FC Viktoria Köln

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FC Viktoria Köln
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Full name Fußballclub Viktoria Köln 1904 e.V.
Founded 1904 (as FC Germania Kalk)
1957 (as SCB Viktoria Köln)
22 June 2010 (re-founded as FC Viktoria Köln)
Ground Sportpark Höhenberg
Ground Capacity 6,214
President Günter Pütz
Head coach Tomasz Kaczmarek[1]
League Regionalliga West (IV)
2013–14 4th
Website Club home page

FC Viktoria Köln is a German association football club from the city of Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia.

History[edit]

Founded in 1904 as FC Germania Kalk it is one of the oldest football clubs in the city. In 1909 Germania merged with FC Kalk to form SV Kalk 04 and in 1911 this club was, in turn, united with Mülheimer FC to create VfR Mülheim-Kalk 04. The club was renamed VfR Köln 04 in 1918 and, in 1926, won its first Western German football championship and entry to national championship play.

After the re-organization of German football in 1933 under the Third Reich into sixteen top flight divisions, VfR played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein taking titles there in 1935 and 1937 but then performed poorly at the national level. In 1941 The Gauliga Mittelrhein was split into the Gauliga Moselland and Gauliga Köln-Aachen, with VfR playing in the latter division. Two years later the club joined Mülheimer SV to play as the combined wartime side (Kriegsspielgemeinschaft) KSG VfR 04 Köln/Mülheimer SV 06. Mülheim had also played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein since 1933 claiming titles of its own in 1934 and 1940, and had similarly poor results at the national level. Play in the Gauliga Köln-Aachen was suspended in the 1944–45 season as Allied armies advanced into Germany at the end of World War II.

After the war VfR Köln resumed playing first division football in the Oberliga West, but lasted only a single season before being relegated. In 1949 the team merged with its wartime partner Mülheimer SV to become SC Rapid Köln 04 and played in the 2. Oberliga West (II) until falling to third tier football after 1952. Rapid joined local rivals SC Preußen Dellbrück forming SC Viktoria 04 Köln in 1957. Of these sides, Preußen Dellbrück was most successful, advancing to the semi-finals of the national championships in 1950 before going out against Kickers Offenbach in a replay of their scoreless first match.

Logo of 1994 merger partner SC 1930 Köln Brück and historical logos of SC Viktoria Köln in use until 1994 and SCB Preußen Köln in use 1994–2002

In 1963, the city selected Viktoria as its representative in the Fairs Cup, the forerunner of today's UEFA Cup, but the club was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. The team played as a second and third division side with generally unremarkable results until the 1994 merger with SC Brück that created SCB Preußen Köln, the new team being named after predecessor Preußen Dellbrück. The new club earned a second place finish in their division in 2000, but quickly tumbled to the Oberliga Nordrhein (IV), even spending one season in fifth division Verbandsliga Mittelrhein. The pattern continued after the team was re-christened SCB Viktoria Köln in 2002.

On 22 June 2010, a new club called FC Viktoria Köln was founded which took over the youth teams of now insolvent SCB Viktoria Köln. Although it was expected that the new club can begin in the Landesliga, where SCB Viktoria had played at last, they were forced by the association to start in the lowest league, Kreisliga D. Nonetheless, on 24 February 2011 they took over FC Junkersdorf which became champion of the 2010–11 Mittelrheinliga and so FC Viktoria Köln could start in 2011–12 in the NRW-Liga.

A title in this league in 2012 earned the club promotion to the Regionalliga West where it plays today.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 March 2015[2]
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 Nico Pellatz
27 Germany GK Michael Vogel
29 Germany GK Dennis Begas
2 Germany DF Markus Brzenska
3 Germany DF Jannik Löhden
12 Germany DF Sebastian Spinrath
15 Germany DF Daniel Reiche
23 Germany DF Andreas Schäfer
28 Germany DF Patrick Koronkiewicz
4 Germany MF Claus Costa
5 Germany MF Jules Schwadorf
6 Germany MF Andre Dej
7 Germany MF Gaetano Manno
No. Position Player
8 Germany MF Mike Wunderlich
13 Germany MF Lukas Nottbeck
17 Germany MF Timo Staffeldt
18 Germany MF Timo Röttger
30 Italy MF Silvio Pagano
9 Germany FW Marcus Steegmann
10 Germany FW Renè Klingenburg
11 Finland FW Tim Väyrynen
19 Germany FW Mohamed Dahas
20 Germany FW Jerome Assauer
22 Germany FW Jakub Jarecki
31 Japan FW Masatoshi Hamanaka

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaczmarek soll Köln aus der Krise führen" [Kaczmarek shall turn Cologne around] (in German). Kicker. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Unser Kader für die Saison 2014/15". Viktoria Köln 1904 e.V. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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