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MSV Duisburg

MSV Duisburg is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About MSV Duisburg

MSV Duisburg is a Football in Germany based in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia. Nicknamed "the Zebras" for their traditional striped jerseys, the club was one of the original members of the Fußball-Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963.


Early years

The club was founded in 1902 as Meidericher Spielverein representing the city of Meiderich, which became a district of Duisburg in 1905. In 1905 they absorbed the club Sport Club Viktoria Meiderich. In 1967, they took on their current name, acknowledging their role as the city's most popular and successful side.

While Duisburg has always been a competitive side, real success has so far eluded them. Early in their history they captured a number of local championships, and even enjoyed a pair of undefeated seasons (1913–14) when they scored 113 goals while only giving up 12. In 1929 they won the first Niederrhein championship and qualified for the first time for the national championship rounds, repeating the feat in 1931.

However, the club then went into a tailspin from which they didn't really recover until the 1950s when they began once again to field decent sides. During World War II the club came close to folding, but returned to play after the war emerging as city champions in 1946. In 1951, Duisburg earned promotion to the top-flight Oberliga West with their first place finish in the 2. Oberliga West. The Oberliga West was the most competitive division of German football at the time, and except for the 1954–55 season, Duisburg would play first division football there right up to the time of the formation of the Bundesliga.

Entry to the Bundesliga


MSV Duisburg won promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2007–08 Fußball-Bundesliga by way of a third place finish in the 2006–07 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, behind Karlsruher SC and Hansa Rostock. The MSV defeated Rot-Weiss Essen in a dramatic contest on the last day of the season by three goals to none, which secured their promotion for the fifth time in the last two decades while relegating Essen. However, the club fared poorly in top flight play and was again relegated after an 18th place result. In 2008–09 2. Fußball-Bundesliga they focused on the re-promotion, but although they lost under their new coach Peter Neururer only two times und were unbeaten in 12 matches since his taking office they missed the promotion. The next season they focused on the promotion again, but after a 0–5 disgrace in the DFB-Pokal against FC Augsburg, Peter Neururer got sacked. On 2 November 2009, Milan Šašić was presented as new coach. The Croat became the third foreign coach in the club history. They finished the season like the previous one as 6th.

In 2010–11 MSV Duisburg reached surprisingly their 4th 2011 DFB-Pokal Final after 1966, 1975 and 1998 where they played against FC Schalke 04. The game was lopsided, with MSV Duisburg conceding early on. The game finished 5–0 in favor of Schalke.

Recent seasons



- German championship runners-up: 1964


- German Cup finalists: 1966, 1975, 1998, 2011


- UEFA Cup Semi-finals: 1978-79 UEFA Cup

- Intertoto Cup winners: 1974, 1977, 1978

Amateur Honours

- German amateur championship winners: 1987

Youth teams honours

- German Under 19 championship (football): 1972, 1977, 1978

As of 16 January 2012.

MSV Duisburg II squad

Manager: Đurađ Vasić

Manager history

- Hermann Lindemann (1955–1957)
- Rudi Gutendorf (1963–1965)
- Wilhelm Schmidt (footballer) (1965)
- Hermann Eppenhoff (1965–1967)
- Gyula Lóránt (1967–1968)
- Robert Gebhardt (1968–1970)
- Rudolf Fassnacht (1970–1973)
- Willibert Kremer (1973–1976)
- Rolf Schafstall (1976)
- Otto Knefler (1976–1977)
- Carl-Heinz Rühl (1977–1978)
- Rolf Schafstall (1978–1979)
- Heinz Höher (1979–1980)
- Friedhelm Wenzlaff (1980–1981)

- Kuno Klötzer (1981–1982)
- Siegfried Melzig (1982–1983)
- Luis Zacharias (1983–1985)
- Günter Preuß (1985)
- Helmut Witte (football manager) (1985–1986)
- Friedhelm Vos (1986)
- Detlef Pirsig (1986–1989)
- Willibert Kremer (1989–1992)
- Uwe Reinders (1992–1993)
- Ewald Lienen (1993–1994)
- Hans Bongartz (1994–1996)
- Friedhelm Funkel (1996–2000)
- Josef Eichkorn (2000)

- Wolfgang Frank (2000)
- Josef Eichkorn (2000–2001)
- Pierre Littbarski (2001–2002)
- Bernard Dietz (2002–2003, caretaker)
- Norbert Meier (2003–2005)
- Heiko Scholz (2005, caretaker)
- Jürgen Kohler (2005–2006)
- Rudolf Bommer (2006–2008)
- Heiko Scholz (2008, caretaker)
- Peter Neururer (2008–2009)
- Uwe Speidel (2009, caretaker)
- Milan Šašić (2009–2011)
- Oliver Reck (2011–present, caretaker)

In popular culture

Tatort, a popular crime series in Germany, features an episode entitled Zweierlei Blut (Blood of Two Kinds) which deals with a murder in the MSV Duisburg Football hooliganism scene. In one scene, Inspector Horst Schimanski is beaten to a pulp, and dragged naked into the centre circle of the Wedaustadion.

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