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Greuther Fürth

Greuther Fürth is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About Greuther Fürth

SpVgg Greuther Fürth is a Football in Germany based in Fürth, Bavaria. The club was formed when the senior football side of newcomer Turn- und Sportverein Vestenbergsgreuth joined traditional club Spielvereinigung Fürth on 1 July 1996. SpVgg is an abbreviation of the German term "Spielvereinigung" – or "playing association" – a traditional used term for a team (German: Verein) or club engaged in sports other than gymnastics.


Spielvereinigung Fürth

The origins of SpVgg Fürth are in the establishment on 23 September 1903 of a football department within the gymnastics club Turnverein 1860 Fürth. The footballers went their own way as an independent club in November 1906. The team played in the Ostkreisliga and took divisional titles there in 1912, 1913 and 1914 before moving on to participate in the Süddeutsche (en:South German) regional playoffs for the national championship round. Right from the beginning there was a great rivalry between the SpVgg Fürth and the 1. FC Nuremberg, predicated on the historical rivalry between the two neighbouring cities. The club grew rapidly, and by 1914, it had 3000 members and was the largest sports club in Germany.

National champions

Fürth won their first national title in 1914 under English coach William Townley. They faced VfB Leipzig – the defending champions with three titles to their credit – in the final held on 31 May in Magdeburg. A 154-minute-long thriller ended with Fürth scoring a golden goal to secure the title. The team had a solid run of successes through the 1920s and into the early 1930s, beginning with an appearance in the national final in 1920 against 1. FC Nuremberg, which was the dominant side of the decade. The rivalry between the two clubs was such that a star player with SpVgg was forced to leave after he married a Nuremberg girl. In 1924, for the first and only time, the German national side was made up exclusively of players from just two sides – Fürth and Nuremberg – and players of the two teams slept in separate rail coaches.

SpVgg showed regularly on the national stage, advancing to the semi-finals in 1923 and 1931. They claimed two more championships – in 1926 and 1929 – with both of those victories coming at the expense of Hertha BSC Berlin. Through this period the club played five finals in the Süddeutscher Pokal (en:South German Cup), coming away as cup winners on four occasions. On 27 August 1929 the association was joined by FC Schneidig Fürth.

German football was re-organized in 1933 under the Third Reich into sixteen top flight Gauliga. Fürth became part of the Gauliga Bayern, but their success over the next dozen seasons was limited to a division title there in 1935, alongside regular appearances in competition for the Tschammerpokal, predecessor to today's DFB Pokal (en:German Cup).

Postwar play

After the war the team struggled through three seasons in the Oberliga Süd (1945-63) (I) before slipping to the Landesliga Bayern (II). SpVgg quickly recovered itself and returned to Oberliga play the next season. They won the title there in 1950 and went on to the national playoffs, advancing as far as the semifinals before being eliminated 1:4 by VfB Stuttgart. In 1954, two players from the SpVgg, Karl Mai and Herbert Erhardt, were members of the "Miracle of Bern" team that won Germany's first 1954 FIFA World Cup.

Fürth remained a first division side until the formation of the Bundesliga (football) in 1963. The club did not qualify as one of the sixteen teams that made up the new unified national first division and they found themselves playing second division football in the Regionalliga Süd (1963-74), where they were generally a mid-table side whose best finish was third place result in 1967. The club played in the Bundesliga (football) from its inception in 1974 until 1983 with their best performance a fourth place result in 1978–79. They slipped to playing in the tier III Fußball-Bayernliga, with a short three-year spell in the fourth division Landesliga Bayern-Mitte in the late 1980s. In 1990, Fürth celebrated a 3:1 victory in the opening round of German Cup play over first division side Borussia Dortmund before going out 0:1 to 1. FC Saarbrücken in the second round. They returned to the Bayernliga (IV) in 1991 and the Regionalliga Süd (III) in 1994.

TSV Vestenbergsgreuth

Meanwhile, the small village team of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth was established 1 February 1974 and debuted as a fourth division side. Both clubs played together in the 2nd Bundesliga in 2008–09.


The club's honours:

SpVgg Greuther Fürth


- List of German football champions
- - Champions: (3) 1914, 1926, 1929
- Southern German championship
- - Champions: (3) 1914, 1923, 1931
- - Runners-up: (5) 1917, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1930
- Ostkreis-Liga (I)
- - Champions: (4) 1912, 1913, 1914, 1917
- Kreisliga Nordbayern (I)
- - Champions: (2) 1922, 1923
- - Runners-up: (2) 1920, 1921
- Bezirksliga Bayern (I)
- - Runners-up: (2) 1924, 1925
- Bezirksliga Nordbayern (I)
- - Champions: (3) 1928, 1930, 1931
- - Runners-up: (3) 1929, 1932, 1933
- Gauliga Bayern (I)
- - Champions: 1935
- - Runners-up: (2) 1936, 1942
- Oberliga Süd (1945-63) (I)
- - Champions: 1950
- - Runners-up: 1951
- Fußball-Bayernliga (III)
- - Runners-up: (2) 1949, 1993
- Landesliga Bayern-Mitte (IV)
- - Champions: 1991
- - Runners-up: 1989


- Intertoto Cup
- - Winner: 1969
- German Indoor Cup
- - Winner: 2000
- Southern German Cup
- - Winner: (5) 1918, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927 (record)
- Mittelfranken Cup
- - Winner: (4) 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997
- - Runners-up: 1989

Youth team


- Bavarian Under 19 championship
- - Champions: 2003
- - Runners-up: (2) 1949, 1998
- Bavarian Under 17 championship
- - Champions: (2) 2001, 2008
- - Runners-up: (2) 1997, 2006
- Bavarian Under 15 championship
- - Champions: 2004

Recent managers

The club's managers since returning to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1997 were:

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:

SpVgg Greuther Fürth

SpVgg Greuther Fürth II

- With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligen Bayern in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesliga Bayern, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the introduction of the Fußball-Regionalliga in 1994 and the 3rd Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier.


Notable former players

- Karl Mai, earned 21 caps for Germany and played in the 1954 World Cup
- Herbert Erhardt earned 50 caps for Germany and played in the World Cups 1954, 1958 and 1962
- Julius Hirsch, member of 1914 national title team and international player, killed during holocaust
- Heiko Westermann, German international player
- Roberto Hilbert, German international player
- Rachid Azzouzi, played for Morocco in the World Cups 1994 and 1998

Famous coaches

William Townley, had three turns as coach of SpVgg Fürth in 1911–1913, 1926–1927, and 1930–1932 and led the club to two championships.

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