SV Röchling Völklingen
|Full name||Sportverein Röchling Völklingen 06 e.V.|
|League||Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar (V)|
The club was founded as FC Völklingen on 26 April 1906 and renamed SV Völklingen in 1912 before folding in 1916 as a consequence of the fighting along the frontier with France in World War I. In 1919 the club was re-founded as VfB Völklingen and played in the Kreisliga Saar, before taking on its old name again later in the year. Like most organizations across Germany, including sports and football teams, SVV was dissolved after World War II at the direction of the occupying Allied authorities.
Reconstituted after the war as SuSG Völklingen, the club suffered through an unsuccessful 1947–48 season in the Oberliga Südwest, before playing for three seasons from 1949 to 1951 in the Ehrenliga Saarland, a rump football league established by the occupying French authorities as a manifestation in sport of a more general attempt to have the German state of Saarland join France or become a separate country. This affected a number of German clubs and resulted in Saarland being represented by separate teams in the Olympics and the 1954 World Cup. Renamed SV Völklingen in 1951 the team played the balance of the postwar period in the Amateurliga Saarland (III) until advancing to the 2nd Oberliga Südwest in 1961.
With the formation in 1963 of the Bundesliga, Germany's new top-flight professional league, and the related restructuring of the country's football leagues, Völklingen found itself in the Regionalliga Südwest (II). The team enjoyed its greatest successes in the early 70's when it earned second place finishes in the 1972 and 1973 seasons, but was unable to advance in two related attempts through the promotion rounds to the Bundesliga. The club also advanced to the quarter finals of the 1975–76 German Cup before bowing out to Hertha BSC Berlin 1:2 in overtime. Through the latter part of the decade the club struggled to avoid relegation, but had already begun a descent that would take them as far down as the Landesliga Saarland-SW (VI) by 1994. SV Völklingen currently plays in the Oberliga Südwest (V) after winning promotion in 2011, a league renamed to Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar in 2012.
Völklingen's Hermann Neuberger Stadium was built in 1912 and had a grandstand added in 1955. Its capacity was doubled to accommodate 16,000 spectators when the club joined the 2. Bundesliga in 1974, making it the fourth largest stadium in Saarland.
The club's honours:
- Oberliga Südwest (III)
- Champions: 1979
- Amateurliga Saarland (III)
- Champions: 1960, 1961
- Verbandsliga Saarland (IV-V)
- Champions: 1983, 2002
- Saarlandliga (VI)
- Champions: 2011
|2001–02||Verbandsliga Saarland||1st ↑|
|2002–03||Oberliga Südwest||IV||17th ↓|
- 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. In 2012 the Oberliga Südwest was renamed Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar.
- The Abseits Guide to German Soccer
- SV Röchling Völklingen at Weltfussball.de
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German domestic league tables (German)