Tasmania Berlin (1900–1973)

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Tasmania 1900 Berlin
Club crest
Full name Sports Club Tasmania from
1900 Berlin e. V.
place Berlin - Neukölln
Founded June 2, 1900
Dissolved 1973
Club colors Blue White
Stadion Neukölln Sports Park
Top league Bundesliga
successes 8 times Berlin champions,
7 times cup winners,
participation in the Bundesliga,
participation in the trade fair trophy
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The sports club Tasmania from 1900 Berlin e. V. , commonly known as Tasmania 1900 Berlin , was a sports club from the Berlin district of Neukölln . The club, founded on June 2, 1900 as Rixdorf TuFC Tasmania 1900 , gained notoriety mainly because of its poor performance in the Bundesliga in the 1965/66 season . In addition, the Neuköllner were also multiple participants in the final round of the German championship and long-standing member of the top Berlin divisions.

The club had to file for bankruptcy as a late consequence of relegation from the Bundesliga and was dissolved in July 1973. The unofficial successor is the SV Tasmania Berlin , which was founded on February 3, 1973, before the legal end of SC Tasmania, as Tasmania Neukölln and took on some of the young players of the insolvent SC Tasmania.


1900–1945: In the MFB and VBB

Logo of the Neukölln SC Tasmania

Tasmania was founded on June 2, 1900 as Rixdorfer TuFC Tasmania 1900 . Ten years earlier, a “Berlin FC Tasmania 1890” had been founded. From today's sources, however, it cannot be said whether there were personal overlaps between the two associations and whether the new founding in 1900 replaced the old association with similar names. In 1907, however, the name of the new Tasmania was changed slightly from Rixdorfer TuFC Tasmania 1900 to Rixdorfer FC Tasmania 1900 . When the city of Rixdorf was renamed Neukölln in 1912, the club also changed its name to Neuköllner SC Tasmania .

The club initially joined the Märkischer Fußball-Bund (MFB) and rose to the top division there in 1908. As a newcomer, Tas - the club's nickname - was able to win the association championship straight away and successfully defend this title in the following two seasons. As a result, the Rixdorfer were also entitled to participate in the final round of the German championship, whereby they had to prevail in 1910 and 1911 in qualifying games against the champions of the Berlin Ball Game Association (BBB) ​​and the Association of Berlin Athletics Clubs (VBAV). While they failed in each quarter-finals in 1909 and 1911 , the team reached the semi-finals in 1910 .

Club names
  • 1900–1907: Rixdorf TuFC Tasmania 1900
  • 1907–1912: Rixdorfer FC Tasmania 1900
  • 1912-1945: Neuköllner SC Tasmania
  • 1946–1948: SG Neukölln-Mitte
  • 1949–1973: SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin

After the MFB was merged with the VBAV and the Association of Berliner Ballspielvereine to form the Association of Brandenburgischer Ballspielvereine (VBB), Tasmania was unable to maintain its top position and was relegated from the top division in 1913. In the years that followed, up to the founding of the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg , Tasmania changed frequently between the first and second division back and forth. A total of six seasons (1921/22, 1925 to 1929 and 1930/31) were played in the highest VBB association league. For the Gauliga, the Neukölln were too weak for a long time and only rose in 1940 after the Second World War had already affected the game. In August 1940, SC Attila Berlin joined the Neukölln football team. After being relegated in 1941 and ascended again in 1942, they stayed in the Gauliga until the end of the war.

1945–1965: In the Berlin City League

After the Second World War, the association was dissolved by the Allied control authorities and re-established in 1946 as SG Neukölln-Mitte . The team initially missed the qualification for the newly founded Berlin City League and only rose in 1949 - now under the name SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin  . Thereafter, the Tasmanians held until 1952 in the contract league (so the league was called since 1950). After rising again in 1955, Tas was part of the contract league until the Bundesliga was founded and, with three Berlin championships and five Berlin cup wins, developed into the leading team in West Berlin in the years to come . Accordingly, the disappointment was great when instead of Tasmania the local rival Hertha BSC was allowed to take the place allocated to Berlin in the new Bundesliga. Tas saw himself at a disadvantage and accused Hertha of falsifying accounts, but was unsuccessful with the protest.

1965/1966: Bundesliga

Historical club coat of arms from 1966

Two years after the unsuccessful application for the Bundesliga, Tasmania was surprisingly allowed to compete in the first division: After a deficit of 192,000 D-Marks was found at the end of February 1965 during a check of the cash books at Hertha BSC, the club was declared a violation excluded from this league against the financial regulations of the Bundesliga statutes. At the end of June 1965, the DFB initially decided a promotion round between the athletic relegated team from the Bundesliga season 1964/65 Karlsruher SC , the two second in the promotion rounds from the regional league season 1964/65 SSV Reutlingen and 1.FC Saarbrücken and Tasmania for the vacant 16 . Bundesliga starting place for the following season. After the DFB had rejected a request for clemency from Hertha BSC on July 2, 1965 and the Karlsruher SC moved up to 14th place, this promotion round was unnecessary. This judgment, including the fact that the Karlsruhe team remained in the class, was overturned two weeks later by the DFB Federal Court following complaints from Tasmania and Tennis Borussia Berlin . The Bundesliga clubs meanwhile spoke out in favor of increasing the league to 17 teams.

In addition, the Axel Springer Verlag , among others, had been pushing for a West Berlin club to participate in the top division since early July 1965 . Tennis Borussia Berlin as champion of the Berlin Regionalliga 1964/65 had already failed in the promotion round and the second-placed club Spandauer SV waived the promotion, so that the third-placed club Tasmania Berlin was named as a possible 17th club on July 23, 1965 at the latest the Karlsruher SC had meanwhile been accepted back into the league. On July 31, the DFB Association Day finally decided to finally include the Tasmania in the Bundesliga. This decision met with criticism in West Germany because of the low playing strength of the West Berlin clubs. In order to defuse the criticism that the club was only accepted into the Bundesliga for political reasons, the originally relegated FC Schalke 04 was awarded an 18th place for the upcoming Bundesliga season in the 14th DFB decision as a result of the financial scandal, so the season 1964/65 ended without a sporting relegation and since then the Bundesliga has been played with 18 teams (except in the 1991/92 season due to the merger of the DFB (BRD) and DFV (GDR) with 20 teams).

Within a few days, the Tasmania had a large part of their squad u. a. Order back from vacation with the help of ADAC travel calls . As a result, many players had to completely or at least partially give up their jobs due to the conversion to full professionals. It was sometimes not possible to build up a competitive team. In early March 1966, Tasmania was (again) in a financial crisis and asked its players to forego part of the contractually agreed remuneration. This is one of the reasons why Tasmania Berlin became the most unsuccessful team in the Bundesliga to date: In the 34 games of the season, only two wins. With 15: 108 goals and 8:60 points, Tasmania Berlin finished last. On the other hand, there were only minor successes, such as the 2-0 win against Karlsruher SC or the only away point with a draw at 1. FC Kaiserslautern .


Tasmania 1900 Berlin is still considered the most unsuccessful club in the Bundesliga. This is reflected, among other things, in the records that the club has held since the 1965/66 season.

  • last place in the Eternal Bundesliga table
  • Worst season record in the Bundesliga: fewest goals (15), most goals conceded (108), fewest points (8:60 according to the two-point rule ; 10 according to the three-point rule), fewest wins (2; together with the Wuppertal SV 1974/75 ), most defeats (28)
  • longest run without a win (31 games; August 14, 1965 to May 21, 1966)
  • highest home defeat in the Bundesliga (0: 9 against Meidericher SV on March 26, 1966)
  • Bundesliga game with the fewest spectators: On January 15, 1966, the low was reached with 827 spectators (against Borussia Mönchengladbach )

In addition, the record was held for a long time

  • longest streak of home defeats (eight August 28 to December 8, 1965); This record was not until the 2004/05 season from Hansa Rostock set
  • longest losing streak (ten games); this record was set several times, first in 1984 by 1. FC Nürnberg

It is also remarkable how much the Berlin public's interest in Tasmania has decreased: 81,500 spectators came to the season opener against Karlsruher SC, compared to 70,000 at the following home game. After that, the number of viewers continuously decreased - 40,000, 25,000, 10,000. Due to the high attendance at the beginning of the season, the average was 19,400 spectators per game.


goal Defense midfield attack
Klaus Basikow (14 games / 0 goals)
Hans-Joachim Posinski (2/0)
Heinz Rohloff (18/0)
Hans-Jürgen Bäsler (17/0)
Hans-Günter Becker Captain of the crew (33/0)
Volker Becker (6/0)
Helmut Fiebach (18/0)
Bernd Meißel (21/0)
Eckhardt Peschke (15/0)
Horst Talaszus (9 / 0)
Peter Engler (26/2)
Bernd Hänsler (5/0)
Klaus Konieczka (30/1)
Jürgen Linder (8/0)
Manfred Maeder (4/0)
Horst Szymaniak (29/1)
Erwin Bruske (7/0)
Heribert Finken (10/0)
Wolfgang Neumann (19/2)
Wolfgang Rosenfeldt (20/2)
Ulrich Sand (9/0)
Wulf-Ingo Usbeck (28/4)
Jürgen Wähling (12/0 )
Lothar Zeh (14/3)
Trainer: Franz Linken (until November 10, 1965), Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt (from November 10, 1965)

1973 to today: bankruptcy, founding a successor and current developments

Club coat of arms of SV Tasmania Berlin

After relegation, Tasmania initially remained competitive in the Regionalliga Berlin , always occupied one of the top five places until 1973 and qualified for the promotion round in the Bundesliga in 1968/69 , 1970/71 and 1971/72 . However, the club had taken over financially and went bankrupt in July 1973 .

Parents of youth players of being liquidated sports clubs founded on February 3, six months before the final end of the Tas , the SV Tasmania 73 Neukölln . However, this is not the legal successor. When a new sponsor for the Tasmanians was found in 1999 with the Gropiusstadt housing association , the name was changed to SV Tasmania Gropiusstadt 73 in December 2000 . Based on the roots in the former SC Tasmania from 1900 , the name was changed to SV Tasmania Berlin in 2011 . The first team of SV Tasmania rose in the 2018/19 season as champions of the Berlin League in the Oberliga Nordost. After relegation, the A-Juniors now play in the Association League Berlin. The B-youth fights for points in the regional league.



  • Hanns Leske: Tasmania Berlin The Eternal Last - The true story of the Tasmanians. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2011, ISBN 978-3-89784-369-1 .

Well-known trainers


Web links

Commons : SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Hardy Green , Christian Karn: The big book of German football clubs . AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-362-2 , pp. 58, 348.
  2. Football Week , online edition from January 25, 2014
  3. Michael Jahn: We're not going home, the story of Hertha BSC Berlin . Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 3-89533-535-5 , p. 88 ff .
  4. ^ Heribert Meisel, Hans-Jürgen Winkler: Soccer 66 - World Cup in England, Bundesliga, European Cups. Südwest-Verlag, Munich 1966, p. 228.
  5. Berliner Zeitung , March 4, 1965, p. 7.
  6. ^ New Germany , April 12, 1965, p. 6.
  7. Berliner Zeitung , April 20, 1965, p. 2.
  8. Berliner Zeitung , June 28, 1965, p. 1.
  9. Berliner Zeitung , July 3, 1965, p. 1.
  10. ^ Neue Zeit , July 8, 1965, p. 7.
  11. Berliner Zeitung , July 16, 1965, p. 8; New Germany , July 16, 1965, p. 8.
  12. Berliner Zeitung , July 6, 1965, p. 7; Berliner Zeitung of July 13, 1965, p. 7.
  13. A success story - 50 years of the Bundesliga: The 1964/65 season , DFB report from July 11, 2012.
  14. Berliner Zeitung , July 24, 1965, p. 7; New Germany , July 26, 1965, p. 5.
  15. Berliner Zeitung , August 4, 1965, p. 8.
  16. Neues Deutschland , August 1, 1965, p. 10; New Germany , August 2, 1965, p. 6.
  17. ^ The unit of measurement for failure in football , report of the taz from April 18, 2011.
  18. This is terrible . In: Der Spiegel . No. 28 , 1965, p. 70–79 ( online - cover story).
  19. ^ "Atze" Becker on the descent from Tasmania Berlin: "That was depressing" , report by 11 friends .
  20. ^ "LASK case" in Berlin: Tasmania financial crisis . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna March 3, 1966, p. 12 ( berufer-zeitung.at - the open online archive - digitized).
  21. Alfred Draxler (Ed.): 40 Years of the Bundesliga - The best photos, the best stories. Ullstein Verlag, Munich 2003, ISBN 978-3-548-42085-1 , p. 38.
  22. ^ Tasmania 1900 Berlin: The squad 1965/66. fussballdaten.de
  23. Marco Bertram: Tasmania Berlin cancels the Gropiusstadt and starts with a 4-0 victory. In: turus.net. August 22, 2011, accessed November 4, 2011 .