SV Waldhof Mannheim
|SV Waldhof Mannheim|
|Surname||SV Waldhof Mannheim 07 e. V.|
|Seat||Mannheim , Baden-Wuerttemberg|
|founding||April 11, 1907|
|Members||2463 (July 30, 2019)|
|Surname||SV Waldhof Mannheim 07
|Shareholder||97%: Neun10 1007 GmbH
3%: SV Waldhof Mannheim e. V.
(majority of votes at the eV)
|executive Director||Markus Compp|
|Head coach||Patrick Glöckner|
|Venue||Carl Benz Stadium|
The SV Waldhof Mannheim 07 is a sports club from Mannheim , the first football team from 1983 to 1990 in the Bundesliga played. The association from the Waldhof district has over 2,400 members. He is known for his youth work: The SV Waldhof Mannheim produced several national players with Bernd and Karlheinz Förster , Jürgen Kohler , Maurizio Gaudino , Uwe Rahn , Christian Wörns and Hanno Balitsch . The blue-blacks from the north of Mannheim have been playing in the third division since the 2019/2020 season . Even in the times of the Regionalliga, their games in the home of the Carl-Benz-Stadion in Mannheim's Oststadt were attended by several thousand spectators.
The beginnings of SV Waldhof
In 1905 young people from the working-class district of Waldhof in the north of Mannheim founded a team called the Ramelia football company . At first, football was only played on the streets and open spaces of the suburb, but the first games took place on the parade ground in the Käfertal district after registration by the district authorities . Thanks to the association members' contacts with the local mirror factory in Saint-Gobain , a soccer field was created on their company premises. This course, known as the “mud hole” due to its poor condition, was also the reason for a short-term merger with MFC Phönix 02 Mannheim , which had space problems at the time. The connection was short-lived, however; On April 11, 1907, 42 young men, including some members of Phönix, founded a new club in the Zum Tannenbaum inn with the name SV Waldhof 07 and the colors blue-black-blue. The bank teller Emil Menton was elected as the first chairman, and Fritz Streckfuß became the first team captain.
The new club was accepted by the Association of South German Football Associations on March 12, 1908 and was able to participate in the league game in the C-Class Neckargau from the 1908/09 season. A successful competitive debut could be celebrated with an 8: 1 at FG Ladenburg 03, but the promotion to the B-Class was another season in coming. In 1911, a new playing field with a wooden stand, the "Sandacker", was inaugurated behind the Waldhof School for the games for the Westkreis B-Class championships. In 1912 the promotion to the A-class followed and in 1914 the SVW rose to the top division for the first time. During the First World War , the game came to a standstill, there were only so-called war aid football rounds. Regular football was not played again until the 1919/20 season. SV Waldhof came second in the Odenwaldkreis league class in the group north of the southern German championship, behind 1. FC Nürnberg .
In 1921 there was an affair around the young national player Sepp Herberger . Herberger had aroused the interest of the Mannheim competition and had already received 10,000 Reichsmarks for a move to Phönix Mannheim when he decided in favor of the rival VfR Mannheim , which is regarded as bourgeois . He had offered him rent-free living and a job at Dresdner Bank in exchange for a move . As a result, Herberger drew both the displeasure of the Waldhöfer, who insulted him as a "traitor", and a ban by the South German Football Association for violating the amateur paragraph. After he had paid back the money, the ban was lifted and Herberger player of the VfR.
In 1923 the city gave the SVW a place in the woods at the shooting range - on today's Alsenweg - where the club has been based ever since. Before the National Socialists came to power , the SVW was able to qualify for the finals for the southern German championship several times, but not win a championship title. The biggest sporting rival from Mannheim was at the end of the 1920s in the Rhine district of VfL Neckarau from the district to the south.
Appearance of the SVW at national level
The " seizure " of the football was reorganized in Germany and " brought into line ", among others, 16 were Gauligen furnished. By winning the title of Gauliga Baden , SVW was able to qualify for the final round of the German championship 1933/34 . The semi-final match against eventual champions FC Schalke 04 in Düsseldorf was lost 2: 5 in front of 2,000 Waldhof supporters who had traveled with them, after they were 2: 2 ten minutes before the end. In the following season, Waldhof missed participation in the national finals and was only third behind VfR and VfL Neckarau in Mannheim football. In the cup competition, also known as the Tschammerpokal , the predecessor of the DFB Cup , the SVW had to admit defeat to 1. FC Nürnberg 1-0 in the semi-finals . In 1935/36 and 1936/37 Waldhof did not get beyond the group stage. Otto Siffling , a participant in the 1934 and 1938 world championships , who scored five of the eight goals in the legendary game of the Breslau team in 1937 , is considered to be the outstanding player of the SVW in the 1930s . Siffling died of complications from a serious illness at the age of 27.
In the final round of 1939/40 , the first war championship, Waldhof was defeated by FC Schalke 04 in the semifinals . On the occasion of the two games for third place against SK Rapid Wien , the Berlin press spoke of the Waldhof boys because of the young age of numerous SV players , a term that has accompanied the club to the present. In the same year, reaching the cup final against 1. FC Nürnberg - despite the 2-0 defeat - was the biggest cup success to date.
Post-war and subclassicality
After the Second World War and the difficulties it caused in maintaining gaming operations - including the risk of air raids and the resulting loss of spectators and revenue - the authorities in the American zone of occupation permitted the establishment of a South League in 1945 . In 1947, the SVW finished second and would have qualified for the final round of the German championship if such had taken place. Second German champion after the war was 1949, to the disappointment of the Waldhöfer, the city rival VfR.
In the 1950s, the SVW was only mediocre in the Oberliga Süd and had to accept relegation to the 2nd League South in 1954 , with which the club did not play first class for the first time in 40 years. After being promoted in 1958, the club developed into an elevator team between the upper and second leagues and therefore did not qualify for the newly created Bundesliga for the 1963/64 season. Regional leagues were set up as the foundation of the Bundesliga , in which the SVW participated until relegation in 1970. After two years in the 1st Amateur League North Baden , Waldhof succeeded in rising again, which gave the club the opportunity in the 1973/74 season to qualify for the newly created 2nd Bundesliga , consisting of a northern and a southern relay , together with the VfR Mannheim, which was only able to stay there for a year.
In 1972 the club was renamed Chio Waldhof 07 and received 190,000 DM from the Chio Chips company . In 1975 the name was changed to SV Chio Waldhof 07 . In the following years, SVW, renamed SV Waldhof Mannheim 07 in 1978, established itself in the midfield of the 2nd division. In 1981 the club qualified for the new single-track 2nd Bundesliga, as enough points were achieved in the relevant seasons. After the 1982/83 season , Waldhof was a newcomer and thus the 36th Bundesliga club since its foundation.
Promotion 1983 and seven years in the Bundesliga
The SVW started the first year of the Bundesliga with coach Klaus Schlappner . In addition, nine out of 20 players came from their own youth. Since none of the Mannheim stadiums, including its own stadium on Alsenweg , was suitable for the first division at this time, it had to be moved to the Ludwigshafen Südweststadion . Initially, there was an exception permit limited to one year, since home games in areas outside the association (in this case in the area of the Southwest German Football Association ) were actually prohibited. The move to the Vorderpfalz was not welcomed by the league competitor 1. FC Kaiserslautern in view of feared audience losses. In the 1983/84 promotion season, SV Waldhof recorded a significantly better average attendance (26,982 viewers) than the Palatinate league rivals (19,017 viewers), but the SVW's average fell continuously in the following years.
In the first years of the first class, the club, which acted almost exclusively with home grown, caused a sensation nationwide. Klaus Schlappner and his team managed with their lightheartedness to establish themselves in the German elite class. Talents from their own youth such as Jürgen Kohler , Christian Wörns and Maurizio Gaudino quickly made a name for themselves and later even advanced to become national players. Uwe Zimmermann in goal, Fritz Walter in storm, Günter Sebert in defense and Alfred Schön in midfield were the pillars of the Bundesliga newcomer. In the second Bundesliga season 1984/85 , the "Waldhof boys" missed the UEFA Cup only because of the worse goal difference. In the 1985/86 season, SV Waldhof was able to reach the semi-finals of the DFB Cup , in which the team was defeated by the eventual winner FC Bayern Munich . In the 1989/90 season the home games were played again in the Waldhof Stadium, especially since the stadium in Ludwigshafen was too expensive and the general decline in viewers in the top German division had to be taken into account. Under coach Günter Sebert, the season got off to a very good start to the season, which even gave hope for a UEFA Cup place (including a home win against Bayern Munich and a 4-0 win against arch rivals from Kaiserslautern), but injuries in particular increased with regular players, so that the club had to go to the 2nd division at the end of the season.
Failed attempts to rise again and relegation in 1997
After two narrowly failed attempts to rise again in 1991/92 and 1992/93 , SV Waldhof was able to inaugurate its new home, the Carl Benz Stadium , in the 1993/94 season . This, it was hoped, would not only help the club to return to the Bundesliga, but also enable the financial restructuring that has now become necessary.
Instead, when the promotion was narrowly missed again in the 1994/95 season, a leadership crisis in the presidium under the then President Wilfried Gaul became more and more apparent . Due to frequent changes of coach, paired with wrong purchases and personal quarrels in the environment, the club got more and more difficult, both athletically and financially.
The crisis experienced its first low point in 1997 with the relegation to the regional league. The financially troubled club managed to return to professional football after two years with a strongly rejuvenated squad in the 1998/99 season under coach Uwe Rapolder .
After the promotion to the second division, the goal of the Bundesliga was given within a very short time, which should be achieved with sponsorship money, especially from the company Sportwelt . However, when this had to file for bankruptcy and the payments stopped, the financial problems of the association became acute again.
In 2001 SV Waldhof was about to be promoted to the Bundesliga. On the last day of the match they led 4-0 at home against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and were in third place fifteen minutes before the end of the game. The already promoted 1. FC Nürnberg was still defeated by the promotion competitor FC St. Pauli , which ousted SV Waldhof from 3rd place and rose instead.
Since the expectations of fans and the presidium had risen sharply after the narrowly missed promotion, Rapolder had to leave the following season after a bad start to the season . In 2002, the now controversial President Wilfried Gaul resigned. However, this step did not bring any calm to the club and the quarrels in the top management continued.
Five years of the Oberliga 2003-2008
With the relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga in 2003, the full extent of the financial crisis became apparent. By not granting the license for the regional league, the direct relegation to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg took place . After renewed violent leadership quarrels, the club tried in 2004 under a new presidium, led by Hans-Joachim Bremme, to leave the quarrels of recent years behind, to find its way back to old strength and to regain the previously lost credit from fans and sponsors.
Promotion to the Regionalliga Süd was missed in 2004 as well as in 2005. For the 2005/06 season, numerous new players with professional experience were committed to tackle promotion to the Regionalliga. The budget was increased to 1.2 million euros, although the club was still not able to draw on full resources despite the somewhat more relaxed financial situation.
In April 2007 the traditional club celebrated its 100th anniversary. On the occasion of the club's anniversary, FC Bayern Munich played a friendly game in the Carl Benz Stadium, in which the Waldhof boys were only slightly defeated 1: 2.
After the season goal of promotion to the Regionalliga 2006/07 was clearly missed again, SV Waldhof mobilized significantly more funds before the 2007/08 season. With experienced players, some of whom had Bundesliga and second division experience, the club qualified ahead of schedule for the new regional league on May 24, 2008 with a 2-0 win against SV Linx in the Carl Benz stadium at home. Economically, however, he got into a crisis, but was saved from bankruptcy by a short-term injection of 500,000 euros from patron Dietmar Hopp . He also supported the new youth development center, which was supposed to build on the traditionally good youth work. In autumn 2007 Mario Nöll became president of SV Waldhof. In the medium term, the club, which enjoyed a very large audience response by upper league standards, wanted to return to the top German football classes.
Waldhof fourth class with renewed license withdrawal
In the regional league, which was restructured after the introduction of the new third division , Waldhof took fourth place in the southern season in the 2008/09 season . In the 2009/10 season they played in the western season of the Regionalliga and were able to save themselves there with the 14th place in the table just before relegation. For the 2010/11 season the Mannheimers received no license for the regional league from the DFB and competed in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. On December 16, 2010, the entrepreneur Steffen Künster was elected the new president of SV Waldhof with 230 of 321 votes.
Oberliga attendance record and promotion to the regional league
In 2010/11 the club rose again to the regional league. It was only on the penultimate match day that FC Nöttingen , who had been at the top since the beginning of the season , was pushed out of first place in the table. On the last day of the match, the two competitors separated only two points in the table. In the last and decisive game against FV Illertissen , the players competed in front of a record crowd: 18,313 spectators watched the long-distance duel in the Carl Benz Stadium in Mannheim. It was the highest number of spectators ever achieved in a fifth division game in Germany (previous record: FC Sachsen Leipzig against 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (14,968 spectators)). SVW won the game 6-0, while FC Nöttingen lost 3-0 at home to FC 08 Villingen . With 83 points and five points behind the second-placed FC Nöttingen, SV Waldhof Mannheim secured the championship and direct promotion to the regional league.
Regionalliga Südwest and outsourcing of the professional football department
In 2011/12 Waldhof Mannheim held the class and ended the season in twelfth place in the regional league. For the 2012/13 season, the squad was rebuilt and a single-digit place in the table was targeted. In April 2013, the former player Jürgen Kohler returned to the club for a short time as sporting director. At the same time, coach Reiner Hollich resigned for personal reasons and temporarily handed the team over to the previous assistant coach Andreas Clauss . At the start of the 2013/14 season, Kenan Kocak was signed as the new coach. In the 2015/16 season Waldhof Mannheim reached 1st place in the Regionalliga Südwest. The championship was followed by two relegation games against the team of Sportfreunde Lotte for promotion to the 3rd soccer league . After a 2-0 defeat in the second leg in front of a home crowd, Kenan Kocak's team remained in the Regionalliga Südwest . The game in the Carl Benz Stadium was attended by 22,371 spectators.
On September 15, 2016, the association's general meeting decided to spin off the regional league team into a gaming company. The entrepreneur Bernd Beetz, former CEO of the perfume manufacturer Coty , made one million euros available as share capital for the company. The previous interim president, Klaus-Rüdiger Geschwill, was elected president by the association's general assembly on November 24, 2016.
In January 2017 the club finally announced the restructuring that had taken place, since then the professional football department of SV Waldhof Mannheim has been operating as SV Waldhof Mannheim 07 Spielbetriebs GmbH . 97 percent of its shareholders are Neun10 1007 GmbH , an investment company owned by the Beetz family, and SV Waldhof Mannheim 07 e. V.
In the 2016/17 season, the SVW again reached the relegation games for promotion to the 3rd division as runner- up . The opponent was SV Meppen from the North Regional Football League . After a goalless draw at home in the first leg in front of 24,186 spectators, they lost in the second leg on penalties in front of 13,815 spectators in the sold-out Hänsch Arena with 3: 4 and stayed in the regional league.
On October 16, 2017, SV Waldhof Mannheim put their head coach and sporting director Gerd Dais on leave with immediate effect after the team had only scored 21 out of 39 possible points after 13 games. The team was then looked after by Michael Fink on an interim basis and Benjamin Sachs hired as assistant coach. However, since the Regionalliga Südwest Fink refused an exemption to continue to function as head coach until the end of the 2017/2018 season and to acquire the necessary coaching license on the side, Bernhard Trares was hired as the new head coach on January 4, 2018 . Since then, Trares has been looking after the first team with co-trainer Sachs, the cooperation between Michael Fink and SV Waldhof Mannheim was ended on the same day at Fink's request. Under coach Trares, SV Waldhof reached the relegation games for promotion to the 3rd division as runner-up in the 2017/18 season for the third time in a row. The opponent was KFC Uerdingen 05 on May 24 and 27, 2018 .
After KFC Uerdingen had won the first leg 1-0, the second leg in Mannheim, which had previously been interrupted several times due to crowd riots and firing of pyrotechnics, was canceled in the 82nd minute by referee Patrick Ittrich when the score was 1: 2. A total of 45 people were injured in the riots that day. The game was subsequently rated 2-0 for KFC Uerdingen, which sealed another non-promotion of SVW. The SV Waldhof was punished for the riots with a fine of 25,000 euros and three points deduction for the following season. Of the fine that was imposed, three quarters of the amount payable was ultimately taken over voluntarily from its own funds by the Ultras Mannheim 1999 fan group, which was identified as the main responsible. On March 20, 2019, the SVW won a lawsuit against the DFB before the Frankfurt Regional Court and achieved a withdrawal of the three-point deduction. The judge Richard Kästner classified the judgment as "provisionally enforceable", whereby the points were already credited to the Waldhof in the current season, although the DFB announced an appeal.
On October 28, 2018, Klaus Geschwill, Markus Ritzmann, Alexander Rudnick and Klaus Bittinger resigned from their positions on the Supervisory Board of SV Waldhof. In a press release, "different views on the implementation of the 50 + 1 rule of the DFB" were listed, which were not conducive to the game. Since the professional team was outsourced to a gaming company, it is said that there have been conflicts between the club's executive committee and the main investor, Bernd Beetz. Beetz was the only candidate to stand for the office of president at the general meeting on November 28, 2018 and was elected with 180 of 266 votes (26 abstentions, 60 against). With Bernd Beetz as president of the eV, Spielbetriebs GmbH has been effectively controlled by the Beetz family since then, although according to the statutes of the e. V. according to the 50 + 1 rule, this must have the majority of votes in the shareholders' meeting of the GmbH.
3rd league - return to professional football
With the 1-0 win in the home game against Wormatia Worms on April 20, 2019, SV Waldhof rose to the third division for the first time and thus returned to professional football 16 years after relegating to the second division in 2003. With an official attendance of 14,413 visitors, the club broke the audience record it had only recently set for a regular game in the Regionalliga Südwest . On March 9, 2019, 14,326 spectators had attended the game against 1. FC Saarbrücken . On May 1st, 2019 Mannheim received the license for the 3rd division.
In addition to the promotion, the club took part in the DFB Cup for the first time since 2003 . Although he had lost the final of the Baden Cup against Karlsruher SC 3: 5, SVW received a starting place, as the Karlsruhe team had already qualified for the DFB Cup via their placement in the 3rd division. The club lost in the first round in front of a crowd of 24,302 spectators in the sold-out Carl Benz Stadium with 3: 5 against Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt . After more than 18 years, the traditional duel with 1. FC Kaiserslautern took place on the 7th match day of the third division 2019/20 season after the rise of SV Waldhof . In front of 36,766 spectators, the two teams parted 1: 1 in the Fritz Walter Stadium . Various incidents occurred in the run-up to the game. For example, on the morning of the match day, a badly abused pig was found on the softball court of the Mannheim Tornados . Suspected Lautern supporters had left the animal on the square with slogans sprayed on it, such as “Lautern pigs in your city too” or a crossed out “SVW”. Shortly before that, the heads of two figures of the "11 Friends", stone figures arranged in a semicircle at the foot of the Betzenberg , had been forcibly removed. A season-spanning series of 29 unbeaten league games in a row ended with a 1: 2 against the Würzburger Kickers . In addition, the Waldhof was only beaten eight times in the 2019/20 season, making it the team with the fewest defeats in this third division season. Nevertheless, Waldhof only ended up in ninth place in the table at the end of the season. However, the cup season was made more successful in the same year, with SV Waldhof winning the Badischer Pokal for the first time in 21 years .
Development of the club emblem
As of August 9, 2020
|No.||Nat.||player||Born||At SVW since||Contract until||Last club|
|1||Timo Königsmann||April 5, 1997||2019||2021||without a club|
|25th||Markus Scholz||May 17, 1988||2015||2021||Dynamo Dresden|
|Jan-Christoph Bartels||January 13, 1999||2020||2021||1. FC Cologne|
|3||Mete Çelik||October 8, 1996||2017||2020||VfB Stuttgart II|
|4th||Jesper Verlaat||June 4th 1996||2020||SV Sandhausen|
|5||Marcel Seegert||April 29, 1994||2019||2022||SV Sandhausen|
|22nd||Jan Just||September 14, 1996||2018||2021||TSV Schott Mainz|
|26th||Jan-Hendrik Marx||April 26, 1995||2019||2021||Kickers Offenbach|
|27||Gerrit Gohlke||March 12, 1999||2020||2023||Kickers Offenbach|
|31||Marcel Hofrath||March 21, 1993||2018||2021||SSV Jahn Regensburg|
|6th||Marco Schuster||October 10, 1995||2017||2021||FC Augsburg II|
|8th||Dorian Diring||April 11, 1992||2017||2021||Hallescher FC|
|10||Arianit Ferati||September 7, 1997||2019||2021||Hamburger SV II|
|13||Max Christiansen||September 25, 1996||2019||2021||Arminia Bielefeld|
|17th||Marcel Costly||November 20, 1995||2020||2021||1. FC Magdeburg|
|18th||Mohamed Gouaida||May 15, 1993||2019||2021||SV Sandhausen|
|21st||Benedict Dos Santos||May 2, 1998||2019||2021||VfB Stuttgart II|
|35||Hamza Saghiri||February 18, 1997||2020||2021||FC Viktoria Cologne|
|Rafael García Doblas||September 27, 1993||2020||Chemnitzer FC|
|Onur Ünlüçifçi||April 24, 1997||2020||2021||SG Sonnenhof Großaspach|
|19th||Mounir Bouziane||5th February 1991||2018||2020||Hansa Rostock|
|20th||Andis Shala II||November 15, 1988||2020||2020||Kickers Offenbach|
|30th||Kevin Koffi||June 25, 1986||2019||2020||SV Elversberg|
|Anton Donkor||November 11, 1997||2020||FC Carl Zeiss Jena|
|Dominik Martinović||March 25, 1997||2020||SG Sonnenhof Großaspach|
II is also in the squad of the Association League team
|Current coaching staff|
|Patrick Glöckner||Chief trainer|
|Maximilian Mehring||Assistant coach|
|Dennis Tiano||Goalkeeping coach|
|Alexander Beyer||Game master|
|Konstantinos Cafaltzis||Team doctor|
|George Lamb||Player manager|
|Dennis Findeisen||Fitness trainer|
|Jochen Kientz||Sports director|
Transfers of the 2020/21 season
SV Waldhof has been playing its home games in the Carl Benz Stadium (seating 24,302) since 1994 .
After the establishment in 1907, the first venues for the blue-blacks were the “Schlammloch” and the “Sandacker” behind the Waldhof school in the Mannheim-Waldhof district of the same name . In 1924, the SVW moved to the stadium on Alsenweg (which is also located on the Waldhof), where it played its games until the end of 1993. The club's premises with training grounds, clubhouse, fan shop and office are still located there today. The years 1983 to 1989 were an exception, when the first team of SV Waldhof Mannheim had to move to the neighboring Ludwigshafen Südweststadion due to DFB requirements for their games in the Bundesliga .
Before the 2008/09 season, the stadium was extensively renovated. Among other things, a new display board was installed. The renovation took place so that TSG 1899 Hoffenheim could play their home games in Mannheim in the preliminary round of the 2008/09 season. Their own stadium, the Rhein-Neckar-Arena , was only finished during the winter break.
After the promotion to the 3rd division, the Mannheim municipal council decided on an extensive renovation package for the CBS. With a total of 2.4 million euros, the floodlights and public address system were renewed and video surveillance installed. The lawn was replaced in connection with the installation of lawn heating and the irrigation system improved. In a separate step, the underfloor heating will be connected and will start operating in the 2020/21 season. In addition, digital advertising boards in front of the south, east and west stands created space for the latest advertising technology.
Athletic history and league affiliation
- In the all-time league table, Waldhof Mannheim is 29th.
- In the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga, Waldhof Mannheim is 13th.
- In the all-time table of the 3rd football league, Waldhof Mannheim is in 50th place.
- In the all-time table of the regional football league, Waldhof Mannheim is in 14th place.
- In the all-time league table of the Baden-Württemberg football league, Waldhof Mannheim is 36th.
From the 2019/20 season , SV Waldhof is back in third class and is back in professional football 16 years after being relegated to the Baden-Württemberg Oberliga.
- 1939 German DFB Cup finalist
- 1980 German A-youth champion
- 1982 DFB junior championship champion
- 1983 champions of the 2nd Bundesliga
- 1983–1990 membership in the Bundesliga
- 1998, 1999, 2020 Badischer Cup winner
- 1999 Champion of the Regionalliga Süd
- 2008 promotion to the regional league
- 2011 Champion of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg
- 2016, 2019 champions of the Regionalliga Südwest
- 2019 Promotion to the 3rd soccer league 2019/20 (1st team) and champion of the Landesliga Rhein-Neckar (2nd team)
Fan scene and fan culture
Most of the fans come from the Mannheim metropolitan area . In addition, the following mostly comes from Ludwigshafen , Heidelberg and the Rhein-Neckar district . But there are also fan clubs on Bergstrasse and in the Vorderpfalz . The majority of the active fan scene at home games is on the Otto Siffling grandstand, behind which the fan contact point is located. All official fan clubs are organized in the “Pro Waldhof eV” fan association.
The longest fan friendship is with Eintracht Braunschweig . In addition, friendly contacts with FC Basel and Wormatia Worms are maintained. There are also individual contacts with 1. FC Magdeburg . In addition, there has been a friendship with Eintracht Frankfurt since 2006 , which is mainly maintained by the ultra groups of both clubs.
The biggest rivalry is with 1. FC Kaiserslautern and arose in the 1980s. There are also aversions to the Karlsruher SC and the Offenbacher Kickers . Also, the SV Darmstadt 98 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are unpopular in the fan scene, as is the TSV 1860 Munich . The oldest rivalry is with VfR Mannheim . Due to the great sporting differences, however, this has increasingly lost its importance in recent years.
The comedian Bülent Ceylan is just as much a supporter of the club as the singer Xavier Naidoo and parts of Mannheim's sons . The actor Uwe Ochsenknecht was active as a striker and goalkeeper for SV Waldhof in his youth.
Other departments of the association
In the first decades of Waldhof history, handball players were particularly successful. In 1933, the men's team became the first non-police sports club to become German champions of the German sports authority for athletics in field handball with a 7: 5 success in the final against the police SV Burg . With Wilhelm Müller and Fritz Spengler , two Waldhöfer were involved in winning the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Philipp Zimmermann won the 1938 world championship with the German national team.
After the Second World War , Waldhof won the first interzonal championship in field handball in 1946 as a representative of the American zone of occupation ; In the final of the zone champions in Hagen , the representative of the British zone , Sportring 33 Gevelsberg, was beaten 11: 4. Then the club was able to reach the final of the German field handball championship twice. Both times, however, there were narrow defeats: At the first German championship of the post-war period in 1947 , which was held as the open championship of the British zone of occupation , Waldhof failed 6-8 against RSV Mülheim , and a year later at the interzonal final tournament in 1948 the team lost 8 : 10 against the gymnastics club Hassee-Winterbek from Kiel (see also: Zone Championship ). In 1952 the Waldhöfer were relegated from the Baden field handball league. From 1954 to 1956 they belonged to the then top division for two more years. The descent in 1956 after a playoff against TSV Oftersheim meant the final farewell for SVW to the big field handball stage. In indoor handball, SV Waldhof was only among the top in Baden for women. In the 1960s, the women's team dominated the Baden handball and between 1960 and 1967 was Baden champion seven times in the hall (1960, 1961 and 1963-1967) and six times on the large field (1962-1967). At that time, the Waldhof goalkeeper Monika Eichenauer was appointed to the German national team 59 times (55 indoor, 1 small-field and 3 field handball games).
Tennis has been offered in the club since 1954. With around 200 active and inactive members, the main focus is on promoting young people. There are 7 teams (women / men / mixed ), 5 of which take part in the so-called medal round . The leagues range from the district to the district league.
At the beginning of the 1970s, SV Waldhof was also successful in table tennis. In 1971 he was promoted to the Oberliga Süd, which was then the second highest German division (after the table tennis Bundesliga ). The Mannheimers were able to establish themselves there immediately. After three years, however, the team switched to DJK Käfertal (taking the relay place with them) . Today there is no longer a table tennis department in the club.
SV Waldhof has had its own department for e-sports since December 23, 2017 .
Status: October 7, 2019
|Tim Christoffel||December 7, 1995|
|Marco Popiuk||June 19, 1995|
|Bastian Rupsch||January 27, 1999|
|Finn Janzen||March 20, 1995|
|Timo Liebisch||March 31, 1993|
- Helmut Klingen: 50 years SV Waldhof Mannheim. A. Rausch, Heidelberg 1957.
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