2008–09 3. Liga
|Champions||1. FC Union Berlin|
|Promoted||1. FC Union Berlin
SC Paderborn 07 (via playoff)
Kickers Emden (due to licensing issues)
|Goals scored||956 (2.52 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Anton Fink (21)|
|Biggest home win||Paderborn 6–0 Burghausen|
|Biggest away win||Jena 0–6 Stuttgart II|
|Highest scoring||Br'schweig 5–5 Düsseldorf|
The 2008–09 3. Liga was the inaugural season for the newly formed tier III of the German football league system. The inaugural game was played on 25 July 2008 between FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and Dynamo Dresden, ending with a 1–0 win for Dresden. The last games were played on 23 May 2009. 1. FC Union Berlin were the inaugural champions, securing first place on 10 May 2009. Runners-up Fortuna Düsseldorf were also promoted. Third-placed team SC Paderborn 07 played a relegation/promotion play-off against the 16th-placed team from 2. Bundesliga, VfL Osnabrück, winning both games and earning promotion. Kickers Emden, VfR Aalen, and Stuttgarter Kickers were relegated to the Regionalliga.
The following teams were relegated to 3. Liga from 2007–08 2. Bundesliga:
The following teams qualified through Regionalliga North:
- Fortuna Düsseldorf
- 1. FC Union Berlin
- SV Werder Bremen II
- Wuppertaler SV Borussia
- FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
- Dynamo Dresden
- Kickers Emden
- Eintracht Braunschweig
The following teams qualified through Regionalliga South:
- VfB Stuttgart II
- VfR Aalen
- SV Sandhausen
- SpVgg Unterhaching
- SV Wacker Burghausen
- FC Bayern Munich II
- SSV Jahn Regensburg
- Stuttgarter Kickers
Cities and stadia
- 1. FC Union Berlin played its 2008–09 home matches at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark because their own ground Alte Försterei was undergoing renovation.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|VfR Aalen||Edgar Schmitt||Sacked||27 August 2008||Jürgen Kohler||28 August 2008|
|FC Carl Zeiss Jena||Henning Bürger||Sacked||14 September 2008||René van Eck||22 September 2008|
|Stuttgarter Kickers||Stefan Minkwitz||Sacked||21 September 2008||Edgar Schmitt||21 September 2008|
|VfR Aalen||Jürgen Kohler||Resigned||15 November 2008||Petrik Sander||21 November 2008|
|SSV Jahn Regensburg||Thomas Kristl||Sacked||24 November 2008||Markus Weinzierl||24 November 2008|
|Wuppertaler SV Borussia||Christoph John||Sacked||22 December 2008||Uwe Fuchs||23 December 2008|
|FC Carl Zeiss Jena||René van Eck||Sacked||23 March 2009||Marc Fascher||23 March 2009|
|Stuttgarter Kickers||Edgar Schmitt||Resigned||14 April 2009||Rainer Kraft||14 April 2009|
|SV Wacker Burghausen||Günter Güttler||Sacked||15 April 2009||Ralf Santelli (interim)||15 April 2009|
|FC Bayern Munich II||Hermann Gerland||"Promoted" to interim assistant coach of first team||27 April 2009||Mehmet Scholl (interim)||27 April 2009|
|FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt||Karsten Baumann||Sacked||28 April 2009||Henri Fuchs (interim)||28 April 2009|
|VfR Aalen||Petrik Sander||Resigned||5 May 2009||Rainer Scharinger||6 May 2009|
|SC Paderborn 07||Pavel Dotchev||Sacked||13 May 2009||André Schubert||13 May 2009|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Union Berlin (C) (P)||38||22||12||4||59||23||+36||78||Promotion to 2009–10 2. Bundesliga|
|2||Fortuna Düsseldorf (P)||38||20||9||9||54||33||+21||69|
|3||SC Paderborn 07 (O) (P)||38||20||8||10||68||38||+30||68||Qualification for promotion play-offs|
|5||Bayern Munich II||38||14||17||7||54||38||+16||59|
|6||Kickers Emden (R)||38||16||11||11||45||44||+1||59*||Relegation to Regionalliga|
|11||VfB Stuttgart II||38||13||10||15||61||50||+11||49|
|16||Carl Zeiss Jena||38||10||11||17||41||59||−18||41|
|17||Werder Bremen II||38||10||10||18||49||58||−9||40|
|19||VfR Aalen (R)||38||8||15||15||38||60||−22||39||Relegation to Regionalliga|
|20||Stuttgarter Kickers (R)||38||7||11||20||38||71||−33||29**|
Source: www.kicker.de (German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Bayern Munich II, Stuttgart II and Werder Bremen II are not available for promotion.
*Kickers Emden retracted their application for a 3. Liga license for the 2009–10 season and were automatically relegated. SV Wacker Burghausen took their spot.
**Stuttgarter Kickers received a three-point deduction due to failed debt repayments to the German Football Association.
(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||AAL||AUE||UNB||BRS||BR2||BUR||DRE||DÜS||EMD||ERF||JEN||BM2||OFF||PAD||REG||SAN||SKI||ST2||UHA||WUP|
|Werder Bremen II||3–1||4–2||1–2||1–1||2–2||0–1||2–0||0–1||2–1||0–0||0–0||3–1||2–3||2–2||4–3||2–0||4–5||1–0||1–1|
|Carl Zeiss Jena||1–1||3–2||1–2||2–0||3–1||2–2||0–0||1–0||1–1||1–1||0–0||0–2||2–4||0–0||2–0||0–0||0–6||4–3||0–0|
|Bayern Munich II||4–0||2–3||2–1||0–1||1–1||3–1||1–0||0–0||4–0||1–0||2–1||1–1||2–1||2–2||2–1||3–3||1–1||0–0||2–0|
|VfB Stuttgart II||0–0||3–0||0–3||4–0||2–0||3–0||2–0||0–4||0–1||3–1||3–0||2–2||1–1||1–2||1–2||1–1||3–0||1–3||2–0|
- 21 goals
- 17 goals
- 16 goals
- 15 goals
- 14 goals
- 12 goals
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- 3. Liga at the official German FA website (in German)