|Surname||Wuppertaler Sportverein e. V.|
|Seat||Wuppertal , North Rhine-Westphalia|
|founding||July 8, 1954|
|Board||Melanie Drees (Finance) Alexander Eichner (Speaker)|
|First soccer team|
|Head coach||Alexander Voigt|
|Venue||Stadium at the zoo|
The Wuppertaler Sportverein (short: WSV ; from 2004 to 2013 Wuppertaler SV Borussia ) is a sports club from Wuppertal . There are departments for beach soccer , darts , fitness , futsal , golf , gymnastics , handball , children's gymnastics , athletics and table tennis , but is nationally known especially its football department , which in the season 2019/20 in the fourth division Regionalliga West is represented.
The football department's greatest success so far was promotion to the Bundesliga in 1972 and participation in the UEFA Cup the following year. In the three years of excellence, the WSV provided Günter Pröpper, one of the best strikers of the time. The low point followed in 2013 with the application for bankruptcy and an associated relegation from the fourth-class league. With around 1700 members (as of 2017), the club is the second largest club in Wuppertal after SV Bayer Wuppertal (8000) and before BTV Wuppertal (1600).
Origins of the association
The club was founded on July 8, 1954 through the merger of SSV 04 Wuppertal from the Elberfeld district and the more successful TSG Vohwinkel 80 from the district of the same name . The Vohwinklers brought the red and the Elberfelder the blue into the colors of the new club.
The union between the wealthy “Speckjäger” from Elberfeld, whose club history began around half a century earlier as a Bergischer Wintersportverein , and the “Füchsen”, who were just about to celebrate their 75th anniversary, was controversial, even if their football teams did occasionally had appeared as a combination in private games and defeated Manchester City 2-1, for example . The Lord Mayor Heinrich Schmeißing was awarded great services for the merger for his diplomatic efforts.
In 1991 Friedhelm Runge was elected president, he led the association in this function for over 21 years until his resignation in early 2013.
In March 2004, the merger of the two leading Wuppertal soccer clubs, Wuppertaler SV and SV Borussia Wuppertal , was decided with effect from July 1, 2004. Borussia Wuppertal emerged in 1976 from a merger of SV Germania 1907 Wuppertal and VfL 1912 Wuppertal and was usually fifth class until 2001, but had played in the fourth division for three years until 2004, two of them parallel to the WSV. The colors and coats of arms remained those of Wuppertaler SV after the merger; the blue and yellow insignia of the old Borussia disappeared. Since then, the club has been called Wuppertaler SV Borussia , before the addition Borussia was voted out again by a large majority at the general meeting on May 24, 2013, after it had always been controversial in fan circles due to a lack of identification potential and was discussed several times at general meetings.
Before 1945 - a few years in the Gauliga
The later merger partners SSV 04 Wuppertal and TSG Vohwinkel 80 could not celebrate any particular successes before the end of the Second World War .
From the 1936/37 season the SSV 04 Wuppertal (until 1938 SSV 04 Elberfeld) spent a total of five seasons in the Gauliga Niederrhein , the top German division at the time with 15 other Gauligen.
After the first rise, the SSV 04 was able to hold out for four years in the Gauliga, but had to be content with places in the midfield. The first place that would have qualified for participation in the German championship was a long way off.
In the first war season, the relegation to the second class finally followed. That year the SSV 04 had no chance and left the league with only 6:30 points in penultimate place.
But the people of Wuppertal did not have to wait long for the ascent again. In the following year they made the leap back into the German upper house. This was followed by the Elberfeld team with the best placement in their club's history. They finished third and were only three points away from qualifying for the finals for the German championship. In an overall very competitive league, the Bergische were even ahead of the later arch rivals of Rot-Weiss Essen (fourth) and Fortuna Düsseldorf (relegated in ninth).
The men of SSV 04 Wuppertal could not follow better placements; like many other teams, they were severely weakened by the Second World War and could no longer get a team up and running in the 1942/43 season.
The SSV 04 Wuppertal in the Gauliga Niederrhein
|season||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent|
|1942/43||10||0: 0||0: 0||0||retreat|
Major league era
After the Second World War, TSG Vohwinkel was initially the more successful club. She was already represented in the then first-class district championship round Berg-Mark in 1946/47 and in 1947 became a founding member of the then first-class football Oberliga West . In the first two years of the game, 10th and 7th place could be achieved with 13 league players each. After three seasons, however, Vohwinkel had to relegate to the 2nd League West as 14th of 16 clubs . Meanwhile, SSV Wuppertal was able to enjoy promotion to the second division under coach Fritz Szepan , the great Schalke player, in 1948. Another former national player who coached the SSV was Herbert Pohl from 1950 .
After the merger to Wuppertaler SV this succeeded in 1955 with the sovereign second division championship the renewed league promotion. After a 10th and a 9th place, the 15th and penultimate place followed in the third year, which meant relegation.
Under coach Robert "Zapf" Gebhardt there was a comeback in 1962 when they managed to get promoted again in the last league season before the introduction of the Bundesliga. The WSV finished again as the penultimate; Meanwhile, the Red-Blue reached the semi-finals in the DFB Cup in 1963 , but lost there in the overcrowded stadium at the zoo in front of almost 40,000 spectators to the eventual cup winner Hamburger SV around Uwe Seeler with an unhappy 0-1.
The big star of the club in that era was Horst Szymaniak , participant in the world championships in 1958 and 1962, who played for the Bergische from 1955 to 1959 and received his first international invitation in 1956. The later Italian professional is still the only senior international from the ranks of the Red-Blue.
In the balance sheet of that era, Wuppertaler SV, including its predecessor, is in 20th place among 29 clubs in the Eternal Table of the Oberliga West .
TSG Vohwinkel 80 from 1945 to 1954
|season||league||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent|
|1945/46||City League Wuppertal, Group West (I)||1||35:5||97:21||20th||Qualification for the new Berg / Mark district league|
|1946/47||District League Berg / Mark (I)||2||34:10||72:20||22nd||Qualification for the new Oberliga West|
|1947/48||Oberliga West (I)||10||19:29||33:48||24|
|1948/49||Oberliga West (I)||7th||23:25||41:51||24|
|1949/50||Oberliga West (I)||14th||21:39||42:68||30th||descent|
|1950/51||2.Liga West, Group 2 (II)||4th||33:27||62:49||30th|
|1951/52||2.Liga West, Group 2 (II)||2||37:19||51:33||28|
|1952/53||2nd League West (II)||4th||41:19||61:36||30th|
|1953/54||2nd League West (II)||12||25:35||40:48||30th|
SSV 04 Wuppertal from 1945 to 1954
|season||league||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent|
|1945/46||City League Wuppertal, Group West (I)||4th||28:12||72:39||20th||Qualification for the new district class Wuppertal-Niederberg|
|1946/47||District class Wuppertal-Niederberg (II)||4th||26:14||53:31||20th||Relegation ( de facto , by founding the Oberliga West )|
|1947/48||District class Wuppertal-Niederberg (III)||1||35:9||72:28||22nd||Ascent|
|1948/49||Landesliga Niederrhein (II)||4th||28:16||53:27||22nd||Qualification for the new 2nd League West|
|1949/50||2.Liga West, Group 1 (II)||3||40:20||55:32||30th|
|1950/51||2.Liga West, Group 2 (II)||2||40:20||77:42||30th|
|1951/52||2.Liga West, Group 2 (II)||4th||32:24||68:50||28|
|1952/53||2nd League West (II)||14th||21:39||47:68||30th|
|1953/54||2nd League West (II)||14th||23:37||34:56||30th|
Second class in the early Bundesliga era - Regionalliga West
In the second-rate Regionalliga West, Wuppertaler SV was able to establish itself immediately in the top group. In the first season he finished second, and with the exception of the 1967/68 season (15th place) he was always one of the top teams.
To participate in the promotion round it was only enough in 1971/72, when he was sovereign champion of the Regionalliga West with 60: 8 (according to today's counting 88 of 102 possible) points, with Günter "master" Pröpper alone scored 52 of the 111 goals. The WSV won all eight games in the promotion round to the Bundesliga - a record that was unique in the history of the promotion round from 1964 to 1974.
The team under coach Horst Buhtz :
From 1972 to 1975: Bundesliga - and the greatest year of Wuppertal football
In its first year in the upper house of football, the WSV took a highly regarded fourth place, which meant qualifying for the UEFA Cup . Here, too, Pröpper proved his class and was third on the scorers list with 21 goals; only the legendary Gerd Müller and Jupp Heynckes met more often this season.
In the first round of the 1973/74 UEFA Cup , however, it became clear that the trees for the WSV would not grow into the sky. The opponent Ruch Chorzów from Poland, generally considered to be beatable, ensured clear conditions with a 4: 1 in the first leg. The second leg in the only European Cup game so far in the stadium at the Zoo attracted just 13,000 spectators. Even a race to catch up by the WSV, which turned a 1: 3 deficit into a 5: 4 win, could no longer prevent the elimination.
In the Bundesliga this season, Heinz-Dieter Lömm became a great hero. His goal in the 82nd minute of the last day of the game in Stuttgart secured the Bergisch another year in the German elite league due to the better goal difference.
In 1974/75, the team, which was seen as outdated, had to say goodbye to the 2nd Bundesliga as far behind. The Wuppertaler SV reached only twelve points this season, and thus only four more than Tasmania Berlin in its season of negative records. Thus the club manifested itself as the second worst Bundesliga relegation of all time.
The last big memory of that short, golden time of the WSV is his 3-1 success on the 5th match day of the relegation season over FC Bayern Munich around Franz Beckenbauer , who dominated world football at the time, but was only on the back burner in a national comparison.
From 1975 to 2013
The Wuppertaler SV was able to maintain the second division for at least another five years after relegation from the Bundesliga.
In the 1976/77 season it was even possible to flirt again with a re-promotion, but the gap in second place, which would have entitled to participate in the relegation game, could never be reduced to less than two points. The 1-1 draw on the 34th of 38 match days against direct competitor Arminia Bielefeld in their own stadium was particularly difficult . You could even count yourself lucky, because Christian Sackewitz from Bielefeld brought the visiting team into the front in the 85th minute. WSV striker Rainer Budde equalized just a minute later, but the badly needed winning goal failed to materialize. Thus they finished third in the final table, three points behind the East Westphalia .
Since then, the WSV has mainly been in the third division, although a short excursion to the second division succeeded again in the early 1990s. On the other hand, you had to spend four long years in the fourth division at the turn of the millennium. The reason for the relegation in the 1998/99 season, which was sporty in the green, was the non-payment of professional association contributions, for which the board of the WSV had to accept severe criticism.
The promotion was thwarted in the first year by a promotion round and in the second and third years by the amateur teams Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln , who distanced the WSV, sometimes extremely tightly, sometimes clearly.
After the promotion to the third-class Regionalliga Nord in 2003 , attempts were made in vain for five years to move up to the 2nd Bundesliga . After the merger with the city rivals Borussia in 2004, the game was henceforth played under the name Wuppertaler SV Borussia . In the 2006/07 season, the Wuppertal based apparently only 20 minutes separated from the long-awaited return to professional football. In the game against Kickers Emden , goals from Mike Rietpietsch and Tobias Damm made it 2-1 for the home team, but their strength dwindled and, among other things, an own goal by Michael Stuckmann turned the game into a 2-4 away win for the Ostfriesen . However, VfL Osnabrück still won their home game, which means that the WSV would have missed promotion even if they had won.
In the 2007/08 season they also missed the promised promotion and they had to be content with qualifying for the new, single-track 3rd division . However, that season was not entirely disappointing, because in the DFB-Pokal the WSV qualified for the round of 16, in which they beat FC Erzgebirge Aue (5: 4 n.E.) and Hertha BSC (2: 0) FC Bayern Munich were eliminated 2-5. The game in Gelsenkirchen's Veltins-Arena was sold out with 61,482 spectators, setting a new record for the club. After 1963 , this was the WSV's second best DFB Cup season .
In the newly founded 3rd league , the third highest German professional league, relegation could not be secured until the penultimate match day in the 2008/09 season . Already in the following season the relegation to the Regionalliga West had to be accepted.
The WSV has been playing in the fourth-class Regionalliga West since the 2010/11 season . The second team plays in the Lower Rhine League . Due to a lack of sporting success and unachieved goals, President Runge gave all players the opportunity to leave the club despite ongoing contracts before the winter break of the 2012/13 season . In addition, a future withdrawal from the regional league was not ruled out.
Just a few weeks after this press release, Friedhelm Runge also announced that he was stepping down from his position as chairman of the association on January 12, 2013. He was reacting to ongoing hostility from the fan scene and increasingly critical reporting. In addition, more than 200 Wuppertal fans signed a request for resignation. Due to this decision, CFO Lothar Stücker and board member Dietmar Grabotin also resigned with immediate effect.
The "Initiative WSV 2.0" - The new beginning at Wuppertaler SV
At the beginning of March 2013, the Remscheid-based entrepreneur Klaus Mathies was temporarily elected as the new chairman of the association. At an extraordinary general meeting called on May 24, 2013, all persons appointed by the "Initiative WSV 2.0" were elected to the administrative board of the association. In addition, at this general meeting, the unpopular “Borussia” was deleted from the club name by an overwhelming majority. Shortly afterwards, Alexander Eichner was elected as the new CEO. For the time being there was no president.
At a press conference on June 4, 2013, announced that the club because of inability to pay the bankruptcy had requested. The Wuppertal District Court announced the opening of insolvency proceedings on July 1st. The board's plan envisaged a new start in the fifth-class Oberliga Niederrhein . The secondary representation of the WSV was transferred to the Lower Rhine regional league . In 2016, the first team was promoted to the Regionalliga West.
In January 2019 it became known that the club was again in financial difficulties and about 260,000 euros were missing from the budget for the current season . As a result, almost all players were given the opportunity to leave the club during the 2018/19 winter break. In addition, various crowdfunding and rescue projects were started in order to ensure the short-term survival of the association until mid-January 2019. The necessary 260,000 euros were collected by the end of January 2019, with which the club was temporarily "saved". At the end of February, the board members Bölstler and Stücker as well as head of the board of directors Lenz resigned.
In the spring of 2019 ended Wuppertal remained at the position 10, the following year it was after the crash due to the COVID-19 pandemic after applying the quotient rule 13. Following the season, the club presented the end of June 2020 the urban district court reiterated its request opening insolvency proceedings, this time in self-administration.
Placements since 1954
|season||league||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent||DFB Cup|
|1954/55||2nd League West (II)||1.||42:14||65:27||28||Ascent|
|1955/56||Oberliga West (I)||10.||27:33||43:62||30th|
|1956/57||Oberliga West (I)||9.||30:30||41:52||30th|
|1957/58||Oberliga West (I)||15th||23:37||46:60||30th||descent|
|1958/59||2nd League West (II)||5.||34:26||72:50||30th|
|1959/60||2nd League West (II)||3.||41:19||73:44||30th|
|1960/61||2nd League West (II)||9.||31:29||65:47||30th||Round of 16|
|1961/62||2nd League West (II)||2.||43:17||68:29||30th||Ascent|
|1962/63||Oberliga West (I)||15th||20:40||43:66||30th||descent||Semifinals|
|1963/64||Regionalliga West (II)||2.||52:24||66:36||38||1 round|
|1964/65||Regionalliga West (II)||6th||36:32||54:52||34|
|1965/66||Regionalliga West (II)||5.||37:31||49:43||34|
|1966/67||Regionalliga West (II)||7th||38:30||49:41||34|
|1967/68||Regionalliga West (II)||15th||28:40||31:51||34|
|1968/69||Regionalliga West (II)||5.||40:28||46:41||34|
|1969/70||Regionalliga West (II)||3.||46:22||71:39||34||Round of 16|
|1970/71||Regionalliga West (II)||3.||55:13||81:27||34||Round of 16|
|1971/72||Regionalliga West (II)||1.||60: 8||111: 23||34||Ascent||1 round|
|1972/73||Bundesliga (I)||4th||40:28||62:49||34||Round of 16|
|1973/74||Bundesliga (I)||16.||25:43||42:65||34||Round of 16|
|season||league||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent||DFB Cup|
|1974/75||Bundesliga (I)||18th||12:56||32:86||34||descent||1 round|
|1975/76||2nd Bundesliga North (II)||5.||45:31||76:53||38||2nd round|
|1976/77||2nd Bundesliga North (II)||3.||47:29||81:55||38||1 round|
|1977/78||2nd Bundesliga North (II)||11.||36:40||56:59||38||1 round|
|1978/79||2nd Bundesliga North (II)||17th||30:46||46:57||38||1 round|
|1979/80||2nd Bundesliga North (II)||20th||16:60||35:84||38||descent||
(A: 1st round)
|1980/81||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||3.||39:25||50:31||32||1 round|
|1981/82||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||6th||38:30||66:56||34||2nd round|
|1982/83||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||9.||31:33||54:56||32|
|1983/84||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||3.||43:21||66:45||32|
|1984/85||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||6th||42:26||65:47||34|
|1985/86||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||12.||28:36||39:47||32||1 round|
|1986/87||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||11.||34:34||44:40||34|
|1987/88||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||3.||43:25||55:32||34|
|1988/89||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||3.||51:21||68:33||36|
|1989/90||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||1.||50:18||53:22||34|
|1990/91||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||3.||44:22||67:44||32|
|1991/92||Oberliga Nordrhein (III)||1.||48:12||66:19||30th||Ascent|
|1992/93||2nd Bundesliga (II)||13.||45:47||55:50||46||2nd round|
|1993/94||2nd Bundesliga (II)||18th||31:45||44:52||38||descent||2nd round|
|season||league||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent||DFB Cup|
|1994/95||Regionalliga West / Southwest (III)||5.||40:28||63:43||34||1 round|
|1995/96||Regionalliga West / Southwest (III)||4th||65||57:42||36|
|1996/97||Regionalliga West / Southwest (III)||6th||51||46:40||34|
|1997/98||Regionalliga West / Southwest (III)||12.||43||49:58||34|
|1998/99||Regionalliga West / Southwest (III)||8th.||53||62:54||32||Forced relegation|
|1999/00||Oberliga Nordrhein (IV)||1.||61||60:28||30th||1 round|
|2000/01||Oberliga Nordrhein (IV)||2.||71||60:31||34||1 round|
|2001/02||Oberliga Nordrhein (IV)||2.||70||73:39||34|
|2002/03||Oberliga Nordrhein (IV)||1.||75||77:22||32||Ascent|
|2003/04||Regionalliga North (III)||4th||62||49:37||34|
|2004/05||Regionalliga North (III)||5.||54||46:48||36|
|2005/06||Regionalliga North (III)||8th.||51||42:42||36||1 round|
|2006/07||Regionalliga North (III)||5.||57||59:49||36|
|2007/08||Regionalliga North (III)||6th||58||60:50||36||Qualification for the new 3rd division||Round of 16|
|2008/09||3rd division (III)||14th||45||36:45||38|
|2009/10||3rd division (III)||20th||38||40:61||38||descent|
|2010/11||Regionalliga West (IV)||8th.||50||52:59||34|
|2011/12||Regionalliga West (IV)||5.||57||68:49||36|
|2012/13||Regionalliga West (IV)||15th||46||52:55||38||Forced relegation ( bankruptcy )|
|2013/14||Oberliga Niederrhein (V)||3.||71||76:54||38|
|season||league||rank||Points||Gates||Games||Ascent / descent||DFB Cup|
|2014/15||Oberliga Niederrhein (V)||2.||69||66:29||34|
|2015/16||Oberliga Niederrhein (V)||1.||74||69:25||34||Ascent|
|2016/17||Regionalliga West (IV)||11.||42||47:47||34|
|2017/18||Regionalliga West (IV)||3.||56||61:47||34|
|2018/19||Regionalliga West (IV)||10.||44||45:49||34|
|2019/20||Regionalliga West (IV)||13.||23||28:46||22nd|
All coaches in the club
List of presidents of the association
The presidents of the WSV:
- 1954–1959: Wolfgang Entner († 2007)
- 1959–1961: Erwin Finkentey
- 1961–1968: Walter Kühlthau (1906–1978)
- 1968–1976: Günter Fölsch
- 1976 Bernd Henderkott :
- 1976–1977: Rolf Schnakenberg
- 1977–1991: Dieter Buchmüller
- 1991–2013: Friedhelm Runge (* 1939)
- 2013 : Klaus Mathies (* 1942)
Following the decision of the WSV 2.0 initiative, which has occupied both the administrative board and the association's executive board since the end of May 2013, a president will no longer be appointed for the time being. Mathies had resigned shortly before the board elections.
|Squad of the 2018/19 season|
|No.||Nat.||player||Date of birth||at WSV since||previous club|
|1||Niklas Lübcke||August 4, 1999||2019||Westfalia Herne|
|29||Sebastian Wickl||February 13, 1991||2016||Rot-Weiß Oberhausen|
|42||Dejan Zečević||November 22, 2000||2016||FC Schalke 04 Youth|
|4th||Gino Windmüller||June 20, 1989||2017||Red and white food|
|5||Tjorben Uphoff||September 8, 1994||2018||SV Elversberg|
|15th||Tom Meurer||March 23, 1999||2018||Borussia Mönchengladbach U19|
|22nd||Peter Schmetz||June 2, 1990||2014||Sporting Kansas City|
|24||Mario Andric||March 4, 1998||2019||1. FC Kaiserslautern II|
|30th||Silvio Pagano||September 12, 1985||2016||KFC Uerdingen 05|
|33||Dennis Malura||June 20, 1984||2018||Red and white food|
|6th||Meik Kühnel||January 26, 1995||2018||Alemannia Aachen|
|7th||Semir Šarić||September 8, 1997||2018||SC Paderborn 07|
|8th||Daniel Grebe||March 3, 1987||2016||Red and white food|
|10||Gaetano Manno||July 26, 1982||2015||FC Viktoria Cologne|
|18th||Yusa-Semih Alabas||May 1, 1999|
|19th||Daniel Hägler||17th October 1996||2018||Wacker Nordhausen|
|20th||Jan-Steffen Meier||May 30, 1992||2018||Red and white food|
|31||Sascha Schünemann||February 20, 1992||2018||FC Viktoria Berlin|
|61||Enes Topal||October 28, 1995||2018||Rot-Weiß Oberhausen|
|9||Kevin Hagemann||5th November 1990||2016||SSVg Velbert|
|11||Kenan Dünnwald-Turan||November 14, 1995||2019||1. FC Kaan-Marienborn|
|Pascal Bieler||Head coach|
|Samir El Hajjaj||Assistant coach|
|Kay Hödtke||Goalkeeping coach|
|Dirk Schneider||Team manager|
|Thomas Richter||Sports director|
After the WSV reserve team still played in the fifth-class Oberliga Niederrhein in the 2012/13 season , the club had to go into the regional league in the following season due to the insolvency of the club and the resulting forced relegation of the first team to the same division. This was followed by three chaotic years, in which a completely new squad had to be put together every season, which ultimately led to three sporting relegations in a row. The right to play in the ninth-class district league B Wuppertal-Niederberg for the 2016/17 season was then rejected and the 2nd team was initially completely withdrawn from play.
One of the greatest successes of the 2nd WSV team is their participation in the 1st main round of the DFB Cup in the 1979/80 season . There the team, known at the time because of the professional status of the first team Wuppertaler SV Amateure and playing in the fifth-class regional league, played away with the then second division club SV Eintracht Trier 05 and lost 2: 4 (0: 3) in front of 1,500 spectators in the Moselle stadium .
At Wuppertaler SV, the junior soccer division includes teams from U9 to U14 in the lower performance range, while teams from U15 to U19 belong to the upper performance range. For several years now, the association has had its own youth performance center on Nevigeser Strasse, and Rolf Duhr is the head of the junior division.
The club's figurehead among the juniors is the A-youth, who, after being promoted again in 2013, belonged to the U-19 Bundesliga , Season West for the fourth time . The 2015/16 season ended in 11th place in the U19 Bundesliga West and managed to stay in the league on the last matchday with a 1-0 win against Preußen Münster. Former U17 coach Mo El Mimoumi is currently training the team.
The B-youth team plays in the 2015/16 season in the B-Juniors Lower Rhine League and is coached by Christian Duhr. The Wuppertaler SV's B-youth played in the 2008/09 and 2010/11 seasons , when they were relegated with only four points and 16: 110 goals, in the U17 Bundesliga-West.
Center forward Günter "Meister" Pröpper , with the WSV from 1970 to 1979, is the figurehead of the last great heyday of the Bergische Löwen and certainly the most popular player of all times for the club. Probably because of the oversupply of world-class strikers in Germany at the time, he was denied a call to the national team. In the Bundesliga he scored 39 goals in 87 appearances for the WSV. The club mascot "Pröppi" is named after Pröpper .
The outrunner Horst "Schimmi" Szymaniak , who came from Oer-Erkenschwick - from there also goalkeeper Helmut Domagalla came to the WSV a little later - , at the WSV from 1955 to 1959, was probably the most important player to appear for the club as a two-time World Cup participant. He was also the only player from Wuppertal who became a national player during his time at WSV; During this time he played 20 times in the eagle dress in a total of 43 appointments. In 1964 he won the European Cup with Inter Milan .
Also deserve attention:
- Alfred "Coppi" Beck (1955–1958), an international match for Germany ( FC St. Pauli )
- Theo Kolkenbrock (1955–1964), youth selection player ( VfB Bottrop )
- Günter Augustat (1956–1966), national youth player
- Erich Haase (1956–1968), an A international match for the GDR ( BSG Turbine Halle )
- Erich Probst (1956–1958), 19-time Austrian national player from SK Rapid Wien , third in the 1954 World Cup, second on the list of goalscorers with six goals. He only partially fulfilled the expectations placed in him at the WSV.
- Erich Ribbeck (1959–1962), already played for the SSV and the WSV; As a trainer at Rot-Weiss Essen , he put Günter Pröpper on the bench, whereupon the latter decided to move to Wuppertal
- Vitus Sauer (1959–1964), junior national player
- Gustav Jung (1969–1975), record Bundesliga player of the WSV (97 games)
- Iosif Varga (1969–1970), Romanian international from ( Dinamo Bucharest )
- Willi Neuberger (1973–1975), 8th place in the list of most games in Bundesliga history (520 for four clubs, including 42 for the WSV)
- Waldemar Ksienzyk (1992-1994), an international match for the GDR ( BFC Dynamo )
- Serdar Kesimal (2005-2007), current Turkish national player, played for youth teams of the WSV
- Mahir Sağlık (2006-2008), regional league top scorer of the WSV, then missions for first and second division teams
- Placement in the "Eternal Table" of the Bundesliga : Rank 41
- Placement in the "Eternal Table" of the 2nd Bundesliga : Rank 50
- Placement in the "Eternal Table" of the 3rd soccer league : 45th place
- Placement in the "Eternal Table" of the two-track regional league : 8th place
- Participation in the 1973/74 UEFA Cup (first round against Ruch Chorzów (1: 4 A, 5: 4 H))
- Promotion to the Bundesliga in 1972
- Bundesliga 1972–1975 ( 1972/73 : 4th place, 1973/74 : 16th place, 1974/75 : 18th place)
- Two promotions in the then first-class Oberliga West in 1955, 1962
- Oberliga West 1955-1958, 1962/63 ( 1955/56 : 10th place, 1956/57 : 9th place, 1957/58 : 15th place, 1962/63 : 15th place)
- Promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1992
- 2. Bundesliga 1975–1980, 1992–1994
- DFB Cup semi-finals 1963 (Wuppertaler SV - Hamburger SV 0: 1)
- Champion of the Oberliga Nordrhein 1989/90 , 1991/92 , 1999/2000 , 2002/03
- Champion of the Oberliga Niederrhein and thus promotion to the Regionalliga West : 2015/16
- Winner of the Lower Rhine Cup 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007
The handball department of Wuppertaler SV celebrated its greatest successes in the 1990s. In 1995 the first men's team was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga North , in which a season was played in parallel with local rivals from LTV Wuppertal . The WSV reached 17th place and thus rose again in terms of sport, while the LTV held the class with 8th place ( 1995/96 ).
After their year together in the 2nd division, the two clubs formed the handball community LTV / WSV Wuppertal and continued to play in the 2nd Bundesliga North with the LTV license. The goal was to get promoted to the 1st handball league , which was achieved after just one year of cooperation ( 1996/97 ). The 1997/98 season was to become the most important season for the handball department of Wuppertaler SV. The HSG LTV / WSV Wuppertal achieved a sensational 8th place with a balanced point account. After the season, however, the syndicate was dissolved again due to internal quarrels. LTV remained in the elite league for three more years under the name HC Wuppertal , while Wuppertaler SV took over the playing rights of the second team of HSG LTV / WSV in the third-class Regionalliga West for the 1998/99 season . There, however, one could not hold on and after a disappointing season, which ended with the last place and thus the sporting descent into the league, the team withdrew to the district level.
After the 2005/06 season, which ended the WSV in 10th of 13 places in the Wuppertal-Niederberg district league, the men's team was withdrawn from play for three years. Only in the 2009/10 season could a team be registered again in the district class, resulting from their own youth work. The return to a regional league only succeeded in 2016 when he won the championship of the Wuppertal-Niederberg district league.
Numerous well-known handball greats graced the team of the HSG and the later HCW. So have included Joachim Kurth , Chrischa Hannawald , Ólafur Stefánsson , Dagur Sigurðsson , Stig Rasch , Viggo Sigurðsson , Dmitry Filippov and Jens Tiedtke part of the team. Even Bob Hanning made in Wuppertal station.
In the 2016/17 season, the first men's team will compete in the seventh-class Landesliga Niederrhein, while the first women's team will compete in the seventh-class Wuppertal-Niederberg district league, the lowest division in Wuppertal women's handball.
In the 1960s in particular, the athletes originally brought into the club by SSV Wuppertal achieved international fame. At that time you took part in the Olympic Games, European Championships and German championships and won numerous titles.
The following athletes are known here:
- Manfred Kinder , 400 meter runner, European champion, Olympic medalist
- Maria Jeibmann , 400 meter runner, German champion
- Manfred Knickenberg , 100- and 200-meter runner, Olympic participant, EM medalist, German champion
- Maren Collin , 100- and 200-meter runner, Vice European Champion, German Champion
- Ruth Limbach , 100 and 200 meter runner, German runner-up (1949)
- Olympics medals
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In 1960, the table tennis department integrated the independent club Barmer TTC Blau-Weiß-Gold , which emerged in 1952 from the table tennis department of Gold-Weiß Wuppertal and whose women's team came fourth at the German championships in 1957 and 1958. Well-known players were Inge Süßmann, Lore Zellerberg-Krämer, Monika Wiskandt and Isolde Woschee . 1956 rose the men's team with the line-up Kurt Braun , Birk, Greis, Jäger, Schröder and Heinrichs in the league, the highest German division at the time. At the beginning of the 2014/15 season, the WSV took over the table tennis department of the Hatzfelder Turnverein and thus founded its own table tennis department.
Since 2016, Wuppertaler SV has had a futsal department through the merger with Futsal Selecao Wuppertal . Futsal Selecao rose in 2012 as Niederrheinmeister in the first-class WFLV futsal league and was relegated three years later. In the 2016/17 season, he was promoted to the now Futsalliga West division.
- René Jeuckens, Bernd Mantz, Peter Wallgram, Grischa Windus No more top league! - The WSV phenomenon , Siegersbusch film production, Wuppertal (2016)
- Official website of the Wuppertaler SV
- Official website of the handball department of Wuppertaler SV
- Official website of the darts department of the Wuppertaler SV
- Official website of the WSV fan radio
- WSV-Kurier - magazine about the Wuppertaler SV
- Rot-Blau.com - magazine with forum and live ticker about Wuppertaler SV
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- Previous club presidents. Retrieved April 12, 2013 .
- Eichner elected as chairman of the WSV on May 27, 2013, accessed on May 28, 2013.
- Regionalliga squad , wsv1954.de
- DTS magazine , 1960/16 West issue p. 7.
- DTS magazine , 1952/13 issue West-Süd p. 1.
- DTS magazine , 1956/9 West issue p. 7.