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FSV Frankfurt

FSV Frankfurt is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About FSV Frankfurt

FSV Frankfurt is a Football in Germany based in the Bornheim (Frankfurt) of Frankfurt am Main, Hesse and founded in 1899. The club plays in the shadow of larger and much more successful Eintracht Frankfurt, which has recently returned to 2nd tier football. FSV Frankfurt also fielded a highly successful women's team, which was disbanded in 2006.


The club was one of the founding members of the Nordkreis-Liga in 1909, when football started to become more organised in Southern Germany. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, this league came to a halt but a championship for the region was still held, which FSV won in 1917.

After the war, the club became part of the Kreisliga Nordmain, which it managed to win in 1922–23, qualifying for the Southern German championship, where it finished last out of five teams.

The pinnacle of the team's achievement was a losing appearance in the 1925 national final, 0:1 to 1. FC Nuremberg, and the capture of a German amateur title in 1972 in a 2:1 victory over VfB Hüls. The club contested the final of the 1938 Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's DFB-Pokal, but was beaten 1:3 by Rapid Vienna.

The club played in the Bezirksliga Main, then the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen throughout the 1920s and 1930s. After capturing the championship of the VSFV (Verband Süddeutscher Fussball Vereine or Federation of South German Football Clubs) in 1933, FSV went on to play in the Gauliga Südwest, one of sixteen top-flight divisions formed that same year in the re-organization of German football in the Third Reich. They consistently earned mid-table results there with the club's best finish being second place in 1939. In 1941 the Gauliga Hessen was split into the Gauliga Westmark and the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau with FSV playing in the latter division. The team finished a close second to Kickers Offenbach in 1943 and in 1944 merged briefly with SG Eintracht Frankfurt to play as the wartime side KSG (Kriegspielgemeinschaft) Frankfurt. The following season the Gauliga collapsed with the advance of Allied armies into Germany as World War II drew to a close.

After the war occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs. FSV was re-established as SG Bornheim but had taken on their old identity again by late 1945. The team resumed play in the first division Oberliga Süd (1945-63) where they played undistinguished, middling football until relegated at the end of the 1961–62 season. The Bundesliga (football), Germany's first top-flight professional league, was formed in 1963. FSV joined the Regionalliga Süd (1963-74) and remained a regular tier II side from the early 1960s through to the early 1970s when they slipped to the third tier. The club returned to the second tier in 1975 a year after the formation of the 2.Bundesliga, playing in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd (1974-81). In 1981 the northern and southern divisions of this league were combined and as a perennial lower table side FSV was delivered to the third division Oberliga Hessen (III). The club made a single season cameo appearance in the combined league in 1982–83 before once again falling back.

They played in the Regionalliga Süd (III) in 2007–08 after seven seasons in the Amateur Oberliga Hessen (IV). Winning the championship of the Regionalliga Süd (III), the club has been promoted to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga for the season 2008–2009.


The club's honours:


- German football championship
- - Runners-up: 1925
- Southern German championship
- - Champions: 1933
- German amateur champions
- - Champions: 1972
- Nordkreis-Liga (I)
- - Champions: 1917
- - Runners-up: 1911, 1916, 1918
- Kreisliga Nordmain (I)
- - Champions: 1923
- - Runners-up: 1920
- Bezirksliga Main (I)
- - Champions: 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
- Bezirksliga Main-Hessen (I)
- - Champions: 1933
- 2nd Oberliga Süd (II)
- - Champions: 1963
- Oberliga Hessen (III-IV)
- - Champions: 1969, 1973, 1975, 1982, 1994, 1998, 2007, 2010
- - Runners-up: 1993, 2002, 2005, 2006
- Verbandsliga Hessen-Süd (VI)
- - Champions: 2009


- German Cup
- - Runners-up: 1938
- Hesse Cup
- - Winners: 1990
- - Runners-up: 1982, 1986, 2006

- Won by reserve team.

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:

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.




- Director of Sport: Bernd Reisig


- Head Coach: Ramon Berndroth
- Assistant Coach: Manfred Binz
- Technical Coach: Gerhard Kleppinger


- Physiotherapeut: Wolfgang Uschek
- Advisor: Mohammed Azaouagh

Women's department

The women's team won three championships and five cups, even completing a Double (association football) in 1995, but was retired after the Fußball-Bundesliga (women) 2005-06 season due to financial weakness. In its time FSV had many German top football players, including national record scorer Birgit Prinz, who left in 1998 for local rival 1. FFC Frankfurt.


- List of German women's football champions: 1986, Fußball-Bundesliga (women) 1994-95, Fußball-Bundesliga (women) 1997-98
- DFB Cup Women winner: 1985, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996

Notable past players

The following players who have played for Frankfurt have been capped for Germany women's national football team at least 50 times:

- Birgitt Austermühl
- Steffi Jones
- Sandra Minnert
- Birgit Prinz
- Sissy Raith
- Sandra Smisek
- Britta Unsleber

Other sports departments

As a sports club FSV has had at various times departments for Athletics (track and field), boxing, darts, Team handball, ice hockey, and tennis.

Frankfurt derby

The 2011–12 season sees FSV Frankfurt play local rival Eintracht Frankfurt in a league match for the first time in almost 50 years. The last league game between the two had been played on 27 January 1962, then in the Oberliga Süd. For the first of the two matches, FSV's home game on 21 August 2011, the decision was made to move to Eintracht's stadium as FSV's Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion only holds less than 11,000 spectators and in excess of 40,000 spectators are expected for the game.

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