SV Wilhelmshaven

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SV Wilhelmshaven
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Full name Sport-Verein Wilhelmshaven e.V.
Founded 1905
Ground Jadestadion
Ground Capacity 7500
Chairman Dr. Hans Herrnberger
Manager Farat Toku
League Regionalliga Nord (IV)
2010–11 Regionalliga Nord (IV), 13th

SV Wilhelmshaven is a German association football club from Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. SV Wilhelmshaven play in the Regionalliga Nord. SV Wilhelmshaven was founded in 1905. Since 1999, Wilhelmshaven's stadium is the Jadestadion.

History[edit]

Predecessor side SpVgg Wilhelmshaven was formed as FC Comet in 1905 and was quickly renamed FC Deutschland Wilhelmshaven. In 1912 this club was joined by Heppenser BSV, and later, in 1924, merged with VfB Wilhelmshaven to become Wilhelmshavener SV 1906.

In 1939 SV 06 merged with VfL 1905 Rüstringen to create SpVgg Wilhelmshaven. This side immediately won promotion to the first division Gauliga Niedersachsen, one of sixteen top flight divisions created in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich in 1933. After the division was split in 1942, the club captured two consecutive titles in the newly formed Gauliga Weser-Ems in 1943 and 1944, but was unable to advance past the eighth-final round in the national playoffs.

Logo of predecessor side SpVgg Wilhelmshaven

In the aftermath of World War II SpVgg was disbanded as were most other organizations in Germany, including sports and football associations. It was not until 1952 that the club was resurrected. In 1972 they were joined by TSV Germania to form an association under the current name SV Wilhelmshaven.

The combined club spent its first three seasons in the Regionalliga Nord (II) / 2.Bundesliga Nord, but then fell to the third tier Amateur Oberliga Nord. SV was relegated to the Verbandsliga Niedersachsen (IV) for the first time in 1980 and since then has played as an elevator side moving between the third and fourth divisions.

In 1992 SVW merged with TSR Olympia Wilhelmshaven, but TSR 's footballers left to play on their own on the local city circuit. SVW then had a brush with bankruptcy in 2000, and after being refused permission by the German Football Association for a merger that would have seen the return of Olympia's footballers, was forcibly sent down in spite of a respectable finish well clear of relegation.

SV Wilhelmshaven performed well in the Oberliga Nord (IV) and a division championship in 2005–06 returned the team to the Regionalliga Nord (III), briefly ending a five year stay in the fourth division. The club finished last there in the following season and returned to Oberliga play. SV enjoyed a successful 2007–08 campaign and, on the strength of a third place finish, qualified for play in what will become the fourth division Regionalliga after the introduction of the new 3rd Liga in 2008–09.

FIFA lawsuit[edit]

SV Wilhelmshaven filed a lawsuit against FIFA, the international governing body of football, regarding the signing in 2007 of free transfer Sergio Sagarzazu. Sagarzazu played 38 times for the club over a year and a half. However, Sagarzazu's former clubs River Plate and Atletico Excursionistas filed for compensation in the amount of 157,000 Euros, which is allowed under FIFA's regulations. Wilhelmshaven refused to pay, claiming that such fees violated German law.[1] FIFA demanded that the German FA deduct six points from Wilhelmshaven in the 2011-12 season. Despite this deduction, Wilhelmshaven managed to avoid relegation from the Regionalliga Nord. FIFA imposed another six point deduction in 2012-13 season for lack of payment, but again, Wilhelmshaven avoided relegation as two other teams went bankrupt. FIFA has demanded that the German FA relegate Wilhelmshaven for lack of payment following the 2013-14 season. Wilhelmshaven filed suit against FIFA in German court to overturn the relegation order, stating that a German Court decision (from 2004) that the payment of training compensation was a restraint of trade under European law of free choice of employment meant that they did not have to pay such compensation.[2]

Notable players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

  • Germany Hans-Werner Moors (31.10.1999 – 30.06.2002)
  • Germany Wolfgang Steinbach (01.07.2002 – 04.04.2007)
  • Germany Kay Stisi (05.04.2007 – 07.09.2007)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Josic (07.09.2007 – 14.09.2007)
  • Croatia Predrag Uzelac (14.09.2007 – 22.09.2008)
  • Croatia Boris Ekmescic (23.09.2008 – 04.04.2009)

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