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About FC Augsburg

FC Augsburg is a football in Germany based in Augsburg, Bavaria. The team was founded as Fußball-Klub Alemania Augsburg in 1907 and played as BC Augsburg from 1921 to 1969.

The club, who has long fluctuated between the second and third division, experienced a difficult time in the early 2000s, suffering relegation to the fourth division for two seasons. FCA recovered from this, returning to professional football by 2006. After a successful 2009-10 season which saw the club advance to the semi-final of the German Cup for the first time and coming close to Bundesliga promotion, the club achieved the latter in the following year.

History

Formation

A merger of Augsburg's two most successful clubs, TSV Schwaben Augsburg and BC Augsburg, was discussed as early as in the late 1940s, but distrust between the two sides and a fear that the other club would dominate the merger caused each side to hesitate, despite the financial trouble both clubs were in. A first serious meeting between the two sides was held in 1964, both clubs having dropped out of Oberliga Süd (1945-63) by then. The leadership of the multi-sports club Schwaben was completely behind a merger but the club's football department was not and once more the process of forming FCA was stalled. Traditionally, BCA saw itself as a working-class club, based in the north of Augsburg, while Schwaben was the club of the more affluent and based south of the city, with the river Wertach (river) forming something of a boundary between the two clubs territories.

In 1968, with BCA struggling in the third division after relegation from professional football the year before and Schwaben soon to follow, another effort was made. In April 1969, a high-level meeting between the two club bosses brought the decision to merge the clubs and name the new side FC Augsburg. FCA was to be a football club only with no other sports department. The then-mayor of Augsburg, Hans Breuer, was one of the driving forces behind the move.

Schwaben however opted for the "small solution", the club was to remain independent with only its football department merging into the new club.

The new FCA played its first game on 30 July 1969, when it met 1. FC Nuremberg in Augsburg in front of 13,000 and lost 3-0 in extra time.

The 1973-74 season saw the return of one of Augsburgs greatest football talents to the city, and the FCA. Former German international Helmut Haller had returned to the club after eleven years in Italy, playing for Bologna F.C. 1909 and Juventus F.C.. FCA had paid DM 44,000 for the transfer of Haller.

FCA became an instant success in the Regionalliga, drawing an average crowd of over 22,000 for its home matches. When the club traveled to Munich to meet TSV 1860 Munich in the still quite new Olympic Stadium (Munich), 80,000 flogged to the game starting what remains today as a FC Augsburg and TSV 1860 München rivalry between the two clubs. FCA dominated the season, eventually winning the league title as a freshly promoted team. The mood in Augsburg was one of excitement and the newspapers spoke of the atmosphere in the stadium as of "Augsburg, the Napoli of Germany".

Augsburg qualified for the promotion round of for the Fussball-Bundesliga through its league title, where it met four other teams to determined the one available spot in the first division. FCA gave away easy points at home, drawing three times in four games. Away, the team lost only once, against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, but nevertheless came only second, one point behind Tennis Borussia Berlin, who earned promotion. Nevertheless, FCA had qualified for the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Süd (1974–1981) of the new 2nd Fußball-Bundesliga through its league title.

Stagnation: 1974 to 1983

The success of 1973-74 was quickly replaced with relegation trouble in the new 2nd Fußball-Bundesliga. The next five seasons saw lower table finishes, the temporary departure of Haller and frequent replacements of managers. By 1978-79, the club was unable to avoid relegation, despite Helmut Haller, at the age of 40, once more taking to the field for FCA for a last time. The club, after six seasons in the second division, returned to the Bayernliga.

FCA was able to break the fall and win the Bavarian league title to gain promotion back to the 2nd Bundesliga straight away in 1979-80. On top of this, the team qualified for the German amateur football championship, where it went all the way to the final before losing to VfB Stuttgart's reserve side. But the clubs promotion back to the second level faced a major obstacle. The 2nd Bundesliga, after 1981, was to operate in a single division and with half as many clubs as before, meaning the club had to fulfill the qualifying norm, not an easy task for a freshly promoted side. FCA finished 18th in 1980-81, not enough to hold the league in a normal season and definitely not enough in 1981. FCA cam second behind FSV Frankfurt and returned to the 2nd Bundesliga once more, despite some of the gate receipts already being pocessed during the game against FC Homburg by the tax department because of outstanding debts. However, the side was again not strong enough for this level and was relegated on a slightly worse goal average then 16th placed Union Solingen, lacking three goals to salvation. It was to be Augsburg's last season in the second tier for almost a quarter of a century.

Bayernliga: 1983 to 1994

FCA was to spend the next eleven seasons once more in Bavaria's highest league, the Bayernliga, at the time still the third tier of league football in the state. With the gradual reduction of the number of second divisions from five in 1974 to one in 1981, a number of Bavarian clubs that had once played at higher level had now dropped down to this level, too and competition in the league was much stiffer then in the past. TSV 1860 Munich, SpVgg Bayreuth, SpVgg Fürth, Jahn Regensburg, MTV Ingolstadt, FC Schweinfurt 05 and FC Bayern Hof had all played with Augsburg in the 2nd Bundesliga not long ago.

While the club was one of the top sides in the league, another title did not seem to materialise, a second place in 1985 being the best result, one point behind champions SpVgg Bayreuth. Again, the club changed managers frequently but had settled into the Bayernliga for good, it seemed. It was only when Armin Veh took over the team in 1991 that fortunes for the team seemed to improve,

In 1993, the club won its one and only national championship to date, when 1. FC Kaiserslautern was defeated in the German Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga.

In 1994, the club had another try at promotion in the last year of promotion play-offs to the 2nd Bundesliga. However, this time the Bavarian champion was not grouped with the other Southern German clubs as in previous years and had to face stronger clubs in the northern group that included Eintracht Braunschweig and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Despite being overmatched and unable to advance, they still had good support in the region with crowds of 20,000 plus turning up at these games. While the performance was not enough to gain entry to the 2nd Bundesliga, FCA did qualify for the new Regionalliga Süd, which was slotted between the second division and the Bayernliga as the new third tier.

Recovery: 2000 to 2009

Financial rescue came in the form of Walther Seinsch, a local entrepreneur, who took over as chairman and introduced sound financial management in the club. The club was able to field a competitive team in the Bayernliga once more and achieved promotion back to the Regionalliga in its second season, in 2002. He was replaced with Holger Fach two days later. The club avoided relegation on goal average, being on equal points with relegated side Kickers Offenbach at the end of the season.

The long time home ground of the FCA, Rosenau Stadion, built from World War II rubble, finally came to its well-deserved rest in 2009 when a new stadium was completed. The new Impuls Arena will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Bundesliga ambitions: 2009 to present

Augsburg had its most successful seasons in its history in 2009-10, when the club reached the semi-finals of the German Cup as well as finishing third in the 2nd Bundesliga, which allowed it to play 1. FC Nuremberg for Bundesliga promotion. In two games there, the Franconians kept the upper hand and FCA was condemned to wait another year. At the end of the 2010–11 season FC Augsburg was promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in its history, finishing second in the league. On October 15, 2011, Augsburg won its first-ever game in the first division, defeating Mainz 1-0.

Youth and amateur sides

Youth

The historically indifferent performance of the senior side was offset by the success of the club's youth team, which captured a national championship in the under-18's in 1993, being the last non-Bundesliga club to do so. They also took four Cup titles in the early 1990s, all under the guidance of coach Heiner Schuhmann. With Schuhmann's departure for Bayern Munich, the golden age of FCA youth football ended and the club could not quite achieve so highly again. With the formation of the Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga (2004) and Under 17 Fußball-Bundesliga (2007), the clubs youth teams slipped to second division status but recovered and, in 2010–11, the youth teams play in the Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga and Under 17 Fußball-Bundesliga, the first tier of youth football in Germany.

Reserve team

The club's reserve side had its greatest success before the merger, playing, as BC Augsburg Amateure, for a season in the southern division of the Amateurliga Bayern in 1962-63. A sixth place there allowed the side to qualify for the unified Bavarian league the following year but, along with the decline of the senior team, the reserve side got relegated too, finishing 17th.

The team disappeared into the lower amateur leagues after that but returned to the Landesliga Bayern-Süd in 1976, finishing runners-up in the league in its first season, now as FC Augsburg Amateure. By 1978 however, the side was relegated again, not to return to this level for a quarter of a decade. It did however take out the Schwaben Cup in 1977 and qualified for the first round of the 1977–78 DFB-Pokal German Cup. After away victories over second division side Arminia Hannover and fellow amateur side 1. FC Normannia Gmünd in the first two rounds, the team reached the third round, where it lost 0-4 to Hertha BSC Berlin.

After becoming a founding member of the Bezirksoberliga Schwaben in 1988, the team was withdrawn at the end of the season, disbanded altogether and not reformed for more than a decade.

Since 2004, the side once more plays in the Landesliga Bayern-Süd again, generally achieving good results but not managing another promotion.

Honours



League

- 2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- - Runners-up: 2010-11 2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- Regionalliga Süd (II-III)
- - Champions: (2) 1974, 2006
- Fußball-Bayernliga (III-IV)
- - Champions: (5) 1973, 1980, 1982, 1994, 2002
- - Runners-up: 1985

Cup

- Schwaben Cup
- - Winners: (13) 1969–1972, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005
- - Runners-up: 1992

Youth

- German Under 19 championship (football)
- - Champions: 1993
- German Under 17 championship (football)
- - Runners-up: 1979
- German Under 19 Cup
- - Winners: (4) 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995
- Bavarian Under 19 championship
- - Champions: (5) 1978, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2010
- - Runners-up: (5) 1976, 1979, 1989, 2005, 2009
- Bavarian Under 17 championship
- - Champions: (5) 1979, 1981, 1995, 2003, 2006
- - Runners-up: (8) 1976–78, 1984, 1985, 1991, 2008, 2010
- Bavarian Under 15 championship
- - Champions: (2) 1996, 2010
- - Runners-up: (4) 1981, 1983, 1985, 1997

FC Augsburg seasons

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

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- 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.

Managers

Recent managers of the club:


Out on loan






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