VfB Friedrichshafen

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VfB Friedrichshafen
Surname Association for Movement Games
Friedrichshafen e. V.
Club colors Blue White
Founded 1909
Place of foundation Friedrichshafen
Association headquarters Teuringer Strasse 2
88045 Friedrichshafen
Members 3789 (as of June 2020)
Departments Arnis , badminton , basketball
boxing , ice sports , fistball
fencing , soccer , handball,
inline skate , canoeing , karate - dojo
powerlifting , athletics , wrestling,
skiing and mountain sports , bowling , taekwondo
tennis , table tennis , volleyball
Chairman Wunibald Wösle
Homepage vfb-friedrichshafen.de

The Association for Movement Games Friedrichshafen , or VfB Friedrichshafen for short , is a sports club from Friedrichshafen with almost 3800 members. The volleyball men are the most successful team in the 1st Bundesliga , they won the Champions League in 2007 . The team in the badminton division also played in the first division. There are also 18 other departments, including the footballers who played first-class in the 1930s and 1940s.


VfB Friedrichshafen was founded in autumn 1909 as 1. FC 1909 Friedrichshafen , but was renamed VfB Friedrichshafen in 1919. After the club was dissolved in 1946, it was first re-established as a sports community in Friedrichshafen , which in 1949 again took on the club name VfB. Today the club is a member of the Swabian Gymnastics Federation via the Turngau Oberschwaben, among others .

Volleyball (men)

VfB Friedrichshafen Volleyball GmbH
VfB Volleyball logo.jpg
German volleyball association
Club data
founding 1969
address Am Sportpark 6
88045 Friedrichshafen
executive Director Guido Heerstrasse
Homepage vfb-volleyball.de
Volleyball department
league German volleyball Bundesliga
Venue ZF Arena Friedrichshafen
Trainer Michael Warm
Assistant coach Patrick Steuerwald
successes Champions League winner :
German champion :
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015
German cup winner :
1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
German Supercup winner :
2016, 2017, 2018
last season Runner-up, cup winner
Was standing: 19th August 2019

The first men's team has played continuously in the Bundesliga since 1987 and is the record champion and record cup winner . The second men's team, the “Volley YoungStars”, plays as a youth team in the second Bundesliga .


The squad for the 2020/21 season consists of the following players.

Squad - season 2020/21
Surname No. nation size Date of birth position in the team since Contract until
RareșBălean 7th RomaniaRomania Romania 1.96 m July 8, 1997 AA 2019 2021
Ben-Simon Bonin GermanyGermany Germany 2.01 m Jan. 3, 2003 AA 2020 2022
David Fell Rodriguez 16 CubaCuba Cuba 2.06 m Aug 28, 1993 MB 2020 2021
Martti Juhkami 9 EstoniaEstonia Estonia 1.95 m June 6, 1988 AA 2019 2021
Lukas Maase 14th GermanyGermany Germany 2.12 m Aug 28, 1998 D. 2020 2021
Nicolas Maréchal FranceFrance France 1.98 m March 4th 1987 AA 2020 2021
Nehemiah Mote 4th AustraliaAustralia Australia 2.04 m June 21, 1993 MB 2019 2021
Markus Steuerwald 13 GermanyGermany Germany 1.82 m March 7, 1989 L. 2016 2021
Arno Van de Velde BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2.10 m Dec 30, 1995 MB 2020 2021
Dejan Vinčić SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia 2.02 m Sep 15 1986 Z 2020 2021
Linus Weber GermanyGermany Germany 1.99 m Nov 1, 1999 D. 2020 2021
Joe Worsley 1 United StatesUnited States United States 1.85 m June 16, 1997 Z 2019 2021

Positions : AA = acceptance / outside, D = diagonal, L = Libero, MB = middle block, Z = pass

New additions 2020
player previous club
Ben-Simon Bonin Volley YoungStars Friedrichshafen
David Fell Rodriguez Tourcoing Lille Métropole volley ball
Lukas Maase SWD Powervolleys Düren
Nicolas Maréchal Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
Arno Van de Velde Arago de Sète
Dejan Vinčić Czarni Radom
Linus Weber Powervolleys Milan
Departures 2020
player new club
Nikola Gjorgiev unknown
Jakob Günthör United Volleys Frankfurt
Jakub Janouch unknown
Daniel Malescha United Volleys Frankfurt
Anton Menner Helios Grizzlys Giesen
Thilo Späth executive Director

The head coach has been Michael Warm since 2019 . The Austrian national coach replaced Vital Heynen . Former national player Patrick Steuerwald is active as an assistant coach . Radomir Vemic works as a scout. The doctors Patrick Frei and Johann Kees and the physiotherapists Catharina Hoch and Oliver Klenk take care of the medical care.


Game of VfB Friedrichshafen against Bad Saulgau in the 2003 Bundesliga season
Friedrichshafen attacks Haching, pre-season game August 2012

Since 1969, when department head Wolfgang List registered the first team for the district league, volleyball has been played organized in Friedrichshafen. In 1972, the Bodensee volleyball community (VSG Bodensee), made up of players from Friedrichshafen, Langenargen , Lindau and Kressbronn , was founded on the initiative of Peter Hedrich. With the entry of the Romanian national player Gelu Stein and the refinement of technique and tactics, he was promoted to the second division in 1980. A year later, Friedrichshafen came to the first Bundesliga. On January 23, 1982, the club achieved their first victory in the volleyball Bundesliga against Orplid Frankfurt with a 3-2 win . This Bundesliga guest appearance lasted only one season, however, because in the end the team was relegated from bottom of the table. Coach Gelu Stein ended his career and was replaced by Marc Gerson from Luxembourg , who was promoted again in 1984 against VfL Sindelfingen .

Erwin Weißhaupt, chairman of the “Friends of Volleyballers”, ushered in a new era as head of department with the aim of professionalization and a regular place in the first division. The first successes in the Bundesliga were third places in the 1992 and 1993 seasons and a second place in 1994. After a poor first half of the 1996 season, the coach Luis Ferradas was replaced by Martin Stallmaier, who again achieved second place. With the signing of Stelian Moculescu came the international successes: 1998 the third, 1999 the second and finally 2007 the first place in the Champions League. In 2000 VfB Friedrichshafen Volleyball GmbH, a commercial enterprise, was founded in order to separate the professionals from the amateurs.


Since 1987 VfB Friedrichshafen has played in the first Bundesliga without interruption. During this time, VfB became German champions 12 times. From 2005 to 2011 the “Häfler” won the championship title seven times in a row, first three times against evivo Düren and then twice against Generali Haching and SCC Berlin . This series ended in the playoff semifinals of the 2011/12 season , which the record champions lost with 1: 3 games against the Berlin Recycling Volleys . The same result came in 2012/13 and 2013/14 , when Friedrichshafen was also defeated by the Berliners. In 2014/15 , the Friedrichshafen team won the title for the thirteenth time after they beat Berlin 3-2 in the final. In the following season , Friedrichshafen had to admit defeat to the Berliners again when they said goodbye to coach Stelian Moculescu in the final.


VfB Friedrichshafen won the DVV Cup in 1998 for the first time. Between 2001 and 2008 VfB Friedrichshafen was subscribed to the DVV Cup. The Bodensee club won the bronze trophy eight times in a row during this period. In the 2009/10 season , VfB failed in the semifinals against evivo Düren with 1: 3 and thus missed the entry into the final. In the following season , the team made it back to the final, where they lost 3-2 to Generali Haching . In the 2012 final, Friedrichshafen defeated the defending champions Haching 3-0 and won the DVV Cup for the eleventh time. In the 2012/13 season , VfB had to admit defeat 3-0 in the quarter-finals in Düren. In 2014 , the team succeeded in winning the next title with a 3-2 win in the final against Berlin and in 2015 VfB beat SVG Lüneburg 3-0 in the final . In the 2015/16 season , the defending champion was eliminated in the quarter-finals against the United Volleys Rhein-Main . At the 2017 final in Mannheim , Friedrichshafen won the trophy 3-1 against defending champion Berlin Recycling Volleys .

VBL Supercup

For the first time in the 2016/17 season, the VBL Supercup with two men's teams took place on October 16, 2016 in the Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena . VfB Friedrichshafen as vice-champions met the German champions Berlin Recycling Volleys. Friedrichshafen won 3-0 in front of 5,624 spectators and was the first German volleyball Supercup winner for men. In 2017 and 2018 (both in Hanover) the Häfler won against Berlin.

European Cup

Since 1999, VfB Friedrichshafen has played continuously in the Champions League , the most important European club competition. The Häfler reached the Final Four four times - in 2007, 2005, 2000 and 1999 - and in 2007 they became the first German volleyball club to win the Champions League. In the final on April 1, 2007, the 2005 winner, Tours VB , was defeated 3: 1 (25:20, 26:24, 23:25, 25:19).

As German champions, VfB Friedrichshafen took part in the Champions League for the twelfth time in the 2009/10 season . In the preliminary round, the "Häfler" met Pallavolo Piacenza , Panathinaikos Athens and Jastrzębski Węgiel and were group winners. Then they were eliminated in the play-off against Hypo Tirol Innsbruck 3-1 and 0-3. 2010/11 met the VfB in the preliminary round on the Polish team Skra Bełchatów , the Italian team Trentino Volley and Remat Zalau from Romania and missed the play-off round as third in the group. In 2011/12 the Häfler finished second in the preliminary round, were then 3-0 and 3-2 in the round of 16 against Tours Volley-Ball and finally eliminated in the quarter-finals with 3-0 and 3-0 against VK Zenit-Kazan . In the 2012/13 season Friedrichshafen started with a wildcard , but retired as third in the group with Kazan, Knack Roeselare and Innsbruck after the preliminary round. In 2013/14 VfB played in the Champions League preliminary round against Roeselare, Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Galatasaray Istanbul . As the worst runners-up in the group, the team missed the play-offs and played in the Challenge Round of the CEV Cup , in which they lost to Skra Bełchatów. In the Champions League 2014/15 , VfB reached the first playoff round in second place in the group and was eliminated from Resovia Rzeszów . The following season ended for Friedrichshafen as third in the group after the preliminary round.


After the Bodenseesporthalle became too small, the volleyball home games were moved to the ZF-Arena Friedrichshafen . There is space for 4,000 spectators in the arena, which was converted from an exhibition hall in 2002/03 and designed as a multifunctional hall. In addition to a worldwide unique indirect lighting with over 1500 lux, the arena offers a foyer with catering as well as an extensive VIP area, a performance center as well as two full-size training halls and a fully equipped area for artistic gymnastics.


VfB football
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Basic data
Surname VfB Friedrichshafen e. V.
Seat Friedrichshafen
founding 1909
Website vfb-fussball-fn.de
First soccer team
Venue Zeppelin Stadium
Places 12,000
league Association League Württemberg


The football department of VfB is one of the more successful clubs in Württemberg . In 1935 the soccer men knocked on the gate of the first class for the first time. In the promotion round to the Württemberg Gauliga , however, they failed because of the competition from Bad Cannstatt and Zuffenhausen . Six years later, VfB first prevailed in the qualifying games against Eintracht Neu-Ulm and also won the promotion round in front of VfB Kirchheim / Teck and Göppinger SV . As a newcomer, VfB was then able to compete with the three big Stuttgart clubs Kickers , VfB and Sportfreunde . All three comparisons were lost at home and away, but VfB managed to stay eighth and third from last. VfB left both 1. SSV Ulm and Stuttgarter SC behind. With 4: 1 each, the team landed the two highest victories of the season against the later fourth VfR Heilbronn and against relegated Stuttgarter SC, the 1:11 at the Kickers in Stuttgart meant the highest defeat. In the 1942/43 season, VfB achieved the highest Gauliga victories in the club's history - 4: 0 in the home stadium over SV Feuerbach and 5: 1 against Sportfreunde from Stuttgart; but with only ten points he found himself in last place in the table at the end of the season. The team missed relegation by one point.


With the reorganization of football in Germany after the Second World War , the football men made the leap back to first class in 1946. For the teams of the French occupation zone , the game operation was started in January 1947 in a double-track top division, which was designated either as the 1st League Southwest Germany, Honor League or Oberliga. As a club from southern Württemberg, VfB was assigned to the southern group together with clubs from southern Baden and Hohenzollern. Behind VfL Konstanz and SSV Reutlingen 05 , SG Friedrichshafen ended the first season in a good third place in the table (with a total of eight teams). For the 1948/49 season the league was expanded to twelve teams, with 21:23 points they landed in eighth place in the table in the lower midfield. The 6-0 win against SV Laupheim meant the highest win of the season, and the 4-3 win at last year's first VfL Konstanz was also remarkable . In 1949, Friedrichshafen secured relegation again as tenth and thus third from bottom. For the 1949/50 season, the club was allowed to compete again as VfB, but faced the great challenge of qualifying for the Oberliga Süd . For geographical reasons as well as for association-technical reasons, one should have qualified, since it was decided to create a single-track Oberliga Südwest for the southwest . As 14th of 16 clubs, VfB had no chance in the end and at the same time missed the qualification for the II. Division, the second-class substructure of the Oberliga Süd.

Third class

With this, the football men of VfB played in the third-class amateur league Württemberg from 1950 . The team finished the first three seasons from behind, but they were champions in 1954 and 1957. Winning the title in 1954 brought VfB participation in the final round of the German Amateur Championship . In the group games, VfB prevailed against FV Daxlanden , SC Baden-Baden and 1. FC Lichtenfels . In the semifinals against Spvgg. 03 Neu-Isenburg , the first game ended 2-2 after extra time and the second game also went into extra time, which ended at 2-3 to the disadvantage of VfB. 1957 entitled the championship to participate in the promotion round to the II. Division of the Oberliga Süd. With a 0-1 defeat against Borussia Fulda , VfB missed the return to second division in the playoff. In 1959 VfB was relegated from the highest Württemberg league, but returned a year later, but was now assigned to the newly created Black Forest-Bodensee amateur league , which was won in 1963. VfB fluctuated there in its performance before the team was able to secure the championship again in 1969. However , they failed in the promotion round to the second-rate Regionalliga Süd . It was the last time that VfB could knock on the gate to the second division.

Instead, they were even relegated from the amateur league in 1972, to which the Häflers were able to return in 1974. 1978 threatened again a relegation due to a league reform. The fragmentation of the third-class leagues in Baden-Württemberg should be ended for the 1978/79 season with the establishment of the amateur league . Thanks to the good fifth place, VfB was initially able to qualify for this. But the very first season meant after only six victories with 19th place the final relegation to the fourth division.

Current: Association League Württemberg

In the 2019/20 season, VfB Friedrichshafen was able to climb back into the sixth-class Verbandsliga Württemberg. VfB last played there in the 2011/2012 season.


The VfB footballers once again attracted national attention two years after being relegated to the league by qualifying for the main round of the DFB Cup . In the 1981 cup round , VfB first managed a 3-1 victory at VfB 03 Bielefeld , and in the second round he was eliminated at Eintracht Frankfurt 6-0.


Until 1911 the footballers played on a school grounds , until 1919 at the hospital ; At short notice the airfield was also the venue for soccer games. The Zeppelin Stadium has been the home of VfB since 1919 . In 1941 the capacity was 5,000 spectators. The Zeppelin Stadium currently has around 10,000 standing places and a grandstand with approx. 2,000 seats.


The biggest success of the badminton department was winning the runner-up title in the 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 seasons behind the BC Eintracht Südring Berlin and behind the SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen . In 2000/2001 Niels-Christian Kaldau, Xu Huaiwen , Lars Paaske, Nicol Pitro, Björn Siegemund, Claudia Vogelgsang, Ingo Kindervater, Bettina Mayer, Dennis Lens, Michael Fuchs, Peter Weinert and Falko Schmidt were involved in winning the silver medals in the following year Henrik Bengtsson, Tomas Johansson, Ingo Kindervater, Lars Paaske, Michael Pongratz, Björn Siegemund, Peter Weinert, Rasmus Wengberg, Xu Huaiwen, Bettina Mayer, Nicol Pitro and Claudia Vogelgsang. In 1997 and 2003 the team only reached 3rd place. Siegemund and Pitro have so far also won the only German championship titles for Friedrichshafen in the individual disciplines. In 2001 they both won the mixed, Nicol Pitro also won the women's doubles with Nicole Grether from SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen. Siegemund, on the other hand, expanded his collection of medals in 2004 by winning the men's doubles title together with Ingo Kindervater from TuS Wiebelskirchen.

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