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SV Darmstadt 98

SV Darmstadt 98 is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About SV Darmstadt 98

SV Darmstadt 98 is a Football in Germany based in Darmstadt, Hesse. The club was founded on 22 May 1898 as FC Olympia Darmstadt. Early in 1919 the association was briefly known as Rasen-Sportverein Olympia before merging with Darmstädter Sport Club 1905 on 11 November that year to become Sportverein Darmstadt 98. Merger partner SC was the product of a 1905 union between Viktoria 1900 Darmstadt and Germania 1903 Darmstadt. The footballers are today part of a sports club which also offers its approximately 1,200 members athletics (track and field), basketball, cheerleading, hiking, judo, and table tennis.


Darmstadt enjoyed a long run as a second division team through the 50s and then again from the time of the formation of the Bundesliga (football) in 1963 on into the 70s. However, they were never better than a lower to mid-table side until they finally managed a breakthrough in 1973 with a Regionalliga Süd (1963-74) championship and participation in the promotion rounds for the Bundesliga where they finished a distant second to Rot-Weiß Essen.

Rise to the Bundesliga and fall to insolvency

A side with limited resources, Darmstadt eventually managed two seasons in the Bundesliga (1978–79 and 1981–82). They narrowly missed a third turn in the top league in 1988 when they lost in a lengthy promotion playoff to SV Waldhof Mannheim in overtime of the third match between the two clubs. After returning to second tier play they escaped relegation to the Amateur Oberliga Hessen (III) in 1991 when Essen was refused a 2nd Bundesliga (football) license for financial reasons. However, by 1997, SV had themselves become victims of financial mismanagement, slipping to play in the III and IV divisions.

The team's most recent successes include wins in the Hessen Pokal (Hessen Cup) in 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as three consecutive Possmann-Hessen Cup wins from 2000 to 2002. In German Cup play Darmstadt advanced as far as the third round in the 1989 and 2001, and to the quarterfinals in 1986. In 2004 the club claimed the Oberliga Hessen (IV) championship under manager and ex-player Bruno Labaddia and were promoted to the Regionalliga Süd (III).

Financial problems limited their options and they were relegated to the Oberliga Hessen (IV) at the end of the 2006–07 season. The club's stated aim is to reach the new 3rd Bundesliga within five years. However, on 6 March 2008 Darmstadt entered insolvency proceedings with debts of about € 1.1 million Oberliga Hessen-Championship, Darmstadt is playing in the new Regionalliga Süd. Darmstadt has taken various measures to avert bankcruptcy, for example a friendly benefit match against Bayern Munich, donations etc., but crucial were the payments by former persons with responsibility (e.g. former president, former tax advisor). In 2009, insolvency has been averted. With long-term debts of €900,000, the club's financial situation is still uncertain.

Darmstadt won the 2010–11 Regionalliga Süd and got promoted to the 3rd Liga, thus returning to a professional level.


The club's honours:


- Regionalliga Süd (1963-74) (II)
- - Champions: 1973
- 2nd Bundesliga Süd (1974-81) (II)
- - Champions: 1978, 1981
- Regionalliga Süd (IV)
- - Champions: 2011
- Hessenliga
- - Champions: 1950, 1962, 1964, 1971, 1999, 2004, 2008


- Hesse Cup
- - Winners: 1966, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008
- - Runners-up: 1971, 2009

- Won by reserve team.

Recent seasons

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

- 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.


Former coaches

The managers of the club:
- Kosta Runjaic (2010–present)
- Zivojin Juskic (2009–2010)
- Gerhard Kleppinger (2006–2009)
- Gino Lettieri (2006)
- Bruno Labbadia (2003–2006)
- Hans-Werner Moser (2002–2003)
- Michael Feichtenbeiner (2000–2002)
- Eckhard Krautzun (1999–2000)
- Lothar Buchmann (1996–1998)
- Max Reichenberger (1996)
- Gerhard Kleppinger (1994–1996)
- Jürgen Sparwasser (1990–1991)
- Uwe Klimaschefski (1990)
- Dieter Renner † (1989–1990)
- Eckhard Krautzun (1989)
- Werner Olk (1988)
- Klaus Schlappner (1987–1988)
- Eckhard Krautzun (1986–1987)
- Udo Klug † (1985–1986)
- Lothar Kleim (1984)
- Timo Zahnleiter (1983–1984)
- Manfred Krafft (1982–1983)
- Werner Olk (1981–1982)
- Jörg Berger (1979–1980)
- Klaus Schlappner (1979)
- Lothar Buchmann (1978–1979)
- Udo Klug (1971–1976)

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