VfR Heilbronn

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VfR Heilbronn
Club emblem VfR Heilbronn
Full name Association for lawn games
Heilbronn eV
place Heilbronn , Baden-Wuerttemberg
Founded 1896
Dissolved 2003
Club colors Black-and-white
Stadion Frankenstadion Heilbronn
Top league 2nd Bundesliga
successes Qualification for the 2nd Bundesliga 1974
DFB Cup round of 16 1970
DFB Cup winners (A-Juniors) 1996
Template: Infobox historical football club / maintenance / incomplete outward

The VfR Heilbronn was a sports club from the Württemberg city of Heilbronn . The club gained notoriety primarily through its eight seasons in the 2nd division (1956/57, 1962/63, 1969/70 to 1974/75). After the bankruptcy, he merged in 2003 with the Heilbronner Spielvereinigung to form FC Heilbronn .


HFG team in 1913

In 1896 the Heilbronn football club was founded in the Heilbronn restaurant Zur Hopfenblüte . After the merger with FC Württemberg , the club was called Heilbronner Fußball-Gesellschaft 1896 . The first successes could already be achieved in the time after the establishment. After the club was significantly weakened in 1903/04 by the departure of many players, it merged with FC Amiticia , but retained the name Heilbronner Fußball-Gesellschaft 1896 . In 1907 the club played for the first time in the association games of class C, in 1908 it moved up to class B. In 1909, the area used by the association on the Brückentorwiesen was fenced in so that entry fees could be collected. In 1913 the club merged with the Adler football club and was then called the Heilbronner Fußball-Vereinigung . In 1914 the club moved up to class A in the Baden district. In 1920 the club took on its longstanding name, the Association for Lawn Games 1896 .

In 1922 the VfR was able to rise to the Württemberg league with the teams of the Stuttgarter Kickers and VfB Stuttgart, and in 1929 they played for the southern German championship. VfR Heilbronn, which was one of the ten founding members of the Gauliga Württemberg in 1933 , was disqualified on January 21, 1934 after thirteen out of a total of eighteen games. The background was the sensational scandal surrounding the former national player in the ranks of VfR, Andreas Franz . He was initially hired by the VfR as a sports teacher for a monthly salary, but a little later he only worked as a striker for the amateur team, although he continued to receive the sports teacher’s salary. In the run-up to the second round match against local rivals Union Böckingen , Union player Richard Walter accused him of being a professional player, and was then suspended by the DFB. For the VfR, the consequences of the "Franz affair" were dramatic. He was temporarily excluded from the DFB. In addition, all results of the Gauliga season were taken out of the evaluation, so that the VfR was the first to be relegated. However, the VfR had only collected seven points by then and would have been relegated without disqualification. In addition, the National Socialist rulers seized the opportunity to bring the association fully into line. In March 1934, the district leader Richard Drauz ordered the dissolution and simultaneous re-establishment of the VfR as SV Heilbronn 96 with him as chairman. In 1941 one rose again to the Gauliga Württemberg.

Regional league game between Heilbronn and Waldhof Mannheim 1970 in the local stadium

After the war , VfR Heilbronn was able to qualify for the 1st Amateur League Württemberg in 1951, in which they became Württemberg champions in 1956 and rose to the Second League South. In 1969 VfR Heilbronn won the Württemberg Amateur Championship for the third time, and the club was the first to climb into the South German regional league as the second highest division under the Bundesliga. That was the beginning of the most spectacular football series in that late post-war era. With an average of around 10,000 spectators, VfR 1969/70 had the most successful season in its 74-year history. On December 12, 1970, the team achieved perhaps the biggest victory in the club's history, when they celebrated a 2-0 victory in the DFB Cup in front of 15,000 spectators against the reigning cup winner Kickers Offenbach . The last sixteen was the last stop, in Gelsenkirchen they lost 4-0 against FC Schalke 04 . Until 1974 the VfR played in the Regionalliga Süd.

When the 2nd Bundesliga South was installed and the club was in serious financial distress, VfR had to sell its best players Bernd Hoffmann and Martin Kübler to Karlsruher SC . The consequence was that KSC was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1975 and VfR relegated to the amateur league. After that, he didn't make the leap into a higher league, apart from some of the major league seasons. The greatest success in the club's history was achieved in 1996 when the A-Juniors of VfR Heilbronn won the DFB Cup and were promoted to the newly founded regional league in the same season. In the league and cup games, well-known opponents such as VfB Stuttgart, the Stuttgarter Kickers, SSV Reutlingen 05 , SSV Ulm 1846 , Karlsruher SC, TSV 1860 Munich or Energie Cottbus could be beaten in the traditional colors of VfR, black and white . In the final of the DFB-Jugend-Kicker-Pokal 1996 the Lausitzers were defeated 6-1 in front of 8,000 spectators. The successful players: Sven Seeg - Tobias Schwarz - Thomas Gruber, Christian Layher - Michael Wenczel, Marc Kern, Robert Mucha - Rüdiger Rehm , Peter Wagner - Rainer Baumgart, Tim Bilohoubeck, Onur Celik, Artur Glaser, Marcus Heintzmann, Jochen Schmid - trainers : Otto Frey

After further ascents and descents, the VfR Heilbronn had to file for bankruptcy in 2002. In 2003 the club merged with Heilbronner SpVgg 07 to form FC Heilbronn 07/96 . In 2004 he had to file for bankruptcy because of the old debts of the two merger clubs, and he slipped from the association league to the state league. In 2012, FC Heilbronn merged with the football department of FV Union Böckingen to form FC Union Heilbronn .

Well-known players and coaches

Second division squad of VfR Heilbronn
goal: Karl Hrynda , Karl-Heinz Seyffer , defense: Reinhold Fanz , Otto Frey , Horst Hägele , Klaus Kubasik , Otis neighbor , Helmut Röhrig , Gerhard Weil , midfield: Werner Haaga , Wilfried Krause , Wolfgang Lange , Bernd Laube , Roland Mall , Stjepan Matić , Peter Micic , Klaus Spannenkrebs , Sturm: Karl-Heinz Frey , Harry Griesbeck , Manfred Grimm , Walter Güntner , Bernd Herz , Gerhard Schneider , Trainer: Željko Čajkovski - until November 7, 1974, then Rudi Faßnacht


Ascents are highlighted in green, descents in orange.

season league space
1941/42 Gauliga Württemberg 04th
1942/43 Gauliga Württemberg 09.
1946/47 District class Unterland 04th
1947/48 District class Unterland 01.
1948/49 State League Württemberg 12.
1949/50 2. Amateur League Württemberg 0?
1950/51 2. Amateur League Württemberg, Season 2 01.
1951/52 1st Amateur League Württemberg 08th.
1952/53 1st Amateur League Württemberg 04th
1953/54 1st Amateur League Württemberg 07th
1954/55 1st Amateur League Württemberg 05.
1955/56 1st Amateur League Württemberg 01.
1956/57 II. Division South 18th
1957/58 1st Amateur League Württemberg 04th
1958/59 1st Amateur League Württemberg 07th
1959/60 1st Amateur League Württemberg 12.
1960/61 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 05.
1961/62 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 01.
1962/63 II. Division South 18th
1963/64 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 02.
1964/65 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 05.
1965/66 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 11.
1966/67 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 04th
1967/68 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 13.
1968/69 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 01.
1969/70 Regional league south 14th
1970/71 Regional league south 08th.
1971/72 Regional league south 08th.
1972/73 Regional league south 06th
season league space
1973/74 Regional league south 12.
1974/75 2nd Bundesliga South 17th
1975/76 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 07th
1976/77 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 12.
1977/78 1. Amateur League North Württemberg 07th
1978/79 Association League Württemberg 01.
1979/80 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 14th
1980/81 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 13.
1981/82 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 15th
1982/83 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 15th
1983/84 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 15th
1984/85 Association League Württemberg 08th.
1985/86 Association League Württemberg 01.
1986/87 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 17th
1987/88 Association League Württemberg 04th
1988/89 Association League Württemberg 10.
1989/90 Association League Württemberg 04th
1990/91 Association League Württemberg 06th
1991/92 Association League Württemberg 03.
1992/93 Association League Württemberg 14th
1993/94 Association League Württemberg 04th
1994/95 Association League Württemberg 10.
1995/96 Association League Württemberg 04th
1996/97 Association League Württemberg 01.
1997/98 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 15th
1998/99 Association League Württemberg 02.
1999/2000 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 10.
2000/01 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 03.
2001/02 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 15th
2002/03 Association League Württemberg 11.

Successor club

On May 16, 2018, the successor club VfR Heilbronn 96-18 was founded under the leadership of initiator Onur Celik. The home games will take place in the Frankenstadion in the district league B for the 2018/19 season . After two promotions since it was founded, VfR will play in the district league for the 2020/21 season. At the same time, a youth department will be launched from the 2020/21 season.

Web links

Commons : VfR Heilbronn  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 75 years of the Association for Lawn Games Heilbronn , Heilbronn 1971, p. 15.
  2. ^ A b Rudolf Oswald: The VfR Heilbronn and the "Affair Franz" - football in the field of tension between club fanaticism and Nazi local politics . In: Heilbronnica. Contributions to the city and regional history . Volume 4. Heilbronn City Archives, Heilbronn 2008, ISBN 978-3-940646-01-9 (Sources and research on the history of the city of Heilbronn . 19) (Yearbook for Swabian-Franconian history . 36). Pp. 383-403.
  3. Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 1: From the Crown Prince to the Bundesliga. 1890 to 1963. German championship, Gauliga, Oberliga. Numbers, pictures, stories. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-928562-85-1 , p. 132.
  4. http://stats.fussball-forum.de/?VfR%20Heilbronn
  5. http://www.vfr-heilbronn.de/wiki/index.php5?title=Fusion  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.vfr-heilbronn.de  
  6. http://www.doppelpass-online.de/html/seiten/news.phtml?nav=268&lang=de&info_type=1&status=&news=2601
  7. jof, mut, lm: Majority for merger between FCH and Union. Heilbronner Demokratie GmbH & Co. KG, March 27, 2012, accessed on November 30, 2012 .
  8. jof: Members stand behind FC Union Heilbronn. Heilbronner Demokratie GmbH & Co. KG, July 3, 2012, accessed on November 30, 2012 .
  9. The good news of the football year 2017/18: VfR Heilbronn is back! on wir-hn.de from May 18, 2018; accessed on May 19, 2018