2012–13 3. Liga
SV Babelsberg 03
|Goals scored||953 (2.51 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Anton Fink|
|Biggest home win||Rot-Weiß Erfurt 5–0 Borussia Dortmund II|
(1 September 2012)
1. FC Saarbrücken 5–0 Hallescher FC
(24 November 2012)
Chemnitzer FC 5–0 SpVgg Unterhaching
(18 May 2013)
|Biggest away win||Rot-Weiß Erfurt 0–4 1. FC Heidenheim|
(28 July 2012)
Alemannia Aachen 0–4 Karlsruher SC
(9 February 2013)
SV Babelsberg 03 0–4 SV Wacker Burghausen
(11 May 2013)
|Highest scoring||SC Preußen Münster 5–2 F.C. Hansa Rostock|
(9 August 2012)
SpVgg Unterhaching 4–3 Borussia Dortmund II
(22 September 2012)
Kickers Offenbach 5–2 SV Babelsberg 03
(6 October 2012)
SpVgg Unterhaching 4–3 Chemnitzer FC
(24 November 2012)
Karlsruher SC 5–2 1. FC Heidenheim
(1 December 2012)
Alemannia Aachen 3–4 Hansa Rostock
(12 April 2013)
Borussia Dortmund II 4–3 Rot-Weiß Erfurt
(7 May 2013)
|Longest winning run||10 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||19 games|
|Longest winless run||14 games|
SV Wehen Wiesbaden
|Longest losing run||6 games|
F.C. Hansa Rostock
The 2012–13 3. Liga was the fifth season of the 3. Liga, Germany's third-level football league. The season began on the weekend of 21 July 2012 and ended with the last games on 18 May 2013, with a winter break held between the weekends around 15 December 2012 and 26 January 2013.
The league consisted of twenty teams: The teams placed fourth through seventeenth of the 2011–12 season, the worst two teams from the 2011–12 2nd Bundesliga, the three division champions of the 2011–12 Fußball-Regionalliga and the losers of the relegation play-off between the 16th-placed 2nd Bundesliga team and the third-placed 3rd Liga team.
At the end of the 2011–12 season, SV Sandhausen and VfR Aalen were directly promoted to the 2012–13 2nd Bundesliga. Sandhausen, having been a charter member of the 3rd Liga for its first four seasons, left the third level after five seasons overall, while Aalen celebrated their second consecutive promotion within twelve months. The two promoted teams were replaced by Alemannia Aachen and Hansa Rostock, who finished in the bottom two places of the 2011–12 2nd Bundesliga table and thus were directly relegated. Aachen gave their debut in the 3rd Liga, returning to the third level after thirteen seasons, while Rostock returned to the league after only one year in the second tier.
On the other end of the table, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, FC Carl Zeiss Jena and SV Werder Bremen II were relegated to the 2012–13 Fußball-Regionalliga; Oberhausen entered the newly formed Regionalliga West, with Jena going to the Regionalliga Nordost and Werder Bremen reserves being admitted to the Regionalliga Nord. The three relegated teams will be replaced by the champions of the three 2011–12 Regionalliga divisions. Borussia Dortmund II from the Western division and Stuttgarter Kickers from the Southern Division returned after absences of two and three years respectively, while Hallescher FC from the Northern division will return to a national level of football for the first time since the 1991–92 2nd Bundesliga season and to third level after 18 years.
A further place in the league was available via a two-legged play-off between third-placed 2011–12 3rd Liga team Jahn Regensburg and 16th-placed 2011–12 2. Bundesliga sides Karlsruher SC. The tie ended 3–3 on aggregate and saw Jahn promoted via the away goal rule. Being a charter member of the 3rd Liga, Regensburg returned to the second level after eight years in the third tier of the German football league system; in turn, Karlsruhe gave their debut in the 3rd Liga after finishing a three-year 2nd Bundesliga spell, returning to the third level for the first time since the 2000–01 season in the process.
Stadiums and locations
One ground change occurred for the 2012–13 season, as Kickers Offenbach completed the re-building of their new ground, Sparda-Bank Hessen Stadium, at the same spot of their former home, Stadion am Bieberer Berg.
Personnel and sponsorships
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|SV Babelsberg 03||Dietmar Demuth||Sacked||15 May 2012||Off-season||Christian Benbennek||15 May 2012|
|SpVgg Unterhaching||Heiko Herrlich||Resigned||25 May 2012||Off-season||Claus Schromm||28 June 2012|
|Wacker Burghausen||Reinhard Stumpf||End of contract||30 June 2012||Off-season||Georgi Donkov||1 July 2012|
|Rot-Weiß Erfurt||Stefan Emmerling||Sacked||25 August 2012||20th||Alois Schwartz||10 September 2012|
|SV Darmstadt 98||Kosta Runjaić||Signed by MSV Duisburg||2 September 2012||18th||Jürgen Seeberger||5 September 2012|
|Hansa Rostock||Wolfgang Wolf||Sacked||3 September 2012||14th||Marc Fascher||5 September 2012|
|Alemannia Aachen||Ralf Außem||Sacked||3 September 2012||13th||René van Eck||10 September 2012|
|Stuttgarter Kickers||Dirk Schuster||Sacked||19 November 2012||18th||Guido Buchwald (interim)||20 December 2012|
|SV Darmstadt 98||Jürgen Seeberger||Sacked||17 December 2012||20th||Dirk Schuster||28 December 2012|
|Stuttgarter Kickers||Guido Buchwald||Appointment of permanent manager||20 December 2012||18th||Gerd Dais||20 December 2012|
|Kickers Offenbach||Arie van Lent||Sacked||6 February 2013||12th||Rico Schmitt||13 February 2013|
|Stuttgarter Kickers||Gerd Dais||Sacked||7 April 2013||17th||Massimo Morales||7 April 2013|
|SV Babelsberg 03||Christian Benbennek||Sacked||9 April 2013||18th||Almedin Civa (interim)||19 April 2013|
|SV Babelsberg 03||Almedin Civa||Appointment of permanent manager||29 April 2013||18th||Dieter Timme||29 April 2013|
|VfL Osnabrück||Claus-Dieter Wollitz||Sacked||17 May 2013||4th||Alexander Ukrow (interim)||17 May 2013|
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Karlsruher SC (P)||38||23||10||5||69||27||+42||79||Promotion to 2013–14 2. Bundesliga|
|2||Arminia Bielefeld (P)||38||22||10||6||59||32||+27||76|
|3||VfL Osnabrück (Q)||38||22||7||9||64||35||+29||73||Qualification for promotion play-offs|
|5||1. FC Heidenheim||38||21||9||8||69||47||+22||72|
|7||SV Wehen Wiesbaden||38||11||18||9||51||51||0||51|
|11||1. FC Saarbrücken||38||12||9||17||52||62||−10||45|
|14||VfB Stuttgart II||38||11||10||17||35||42||−7||43|
|15||Kickers Offenbach (R)||38||11||11||16||41||44||−3||421||Relegation to Regionalliga|
|16||Borussia Dortmund II||38||9||14||15||39||58||−19||41|
|18||SV Darmstadt 98||38||8||14||16||32||46||−14||38|
|19||SV Babelsberg 03 (R)||38||9||10||19||32||54||−22||37||Relegation to Regionalliga|
|20||Alemannia Aachen (R)||38||7||10||21||40||68||−28||262|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Offenbach has two points deducted for using bond money from a DFB fund. After the end of the season, Offenbach were not granted a license for the following season and are thus relegated.
2 Aachen has five points deducted for using bond money from a DFB fund and not paying back in time.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||AAC||SVB||DSC||WBU||CFC||D98||DO2||ERF||HFC||FCH||KSC||PRM||KOF||OSN||ROS||FCS||SKI||ST2||UNT||WEH|
|Borussia Dortmund II||0–0||0–0||1–1||2–1||1–2||1–0||—||4–3||2–2||2–1||0–3||0–0||0–0||1–1||0–0||1–2||1–1||0–2||2–1||1–2|
|1. FC Heidenheim||1–1||2–1||3–0||2–1||3–2||3–0||2–2||2–1||3–1||—||2–2||3–1||0–0||1–3||1–2||3–0||2–1||1–0||2–1||2–2|
|1. FC Saarbrücken||1–2||2–1||2–4||3–0||2–0||3–1||3–3||0–2||5–0||1–2||0–0||0–0||2–2||0–1||1–1||—||3–0||0–0||2–4||3–3|
|VfB Stuttgart II||2–1||2–1||0–1||0–0||0–1||0–2||0–1||1–0||3–0||0–2||2–0||0–1||1–0||1–2||0–2||0–1||1–4||—||0–0||1–1|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Source: kicker (German)
|1||Anton Fink||Chemnitzer FC||20|
|Fabian Klos||Arminia Bielefeld||20|
|3||Marco Grüttner||Stuttgarter Kickers||18|
|4||Hakan Çalhanoğlu||Karlsruher SC||17|
|5||Marc Schnatterer||1. FC Heidenheim||16|
|Matthew Taylor||SC Preußen Münster||16|
|Marcel Ziemer||1. FC Saarbrücken||16|
|8||Zlatko Janjić||SV Wehen Wiesbaden||15|
|Koen van der Biezen||Karlsruher SC||15|
|Simon Zoller||VfL Osnabrück||15|
The following players were named as player of the month throughout the season.
- August: Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Karlsruher SC)
- September: Ondrej Smetana (Hansa Rostock)
- October: Ondrej Smetana (Hansa Rostock)
- November: Rouwen Hennings (Karlsruher SC)
- February: Dirk Orlishausen (Karlsruher SC)
- March: Dirk Orlishausen (Karlsruher SC)
- April: Koen van der Biezen (Karlsruher SC)
Hakan Çalhanoğlu was voted as player of the season.
Team of the Year
The following players were named as the team of the year.
- GK: Patrick Platins (Arminia Bielefeld)
- RB: Philipp Klingmann (Karlsruher SC)
- CB: Jan Mauersberger (Karlsruher SC)
- LB: Stephan Salger (Arminia Bielefeld)
- CB: Manuel Hornig (Arminia Bielefeld)
- RM: Sebastian Hille (Arminia Bielefeld)
- CM: Dominic Peitz (Karlsruher SC)
- CM: Tom Schütz (Arminia Bielefeld)
- LM: Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Karlsruher SC)
- CF: Fabian Klos (Arminia Bielefeld)
- CF: Koen van der Biezen (Karlsruher SC)
- Coach: Stefan Krämer (Arminia Bielefeld)
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- Until Matchday 37
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- "Herrlich macht Schluss in Haching" [Herrlich resigns in Haching] (in German). Abendzeitung München. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Herrlich geht, Schromm übernimmt" [Herrlich leaves, Schromm takes over] (in German). Kicker. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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- ""Es geht nur noch bergab": Aussem muss gehen" ["It only goes downhill": Aussem must go] (in German). Kicker. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
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- ""Insider" Schuster soll die Lilien retten" [Schuster shall save the "Lilies"] (in German). Kicker. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "Dais übernimmt die Kickers" [Dais takes over the Kickers] (in German). Kicker. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
- "OFC-Negativserie: Van Lent muss gehen!" [OFC-drop: Van Lent must go!] (in German). Kicker. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
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- "Dais muss gehen – Morales übernimmt" [Dais must go – Morales takes over] (in German). Kicker. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Nun ist es offiziell: Benbennek gefeuert!" [Now it's official: Benbennek fired!] (in German). Kicker. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Prochnow hofft aufs nächste Endspiel – Timme ist da" [Prochnow hopes for another final – Timme is there] (in German). Kicker. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
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