VfR Mannheim

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VfR Mannheim
Club emblem of the VfR Mannheim
Basic data
Surname Association for lawn games
Mannheim 1896 e. V.
Seat Mannheim
founding August 1, 1896
Colours Blue White Red
president Boris Scheuermann
Board Serkan Zubari (Sports Director)
Website vfr-mannheim.de
First soccer team
Venue Rhein-Neckar Stadium
Places 8,000
league Association League Baden
2019/20 8th place

The club for lawn games Mannheim 1896 eV is a traditional sports club from Mannheim with around 730 members, which became German soccer champion in 1949 and was the first club to receive the newly introduced championship trophy of the DFB . In 2004 the VfR Mannheim had around 800 members in the football, tennis, lacrosse and boules departments . The club colors are the colors of the city of Mannheim, blue-white-red.

VfR Mannheim is the only club in the old federal states that became German champions after the Second World War , but never played in the Bundesliga that was founded in 1963 . There were often discussions about a merger between VfR and SV Waldhof , but efforts repeatedly failed due to the different club cultures and ultimately also due to mutual animosity, most recently in 2002.


The oldest of the predecessor clubs of the VfR, the Mannheimer FG 1896, in 1899
The championship trophy, first awarded in 1949

VfR Mannheim emerged in 1911 from a merger of the clubs Mannheimer Fußball Gesellschaft 1896 , Mannheimer VfB Union (until 1908 Fußball Gesellschaft Union 1897 ) and Mannheimer Fußball Club Viktoria 1897 . The VfR is best known for its football department, but in the past there were u. a. also departments for field handball and baseball .

The three previous clubs of the VfR were among the football pioneers in southern Germany and played their games on the Mannheim parade ground, which was available for football activities every Sunday. The Mannheim FG 1896 took part in the championships of the Association of South German Football Associations at the turn of the century . Until the First World War , however, the teams from the city of squares were not yet able to achieve any national success, even after they joined forces on November 2, 1911 and formed the Association for Lawn Games .

In the 1920s, the VfR, the SV Waldhof , which is locally regarded as more popular, and Phönix Mannheim fought for local supremacy. In 1925 the VfR was the only Mannheim team ever to win the South German Championship . After 24 games and a points ratio of 24: 4, the lawn players were at the top of the Rhine District League and qualified for the final round of the South German Championship. There the VfR Mannheim team met 1. FC Nürnberg , the Stuttgarter Kickers , the FSV Frankfurt and the SV Wiesbaden . After eight games and 12: 4 points, VfR Mannheim came first, thus securing the title and also making their first qualification for the German championship. Among other things, the future national coach Sepp Herberger was part of the team . In addition to him, Alfred Au , Kurt Meißner , Hans Fleischmann and Karl Höger were four other national players in the VfR Mannheim squad. In the subsequent German championship, however, the VfR Mannheim team lost 4-1 to TuRU Düsseldorf and was eliminated in the round of 16. When the Gauligen formed the top division from 1933 , the competition between VfR and SVW continued at the Baden level: in the Gauliga Baden , both clubs won the championship five times. Neither of the two was able to prevail throughout Germany.

After 1945

From 1945 VfR played in the then first-class Oberliga Süd . Second place in the 1948/49 season qualified for the final round of the German championship. There the VfR prevailed 5-0 against Hamburger SV and 2-1 against Kickers Offenbach .

In the final of the German championship in 1949 - the "heat battle" of Stuttgart - on July 10, 1949, VfR won 3-2 after extra time in front of 92,000 spectators in the Neckar Stadium in Stuttgart against Borussia Dortmund , probably Alfred Preissler's most prominent player there .

The following eleven players formed the winning team, which was trained by "Bumbes" Schmidt : Hermann Jöckel - Eugen Rößling , Philipp Henninger - Jakob Müller , Kurt Keuerleber , Rudi Maier - Fritz Bolleyer , Ernst Langlotz , Ernst Löttke , Kurt Stiefvater , Rudolf de la Vigne . Five of them (Henninger, Jöckel, Langlotz, Müller and de la Vigne) were interned in the same Canadian prisoner of war camp during World War II , which is why they were nicknamed “the Canadians” by the VfR.

Löttke and Langlotz scored twice for VfR, and Erdmann scored twice for Dortmund. VfR Mannheim was the first club to receive the new DFB championship trophy .

In the 1955/56 season, the VfR again achieved a remarkable third place in the league. In the last league season, VfR was 12th and ultimately was not one of the five clubs from the south that qualified for the Bundesliga, which started in 1963.

In the all-time table of the Oberliga Süd, VfR Mannheim is one of only seven clubs that have played in the league for all 18 seasons, and is seventh between FC Bayern and SpVgg Fürth. Local rival SV Waldhof, who was only there for 12 seasons, came in 12th.

In the second-rate Regionalliga Süd, VfR initially held its own in the upper midfield, but after the eighth season 1970/71 the club was in 16th place among 19 participants and followed SV Waldhof, who had already been relegated in the previous season, into the third division. In 1972 the Waldhofer rose again and a year later the VfR also succeeded. That was in the 1973/74 season, after which the regional league, which had previously been divided into five, had to give way to a two-pronged Second Bundesliga. VfR finished 13th and qualified for the new league alongside their local rivals who were seventh. There the VfR got down as 20th and last but immediately.

The VfR held uninterruptedly in the third division until 2002. Financial difficulties then led to the license withdrawal. In 2004 the VfR was able to rise again from the fifth to the fourth division.

At the end of the 2009 season, the VfR rose to the now only sixth class association league Baden . In 2011 he was promoted to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg , from which they were relegated again in 2015, so that the German champion of 1949 is currently playing again (as of the 2019/20 season) in the Baden Association League.


The traditional venue for VfR Mannheim was the stadium at the breweries on Käfertaler Strasse in the Wohlhotels district . The Mannheim FG 1896, one of the predecessor clubs of the VfR, already had its venue there. In 1959 this sports facility had to give way to the expansion of the Eichbaum breweries . Since then, the VfR has been based in the Oststadt district, where it has played in the Rhein-Neckar Stadium since 1971 .

Young talent and social commitment

With around 400 young people, VfR Mannheim has one of the largest youth departments of all football clubs in the Rhine-Neckar region . Since September 24, 2017, the VfR Youth Center has two new and modern artificial turf pitches to give the currently 15 teams the necessary capacities to carry out their training units and games. Another degree of professionalism is the commitment of already licensed trainers in the youth and young talent sector.

Since 2015 there has been a cooperation between the VfR and Mannheim schools as part of the “School and Association” project. This cooperation has been steadily expanded over the years. In March 2019, the VfR was under contract with 14 schools and a children's council. Since 2018, the association has offered the opportunity to hold a voluntary social year, the federal voluntary service or an internship at the VfR. The volunteers are sent to the cooperating schools, among other things, to support the teachers in teaching or to hold their own working groups. During the school holidays, the VfR offers self-organized training camps on the club's own premises.

The VfR Mannheim participates in the federal program “Integration through Sport” (IdS) and since March 2020 has also officially been an IdS base recognized by the DOSB . In addition, the independent and independent “Soccer-Kids” association of VfR Mannheim supports the youth department. The aim of the sponsoring association is on the one hand to improve the training quality and training conditions within the youth department, but on the other hand to promote the personality development of the adolescents. Children and young people with a migration background are to be supported in their integration. VfR Mannheim is a signatory to the Berlin and Mannheim Declarations and is committed to diversity, tolerance and respect.

Coat of arms history

Known players



The VfR baseball team celebrated its first successes by winning the German baseball championships in 1965 , 1966 and 1970 . Since league operations in Germany came to a standstill in the 1970s until the early 1980s, the VfR's baseball department was also dissolved. In 1980, Claus T. Helmig and Norbert Jäger, who had always remained loyal to this sport, again set up a baseball department at VfR, which was officially called the VfR-Amigos . By winning the German baseball championships in 1983 and 1992, the Amigos were also able to build on the successes that the VfR had already achieved in this sport.




  • Becoming and working - the dare and the will: 75 years of the Mannheim lawn games association 1896–1971 . Mannheim 1971.
  • Bernhard Heck: 1896–1986 90 years of VfR Mannheim . Mannheim 1986.
  • Boris Scheuermann: 100 years of VfR Mannheim 1896–1996: A traditional club on new paths . Speyer 1996.

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Jürgen Leinemann: Sepp Herberger; a life, a legend . Heyne, S. 36 .
  2. Germany 24-25. Retrieved June 25, 2020 .
  3. ^ Karl-Heinz Schwarz-Pich: The ball is round; a Seppl Herberger biography . regional culture publisher, p. 57 .
  4. ^ Jürgen Lienemann: Sepp Herberger; One life, one legend . Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, Munich, p. 71 .
  5. Location of the former stadium at the breweries
  6. ↑ Youth Center - The VfR new building project. Retrieved June 18, 2020 .
  7. "Soccer Kids" The VfR youth development association. Retrieved June 18, 2020 .
  8. VfR mourns Claus Helmig. VfR Mannheim, June 7, 2016, accessed on April 29, 2019 .