Lupo Martini Wolfsburg
|Lupo Martini Wolfsburg|
|Surname||Unione Sportiva Italiana
Lupo Martini e. V.
|Seat||Wolfsburg , Lower Saxony|
|First soccer team|
|Head coach||Uwe Erkenbrecher|
|league||Oberliga Lower Saxony|
The Unione Sportiva Italiana Lupo Martini e. V. (German- Italian sports association Lupo Martini ), commonly known as Lupo Martini Wolfsburg , is a sports club from Wolfsburg . It is the oldest association founded by guest workers in Germany. The first football team played in the fourth-rate Regionalliga Nord in the 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons . The Lupo Martini Stadium is located in Wolfsburg-Kreuzheide and has a capacity of 1,100 spectators.
Italian guest workers founded the Lupo sports club in 1962 under the care of the Volkswagen Group's social department . Lupo, the Italian word for wolf , was intended to represent the association's founders' connection with their adopted home. The first home ground was the Berliner-Brücke sports field , where the Volkswagen Arena is today. Eight years later, US Martini Wolfsburg, a second Italian club, was founded. After Lupo was promoted to the district class in 1981, both clubs merged to form Lupo Martini Wolfsburg .
Under the direction of Wilfried Kemmer , a striker at VfL Wolfsburg in the 1960s and 1970s , he was promoted to the Braunschweig regional league in 1996. The club stayed there for six years and almost passed through to the district class after relegation in 2002. In 2005 he was promoted to the Braunschweig regional league . Four years later, they rose as runner-up behind SVG Göttingen 07 in the Lower Saxony Oberliga .
Since the league was converted from a two to a single track league, only eighth place was enough for safe qualification. The ninth and tenth played other participants with the champions of the district upper leagues. As eleventh in the table, Lupo Martini missed this relegation by one point. Three years later succeeded as a national league champion of the league promotion. In the 2012/13 season Lupo Martini reached second place and qualified for the promotion round to Regionalliga Nord . There, however, the club missed the leap into the fourth highest division as third in the table.
In 2016 they won the championship and rose to the Regionalliga Nord. After only one year, the direct relegation followed as the penultimate. In the following 2017/18 season , Wolfsburg managed to get promoted again thanks to the better goal difference compared to VfL Oldenburg .
- Top division: Regionalliga Nord
- Champion of the Lower Saxony Oberliga: 2015/16, 2017/18
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