SV Babelsberg 03

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SV Babelsberg 03
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Full name Sportverein Babelsberg 03 e.V.
Nickname(s) Nulldrei (Zero-Three)
Founded 1903
Ground Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion
Ground Capacity 10,499
Chairman Ralf Hechel
Manager Cem Efe
League Regionalliga Nordost (IV)
2012–13 3. Liga, 19th (relegated)

SV Babelsberg 03 is a German association football club based in Potsdam-Babelsberg, on the outskirts of Berlin. The team was founded as Sport-Club Jugendkraft 1903 and again as SG Karl-Marx Babelsberg in 1948 as successor to the pre-war side SpVgg Potsdam 03.

History[edit]

Former logo of SV Babelsberg 03

Playing as SV Nowawes the team gained promotion in 1935 to the first tier Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. The club was relegated after just three seasons at that level never finishing better than eighth in their ten team division. The club returned to the Gauliga as SpVgg Potsdam in 1943 and earned third and fourth place finishes in the two years before the end of World War II.

Postwar play in East Germany[edit]

Following the war, occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in the country, including sports and football associations. The former membership of SpVgg was re-organized as SG Karl Marx Babelsberg in 1948 in the Soviet-occupied eastern half of the country. On 1 August 1949, they merged with the local club SG Drewitz and the following year were renamed BSG Motor Babelsberg.

Logo of BSG Motor Babelsberg

The side was a perennial second division team in East Germany's DDR-Liga with the exception of short spells in the third tier in 1968–71, 1972–73, and 1980–81. The club's record in league matches and in regular FDGB-Pokal (East German Cup) tournament appearances was undistinguished. Just prior to German reunification the team suffered relegation from the second division.

Post-unification[edit]

On 10 December 1991 Motor adopted the name Sportverein Babelsberg 03. They remained a lower division side in the united Germany until breaking through to the Oberliga Nordost-Nord (IV) in 1996. The team's budget increased tenfold in the period from 1996 to 1999. They immediately captured the league title there and won promotion to the Regionalliga Nordost (III). A second place finish in 2001 in what had become the Regionalliga Nord (III) advanced the club to the 2. Bundesliga. SV also played its first DFB-Pokal (German Cup) matches in 2000 and 2001, but was eliminated in the early rounds.

Babelsberg's time in the second division was a short one. They finished at the bottom of the table and by 2003–04 had fallen all the way back to the Oberliga Nordost-Nord (IV). The club declared bankruptcy in 2003 but managed to continue playing through the adoption of a creditor supported bankruptcy plan. SV fielded strong sides and achieved several top three finishes until they were promoted to the Regionalliga Nord (III) for the 2007–08 campaign. In 2009–10 season Babelsberg were promoted back to the 3rd Liga after finishing champions of the Regionalliga Nord.

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 January 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Marvin Gladrow
2 Germany DF Severin Mihm
3 Germany DF Christian Schönwälder
5 Germany DF Laurin Von Piechowski
7 Turkey MF Bilal Çubukçu
9 Germany FW Lucas Albrecht
10 Germany MF Christopher Blazynski
11 Czech Republic FW Jakub Petrik
14 Germany DF Henrik Müller
16 Germany MF Leon Hellwig
17 Germany MF Julian Prochnow
No. Position Player
18 Germany DF Oliver Traeder
19 Germany MF Jean-Marc Soine
20 Turkey DF Uğurtan Çepni
21 Germany DF Jonas Schmidt
22 Czech Republic DF Miroslav Hecko
23 Germany GK Dominic Feber
24 Croatia MF Lovro Šindik
26 Angola FW Rafaël Makangu
27 Germany DF Maximilian Zimmer
28 Germany GK Marco Flügel
37 Germany MF Enes Uzun

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