SV Darmstadt 98

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Darmstadt 98
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Full name SV Darmstadt 98
Nickname(s) Die Lilien (The Lilies)
Founded 22 May 1898
Ground Stadion am Böllenfalltor
Ground Capacity 19,000
Chairman Klaus Rüdiger Fritsch
Manager Dirk Schuster
League 2. Bundesliga
2013–14 3. Liga, 3rd
Website Club home page

SV Darmstadt 98 is a German association football club based in Darmstadt, Hesse. The club was founded on 22 May 1898 as FC Olympia Darmstadt. Early in 1919 the association was briefly known as Rasen-Sportverein Olympia before merging with Darmstädter Sport Club 1905 on 11 November that year to become Sportverein Darmstadt 98. Merger partner SC was the product of a 1905 union between Viktoria 1900 Darmstadt and Germania 1903 Darmstadt. The footballers are today part of a sports club which also offers its approximately 1,200 members athletics, basketball, cheerleading, hiking, judo, and table tennis.

History[edit]

Cigarette card with the crest of the club from 1930

Olympia played as a lower table side in the Westkreisliga between 1909 and 1913. In the late 20s and early 30s the club played as SV Darmstadt in the Kreisliga Odenwald and Bezirksliga Main-Hessen, Gruppe Hesse, but struggled to stay in top flight competition. In 1933, German football was reorganized under the Third Reich into sixteen premier divisions known as Gauligen. Darmstadt was not able to break into upper league play until 1941 when they joined the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau, Gruppe 2. Their stay was short-lived and they were relegated after their second season of play at that level. By 1944–45 the division had collapsed in the face of the advance of Allied armies into Germany.

Darmstadt enjoyed a long run as a second division team through the 50s and then again from the time of the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 on into the 70s. However, they were never better than a lower to mid-table side until they finally managed a breakthrough in 1973 with a Regionalliga Süd championship and participation in the promotion rounds for the Bundesliga where they finished a distant second to Rot-Weiß Essen.

Rise to the Bundesliga and fall to insolvency[edit]

A side with limited resources, Darmstadt eventually managed two seasons in the Bundesliga (1978–79 and 1981–82). They narrowly missed a third turn in the top league in 1988 when they lost in a lengthy promotion playoff to SV Waldhof Mannheim in extra time of the third match between the two clubs. After returning to the second tier, they escaped relegation to the Amateur Oberliga Hessen (III) in 1991 when Essen was refused a 2. Bundesliga license for financial reasons. However, by 1997, SV had themselves become victims of financial mismanagement, slipping to the III and IV divisions.

The team's most recent successes include wins in the Hessen Pokal (Hessen Cup) in 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as three consecutive Possmann-Hessen Cup wins from 2000 to 2002. In the German Cup Darmstadt advanced as far as the third round in 1989 and 2001, and to the quarterfinals in 1986. In 2004 the club claimed the Oberliga Hessen (IV) championship under manager and ex-player Bruno Labaddia and were promoted to the Regionalliga Süd (III).

Financial problems limited their options and they were relegated to the Oberliga Hessen (IV) at the end of the 2006–07 season. The club's stated aim was to reach the new 3. Liga within five years. However, on 6 March 2008 Darmstadt entered insolvency proceedings with debts of about € 1.1 million making the future of the club uncertain. After the 2007–08 Oberliga Hessen-Championship, Darmstadt played in the Regionalliga Süd. Darmstadt took various measures to avert bankcruptcy, for example a friendly benefit match against Bayern Munich, donations etc., but former persons involved with the club (e.g. former president, former tax advisor) made vital financial contributions which secured the club's future.

Since winning the 2010–11 Regionalliga Süd, Darmstadt have played in the 3. Liga. In the 2012-13 season the club was initially relegated but Hessian rival Kickers Offenbach was refused a 3. Liga licence for the new season and relegated to the Regionalliga instead. SV Darmstadt 98 took Offenbach's place.[1]

In 2013-14 they finished third in league and gained entry into the play offs, Darmstadt then defeated Arminia Bielefeld on away goals to secure promotion to 2. Bundesliga in dramatic circumstances.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:

  • Won by reserve team.

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[2][3]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Regionalliga Süd III 9th
2000–01 Regionalliga Süd 5th
2001–02 Regionalliga Süd 14th
2002–03 Regionalliga Süd 17th ↓
2003–04 Oberliga Hessen IV 1st ↑
2004–05 Regionalliga Süd III 5th
2005–06 Regionalliga Süd 5th
2006–07 Regionalliga Süd 16th ↓
2007–08 Oberliga Hessen IV 1st ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd (IV) 15th
2009–10 Regionalliga Süd 15th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 1st ↑
2011–12 3. Liga III 14th
2012–13 3. Liga 18th
2013–14 3. Liga 3rd ↑
2014–15 2. Bundesliga II

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 July 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 Patrick Platins
3 Germany DF Michael Stegmayer
4 Germany DF Aytaç Sulu
5 Germany DF Benjamin Gorka
6 Germany MF Julius Biada
7 Germany FW Marco Sailer
8 Germany MF Jérôme Gondorf
9 Germany FW Dominik Stroh-Engel
23 Germany DF Florian Jungwirth
10 Germany FW Maurice Exslager
11 Germany MF Tobias Kempe
No. Position Player
13 Germany FW Ronny König
17 Germany MF Hanno Behrens
18 France DF Romain Brégerie
20 Germany MF Marcel Heller
21 Germany DF Sandro Sirigu
22 Germany DF Aaron Berzel
26 Germany DF Serkan Firat
27 Slovakia MF Milan Ivana
31 Germany GK Christian Mathenia
32 Germany DF Fabian Holland (on loan form Hertha BSC)

Former coaches[edit]

The managers of the club:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhl: "Ein bitterer Tag für den OFC" (German) kicker.de, published: 3 June 2013, accessed: 4 June 2013
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  3. ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  4. ^ SV Darmstadt 98 .:. Trainer von A-Z (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 6 December 2011

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