SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin
- This article is about the now-defunct, former Bundesliga football team. For the successor club, see SV Tasmania-Gropiusstadt 1973.
|Full name||Sport-Club Tasmania von 1900 Berlin e.V.|
|Founded||2 June 1900|
The team was founded on 2 June 1900 as Rixdorfer TuFC Tasmania 1900, changing its name when Rixdorf was renamed Neukölln in 1912. Tasmania Berlin was a founding club of the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or German Football Association) in Leipzig in 1900. After World War II, the team was dissolved by the Allied authorities. It was reformed in 1946 as SG Mitte-Neukölln before once again taking on the name of the original sports club and becoming SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin in 1949.
In 1965, Berlin's only Bundesliga side, Hertha BSC, had its license revoked and was relegated for breaking the league's player salary rules. The German Football Association wanted to keep a club in the city of Berlin for political reasons and this led to one of the strangest episodes in the Bundesliga's history.
Both Karlsruher SC and FC Schalke 04 tried to avoid being demoted by laying claim to Hertha's place. It was decided to suspend relegation for one season and increase the number of teams in the league from 16 to 18 to accommodate the two teams which would normally be promoted from the Regionalligen (the Regional Leagues being the leagues below the Bundesliga at the time). Cold War politics led to a space being held for a team from the former capital city to replace Hertha.
The winner of Regionalliga Berlin, Tennis Borussia Berlin, had failed to advance to the Bundesliga through the regular promotion round that saw Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach move up. After the Regionalliga second place finisher, Spandauer SV, refused an offer of promotion, the way was clear for third-place club Tasmania 1900 to take up the opportunity to represent Berlin in the Bundesliga — just two weeks before the start of the 1965–66 season.
A top performer in the relatively weak Regionalliga Berlin, Tasmania 1900 would find themselves seriously overmatched in the Bundesliga. Despite a season-opening 2–0 win over Karlsruher SC at the Olympiastadion, they would go on to become the worst team in league history — in a 34-game season they won only twice. They scored only 15 goals while conceding 108 and finished the season in last place earning just 8 of a possible 68 points. The only team not to beat Tasmania was 1. FC Kaiserslautern which managed only two draws (0–0 and 1–1) against them. The 0–0 result at Betzenberg was the only point earned by Tasmania away from their home stadium.
Tasmania were relegated at the end of the season and returned to the Regionalliga Berlin. Although the team made it to the promotion round twice between 1966 and 1973, they never managed a return to the Bundesliga. In 1973, the Neukölln sports association declared bankruptcy.
SV Tasmania-Gropiusstadt 1973
A successor team, SC Tasmania 73 Neukölln was created, becoming SV Tasmania-Gropiusstadt 1973 in 2000. While the new club's first team had to restart in the lowest division in 1973 and quickly rose through the ranks again, the club's youth teams were permitted to remain in the leagues they played in under the old name.
As the worst team in Bundesliga history, SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin is the holder of a number of dubious records:
- 52nd out of 52 in all-time Bundesliga standings
- fewest points collected in a season: 8 points under the old scoring method of two points for a win, 10 points under today's system that allows three points for a win
- fewest wins in a season: 2 (tied by Wuppertaler SV in 1974–1975)
- most defeats in a season: 28
- only Bundesliga team without an away win
- longest winless streak: 31 games (14 August 1965 – 21 May 1966)
- most home defeats in a season: 12
- most consecutive home losses: 8 games (28 August 1965 – 8 December 1965), tied by Hansa Rostock in 2004–05
- most consecutive losses: 10 matches, tied by Arminia Bielefeld in 1999–2000, whose fans began to derisively chant "Tasmania Bielefeld!" during the record tying match
- worst ever goals for-and-against: 15–108
- fewest ever goals for a team's leading scorer: 4 by Wulf-Ingo Usbeck
- biggest losing margin at home: 0–9 to Meidericher SV (26 March 1966); this record was almost tied when Bayer Leverkusen won at SSV Ulm 1846 9–1 in 2000, Leandro Fonseca scored for Ulm in injury time
- until 1993, most minutes played without scoring a goal: 831 minutes (2 October 1965 – 11 December 1965), since surpassed by 1. FC Saarbrücken and 1. FC Köln
- smallest ever crowd at a Bundesliga game: 827 (15 January 1966 against Borussia Mönchengladbach) after crowds of 81,500 at their first home game and 70,000 at their second
- Gunther Baumann 1963-64
- Franz Linken 1964-65
- Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt 1965-68
- Gyula Lóránt 1968-69
- Milan Antolković 1969-70
- Hans Hipp 1970-72
- Peter Velhorn 1972-73