VfL Osnabrück

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VfL Osnabrück
Club coat of arms of VfL Osnabrück
Template: Infobox football company / maintenance / no picture
Surname Association for physical exercises
from 1899 e. V. Osnabrück
Seat Osnabrück , Lower Saxony
founding April 17, 1899
Colours Purple-white
Members 3800 (November 2019)
president Manfred Hülsmann
Football company
Template: Infobox football company / maintenance / no picture
Surname VfL Osnabrück
GmbH & Co. KGaA
Limited partners 49.75%: VfL Osnabrück e. V.
27.41%: 11 small shareholders
09.84%:  Stadtwerke Osnabrück
0 5.00%: Assmann Büromöbel
05.00%: Michael Koch 
03.00%: Nicole Welz
General partner GmbH VfL Osnabrück
Management GmbH
→ 100%: VfL Osnabrück e. V.
Managing Director
(general partner GmbH)
Jürgen Wehlend
Website vfl.de
First team
Head coach Marco Grote
Venue Bremen bridge
Places 16,100
league 2nd Bundesliga
2019/20 13th place

The VfL Osnabrück (Association for physical exercises from 1899 eV Osnabrück) is a sports club from the Lower Saxony city of Osnabrück . It has around 3800 members (as of November 2019).

The club is best known today for its professional football team , which was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2019 . The team, together with parts of the junior division, was spun off into VfL Osnabrück GmbH and Co. KGaA on May 16, 2013 . In addition to football , the club also offers gymnastics , swimming and table tennis . A tennis department that has existed since 1932 was founded in 1991 under the name TC VfL Osnabrück e. V. became independent, but is still a corporate member of the parent association. The game operations of the VfL basketball department , which celebrated its greatest success in 1969 with the German championship , were discontinued in 2016 for reasons of age.



Predecessor clubs and merger to form VfL (1899 to 1924)

The first football club was founded in Osnabrück on April 17, 1899 under the name FC 1899 Osnabrück from the two leisure teams Antipodia Osnabrück and Minerva Osnabrück. This club completed the first recorded football game of an Osnabrück team against FC Brema Bremen (1: 1) in 1900. In 1906 it was the first game against a foreign team. They played 3-2 against Tubantia Hengelo from the Netherlands . At that time, however, the best football club in Osnabrück was FC Teutonia Osnabrück, which was founded in 1902 and won the district championship three times. FC Olympia Osnabrück, founded in 1903, reached the semi-finals of the West German football championship in 1912 , and the Osnabrück Ballspielverein 05 won the district championship as early as 1911. After the First World War , FC Teutonia and FC Olympia merged to form Spiel und Sport Osnabrück . This merger was initially a department under the umbrella of Osnabrück TV and became an independent association as part of the clean divorce , which in 1922 became Westphalian runner-up behind Arminia Bielefeld . In 1920 the rivals FC 1899 and the Osnabrück Ballspielverein merged to form the Ballspielverein Osnabrück von 1899 (OBV), which played in the Gauliga Westfalen. The highlights back then were the duels against local rivals game and sport. In April 1924 the OBV and Spiel und Sport finally merged, initially under the name Spiel und Sport; after a year, however, the name was changed to Verein für Leibesübungen von 1899 Osnabrück, or VfL Osnabrück for short.

First years after the merger (1924 to 1939)

Historical logo of VfL Osnabrück in the 1930s

By concentrating football in Osnabrück on VfL, the club was able to quickly become a rival of Arminia Bielefeld in the Westfalengau of the West German football championship, later 1st district class Westphalia . In 1925 and 1926, the team was able to reach the West German finals of the second . The highlight up until then was a 3-2 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1926. The duel against Schwarz-Weiß Essen was broadcast live on the radio. In 1925, SC Rapid Osnabrück split from VfL. The reason for this was, among other things, internal differences of opinion due to the old rivalry between the founding associations. June 29, 1925 is the official founding date of SC Rapid. The club was based in the Schinkel district of Osnabrück , the club name was derived from the Austrian club SK Rapid Wien , which was on tour in Germany at the time. The founders chose the colors of Rapid Vienna's local rival - Austria - purple and white as the club colors of SC Rapid . Many football talents from the region now played at Rapid instead of VfL, which quickly caused VfL to lose popularity and stagnate performances. With the descent from the Westphalia regional league in 1933, membership in the Westphalian Football Association also ended, because the National Socialists restructured the football associations. VfL was incorporated into the Lower Saxony district and played in the district league, the second division at the time. On August 18, 1935, the promotion to the Lower Saxony Gauliga was made perfect by a 4: 3 against SV Linden 07. But the 1935/36 season ended after only one win from 20 games in direct relegation. In 1936 Osnabrück became a garrison town , which strengthened the team with players from the barracks. Among other things, Matthias Billen came to VfL, who was to become one of the most successful players in the Osnabrück jersey at the time. In 1937 they rose again to the Gauliga, in which they reached second place behind Hannover 96 in the 1937/38 season. In 1938, on the orders of the Nazis, VfL reunified with SC Rapid. Since then, VfL has been playing in purple and white and at the Bremer Brücke. Addi Vetter , also a legendary Osnabrück footballer , came from SC Rapid to VfL.

In 1939 the club won the Gauliga ahead of Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig and took part in the final round of the German championship for the first time. Addi Vetter, who scored 24 goals in his first season, played a major role in this. However, due to the ailing stadium, VfL was only allowed to play one game (against Hamburger SV ) in Osnabrück at the final tournament , while the games against SV Hindenburg Allenstein and Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin were played in Bremen and Hanover . Eventually they reached second place in Group 1 behind HSV.

War and post-war period (1939 to 1950)

With the beginning of the Second World War , many footballers from Osnabrück were called up, which is why regular games were hardly possible during this time. Due to a new regulation, however, it was allowed to use guest players, whereby a reasonably regulated sequence of the seasons was given. In the autumn of 1939, Hans von Tschammer und Osten ordered the so-called war championship in regional play classes. The word "league" was banned by the Nazis because it was of English origin, so VfL now played in the northern division and reached the final round of the German championship in 1940; due to the war, however, the audience interest was low. As Germany's defeat in World War II was approaching, league operations became a farce. 300 teams played first class in 1943; However, these were all clubs in Germany that could even field an eleven. The Nazis insisted on the continuation of gaming operations in order to distract the population from the political events. The 1944/45 season took place, but no records of results or match reports have been preserved.

On October 28, 1945, the first football tournament with Osnabrück participation after the Second World War began, the Osnabrück City Championship. Since the British authorities banned the old club names for the time being, VfL entered under the name 1. FSV Osnabrück . As early as the 1946/47 season, however, you could play again under the old name in the Lower Saxony Oberliga. From the end of the war until 1949, the team's uniforms were red, because this material was cheap after the war. Some players from the pre-war period played again for VfL Osnabrück, including Addi Vetter , "Schimmel" Meyer , Matthias Billen, Otto Coors and Eduard Sausmikat . In 1947, Erich Gleixner, a later national player, moved to VfL, and Heinz Flotho was another national player in the squad. At that time, the club played in the Oberliga, the top division of German football, against clubs such as Werder Bremen , Hamburger SV , FC St. Pauli , Eintracht Braunschweig and Hannover 96 . At the end of the season they lost the playoff for fourth place against Werder Bremen with 1: 3. In 1950 VfL reached the final round of the German championship, this was the first season since the end of the war in purple and white playing clothes. VfL lost the first game of the finals against VfB Stuttgart in Cologne in front of 30,000 spectators with 1: 3. Reaching the finals was VfL's greatest success in the post-war period.

1950 to 1963: First class

VfL continued to play in the Oberliga Nord, the top division. At the end of the 1951/52 season they reached second place in the table behind Hamburger SV and qualified for the final round of the German championship, where they took third place in a group with VfB Stuttgart, Rot-Weiss Essen and Tennis Borussia Berlin . This season, Hans Haferkamp became a spectator favorite and national player, Ernst-Otto Meyer became the top scorer in the league with 28 goals. At that time the games against Hamburger SV were the crowd pullers. In 1951/52 and 1952/53 30,000 spectators flocked to the Bremer Brücke each, but the record number of spectators was set at the game against VfB Stuttgart in 1952, when 38,000 fans supported VfL. In the following years, the performance of VfL stagnated, in 1954 they played for the first time against relegation from the league, which could be avoided in the end by two wins against the eventual champions Hannover 96. By 1958, VfL disappeared in the midfield of the league, only the 1959/60 season brought some shine to the club's balance sheet with third place in the table behind HSV and Werder Bremen. In the following season, the team was able to gain experience in the European Cup. In the first round of the International Football Cup , the forerunner of the later UI Cup , they played in a group of four against Baník Ostrava ( Czechoslovakia ), Motor Jena ( GDR ) and the Grazer AK ( Austria ), with four defeats in six games . The teams were only able to leave the field twice as winners against the Grazer AK; she finished third in the table at the end of the preliminary round, which meant the end. In the 1962/63 season, VfL failed to qualify for the Bundesliga . Despite 19 goals from Udo Lattek , after 16 years of excellence and 466 games, you had to enter the regional league.

1963 to 1980: second class

In 1963/64 VfL started the first season after the introduction of the Bundesliga in the Regionalliga Nord, one of the five second-rate leagues in Germany, which ended with sixth place. In the following years, VfL ranked between 7th and 10th place, before qualifying for the promotion round to the Bundesliga with the victory of Regionalliga Nord in the 1968/69 season. The highlight of the regular season was the home game against FC St. Pauli in front of 32,000 spectators. In the promotion round, the team lost only one game against Rot-Weiss Essen , but this defeat was enough to narrowly miss promotion with second place. 35,000 spectators flocked to the Bremen bridge for the home game against Essen and saw a 3-3 draw. The 1969/70 season also ended with the final round of promotion to the Bundesliga, in which, however, they were knocked off fifth. In 1971 and 1972 they were also second in the promotion rounds behind VfL Bochum and Wuppertaler SV , in 1973 VfL reached fourth place in the promotion round. In five attempts, VfL failed to get promoted to the Bundesliga. The last season of the Regionalliga ended Osnabrück in third place; he qualified so for the 2nd League North, where you regularly reached final placements in midfield. 1977/78 you fought for the first time against relegation and in the end reached the first non-relegation place with only one goal more than SC Herford . In 1978/79 relegation was only prevented at the Green Table. The license of FC St. Pauli and Westfalia Herne was revoked and only one club from the north was relegated from the Bundesliga. So VfL was still second class despite an 18th place in the table. The highlight of the season, however, was a 5-4 victory over FC Bayern Munich in the Munich Olympic Stadium in the DFB Cup . In the next season you reached eighth place in the table, 1981 you could qualify with sixth place for the single-track second division.

The 1980s and 1990s: two descents and two ascents

Logo until the mid-nineties

VfL Osnabrück ended the first two seasons in the single-track 2. Bundesliga in the middle of the table. In the 1983/84 season , however, the class could not be held and VfL had to go to the amateur league north. After a financial injection from President Hartwig Piepenbrock , the club took a high risk and was rewarded in the end with direct resurgence. In the following years, VfL ranked between 6th and 15th in the final table . The second relegation within nine years took place in the 1992/93 season : Due to the reduction in the number of clubs in the 2nd Bundesliga, 20th place in the table was not enough out to keep the class. VfL was relegated to the Oberliga Nord and qualified for the German amateur championship for the first time . In the 1994/95 season of the new third-class Regionalliga Nord the promotion was only just missed, they finished 2nd behind VfB Lübeck . In addition, Osnabrück won the German Amateur Championship in 1995 in the final against the Stuttgarter Kickers . In the following years, the club ended the seasons in the upper third of the table. In 1997 VfL got into financial difficulties. Bankruptcy threatened due to old debts from the Piepenbrock era, low television money in the regional league and a lack of sponsorship income; Only after lengthy negotiations could the association be saved with a 1.2 million DM loan. The banks gave DM 950,000, DM 250,000 came from private patrons - a deficiency guarantee from the city of Osnabrück and an entry in the land register on the stadium served as security. In November 1998, the former VfL player Lothar Gans took up the post as VfL sports director, he held this post until 2017. In 1998/99 they became champions of the Regionalliga Nord and qualified for the relegation games against the winner of the Regionalliga Nord / Nordost, Chemnitzer FC . After the first leg at Bremer Brücke had been won 1-0 by a goal from Martin Przondziono , they lost the second leg in Chemnitz 0-2. The second chance of promotion offered the second round against Kickers Offenbach and Eintracht Trier . The first game was won 3-2 against Trier, but the "final" against Offenbach was lost 2-1 in front of 18,000 spectators at the Bremer Brücke.

In the 1999/2000 season , VfL Osnabrück was champion of the Regionalliga Nord ahead of VfB Lübeck and thus qualified for the relegation games against the winner of the then Regionalliga Nord / Nordost , 1. FC Union Berlin . In Berlin they reached a 1-1 draw on May 28, 2000, before the two teams played four days later in Osnabrück. In front of 20,000 spectators there was a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes and a score of 1: 1, which VfL won 9: 8. First of all, VfL's Jacek Janiak had the opportunity to win the game with a goal to make it 5-3, but he missed. In the following all players met except for Uwe Hartenberger (VfL). Shortly before the end, Uwe Brunn saved Steffen Menze's penalty and converted the next shot. Brunn saved the all-important penalty against Kay Wehner , making him a hero of the promotion and has had cult status in Osnabrück ever since. After seven years of abstinence, VfL played in the 2nd Bundesliga again.

The 2000s: an up and down

Logo from 1995 to 2017

At the end of the first second division season of the new millennium, VfL had to return to the regional league. On the last day of the match they still had the opportunity to stay up with a win at MSV Duisburg and a simultaneous defeat by Arminia Bielefeld against 1. FC Saarbrücken , but Bielefeld won 4-2 and Osnabrück played 2-2 in Duisburg. After only one year in the second division, VfL was back in third class and was now playing in the new, double-track regional league, where they reached seventh place. In 2002/03 they were able to celebrate their promotion to the second division again, but this time less dramatically with a 2-0 win against Holstein Kiel on the last day of the match. Before the 2003/04 season , promotion coach Jürgen Gelsdorf announced his contract and his successor was Frank Pagelsdorf , who, however, could not get along with the team. The relegation was already clear on the 31st matchday, they finished 18th in the table with only 28 points. In the 2004/05 season , the team put together by the new coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz finished fourth in the table.

After they did not get beyond tenth place at the end of the 2005/06 season , the 2006/07 season offered enormous tension in the promotion battle when VfL Osnabrück started the season strongly and was at the top of the table in the Regionalliga Nord during the winter break. A weak second half of the season let VfL fall back to fourth place in the table, six points behind FC St. Pauli , 1. FC Magdeburg and Kickers Emden , with three game days to go . The next two games were won against Borussia Mönchengladbach II and Holstein Kiel , while 1. FC Magdeburg could not win any of the last three games. Before the last game day of the season, VfL was in third place, one point behind Magdeburg, while St. Pauli was already qualified for the 2nd Bundesliga. Now VfL had to win at home against Rot Weiss Ahlen and hope for a draw between Magdeburg and St. Pauli or a defeat for Magdeburg. Magdeburg and St. Pauli parted 1: 1; VfL were down 0-1 up to the 80th minute, but then Thomas Cichon hit his head to equalize and in the 88th minute Thomas Reichenberger scored the 2-1 for VfL, who under coach Wollitz in the 2nd Bundesliga rise.

In the 2007/08 season , VfL, who were traded as the “first relegated” before the season, managed to stay in the league with a 3-0 win against Kickers Offenbach on the last match day. The Osnatel-Arena proved to be a "fortress", in which they had to admit defeat for the first time on February 10, 2008 after 27 league games without defeat against SV Wehen Wiesbaden. VfL under coach Wolitz managed, contrary to the two previous promotions, to stay in the league for the first time after promotion and was 12th in the final table of the 2nd Bundesliga.

In the 2008/09 season , the team only achieved 16th place in the 2nd Bundesliga and, after losing two relegation games against SC Paderborn 07 with 0: 1 each, rose to the previously newly introduced 3rd division . In the course of the investigation into the 2009 betting scandal , VfL players were also suspected of having manipulated games in the relegation season to the detriment of the club. Marcel Schuon , a player from the team at the time, admitted to having agreed to the owner of a betting company to manipulate games. It could not be proven to him whether there was also manipulation. For this he was banned by the DFB sports court for two years and nine months.

For the 2009/10 season Claus-Dieter Wollitz moved to Cottbus and Karsten Baumann took over the training of VfL . On September 23, 2009, exactly 31 years after the spectacular 5: 4 in the cup at Bayern Munich , the team managed a surprise in the second round of the DFB Cup when the Bundesliga leaders Hamburger SV 7: 5 after penalties was defeated. A good month later, on October 27, 2009, the club even made it into the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund . On May 8, 2010, VfL celebrated the championship title of the 3rd division with a 1-0 win at Wacker Burghausen and thus the return to the 2nd division. VfL Osnabrück was able to increase sponsorship income for the 2010/11 season by 500,000 euros to a total of around 3.9 million euros, which meant record sales for the club.

2011 to 2020: 3rd division and return to the lower house

In the 2010/11 season , VfL rose again on May 24, 2011 due to the lost relegation against Dynamo Dresden in the 3rd division. For the 2011/12 season , Uwe Fuchs took over as coach, but was released from his duties on December 8, 2011. His successor was again Claus-Dieter Wollitz , who had previously terminated his existing contract with FC Energie Cottbus . VfL finished the season in seventh place.

Before the 2012/13 season , Wollitz built a largely new team. They were sovereign autumn champions, but collapsed in the second half of the season and on the penultimate matchday fell back to fourth place behind 1. FC Heidenheim . Wollitz announced that he wanted to dissolve his contract after the season, citing various internal conflicts as a reason. He then gave an angry speech in front of fans, in which he u. a. criticized the board of directors. The video of this speech spread quickly on the Internet and was picked up by various media. The trainer was then terminated by the executive committee and the team was taken over on an interim basis by the previous assistant trainer Alexander Ukrow . On the last matchday of the 2012/13 season, the team managed to qualify for relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga with a 4-0 home win against Alemannia Aachen, who had already been relegated, and a simultaneous 0-0 win for the Heidenheimers at home against Kickers Offenbach . Opponent was like two years before Dynamo Dresden . Despite a 1-0 home win in the relegation first leg, VfL missed promotion with a 2-0 defeat in the second leg and thus remained third-rate. The unrest in and around the club continued in the form of resignations in the presidium and internal disputes even after the playful promotion relegation.

For the 2013/14 season , coach Maik Walpurgis moved to Osnabrück due to unclear contractual relationships with Sportfreunde Lotte and took over the training of the team from the interim coaching team. The team, which for the most part still consisted of players from the previous season, ended up in 5th place in the table.

In May 2014, VfL started a crowdfunding campaign to finance the third division gaming license, which generated over half a million euros in income in the form of interest-bearing subordinated loans within four days . It was the first financing of this kind in German professional football. In the 2014/15 season , the team put together according to the wishes of coach Walpurgis played a very strong first half of the season. However, this impression could not be confirmed at the end of the season. Walpurgis and his team finished 11th at the end of the season, the worst season record that VfL Osnabrück has achieved in a third division. Nevertheless, the contract with Maik Walpurgis was extended until the end of the 2016/17 season. During the season, the VfL team was accompanied by a camera team for the shooting of the documentary Im Derby-Dreieck .

The negative series from the second half of 2015 continued seamlessly in the 2015/16 season . After the decision at the " green table " in the DFB Cup against RB Leipzig, four league games without a win, with only one goal and as penultimate in the third division, Walpurgis was released. Interim coach was the former VfL player and youth coach Joe Enochs , who, after two wins in two games, received a contract as head coach until 2017. VfL ended the 2015/16 season in 5th place after being in 3rd place in the second half of the season for several matchdays and missed both the relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga and the 2016 DFB Cup / 17th

Logo since 2017

In the 2016/17 season , a good first half of the season with longer phases in the table positions 2 to 4 was followed by an inconsistent second half. The team around coach Enochs, whose contract had meanwhile been extended to 2020, lost contact with the promotion ranks towards the end of the season and ended the season in 6th place. Winning the NFV Cup secured participation in the DFB Cup. After the last VfL season game against Paderborn, the DFB announced that they had opened investigations against three Osnabrück players who were initially not mentioned on suspicion of attempted match manipulation. They are said to have asked friends of the relegation-threatened SV Werder Bremen II about a “bonus”, since a VfL win against Paderborn could have secured SV Werder Bremen II relegation. However, this had not happened because the VfL players involved ( Heider , Menga and Willers ) had not been used in the game. Heider and Menga issued statements in which they admitted mistakes, but stated that they had been put under pressure by the third player involved (Willers). This could later be proven by WhatsApp chats between the VfL players. In rulings by the DFB, Heider and Menga were each sentenced to a fine of 2000 euros and a four-game ban for “unsportsmanlike conduct”, but Menga appealed against his judgment. During the investigation, it became known that Willers is said to have personally asked a player of the Rot-Weiß Erfurt, who were also involved in the relegation battle, about a bonus in the run-up to the last VfL season game. Willers was sentenced to four months' suspension and a fine of 4,000 euros, also for “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

At the beginning of the 2017/18 season , VfL surprisingly won the first round match in the DFB Cup against Hamburger SV after being outnumbered by 70 minutes 3-1. The start of the third division season was less positive: after eleven match days, VfL were in 19th place with two wins, four draws and five defeats. On October 4, 2017, one day after the NFV Cup won 5-0 in the quarter-finals against the SVG Göttingen 07, Joe Enochs and his assistant coach Wolfgang Schütte were relieved of their duties. The previous coach of the VfL U19 Bundesliga team, Daniel Thioune, took over as interim trainer . He was confirmed on November 8, 2017 as head coach until the end of the season. In December 2017 Benjamin Schmedes, who had previously been the head scout at Hamburger SV, took over the office of sports director at VfL, replacing Lothar Gans . From the bad start to the season, VfL did not noticeably recover in the further course of the season, but stayed mostly in the lower half of the table. Relegation was only secured a few game days before the end. The final placement was 17th in the table. In April 2018, Thioune's contract was extended to 2020.

For the 2018/19 season , numerous losses of players had to be compensated and parts of the team had to be rebuilt. After a good start to the season, the team under coach Thioune was almost consistently in first place from the 9th matchday onwards. With a 2-0 win on the 34th matchday against VfR Aalen, the lead in the table was so great that VfL no longer could fall below 2nd place. After eight years in the 3rd division, VfL was promoted back to the 2nd Bundesliga. One game day later, the first place in the table was determined, whereby VfL became record champions of the third soccer league with two titles.

VfL got off to a successful start in the second division season 2019/20 and finished the first half of the season with 26 points in table position 5. In September 2019, the contract of head coach Thioune was extended for another year until 2021. In the second half of the season, which was interrupted after the 25th match day due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later continued with ghost games , VfL temporarily collapsed, but was able to secure relegation on the penultimate match day and reached 13th place in the table at the end of the season At the end of the season, it was surprisingly announced at the beginning of July 2020 that head coach Thioune and co-trainer Polzin were switching to the also second-rate Hamburger SV with immediate effect , to become Dieter Hecking's successor .

For the season 2020/21 was Marco Grote , the earlier the A-Youth Bundesliga team of Werder Bremen led to the championship in the season north / northeast, bound as the new head coach. His contract runs until June 30, 2022.

Stadium and infrastructure


Floodlit atmosphere during a game, view from the old north straight

VfL plays its home games in the club's own stadium, the Bremer Brücke, in the Schinkel district . It was opened in 1933 and currently seats up to 16,100 spectators. The stadium was modernized in 2008, and the dilapidated north stand was replaced by a modern seating stand with a functional wing worth around 5.5 million euros. In addition, underfloor heating was installed, two video display boards were installed and a security center was set up. The Bremer Brücke is purely a football stadium and is closed on almost all sides, only the northwest corner is no longer used as an auditorium. A special feature is the location in the middle of a residential area, for example the stadium is only a few meters away from the adjacent buildings in the southwest corner. After VfL's promotion to the second division in 2019, the plan is to rebuild the stadium in order to meet the DFL's licensing requirements.

Training ground

The Illoshöhe sports park in the Weststadt district is used as a training ground and venue for the youth teams. Since the area next to VfL u. a. is also used by the Osnabrücker Turnerbund and school sports and the infrastructure no longer meets the requirements of a professional team, VfL is planning to build its own training center. The area north of the Gartlage hall near the Bremer Brücke is considered to be the area, more precisely it is an area of ​​expansion of the KME company premises . A functional building and two training grounds for the professional team are to be built there in the first construction phase. The junior performance center is to remain at Illoshöhe for the time being, but will also benefit from the move out of the first team through better space and space. After a later second construction phase, through which the training center is to be supplemented with four more places, the junior area will also move to the new location.

Another location that came up in the course of 2020 is the former British barracks on Limberg in Dodesheide . The advantage of this location would be that the site is already owned by the city of Osnabrück, that there are already sports facilities there that could possibly also be used, and that fewer interventions in nature would be necessary there than in the garden location. However, the greater distance to the Bremen bridge would be disadvantageous.

As of January 2020, VfL was planning to complete the first construction phase in the course of 2020. The costs for the entire project should amount to around EUR 20 million, which VfL intends to finance largely through its sponsors and shareholders. The city of Osnabrück is planning to contribute up to 5 million euros as well as land and corresponding land-use planning to the implementation of the new young talent center.

Since the planning for the new training center was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the city council decided on July 7th, 2020, to renovate two training grounds at the Illoshöhe or to equip them with drainage as a temporary solution . The spaces are currently mainly used by VfL. The city is investing 500,000 euros in the renovation.

First team statistics

Only selected statistics are shown in this section. For more information on the first team, see VfL Osnabrück / Names and Numbers .

League affiliation since 1963

Squad of the 2020/21 season

(As of August 15, 2020)

No. Nat. player Date of birth since Last club
21st GermanyGermany Laurenz Beckemeyer April 16, 2000 2011 SV Atter
22nd GermanyGermany Philipp Kühn 2nd September 1992 2018 SV Drochtersen / Assel
32 GermanyGermany David Buchholz 5th August 1984 2019 SV Straelen
GermanyGermany Moritz Nicolas October 21, 1997 2020 1. FC Union Berlin
06th GermanyGermany Moritz Heyer April 4, 1995 2019 Hallescher FC
07th GermanyGermany Bashkim Ajdini December 10, 1992 2016 SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
13 GermanyGermany Ken Reichel December 19, 1986 2020 1. FC Union Berlin
17th CroatiaCroatia Adam Sušac May 20, 1989 2017 FC Erzgebirge Aue
18th GermanyGermany Maurice Trapp December 31, 1991 2018 Chemnitzer FC
19th GermanyGermany Kevin Wolze March 9, 1990 2019 MSV Duisburg
33 GermanyGermany Timo Beermann December 10, 1990 2020 1. FC Heidenheim
04th AustriaAustria Lukas Gugganig February 14, 1995 2019 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
05 KazakhstanKazakhstan Constantine Engel July 27, 1988 2017 FK Astana
08th GermanyGermany Ulrich Taffertshofer February 14, 1992 2018 SpVgg Unterhaching
10 GermanyGermany Niklas Schmidt March 1, 1998 2019 Werder Bremen
23 PolandPoland David Blacha October 22, 1990 2018 SV Wehen Wiesbaden
25th GermanyGermany Sven Koehler November 8, 1996 2019 SV Lippstadt 08
26th GermanyGermany Sebastian Klaas June 30, 1998 2013 Ibbenbürener Spvg
29 GermanyGermany Bryan Henning March 16, 1995 2019 FC Wacker Innsbruck
30th GermanyGermany Maurice Multhaup December 15, 1996 2020 1. FC Heidenheim
35 GermanyGermany Marc Augé March 6, 2001 2012 TuS Glane
37 GermanyGermany Sebastian Kerk April 17, 1994 2020 1. FC Nuremberg
14th GermanyGermany Etienne Amenyido March 1, 1998 2018 Borussia Dortmund II
27 GermanyGermany Luc Ihorst March 7, 2000 2020 Werder Bremen II
20th GermanyGermany Marc Heider (C)Captain of the crew May 18, 1986 2016 Holstein Kiel
34 GermanyGermany Hakim Traoré May 27, 2001 2012 SV Turf Sports Osnabrück

Change of season 2020/21

As of August 18, 2020

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020
a. borrowed
wa was borrowed

Sporting management

Chief trainer
Marco Grote
Assistant coach
Tim Danneberg , Deniz Dogan
Goalkeeping coach
Rolf Meyer
Athletics coach
Jan-Philipp Hestermann
Sports director
Benjamin Schmedes
Team manager
Julius' lack of concern
Game analyst
Rafael Ramos Gameiro
Team doctors
Clemens Kruse, Thomas Herzig, Werner Wilm
Günter Schröder, Lennart Bartling
Sports psychologist
Manfred Glüsenkamp

Youth area

Under the direction of Alexander Ukrow, VfL operates a young talent center for youth players , with eight teams U 11, U 12, U 13, U 14, U 15, U 16, U 17 and U 19, all age groups between the E-youth and the A youth covers. The teams from U 16 and up were spun off in 2013 to VfL Osnabrück GmbH und Co. KGaA . The quality of the performance center was rated two out of three possible stars by the Double PASS agency in 2019 .

VfL Osnabrück II (U 21)

Until 2017, there was a U21 team (“second team” of VfL) as a link between the youth and professional areas. In the 2009/10 season, the team took tenth place in the Lower Saxony West Oberliga and then qualified via relegation for the single-track Lower Saxony Oberliga , in which it has played since 2010. The team's last coach was Marko Tredup. At the end of the 2016/17 season , VfL announced the dissolution of the U21. This was officially justified by the fact that the youth sector was to be better interlinked with the professional sector and that the permeability for young players was to be increased. Unofficially, however, financial reasons are believed to be the main reason for this step. Instead of a second team that takes part in the league, they have since relied on a perspective squad.

U 19

The U 19 of VfL Osnabrück rose in the 2003/04 season from the newly founded A-Junioren-Bundesliga (North / Northeast relay) to the A-Junioren-Regionalliga Nord. After rising again in 2005, the next descent took place in 2006 . The 2008/09 season was promoted again, this time the class was held. The best placement in the Bundesliga so far was achieved in the 2012/13 season with 4th place. 2014 came under coach Joe Enochs the relegation. In 2015 Daniel Thioune took over the coaching position. After two regional league seasons, the team played first class again from 2016/17 . From 2017 the team was coached by Marko Tredup . In 2018/19 , as bottom of the table, relegation from the Bundesliga took place again. For the 2019/20 season, Florian Fulland was the new coach of the U19 team. As the junior league season was canceled in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic , VfL, which was first placed at the time, was prematurely confirmed as a return to the Bundesliga.

Greatest club successes

Final placement in the 2nd Bundesliga
  • Final round of the German championship in 1939, 1940, 1950 and 1952
  • Winner of the Northern Cup 1958
  • Champion of the Regionalliga Nord in 1969, 1970 and 1971
  • Champion of the Oberliga Nord 1985
  • German amateur champion 1995
  • Champion of the Regionalliga Nord in 1999
  • Champion of the Regionalliga Nord 2000 (and promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga)
  • Vice-champion of the Regionalliga Nord 2003 and 2007 (and promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga)
  • Champion of the 3rd division in 2010 and 2019 (and promotion to the 2nd division)
  • NFV cup winners 2005, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Eternal table of the 2nd Bundesliga : 10th place
  • VfL is the club that, with 23 seasons, spent the most seasons in the 2nd Bundesliga without ever playing in the 1st Bundesliga.

Well-known former players

  • Matthias Billen : At VfL from 1936 to 1948, played an international match against Luxembourg on September 27, 1936 .
  • Horst Borcherding : Goalkeeper from 1956 to 1963, previously completed three international matches for the then independent Saarland
  • Ansgar Brinkmann : midfielder (from 1987 to 1990 and 2000 to 2001 in Osnabrück), former Bundesliga professional for Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefeld.
  • Uwe Brunn : Goalkeeper from 1991 to 2003. Favorite of the public, secured promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2000 with his parade on penalties against 1. FC Union Berlin .
  • Joe Enochs : From 1996 to 2008 he played 376 games for VfL, making him the club's record player, an international match for the USA, namesake of the local Joe Enochs sports bar , and from 2015 to 2017 head coach of VfL.
  • Everson : Played for VfL in the 2001/02 season, then for Benfica , among others . Made two Champions League games for Benfica.
  • Heinz Flotho : Goalkeeper at VfL from 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1949, completed an A international match against Luxembourg on September 27, 1936 .
  • Erich Gleixner : Striker at VfL from 1947 to 1956, Olympic participant in 1952, completed 210 point games and scored 25 goals for Osnabrück.
  • Heikko Glöde : Striker at VfL from 1986 to 1990, best Osnabrück goalscorer three times in a row 1988–1990, completed a total of 146 second division games and scored 55 goals for VfL
  • Hans Haferkamp : At VfL from 1948 to 1956, played four international matches , twice against Turkey and once each against Austria and Luxembourg , scoring one goal.
  • Jimmy Hartwig : At VfL 1973/74, two international matches , 244 Bundesliga games for 1860 Munich, Hamburger SV, 1. FC Köln and FC Homburg, 9 UEFA Cup games for 1. FC Köln, German champions 1979, 1982 and 1983 , Winner of the 1983 European Cup.
  • Elias Kachunga : Huddersfield Town striker , played for VFL in 2012.
  • Kevin Kampl : Slovenian international, played for VfL during the 2011/12 season.
  • Ralf Heskamp : 1983 to 1992 at VfL, 236 league games for Osnabrück.
  • Erwin Kostedde : 1982/83 with VfL, three international matches as Germany's first colored national player. Goal of the year 1974, top scorer in 1974 in Ligue 1 , 219 Bundesliga games (98 goals) for Kickers Offenbach, Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Hertha BSC and MSV Duisburg.
  • Udo Lattek : 1962 to 1965 in Osnabrück, then Germany's most successful coach.
  • Paul Linz : 33-time Bundesliga professional, 1985 to 1988 at VfL.
  • Ronald Maul : 1990 to 1995 with Osnabrück, two-time German national player, Bundesliga professional with Hansa Rostock and Hamburger SV.
  • Herbert Mühlenberg : 1974 to 1978 at VfL, 162 point games (64 goals), coach at VfL.
  • Alexander Nouri : 2004 to 2008 at VfL, 93 competitive games, 9 goals. Then Bundesliga coach at Werder Bremen.
  • Timo Ochs : 2003/04 in Osnabrück, used as goalkeeper for Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Cup and Champions League qualification.
  • Patrick Owomoyela : 2001/02 at VfL, German national player, Bundesliga professional for Arminia Bielefeld, Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund.
  • Günter Pröpper : 1964 to 1968 at VfL, 89 games, 57 goals.
  • Gerd-Volker Schock : 1974 to 1979 at Osnabrück, 205 games, 95 goals.
  • Theo Schönhöft : Active in Osnabrück from 1952 to 1962, discovered by Hans Haferkamp, ​​German national player.
  • Burkhard Segler : Stormed in Osnabrück from 1972 to 1973 and scored 24 goals in 32 games for VfL. He then played for FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
  • Daniel Thioune : 1996 to 2002 player at VfL, 161 games, 60 goals. From 2014 youth coach at VfL, 2017 to 2020 head coach of the professional team.
  • Addi Vetter : 1936 to 1940 and 1946 to 1954 at VfL, three times in a row top scorer in the Oberliga Nord.
  • Andreas Wallenhorst : Defender at VfL from 1987 to 1990.
  • Claus-Dieter Wollitz : 1989 to 1993 at VfL, 2004 to 2009 and 2012 to 2013 as a coach at VfL.
  • Simon Zoller : Striker at VfL in the 2013/2014 season.
  • Nazim Sangaré : Defender at VfL in the 2016/2017 season, Turkish national player.

Sponsors and suppliers

Infront Sports & Media has been VfL's marketing partner since 2016 .

Shirt sponsors

VfL has had the following shirt sponsors since 1977:

Period sponsor Industry / product
1977-1979 FGO market Specialist trade for building cleaning
Contract-Bau-Brink (CBB) Construction company
Planol chemistry cleaning supplies
1985-1988 Feistel fireworks Fireworks
1988-1995 Piepenbrock Building service provider
Herford Brewery
Coffee partner Coffee machines
2002-2004 pgam Automotive supplier
Sparkasse Osnabrück Bank
2012-2014 Coffee Perfect Coffee machines
2014-2015 Slogan "We are the Osnabrückers" several individual sponsors
2017-2018 TEDi retail trade
2018– sunmaker Online betting


Since 1977 VfL has had the following suppliers:

  • 1977–1979, 1980–1981, 1994–1995, 2013–2018: Adidas
  • 1979–1980, 1981–1992, 2007–2013, since 2018: Puma
  • 1992–1993, 2001–2007: Uhlsport
  • 1993-1994, 1995-1998: Diadora
  • 1998-2001: Nike

Rivalries and fan friendships


Games against the big clubs from Westphalia and the Weser-Ems area such as SV Meppen , Preußen Münster , Arminia Bielefeld , SC Paderborn 07 and VfB Oldenburg have always been considered explosive due to the proximity to Osnabrück. They are often classified as risk games and are accompanied by a large number of police forces.

Especially during derbies against Prussia Münster, there were always clashes between supporters from the Osnabrück and Münster fan camps. This development reached its “climax” on September 10, 2011, when a Münster ultra fan detonated an explosive device during a game in the Osnatel Arena, injuring 33 people. For this he was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Osnabrück Regional Court - the highest penalty in Germany in connection with football since 1998.

However, arguments between fans have been the exception rather than the rule in the derbies of recent years. The rivalry between Arminia Bielefeld, Preußen Münster and VfL Osnabrück is also discussed in the documentary Im Derby-Dreieck . For the shooting, the VfL team was accompanied by a camera team during the 2014/15 season.

Fan friendships

Fan friendships with other clubs that are supported by a large majority of the fan camp do not currently exist in Osnabrück. Within the ultra scene, however, good contacts are maintained with the Swedish first division club Djurgårdens IF . Since VfL Osnabrück's game at Energie Cottbus on March 13, 2011, there has also been a loose sympathy between Osnabrück and Cottbuss fans. After a serious injury to Osnabrück striker Flamur Kastrati , players and fans of both clubs demanded that the game be stopped. When the referee did not comply, the teams stuck together and boycotted the rest of the game.


Main article: VfL Osnabrück (basketball)

At VfL Osnabrück, basketball has been played very successfully by children and young people as well as women and men since the 1950s .

The first significant success of the men in 1959 was the championship in the then first-class Oberliga Nord (including Berlin ) and the associated qualification for the final round of the German basketball championship. In the seasons 1964/65 and 1965/66, the VfL team was again first in the league north. 1964/65 succeeded in the final round of the German basketball championship qualification for the final of the German championship in Heidelberg. In the final against MTV Gießen (68:69), VfL reached the vice championship in 1964 in a first-class and exciting game.

In 1966, the German Basketball Federation (DBB) founded the Basketball Bundesliga. In the basketball Bundesliga, the semi-professional ' master teams ' of VfL Osnabrück achieved their great successes from 1966 to 1970. The VfL teams became the first DBB cup champions in 1967 (in Oberhausen against ATV Düsseldorf, 86:74) and in 1969, with head coach Miloslav Kříž , German basketball champions (in Gießen against MTV Gießen, 69:76).

The Bundesliga basketball players of VfL Osnabrück took part in a FIBA European Cup four times . They trained and played in Osnabrück's Schloßwallhalle , their jersey colors were yellow and black.

Constant VfL regular players in the successful period of the basketball Bundesliga and thus involved in all major successes were five VfLers: the multiple A national player Klaus Weinand from Koblenz , the Syrian national player Rassem Yahya from Palestine , the Dortmund Wilfried 'Wiwi' Böttger as well as Egon Homm and Ingbert 'Koppi' Koppermann, who come from their own VfL youth team .

In 1973 the entire basketball game was stopped at VfL. After basketball had not been played at VfL for two decades, a men's leisure team began training again in the mid-1990s. It consisted of maxi basketball players , who did not include any former Bundesliga players , and played in the senior district league. Some of the players took part in syndicates with other clubs in the national best basketball games of the DBB , which are played every year in Germany in May .

The game operations of the VfL basketball department, which was only reactivated in the 1990s, was stopped again in mid-2016 for reasons of age.

Club successes

  • German champion 1969
  • DBB Cup Champion 1967
  • German runner-up in 1965
  • German runner-up in 1967
  • German runner-up in 1968
  • DBB Vice-Cup Champion 1969
  • DBB Vice-Cup Champion 1970
  • Champion of the Oberliga Nord (incl. Berlin) 1959, 1965, 1966

A national player from VfL's own youth team

Table tennis

The table tennis department was founded in 1935 and rebuilt after the Second World War. VfL has been one of the strongest men's teams in Lower Saxony since the 1950s . The team played since 1954 often in the forefront of the Oberliga Nord, the top German division at the time. In 1966 you could not only win the northern title and thus qualify for the newly founded table tennis Bundesliga , but also with a 9: 7 final victory against SV Moltkeplatz Essen in the line-up of Hans Micheiloff , Ernst Gomolla , Herbert Gomolla , Lutz Wolf , Reinhard Michel and Helmut Sandmann also the first time the German league title to the hare pick. Two years later, the coup succeeded again: opera singer Micheiloff, youngster Bernt Jansen (meanwhile from local rivals Osnabrücker TB ), the Gomolla twins, Reinhard Michel as well as Dieter Lippelt and Karl-Heinz Dependahl secured themselves on the penultimate game day with a 9: 7 success against DJK TuSA 06 Düsseldorf the second German championship title. The 1200 spectators in Osnabrück mean the Bundesliga record at that time. In the following year things didn't go so well for Lower Saxony, but they were able to keep themselves harmless in the DTTB Cup. After reaching the cup final three times in the 1960s but always losing, the team around Jansen, who had just become vice world champion with the German national team in Munich, now achieved a sure 5: 1 final success against the Düsseldorf Borussia , where with Eberhard Schöler also played a vice world champion.

In 1970 the runner-up behind Borussia Düsseldorf succeeded again , but then Bernt Jansen moved to Hertha BSC and the Osnabrück glory was over, in 1972 the team had to relegate to the league. There the team won championships in 1973 and 1974, but had to be content with third place in the promotion round twice (1973 behind 1. FC Saarbrücken and Blau-Weiß Datteln , 1974 behind TTV Metelen and TTC Remlingen ). In 1975 the ascent was finally possible again, but the immediate descent followed. When the team could not stop the free fall in the Oberliga Nord after the departure of several top performers and was immediately passed down as ninth, all players of the first men's team left the club.

In the year of the men's first championship title, 1966, the women also achieved promotion to the Oberliga Nord. The star of the team was already then 16-year-old Brigitte Scharmacher (next to her mother Grete Scharmacher, Margot Mahlke, Bärbel Junkmann and Exeriede). With her as the top player, the VfL women were soon able to establish themselves in the top group and in 1972 they were among the four teams from the Oberliga Nord that qualified for the newly created double-track women's Bundesliga. "Püppi" Scharmacher, Monika Kneip , Margot Mahlke and Marianne Meyer concluded the first season in the Bundesliga North / West as season winners and qualified for the final of the German team championship against Post SG Stuttgart . This was won 6: 2, so that after the two successes of the men, the women's team ensured the third national team championship title within seven years. When the single-track women's Bundesliga was introduced in 1975, VfL narrowly missed direct qualification in fifth place, but could still have qualified via two elimination rounds. This prospect was too uncertain for the two top players, so Brigitte Scharmacher (to DSC Kaiserberg ) and Monika Kneip (to Weiß-Rot-Weiß Kleve ) left the club. Realizing that it would not be competitive without these two, VfL Osnabrück then withdrew its team from the national classes.

Nowadays VfL plays with women and men teams in the district league.

Club successes


The swimming department of VfL used to be organized together with Osnabrücker SC and SSC Dodesheide as the Startgemeinschaft Osnabrück (SGO) . Since VfL intends to concentrate more on competitive sport in the swimming sector in the future, it broke away from the starting community in 2018 and has since allowed its swimming athletes to compete under their own club crest. The swimming department has around 600 members, the department head is currently Harry Krogull.

Fan department

Since 2013 there has been a fan department that represents fan interests in the club. She also discusses VfL's club policy and fan culture in general, and organizes trips to away games for the professional football team. Members of the fan department are part of various bodies of the club.


  • Jürgen Bitter : Purple-White - The football history of VfL Osnabrück . Osnabrück 1991.
  • Harald Pistorius: We are all part of VfL Osnabrück . Association for physical exercises Osnabrück eV, Osnabrück 2000.
  • Harald Pistorius: Purple and white classics - the big games of VfL Osnabrück . New Osnabrück Newspaper, Osnabrück 2009.
  • Kalla Wefel / Peter von Koss: 111 reasons to love VfL Osnabrück . Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2016.
  • Kalla Wefel : My VAU-EFF-ELL! A VfL reading book . Verlag Internationaler Heimatabend, Osnabrück 2017.

See also

Web links

Commons : VfL Osnabrück  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Official club websites:

Other web links:

Individual evidence

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