Sportfreunde Lotte

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VfL Sportfreunde Lotte
Full name Verein für Laufspiele Sportfreunde
Lotte e.V. von 1929
Founded 1929
Ground ConnectM-Arena
Ground Capacity 7.474
Chairman Rolf Horstmann
Manager Ramazan Yıldırım
League Regionalliga West (IV)
2013–14 2nd

VfL Sportfreunde Lotte is a German association football club from Lotte, North Rhine-Westphalia. The football team is part of a sports club with approximately 1400 members and departments for handball, walking, gymnastics, and swimming, as well as other activities.


The association was established as the gymnastics club Turnverein Lotte in 1929. After World War II the club was re-established as VfL Sportfreunde Lotte on 9 February 1946 and was built around football and handball departments.

Lotte won its way to the Verbandsliga Westfalen (V) in 1996 and after a title there in 2004 was promoted to the Oberliga Westfalen (IV), later Regionalliga West, where they play today. They won that league in 2012–13 but lost the relegation game to RB Leipzig. The season after, in 2013–14, the club finished in second place.

Sportfreunde plays their home matches in the SolarTechnics-Arena (formerly the Lotter Kreuz) which holds 7.474 spectators (5.104 Standing & 2.370 seated).

Notable coaches[edit]

  • Manfred Wölpper (2008)
  • Maik Walpurgis (2008–2013)


The club's honours:

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 August 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 Benedikt Fernandez
2 Germany MF Tobias Holm
3 Germany DF Tim Wendel
4 Germany DF Gerrit Nauber
5 Germany DF Matthias Rahn
6 Germany MF Tim Gorschlüter
7 Germany FW Bernd Rosinger
8 Turkey MF Debiz Cicek
9 Germany FW Benedikt Koep
10 Germany MF Kevin Pires-Rodrigues
11 Germany DF Marco Hansmann
12 Germany GK Fabian Otte
No. Position Player
13 Germany MF Mark Zeh
14 Germany FW Jesse Weißenfels
16 Germany DF Steven Bentka
17 Germany DF Marcel Thomas
18 Croatia MF Stipe Batarilo-Cerdic
19 Lebanon FW Mazan Moslehe
20 Germany MF Sandro Heskamp
21 Germany MF Dominic Schmidt
22 Germany GK Yannik Dauth
23 Germany DF Alexander Langlitz
24 Germany DF Sascha Herröder

Notable players[edit]

  • Kastriot Krasniqi
  • Christoph Brouwer
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mithat Dukadjinac
  • Joakim N´Tsika-Compaigne
Czech Republic
  • Thomas Piorunek
  • Tobias Urban
  • Ralf Balzis
  • Jakob Konradi
  • Vittorio Taurino
  • Sergej Leonhard
  • André Otto
  • Mohamad Raed
  • Henrik Bemboom
  • Gunvald Herdin
  • Sven Hozjak
  • Philipp Laskowski
  • Janusz Marek
  • Stefan Zepanski
  • Rafael Figueiredo
  • Ovid Hajou
  • Ismail Altun-Saban
  • Sinan Celik
  • Furkan Güraslan
  • Volkan Kiral
  • Erdinc Usta
  • Ali Vural
  • Burak Yarar
United States
  • Christian Stark-Charles

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