|Full name||SpVgg Landshut 1919 e.V.|
|League||Bayernliga Süd (V)|
The SpVgg Landshut is a German association football club from the city of Landshut, Bavaria. Both the clubs men and women's football teams have in the past played in the highest state league, the Bayernliga.
The club was formed in 1919, after the end of the First World War. However, football was already played at this stage in the football departments of the MTV and TV 1861 Landshut. In the early days of the SpVgg, the club was associated with the later, functioning as its football department.
The club made a brief appearance in the Bezirksliga Bayern (I) in 1932–33, just before this league was dissolved in favour of the new Gauliga Bayern in 1933. It was to be the only top-flight appearance for the SpVgg Landshut in its history.
After the Second World War, the SpVgg originally played in the Bezirksliga Niederbayern, a local amateur league in Lower Bavaria. The SpVgg achieved promotion to the Landesliga Bayern in 1948, then the second tier of the league system, below the Oberliga Süd. The league was renamed Amateurliga Bayern in 1950 and became the third tier of the league system. Landshut originally performed reasonably well in the league but declined from 1952 to the point where they were only saved from relegation in 1953 by the split of the league into a northern and a southern division.
The club became part of the Amateurliga Südbayern for the 1953–54 season but its decline continued and it was relegated straight away.
The team continued its existence in the 2nd Amateurliga Niederbayern, below the Bayernliga, until 1960, when they gained promotion back to the highest Bavarian league. The next three seasons, the club spent in mid-table, until 1963, when the German football league system was reformed and the Amateurliga Bayern went back to a single-division format.
Below the Bayernliga, three Landesligas were set up and Landshut entered the Landesliga Bayern-Mitte (IV). Until 1968, the club finished generally in the upper half of the table, but in 1968–69, it was relegated to the Bezirksliga, where it played for one season before bouncing back. In 1972–73, it was once more relegated. It returned for one season to the Landesliga in 1977–78, played in the Bezirksliga the season after and finally earned promotion back to the Landesliga in 1979, ending their last stay in the Bezirksliga to date.
After two seasons of mid-table finishes, the club earned the right to enter the Oberliga promotion round through a second place finish in 1981–82, where it succeeded and returned to the Bayernliga. Landshut remained an unremarkable side in its next seven seasons in this league, except for 1985–86. It also qualified for the DFB Cup 1981-82, losing at home to third division side FV Hassia Bingen, 2–3.
The greatest success for the club came in 1986, when, under coach Karsten Wettberg, the title in the Bayernliga was won. This would have entitled the club to take part in the promotion round for the 2nd Bundesliga but for financial reasons, the SpVgg declined to apply for a licence and the TSV 1860 München took part instead. The club entered the German amateur football championship instead, usually reserved for Oberliga runners-up, and reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by the VfR Bürstadt.
A second highlight in the club's history was the DFB Cup 1988-89, which they qualified for. Beating BVL 08 Remscheid 2–3 away, the team advanced to the second round. This was followed by a narrow defeat to Alemannia Aachen, 1–2, this time in Landshut.
After this, the club struggled against relegation in the following seasons and dropped down in 1989. After three seasons in the Landesliga, the club once more returned to the Oberliga on the strength of a runners-up spot in its league. Another eight seasons in the Bayernliga followed, a fifth place in 1994 being the highlight. In 2000, the club was relegated once more.
Like in the previous two decades, the year ending with 2 meant a second place finish for the club but this time they failed in the promotion round. The season after, the club won the Landesliga for the first time and returned to the Oberliga, for one season, dropping down immediately again.
In the 2011–12 season the team won the Landesliga and earned the right to take part in the promotion round to the new Regionalliga Bayern. While the club was knocked out in the first round by SV Heimstetten it nevertheless qualified for an expanded Bayernliga from 2012.
The club's honours:
- Bavarian Under 15 championship
- Runners-up: (2) 1989, 1991
- Frauen-Landesliga Süd (IV)
- Champions: 2005
- With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligas in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesligas, all leagues below dropped one tier. 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. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.
The club originally played in the Flutmulde, a flood plain near the Isar river. After floods destroyed the playing fields there in 1920, the club moved to Grieserwiese, where they could engage the FC Bayern Munich for its opening game, which Landshut won 4–2.
In October 1921, the SpVgg begun building a new ground at Hammerbach, which was to become their current stadium, the Hammerbachstadion. It holds 10,000 spectators and has 2,018 seats.
DFB Cup appearances
The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup three times:
|DFB Cup 1981-82||First round||28 August 1981||SpVgg Landshut||FV Hassia Bingen||2–3|
|DFB Cup 1988-89||First round||6 August 1988||BVL 08 Remscheid||SpVgg Landshut||2–3|
|Second round||14 September 1988||SpVgg Landshut||Alemannia Aachen||1–2|
|DFB Cup 1999-00||First round||31 July 1999||bye|
|Second round||7 August 1999||SpVgg Landshut||Hansa Rostock||0–2|
- Die SpVgg. Landshut im Wandel der Jahrzehnte SpVgg Landshut website – Club history (in German) accessed: 5 October 2008
- Die sportliche Entwicklung der SpVgg. Landshut SpVgg Landshut website – Leagues 1946 to 2008 (in German) accessed: 5 October 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1981/1982 » 1. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 5 October 2008
- Germany – Amateur Championship 1950–1995 RSSSF, accessed: 5 October 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1988/1989 » 1. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 5 October 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1988/1989 » 2. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 5 October 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1999/2000 » 2. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 5 October 2008
- Das war die Relegation 2012 auf Verbandsebene (German) fupa.net, published: 7 June 2012, accessed 8 June 2012
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
- Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
- Das Hammerbachstadion SpVgg Landshut website – Stadium (in German) accessed: 5 October 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1981/1982 » 1. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 12 November 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1988/1989 » 1. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 12 November 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1988/1989 » 2. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 12 November 2008
- DFB-Pokal 1999/2000 » 2. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 12 November 2008
- Official team site (German)
- Official site of the women's team (German)
- Landshut – Hammerbachstadion Stadium information with pictures (German)
- SpVgg Landshut profile on Weltfussball.de (German)
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German domestic league tables (German)