the 2004/05 season they only managed to stay up because of the better goal difference, a year later the forced relegation of the second team of VfL Sindelfingen helped the KSC women who were relegated to the league. As in the previous year, the team ended the 2006/07 season in penultimate place and this time had to relegate to the re-established Regionalliga Süd . After the KSC women failed to stay in the regional league after the 2009/10 season, they are currently playing in the fourth-class Oberliga Baden-Württemberg.

The first appearance in the DFB Cup ended in a debacle. On September 23, 2001, the Karlsruhe women lost 0:20 to 1. FFC Frankfurt . The KSC women share the record for the highest cup defeat with FC Oberneuland after Oberneuland lost two years later with the same result against FFC Heike Rheine . The most successful cup season followed in 2005/06 when the team failed in the round of 16 at SC Sand .

The league team will be coached by player-coach Romina Konrad in the 2018/2019 season. The second team is trained by Mona Köstel and Stephanie Pfeiffer and plays a class lower than in the Baden Association. Training and most of the games take place on the wildlife park area. Furthermore, the juniors provide a total of three teams in age groups B and C. In 2007, the B-Juniors became runners-up in the top division, the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. In the 2016/2017 season, the B-Juniors made it to the Juniors Bundesliga South. In the first season, the B-Juniors were missing one point to keep the class. After relegation, the juniors will play in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg again from the 2018/2019 season. All other teams play in the top division of the age groups.

Old men and "KSC Allstars"

In addition to regular game operations, the KSC has had an " old man " team for older players since it was founded in 1952 , which plays friendly games at irregular intervals. This team is basically open to everyone, including well-known former professionals and licensed players such as Rolf Kahn , Kurt Sommerlatt , Horst Wild or Rudi Wimmer , who stood or stood for the "old men" on the field.

In addition, the "KSC Allstars" is a traditional team with former professional players such as Rainer Schütterle and Burkhard Reich , who take part in charity games several times a year, for example at sports festivals. Half of the proceeds go to the KSC youth department and half to the host club.

Fan scene and fan culture

Choreography by the ultra group Phönix Sons in the Wildpark Stadium

Fan support

Fan support as a mediating link between the club and fans is part of the 3-pillar concept of fan work at KSC, consisting of official fan support, the fan umbrella organization Supporters and the Karlsruhe fan project.

  • Fan representative: Wolfgang "Wolle" Sauer
  • Deputy Fan Representative: David Kaiser
  • Guest fan support: Petra Ludwig
  • Handicapped person: Carsten de la Porte
  • Fan representative: Andreas Gräber

Fan friendships and rivalries

Willi Wildpark - the mascot of the KSC

The fans of the Karlsruher SC come mainly from the north and central Baden region, the southern Palatinate and Alsace . The KSC maintains a long and very intensive fan friendship with Hertha BSC . A very strong fan friendship is also maintained with the fans of the Austrian first division club SK Sturm Graz and the French neighbor Racing Strasbourg . There is also a friendship of several fan clubs with the Pisa Calcio Italian Serie C .

The greatest dislike nowadays is towards the supporters of VfB Stuttgart , 1. FC Kaiserslautern and SV Waldhof Mannheim . In the early years of the club, there was also opposition to the city rivals Karlsruher FV .

Fan association "Supporters"

In 1986 some committed KSC fans started a fan project that was to serve as a common basis for fan work in Karlsruhe (e.g. organization of trips away from home and soccer tournaments, improvement of the fan image in public). The project was started on September 12th, 1986 through the establishment of the association “Interest group Karlsruher Fußballfans e. V. (IG) ” and the sponsorship was taken over in 1989 by the City Youth Committee of the City of Karlsruhe. On the part of the association, the project was from the 1990s a. a. promoted through discounted season tickets and support for trips away from home. Since August 31, 2001 the IG has been called “Supporters Karlsruhe 1986 e. V. “ , the association has around 2700 members.


The four Ultrà groups Phönix Sons 1999 , Rheinfire 2002 , Armata Fidelis 2003 and the Wild Boys 2004 operate under the name ULTRA1894 in Karlsruhe . The merger to form an ultra alliance took place in 2009 and primarily served to improve organization and communication among each other. Accordingly , ULTRA1894 does not represent an independent group.

Fan clubs

The KSC has 42 official (as of December 2019) as well as many other unofficial fan clubs. The official fan clubs are regularly invited by the association to fan club regulars, where problems can be discussed with fan support and a general exchange takes place.


Before KSC home games, as with other Baden football clubs, it is a tradition for fans to sing the Badnerlied together . By singing this unofficial national anthem, the local patriotism of the people of Baden , at least when it comes to football, is demonstrated. Occasionally in the stadium one hears repositioned lines of text in which the rivalry with the neighboring Swabians is expressed.

The songs KSC olé, olé and Forever KSC , which were recorded by Sabine Wittwer, the then wife of the former KSC player Michael Wittwer , along with other songs on an LP for the 100th anniversary of the club, are considered unofficial club anthems .


The mascot of the Karlsruher SC represents a wild boar and is called "Willi Wildpark". In memory of the founding year of the club in 1894, it has the number 94 on its jersey. At the end of 2006 it replaced the fox "Swinny", who emerged as the first symbolic figure of the KSC in the 1990s and whose name is based on the nickname of the coach at the time Winfried "Winnie" Schäfer had ajar.

Other sports


The boxing department was founded on December 7, 1959 and today has around 1200 members. The training takes place in the "KSC Boxgym" in the basement of the Gutenberg school sports hall and is led by the multiple GDR and European champion Siegfried Mehnert and the US-American Tyson Gray , who learned boxing at the Karlsruher SC.

In the early years, Fritz Müller, who headed it until 1962, and Erich Fehlberg were mainly responsible for building up the department. Training was initially carried out in the old university sports hall of what was then the Institute for Physical Education of the TH Karlsruhe . The first boxers were Günter Feuchter, Willi Müllen and Heinz Birkle , who had been fighting for Baden-Baden until then , while European champion Horst Rascher joined Karlsruher SC from Ulm in 1960. Although he left the club again in 1962, he fought for the first German championship title for the KSC. The team fights that took place in the old town hall attracted up to 2000 spectators.

In 1962 the four-time German student champion and two-time Baden champion Heinz Birkle became head of the boxing department. In his active time he achieved 131 victories in 169 fights with only 31 defeats and led the training together with the twelve-time Baden master Helmut Schwab until 1991 and played a decisive role in shaping the department. In 1968 the KSC won the Wilhelm Beierlein Memorial Prize, which is considered the unofficial Baden championship, and has defended it with one exception (2000) to this day. In 1970 and 1972 the KSC won the German Cup. There was, however, a lack of money and time to set up a Bundesliga team: in addition to his work for the KSC, from 1973 Birkle was the sports manager of the German Amateur Boxing Association (DABV) and from 1973 in the same position for the European Association (EABA) and later on the executive committee of the world association AIBA .

With Markus Bott (1982) and Alexander Künzler (1984), two young talents from Pforzheim came to Karlsruhe who quickly developed into successful boxers. Künzler, for example, won eight German championships and made 75 appearances in the national team, and both took part in the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988. The club provided two other nationally known boxers with Sven Ottke , who came to KSC in 1992 and represented the club's colors until he switched to the professional field in 1997, and Tyson Gray, who was Baden champion 15 times in a row at featherweight from 1978 to 1993 has been. Overall, the club's boxing department achieved 156 Baden and 18 German championship titles between 1961 and 2005. More and more women have recently been active in the boxing department, the most successful so far has been Tasheena Bugar, who won the Baden and South German championship titles in 2005 in the featherweight division and took third place at the German championships.

Boxers of the Karlsruher SC at the Olympic Games

  • Horst Rascher: 1960 in Rome (5th place in bantamweight)
  • Markus Bott: 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul (each round of 16 in the light heavyweight division)
  • Alexander Künzler: 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul (5th place and last 16 in the welterweight division)
  • Sven Ottke: 1988 in Seoul (5th place), 1992 in Barcelona (6th place), 1996 in Atlanta (9th place)
  • Tyson Gray: Atlanta 1996 (Featherweight Round of 16)

In addition, Heinz Birkle was a supervisor for the German Olympic team in 1976, 1984 and 1988.


In 2007, the athletics department of Karlsruher SC had around 100 active members in the sprint, middle distance and long jump competition disciplines. It was originally founded in 1922 in the previous club, FC Phönix, and had its sporting weddings between 1924 and 1930 and between 1950 and 1966. Despite various efforts by the association to promote the athletics disciplines, the department has barely achieved any national success in the last few decades.

Heinz Fütterer (1956, on the photo on the left), the KSC's most successful athlete to date

When the city of Karlsruhe gave FC Phönix a large area in the Hardtwald for the construction of a new sports facility after the First World War, the club decided to equip the stadium with running tracks and jumping facilities and to set up an athletics department, which was also done in 1922 was implemented. Shortly afterwards, a trainer from the Karlsruhe FV joined Phönix, the 1912 Olympic participant Georg Amberger , who led the athletes to numerous successes not only on a regional, but also on a national and international level in the 1920s. In 1924, Phoenix became team champion and winner of the 20 × 300 m relay from Baden. The 4 × 100 m relay with the line-up Alex Natan, Otto Faist, Kurt von Rappard and Robert Suhr won the southern German championship title in the same year and the German championship title in 42.1 s in 1926, shortly afterwards they broke at a sports festival with 41.9 s also the European record. As early as 1925, Phönix was the best athletics club in Baden with 14 titles, not least because of consistent youth work, far ahead of the KFV with 7 titles. With Gertrud Gladitsch , Phönix presented another top athlete at this time, she set world record performances at the German championships in 1927 with 12.0 s over 100 m and 5.62 m in the long jump, but these were "only" held as German records. With Hans Steinhardt , the German champion in 1927 and over 110 m hurdles in 1928, an athlete from Karlsruhe took part in the Olympic Games for the first time in 1928.

After that it was temporarily quiet around the department, until in the years after the Second World War Lilli Unbescheid , the German champion in 1942, 1943 and 1946 in the shot put, switched from MTV to KSC and the former Phoenix sprinter Robert Suhr until the competition season 1949 / 50 revitalized the athletics department by attracting around 30 athletes to the club. In 1951 the sprinter Heinz Fütterer , who started for Bietigheim, came to Karlsruhe, in 1954 the 400 m runner Carl Kaufmann followed his example.

The commitment Suhr and the successes and Olympic medals Karlsruhe showcase athletes - the temporary 100 meters world record holder Fütterer and Lothar Knörzer ran for 1956 in Melbourne in the 4 x 100 m relay bronze medal, Kaufmann 1960 in Rome two silver medals - made for a temporary boom Athletics in Karlsruhe, but it has long since vanished. In 1968, the coach Helmut Häfele, who had been working for Phönix and the KSC since 1949, gave up his post and since 1968 there have been no major athletics events in the Wildpark Stadium. In the last few decades, only international athletics meetings in the Karlsruhe Europahalle and the engagement of Heike Drechsler , who came to Karlsruher SC for two years in 2001 and was the German long jump champion in 2001 and 2002 at the end of her career, made national headlines in this sport .

Full field handball

After the First World War, a new sport became popular with large field handball . At Phönix it was initially run by the women in the athletics department when other training and competitions were idle during the cold season. In 1925 a handball department was founded in the club. The Phoenix women proved to be the undisputed number one in Karlsruhe, but failed again and again in the battle for the Baden championship until 1945 at VfR Mannheim . It was not until June 1947 that the Mannheim women were defeated for the first time in the title fight, and Phoenix won the Baden championship in 1947, 1950, and 1951, the title win could be repeated again after the merger to form Karlsruher SC in 1955. In the final round of the southern German championship, Phönix achieved third place (1950) as the best result.

Large field handball was also played at VfB Mühlburg, and a separate department was set up in 1948, initially consisting mainly of former players from TV Beiertheim. As early as 1950, the Mühlburg men's team played in the top division, the Baden Association League. The sport continued to be practiced at Karlsruher SC after the merger, and its popularity peaked in the 1950s. On October 12, 1956, 20,000 spectators saw an international match between Germany and Austria in the Karlsruhe Wildpark Stadium, which ended 24:18.

In the 1960s and 1970s, large field handball was increasingly replaced by indoor handball, until the sport was finally officially removed from the schedule of the Badischer Handballverband in 1977. In the absence of an own sports hall and in view of the strong competition in handball in Karlsruhe in the 1970s, such as B. the Bundesliga club TSV 1896 Rintheim , handball was no longer practiced at Karlsruher SC.

organization structure

e. V.

Structure of the Karlsruher SC e. V.


The association is divided into the organs General Assembly, Electoral Committee, Bureau , Vereinsrat, Board of Directors and Honorary Co .

The general assembly is the highest body and elects the members of the other organs of the association. In addition, it appoints two auditors proposed by the electoral committee who examine the bookkeeping several times during the financial year.

The association council, which is made up of the executive committee, the heads of the sporting departments and members elected by the general assembly, determines, among other things, the establishment or dissolution of departments.

Presidium and management

The presidium consists of a president and two vice-presidents. It represents the association as an executive body and is primarily entrusted with the proper management of the association. The office with the management at the top is subordinate to the executive committee and bundles the commercial and technical personnel necessary for the management of the business. The executive committee, like the other organs of the association, is elected by the general assembly. The term of office is three years and re-election is permitted.

The last president of the association was Ingo Wellenreuther , member of the Bundestag . He was elected together with his Vice Presidents Günter Pilarsky and Georg Schattling at an extraordinary general meeting in November 2010 after his predecessor Paul Metzger had resigned a few weeks earlier. Holger Siegmund-Schultze succeeded Georg Schattling in September 2016. In 2020 Wellenreuther resigned.

Rolf Dohmen has been the manager of Karlsruher SC since May 2002 . At the end of December 2009, Dohmen, who had announced a few weeks earlier not to extend his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season, was released from his duties and given leave of absence. He was succeeded as sporting director in January 2010 by Arnold Trentl, who had previously held this position on a provisional basis. In June 2011 the former KSC player Oliver Kreuzer took over the sporting management. Despite a contract that ran until June 2014, he moved to Hamburger SV in June 2013 . After his successor Jens Todt signaled in November 2016 that he wanted to end his activity at KSC at the end of the season, Todt was released and replaced by the cruiser who had remained unlucky at HSV.

The position of commercial manager, which had to be filled after the dismissal of manager Rolf Dohmen, was initially filled by Markus Kalusche, who previously worked at Alemannia Aachen. After Kalusche left his position on August 31, 2011 at his own request, on November 1, 2012, after a long search, Rolf Ulrich, who was previously a member of the Board of Directors, was hired as commercial director.

see also: President of the Karlsruher SC since 1952

Board of Directors

The board of directors has an advisory role for the association's executive committee in economic and legal matters and also serves as a monitoring body in this context. The Board of Directors approves, among other things, the rules of procedure , the budget and the financial plan for the DFL to assess the profitability of the association . In addition, the Presidium needs the approval of the Board of Directors to carry out financially intensive business - except for the player and coaching contracts of the first football team.

The seven members of the Board of Directors work on a voluntary basis , are not allowed to be members of the Presidium at the same time and are elected by the General Assembly for a period of three years. Michael Steidl is the chairman of the board of directors. Deputy Chairman is Holger Siegmund-Schultze. Other members are Bernd Bechtold, Sascha Döther, Dieter Hegele, Horst Marschall and Hubert H. Raase.

GmbH & Co. KGaA

At a general meeting on June 29, 2019, 88.2 percent of the members voted for the professional team, the U19 and U17 teams to be hived off from the e. V. into a GmbH & Co. KGaA . On October 25, 2019, the Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix GmbH & Co. KGaA was entered in the commercial register at the Mannheim District Court and the commercial operations were transferred retrospectively to the KGaA as of January 1, 2019. The fully liable and authorized to manage the company partner is the Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg Phoenix Management GmbH , which is independent of the distribution of capital KGaA always owned by the e. V. is located. Thus, the e. V. control over the operative business and the 50 + 1 rule is maintained, even if the e. V. should hold less than 51 percent of the capital shares in the KGaA. The managing directors of Management GmbH are Michael Becker (communication & media, finance, human resources & administration, gaming operations & organization, marketing, sales & digitization) and Oliver Kreuzer (sports professionals, sports academy).

In May 2020, the KGaA almost fell into bankruptcy due to the seasonal interruption made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic . After the alliance KSC tied the purchase of shares in the amount of 6 million euros to the resignation of the e.V. President Ingo Wellenreuther , he resigned on May 14th. A day later, the KSC announced that settlement and compensation agreements had been concluded with the main creditors Michael Kölmel and Günter Pilarsky (Vice President of the eV) . The two entrepreneurs waived a large part of their claims. Pilarsky will in return receive shares of KGaA of 2.5 million to 5.5 million euros (depending on a valuation report for debtor warrants ) Kölmel shares worth one million euros and a one-time payment of 3 million euros. The alliance KSC , an association of 9 regional entrepreneurs, will subscribe for shares worth 6 million euros as part of a capital increase . The price of the shares was set at EUR 20 per share. With these measures, the KSC was able to avert insolvency and reduce its debt level from 30 million euros to 10 million euros.

At the end of June 2020, the KSC announced that another regional investor had subscribed to shares worth one million euros at a price of 20 euros per share. In addition, the announced subscription by the KSC alliance in the amount of 6 million euros at a price of 20 euros per share was confirmed. The share capital of the KGaA has been 2.8 million shares since then.

This results in the following capital distribution (as of June 23, 2020):

Limited partner number of stocks proportion of
Karlsruher SC e. V. 2,450,000 87.50%
Alliance KSC 300,000 10.71%
Regional investor 50,000 1.79%
2,800,000 100%

Stadium and infrastructure

Wildlife Park Stadium

The Wildpark Stadium is located in the middle of a larger sports area in the Karlsruhe Hardtwald. In its current form as a football and athletics stadium, it was built in 1955 instead of the old Phoenix sports field and originally had a capacity of 50,000 spectators. After several modernization and renovation measures, it now offers 28,762 spectators, 14,890 of whom are seated.

The several years of planning for the conversion of the Wildpark Stadium into a pure football arena and the adaptation of the infrastructure to the requirements of the DFB and the DFL were intensified from 2006 onwards. After the financing of the renovation project had been approved by the city of Karlsruhe - as the current and future owner of the stadium - in February 2007, turf heating was installed in summer 2007 and the athletes' running tracks were removed. In 2016, the Karlsruhe municipal council voted for a new building at the Wildpark site. The construction work, which will be carried out at the old location while the game is still running, began at the end of 2018 with the demolition of the earth walls. After completion of the preliminary measures, the construction of the grandstands of the new stadium is to begin in December 2019. According to current planning, completion is scheduled for mid-2022.

The 7.5 hectare total area of ​​the Wildpark Stadium also includes a sports hall, four grass training fields and an artificial turf field. The KSC youth team played their home games in second place at the Wildpark Stadium until the 2007/08 season. Since then, the KSC II and the professional team have played their home games in the Wildpark Stadium.


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Web links

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