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Hamburger Sport-Verein, usually referred to as HSV in Germany and Hamburg in international parlance, is a Germany multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its List of football clubs in Germany. The Association football team is one of the country's oldest, most well known, and best performing clubs, with the unique distinction of having played continuously in top-flight German football since the end of World War I; the team has never been relegated from any top-flight league and is the only team that has always played in the Fußball-Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963.

In the mid-1970s, HSV began a brilliant run that saw them capture numerous honours. In 1976 they won the DFB-Pokal and followed up the next year with a Cup Winners' Cup. They took their first Bundesliga championship in 1979, fell just two points short behind Bayern Munich in 1980, and then won consecutive championships in 1982 and 1983, led by national star Felix Magath. In 1983 they won the UEFA Champions League with a 1–0 win over Juventus F.C., followed by another German Cup in 1987.

History

Early years

The Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV), can trace its roots as far back as the merger of Der Hohenfelder Sportclub and Wandsbek-Marienthaler Sportclub on 29 September 1887 to form Sportclub Germania zu Hamburg. The current club was formed as Hamburger Sport-Verein in 1919 through the union of three city teams

Hamburg became the first German team to tour the United States after the Second World War in May 1950 and came away with a 6–0 record.

Playing in the Oberliga Nord (1947-63) after the resumption of league play in postwar Germany in 1947, Hamburg became a frighteningly dominant regional club. In sixteen seasons from 1947–48 to 1962–63 they laid claim to the Oberliga title 15 times, only posting an uncharacteristic 11th place finish in 1953–54. During this period, they scored over 100 goals in each of the 1951, 1955, 1961, and 1962 seasons. However, national titles were harder to come by. Their last championship in 1928 was followed by a long drought not broken until 1960, after losing final appearances in 1957 and 1958. In the 1961 UEFA Champions League competition, Hamburg were knocked out by FC Barcelona in the semi-finals. Hamburg had beaten BSC Young Boys from Switzerland and English champions Burnley F.C. on their way to the semi-finals.

Entry into the Bundesliga

Soon after, Germany's first professional football league, the Fußball-Bundesliga, was formed and HSV was one of 16 clubs invited to join that first season. Hamburger SV currently holds the distinction of being the only original Bundesliga side to have played continuously in the top flight – without ever having been relegated – since the formation of the league in 1963. They had shared that special status with Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Kaiserslautern until 1996, and with 1. FC Köln until 1998. Altogether, 49 other sides have come and gone since the league's inception. The Bundesliga celebrated its 40th anniversary on 24 August 2004 with a match between "The Dinosaur", as the club has been affectionately nicknamed due to its old age, and FC Bayern Munich, the league's most successful side.

HSV went undefeated between 16 January 1982 and 29 January 1983—a string of 36 games that still stands as a Bundesliga record.

In August 2004, HSV was upset in the early rounds of the German Cup by regional league side SC Paderborn 07. The match became one of the most infamous in recent football history when it was discovered that referee (association football), Robert Hoyzer, had accepted money from a Croatian gambling syndicate to match fixing, which he did, awarding two penalties to Paderborn and sending off Hamburg's player Emile Mpenza. The resulting Bundesliga scandal of 2005 became the biggest in German football in over 30 years, and was an embarrassment to the country as it prepared to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign

Hamburg competed in the UEFA Champions League in the UEFA Champions League 2006-07 for the first time since UEFA Champions League 2000-01, after they finished third in the Fußball-Bundesliga. They beat CA Osasuna on away goals in the third preliminary round, and competed in Group G alongside Arsenal F.C., F.C. Porto and PFC CSKA Moscow, but finished a disappointing last and were thus eliminated.

2006–07 Bundesliga campaign

The Fußball-Bundesliga campaign started rather poorly for Hamburg. After a successful 2005–06 season, when they finished third in the league to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, they spent the first half of the season hovering around and in the relegation zone, with only one win (2–1 in against Bayer 04 Leverkusen) to their points tally. A series of crippling injuries to the star players along with the departures of two of their best defenders, Khalid Boulahrouz and Daniel Van Buyten, severely influenced Hamburg's league campaign, with fans fearing that Hamburg's proud stay in the Bundesliga might be drawing to a close, as the club occupied the bottom spot of the league table after the first half of the season.

On 1 February 2007, the coach, Thomas Doll, was sacked and replaced by the Dutchman Huub Stevens. Stevens' disciplinarian style seemed to grab HSV by the scruff of the neck and shake them about, as the club went seven games undefeated and conceded just one goal between 10 February 2007 and 7 April 2007. During this streak, HSV lost their first home game of the season against Borussia Dortmund and won away to arch-rivals SV Werder Bremen and FC Schalke 04 — two sides who were 2nd and 1st, respectively, when HSV came to town.

However, despite this good run of form (which would come to a crashing halt at home to eventual Champions Stuttgart in April), HSV still were not safe from relegation due to the teams below them also collecting points. At one point in March, 12 teams were involved in the relegation scrap with a gap of 10 points separating 18th placed Borussia Mönchengladbach and 7th placed Hannover 96.

HSV seemed to gain more success on their travels than at home, as wins at Borussia Mönchengladbach (which virtually relegated Borussia at the time), FC Bayern Munich, and 1. FC Nuremberg gave HSV valuable points whilst the home games in this period were the previously mentioned defeats to VfL Bochum and VfB Stuttgart, as well as a disappointing draw against fellow strugglers 1. FSV Mainz 05. Ironically, it was the 3–0 home defeat to Bochum on 5 May that mathematically secured HSV's Bundesliga status as struggling Alemannia Aachen (16th) and Mainz (17th) also lost their games on the same weekend and despite the points difference only being six points with two games left, the goal difference was too large to make up by either club.

With their status safe, HSV were now among a small pack of clubs – consisting of Borussia Dortmund, Hannover 96, Arminia Bielefeld and Bochum — that were chasing 7th place and the qualifying spot for the following season's UEFA Intertoto Cup. With one game left, and following the 0–3 upset by Bochum, HSV surprised in-form Nuremberg to win 2–0 in the Southern sunshine. One week later, a resounding 4–0 home win (HSV's first since 1 April) over relegated Aachen coupled with Dortmund's 2–1 defeat in Leverkusen and Nuremberg's 3–0 win in Hannover meant that HSV had somehow slipped in at the last possible moment to snatch 7th place, moving from 18th place and certain relegation on 10 February 2007 to 7th place and two games away from UEFA Cup football on 19 May 2007.

Recent seasons


Honours

HSV held the record of post-World War II first-class league titles, having won 15 Oberliga Nord and three Bundesliga championships until 2006 when FC Bayern Munich won its 19th Bundesliga title and overtook them.

Hamburg's three Bundesliga championships entitle the club to display one Star (football badge) of the "Verdiente Meistervereine." Under the current award system, their pre-Bundesliga championships are not recognized and so they are not entitled to the second star of a five-time champion.

After the replay of the championship final in 1922 had to be abandoned due to the opponents no longer having enough players on the ground, the German FA requested HSV to renounce the title which the club did.

International titles
- Intercontinental Cup (football):
- UEFA Champions League / UEFA Champions League:
- European Cup Winners' Cup:
- UEFA Europa League / UEFA Europa League:
- European Super Cup:
- UEFA Intertoto Cup:

National titles
- German champions (football):
- DFB-Pokal:
- DFL-Supercup:
- DFB-Ligapokal:

Regional titles
- Northern German football championship
- - Winners (10): 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933
- - Runners-up (2): 1926, 1927

- Gauliga Nordmark
- - Winners (4): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941
- - Runners-up (4): 1934, 1935, 1940, 1942

- Gauliga Hamburg
- - Winners (1): 1945
- - Runners-up (2): 1943, 1944

- Stadtliga Hamburg
- - Winners (1): 1946
- - Runners-up (1): 1947

- Championship of the British occupation zone
- - Winners (2): 1947, 1948

- Oberliga Nord (1947-63)
- - Winners (15): 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963

Other Trophies
- Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu:
- - Winners (1): 1982

- Dubai Challenge Cup:
- - Winners (2): Dubai Challenge Cup 2007, Dubai Challenge Cup 2008

- Emirates Cup:
- - Winners (1): Emirates Cup 2008

- T-Home Cup
- - Winners (1): 2009

Stadium

Hamburg plays its home games in the Volksparkstadion, which is currently called the Imtech Arena through a sponsorship deal. Built on the site of the original Volksparkstadion, opened in 1953, the current stadium was opened in 2000, and has a capacity of 57,000 – approximately 47,000 seats with another 10,000 spectators standing. The first Volksparkstadion had been a venue for the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1988. The Volksparkstadion is a UEFA category one stadium, which certifies it to host UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals. The stadium was the site of four group matches and a quarter-final in the past 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Germany, and was known as FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg during the event. It was also the venue for the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final.

HSV fans can be buried at a dedicated graveyard near the home stadium, covered in turf from the original Hamburg pitch.

Players

First team squad

As of 7 December, 2011, according the official website.





On loan



For recent transfers, see List_of_German_football_transfers_summer_2011 Hamburger_SV and List_of_German_football_transfers_winter_2011–12 Hamburger_SV.

Personnel

Current technical staff





Head coaches since 1963



Hamburger SV in Europe


Other departments

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The reserve team serves mainly as the final stepping stone for promising young players before being promoted to the main team.

Women's football

The women's section was created in 1970. The team plays in the Fußball-Bundesliga (women) continuously since the 2003–04 season.

Other sports

The club's rugby department was established in 1925 but ceased operation in the 1990s. It was reestablished however in March 2006. The club's men's baseball section, HSV Hamburg, known as the Stealers, was established in 1985 and plays in the first division of the Bundesliga (baseball). Other important departments are volleyball and cricket. Okka Rau was qualified for the volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. HSV Cricket is playing in the league of the North German Cricket Federation (Norddeutscher Cricket Verband) and won several first places.

Rivals and affinities

HSV shares a cross-town rivalry with FC St. Pauli and contests the Nordderby with fellow Northern Germany side SV Werder Bremen. In the Spring of 2009 HSV headed Werder Bremen four times, in only three weeks, and defeated in UEFA-Cup semi-final, as if in the DFB-Pokal semi-final.
HSV have an affinity with Scottish Football League club Rangers F.C.. HSV fans unfurl their club logo at Rangers' away European matches. The link between Rangers and Hamburg dates back to 1977 when the Hamburg Rangers Supporters' Club was set up by HSV fans who had visited Rangers matches before and were thrilled by the atmosphere at Ibrox. The links were further strengthened when Rangers signed Jörg Albertz from Hamburg and when Hamburg won UEFA Cup and Europa League matches against Rangers' most notorious rivals Celtic FC. The friendship between Celtic FC and Hamburg's rivals FC St. Pauli has no influence on this friendship though. HSV have a friendship bond with Hannover 96, due to both being known as HSV. Their meetings involve the visitors' club song to be played, and fans chanting HSV from each end of the stadium.

Hamburger SV in Forbes Magazine





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