VfB Bottrop

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VfB Bottrop 1900
Basic data
Surname Association for Movement
Games Bottrop 1900 e. V.
Seat Bottrop , North Rhine-Westphalia
founding June 29, 1900
Colours black-and-white
president Gündüz Tubay
Website vfb-bottrop.de
First soccer team
Head coach Patrick Vojvod
Venue Jahnstadion
Places 5,000
league District league Niederrhein 6
2019/20 6th place

The VfB Bottrop (officially: Association for Movement Games Bottrop 1900 eV ) is a football club from Bottrop . The club was founded on June 29, 1900. The club colors are black and white. The first team has been playing in the seventh-class Niederrhein district league since relegation in 2015. For 16 years, VfB belonged to the then second-class II. Division West or Regionalliga West . The home ground of VfB is the Jahnstadion . Football historian Hardy Grüne described VfB Bottrop as a “prime example of the tragic loser”.


Early Years (1900 to 1945)

On June 29, 1900, some Bottrop citizens and officials founded the club for gymnastics and folk games in the Hotel Bremer . In the same year, he became one of the first Westphalian clubs to join the Rhenish Game Association , which then renamed itself the Rhenish-Westphalian Game Association . In 1908 a football department was established. The first game in the club's history was lost against SuS Schalke 96 7-0. After the end of the First World War , the club merged with the Ballspielverein Bottrop, founded in 1904, to form today's VfB Bottrop.

After two ascents in a row, VfB reached the top division in 1922 with the Gauliga Niederrhein . A year later, the club changed its club colors from black and yellow to black and white. The sporting highlight was sixth place in the 1924/25 season. Financial problems meant that VfB was only third class after two relegations in a row in 1928 and could only avoid the dissolution with great effort. After all, the club stayed in second place after a league reform.

In 1931 the club returned to the top class, but two years later missed the qualification for the newly created Gauliga Niederrhein . Instead, the Bottropers were transferred to the Gau Westfalen and the local district class and had no chance against the competition from Gelsenkirchen and Herne . In the 1938/39 season, the Bottrop squadron were runner-up behind the BSG Gelsenguß Gelsenkirchen , before the outbreak of World War II stopped further sporting development.

After the end of the war (1945 to 1963)

In 1946 VfB returned to the Niederrhein Football Association and two years later was promoted to the Niederrhein regional league . In 1949 the Bottropers were fifth there and accepted the status of contract players . This made the association one of the founding members of the 2nd Division West. Despite an eleventh place in the 1949/50 season , the club's license was withdrawn because of “unhealthy finances”. A year later, the Bottrop team secured the Lower Rhine Championship against Cronenberger SC and returned to the second division.

Back in the second division, the Bottropers became runner -up after a 4-0 win at VfB 03 Bielefeld and had the chance to march through to the first-class Oberliga West in the subsequent relegation round . But the Bottrop failed after a 1: 2 defeat on the last match day against SpVgg Erkenschwick . Curiously, it was VfB's only home defeat in the 1951/52 season. Also in the following years the bad luck should remain loyal to the Bottropern.

In the 1954/55 season a win on the last day of the game at Rheydter Spielverein would have meant promotion, but VfB lost 2-1 and let Hamborn 07 rise. A year later , the tied Meidericher SV was ahead of the game due to the better goal quotient . After only third place in the 1956/57 season , coach Willi Multhaup said goodbye . Years of mediocrity followed with steadily decreasing audience numbers. In 1961 , the descent could just be avoided with just one point ahead.

The sporting turning point was the 1962/63 season . After a bad start in sport, coach Werner Stahl's team got better and faster and started to catch up. With a 2-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld , VfB secured the championship on the last matchday. But even this success had a tragic aftertaste. Because of the introduction of the Bundesliga , Bottrop had only qualified for the newly created Regionalliga West and remained in second class.

Elevator Years (1963 to 1969)

From 1963 the VfB became an elevator team . Within seven years, the Bottrop players each competed in a different league, with two being promoted to five relegations. In 1964 , VfB took 17th place in the regional league and had to relegate from 20 to 18 teams due to the league's reduction. In the following season the Bottropers secured the Lower Rhine Championship. Since Mittelrheinmeister 1. FC Köln amateurs were not allowed to advance , the WFV canceled the promotion round, so that VfB rose automatically.

If the Bottropers were lucky in 1965, a year later they were unlucky again to have to relegate as the penultimate. Here tried the VfB responsible relegation before court to erstreiten because both Fortuna Dusseldorf and Rot-Weiss Essen managed promotion to the Bundesliga relegation and no West German club from the Bundesliga. In recent years, such a scenario has led to less relegation from the regional league. The WFV abolished this regulation before the start of the season without authorization. A playoff against Bonner SC was set at short notice that Bottrop won 5-0. Then the association rejected all objections and sentenced the Bottropers to relegation.

With a three-point lead over Bayer 05 Uerdingen , Bottrop were again Lower Rhine champions in 1967 and made an immediate return to the regional league in the following promotion round. But the VfB-Elf of the 1967/68 season proved to be overwhelmed and was knocked off last. A total of 200 spectators saw the last Bottrop second division home game against Fortuna Cologne . In view of 160,000 marks in debt, the club faced an uncertain future. In 1969 the VfB were even passed into the regional league after the team lost the game against relegation with 1: 2 against Viktoria Wuppertal .

Between upper and district league (1969 to 2000)

During the national league years, the club was able to reduce a large part of its debts. After a runner-up in 1971 behind VfB Homberg , he was promoted back to the association league a year later. Back in the association league, the club did not get beyond mediocrity or relegation battle. After the introduction of the Oberliga Niederrhein in 1978, the Bottropers were only fourth class. Two years later, Karl Gathmann took over the management of the club and Horst Bistrich took over as coach. Immediately succeeded in 1981 promotion to the league, but this was followed by immediate relegation. A year later, the VfB was passed through to the national league.

Due to the two goals better goal difference compared to SV Schwafheim , the direct promotion to the association league succeeded in 1984. Two years later, the worse goal difference compared to Olympia Bocholt and SV Schonnebeck caused renewed relegation to the state league. In 1990 the association was threatened with bankruptcy . Despite multiple attempts, no board could be found due to the high debt burden . The Bottrop district court appointed an emergency board, which managed to discharge the club for the first time since the regional league times and to install a new board within six months.

In 1991, the VfB rose for the first time in the then sixth class district league. It was not until two years later that it became possible again. In April 1996, Dr. Joachim Maiwald took over the presidency and wanted the club to be in the top league within three years. But nothing came of it. In 1999 the team awarded a 1-0 lead against SC 26 Bocholt and was relegated to the district league. The direct ascent was missed against the reserve of SV Adler Osterfeld . In the direct duel, VfB led 3-0 at halftime to lose 3-4.

Present (since 2000)

In 2001 he was finally promoted to the national league again and had to relegate three years later due to the poorer goal difference compared to MSV Moers . Two years later, the crash into the district league could only be avoided with great difficulty. After a third place in the 2007/08 season, he was promoted to the national league four years later with a 20 point lead over SpVgg Friedrichsfeld . This could hold the Bottrop until 2015, before the team had to relegate back to the district league.


In July 1924, the Jahn Stadium on Parkstrasse was inaugurated, in which VfB has played since then. The Arenbergische Aktiengesellschaft leased this 18-acre site to the city. In 2004 and 2005, the facility received a covered grandstand, a tartan track and a floodlight system. The handicapped accessible stadium (including the venue for the soccer World Cup for people with disabilities in summer 2006) belongs to the city of Bottrop. International athletics events were also held in the Jahnstadion .

Well-known former players and coaches

Additional information

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ German Sports Club for Soccer Statistics : Soccer in West Germany 1958–1963 . Hövelhof 2013, p. 216 .


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