SpVgg Greuther Fürth

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SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Club crest of the SpVgg Greuther Fürth
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Surname Spielvereinigung
Greuther Fürth e. V.
Seat Fürth , Bavaria
founding September 23, 1903
(as SpVgg Fürth)
Colours White-green
Members 2,500 (August 2017)
president Fred Höfler
Football company
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Surname SpVgg Greuther Fürth
GmbH & Co. KGaA
Limited partner SpVgg Greuther Fürth e. V.
General partner GmbH Greuther Fürth Fußball GmbH
→ 100%: SpVgg Greuther Fürth e. V.
(general partner GmbH)
Rachid Azzouzi
Holger Schwiewagner
Website sgf1903.de
First team
Head coach Stefan Leitl
Venue Ronhof sports park
Places 18,000
league 2nd Bundesliga
2019/20 9th place

The game association Greuther Fürth is a sports club in Fürth , which is known nationwide primarily for its football department. The greatest successes in the club's history are the three German championship titles in 1914, 1926 and 1929 as SpVgg Fürth. In the 2012/13 season the SpVgg Greuther Fürth played for the first time in the Bundesliga . The team currently belongs to the second division . The club leads the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga in front of Alemannia Aachen and FC St. Pauli . The first team plays its home games in the Ronhof sports park in the Ronhof district .


Historical club crests: SpVgg Fürth (top left and right, bottom left), TSV 1895 Fürth (top center), TSV Vestenbergsgreuth (bottom right), SpVgg Greuther Fürth (bottom center)

Initial period (1903-1914)

In the early years of football , soccer departments emerged as game associations in many gymnastics clubs , including TV Fürth 1860 , whose players met on September 23, 1903 in the Balzer Inn ( Gustavstrasse 61 ) to found SpVgg Fürth . Because of the lack of support for the new department from the main association, it was decided on November 21, 1906 to break up and found a separate association. Gradually, further departments were founded in the new association, including a. Athletics (1907), skiing , singing (1911), tennis (1912), swimming , cycling , handball (1920). In 1914, SpVgg Fürth was the largest German sports club with more than 3,000 members.

Three championship titles (1914–1929)

For the first time in uniform playing attire with the clover leaf on the chest: The team of SpVgg Fürth in 1905

SpVgg Fürth celebrated its greatest sporting successes long before the Second World War . From 1909 to 1914 the club played in the Eastern District League and was able to become champions three times in a row between 1912 and 1914 , thus qualifying for the finals for the South German championship . The Fürth team won this third attempt in 1914 and thus took part in the final round of the German championship for the first time. There, they reached the finals once, arriving in Magdeburg on the VfB Leipzig met. In a marathon game it was 1: 1 after 90 minutes and the game went into overtime, where the Fürth team took the lead for the second time, but VfB Leipzig equalized only a little later. After 120 minutes, according to the rules of the time, the extension was extended by ten more minutes until a decision was made. This finally succeeded the Fürthern in the 153rd minute of play, when Karl Franz scored the 3-2, which meant the first German championship title for the Franks.

Due to the First World War , no championship games were played in the following years, so that the German championship was not played again until six years later. As defending champions, the Fürth team automatically qualified for the 1920 finals and, although they lost four of the championship team's players in the war, they reached the final again. There they were defeated in Frankfurt against their Franconian rivals from 1. FC Nürnberg with 0-2. Both teams were among the strongest of their time, but only one southern German club was allowed to take part in the final round of the championship. Compared to the Nürnbergers, Fürth mostly drew the shorter here, until the rules for qualifying for the final round were changed in 1925. From now on, three clubs from the south were allowed to participate, which brought the game association back into the pan-German spotlight.

In 1926 they immediately reached the final in Frankfurt and were able to celebrate the second German championship there after beating Hertha BSC 4-1 . Fürth won the last big title in 1929 . After victories against FSV Frankfurt , Fortuna Düsseldorf , Hamburger SV and Breslauer SC 08 , the Franks were again in the final. Like three years before, the opponent was Hertha BSC and this time the game association was able to keep the upper hand 3-2.

First class (1930–1963)

In the 20s and 30s, the great time of the Fürth people was when people measured themselves against international football celebrities in private games. You could win against Juventus Turin (1930), Real Madrid (1923) and FC Barcelona (1926).

In the 30s, however, the time when they made up a large part of the German national team was already over. In the 1933 newly introduced Gauliga Bayern , the club ended up mostly in the middle of the table, only in 1935 could the Gaume Championship be won. In the final round, however, it was over in the first round.

After the Second World War, Fürth initially no longer played a major role and became second class for the first time when it was relegated to the Bavarian Amateur League in 1948. After the immediate resurgence, the Fürth were able to win the championship in 1950 in the Oberliga Süd and took part twice in a final round of the German championship in 1950 and 1951 . 1950 came after victories against STV Horst-Emscher and FC St. Pauli in the semifinals after a 1: 4 against VfB Stuttgart . In 1951, the team was eliminated in the group stage of the championship. The club continued to play in the Oberliga Süd until 1963, but could not qualify for the newly founded Bundesliga because of the poor placements .

Second to fourth class (1963–1997)

League membership and placements of the SpVgg from 1963 to 2015

From 1963 to 1983, the Fürth team played second class, first in the Regionalliga Süd , later in the 2nd Bundesliga . In 1983, the club was heavily indebted to the Oberliga Bayern and only four years later it fell into the Landesliga. In 1991 the club returned to the league. The turning point was initiated on August 4, 1990, when Borussia Dortmund was defeated in the first main round of the DFB Cup . It is noteworthy that the then fourth division team was outnumbered for 88 minutes after an early red card for David Schneider.

In the following years the game association reached the qualification for the 1994 newly founded regional league with a third, second and sixth place . However, the club still had immense financial worries, and so the offer to join the football department of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth came in handy. On July 1, 1996, the competitive football department of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth finally joined SpVgg Fürth and the club received its current name SpVgg Greuther Fürth . The traditional club coat of arms of the SpVgg gave way to a round logo, which in addition to the traditional clover leaf of the Fürth also contained the wooden shoe of the TSV Vestenbergsgreuth.

In the first season after the transfer of Vestenbergsgreuth's football department, the club was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1996/97 .

2nd Bundesliga, DFB Cup semi-finals and promotion to the Bundesliga (1997–2012)

City bus of Infra Fürth with the SpVgg logo (2006)

For the 100th anniversary of the club in 2003, the coat of arms was changed again, including three stars, which symbolize the championships won by SpVgg Fürth. This change came into force before the DFL regulation regarding the championship stars was introduced , but the club was later forced to remove the stars from the official jerseys. Following the examples of other professional clubs, on May 19, 2003 the competitive football department was spun off into SpVgg Greuther Fürth GmbH & Co. KGaA . On July 1, 2003, the neighboring club Tuspo Fürth , which had become football champions of the ATSB in 1920 as a workers' club , was merged with SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

From 1997 to 2012 SpVgg Greuther Fürth belonged to the 2nd Bundesliga without interruption. This made it the longest-serving team in the league. At the end of the 2011/2012 season, she finished third in the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga . Since the 2000/2001 season, the Fürth team has almost consistently been placed in the top third of the league table, and has only just missed promotion several times, which is why they earned the reputation of being "inaccessible". In the 2011/12 season it was already perfect on the 32nd matchday after the 1-1 draw against FSV Frankfurt on April 20, 2012 for Fürth's first promotion to the Bundesliga . On the last day of the match, the match union achieved the championship title of the 2nd Bundesliga with a 2: 2 at Hansa Rostock and a simultaneous defeat of the newcomers Eintracht Frankfurt at Karlsruher SC . In the 2011/12 DFB Cup , the Fürth team defeated two Bundesliga clubs away from home in the round of 16 and quarter finals, with arch rivals 1. FC Nürnberg and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim . In the semifinals, the SpVgg were eliminated with a goal, the only one in the entire cup season, in the last minute of extra time against the eventual double winners Borussia Dortmund .

First Bundesliga (2012-2013)

Mike Büskens and Gerald Asamoah at the promotion ceremony on April 29, 2012 on the balcony of the Fürth town hall

In the 2012/13 season Fürth played for the first time in the Bundesliga . In his competitive debut in the top German division, the newcomer to the Bundesliga lost 3-0 to record champions FC Bayern Munich . A week earlier, Fürth was eliminated from the third division Kickers Offenbach in the first round of the DFB Cup .

On August 31, 2012, on August 31, 2012, the “clover leaves” achieved their first victory in the top German division on the second Bundesliga matchday. The Fürth team won 1-0 at 1. FSV Mainz 05 , the goal scorer was Felix Klaus . After a first half of the season with only nine points scored, the clover with Tom Mickel from Hamburger SV , Matthias Zimmermann from Borussia Mönchengladbach , Jung Bin Park from VfL Wolfsburg and the Serb Nikola Đurđić from Helsingborgs IF for the club's record sum of one million euros. At the start of the second half of the season, the Fürth team lost 2-0 to Bayern. The second win, which also took place away from home, was a 2-1 win against FC Schalke 04. On February 20, 2013, head coach Büskens was on leave. At this point the team was in last place in the table with 12 points after 22 games. His post was initially taken over by U23 coach Ludwig Preis and sporting director Rouven Schröder . On March 11, 2013, the club signed Frank Kramer , who signed a contract until June 30, 2015, as the new head coach. Ludwig Preis assisted him until the end of the season. The first victory of the new coaching team came on April 21, 2013 in the Frankenderby at 1. FC Nuremberg with 1-0, the winning goal was scored by Johannes Geis . After 31 Matchday Spielvereinigung was first relegated to the First Division If, after the Friday match Hannover 96 2: was inferior to 3 and the FC Augsburg , who had previously been on the relegation place 16, its home game against VfB Stuttgart won and thus expanded the lead to 12 points. After the 1: 2 home defeat on the penultimate match day against SC Freiburg , the game association is the first team that has not won a single home win in the course of a Bundesliga season. At the end of the season she finished 49th in the Bundesliga all-time table with 21 points.

Again second division and relegation battle (2013-2015)

The north stand with the fan blocks (2014):
This city and its club will always be our love

Several players left the SpVgg after relegation. So moved Sercan Sararer for VfB Stuttgart , Bernd Nehrig and Christopher Nothe left the Fürth towards FC St. Pauli , Milorad Pekovic went to Hansa Rostock , Heinrich Schmidtgal to Fortuna Dusseldorf . The loaned players Lasse Sobiech ( Borussia Dortmund ), Matthias Zimmermann ( Borussia Mönchengladbach ) and József Varga ( Debreceni VSC ) returned to their home clubs. In addition, Gerald Asamoah and Issa Ndoye left the club for free. However, the shamrock was also able to strengthen itself for the second Bundesliga. From MSV Duisburg substitute Daniel Brosinski and Goran Šukalo to the Franks, of Rot-Weiß Erfurt came Dominick Drexler , from VfL Wolfsburg was Kevin Schulze committed and Hannover 96 Niko Gießelmann . In addition, the Fürth team strengthened with Zsolt Korcsmár von Brann Bergen from Norway . Mirko Dickhaut became the new assistant coach in June, while Ludwig Preis took over the second team again. The season was quite successful for Greuther Fürth, the first four games were won and the team was at the top of the table until matchday 6. It was replaced on the 7th match day by 1. FC Union Berlin . From the 10th to the 12th matchday three games were lost in a row, which is why they slipped onto the relegation place, behind 1. FC Köln and Union Berlin. At the end of the first half of the season, SpVgg Greuther Fürth was still "Vice Autumn Champion". In the second half of the season Fürth was in second place without interruption until the 32nd matchday, and only fell back to third after a 1: 2 home defeat against TSV 1860 Munich . The next matchday saw the highest away win in Fürth's second division history: SpVgg beat FC Energie Cottbus, who had already been relegated at the time, 6-0. On the last day of the match, the SpVgg won against SV Sandhausen, but still had a handicap against their table neighbors and runner-up SC Paderborn . The SpVgg reached the relegation . There she met - as in the second main round of the DFB Cup (0-1 in Hamburg) - on HSV , but failed after a 0-0 away and a 1-1 at home due to the away goals rule and remained in second place.

The missed promotion was followed by a change in the team. A total of 15 players left the club, including many regulars such as Daniel Brosinski , Nikola Đurđić , Abdul Rahman Baba , Mergim Mavraj and Zoltán Stieber , all of whom moved to the first division. At the beginning of the second half, only Stephan Fürstner from the promotion team was under contract. The beginning of the 2014/15 season was overshadowed by a traffic accident involving striker Ilir Azemi , who suffered serious injuries and was out of the season. In the end, the season itself should be the club's worst playing time in the single-track second division. Despite a convincing 5: 1 in the Frankenderby on matchday 2, they could only stay in the middle of the table in the first half of the table and were 11th with 21 points at the winter break. This was followed by a worse second half and the crash near the relegation zone. As a result, Frank Kramer was on leave on February 23, 2015 and replaced by his predecessor Mike Büskens . Nevertheless, the season ended only in 14th place. Overall, the game association with 16 points in the second half of the season together with Fortuna Düsseldorf (which had a worse goal difference) was the worst team in the second half of the season and there was a risk of direct relegation to the last game day 3rd league. At the end of the 2015 season, SpVgg climbed to second place in the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga .

Stabilization (2015-2017)

Since neither Mike Büskens nor the club wanted to renew their contract for the 2015/16 season , SpVgg sought the services of Stefan Ruthenbeck , who was still under contract with second division relegated VfR Aalen . An agreement was reached in June. In addition, Jürgen Gjasula and Andreas Hofmann could also be signed from Aalen, in return, Dwayn Holter and Alexandros Kartalis switched to Aalen on loan. Captain Wolfgang Hesl left Fürth for Arminia Bielefeld . Nevertheless, the core of the team was held together and supplemented by individual newcomers such as Veton Berisha , Domi Kumbela and Sebastian Mielitz . The season started with a 1-0 win against Karlsruher SC , which - like Fürth a year earlier - failed in the relegation against Hamburger SV. Four games followed with only two points, until the 259th Frankenderby came on September 13th (6th matchday) , which was won 3-2 in front of the home crowd. This victory marked the beginning of a series of four victories in a row, which only ended on matchday 10 with a 5-0 home defeat against VfL Bochum . As a result, the SpVgg again lost the thread and also the connection to the upper ranks. Of the remaining nine games, she only won the games against 1860 Munich and FC Heidenheim , before the winter break she remained four games without a win. A break in the winter break followed; Among other things, Domi Kumbela, who only came in the summer, crowd favorite Stephan Schröck and Goran Sukalo left the club. In winter, the stadium was renamed “Sportpark Ronhof | Thomas Sommer ”.

After the winter break, the below-average success of the shamrock continued, which was also noticeable in the atmosphere around the club. Of the games against FC St. Pauli , FSV Frankfurt , MSV Duisburg and 1. FC Nürnberg , only the one in Frankfurt could be won 2-1 (1-0); especially the game in Nuremberg (the first derby defeat in eight years) was considered a low point. However, the response was positive; The SpVgg got two wins and two draws from the next five games in one - very narrow - defeat against the leaders SC Freiburg . Particularly encouraging for the fans and the team were the home wins against Union Berlin (2-0) and Braunschweig (3-0), both of which were achieved with very good performances. After just 28 match days and now 19 points behind the third-placed team and 12 points ahead of relegation place 15, it became clear that the season would most likely end in midfield. On the 28th matchday they cracked the 40-point mark with a very lucky 1-0 win against TSV 1860 Munich - after scoring in the 105th second, TSV had a total of 18: 5 chances to score - and drove away all worries a descent. Then the team could play freely and defeat Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-1 (3-1). It now seemed, however, that the players had lost motivation for the rest of the games. They lost 2: 4 (1: 1) at Arminia Bielefeld , who was able to keep the league perfectly, in the home game against 1. FC Heidenheim with 0: 2 (0: 1) and away at 1. FC Kaiserslautern with 1: 3 (1: 1). The conciliatory end of the season was nevertheless achieved by SpVgg, as they reached the top half of the table with a 3-1 (2-1) win against SV Sandhausen with simultaneous defeats by Heidenheim and Kaiserslautern in 9th place.

Club crest of SpVgg Greuther Fürth with three silver master stars until 2017

The summer transfer phase brought about a major change in personnel for the 2016/17 season . The most important departure is that of Marco Stiepermann (together with Johannes Wurtz, sold to VfL Bochum). For this, Sercan Sararer, a Fürth crowd favorite from Düsseldorf, came to the Spielvereinigung. With Balázs Megyeri , who became a regular goalkeeper during the season, Sascha Burchert and Marius Funk were also brought in three new goalkeepers. The season began with a 1-0 home win over 1860 Munich and you could get eleven points from the first seven games (including a 2-1 away win in the 261st Frankenderby) and place yourself in the middle of the table. This was followed by four defeats in a row, however, the fall to 15th place in the table, which was briefly slowed down by a win at VfL Bochum on matchday 12, but the dismissal of coach by a renewed defeat on matchday 13 against Dynamo Dresden Ruthenbeck had the consequence. Janos Radoki , who had been in charge of the U19 until then, was introduced as interim trainer . After good results until the winter break, Radoki was appointed head coach. In the second half of the season they were able to climb to 6th place in the table through a series of nine league games without defeat. SpVgg also won the second round derby with a 1-0 draw from Robert Zulj . In the DFB Cup, however, they were eliminated after a 2-0 defeat in the quarter-finals against Borussia Mönchengladbach . The season ended in 8th place. It is worth mentioning that for the first time since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963, both Frankenderbys were won and in the final table for the first time since 1953 they were able to position themselves in front of 1. FC Nürnberg .

Again relegation battle (2017-2019)

After a false start to the 2017/18 season , coach Janos Radoki was on leave on August 28, 2017 after four defeats in four games. Initially, assistant trainer Mirko Dickhaut took over the duties of head coach. On September 9, 2017, Damir Burić , previously head coach of the Austrian Bundesliga club FC Admira Wacker Mödling, was introduced as the new head coach of SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Despite the change of coach, the season was still very bad overall. While they had reached the highest position of the season with the 14th place in the table on the first day of the game, the team fell back to a direct relegation place on the second day, which could only be left again on the 22nd game day. From then on, the team shuttled between 17th and 14th place in the table, ending the season in 15th place in the table and thus only very slightly above the relegation and relegation places. The game association also lost a competitive derby at home against 1. FC Nürnberg for the first time since 1979 (1: 3 on matchday 8). The second leg on matchday 25 in Nuremberg, however, won the Fürth 2-0, which also marked the only away win of the season. Overall, the game association remained mostly unsuccessful, especially away from home: One win, six draws and ten defeats meant the last place in the away table with only nine points, whereas one could collect a total of 31 points at Ronhof, which resulted in third place in the home table would have. In total, the team spent 24 game days on a direct relegation or relegation place. The 15th place in the final ranking also marked the club's worst performance in the single-track 2nd Bundesliga, but with 40 points it collected three points more than in the 2014/15 season , which ended in 14th place. In the DFB Cup they were eliminated in the second main round by a 3-1 home defeat against league rivals FC Ingolstadt 04 .

Since 17 September 2017, the Spielvereinigung leads to a 3: 1 home win against Fortuna Dusseldorf the league table of 2. Bundesliga on.

The 2018/19 season was only slightly better. Although they were largely able to hold on to or near the promotion positions until the 14th matchday, the team slipped into the second half of the table at the end of the first half of the season. After the results did not improve at the beginning of the second half of the season, Damir Burić was replaced by Stefan Leitl , whose past at 1. FC Nürnberg (57 league games between 1999 and 2001) caused a lot of discussion among fans. Leitl reacted to hostility from the Fürth ultra scene with incomprehension and the words "[...] it is certainly not the case that I sleep in club bedclothes." Ultimately, he could not bring the club back to the top half of the table. Although they never fell below 15th place, they were only able to consolidate their non-relegation on the penultimate matchday and ended the season with 42 points in 14th place. In the DFB Cup , they lost 2-1 after extra time in the first round Borussia Dortmund out, although they were 1-0 up until the fifth minute of stoppage time and only conceded the decisive goal in stoppage time in the second half of extra time.

The COVID-19 season (since 2019)

The 2019/20 season started rather unhappy with a 2-0 home defeat against Erzgebirge Aue and an elimination in the first round of the DFB Cup . Contrary to the trend of recent years, the season went much better and the team stayed largely in the upper half of the table, even if they were at no point better than 4th place. The first half of the season ended in seventh place and the first half of the season was not lost . Until the season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic after the 25th matchday, the team was always close to the promotion places. After the continuation of the season, however, they could not build on their success and only won the 266th Frankenderby at FC Nürnberg on matchday 31 until the end of the season. Five more games ended in a draw and three were lost. A piquant curiosity came on the final day, as the eternal rival 1. FC Nuremberg on table number 15 on a victory of the shamrock against standing in 16th place Karlsruher SC had to hope the club does not provided even against Holstein Kiel victory retracts to not to fall on the relegation place 16. In the end, Nuremberg only played a draw, while Fürth lost the game 2-1 with two controversial goals and thus indirectly brought Nuremberg into relegation . The game association finished the season with 44 points in 9th place and thus for the first time in two years back in the top half of the table and after four years for the first time without a change of coach during the season. At the end of the season, long-time captain Marco Caligiuri ended his active career after 214 competitive appearances for the clover leaf.

Youth work

Since the SpVgg u. a. has fewer financial resources than comparable Bundesliga clubs due to the low number of spectators, the club is increasingly focusing on the junior sector and promoting young players in the second division. The club's A-youth has played in the South / Southwest Bundesliga since 2003 and has already made it to the semi-finals of the German championship twice. Transfers of young talents such as Roberto Hilbert , Heiko Westermann , Martin Lanig , Nicolai Müller or Christian Eigler to first division clubs have repeatedly contributed to the financing of the Bundesliga budget. Most recently, the youth teams of the Spielvereinigung weakened, but they still managed to train talents even after their promotion to the Bundesliga, so with Johannes Geis (Schalke 04), Edgar Prib and Felix Klaus (both Hannover 96) some of Fürth's own generation are currently playing in football -Bundesliga, the Ghanaian Abdul Rahman Baba even made it into the international class at Chelsea FC via the Augsburg station .

The U23 of the game association has been playing in the Regionalliga since 2008 (until 2012 season south , then Bavaria ).

Players, coaches and presidents

22 players were appointed to the German national soccer team for a total of 175 appearances during their time at SpVgg Fürth. They scored 23 goals. Heiko Westermann also played in the second team of the SpVgg from 2000 to 2003 (37 games / 1 goal) and from 2002 to 2005 for the first team (83 games / 2 goals). He later played in the German national team and was part of the squad for the 2008 European Championship .

The current trainer was Damir Burić until February 4, 2019 . After six lost games without a goal and a 6-0 defeat in the away game at SC Paderborn , the dismissal followed. One day after the separation from Burić, Stefan Leitl was hired by the club as the new coach.

From 1996 to August 1, 2018, Helmut Hack managed the fate of the club as President and since taking office he has been driving a path of constant development, established the game association in the second division and achieved the historic first promotion to the first division. The managing director of the Tucher brewery, Fred Höfler , was elected as his successor .


The Ronhof Sports Park in 2011

From 1903 to 1906 the footballers played on the playground on Schießanger , from 1906 to 1910 the playground on Vacher Straße was the venue. Since September 11, 1910, the Ronhof has been the home of the gaming association. At the time of opening, this sports facility was one of the largest and most modern in the German Empire. In the successful years, it was decided at a general meeting to convert the sports field there into a stadium and the necessary 30,000 marks were collected. In 1955 the stadium offered space for 30,000 spectators, after various renovations and modernizations, the stadium currently holds 18,000 spectators.

In 1997, the traditional stadium was renamed and since then was called Playmobil stadium . On July 1, 2010, the name of the Fürth stadium in Trolli Arena changed to a brand of the sponsor Mederer confectionery sales . After the end of the new building plans, a new main grandstand is to be built to increase the capacity to 20,000 seats. On June 30, 2014, the sponsorship contract with Mederer confectionery sales expired. The Fürth venue was then called Stadion am Laubenweg until February 2016 , as no suitable name sponsor was found at that time. On February 1st, 2016 the stadium was officially in Sportpark Ronhof | Renamed Thomas Sommer . The new name is made up of the traditional name of the stadium and that of the real estate agent Thomas Sommer , who was born in Fürth and who has secured the naming rights until summer 2021.

New construction plans and reconstruction of the main grandstand

On March 22, 2012, the club announced plans to build a new stadium. According to this, a stadium for 20,000 spectators was to be built in the southern part of the city of Fürth on a site formerly owned by the Trolli company for 35 million euros. The project was to be financed by Thomas Sommer. Construction should start in spring 2013. Completion was planned for the 2014/15 season. It should also be possible to expand the stadium to a capacity of up to 28,000 seats. The entrepreneur Thomas Sommer is a real estate broker and asset manager and has sponsored Greuther Fürth with his company since 2004.

In November 2012, the club and owner Conny Brandstätter agreed on an extension of the stadium lease contract until 2040. This means that the new building plans are no longer applicable and the game association will remain at the Ronhof. A new construction of the main stand and an improved infrastructure are planned for the future of the stadium. Entrepreneur Thomas Sommer has promised his financial support for the renovation plans. In 2015 it was finally announced that the club would demolish the main grandstand, which has existed since 1951, for 17 million euros and replace it with a new building. After the old main grandstand was passed against MSV Duisburg, the foundation stone for the new building was laid on April 12, 2016. The first construction phase of the main grandstand was completed at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. This is followed by the demolition of the VIP building and the extension of the main grandstand to the north.

Success in football

In the ranking of the German football champions of the DFB, Fürth is tenth with three titles. The game association was the reigning champion for a total of eight years, since no football championship was held during the First World War.


Shirt sponsors since 1973
Period Shirt sponsor
1973-1981 source
1983-1985 ARO
1987-1991 Kraus supply technology
1991-1994 Wöhrl
1994-1996 Patrician Brew
1996-1997 Milford
1997-1999 source
1999-2001 norisbank
2001-2002 EasyCredit
2002-2009 KarstadtQuelle Insurance
2009-2017 Ergo direct
2017– Hofmann staff

Fan clubs

The fans of SpVgg Greuther Fürth are organized in 58 fan clubs with around 2,500 members, most of them in the Franconian region . The largest group with 600 members are the Ronhof Sports Friends . With the Ultras Fürth 98 , the first ultra grouping was founded in 1998 , but it broke up in 2007. After the Ultras Fürth ended in 1998 , the Fürth Ultras were reorganized into the groups Horidos 1000 , Entourage and Stradevia 907 . With the founding of the Horidos, Block 12 was also created as a pure mood block .

Club name

In 1996 the football department of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth joined SpVgg Fürth and the club was given its current name SpVgg Greuther Fürth . Among the fans, the club is also referred to as the Fürth clover because of the clover leaf in the club's coat of arms .


In the 27th Frankenderby, SpVgg Fürth lost 3-0 at 1. FC Nürnberg (1912)

The main rival of SpVgg Fürth is 1. FC Nürnberg, but there is also a rivalry between TSV 1860 Munich and FC Augsburg (due to the local proximity and the long membership of both clubs in the 2. Bundesliga) .

After the 266th Frankenderby against 1. FC Nürnberg (as of June 2020) the balance sheet looks like this:

  • 77 victories in Fürth
  • 48 draws
  • 139 wins Nuremberg
  • 2 canceled games (one of which was judged to be a victory for Fürth by the sports court )

Fanzine / the like

From 1998 to 2002 a fanzine of supporters of SpVgg Greuther Fürth appeared with “Dounern hald nai” ( Franconian for “Mach 'him [the ball] hold it in”) . The series came to eleven issues.


Eddy , a green dragon , has been the club's mascot since 2005 .

Squad 2020/21

First team (2nd Bundesliga)

(As of August 20, 2020)

No. Nat. Surname Date of birth In the team since Contract until Previous club
01 GermanyGermany Marius Funk January 1, 1996 2016 2022 VfB Stuttgart II
25th GermanyGermany Leon Schaffran July 31, 1998 2018 2021 Hertha BSC II
30th GermanyGermany Sascha Burchert October 30, 1989 2016 2022 Hertha BSC
04th GermanyGermany Maximilian Bauer February 9, 2000 2014 2022 SpVgg Grün-Weiß Deggendorf
05 AlbaniaAlbania Mergim Mavraj June 9, 1986 2019 2021 FC Ingolstadt 04
18th GermanyGermany Marco Meyerhöfer November 18, 1995 2019 2022 SV Waldhof Mannheim
22nd GermanyGermany David room April 22, 1998 2006 2021 Tuspo Nuremberg
23 GermanyGermany Paul Jaeckel July 22, 1998 2018 2021 VfL Wolfsburg
32 FranceFrance Abdourahmane Barry February 21, 2000 2020 2022 FC Liefering
36 GermanyGermany Alexander Lungwitz August 4, 2000 2019 2022 FC Bayern Munich U19
14th GhanaGhana Hans Nunoo Sarpei August 22, 1998 2019 2022 VfB Stuttgart
15th GermanyGermany Sebastian Ernst March 4, 1995 2017 2021 Würzburger Kickers
21st GermanyGermany Timothy Tillman January 4, 1999 2020 2022 FC Bayern Munich II
24 GermanyGermany Anton Stach November 15, 1998 2020 2023 VfL Wolfsburg II
27 GermanyGermany Kenny Prince Redondo August 29, 1994 2019 2021 1. FC Union Berlin
33 GermanyGermany Paul Seguin March 29, 1995 2019 2022 VfL Wolfsburg
34 GermanyGermany Marvin Stefaniak 3rd February 1995 2019 2021 VfL Wolfsburg
37 United StatesUnited States Julian Green June 6, 1995 2017 2021 VfB Stuttgart
07th GermanyGermany Robin Kehr February 22, 2000 2019 2022 Borussia Dortmund U19
10 SwedenSweden Branimir Hrgota January 12, 1993 2019 2021 Eintracht Frankfurt
16 NorwayNorway Håvard Nielsen July 15, 1993 2018 2021 Fortuna Dusseldorf
19th NigeriaNigeria Dickson Abiama November 3, 1998 2020 2022 SC Eltersdorf
40 GermanyGermany Jamie Leweling February 26, 2001 2017 2022 1. FC Nürnberg U16

Coaching staff

Surname function since
GermanyGermany Stefan Leitl Head coach 2019
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Petr Ruman Assistant coach 2018
CroatiaCroatia Andre Mijatović Assistant coach 2019
GermanyGermany Christian Fiedler Goalkeeping coach 2015
GermanyGermany Michael Schleinkofer Athletics coach 2017

Transfers season 2020/21

As of August 19, 2020

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020

Second team (Regionalliga Bayern)

(As of May 3, 2020)

goal Defense midfield attack Trainer
Janik Engelhardt
Lucas Zahaczewski
Elias scratches
Patrick place
Dominik Sollfrank
Mario Šubarić
Patrick Carpenter
Daniel Adlung
Lukas Ahrend
Joel Bustamante
Peter Jost
Laurin Klaus
Davide Pisanu
Rodin Deprem
Malik McLemore
Benedict Zahn
Chief trainer Petr Ruman
Assistant coach Roberto Hilbert

I also in the first team squad

Women's soccer

There has been a women's soccer team since the 2009/10 season . From the following year she took part in the Landesliga Nord (5th division) in the game operation. In the three completed seasons in the national league, the 7th (2010/11 season), 4th (2011/12 season) and 2nd place (2012/13 season) were occupied. In the following relegation game , the team was able to prevail on May 30, 2013 2-0 against FC Moosburg and thus rose to the Bayern League . On June 3, 2017, the team was able to secure the title of Bavarian champion and the associated promotion to the Regionalliga Süd with a 0-0 win against TSV Frickenhausen . After only one season, the direct relegation followed.

Other sports


In the adult area, the hockey department provides a men's and a women's team on the field, each of which plays in the 1st Association League Northern Bavaria. There are two men's and one women's teams in the hall, where the women play in the Oberliga Bayern . Particular emphasis is placed on youth work.


The club no longer has an athletics department ; athletics as a competitive and popular sport has been largely part of the LAC Quelle in Fürth since the 1960s . Fritz Franz from SpVgg Fürth was German champion in the 1500 meter run in 1919 .


Swimming, table tennis, gymnastics and volleyball are both popular and recreational. The former handball department no longer has any current training or match operations.


The former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Henry Kissinger , who was born in Fürth, is an honorary member and a great supporter of SpVgg Fürth since his youth. He informs himself regularly about the results of the team.

See also


  • The shamrocks. 75 years of the Spielvereinigung Fürth . Dasbach-Verlag, Taunusstein 1978.
  • Jürgen Schmidt, Mark Johnston: Let's go Greuther Fürth . Genniges, Roth 1997, ISBN 3-924983-18-6 .
  • Jürgen Schmidt: The clover leaf - 100 years of football at the Ronhof in Fürth . Self-published by SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Fürth 2010, ISBN 3-00-012909-X .

Web links

Commons : SpVgg Greuther Fürth  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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