SC Victoria Hamburg

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SC Victoria Hamburg
Club crest
Basic data
Surname Sport-Club Victoria Hamburg
from 1895 e. V.
Seat Hamburg
founding May 5, 1895
Colours blue yellow
president Ronald Lotz
First soccer team
Head coach Marius Ebbers
Venue Hoheluft Stadium
Places 8,000
league Oberliga Hamburg
2018/19 4th Place

The Sport-Club Victoria Hamburg from 1895 e. V. , short SC Victoria Hamburg or simply Victoria Hamburg or SC Victoria , is a sports club in Hamburg . The association is based in the districts of Hoheluft , Eppendorf and Lokstedt . The neighboring districts are part of the club's immediate catchment area.

The SC Victoria is best known for its football department ; The sports club also has departments for badminton , handball , hockey , karate , athletics , tennis , table tennis and gymnastics .

The SC Victoria is one of the oldest football clubs in Germany, is a founding member of the German Football Association (DFB) and has existed almost unchanged since it was founded in 1895.

The greatest successes in the club's history were the semi-finals of the German football championship in 1907 and the German championship title in women's handball in 1930.

History and football


1907: The team in the semi-finals for the German championship

The football club Victoria was founded in 1895 on May 5, 1895 by secondary school students and trainees who had been playing football with their teams Cito and Excelsior on Hamburg's Heiligengeistfeld for some time . The founding meeting took place in the billiard room of a restaurant at Millerntor . The oldest of the group was the 21-year-old Walter Sommermeier , who played a key role in founding the German Football Association in 1900 as a delegate of the Hamburg-Altona Football Association at the 1st General German Football Day in Leipzig. The club's first chairman was Mr. Hartung, who was followed a few weeks later by Hugo Egon Kubaseck , who later chaired the DFB game committee and the North German Football Association , who was only 14 years old . First, however, they joined the Hamburger FC 1888 and played under the name Victoria-Schüler as its junior team. In the fall of 1897, HFC 88 was separated and acted independently as FC Victoria 1895 . One year later, it was accepted into the Hamburg-Altona Football Association (HAFB), and from the 1898/99 season onwards, FC Victoria 1895 took part in the league with two teams. The first team was placed in the top division, the A-class, and was able to establish itself among the top teams straight away. In 1905 the HAFB championship title was won for the first time and by 1908 it was expanded to four championship titles in a row. In 1906 and 1907, the North German championship was also won. In 1905, 1906 and 1907 you were qualified for the final round of the German soccer championship. In the first two years they failed in the quarter-finals, but in 1907 they made it to the semi-finals against the namesake from the Berlin TuFC Viktoria 89 . The game, which was run too hard, especially by Berlin, threatened to slip away from the referee and was about to be canceled. In the end, the Berliners won 4-1 and were in the final. Due to the events, the Berliners rejected the referee Otto "Tulle" Eikhof, who was scheduled for the final, because he was a member of FC Victoria.

1908: First international match for the German national team. Far right Hugo E. Kubaseck (SC Victoria) left next to Hans Weymar, left runner (SC Victoria)

The sporting home of the football club was the Heiligengeistfeld. Up until the beginning of the 20th century, the teams of FC Victoria played their games here under difficult conditions. The Heiligengeistfeld was a local recreation and excursion area for the Hamburg population, and it was not possible to permanently mark out playing fields and erect gates. Before a game, the course had to be "built" first. From the turn of the century, almost all clubs moved to the Altonaer parade pasture in Bahrenfeld, where eight playing fields were built. For the Victorians, this involved long walking distances, but all efforts to build a permanent sports field on the Heiligengeistfeld failed. In 1904, however, the operator of the reopened cycling track on the Grindel was convinced to build a soccer field and four tennis courts inside the track. Victoria was the only soccer club in Hamburg that had its own self-contained sports facility. Two years later, however, the Velodrome ran into economic difficulties and the site fell to the City of Hamburg, which intended to build a station for the planned elevated railway here. The now homeless club quickly found what they were looking for, and from 1907 the Hoheluft sports field was built a good kilometer north across from the border house Hoheluft on the city limits to the Prussian Lokstedt , which was expanded in the following years to become the largest football stadium in Hamburg and its maximum capacity Reached 35,000 places in 1947.

The club recognized early on that athletics was ideal training for football, and in 1901 this became a separate department. The club's tennis department was founded in 1904; primarily to integrate the players' women into the club and to pursue a common sporting activity. On June 10, 1908, against strong opposition in the club, this led to the name being changed to Sport-Club Victoria from 1895 , because the women playing tennis in the club were no longer expected to do it; having to do her white sport in a football club.

In terms of sport, SC Victoria was able to establish itself as the leading Hamburg soccer team by 1919 and enjoyed a high national and international reputation. They won the championship title again in 1912/13 and mostly finished the remaining seasons as runners-up. From the late summer of 1918 onwards, HFC 88, now called Hamburger SV 1888, joined the Victoria Hamburg 88 War Association and won the North German Championship on June 1, 1919.


1919: Fusion with the Hamburger Sport-Verein v. 1888?

Originally, Victoria and Hamburg 88 intended to continue their successful, war-related cooperation on a permanent basis, but an extraordinary general meeting of Hamburg 88 on March 21, 1919 spoke out against a merger with the then twice as large SC Victoria. The Hamburger SV 1888 then joined the small FC Falke from Eppendorf on May 12th, before they merged with the roughly equal SC Germania 1887 to form the Hamburger Sport-Verein with effect from June 2nd, 1919 . Within a few years, this new club should oust SC Victoria from the top in Hamburg football. In the first post-war season he was able to win the championship title again, but then mostly had to line up behind HSV in the front places. Nevertheless, Victoria continued to be one of the top North German teams. In particular, the team around Victoria legend Ernst Eikhof cultivated the English combination game. In 1922, the successful English coach William Townley was committed , whose son Jimmy also played in the ranks of the blue and yellow. A match report from Eintracht Frankfurt from 1922 reports: "A comparison between the stubborn opponents of Nuremberg, Hamburger Sportverein and Viktoria (sic!) Hamburg, seen recently here, is obvious. Viktoria is the elegantly playing combination eleven, everyone has a lot of understanding, a lot of football feeling, what stands out is the effort to keep the game flat; the game of young Townley, full of ideas and finesse, fair and without much strength, goes through the entire team. HSV is the embodied combat team, not a pronounced combination machine, not the closed whole like Victoria "

Erwin Seeler's move from the SC Lorbeer 06 workers' sports club to the Hoheluft in 1932 caused a sensation . The social democratic Hamburg echo accused the “stray proletarian” Seeler of “pride mania” and that he was being made the “parade horse for the coffers of the bourgeois movement”. It was also suspected that forbidden money payments were made and that his new association provided Seeler with an apartment in posh Eppendorf. In fact, the Seelers moved to the workers' quarter in Eppendorf, where the family lived until the 1950s. Even before his move, Seeler was well known at SC Victoria; Laurel played regularly in the Hoheluft Stadium and won the ATSB national championship here in 1929 and 1931 . Despite this reinforcement, the Hohelufter only took a disappointing 7th place at the end of the 1932/33 season and were thus supposedly able to save themselves from relegation, but were then not qualified for the newly created Gauliga.


The economic crisis that lasted from 1929 had brought numerous football clubs into economic difficulties, and so in September 1933 the "club leader" of the financially troubled HSV turned to the "club leader" of the also economically troubled SC Victoria with the desire to negotiate a merger both clubs. The bodies of both clubs found it sensible to join forces, but ultimately failed because of the possible name of the new club. A club name without "Victoria" was not acceptable to the Victorians, the HSVers would not agree to a "Hamburger Sportverein Victoria" because they feared the gradual disappearance of their "HSV".

In terms of sport, the shame of being only second-rate for the first time in the club's almost 40-year history lasted only one year; In 1934 they reported back to the Gauliga. But in addition to the old adversary HSV, the Eimsbütteler Gymnastics Association , which was sponsored by the National Socialists and immediately developed into the series champion of the Gauliga , was now met . The direct neighbors of the stadium on the Hoheluft had already clashed in the wake of Carl Hartmann and his brother's move from Union Potsdam to Victoria, which in 1924 resulted in the resignation of ETV soccer department head August Bosse as chairman of the North German soccer association ended. The ETV had also courted the Hartmanns.

After a long time, another victory against HSV was achieved in 1937. 14,000 spectators experienced a 2-1 win at the Hoheluft stadium against the league leaders and eventual champions of the Gauliga. In 1938, the blue-and-yellow club made a name for itself: In a friendly match on Good Friday that year, FC Bayern Munich was dealt 6-1, even though, as the press reported, the Munich team had played a very good and respectable game. The sensation succeeded on August 28, 1938: In the final round of the Tschammer Cup , the multiple German champions FC Schalke 04 were beaten 4: 3. In the next round, the Hohelufter had to bow to the old opponent of Schalke Westfalia Herne with 1: 5.

Due to the war, the Nordmark sports area was dissolved in 1942; From then on, Victoria played in the regionally smaller Gauklasse Hamburg and surprisingly was able to prevail against the previous champions HSV and ETV with a young team that was mainly based on its own offspring and win the championship title in 1943. A little later, Operation Gomorrah reduced Hamburg to rubble; Nevertheless, the game operation in the Gauklasse Hamburg was maintained until the bitter end. In one of the last point games in Nazi Germany, SC Victoria lost to FC St. Pauli on April 15, 1945 3: 4.


May 5, 1945 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the association, but there was no occasion to celebrate. Hamburg was in ruins, the Victoria Stadium had been occupied by the British Army and was badly damaged, wooden benches and gangs had already been burned in the war winter, the playing field and standing beams littered with bomb craters. Only the grandstand was miraculously preserved. The activity in clubs, associations and organizations was dependent on the approval of the British military government; after the appointment of a new board, this was confirmed on October 7, 1945 in a general meeting.

The game began in the spring of 1946 with a single round in the Hamburg City League. From the newly created Oberliga Nord, however, you had to relegate to the second division in 1948 after only one season. The resurgence in 1951 was connected with the step into paid football, because meanwhile the contract player statute applied to the league. For many older Victorians, giving up their amateur ideals was not easy, but they supported the decision. In the following four seasons promotion and relegation shook hands, and until the founding of the Bundesliga they could still win the championship title in Hamburg's highest division three times, but failed in the promotion games.


As runner-up in 1962/63 in the Hamburg Amateur League, Victoria qualified for the promotion games to the newly created Regionalliga Nord . On May 18, 1963 they were defeated in the home stadium in front of 10,000 spectators to the upper division Altona 93 with 0: 3, but still rose to the regional league. The hopes of being able to establish themselves in this league and in paid football, however, were not fulfilled. After a desperate season, Victoria rose in 1966 for the first time in the third division. The displeasure in the club was mainly directed against the paid contract players. After another season in the national league, you were even passed into the fourth division. This shock worked. After the immediate resurgence, they established themselves in the top group and were able to celebrate the championship title after 17 victories in a row in the outstanding 1973/74 season.


As champions of the Hamburg regional league, the blue-and-yellows rose in 1974 to the newly created amateur upper league north; this represented the 3rd division under the also new 2nd Bundesliga. In the first season they took an outstanding 4th place in front of many well-known and traditional clubs and were the best amateur team of the Hamburg Association for participation in the German football Qualified amateur championship in 1975 . After successes against Itzehoer SV and SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg , the team was in the final against VfR Bürstadt , but lost 3-0. In the same year the decision was made to include "Hamburg" in the club name and from then on is called Sport-Club Victoria Hamburg von 1895 eV. In the following season of the major league, they barely escaped relegation. This overtook the club a season later. In the following years Victoria was always able to place itself in the secured midfield of the association league. A great success was achieved in the 1989/90 season by winning the Toto Cup, organized by the Hamburg Football Association , in the final with 2-1 n.V. against VfL 93 Hamburg . As a result, SC Victoria was qualified for the first main round of the DFB Cup . The opponent there on August 4, 1990 was TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen . The Bundesliga team from Leverkusen, befitting their status, won 5-0.

Since 1994

Hoheluft Stadium during the DFB Cup match against 1. FC Nürnberg (August 5, 2007)

On May 5th, 1995 the club celebrated its 100th anniversary. The league team contributed a few days later to the big event with the championship title of the Association League Hamburg and promotion to the Oberliga HH / SH. After only one season, however, they had to retreat again. In the 2001/02 season they made it to the final of the Oddset Cup . With 4: 3 n. E. they were defeated by USC Paloma . As runner-up in 2002/03 they rose to the upper league, at the end of the season the Hohelufter were able to qualify as eighth of the Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein upper league for the now single-track Oberliga Nord, created from the merger with the Oberliga Niedersachsen / Bremen.

After relegation from the Oberliga Nord in 2005, SC Victoria has been playing extremely successfully since the 2006/07 season. Not only could the championship title of the Hamburg League be won in 2007, but in the semi-finals of the Oddset Cup they sensationally beat the table leaders of the Regionalliga Nord and later second division promoted FC St. Pauli 3-1. The first team of FC St. Pauli had won 30 games and three cup wins in a row in this competition since 2002 as defending champions. In the final, SC Victoria won 1-0 against VfL 93 . This qualified for the first main round of the DFB Cup . In the game against the defending champion 1. FC Nürnberg on August 5, 2007, in front of 6100 spectators in the Hoheluft stadium, they lost 6-0. Despite the championship, the club waived promotion to the Oberliga Nord, as in the course of the upcoming league reform, the Oberliga Nord would be abolished in the following year and only a placement in the top third of the table would have prevented an immediate relegation.

The championship title was defended in the following season and the season also ended in first place in the Hamburg League. In the promotion round to the new Regionalliga Nord , however, they could not prevail. In the 2008/09 season, the championship title in Hamburg's top division was won for the third time in a row, something that no other club had achieved since 1945. For economic reasons, however, the club waived promotion and did not apply for a license for the Regionalliga Nord, which was also decided early in the following season. By winning the fourth championship of the Oberliga Hamburg in a row and winning the Oddset Cup in the final against SV Halstenbek-Rellingen 1-0, the double of championship and cup victory was achieved again in the 2009/10 season. Thus, the SC Victoria was qualified for the first DFB-Pokal main round 2010/11 ; the draw resulted in the opponents of the second division Rot-Weiß Oberhausen . In the cup game on August 15, 2010 in the home stadium Hoheluft, SC Victoria used the "ten percent chance" predicted by coach Bert Ehm and surprisingly beat Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 1-0 through a free-kick goal from Stephan Rahn (brother of Christian Rahn ) in the 29th minute. For the first time since 1952/53 , the club was in the round of the last 32 teams in the DFB Cup. As an opponent for the second main round, the club was drawn from the Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg . The game against the German champions of the year 2009 was lost on October 26, 2010 in front of 8,300 spectators in the Millerntor stadium of FC St. Pauli with 1: 3. With the game at Hamburg's Millerntor, SC Victoria returned to the roots of its founding on Hamburg's Heiligengeistfeld for the first time in around 110 years for a home game. In the top division season 2010/11 "Vicky" could not build on the performances of the last years and after four championship titles in a row she finished 9th in the final table. But just a year later Victoria returned to the road to success and was six points ahead of Bergedorf 85 again in the league championship and this time also took advantage of the promotion to the regional league . With the 2-1 victory in the Hamburg Cup final against Germania Schnelsen , the team also managed to win the double once again.

Well-known former players

  • Stefan Effenberg , long-time youth player at SC Victoria
  • Ernst Eikhof , played at least 413 games for Victoria, honorary captain , from 1911 to 1930
  • Otto "Tulle" Eikhof , Ernst Eikhof's oldest brother, player and referee
  • Willi Eikhof , middle of the Eikhof brothers, goalkeeper and later first chairman of the club
  • Alex Frankenthal , when appointed to the national team, had to let Hans Weymar go first, honorary captain
  • Herrmann "Etsche" Garrn , played as a 16-year-old and then for 20 years in the league team
  • Adolf Gehrts , played from 1902 to 1914 as a striker for Victoria, two international matches for Germany
  • "Tull" Harder , ended his career at SC Victoria in 1930-32
  • Carl Hartmann , about his move to SC Victoria there was a bitter argument with ETV
  • Walter Junghans , goalkeeper and long-time youth player at SC Victoria
  • Walter Krause "Wakra", moved to Holstein Kiel for two seasons in 1921, then returned to Victoria
  • Henry Müller , Victoria's record national player with eight appearances
  • Hans Schwartz , the club's last national player, participated in the World Cup in 1934
  • Erwin Seeler , came to the Hoheluft from the workers' sports club Lorbeer 06 in 1932 , and joined HSV in 1938
  • Adolf "Adsch" Werner , the goalkeeper played for half a year as a "guest player" from Holstein Kiel at Victoria, during this time he completed four international matches
  • Hans Weymar , four-time national player, including the first international match in 1908, was preferred to Alex Frankenthal
  • Hermann Wiggers , national player
  • Karl Zilgas , national player
  • Reinhard Grindel youth player from SC Victoria up to B youth



The women's team at SC Victoria was one of the strongest in Germany in the Weimar Republic . In 1930 the German championship in field handball was won. There is currently no women's team at SC Victoria.


The first men's handball team made it into the Hamburg district league for the first time in 15 years in the 2018/2019 season.

At the International Schleswig-Holstein Cup in Nahe, SC Victoria just lost the final against Madrid with 1 goal and achieved their best result in 10 years with second place in the C-Cup.


The hockey department has over 400 active members (as of 2017). In addition to comprehensive youth training with numerous boys and girls teams in all age groups, several women's and men's teams are registered for adult play. While the first teams play at a higher level of competition, the respective second representatives and senior teams also offer (re) beginners the opportunity to participate in hockey. The current divisions of the first teams 2017/18:

  • Field: 1st Association League
  • Hall: 1st Association League
  • Field: 1st Association League
  • Hall: 1st Association League

The first teams are looked after by a trainer with an A license (DHB's highest trainer license).


In athletics, the club became known in particular through the runner Erich Kruzycki , who in 1951 was Germany's first and so far only winner of the New Year's Eve in São Paulo . In the same year he became German champion over 10,000 m. Another well-known long-distance runner was Ludwig Warnemünde , who was in the jersey of SC Victoria in 1947 and 1948 German champion in the 5000 m run and 1948 in the cross country . Erich Köchermann was German champion in the long jump in 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1932 .
In the 1950-1960s, the athletics division had a training group in Hamburg-Volksdorf , which used the gym and sports field of the Walddörferschule and successfully participated in regional competitions.

Table tennis

The table tennis department of SC Victoria was founded in 1925 as the "winter sports department" for the club's tennis players. From the early 1930s, Victoria took part in the league game in Hamburg. The game was initially played in the Klinker restaurant on Hoheluftbrücke and later in the club's clubhouse at Hoheluftchaussee 78. After the war damage there had been repaired, the school at Curschmannstraße (now the Eppendorf district school ), where games are still played today, was relocated at the end of the 1940s (but in the Löwenstrasse sports hall). There, in 1953, the first men's team was promoted to the Oberliga Nord , in which they could hold out until 1957. The first women's team was one of the founding members of the Oberliga-Nord in 1959 and was able to stay there until 1961. After the ascent again in 1962, the immediate and now definitive relegation followed. Since the 1990s, SC Victoria and SV Groß Borstel from 1908 (until 2018: TSV 08 Eppendorf / Groß Borstel) have formed the Victoria-Eppendorf syndicate . In the 2019/20 season, the first (of two) men's team will play in the eight-class 1st district league and the first (of two) women's team in the ninth-class 2nd district league. In the junior area, the syndicate has a U15 boys team.


  • Club history: 100 years of SC Victoria Hamburg.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Promotion and a new assistant coach for Ebbers , accessed on July 10, 2019
  2. Jankowski / Pistorius / Prüß : Fußball im Norden , Bremen and Barsinghausen 2005, page 201. Spelling according to the obituary in the club news (1955)
  3. [1] "Eintracht Frankfurt - Victoria Hamburg 2: 5 on August 13, 1922".
  4. Jump to HSV: class betrayal! In: forward . February 20, 2007 ( [accessed April 15, 2017]).
  5. [2] "Initiative against the development of the Sparbiersportplatz; Documentation ETV Part 1-4".
  9. DTS, issue 23/1966.
  10. Team overview at, accessed on August 7, 2019.