Wuppertal SV

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Wuppertal SV
Club crest
Basic data
Surname Wuppertaler Sportverein e. V.
Seat Wuppertal , North Rhine-Westphalia
founding July 8, 1954
Colours Red Blue
Board Melanie Drees (Finance) Alexander Eichner (Speaker)
Website wuppertalersv.de
First soccer team
Head coach Alexander Voigt
Venue Stadium at the zoo
Places 23,067
league Regionalliga West
2019/20 13th place

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

Coat of arms of SSV 04 Wuppertal and TSG Vohwinkel 80

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.

Coat of arms of the sports club Borussia Wuppertal

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.

Athletic career

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
1936/37 07th 16:20 36:43 18th
1937/38 05 18:18 29:20 18th
1938/39 06th 15:21 37:49 18th
1939/40 09 06:30 19:42 18th descent
0... 0... 0... 0... 0... 0...
1941/42 03 23:13 46:35 18th
1942/43 10 00: 00 00: 00 00 retreat

Major league era

Historic WSV coat of arms from 1954 to 1974

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) 01 35: 05 97:21 20th Qualification for the new Berg / Mark district league
1946/47 District League Berg / Mark (I) 02 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) 07th 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) 04th 33:27 62:49 30th
1951/52 2.Liga West, Group 2 (II) 02 37:19 51:33 28
1952/53 2nd League West (II) 04th 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) 04th 28:12 72:39 20th Qualification for the new district class Wuppertal-Niederberg
1946/47 District class Wuppertal-Niederberg (II) 04th 26:14 53:31 20th Relegation ( de facto , by founding the Oberliga West )
1947/48 District class Wuppertal-Niederberg (III) 01 35: 09 72:28 22nd Ascent
1948/49 Landesliga Niederrhein (II) 04th 28:16 53:27 22nd Qualification for the new 2nd League West
1949/50 2.Liga West, Group 1 (II) 03 40:20 55:32 30th
1950/51 2.Liga West, Group 2 (II) 02 40:20 77:42 30th
1951/52 2.Liga West, Group 2 (II) 04th 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) 01. 42:14 65:27 28 Ascent
1955/56 Oberliga West (I) 10. 27:33 43:62 30th
1956/57 Oberliga West (I) 09. 30:30 41:52 30th
1957/58 Oberliga West (I) 15th 23:37 46:60 30th descent
1958/59 2nd League West (II) 05. 34:26 72:50 30th
1959/60 2nd League West (II) 03. 41:19 73:44 30th
1960/61 2nd League West (II) 09. 31:29 65:47 30th Round of 16
1961/62 2nd League West (II) 02. 43:17 68:29 30th Ascent
1962/63 Oberliga West (I) 15th 20:40 43:66 30th descent Semifinals
1963/64 Regionalliga West (II) 02. 52:24 66:36 38 1 round
1964/65 Regionalliga West (II) 06th 36:32 54:52 34
1965/66 Regionalliga West (II) 05. 37:31 49:43 34
1966/67 Regionalliga West (II) 07th 38:30 49:41 34
1967/68 Regionalliga West (II) 15th 28:40 31:51 34
1968/69 Regionalliga West (II) 05. 40:28 46:41 34
1969/70 Regionalliga West (II) 03. 46:22 71:39 34 Round of 16
1970/71 Regionalliga West (II) 03. 55:13 81:27 34 Round of 16
1971/72 Regionalliga West (II) 01. 60: 8 111: 23 34 Ascent 1 round
1972/73 Bundesliga (I) 04th 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) 05. 45:31 76:53 38 2nd round
1976/77 2nd Bundesliga North (II) 03. 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 1st round
(A: 1st round)
1980/81 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 03. 39:25 50:31 32 1 round
1981/82 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 06th 38:30 66:56 34 2nd round
1982/83 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 09. 31:33 54:56 32
1983/84 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 03. 43:21 66:45 32
1984/85 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 06th 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) 03. 43:25 55:32 34
1988/89 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 03. 51:21 68:33 36
1989/90 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 01. 50:18 53:22 34
1990/91 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 03. 44:22 67:44 32
1991/92 Oberliga Nordrhein (III) 01. 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) 05. 40:28 63:43 34 1 round
1995/96 Regionalliga West / Southwest (III) 04th 65 57:42 36
1996/97 Regionalliga West / Southwest (III) 06th 51 46:40 34
1997/98 Regionalliga West / Southwest (III) 12. 43 49:58 34
1998/99 Regionalliga West / Southwest (III) 08th. 53 62:54 32 Forced relegation
1999/00 Oberliga Nordrhein (IV) 01. 61 60:28 30th 1 round
2000/01 Oberliga Nordrhein (IV) 02. 71 60:31 34 1 round
2001/02 Oberliga Nordrhein (IV) 02. 70 73:39 34
2002/03 Oberliga Nordrhein (IV) 01. 75 77:22 32 Ascent
2003/04 Regionalliga North (III) 04th 62 49:37 34
2004/05 Regionalliga North (III) 05. 54 46:48 36
2005/06 Regionalliga North (III) 08th. 51 42:42 36 1 round
2006/07 Regionalliga North (III) 05. 57 59:49 36
2007/08 Regionalliga North (III) 06th 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) 08th. 50 52:59 34
2011/12 Regionalliga West (IV) 05. 57 68:49 36
2012/13 Regionalliga West (IV) 15th 46 52:55 38 Forced relegation ( bankruptcy )
2013/14 Oberliga Niederrhein (V) 03. 71 76:54 38
season league rank Points Gates Games Ascent / descent DFB Cup
2014/15 Oberliga Niederrhein (V) 02. 69 66:29 34
2015/16 Oberliga Niederrhein (V) 01. 74 69:25 34 Ascent
2016/17 Regionalliga West (IV) 11. 42 47:47 34
2017/18 Regionalliga West (IV) 03. 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

Term of office Surname league
07/1954 - 06/1956 Raymond Schwab 2nd League West / OL West
07/1956 - 04/1957 Edmund Conen Oberliga West
04/1957 - 05/1957 Walter Werner Oberliga West
05/1957 - 05/1958 Jupp Schmidt Oberliga West
06/1958 - 03/1959 Emil Melcher Orienteering west / 2. League West
03/1959 - 06/1961 Willibald Kress 2nd League West
07/1961 - 06/1965 Robert Gebhardt 2. League West / OL West / RL West
07/1965 - 09/1967 Adi Preissler Regionalliga West
09/1967 - 06/1968 Kuno Klötzer Regionalliga West
07/1968 - 10/1974 Horst Buhtz Regionalliga West / BL
10/1974 - 06/1975 János Bédl Bundesliga
07/1975 - 06/1976 Diethelm Ferner 2nd Bundesliga North
07/1976 - 06/1977 Herbert Burdenski 2nd Bundesliga North
07/1977 - 11/1977 Erhard Ahmann 2nd Bundesliga North
11/1977 - 02/1978 Herbert Burdenski 2nd Bundesliga North
02/1978 - 11/1979 Bernd Hoss 2nd Bundesliga North
11/1979 - 01/1980 Rolf Mueller 2nd Bundesliga North
01/1980 - 04/1980 Heinz Lucas 2nd Bundesliga North
04/1980 - 06/1981 Rolf Mueller 2. BL North / OL North Rhine
07/1981 - 04/1982 Karl "Kalli" Hoffmann Oberliga Nordrhein
04/1982 - 01/1983 Jonny Hey Oberliga Nordrhein
01/1983 - 06/1983 Manfred Reichert Oberliga Nordrhein
07/1983 - 12/1983 Barthel Thomas Oberliga Nordrhein
12/1983 - 01/1984 Manfred Reichert Oberliga Nordrhein
01/1984 - 03/1986 Detlef Pirsig Oberliga Nordrhein
03/1986 - 06/1986 Günter Pröpper Oberliga Nordrhein
07/1986 - 06/1989 Rolf Mueller Oberliga Nordrhein
07/1989 - 05/1990 Dieter Tartemann Oberliga Nordrhein
05/1990 - 06/1992 Wolfgang Jerat Oberliga Nordrhein
07/1992 - 04/1993 Gerd vom Bruch 2nd Bundesliga
Term of office Surname league
04/1993 - 01/1994 Michael Lorkowski 2nd Bundesliga
01/1994 - 05/1994 Dieter Tartemann 2nd Bundesliga
05/1994 - 06/1996 Werner Fuchs RL West / Southwest
07/1996 - 06/1997 Wolfgang Jerat RL West / Southwest
07/1997 - 11/1997 Karlheinz "Ali" Höfer RL West / Southwest
11/1997 - 01/1999 Rudi Gores RL West / Southwest
01/1999 - 05/1999 Roman gender RL West / Southwest
06/1999 - 11/2001 František Straka Oberliga Nordrhein
11/2001 - 05/2002 Jonny Hey Oberliga Nordrhein
06/2002 - 06/2004 Georg Kress OL North Rhine / RL North
06/2004 - 12/2004 Werner Kasper Regionalliga North
01/2005 - 04/2007 Uwe Fuchs Regionalliga North
04/2007 - 02/2008 Wolfgang Jerat Regionalliga North
02/2008 - 06/2008 Wolfgang Frank Regionalliga North
07/2008 - 12/2008 Christoph John 3rd league
12/2008 - 04/2010 Uwe Fuchs 3rd league
04/2010 - 06/2010 Peter Radoyevsky 3rd league
06/2010 - 05/2011 Michael Demgen Regionalliga West
06/2011 - 09/2011 Karsten Hutwelker Regionalliga West
10/2011 - 11/2012 Hans-Günter Bruns Regionalliga West
11/2012 - 01/2013 Jörg Jung Regionalliga West
01/2013 - 04/2013 Peter Radoyevsky Regionalliga West
04/2013 - 05/2013 Reinhold Fanz Regionalliga West
05/2013 - 02/2014 Peter Radoyevsky Oberliga Niederrhein
02/2014 - 07/2015 Thomas Richter Oberliga Niederrhein
07/2015 - 02/2018 Stefan Vollmerhausen OL Lower Rhine / RL West
02/2018 - 09/2018 Christian Britscho RL West
09/2018 - 06/2019 Adrian Alipour RL West
06/2019 - 09/2019 Andreas Zimmermann RL West
10/2019 - 01/2020 Alexander Voigt RL West
01/2020 - Pascal Bieler RL West

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 -0000: Bernd Henderkott
1976–1977: Rolf Schnakenberg
1977–1991: Dieter Buchmüller
1991–2013: Friedhelm Runge (* 1939)
2013 -0000: 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.

Football department

Current squad

Squad of the 2018/19 season
No. Nat. player Date of birth at WSV since previous club
1 GermanyGermany Niklas Lübcke August 4, 1999 2019 Westfalia Herne
29 GermanyGermany Sebastian Wickl February 13, 1991 2016 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
42 GermanyGermany Dejan Zečević November 22, 2000 2016 FC Schalke 04 Youth
04th GermanyGermany Gino Windmüller June 20, 1989 2017 Red and white food
05 GermanyGermany Tjorben Uphoff September 8, 1994 2018 SV Elversberg
15th GermanyGermany Tom Meurer March 23, 1999 2018 Borussia Mönchengladbach U19
22nd GermanyGermany Peter Schmetz June 2, 1990 2014 Sporting Kansas City
24 AustriaAustria Mario Andric March 4, 1998 2019 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
30th ItalyItaly Silvio Pagano September 12, 1985 2016 KFC Uerdingen 05
33 GermanyGermany Dennis Malura June 20, 1984 2018 Red and white food
06th GermanyGermany Meik Kühnel January 26, 1995 2018 Alemannia Aachen
07th GermanyGermany Semir Šarić September 8, 1997 2018 SC Paderborn 07
08th GermanyGermany Daniel Grebe March 3, 1987 2016 Red and white food
10 GermanyGermany Gaetano Manno (C)Captain of the crew July 26, 1982 2015 FC Viktoria Cologne
18th GermanyGermany Yusa-Semih Alabas May 1, 1999
19th GermanyGermany Daniel Hägler 17th October 1996 2018 Wacker Nordhausen
20th GermanyGermany Jan-Steffen Meier May 30, 1992 2018 Red and white food
31 GermanyGermany Sascha Schünemann February 20, 1992 2018 FC Viktoria Berlin
61 GermanyGermany Enes Topal October 28, 1995 2018 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
09 GermanyGermany Kevin Hagemann 5th November 1990 2016 SSVg Velbert
11 GermanyGermany Kenan Dünnwald-Turan November 14, 1995 2019 1. FC Kaan-Marienborn

Coaching staff

Nat. Surname Office
GermanyGermany Pascal Bieler Head coach
GermanyGermany Samir El Hajjaj Assistant coach
GermanyGermany Kay Hödtke Goalkeeping coach
GermanyGermany Dirk Schneider Team manager
GermanyGermany Thomas Richter Sports director

Second team

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 .

Youth area

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.

Known players

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 .

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Other departments


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
Medalist medal discipline Olympia
Manfred children 4 x 400 meter relay ( athletics ) Mexico City 1968

Table tennis

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)

Web links

Commons : Wuppertaler SV  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. wuppertalersv.com: Stadion am Zoo - data and facts accessed on February 19, 2009.
  2. ^ WSV is considering withdrawal from the regional league on December 5, 2012, accessed on January 1, 2013.
  3. WSV: Runge resigns Press review of January 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Klaus Mathies was elected chairman of the Wuppertaler SV . rga-online.de, March 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Borussia" "is history - Initiative 2.0 takes over . Westdeutsche Zeitung, May 24, 2013.
  6. Insolvency proceedings against the WSV opened . West German newspaper. July, 1st 2013.
  7. Wuppertaler SV goes bankrupt: new start in the Oberliga Niederrhein . fupa-net, June 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Couch master - Wuppertaler SV celebrates regional league return . derwesten.de, May 1, 2016.
  9. Lived transparency and first measures: WSV at the crossroads on wsv1954.com from January 8, 2019
  10. Regionalliga Wuppertal saved too - at least temporarily , express.de, accessed on January 26, 2019
  11. Wuppertaler SV is leaderless: Board members Stücker and Bölstler and Board Chairman Lenz resign in Westdeutsche Zeitung on February 26, 2019
  12. WSV files for insolvency , wsv1954.de, accessed on June 25, 2020
  13. Previous club presidents. Retrieved April 12, 2013 .
  14. Eichner elected as chairman of the WSV on May 27, 2013, accessed on May 28, 2013.
  15. Regionalliga squad , wsv1954.de
  16. DTS magazine , 1960/16 West issue p. 7.
  17. DTS magazine , 1952/13 issue West-Süd p. 1.
  18. DTS magazine , 1956/9 West issue p. 7.