VfL Osnabrück

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VfL Osnabrück
VfL Osnabrück logo.svg
Full name Verein für Leibesübungen
von 1899 e.V. Osnabrück
Nickname(s) The Lily Whites
Founded 1899
Ground Osnatel-Arena (formerly Bremer Brücke)
Ground Capacity 16,130
Chairman Christoph Ehrenberg (acting)
Head Coach Maik Walpurgis
League 3. Liga
2014–15 11th

VfL Osnabrück is a German multi-sport club in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony. It currently fields teams in basketball, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, and tennis, but is by far best known for its football section.


Foundation to WW2[edit]

The club has its origins in the coming together on 17 April 1899 of the memberships of the "wild" clubs Antipodia, Germania, and Minerva to create Fußball Club 1899 Osnabrück. This group joined Osnabrücker Ballverein 05 in 1920 to play as BV 1899 Osnabrück.

Predecessor Osnabrücker BV 05 was the product of the 1905 merger of Fußball Club Edelweiß 1902 Osnabrück and Fußball Club Alemannia Osnabrück. This club made an appearance in the quarterfinals of the regional Westdeutsche (West German) final in 1910 where they were decisively put out (2:9) by Duisburger SV.

The merger that created Verein für Leibesübungen Osnabrücker took place in 1924 when BV was joined by Spiel- und Sport Osnabrück. Prior to 1921, SuS had played as the football department of the gymnastics club Osnabrücker Turnverein 1861, created in 1914 when Fußball Club 1903 Olympia Osnabrück and Fußball Club Teutonia 1902 Osnabrück became part of TV.

Established 24 June 1902, Teutonia Osnabrück also had quarterfinal appearances in the Westdeutsche final to its credit, dropping decisions to FC München-Gladbach in 1908 (0:3), and BV Dortmund (3:4) in 1909.

VfL was formally incorporated on 8 March 1925, but part of the membership of the newly formed association soon left to create a separate side called Sportclub Rapid Osnabrück – styled after well known club Rapid Vienna. Rapid came back to the fold thirteen years later in 1938 and the re-unified club adopted the light-purple colours of the returning footballers.[1]

After the re-structuring of German football leagues in 1933 under the Third Reich, Osnabrück played second division football until winning promotion to the Gauliga Niedersachsen (I) in 1935. They were relegated after their first campaign, but returned to the top flight in 1937, capturing the division title in the 1938–39 season. The Gauliga Niedersachsen was then split into two divisions, and in each of the following two seasons VfL took the Niedersachsen-Nord title. They went on win to the overall division title in 1940, beating Hannover 96 (3:2, 2:2), but lost their title to the same club the following year (1:1, 1:3). Their Gauliga titles in 1939 and 1940 put VfL into opening round group play for the national championship, but they were unable to advance.[2]

Post-War era[edit]

After World War II, the club returned to play as 1. FSV Osnabrück but again took up their traditional name in 1946. The team played in the Oberliga Nord (I) and delivered credible performances that left them standing fourth in the league's all-time table behind well-known sides Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen, and FC St. Pauli.

Failed Bundesliga ambition[edit]

The Bundesliga was formed in 1963 as Germany's new top flight professional league. The Violets did not qualify for play there and were seeded into second division Regionalliga Nord. They had opportunities to advance through the promotion rounds in five consecutive years beginning in 1969, but were unable to break through. For three decades the club remained a tier II fixture in the Regionalliga Nord (1963–74) and the 2. Bundesliga (1974–84, 1985–93). They played a single season in the Amateur Oberliga Nord (III), but only narrowly escaped relegation in 1979 when FC St. Pauli was instead sent down when they were refused a license over their financial situation. A highlight of the period was a 5:4 victory over Bayern Munich in a 1978 DFB-Pokal (German Cup) match-up.


Since 1994 the club has been part of the Regionalliga Nord (III), making cameo appearances in the 2. Bundesliga in 2000–01 and 2003–04. On the final day of their 2006–07 campaign, VfL again won promotion to second division play, and were then able to avoid being immediately sent down once more by finishing out of the relegation zone in 14th place in 2007–08.

Recent seasons[edit]

2. Bundesliga
Year Division Position
1999–2000 Regionalliga Nord (III) 1st (promoted)
2000–01 2. Bundesliga (II) 15th (relegated)
2001–02 Regionalliga Nord (III) 7th
2002–03 Regionalliga Nord (III) 2nd (promoted)
2003–04 2. Bundesliga (II) 18th (relegated)
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord (III) 4th
2005–06 Regionalliga Nord (III) 10th
2006–07 Regionalliga Nord (III) 2nd (promoted)
2007–08 2. Bundesliga (II) 12th
2008–09 2. Bundesliga (II) 16th (relegated)
2009–10 3. Liga (III) 1st (promoted)
2010–11 2. Bundesliga (II) 16th (relegated)
2011–12 3. Liga (III) 7th
2012–13 3. Liga (III) 3rd
2013–14 3. Liga (III) 5th
2014–15 3. Liga (III) 11th


  • Gauliga Niedersachsen (I) champions: 1939, 1940
  • Regionalliga Nord (II) champions: 1969, 1970, 1971
  • Regionalliga Nord (II) vice-champions: 1972, 1973
  • Oberliga/Regionalliga Nord (III) champions: 1985, 1999, 2000
  • Regionalliga Nord (III) vice-champions: 1995, 2003
  • 3rd Liga (III) champions: 2010
  • German amateur champions: 1995
  • Lower Saxony Cup winners: 2005, 2013, 2015

Notable past players[edit]

Manager History[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 March 2015[3]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Daniel Heuer Fernandes
2 Italy DF Davide Grassi
4 Germany MF Maximilian Wagener (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
5 Germany DF David Pisot
6 Germany DF Alexander Dercho
7 Germany MF Massimo Ornatelli
8 Germany MF Tom Christian Merkens
10 Germany MF Simon Tüting
11 Republic of the Congo FW Francky Sembolo
13 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Addy Waku Menga
14 Germany FW Stanislav Iljutcenko
15 Germany DF Maik Odenthal
16 Germany DF Nicolas Eiter
18 Germany DF Marcel Kandziora
No. Position Player
19 Germany MF Nicolas Feldhahn
20 Afghanistan MF Milad Salem
21 Germany DF Paul Thomik
22 Tunisia MF Sofien Chahed
23 Germany DF Michael Hohnstedt
24 Germany DF Tobias Willers
25 Germany DF Christian Groß
26 Germany MF Stephan Thee
27 Germany DF Kim Falkenberg
28 Germany GK Frank Lehmann
29 Germany FW Marcos Alvarez
30 Germany GK Bernd Düker
Germany MF Finn-Tarik Bode

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany FW Kevin Freiberger (to Rot-Weiss Essen until June 2015)


  1. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  2. ^ Grüne, Hardy (1996). Vom Kronprinzen bis zur Bundesliga. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-928562-85-1
  3. ^ "VfL Osnabrück: Profikader" [VfL Osnabrück: Senior Squad] (in German). VfL Osnabrück. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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