FC Astoria Walldorf
|Full name||Fußball-Club Astoria Walldorf e.V.|
|Founded||15 February 1995|
|League||Regionalliga Südwest (IV)|
|2017–18||Regionalliga Südwest, 11th|
The club is named after John Jacob Astor, who was born in Walldorf in 1763 and later emigrated to the United States where he became a successful businessman. His descendants, founders of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, generously supported the town of Walldorf and the new football club, formed in 1908, was named Astoria in his honour.
The club was formed on 15 February 1995 through the union of the 1. FC 08 Walldorf and the football department of SG Walldorf Astoria 02. The new club advanced to the Verbandsliga Nordbaden (V) in 2001. Winning the Verbandsliga in 2007, the club was promoted to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg.
Like TSG 1899 Hoffenheim the club is supported by Dietmar Hopp, the founder of software maker SAP. Hopp initiated negotiations to merge FC Astoria Walldorf, TSG Hoffenheim, and SV Sandhausen to create FC Heidelberg 06 with the long-term objective of reaching the Bundesliga, Germany's first division league. The talks were abandoned in 2005 due to the resistance of the latter two clubs, and the failure to agree on whether the new side's stadium should be located in Heidelberg or Eppelheim.
A North Baden Cup win in 2013–14 earned the club the right to enter the first round of the 2014–15 DFB-Pokal, the German Cup, for the first time. In the same season the club also won the Oberliga title and earned promotion to the tier four Regionalliga Südwest for the first time.
The club's honours:
- As of 28 January 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Recent managers of the club:
|Roland Dickgießer||1 July 2007||30 August 2011|
|Guido Streichsbier||2 October 2011||30 June 2014|
|Matthias Born||1 July 2014||Present|
FC Astoria Walldorf
FC Astoria Walldorf II
- With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier.
|↑ Promoted||↓ Relegated|
FC Astoria Walldorf plays its home matches in the FC-Astoria stadium which features a natural turf field and two artificial turf fields. During the 2006 World Cup the facility was used as the training ground of the Costa Rican national side.
- "Warum heißen die so? Heute: FC Astoria Walldorf" [Where does their name mean? Today: FC Astoria Walldorf]. web.archive.org (in German). German Football Association official results website. 8 December 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
- FC Astoria Walldorf .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 17 September 2011
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
- Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
- FC-Astoria Stadion (in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 17 September 2011