|Surname||VfL Wolfsburg Football GmbH|
|Seat||Wolfsburg , Lower Saxony|
|founding||September 12, 1945
( VfL Wolfsburg e.V. )
January 16, 2001
(VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH)
Volkswagen Group Services GmbH
→ 100%: Volkswagen AG
|Head coach||Oliver Glasner|
The VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH is a soccer company in Wolfsburg , the 2001 spin-off of the professional squad of 1945 founded Association for Physical Education Wolfsburg e. V. was created. Since Volkswagen AG had previously sponsored the association for more than 20 years, it was allowed to take over 90 percent of the company through an exception, contrary to the 50 + 1 rule , and finally all shares in the company at the end of 2007 (so-called Lex Leverkusen and Wolfsburg ).
The first years
As early as 1938, with the WKG VW Stadt des KdF-Wagens, a company sports association functioned within the Volkswagen factory, which was active in the Gauliga Osthannover until 1944 . In 1945, the competition community was prematurely withdrawn from gaming operations and dissolved.
Only a few months after it was founded on September 12, 1945, the club experienced its first major setback. Almost the entire team left the club and founded 1. FC Wolfsburg . The then coach Josef Meyer put together a new team.
In the first year of its existence, the team managed to win the 1st district class championship and advance to the district league . In the seasons 1951, 1952 and 1954 further titles followed in the amateur league Lower Saxony -Ost. In the last year mentioned, he was finally promoted to the Oberliga Nord , one of the highest German leagues at the time. In the last promotion game, VfL prevailed 2-1 against Heider SV .
In the Oberliga Nord
Even if VfL Wolfsburg caused a sensation in the first league year with a 1-0 win over Hamburger SV - the team that dominated the Oberliga Nord year after year and almost always became champions - the club otherwise played in it League class does not matter. In the first three years of membership, you only narrowly escaped relegation, whether under coach Ludwig Lachner , Ernst Sontow or Josef Kretschmann . Only the 1957/58 season under coach Walter Risse brought improvement with 11th place. In 1959, VfL under Imre Farkaszinski finally had to go back to the second division. The re-promotion to the Regionalliga Nord succeeded in 1963. In the same year, the team also reached the final of the German amateur championship , which they lost against the amateurs of VfB Stuttgart 0-1. During this time, several larger clubs, such as FC Bayern Munich and FC Santos , played test matches with VfL.
It was not until 1970 that the club was on the verge of promotion to the first division; Despite the runner-up in the Regionalliga Nord, promotion to the Bundesliga was missed. In the same year, VfL Wolfsburg took part in the first penalty shoot-out in the history of the DFB Cup. In the first main round of the DFB Cup in 1970/71 against FC Schalke 04, the new rule had to be used for the first time after a 2-2 draw in the first leg and a 1-1 draw in the replay. The wolves could only convert one penalty and were defeated 2: 4 on penalties.
VfL had qualified for the 2nd Bundesliga , founded in 1974 , but was relegated again in the premiere season and after a subsequent promotion and relegation disappeared from professional football for a good fifteen years, despite occasional participation in the promotion rounds to the 2nd Bundesliga good placements.
Promotion to second division and Bundesliga (1990–2007)
In the 1990/91 season they became champions for the first time in the Regionalliga Nord, but failed again in the promotion round. After another championship in 1992, the victory in the promotion round and thus the jump into the second division succeeded. Then the VfL was able to establish itself first in the second division. Under the leadership of manager Peter Pander , the club became a promoter in 1995. Despite leading the table until matchday 22, they failed because of the poorer goal difference to Fortuna Düsseldorf and lost the DFB Cup final against Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0. On June 11, 1997, VfL finally rose to the Bundesliga. In a quasi-final against 1. FSV Mainz 05 , which could also have been promoted with a win, Wolfsburg won 5: 4. Roy Präger and Detlev Dammeier each scored two goals.
Since then, VfL Wolfsburg has become a fixture in the Bundesliga. The team made it into the UEFA Cup back in 1999 , after which they qualified five times for the UI Cup . In the fall of 2004, the team became the Bundesliga leaders for the first time. In 2006, 2007 and 2011, however, you could only finish the season as 15th and only just avoid relegation.
The Magath era
On May 30, 2007 it was announced that Felix Magath will be the new trainer, manager and managing director at the Wölfen from June 15. His area of responsibility also included looking after the youngsters as well as the rest of the sporting area. He was given a free hand, which he used consistently at the beginning of the 2007/08 season . The personnel carousel turned a lot and the well-known departures (including Kevin Hofland , Diego Klimowicz , Mike Hanke ) faced many newcomers. In addition to experienced players such as Ricardo Costa , Josué and Grafite , young players such as Marcel Schäfer , Jan Šimůnek , Sascha Riether , Christian Gentner and Ashkan Dejagah , who quickly integrated into the team structure and became regular players. Long-time goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch was replaced by the young Diego Benaglio in winter . To everyone's surprise, a UEFA Cup place was achieved at the end of the season. The team secured the necessary 5th place in the table on the last matchday with a 4-2 win at Borussia Dortmund . In addition, they reached the semi-finals in the DFB Cup in 2007 and 2008 ; there they failed against VfB Stuttgart (0: 1) and at Bayern Munich (0: 2).
In order to further upgrade the squad, Magath tried in summer 2008, as in the previous year, to secure the services of experienced and developing players. With Andrea Barzagli and Cristian Zaccardo , he signed two Italian world champions from 2006, which should give the defense greater stability. In addition, the Turkish junior selection player Mahir Sağlık and the German striker Alexander Esswein came to the VW city.
In the first round of the UEFA Cup, the team faced Rapid Bucharest . The first leg was won 1-0 by a goal from Grafite, the second leg in Bucharest ended 1-1. Now VfL faced AC Milan , SC Heerenveen , Sporting Braga and FC Portsmouth from England in Group E ; he managed to close the group first with a 2-2 draw against Milan. In the sixteenth finals they were eliminated against Paris Saint-Germain .
The greatest sporting success was winning the German championship in the 2008/09 season . In addition to coach Magath, the two strikers Grafite and Edin Džeko , who together scored 54 of the total of 80 Wolfsburg goals, and Zvjezdan Misimović , who became the best preparer in Bundesliga history with 22 assists, played a decisive role . With the 54 goals (this corresponds to a rate of 68%) the previous record of the duo Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeneß from the season 1971/72 was exceeded. Grafite was also the top scorer with 28 goals . VfL Wolfsburg was the twelfth champion in Bundesliga history and the first new title holder since 1970 to be immortalized on the championship trophy. In addition, VfL was the first Lower Saxony champions since Eintracht Braunschweig in 1967 .
Last-minute rescues and short-term return to the top group (since 2009)
At the end of June 2009, Magath surprisingly terminated his contract with Wolfsburg and moved to FC Schalke 04 . His successor was Armin Veh , who initially not only worked as a trainer, but also - like Magath before - as a sports director and managing director in personal union. In January 2010, Dieter Hoeneß was hired as a manager to relieve Veh in this area of responsibility. At the end of January 2010, after nine competitive games without a win and most recently a 3-2 defeat against 1. FC Köln, Armin Veh was on leave. He was replaced by Lorenz-Günther Köstner , who until further notice took over the duties of head coach of the first team at VfL Wolfsburg.
For the 2010/11 season , after a long search for a coach, the former England coach, Steve McClaren , was committed. VfL Wolfsburg was the first Bundesliga club to hire an English coach. He had won the championship in the Netherlands last year with FC Twente . The former professional soccer player and world champion from 1990, Pierre Littbarski , was hired as assistant coach . On February 7, 2011, however, McClaren was dismissed for unsuccessfulness and Littbarski took over the post of head coach.
On March 18, 2011, the return of Felix Magath as coach and managing director Sport was finally announced, who took over the "Wolves" in the middle of the relegation battle and was able to keep the class with a 3-1 win in Hoffenheim on the last day of the 2010/11 season .
On October 25, 2012, Magath was relieved of his duties prematurely - after eight match days of the 2012/13 season , the team was in last place; she had only scored two goals by then. Again, the previous amateur coach Lorenz-Günther Köstner initially looked after VfL. The first game under his direction was a 4-1 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf . On December 22nd, 2012 the previous head coach of 1. FC Nürnberg , Dieter Hecking , was hired as head coach for the first team by managing director Klaus Allofs from Bremen . He received a contract until 2016.
In 2014 they qualified again for the Europa League after five years . In January 2015, VfL Wolfsburg signed André Schürrle from Chelsea , who was VfL's most expensive purchase until then. In the Europa League, VfL reached the quarter-finals, in which they were eliminated against SSC Napoli . The Bundesliga season ended as runner-up, which meant that VfL took part in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League .
On May 30, 2015, VfL Wolfsburg won the 72nd DFB Cup final with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund . It was VfL's first DFB Cup victory. On August 1, 2015, they won the DFL Supercup against FC Bayern Munich .
In August 2015, German Footballer of the Year Kevin De Bruyne moved to Manchester City for a record Bundesliga sum of around 75 million euros . In the Champions League , VfL won the group ahead of PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and ZSKA Moscow and then prevailed against KAA Gent in the round of 16. On April 6, 2016 VfL Wolfsburg won the first leg of the quarter-finals 2-0 over Real Madrid . However, the second leg was lost 3-0, so they were eliminated. The Bundesliga season ended Wolfsburg in eighth place in the table and thus missed the renewed qualification for the European Cup.
On the last matchday of the 2016/17 season , VfL slipped from 15th to 16th place in the table after losing the last Bundesliga game against the then 16th, Hamburger SV . VfL had to go into relegation , in which they prevailed 1-0 in the home game and in the away game against local rivals Eintracht Braunschweig and managed to stay up . On September 18, 2017, the head coach Andries Jonker was separated and Martin Schmidt was introduced as the new coach . On February 19, 2018, Martin Schmidt resigned with immediate effect and Bruno Labbadia took over as coach. Sports director Olaf Rebbe was fired at the end of April 2018. With a 4-1 win against 1. FC Köln , Wolfsburg secured participation in the relegation on the last matchday of the season , in which, as in the previous year, they were relegated with two wins (3-1, 1-0) against Holstein Kiel .
On June 1, 2018, Jörg Schmadtke was hired as the new Sport Director. Marcel Schäfer became the new sports director under him . In the summer of 2018, Daniel Didavi, a regular player, left the club when he joined VfB Stuttgart . Meanwhile, Daniel Ginczek was signed by the Swabians . Also the Dutchman Wout Weghorst from AZ , who was the most accurate shooter with 17 goals, and Jerome Roussillon from HSC Montpellier joined VfL. The season began with a 1-0 win in the first round of the DFB Cup at SV Elversberg . VfL Wolfsburg started in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over runner-up Schalke , before only having two wins in ten games and thus slipping to eleventh place. At the end of the first half of the season, VfL occupied fifth place in the table. With six defeats and three draws in eight wins, the Wolfsburg-based company finished sixth in the table at the end of the 2018/19 season and thus qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League under coach Labbadia after last year's rescue through relegation .
Despite the success, the paths of VfL and the coach went their separate ways, as Labbadia did not want to extend his expiring contract. As a successor for the season 2019/20 was Oliver Glasner obliged the last year with the Linzer ASK won the Austrian runner. Glasner signed a contract until 2022. Under him, too, the Wolfsburg team played for the international places throughout the season; in the end, VfL reached seventh place, which enables him to participate in the second qualifying round of the Europa League .
VfL Wolfsburg Football GmbH
The VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH was founded on 16 January 2001 and has since been under registration number HRB 100486 at the District Court of Braunschweig entered. The licensed player department of VfL Wolfsburg e. V. was spun off into the company on May 23, 2001. At first 90 percent of the shares were held by Volkswagen AG and 10 percent by e. V. held. This was made possible by an exception to the 50 + 1 rule , which allows a commercial enterprise to take over the majority if it has continuously and significantly promoted the football sport of the parent club for more than 20 years. Otherwise, a maximum participation of 50 percent less one vote is possible, as the club must retain the majority of votes in its outsourced football department. In addition to VfL Wolfsburg, this exemption is applied to Bayer 04 Leverkusen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim . On December 20, 2007, Volkswagen AG became the sole shareholder.
The GmbH is run by the management. Current managing directors are Michael Meeske, Jörg Schmadtke and Tim Schumacher.
Volkswagen AG has been the main sponsor since 1952 . The company paid EUR 62.5 million for the 2008/09 season and EUR 67.5 million for the 2009/10 season. In the first half of the 2008/09 season, VfL appeared without the VW logo on their chest; he supported the picture campaign Ein Herz für Kinder , whose logo was worn on the jersey free of charge. The Veltins brewery has been an official premium partner since the 2013/14 season . The collaboration was initially designed for three years.
In October 2014, Volkswagen AG had to pay a fine of two million euros because a service contract with T-Systems for the maintenance of computer systems was only extended after T-Systems had announced the extension of a sponsorship contract with VfL Wolfsburg. One million had to be paid because of the criminal pandemic between Volkswagen AG and VfL Wolfsburg and one million because board member Garcia Sanz had, contrary to his duty, taken no precautions against such crimes.
- Capacity: 30,000 spectators (for international games: 26,000 spectators)
- Venue of concerts, e.g. B. by Herbert Grönemeyer , Elton John or Anastacia
- Inauguration December 2002
- Capacity: 5,200 spectators (1,700 seats and 3,500 standing places)
- Opening on January 23, 2015
- The new venue replaces the VfL stadium on Elsterweg for the women's team and the second men's team at VfL Wolfsburg. In addition to the stadium, the new complex also includes the VfL Center and the VfL Football World.
VfL stadium on Elsterweg
- Capacity: 21,600 spectators; 17,600 spectators after dismantling grandstands, of which 12,500 seats
- The main grandstand, which was built from concrete elements in 1961 for 750,000 DM, is a listed building
- Inauguration on October 10, 1947, departure from the stadium on November 23, 2002
- German champion (1): 2009
- DFB Cup Winner (1): 2015
- DFL Supercup (1): 2015
- North German amateur champion (1): 1963
- Lower Saxony champion (1): 1963
- Master of the Amateur Oberliga Niedersachsen (East Season) (4): 1951, 1952, 1954, 1963
- Lower Saxony amateur champion (1): 1950
- Lower Saxony's team of the year: 1994, 2015
- German runner-up (1): 2015
- Finalist in the DFB Cup (1): 1995
- Finalist in the DFB Indoor Cup (1): 1999
- German Vice Amateur Champion (1): 1963
- Participation in the UEFA Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup): 1999/2000 , 2008/09 and 2014/15 .
- Participation in the UEFA Champions League : 2009/10 and 2015/16
- UEFA Champions League quarter-finalist (1): 2015/16
- Promotion to the Bundesliga: 1997
- Promotion to the Oberliga Nord: 1954
- Promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga: 1974
European Cup balance sheet
|1999/2000||Uefa cup||1 round||Debreceni VSC||3: 2||2: 0 (H)||1: 2 (A)|
|2nd round||Roda JC Kerkrade||1-0||0: 0 (A)||1: 0 (H)|
|3rd round||Atlético Madrid||3: 5||2: 3 (H)||1: 2 (A)|
|2008/09||Uefa cup||1 round||Rapid Bucharest||2: 1||1: 0 (H)||1: 1 (A)|
|Group stage||SC Heerenveen||5: 1||5: 1 (H)|
|Sporting Braga||3: 2||3: 2 (A)|
|Portsmouth FC||3: 2||3: 2 (H)|
|AC Milan||3: 3||3: 3 (A)|
|Round of 16||Paris Saint-Germain||1: 5||0: 2 (A)||1: 3 (H)|
|2009/10||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||CSKA Moscow||4: 3||3: 1 (H)||1: 2 (A)|
|Manchester United||2: 5||1: 2 (A)||1: 3 (H)|
|Beşiktaş Istanbul||3-0||0: 0 (H)||3: 0 (A)|
|2009/10||UEFA Europa League||Round of 16||Villarreal CF||6: 3||2: 2 (A)||4: 1 (H)|
|Round of 16||Rubin Kazan||3: 2||1: 1 (A)||2: 1 a.d. (H)|
|Quarter finals||Fulham FC||1: 3||1: 2 (A)||0: 1 (H)|
|2014/15||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||Everton FC||1: 6||1: 4 (A)||0: 2 (H)|
|Lille OSC||4: 1||1: 1 (H)||3: 0 (A)|
|FK Krasnodar||9: 3||4: 2 (A)||5: 1 (H)|
|Round of 16||Sporting Lisbon||2-0||2: 0 (H)||0: 0 (A)|
|Round of 16||Inter Milan||5: 2||3: 1 (H)||2: 1 (A)|
|Quarter finals||SSC Naples||3: 6||1: 4 (H)||2: 2 (A)|
|2015/16||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||CSKA Moscow||3-0||1: 0 (H)||2: 0 (A)|
|Manchester United||4: 4||1: 2 (A)||3: 2 (H)|
|PSV Eindhoven||2: 2||2: 0 (H)||0: 2 (A)|
|Round of 16||KAA Gent||4: 2||3: 2 (A)||1: 0 (H)|
|Quarter finals||real Madrid||2: 3||2: 0 (H)||0: 3 (A)|
|2019/20||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||FK Oleksandrija||4: 1||3: 1 (H)||1: 0 (A)|
|AS Saint-Etienne||2: 1||1: 1 (A)||1: 0 (H)|
|KAA Gent||3: 5||2: 2 (A)||1: 3 (H)|
|Round of 16||Malmö FF||5: 1||2: 1 (H)||3: 0 (A)|
|Round of 16||Shakhtar Donetsk||1: 5||1: 2 (H)||0: 3 (A)|
Overall record : 58 games, 27 wins, 11 draws, 20 defeats, 96:80 goals (goal difference +16)
Status: end of season 2018/19, only Bundesliga
The highest victories
|Home games||Away games|
The greatest defeats
|Home games||Away games|
- As of June 26, 2020
|Appearances (Bundesliga)||Goals (Bundesliga)|
( bold = currently playing at VfL Wolfsburg)
The first team
As of August 25, 2020
The team's captain is Josuha Guilavogui. His deputy is Koen Casteels.
|No.||Nat.||Surname||birthday||at VfL since||Contract until|
|1||Koen Casteels||June 25, 1992||2015||2024|
|12||Pavao Pervan||November 13, 1987||2018||2021|
|30th||Niklas Klinger||October 13, 1995||2003||2021|
|35||Lino box||January 17, 2001||2022|
|2||William||April 3, 1995||2017||2022|
|3||Maxence Lacroix||April 6, 2000||2020||2024|
|5||Jeffrey Bruma||November 13, 1991||2016||2021|
|6th||Paulo Otávio||November 23, 1994||2019||2023|
|15th||Jérôme Roussillon||January 6, 1993||2018||2023|
|19th||Kevin Mbabu||April 19, 1995||2019||2023|
|25th||John Anthony Brooks||January 28, 1993||2017||2022|
|32||Marcel Tisserand||January 10, 1993||2017||2022|
|34||Marin Pongračić||September 11, 1997||2020||2024|
|4th||Ignacio Camacho||May 4th 1990||2017||2021|
|7th||Josip Brekalo||June 23, 1998||2016||2021|
|8th||Renato Steffen||3rd November 1991||2018||2021|
|10||Yunus Malli||February 24, 1992||2017||2021|
|11||Felix Klaus||September 13, 1992||2018||2022|
|14th||Admir Mehmedi||March 16, 1991||2018||2022|
|23||Josuha Guilavogui||September 19, 1990||2014||2023|
|24||Xaver Schlager||September 28, 1997||2019||2023|
|27||Maximilian Arnold||May 27, 1994||2009||2022|
|31||Yannick Gerhardt||March 13, 1994||2016||2021|
|40||João Victor||March 27, 1994||2019||2023|
|9||Wout Weghorst||August 7, 1992||2018||2023|
|17th||John Yeboah||June 23, 2000||2015||2021|
|21st||Bartosz Białek||November 11, 2001||2020||2024|
|29||Omar Marmoush||February 7, 1999||2017||2023|
|33||Daniel Ginczek||April 13, 1991||2018||2022|
- under contract, but not in the squad: Dominik Franke
Transfers of the 2020/21 season
|Summer break||Bartosz Białek||Zagłębie Lubin|
|Jeffrey Bruma||1. FSV Mainz 05 (loanee)|
|Dominik Franke||SV Wehen Wiesbaden (loanee)|
|Maxence Lacroix||FC Sochaux|
|Yunus Malli||1. FC Union Berlin (loanee)|
|John Yeboah||VVV-Venlo (loanee)|
|Summer break||Ismail Azzaoui||End of contract; destination unknown|
|Robin Knoche||1. FC Union Berlin|
|Phillip Menzel||SK Austria Klagenfurt|
|Surname||function||nationality||birthday||at VfL since|
|Trainers and supervisors|
|Oliver Glasner||Head coach||August 28, 1974||2019|
|Michael Angerschmid||Assistant coach||February 24, 1974||2019|
|Thomas Sageder||Assistant coach||5th September 1983||2019|
|Pascal Formann||Goalkeeping coach||November 16, 1982||2013|
|Michael Berktold||Athletic trainer||September 30, 1980||2019|
All coaches since 1963
- Ludwig Lachner (July 1, 1963 to June 30, 1966)
- Imre Farkaszinski (July 1, 1966 to January 16, 1975) 1 2
- Fritz Schollmeyer (January 17, 1975 to April 23, 1975)
- Günther Brockmeyer (April 24, 1975 to April 28, 1975)
- Paul Kietzmann (April 29, 1975 to November 28, 1975)
- Radoslav Momirski (December 2, 1976 to March 4, 1978)
- Imre Farkaszinski (March 5, 1978 to December 2, 1978) 3
- Henk van Meteren (December 4, 1978 to April 29, 1979)
- Wilfried Kemmer (April 30, 1979 to October 20, 1983)
- Imre Farkaszinski (October 22, 1983 to June 30, 1984) 4
- Wolf-Rüdiger Krause (July 1, 1984 to June 30, 1988), legendary cup game against Bremen: 4-5 after extra time, 1987/88
- Horst Hrubesch (July 1, 1988 to June 30, 1989)
- Ernst Menzel (July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1991)
- Uwe Erkenbrecher (July 1, 1991 to February 8, 1993)
- Dieter Winter (February 9, 1993 to February 15, 1993)
- Eckhard Krautzun (February 16, 1993 to April 5, 1995)
- Gerd Roggensack (April 6, 1995 to October 22, 1995), DFB Cup final 1995
- Willi Reimann (October 23, 1995 to March 15, 1998), promoted to the Bundesliga in 1997
- Uwe Erkenbrecher (March 18, 1998 to March 22, 1998) 2
- Wolfgang Wolf (March 23, 1998 to March 4, 2003), relegation 1997/98, UEFA Cup participation 1999/2000
- Jürgen Röber (March 4, 2003 to April 4, 2004)
- Eric Gerets (April 4, 2004 to May 28, 2005), Bundesliga leaders for the first time in 2004/05
- Holger Fach (July 1, 2005 to December 19, 2005)
- Klaus Augenthaler (December 29, 2005 to May 19, 2007), relegation 2005/06 and 2006/07
- Felix Magath (June 15, 2007 to June 30, 2009), participation in the UEFA Cup 2008/09, German champion 2008/09
- Armin Veh (July 1, 2009 to January 25, 2010), UEFA Champions League 2009/10
- Lorenz-Günther Köstner (January 25, 2010 to June 30, 2010)
- Steve McClaren (July 1, 2010 to February 7, 2011)
- Pierre Littbarski (February 7, 2011 to March 18, 2011)
- Felix Magath (March 18, 2011 to October 25, 2012) 2 , relegation 2010/11
- Lorenz-Günther Köstner (October 25, 2012 to December 31, 2012) 2
- Dieter Hecking (January 1, 2013 to October 17, 2016); UEFA Europa League 2014/15, UEFA Champions League 2015/16, DFB Cup victory 2015, DFL Supercup 2015
- Valérien Ismaël (October 18, 2016 to February 26, 2017)
- Andries Jonker (February 27, 2017 to September 18, 2017)
- Martin Schmidt (September 18, 2017 to February 19, 2018)
- Bruno Labbadia (February 20, 2018 to May 25, 2019)
- Oliver Glasner (since June 30, 2019)
In the media, games between Wolfsburg and Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig are considered derbies. The fan scenes of the clubs from Braunschweig and Hanover contradict this point of view and see the games against each other as the real Lower Saxony derbies.
- VfL Wolfsburg supports the Krzysztof Nowak Foundation, which was founded in 2002 by the player Krzysztof Nowak , "the number 10 of hearts". From the end of 2000 Nowak suffered from the incurable disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and died in 2005 at the age of 29.
- On January 10, 2015, the only 20-year-old player Junior Malanda died in a car accident on the A 2 on the way to the flight to the winter training camp in South Africa.
- The official anthem of VfL is Grün-Weiß VfL.
- After goals from VfL, an excerpt from the song Rama Lama Ding Dong by Rocky Sharpe And The Replays is played.
- Invasion music is the song Sirius from The Alan Parsons Project .
- Since the first ascent in 1997, VfL Wolfsburg heard continuously in the Bundesliga on and next to the FC Bayern München , Bayer 04 Leverkusen , the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim the FC Augsburg and RB Leipzig to the six teams that never had a relegation from the 1. Bundesliga had to accept.
- VfL was top of the Bundesliga 22 times (as of May 12, 2018).
- Eternal table of the Bundesliga : 17th place with 1,040 points
- VfL Wolfsburg has over 130 fan clubs.
- The mascot of the "wolves" is called Wölfi.
- On February 23, 2000, Zoltan Sebescen was the first Wolfsburg player to play a game for the German national team.
- Julian Draxler (~ 37 million euros), André Schürrle (~ 30 million euros), Kevin De Bruyne (~ 20 million euros), Luiz Gustavo (~ 17 million euros) and Diego (~ 15.5 million euros) are among the most expensive Newcomers from VfL Wolfsburg.
- The most expensive departures were Kevin De Bruyne and Edin Džeko , who moved to Manchester City for around € 75 million and € 37 million respectively . Julian Draxler moved to Paris Saint-Germain for around 45 million euros , André Schürrle for around 32 million euros to BVB .
- In 2015 Kevin De Bruyne was voted German Footballer of the Year .
- In 2015 Dieter Hecking was Germany's football coach of the year .
- In 2015, both the men's and women's teams won the DFB Cup in their respective competitions.
- A partnership with the US soccer club Chattanooga FC has existed since January 2017. This plays in the fourth-rate National Premier Soccer League .
The second team (U23)
|VfL Wolfsburg II|
|Surname||VfL Wolfsburg II|
|Head coach||Rüdiger Ziehl|
The amateurs of VfL Wolfsburg have been playing in the fourth-class Regionalliga Nord since the 2011/12 season . Until the end of 2014, their venue was the VfL Stadium on Elsterweg ; The team has been based in the newly built AOK Stadium since 2015 .
The amateurs became champions in the Regionalliga Nord in the 2013/14 season and played against SG Sonnenhof Großaspach in relegation for promotion to the 3rd division. While the first leg in Großaspach ended goalless, VfL lost 1-0 in the second leg and missed promotion. In 2016 VfL, as champions of the Regionalliga Nord, again missed promotion to the 3rd division when they had to admit defeat to SSV Jahn Regensburg in the relegation . In 2019, the amateurs were again champions of the Regionalliga Nord and failed in the promotion games at FC Bayern Munich II .
As of August 4, 2020
- Champion in the Regionalliga Nord 2014 , 2016 , 2019
- In the first round of the 2001/02 DFB Cup , the VfL amateur team defeated the eventual German champions Borussia Dortmund 1-0, but were eliminated 4-0 in the second round against Hannover 96 .
Both the A and B youth teams as well as the other junior teams play very successfully in the respective national ( A-Junioren-Bundesliga , B-Junioren-Bundesliga ) and regional leagues . The A-youth team reached the final of the German championship in the 2007/08 season , which was lost 2-0 to SC Freiburg . At the end of the 2010/11 season they won the final against 1. FC Kaiserslautern 4-2 and became German champions. In April 2013, the U19 managed a title hat trick with the third championship in the Bundesliga North / Northeast in a row.
Successes of the junior teams
- German A-Junior Champion 2010/11 , 2012/13
- German A-Junior runner-up 2007/08
- A-junior champions of the Bundesliga North / Northeast 2007/08, 2010/11, 2011/12 , 2012/13
- Regional league champions North A-Juniors 2002/03
- Regional league champions North B-Juniors 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06
"Young Talent Center"
Young football talents are given the opportunity to be trained in the U8 to U23 performance range with the “Young Talent Center” (NLZ) at VfL Wolfsburg, which was built in 2008 and is one of the most modern sports facilities in Germany. The teams of the boarding school are supported by former Bundesliga players such as B. Matthias Stammann (U15) trains. The head of the youth department is Fabian Wohlgemuth.
VfL football school
In addition to the training camps in the Easter, summer and autumn holidays, the VfL Football School has been organizing many other events (adventure game days, special training, football school cup and much more) since the beginning of 2010 to teach children the basics of football and important values such as team spirit and fairness. The school is headed by Roy Präger , who is supported by Frank Greiner , among others .
On July 1, 2003, VfL Wolfsburg took over the women's football department of WSV Wendschott . In the 2010/11 season the department comprises three women's and two girls' teams. The first women's team has played in the Bundesliga since its last promotion in 2006 and won the German soccer championship, the DFB Cup and the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2013 . One season later (2013/14), VfL became the first German team to defend their Champions League title.
The department goes back to the women's soccer department of VfR Eintracht Wolfsburg founded in 1973 . It was under this name that the final of the DFB Cup was reached in 1984 . In 1990 VfR Eintracht was one of the founding members of the Bundesliga. When VfR Eintracht faced bankruptcy in 1996 , the department switched to WSV Wendschott, before switching to VfL in 2003.
VfL and its predecessor clubs provided several German national players such as today's manager of the national team, Doris Fitschen , the world champions Stefanie Gottschlich and Martina Müller and the European champions Britta Carlson and Petra Damm .
VfL Wolfsburg eSport
For VfL Wolfsburg, this is not the first contact with the gaming scene. In November 2013, a virtual Bundesliga (VBL) tournament was held in the Volkswagen Arena together with EA SPORTS .
The current line-up of the FIFA team consists of:
|Benedikt "Salz0r" Saltzer||E-athletes||2015|
|Benedikt "BeneCR7x" Bauer||E-athletes||2018|
|Dylan "DullenMIKE" Neuhausen||E-athletes||2019|
|Riad “itsRiaad” Fazlija||E-Academy||2018|
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