VfL Bochum

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VfL Bochum 1848
Club coat of arms of VfL Bochum
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Surname Association for physical exercises
Bochum 1848
Fußballgemeinschaft e. V.
Seat Bochum , North Rhine-Westphalia
founding August 10, 1949
Colours Blue White
Members 12,000 (July 4, 2020)
Board Hans-Peter Villis (Chairman)
Andreas Eickhoff
Volker Goldmann
Martin Kree
Franz-Josef Tenhagen
Uwe Tigges
Martin Volpers
Football company
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Surname VfL Bochum 1848
GmbH & Co. KGaA
Limited partner VfL Bochum e. V.
General partner GmbH VfL Bochum 1848
Management GmbH
→ 100%: VfL Bochum e. V.
(general partner GmbH)
Ilja Kaenzig (Speaker)
Sebastian Schindzielorz (Sports)
Website vfl-bochum.de
First team
Head coach Thomas Reis
Venue Ruhrstadion
Places 27,599
league 2nd Bundesliga
2019/20 8th place

The VfL Bochum ( Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 ) was created in 1938 through the merger of three Bochum sports clubs, namely the gymnastics club Bochum 48 , Germania 06 and the TuS Bochum , with the origins of the gymnastics club going back to 1848. On July 29, 1949, a separate football community was founded within VfL Bochum 1848, the Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft e. V . At the beginning of July 2020, the association had 12,000 members, making it one of the associations with the largest number of members in Germany . The first men's team has played in the 2nd Bundesliga since 2010 and has therefore been represented in the league for the longest uninterrupted period.

In addition to football, the sports of badminton , basketball , e-sports , fencing , handball , hockey , athletics , swimming , dance , tennis , table tennis , gymnastics and volleyball are practiced at VfL Bochum . The departments are organized in independent associations. Between them and VfL Bochum 1848 e. V. is an association.

Club history

family tree

The VfL Bochum 1848 e. V. was established on April 14, 1938. At that time, in the course of the “ Gleichschaltung”, the competing clubs were concentrated in a large central club in several cities of the German Reich by order of the National Socialist Football Department. The Turnverein 1848 , TuS Bochum 08 and Germania Bochum were merged to form VfL Bochum 1848 in Bochum . VfL took over the year 1848 from TV 1848.

SV Germania 1906 Bochum

The club was founded in 1906 as FC 1906 Bochum and later renamed Sportverein Germania 1906 Bochum . The club was one of the oldest football clubs in Bochum. From the founding of the league in 1933 until the merger, SV Germania belonged to the Gauliga Westfalen , where it was runner-up behind FC Schalke 04 in 1936 . The merger product VfL Bochum 1848 took over the league mandate of SV Germania .

TuS Bochum 1908

The club was founded in 1908 as a game and sports club in 1908 Bochum . On April 1, 1919, the SuS Bochum in 1908 and the Turnverein zu Bochum from 1848 merged to form the Turn und Sportverein Bochum 1848 . However, the merger club split on February 1, 1924 in the course of the conflict between gymnastics and game associations by pure divorce in the gymnastics club in Bochum from 1848 and the gymnastics and sports club Bochum 1908 . The latter rose to the 1935/36 season in the Gauliga Westfalen and in 1937 as bottom of the table again.

Gymnastics Club in Bochum from 1848

In contrast to the year in the name, the Bochum gymnastics club was not founded until February 18, 1849. In December 1852 the association was banned and re-established in 1860 under the same name. It was not until May 1904 that the number 1848 was adopted in the club name. It refers to a newspaper article published on July 26, 1848 in the " Märkisches Sprecher - Kreisblatt für die Kreis Bochum", which led to the foundation of the association the following year.

On April 1, 1919, the SuS Bochum in 1908 and the Turnverein zu Bochum from 1848 merged to form the Turn- und Sportverein Bochum 1848 . However, the merger club split on February 1, 1924 in the course of the conflict between gymnastics and game associations by a clean divorce into the gymnastics club in Bochum from 1848 and the gymnastics and sports club Bochum 1908 . In 1925, TV Bochum qualified for the first ever German soccer championship of the German Gymnastics Association . The team was eliminated in the preliminary round with a 1: 3 against the Harburger TB 1865 .


season league Level space
1938/39 Gauliga Westphalia I. 02.
1939/40 Gauliga Westphalia I. 03.
1940/41 Gauliga Westphalia I. 08th.
1941/42 Gauliga Westphalia I. 03.
1942/43 Gauliga Westphalia I. 04th
1943/44 Gauliga Westphalia I. 06th
1944/45 Gauliga Westphalia I. 04th
1945/46 Regional League Westphalia I. 07th
1946/47 Regional League Westphalia I. 07th
1947/48 Regional League Westphalia II 06th
1948/49 Regional League Westphalia II 03.
1949/50 2. Oberliga West II 12.
1950/51 2. Oberliga West II 07th
1951/52 2. Oberliga West II 05.
1952/53 2. Oberliga West II 01.
1953/54 Oberliga West I. 08th.
1954/55 Oberliga West I. 16.
1955/56 2. Oberliga West II 01.
1956/57 Oberliga West I. 10.
1957/58 Oberliga West I. 14th
1958/59 Oberliga West I. 04th
1959/60 Oberliga West I. 11.
1960/61 Oberliga West I. 16.
1961/62 2. Oberliga West II 03.
1962/63 2. Oberliga West II 14th
1963/64 Association League Westphalia III 02.
1964/65 Association League Westphalia III 01.
1965/66 Regionalliga West II 12.
1966/67 Regionalliga West II 04th
1967/68 Regionalliga West II 05.
1968/69 Regionalliga West II 02.
1969/70 Regionalliga West II 01.
1970/71 Regionalliga West II 01.
1971/72 Bundesliga I. 09.
1972/73 Bundesliga I. 12.
1973/74 Bundesliga I. 14th
1974/75 Bundesliga I. 11.
1975/76 Bundesliga I. 14th
1976/77 Bundesliga I. 15th
1977/78 Bundesliga I. 14th
1978/79 Bundesliga I. 08th.
1979/80 Bundesliga I. 10.
1980/81 Bundesliga I. 09.
1981/82 Bundesliga I. 10.
1982/83 Bundesliga I. 13.
1983/84 Bundesliga I. 15th
1984/85 Bundesliga I. 09.
1985/86 Bundesliga I. 09.
1986/87 Bundesliga I. 11.
1987/88 Bundesliga I. 12.
1988/89 Bundesliga I. 15th
1989/90 Bundesliga I. 16.
1990/91 Bundesliga I. 14th
1991/92 Bundesliga I. 15th
1992/93 Bundesliga I. 16.
1993/94 2nd Bundesliga II 01.
1994/95 Bundesliga I. 16.
1995/96 2nd Bundesliga II 01.
1996/97 Bundesliga I. 05.
1997/98 Bundesliga I. 12.
1998/99 Bundesliga I. 17th
1999/00 2nd Bundesliga II 02.
2000/01 Bundesliga I. 18th
2001/02 2nd Bundesliga II 03.
2002/03 Bundesliga I. 09.
2003/04 Bundesliga I. 05.
2004/05 Bundesliga I. 16.
2005/06 2nd Bundesliga II 01.
2006/07 Bundesliga I. 08th.
2007/08 Bundesliga I. 12.
2008/09 Bundesliga I. 14th
2009/10 Bundesliga I. 17th
2010/11 2nd Bundesliga II 03.
2011/12 2nd Bundesliga II 11.
2012/13 2nd Bundesliga II 14th
2013/14 2nd Bundesliga II 15th
2014/15 2nd Bundesliga II 11.
2015/16 2nd Bundesliga II 05.
2016/17 2nd Bundesliga II 09.
2017/18 2nd Bundesliga II 06th
2018/19 2nd Bundesliga II 11.
2019/20 2nd Bundesliga II 08th.

Sporting development

1938-1945: Gauliga

In terms of sport, the large club created was initially a gain. The VfL remained until the war-related cessation of the game operations Gauligist, was again runner-up in the 1938/39 season and finished third in 1939/40 and 1941/42 . From 1943 onwards, VfL formed a so-called war syndicate (KSG) with the United Prussians Bochum 07 , which only played two games in 1944/45 .

1945–1965: post-war years

On August 10, 1949, the football department was spun off into an independent club. In the first post-war years, the club hardly played a role. Only after eight years in the Landesliga Westfalen and the 2. Oberliga West succeeded in 1953 promotion to the first-class Oberliga West . Mostly he ended the season in the lower half of the table, in 1955 and 1961 he rose from bottom of the table . In 1956 , the Bochum team rose again, two years after the second relegation, they had to go to the third-rate association league Westphalia .

In 1965, the Bochum team rose to the second-class Regionalliga West , which had been founded two years earlier . In the games for the Westphalia Championship between the two season winners of the Association League Westphalia there was a 4: 1 in Bochum and a 2: 3 in Erkenschwick against SpVgg Erkenschwick. The playoff in Recklinghausen ended after extra time 1: 1. The statutes foresaw a drawing of lots by coin toss at this time. One such decided in favor of VfL Bochum.

1965–1971: Regionalliga West

After VfL Bochum only finished twelfth in the first year , the team belonged to the top group of the Regionalliga West from 1966. 1968 , VfL was in the final of the German Cup , which he in Südweststadion to Ludwigshafen against 1. FC Köln 1: lost fourth In 1971 , the team under coach Hermann Eppenhoff made the leap into the Bundesliga after the second regional league championship in a row through a sovereign promotion round with seven wins from eight games .

1971–1993: Bundesliga

In the following 22 years, the club held in the upper house, where he could not achieve a better placement than eighth place in the table ( 1978/79 ). VfL was mostly placed in the midfield and often had to part with its top performers at the end of the season for financial reasons. The team often found itself in relegation battle.

In 1990 VfL finished the season in 16th place. But he was allowed to stay in the Bundesliga, as he prevailed in two relegation games against 1. FC Saarbrücken . VfL won the first leg in Saarbrücken with a penalty from Thorsten Legat 1-0, in the second leg a 1-1 draw was enough, Bochum's goal scorer was Uwe Leifeld .

1993–2010: Relegations and promotions and UEFA Cup

During the 1992/93 season , the VfL fans began to refer to their team as the “The Unrelegable”. In the summer, VfL was relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in 22 seasons. In the summer of 1990 they were able to save themselves in the relegation games, but now a single point, which the team booked less than Dynamo Dresden , made the difference. After only eight points in the first half of the season, the race to catch up in the back series under coach Jürgen Gelsdorf was no longer rewarded. Since the control committee of the DFB punished the licensing violations of the 1. FC Dynamo Dresden with point deduction only for the next season, the descent also withstood the green table.

It started up and down, VfL oscillating between the Bundesliga and the second division over the next four years. In their first second division season, Bochum celebrated a sovereign start-to-finish victory, from the second day of the game the team led the table and did not give up first place until the end of the season. But in 1995 the second descent was already certain. Jürgen Gelsdorf resigned during the season and Klaus Toppmöller was signed as the new coach. On the third last match day, VfL lost the decisive game in Uerdingen with 1: 2. Under Toppmöller, the direct rise again succeeded, with 17 points ahead of a non-promotion place and 12 points ahead of the second placed Bielefeld , the second division championship was celebrated again even after the upheaval in the team.

Toppmöller even managed to consolidate the upper house, who led the team to its first major success as a climber in the 1996/97 season . For the first time in its history, VfL Bochum reached a UEFA Cup place with 5th place in the 1997 final table. In the following competition the team reached the round of 16 despite the first leg defeats at Trabzonspor and Club Brugge with high home wins in the second legs. Then the favorite Ajax Amsterdam prevailed, although VfL had been able to take the lead 2-0 in the first leg in Amsterdam.

A new phase of promotions and relegations followed in the Bundesliga as early as 1999 , which ended in summer 2002 with VfL's fourth direct promotion to the Bundesliga. This was only secured on the last day of the game with a 3-1 win in Aachen.

Under coach Peter Neururer , the team initially played very successfully in the 2002/03 season and was now at the top of the table. In the end, the team finished in ninth place in the table.

On May 22, 2004, VfL Bochum ended what was for him the most successful season in the club's history in 5th place ahead of Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 . This was the second time that the club was allowed to participate in the UEFA Cup. The team scored a total of 56 points, more than ever before, and set several records. VfL did not concede a goal in 13 home games and their goalkeeper Rein van Duijnhoven remained without conceding a goal for 911 minutes in home games - a Bundesliga record to this day.

Neururer's period of service ended on the 34th matchday of the 2004/05 season when VfL had to relegate again despite a 1-0 win at Hamburger SV . This season, VfL Bochum narrowly missed the group stage by beating Standard Liège 0-0 and 1-1 in the UEFA Cup.

The new head coach was the Swiss Marcel Koller ; On April 1, 2006, Stefan Kuntz became sports director. With the end of the 2005/06 season , Bochum managed to rise again as second division champions. With five direct re-promotions, VfL is the “record re-promoted” of the Bundesliga.

Right- back Benjamin Lense from 1. FC Nürnberg , Christoph Dabrowski from Hannover 96 , Oliver Schröder from Hertha BSC , Ivo Iličević from regional division Darmstadt 98 and goalkeeper Alexander Bade from 1. FC Köln and striker Benjamin Auer from 1. FSV were signed in the summer of 2006 Mainz 05 . After the start of the season, the Greek national player Theofanis Gekas was brought on loan for one year (with the option to buy if he was relegated) as a replacement for Edu . During the winter break, the squad was strengthened by Czech goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobný , Algerian defender Anthar Yahia and Cameroonian offensive player Joël Epalle .

At the turn of 2007, VfL was able to hibernate on a non-relegation site. With a win in Mönchengladbach, Bochum finished the 2006/07 season in 8th place. With four consecutive away wins, a new club record was set this season. Theofanis Gekas was the top scorer in 2007 with 20 goals , but then moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen .

In the following two seasons, VfL - as almost usual - had to fight against relegation. With a twelfth place in the 2007/08 season and 14th place in the 2008/09 season , relegation could be ensured. However, when the 2009/10 season started unsatisfactorily with only four points from six games, coach Koller was dismissed and initially replaced by his assistant coach Frank Heinemann . On October 28, 2009, VfL presented Heiko Herrlich as the new coach , who was awarded a contract until 2012. After a series of ten games without a win and slipping onto the relegation spot , Herrlich was released at the end of April 2010. Nevertheless, the club rose on May 8, 2010 under interim coach Dariusz Wosz as penultimate table.

Since 2010: 2nd Bundesliga

For the 2010/11 season Friedhelm Funkel took over VfL and, after a weak first third of the season, still achieved third place (meanwhile 15 league games in a row without defeat); In the relegation, the Bochum team then had to admit defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach (0: 1 and 1: 1) and missed direct re-promotion for the first time.

After four defeats in a row and 17th place in the table on the seventh matchday of the 2011/12 season , the 57-year-old Funkel was released on September 14, 2011. For him, the former coach of Hannover 96 and FC St. Pauli , Andreas Bergmann , took over the management on September 15th .

After seven competitive games without a win in the 2012/13 season of the 2nd Bundesliga , Bergmann was given leave of absence on October 28, 2012. The previous assistant coach Karsten Neitzel , interim coach for a cup and a league game, became VfL's new head coach on November 6, 2012. But even under Neitzel there was no lasting sporting success; VfL consolidated its position in the relegation region of the 2nd Bundesliga. On April 8, 2013, the association released coach Neitzel and sports director Jens Todt from their duties. Todt's functions were taken over by Heinz Knüwe on April 9, 2013 . The team had previously lost the home game against Erzgebirge Aue 3-0 and slipped to 16th place in the table. Neitzel's successor was VfL's former coach, Peter Neururer. He initially received a contract until the end of the season. At the beginning of the 2013/14 season , Christian Hochstätter became the new board member, responsible for sports. On the penultimate game day, VfL Bochum secured themselves despite a 2-0 away defeat at TSV 1860 Munich the league, because the table neighbors Dynamo Dresden (16.) and Arminia Bielefeld (17.) dropped points; Dresden lost 4-0 in Kaiserslautern, Bielefeld and FSV Frankfurt parted 0-0. After Neururer managed to stay up, he and VfL extended his contract until 2015. In December 2014 Neururer was fired for behavior that was damaging to the club because he had supported goalkeeper and captain Andreas Luthe in a conflict with the board. He was succeeded by Gertjan Verbeek , whose contract was extended by two years in February 2016 until the end of the 2017/2018 season. In the 2014/15 season , VfL Bochum reached 11th place, 5th in 2015/16 and 9th place in the 2nd Bundesliga in 2016/17 .

On July 11, 2017, VfL sports director Christian Hochstätter announced the immediate release of coach Gertjan Verbeek and explained: “The time of the release will certainly come as a surprise to many. The professional qualities of Gertjan Verbeek are undisputed. Nevertheless, after intensive discussions with the supervisory board and the executive board, we came to the decision that from now on we will try to achieve our goals with another trainer. In the current constellation there were too great differences in our ideas about it. ”Verbeek's successor was 37-year-old Ismail Atalan , who was released from his duties on October 9, 2017.

At the annual general meeting on October 7, 2017, 80.19 percent of the members present voted for the spin-off of the professional football department into a GmbH & Co. KGaA . Jens Rasiejewski took over for Atalan, who had previously been released, after a short transition phase in which the team was looked after by assistant coach Heiko Butscher . Initially hired as an interim coach, the 42-year-old received a contract as head coach until June 30, 2019 on December 8, 2019. But after VfL dropped to 14th place after matchday 21 and lost four games in a row, both Rasiejewski became as well as Christian Hochstätter. Sebastian Schindzielorz became the new sports director of VfL Bochum on February 7th , while Heiko Butscher coached the team for one game (2: 1 against SV Darmstadt 98 on February 9th, 2018). Robin Dutt was VfL head coach from February 11, 2018 . He was able to stabilize the team and so the Bochumers finished the 2017/18 season in sixth place. In the following season , VfL secured eleventh place in the class. After Bochum started the 2019/20 season with only two points from four games , the club took Robin Dutt on leave on August 26, 2019. After Heiko Butscher had looked after the team as interim coach again for a short time, Thomas Reis , who had already worked as a player and junior coach for the club, was introduced as his successor on September 6, 2019 . Reis succeeded in stabilizing the team, especially after the two-month break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic , so that they ended the season in 8th place in the table.

Sporting successes

With the exception of two championship titles in the Regionalliga West ( 1970 and 1971 ) and three second division championships ( 1994 , 1996 and 2006 ), VfL Bochum has not yet won any national or even international titles. In addition to 13th place in the all -time Bundesliga table , a total of 34 years of membership in the Bundesliga (from 1971 to 2010 with five one-year breaks) and two appearances in the UEFA Cup ( 1997 and 2004 ), there are two finals in the DFB Cup zu Buche ( 1968 and 1988 ). VfL Bochum was the top scorer in the Bundesliga in three seasons . In the season 1985/86 reached Stefan Kuntz 22 goals, 2002/03 was Thomas Christiansen 21 times successfully and in season 2006/07 won Theofanis Gekas with 20 goals the top scorer . Holger Aden scored the most goals (28) in professional football in 1992/93, nine of them for VfL.

Bundesliga, DFB Cup

International games

1997/98 season ( UEFA Cup )

2004/05 season ( UEFA Cup )

Personal details and well-known personalities


Since April 1, 2003, VfL's operational business has been managed by a full-time executive board, and Ansgar Schwenken (commercial department, organization) was a member from 2003 . On July 1, 2014, Schwenken was replaced by Wilken Engelbracht . His successor was Ilja Kaenzig on February 13, 2018 . Dieter Meinhold (Marketing, Public Relations) resigned from the Board on June 30, 2006. Board members with a focus on sport were successively Stefan Kuntz , Thomas Ernst , Jens Todt , Heinz Knüwe and, from June 8, 2013 to February 7, 2018, Christian Hochstätter . Sebastian Schindzielorz followed him on the same day .

Chairman of the Supervisory Board


Surname from to comment source
Georg Hochgesang April 14, 1938 unknown
Erwin Schneider 1945 1946 Player-coach
Robert Imhäuser 1946 1948
Paul Timpert 1948 1949
Willi Schäfer around 1949 around 1949
Georg Hochgesang 1949 1950
Elmar Rösch 1950 1951
Karl Willnecker around 1951 around 1951
Ewald Hoffmann 1951 1952
Rudolf Prokoph 1952 Spring 1953
Emil Melcher Spring 1953 1954
Harald Reinhardt around 1954 around 1954
Emil Melcher 1955 1956
Herbert Widmayer 1956 1960
Fritz Silken 1960 1961
Hermann Lindemann 1961 1963
Hubert Schieth July 1, 1963 June 30, 1967
Hermann Eppenhoff July 1, 1967 June 30, 1972
Heinz Höher July 1, 1972 June 30, 1979
Helmuth Johannsen July 1, 1979 June 30, 1981
Rolf sheepfold July 1, 1981 June 30, 1986
Hermann Gerland July 1, 1986 June 30, 1988
Franz-Josef Tenhagen July 1, 1988 June 30, 1989
Reinhard Saftig July 1, 1989 April 22, 1991
Rolf sheepfold April 22, 1991 June 30, 1991 Interim trainer
Holger Osieck July 1, 1991 2nd November 1992
Jürgen Gelsdorf November 6, 1992 November 6, 1994
Klaus Toppmöller November 9, 1994 June 30, 1999
Ernst Middendorp July 1, 1999 October 24, 1999
Bernard Dietz October 25, 1999 December 31, 1999 Interim trainer
Ralf Zumdick January 1, 2000 February 13, 2001
Rolf sheepfold February 13, 2001 June 30, 2001 Interim trainer
Bernard Dietz July 1, 2001 December 3, 2001 Interim trainer
Peter Neururer 4th December 2001 June 30, 2005
Marcel Koller July 1, 2005 September 20, 2009
Frank Heinemann September 21, 2009 October 27, 2009 Interim trainer
Heiko Herrlich October 28, 2009 April 29, 2010
Dariusz Wosz April 29, 2010 June 30, 2010 Interim trainer
Friedhelm Funkel July 1, 2010 September 14, 2011
Andreas Bergmann September 15, 2011 October 27, 2012
Karsten Neitzel October 29, 2012 April 7, 2013 Interim trainer
Peter Neururer April 8, 2013 December 9, 2014
Frank Heinemann December 9, 2014 December 31, 2014 Interim trainer
Gertjan Verbeek January 1, 2015 11th July 2017
Ismail Atalan 11th July 2017 October 9, 2017
Jens Rasiejewski October 9, 2017 December 8, 2017 Interim trainer
December 8, 2017 February 7, 2018
Heiko Butscher February 7, 2018 February 11, 2018 Interim trainer
Robin Dutt February 11, 2018 26th August 2019
Heiko Butscher 27th August 2019 September 6, 2019 Interim trainer
Thomas Reis September 6, 2019 -

Known players

Bochum talent factory

VfL Bochum has made a name for itself nationwide as a “talent factory”. The Bundesliga careers of some well-known footballers began in Bochum:

Surname at VfL Games Gates Career
Hermann Gerland 1972-1984 204 04th Born in Bochum, he played his entire professional career at VfL Bochum and was the club's coach from 1986 to 1988.
Christian Schreier 1981-1984 098 35 Went from VfL Bochum to Bayer 04 Leverkusen , where he won the UEFA Cup in 1988 . Schreier is still the record national player for the German Olympic football team and won bronze in Seoul in 1988 . In 1984 he played an international match for the German national soccer team .
Stefan Kuntz 1983-1986, 1998-1999 120 47 Was in 1986 the first Bochum scorer. Made 25 international A matches (including European champions 1996) for the German national soccer team. From 2006 to 2008 board member responsible for sport at VfL Bochum.
Martin Kree 1983-1989 164 28 Later won two German championship titles with Borussia Dortmund ( 1995 and 1996 ), the 1997 Champions League and the World Cup . Currently member of the supervisory board of VfL Bochum.
Uwe Wegmann 1985-1987, 1989-1995 214 52 “Der Alpenbomber” was the top scorer in the 2nd Bundesliga in the 1993/94 season with 22 goals .
Thorsten Legate 1986-1991 107 09 Came from my own youth; then played for Werder Bremen , Eintracht Frankfurt , VfB Stuttgart and FC Schalke 04 .
Joel Matip 1997-2000 (youth) 000 00 Born in Bochum, current Cameroonian national player ; two-time World Cup participant ( 2010 and 2014 ).
Yıldıray Bastürk 1997-2001 074 06th Longstanding Turkish national player with 49 appearances (2 goals) and third place at the soccer world championship 2002 as the greatest success; In 2002 he was the first Turkish player to play a Champions League final with Bayer Leverkusen .
Frank Fahrenhorst 1996-2004 0136 016 Played in the VfL youth team from 1994 to 1996. Completed two international matches for the German senior national team in 2004 and was used four times in the German Olympic team in 1998 .
Paul Freier 1997-2004, 2008-2014 239 24 Came from his own youth, became a national player at VfL Bochum and played 17 international matches; ended his career at VfL Bochum in 2014.
Sebastian Schindzielorz 1997-2003 0136 010 Played for VfL youth from 1988 to 1998. In 2002 he was nominated for the provisional squad of the German national team for the 2002 World Cup and sat on the bench in two friendly matches.
İlkay Gündoğan 2008-2009 000 00 Played in the VfL youth team from 2005 to 2009 and was part of the professional team until January 31, 2009; turned down a contract offer from Bochum during the winter training camp of professionals in Alicante and moved to 1. FC Nürnberg in February 2009 ; played in the 2008/09 season only twice for the Bochum amateurs. German national player .
Christoph Kramer 2011-2013 061 04th On loan from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for two years to VfL Bochum, for whom he played his first professional games in the second division; became soccer world champion in 2014 .
Leon Goretzka 2012-2013 032 04th Played for VfL youth from 2001 to 2012 and then made his debut in the second division; was awarded the Fritz-Walter-Medal for young players in gold in 2012; became a national player in 2014 and won the Confederation Cup in 2017 .
Bundesliga record player
Surname Games Gates Years
Michael Lameck 518 37 1972-1988
Lothar Woelk 385 26th 1977-1989
Walter Oswald 353 24 1978-1991
Franz-Josef Tenhagen 306 20th 1973-1981, 1984-1988
Ralf Zumdick 282 01 1981-1995
Record goalscorer for VfL in the Bundesliga
Surname Gates Years
Hans-Joachim Abel 60 1977-1982
Hans Walitza 53 1971-1974
Uwe Wegmann 52 1985-1995
Josef Kaczor 51 1974-1981
Stefan Kuntz 47 1983-1986, 1998-1999
Uwe Leifeld 46 1985-1991
Top scorer of the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga of VfL
league Surname Gates year
Bundesliga Stefan Kuntz 22nd 1986
2nd Bundesliga Uwe Wegmann 22nd 1994
Bundesliga Thomas Christiansen 21st 2003
Bundesliga Theofanis Gekas 20th 2007
2nd Bundesliga Simon Terodde 25th 2016
National player

German national team

In the course of the club's history, VfL had national players from various nations in their squad. The German national soccer team only belonged to Paul Freier , Franz-Josef Tenhagen and Dariusz Wosz during their time in Bochum .

Well-known national players from other nations

  • Sunday Oliseh was loaned out from Dortmund after playing at Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus Turin in 2002. The Nigerian played 32 games for Bochum (1 goal) and 62 international matches for Nigeria. He had to leave VfL in 2004 because of an assault against his teammate Wahid Haschemian .
  • Eric Wynalda made 107 appearances for the USA (34 goals) and took part in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. He was under contract with VfL from 1994 to 1996.
  • Kim Joo-sung , played 34 times for Bochum and scored 4 goals, was Asian Footballer of the Year three times and World Cup participant three times (with South Korea). In the 1998 election of Asia's Footballer of the Century , he came second. He played for Bochum from 1992 to 1994.
  • Fábio Júnior Pereira , was sold to AS Roma in 1999 by the Brazilian club Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte for around 15 million US dollars . He came to VfL on a free transfer and played 31 BL games in 2006/07, scoring 3 goals. He also played in Portugal, Japan and the United Arab Emirates and made 3 A and 12 U-23 internationals for Brazil.
Legend elf

With an online voting on the official club homepage, the Bochum-based company set a " Hall of Fame " in 2016 :

Shirt sponsors

VfL Bochum played for the first time in March 1976 with an advertising print on the club's jersey. At first there was a stylized Osborne bull , the symbol of the spirits manufacturer Osborne , on the Bochum jerseys. The presentation and size of this advertisement violated the strict DFB regulations at the time , which is why, from 1977 onwards, it was only allowed to use the word “Osborne” for advertising.

In the years that followed, VfL signed contracts with ten other companies as jersey and main sponsor to this day. The Discounter Plus (sponsor 1979/80) has belonged to the later sponsor Netto Marken-Discount since 2009 . The current shirt sponsor is the Dutch professional clothing manufacturer Tricorp.

The shirt sponsors of VfL Bochum at a glance:


Germania Bochum and SuS Bochum have been playing as predecessor clubs of today's VfL Bochum on a site on Castroper Strasse northeast of the city ​​center since 1911 . This means that VfL has one of the most traditional homesteads of German professional football. The first documented soccer game on Castroper Strasse took place on October 8, 1911 between SuS Bochum and VfB Hamm. In the 1920s, the club expanded the site into one of the most modern stadiums in West Germany. With a capacity of around 50,000 spectators, annual athletics festivals took place here, where Jesse Owens and Paavo Nurmi, among others , came to Bochum. On July 2, 1922, the first international football match took place in Bochum: Germany and Hungary drew 0-0.

After the Second World War , the “ Stadium on Castroper Strasse ”, as it was now officially called, became the property of the city. VfL continued to play their home games here until a new building could be financed with funds from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the mid-1970s . During the construction work on Castroper Straße, VfL moved to neighboring Herne for six Bundesliga home games . In the stadium at Schloss Strünkede by Westfalia Herne , Bochum won five times and thus saved himself in the relegation battle.

Ruhr Stadium Bochum (2004)

VfL Bochum has been playing in the Ruhrstadion since the official inauguration on July 30, 1979 (through sponsorship 2006-2016 RewirpowerStadion and since 2016 Vonovia Ruhrstadion ). Originally planned and built for 42,000 spectators, the stadium now has a capacity of 27,599 roofed spectators (of which 15,574 seats and 12,025 standing) thanks to the conversion of standing to seating and the installation of large video screens.

Although the now almost 40-year-old stadium is one of the oldest in German professional football, it is very popular with spectators due to its compactness and the short distance between the field and the stands. In a survey by the Stadionwelt fan magazine in 2004, the Ruhrstadion was chosen as the most popular destination for away trips in the Bundesliga. In the 80s and 90s, the Ruhrstadion was the scene of several international matches for the senior national team, namely against Finland (7: 1 on Sep. 23, 1981 as part of qualifying for the 1982 World Cup ), Yugoslavia (1: 1 on September 11, 1981 ). May 1986) and Ghana (6: 1 on Apr. 14, 1993).

The VfL Stadium Center has been located right next to the stadium since mid-2003. In it are also adjacent to a fan shop and a catch astronomy office and VIP rooms housed the club. The VIP rooms and the main grandstand of the Ruhrstadion are directly connected to each other via a bridge. After selling the naming rights to its stadium center, VfL Bochum also decided in summer 2006 to sell the naming rights to the Ruhrstadion. Stadtwerke Bochum acquired both rights for ten years , which is why VfL Bochum played in the “rewirpowerSTADION” from the 2006/07 season until mid-2016. After the housing company Vonovia SE acquired the naming rights and gave it back its traditional name, it is now called “Vonovia Ruhrstadion”. The Starlighthalle , in which the musical Starlight Express is shown, and the RuhrCongress Hall are in the immediate vicinity of the stadium . The complex can be reached with the tram lines 308 and 318 of the BOGESTRA or by car via the motorway exit (A 40) "Bochum-Stadion".


A license plate that VfL fans want .

The oldest registered fan club of VfL Bochum, the Bochumer boys , was founded on May 15, 1972. Members of the Ultrà movement founded the overarching group Ultras Bochum 1999 (UB'99) . A second ultra group has existed in the stadium for several years, the Melting Pott Ultras VfL . During home games, VfL fans stand in the east curve of the Ruhrstadion or sit in the adjoining block A. Guest fans stand opposite in the west curve.

In general, there is a friendship with fans of FC Bayern Munich ("Schickeria" and "Red Fanatic Munich"). At the ultra level there is a friendship with fans of the Italian club FC Bologna (“Ultras Bologna - Ultrà Rossoblù”, “Freak Boys”). There is also a fan friendship with the English Premier League club Leicester City . The Dutch clubs Helmond Sport and FC Utrecht , as well as FC Barnet from London , are also sympathetic due to mutual visits. Rivalries prevail against the local rivals from Dortmund and Schalke as well as Arminia Bielefeld. In the 1990s there was a special rivalry with SG Wattenscheid 09 , which can be explained by the local history - Wattenscheid's incorporation into the city of Bochum, see also the list of football games between VfL Bochum and SG Wattenscheid 09 .

Prominent fans of VfL Bochum

Other well-known supporters of VfL next to the actor and musician Herbert Grönemeyer , the association member, is the politician Wolfgang Clement , the writer Frank Goosen , the journalist Christoph Biermann , the actors Hans Werner Olm , Uwe Fellensiek , Joachim Hermann Luger and Armin Rohde , the TV presenter Daniela Fuß as well as the author and filmmaker Ben Redelings and the TV police officers Toto & Harry . The singer Michael Wurst acts as the stadium announcer .


VfL has had its own mascot for more than ten years . In reference to its image as the “ gray mouse of the league”, which it had acquired in the first division, VfL chose a mouse , not without humor and a dash of self-irony , but of course not a gray one, but based on the club colors and the colors of the city Bochum , a blue mouse . Her name is Bobbi Bolzer , and her surname is the common expression in the Ruhr area for a “wild” mostly child or adolescent football player who plays on a football field . Like the first two letters of the first name, the first two letters of Bobbi Bolzer's last name also reflect the first letters of Bochum and at the same time the car number plate BO . The mascot is part of the club's fan culture and is a popular sports comrade especially for children and young people in the BobbiKlub , the special club for VfL's “young bolsters”.


The home match against Bayern Munich on September 18, 1976 lost VfL Bochum to 4: 0 lead it 5: 6th In the ranks of Munich there were five players, Sepp Maier , Georg Schwarzenbeck , Franz Beckenbauer , Uli Hoeneß and Gerd Müller , who had become world champions in 1974. Not only because of this, the 3-0 lead at halftime was a surprise. In front of less than 20,000 spectators, Hoeneß finally scored the 6: 5 winning goal for Bayern in the 89th minute. Because of the drama and the number of goals scored, the game in Bochum circles was often referred to as the game of the century .

In the 1995/96 season the players Peter Peschel , Thomas Ernst , Thomas Reis and Peter Közle had their bald heads cut. Another shave came after reaching the UEFA Cup at the end of the 2003/04 season. Coach Peter Neururer's mustache was shaved off in the Ruhrstadion after the decisive game against Hannover 96.

Theofanis Gekas was the third top scorer in the VfL Bochum jersey. All three top scorer left VfL after winning this title.

In February 2013, Bogestra presented a VfL tram that is completely in the club's colors and with the appropriate logos as an image carrier.

Helmut Niedringhaus (1922–2015), who was a member of VfL for 82 years, had the longest membership in the club.

Current squad 2020/21

  • As of the squad: August 24, 2020
  • Status of performance data: end of season 2019/20
No. Nat. player Born In the team since Last club Second division games Second division goals
01 GermanyGermany Manuel Riemann September 9, 1988 2015 SV Sandhausen 206 0
25th GermanyGermany Patrick Drewes 4th February 1993 2019 Würzburger Kickers 002 0
34 GermanyGermany Paul Grave April 10, 2001 2014 SV Westfalia Gemen 000 0
02 Costa RicaCosta Rica Cristian Gamboa October 24, 1989 2019 Celtic Glasgow 026th 1
03 BrazilBrazil Danilo Soares October 29, 1991 2017 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 144 2
05 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Saulo Decarli 4th February 1992 2019 Club Bruges 096 4th
11 UgandaUganda Herbert Bockhorn January 31, 1995 2020 Huddersfield Town 000 0
24 GreeceGreece Vasilios Lampropoulos March 31, 1990 2020 Deportivo La Coruña 010 0
29 GermanyGermany Maxim Leitsch May 18, 1998 2008 SG Wattenscheid 09 035 1
33 GermanyGermany Moritz Römling April 30, 2001 2014 FSV Witten 003 0
37 GermanyGermany Armel Bella-Kotchap U19 December 11, 2001 2017 SG Unterrath 016 0
38 GreeceGreece Stelios Kokovas July 6, 2001 2017 Anagennisi Kalochoriou 006th 0
07th GermanyGermany Sebastian Maier September 18, 1993 2018 Hannover 96 136 110
08th FranceFrance Anthony Losilla (C)Captain of the crew March 10, 1986 2014 Dynamo Dresden 256 14th0
10 GermanyGermany Thomas Eisfeld January 18, 1993 2015 Fulham FC 094 9
20th GermanyGermany Vitaly Janelt May 10, 1998 2017 RB Leipzig 053 2
23 GermanyGermany Robert Tesche May 27, 1987 2017 Birmingham City 074 5
26th GermanyGermany Lars Holtkamp U19 November 21, 2001 2010 SV Langendreer 04 000 0
32 AustriaAustria Robert Žulj 5th February 1992 2020 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 125 240
09 GermanyGermany Simon Zoller June 26, 1991 2019 1. FC Cologne 087 25th0
14th GermanyGermany Tom Weilandt April 27, 1992 2016 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 174 240
17th GermanyGermany Danny Blum January 7, 1991 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt 086 19th0
19th GermanyGermany Tarsis Bonga January 10, 1997 2020 Chemnitzer FC 000 0
21st GermanyGermany Gerrit Holtmann March 25, 1995 2020 1. FSV Mainz 05 031 4th
27 SerbiaSerbia Miloš Pantović July 7, 1996 2018 FC Bayern Munich II 035 1
30th AzerbaijanAzerbaijan Baris Ekincier March 24, 1999 2017 Rot-Weiss Essen U19 001 0
35 Congo RepublicRepublic of the Congo Silvère Ganvoula June 22, 1996 2018 RSC Anderlecht 049 18th0
GermanyGermany Thomas Reis 4th October 1973 2019 VfL Wolfsburg U19 087 5
Assistant coach
GermanyGermany Heiko Butscher U19 July 28, 1980 2017 Eintracht Frankfurt S. 115 110
GermanyGermany David Siebers U17 August 18, 1987 2014 Hombrucher SV 09/72 000 0
GermanyGermany Markus Gellhaus June 9, 1970 2020 FC St. Pauli 000 0
Goalkeeping coach
GermanyGermany Peter Greiber October 28, 1968 2005 1. FC Cologne 000 0
S. as a player
U19 also a youth player / coach
U17 also coach of the B youth

Transfers of the 2020/21 season

As of August 24, 2020

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020
a. borrowed
wa was borrowed

Second team

The second football team of VfL Bochum took 15th place in the Regionalliga West in the 1999/2000 season. This was not enough to qualify for a place in the only two regional leagues from 2000 onwards. From the 2000/01 season on, the second team played in the Oberliga Westfalen, since 2008/09 in the Regionalliga West, which after the third division reform could be regarded as equivalent. Although the final of the Westphalia Cup on July 26, 2005 was lost 5: 4 (new version) against Sportfreunde Siegen , but with the Siegen's ascent, this final participation was enough to get a place in the DFB Cup. On August 19, 2005, the cup game against the second division club FC Erzgebirge Aue was lost 3-2. At the end of the season of the Football Regionalliga West 2014/15 , the game was stopped for the second team. VfL Bochum II ended the season in 16th place. Since 2008, the venue has been the Lohrheidestadion in the Wattenscheid district .

"Talentwerk" junior department

Alexander Richter has been the head of the youth department since March 2011. He has been working for the youth department of VfL Bochum since 2008, initially as head coach and training manager.

VfL Bochum is taking part in the international ETT youth round with a U21 team. The A youth team won the first German youth championship in 1969 and reached the final of the same in 2004 and 2005. The B youth team became German youth champions in 1985.

Women's soccer

On July 1, 2010, VfL Bochum took over the playing rights of SG Wattenscheid 09 and the women's and girls' football department of TuS 1908/1911 Bochum-Harpen . A cooperation with TuS Harpen has existed since 2008. The former second division club Wattenscheid was no longer able to maintain the department and approached VfL to take over.

The VfL team played with the first team in the 2012/13 season in the Frauen-Regionalliga West and was able to secure promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga South at the end of the season .

After the 2014/15 season, the first team was withdrawn to the Regionalliga West for financial reasons.

Other sports

Dance sports department

VfL Bochum 1848 e. V. Dance Sports Department (formerly Ruhr-Casino Bochum eV) is originally the oldest dance sports club in Bochum. The club, founded in 1934, is an independent department of VfL Bochum 1848 e. V. and has been successfully represented in regional and nationwide dance sport since its revival in 2004. One of the club's greatest successes has been a four-year presence in the 1st Bundesliga of the Latin formations since the 2012/13 season.

The club has a wide range of tournament dance sports, especially in the areas of Latin American dances as pair and formation dancing, as well as offers in the popular sports area. The association is also active in the children's and youth sector and offers a range of hip-hop, disco dance and early dance education.

The association is based locally at Berggate 69 in Bochum-Hamme.


For a long time, athletes played a pioneering role in club life, even before the football department. In the 1920s, TuS Bochum, one of the predecessor clubs of VfL, was one of the most successful athletics clubs in western Germany. As early as 1904, the later 2nd chairman of the TuS, Paul Weinstein , took part in the Olympic Games and won the bronze medal in the high jump .

Since around 1920, the club has been playing so-called “International Fighting Games” in the stadium on Castroper Strasse , to which world athletes such as Jesse Owens and Paavo Nurmi came to Bochum. TuS itself had two of the best 100 m sprinters of their time in its ranks: Erich Borchmeyer and Arthur Jonath . On June 5, 1932, Jonath was the first European to run the 100 m in 10.3 seconds, setting a world record. Both together brought seven German championship titles to Bochum between 1931 and 1934.

Even after the Second World War and the founding of VfL, some of VfL's athletes remained at the top of the national league for many years: Josef Legge was three times German marathon champion at the end of the 1940s, Horst Gieseler started the 400 m at the 1964 Olympic Games and Werner Trzmiel was one of the best German 110m hurdlers of his time at the 1964 and 1968 games. Bärbel Sprywald was one of the best German high jumpers in the second half of the 1960s.

With the incorporation of Wattenscheid into the urban area of ​​Bochum, VfL lost its local pioneering role: the best athletes migrated to the national Olympic base of TV Wattenscheid 01 , from which numerous successful athletes have emerged to this day.

The athletics department of VfL therefore decided in the early 1980s to formally merge with the VfL gymnastics department. It was not until the beginning of 2007 that the two departments dissolved their partnership, so that the VfL athletes will again function as an independent department. The current chairman is Udo Höffken.

The athletics department of VfL trains on the athletics field of VfL Bochum, a side square of the Ruhr Stadium on Castroper Strasse.


The VfL basketball community was founded in 1957 as VfL Bochum BG and registered as an independent departmental club in 1988. The greatest successes of basketball players in the men's field include promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga and winning the West German Cup in 1996, promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga Pro B in 2013, and participation in the second division in the women's field from 1987 to 1993 and 1995 to 1997 played in the 1. Bundesliga between 1993 and 1995 and won the WBV Cup in 2005. In 2012, VfL BG merged with BG Südpark to form the new VfL AstroStars Bochum , which took over the license of the old basketball department in the 2012/13 season. As a result of this merger, VfL Bochum has become the largest German basketball club. In the first season as VfL AstroStars Bochum , he was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga Pro B as champions of the 1st Regionalliga West. For the 2017/18 season, it was renamed VfL SparkassenStars.


VfL Bochum celebrated its greatest success as a team in badminton in 1964 when it won the German runner-up championship. With Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff and Friedhelm Wulff, the club had two internationally successful badminton players in its ranks.


event season discipline gold
German individual championship 1962/63 Men's doubles Peter Birtel / Friedhelm Wulff (VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship 1963/64 Men's doubles Peter Birtel / Friedhelm Wulff (VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship 1965/66 Mixed Friedhelm Wulff / Margarete Burkhardt (VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship 1965/66 Men's doubles Wolfgang Bochow / Friedhelm Wulff (1st DBC Bonn / VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship 1966/67 Men's doubles Wolfgang Bochow / Friedhelm Wulff (1st DBC Bonn / VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship U22 1969/70 Ladies singles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (VfL Bochum)
German individual championship U22 1969/70 Ladies doubles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff / Helga Schumacher (VfL Bochum / FC Langenfeld )
German individual championship U22 1969/70 Mixed Karl Weiland / Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (1st BC Beuel / VfL Bochum)
German individual championship U22 1970/71 Ladies singles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (VfL Bochum)
German individual championship U22 1970/71 Ladies doubles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff / Helga Schumacher (VfL Bochum / FC Langenfeld )
German individual championship 1971/72 Ladies singles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (VfL Bochum)
German individual championship 1972/73 Ladies doubles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff / Marieluise Wackerow (VfL Bochum / 1st BC Beuel)
German individual championship 1973/74 Ladies singles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (VfL Bochum)
German individual championship 1973/74 Ladies doubles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff / Marieluise Wackerow (VfL Bochum / 1st BC Beuel)
German individual championship 1974/75 Ladies doubles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff / Marieluise Wackerow (VfL Bochum / 1st BC Beuel)
German individual championship 1974/75 Mixed Roland Maywald / Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (1st BC Beuel / VfL Bochum)
event season discipline silver
German team championship 1963/64 team VfL 48 Bochum
German individual championship 1963/64 Men's singles Friedhelm Wulff (VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship U18 1966/67 Ladies singles Brigitte Potthoff-Steden / Christa Schulte-Wiese (VfL Bochum / TV Velmede-Bestwig)
German individual championship 1967/68 Men's doubles Wolfgang Bochow / Friedhelm Wulff (1st DBC Bonn / VfL 48 Bochum)
German individual championship 1970/71 Ladies doubles Irmgard Latz / Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff ( SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen / VfL Bochum)
German individual championship 1970/71 Mixed Roland Maywald / Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (1st BC Beuel / VfL Bochum)
German individual championship 1970/71 Ladies singles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (VfL Bochum)
German individual championship U22 1970/71 Mixed Lutz Tupey / Brigitte Potthoff-Steden ( 1st BV Mülheim / VfL Bochum)
German individual championship 1971/72 Ladies doubles Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff / Gudrun Ziebold (VfL Bochum / Merscheider TV)
German individual championship 1971/72 Mixed Roland Maywald / Brigitte Pickartz-Steden-Potthoff (1st BC Beuel / VfL Bochum)
German individual championship 1972/73 Men's doubles Horst Lösche / Friedhelm Wulff ( 1st BV Mülheim / VfL Bochum)
German individual championship U18 1978/79 Ladies singles Gaby Splett (VfL Bochum)
event season discipline bronze
German individual championship U18 1960/61 Men's doubles Friedhelm Wulff / Grothmann (VfL Bochum)


Since 15 September 2017, the VfL Bochum has an E-Sports Department. There are currently three FIFA players under contract: Jan-Luca Bass, Alexander Steinmetz and Daniel Fink .


The women's team played in the years 2005 , 2007 , 2008 and 2010 in the first Bundesliga and in 2004 , 2006 , 2009 and 2011 in the 2. Bundesliga .

Table tennis

In the 1950s, the men's team in the table tennis department mostly played in the Oberliga, which was the highest German division at the time. She became a West German master several times. In 1954 she became German runner-up after she had reached third place the year before. Well-known players were Bernie Vossebein and Karl-Heinz Harmansa . The decline began in the 1960s, today (2018) a men's team plays in the 1st district class.


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Web links

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