Freiburger FC

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Freiburger FC
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Full name Freiburger Fußball-Club e.V.
Nickname(s) FFC
Founded 1897
Ground Stadion im Dietenbachpark
Chairman Marita Hennemann
Manager Ralf Eckert
League Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (V)
2013–14 Verbandsliga Südbaden (VI), 1st ↑

Freiburger FC is a German association football club based in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg. Freiburger FC was a founding Clubs of the DFB (German Football Association) in 1900.

History[edit]

Founded in 1897, this team was for many decades the dominant club in the city. Their early successes included a South German title in their second season and a national championship in 1907. They were also semi-finalists of the Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva, one of the very first international football competitions in the world, in 1908. Those wins would prove to be the apex of their achievement, for while they continued to field respectable sides, they have not since won any significant honours. In 1916, the club managed to win the Südkreis-Liga but the competition was heavily affected by the war and very localised.

The club belonged to, at first, the tier-one Kreisliga Südwest and then the Bezirksliga Baden throughout its existence from 1923 to 1933.

They played mid-table in the Gauliga Baden through the 30's, and after World War II, in the 2nd Oberliga Süd. With the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's professional football league, in 1963, Freiburg found themselves seeded in the tier II Regionalliga Süd, while their soon to be up-and-coming cousins, SC Freiburg, were playing Amateurliga Südbaden (III). The FFC slipped to that level for three seasons in 1974–77 before playing their way back to 2.Bundesliga. However the team could not draw support and suffered from poor attendance throughout the following five-year period spent in the 2nd division. When they were relegated to Amateur Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 1982, only a saving campaign by fans kept the club out of bankruptcy. In the meantime SC Freiburg was playing exciting football and was solidly entrenched in the 2.Bundesliga on their way to the top flight. Since 1994, the FFC played in the Verbandsliga Südbaden, interrupted by the 1999–2000 season, when the club dropped to the Landesliga for a year. In 2009, the clubs decline continued with a more permanent drop to the Landesliga. After finishing third in its first two attempts at promoten the club came second in the Landesliga in 2011-12 and qualified for the promotion round to the Verbandsliga. After a 2-2 draw at FC Radolfzell the club achieved promotion by defeating SC Offenburg 5-1.[1]

Continued financial problems forced Freiburger FC to sell its Mösle-Stadion (capacity 18,000) and enter into a sharing arrangement with Blau-Weiß Wiehre: their former stadium was taken up by SC Freiburg as a youth facility.

After a twenty year absence Freiburger FC managed to return to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg after winning the Verbandsliga title in 2014.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:

Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[2]

Manager Start Finish
Maximilian Heidenreich 1 January 2001 30 June 2007
 ?  ?  ?
Ralf Eckert  ? Present

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[3][4]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Landesliga Südbaden VI
2000–01 Verbandsliga Südbaden V 10th
2001–02 Verbandsliga Südbaden 10th
2002–03 Verbandsliga Südbaden 6th
2003–04 Verbandsliga Südbaden 7th
2004–05 Verbandsliga Südbaden 5th
2005–06 Verbandsliga Südbaden 11th
2006–07 Verbandsliga Südbaden 6th
2007–08 Verbandsliga Südbaden 4th
2008–09 Verbandsliga Südbaden VI 13th ↓
2009–10 Landesliga Südbaden 2 VII 3rd
2010–11 Landesliga Südbaden 2 3rd
2011–12 Landesliga Südbaden 2 2nd ↑
2012–13 Verbandsliga Südbaden VI 8th
2013–14 Verbandsliga Südbaden 1st ↑
2014–15 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V

Partner clubs[edit]

The club has strong connections to English football club Guildford City F.C., with Guildford being a sister city of Freiburg, and publishes news and results of the later club on its website.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011-12 season statistics (German) Freiburger FC website, accessed: 12 July 2012
  2. ^ Freiburger FC .:. Trainer von A-Z (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 23 September 2011
  3. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  4. ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  5. ^ Guildford City FFC website, accessed: 23 September 2011
  6. ^ Partner clubs Guildford City F.C. website, accessed: 23 September 2011

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