|Full name||Kultur- und Sportverein Baunatal e.V.|
|Founded||13 April 1964|
|League||Regionalliga Südwest (IV)|
|2012–13||Hessenliga (V) 1st ↑|
The club's greatest success has been its three seasons spend in the second division, the 2nd Bundesliga Süd, from 1976 to 1979.
Predecessor side KSV Altenritte had roots that go back to the much earlier establishment of the gymnastics club Turnverein Gut-Heil Altenritte on 2 September 1892. A football department was founded within this club in 1914. In 1933, TV was joined by the membership of Arbeiter TV Altenritte – one of the many worker's sports clubs disbanded as politically unpalatable under the Nazi regime – to become VfL Altenritte. In 1945, following World War II, the team re-emerged as KSV Alteritte.
Another predecessor, KSV Altenbauna, was established in 1904 as Deutscher Turnverein Altenbauna and in 1918, following World War I, played as Deutscher Turn- und Sportverein Altenbauna. DTSV became TV Gut-Heil Altenbauna in 1933 and KSV Altenbauna in 1945.
1964 merger that united these two clubs as KSV Baunatal, the association grew again when joined by SV Baunatal in 1970. SV was founded in 1921 as Arbeiter Turn- und Sportverein Kirchbauna and was one of the many worker's clubs that disappeared under the Third Reich. It was re-established in 1945 as Freier SV Kirchbauna by the former members of ATSV and another worker's side known as TV Gut Heil Kirchbauna. FSV briefly adopted the name SpVgg Kirchbauna in 1955 before becoming SV Baunatal the same year.
The long string of mergers of these unremarked sides paid dividends when KSV Baunatal rose up out of lower tier competition into the Oberliga Hessen (III) in 1970. The club slipped to the Landesliga Hessen-Nord (IV) for a single season, but promptly reclaimed a place in the Oberliga. An Amateur Oberliga Hessen (III) title in 1976 led to a three season long stint in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd. Through the 70s and 80s KSV made half a dozen appearances in the DFB-Pokal, going out in the preliminary rounds on each occasion.
The team then played as a third tier side in the Oberliga Hessen until being relegated in 1991 and for a while was an elevator side, moving frequently up and down between third and fifth tier competition. KSV has been firmly settled into the Oberliga Hessen (IV) since 1999, generally placing in the lower half of the table, while managing to earn a better result on occasion.
The club's honours:
Recent managers of the club:
|Bernd Lichte||1 July 2006||19 April 2008|
|Carsten Lakies||20 April 2008||30 June 2010|
|Tobias Nebe||1 July 2010||present|
- With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. Also in 2008, the majority of football leagues in Hesse were renamed, with the Oberliga Hessen becoming the Hessenliga, the Landesliga becoming the Verbandsliga, the Bezirksoberliga becoming the Gruppenliga and the Bezirksliga becoming the Kreisoberliga.
- Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
- Official website (German)
- KSV Baunatal at Weltfussball.de (German)
- The Abseits Guide to German Soccer
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) historical German domestic league tables