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SV Wilhelmshaven

SV Wilhelmshaven is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About SV Wilhelmshaven

SV Wilhelmshaven is a Football in Germany from Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.


Predecessor side SpVgg Wilhelmshaven was formed as FC Comet in 1905 and was quickly re-named FC Deutschland Wilhelmshaven. In 1912 this club was joined by Heppenser BSV, and later, in 1924, merged with VfB Wilhelmshaven to become Wilhelmshavener SV 1906.

In 1939 SV 06 merged with VfL 1905 Rüstringen to create SpVgg Wilhelmshaven. This side immediately won promotion to the first division Gauliga Niedersachsen, one of sixteen top flight divisions created in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich in 1933. After the division was split in 1942, the club captured two consecutive titles in the newly formed Gauliga Weser-Ems in 1943 and 1944, but was unable to advance past the eighth-final round in the national playoffs.

In the aftermath of World War II SpVgg was disbanded as were most other organizations in Germany, including sports and football associations. It was not until 1952 that the club was resurrected. In 1972 they were joined by TSV Germania to form an association under the current name SV Wilhelmshaven.

The combined club spent its first three seasons in the Regionalliga Nord (II) / 2.Bundesliga Nord, but then fell to the third tier Amateur Oberliga Nord. SV was relegated to the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen (IV) for the first time in 1980 and since then has played as an elevator side moving between the third and fourth divisions.

In 1992 SVW merged with Olympia Wilhelmshaven, but TSR 's footballers left to play on their own on the local city circuit. SVW then had a brush with bankruptcy in 2000, and after being refused permission by the German Football Association for a merger that would have seen the return of Olympias footballers, was forcibly sent down in spite of a respectable finish well clear of relegation.

SV Wilhelmshaven performed well in the Oberliga Nord (IV) and a division championship in 2005–06 returned the team to the Regionalliga (football) (III), briefly ending a five year stay in the fourth division. The club finished last there in the following season and returned to Oberliga play. SV enjoyed a successful 2007–08 campaign and, on the strength of a third place finish, qualified for play in what will become the fourth division Regionalliga after the introduction of the new 3rd Liga in 2008–09.




- Hans Herrnberger

Director of Sport
- Ivica Josic


Head Coach
- Wolfgang Steinbach

Assistant Coach
- Normen Günther

- Holger Toben

Goalkeeper Coach
- Eckart Paradies

- Klaus Sommer

Board Members
- Harald Naraschewski
- Albert Sprehe


Team Doctor
- Dr. Oliver Krischek

- Gerd Hollje

Press Spokesman
- Jörg Schwarz

Notable players

- Renato Bernardi Bauer
- Cyrille Florent Bella – played one game for the Cameroon national football team
- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault – played for the Canada U-20 men's national soccer team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup
- Riley O'Neill – played for the Canada U-20 men's national soccer team at 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship
- Christ Bongo – former member of the Congo DR national football team
- Rohan Ricketts - former Premier League, Football League Championship and Major League Soccer player & former member of the England national under-20 football team
- Heiko Bonan – former member of the East Germany national football team
- Dirk Schuster – former member of the East Germany national football team and Germany national football team
- Mike Barten
- Fabian Lucassen – played five games for the Germany national youth football team
- George Alhassan – former member of the Ghana national under-20 football team
- Iman Saghey Bi Ria – 6 Games and 2 goals for the Iran national football team
- Valdas Ivanauskas – former member of the Lithuania national football team
- Romanus Stonkus – former member of the Lithuania national football team who presented his country in twenty-one game and scores one goal
- Vidmantas Vysniauskas – former member of the who played two games for the Lithuania national football team
- Paweł Kryszałowicz – played in the FIFA World Cup 2002 with the Poland national football team
- Jozef Kotula
- Karol Praženica – played five games for the Slovakia national football team
- Richard Slezak
- Igor Bendovskyi – former Ukraine youth international
- Marcus Storey – played formerly in the US Major League Soccer
- Igor Krulj – former Swedish youth international and Allsvenskan

Former coaches

- Hans-Werner Moors (31.10.1999 – 30.06.2002)
- Wolfgang Steinbach (01.07.2002 – 04.04.2007)
- Kay Stisi (05.04.2007 – 07.09.2007)
- Ivica Josic (07.09.2007 – 14.09.2007)
- Predrag Uzelac (14.09.2007 – 22.09.2008)
- Boris Ekmescic (23.09.2008 – 04.04.2009)

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