FC 08 Homburg

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FC 08 Homburg
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Full nameFußball-Club 08 Homburg-Saar e.V.
Founded1908
GroundWaldstadion Homburg
Capacity16,488[1]
ChairmanHerbert Eder[citation needed]
ManagerDanny Schwarz
LeagueRegionalliga Südwest (IV)
2022–23Regionalliga Südwest, 4th of 19

Fußball-Club 08 Homburg or simply FC Homburg is a German association football club based in Homburg, Saarland, that competes in the Regionalliga Südwest.

History[edit]

The club was founded on 15 June 1908 as Fussball Club Homburg by a group of seventeen young men at the local Hohenburg pub.

In February 1913 they were renamed Fussballverein Homburg and went on to take the local championship that season. By the mid-1920s the side was playing second-division football, but folded on 27 August 1936. A new multi-sport club known as VfL Homburg was formed 5 March 1937 out of a group of local sides that included Turnverein 1878 Homburg, Schwimmverein Homburg, Kraftsportverein Homburg, Boxclub Homburg, Tennis-Club Homburg, as well as the former membership of the defunct FV. The footballers again took up play in second-tier competition and failed in two attempts (1938, 1941) to win their way through the regional promotion playoff to the first division Gauliga Südwest.

After World War II, Allied occupation authorities dissolved all types of associations in Germany, including football clubs. The club was soon re-constituted as Sportverein Homburg and won a division championship in the Amateurliga Saarland (III) in 1948 before resuming the name FC Homburg in January 1949.

Historical chart of FC Homburg league performance

The Saarland was occupied by the French who made various efforts to see the state become independent of Germany or join France. In sport this was manifested as separate 1952 Olympic and 1954 World Cup teams for Saarland, the establishment of a short-lived football league for the state, and the German club 1. FC Saarbrücken playing in the French second division.[citation needed] Homburg played in the Saarland Ehrenliga from 1949 to 1951 as FC Homburg-Saar.[citation needed] By the time of the 1951–52 season the return of German teams to the German Football Association had been negotiated: the Ehrenliga faded away and by 1956 the independent Saarland Fussball Bund had re-joined the DFB.

A second Amateurliga Saarland title in 1957 advanced FC to the 2. Liga-Südwest (II) and in December of that year they adopted the name FC 08 Homburg/Saar. The club was relegated to the Amateurliga in 1960 which had become a fourth-tier circuit by 1963.

In the late 1970s, the team advanced to the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal on two occasions, and, on into the early 1980s, moved frequently between third- and fourth-tier play. In the second half of the decade the team was greatly successful. They played their way back to the second division and on into the Bundesliga in 1986. Homburg played two seasons there, were relegated, and returned for one final Bundesliga season in 1989–90 before beginning a gradual descent which would lead them to Oberliga Südwest (IV) where they play today.

The team was able to beat the famous club FC Bayern Munich in Munich 4–2 after extra time in the first round of the 1991–92 DFB-Pokal.[2] They were relegated from the 2. Bundesliga after the 1994–95 season.

In 1988, the DFB prohibited the team from wearing the sponsorship logo of a condom manufacturer on ethical and moral grounds.[citation needed] In 1998, they entered into an agreement with 1. FC Saarbrücken to loan players to that team to help improve Homburg's financial situation.[citation needed] In 1999, the club became close to bankruptcy, which led to them being denied a license to play in the Regionalliga West/Südwest (III) and demotion to the Oberliga Südwest (IV). The club qualified for the 2006–07 German Cup, exiting in the first round 1–2 to Bundesliga side VfL Bochum. Homburg was finally promoted to Regionalliga West after finishing atop the Oberliga Südwest ahead of FK Pirmasens on a goal differential of plus 2 in the 2009–10 season. Their Regionalliga cameo ended with a 17th place finish and a return to fifth tier play. Homburg won the Oberliga Südwest title and qualified for the Regionalliga Südwest (IV) for 2012–13.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:[citation needed]

Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[3]

Manager Start Finish
Christian Hock 14 November 2010 21 April 2011
Guinea Taifour Diane 22 April 2011 30 June 2011
Christian Titz 1 July 2011 10 April 2014
Sebastian Stache 7 April 2014 21 April 2014
Robert Jung 22 April 2014 30 June 2014
Jens Kiefer 1 July 2014 14 April 2017
Jürgen Luginger 17 April 2017 30 June 2020
Matthias Mink 1 July 2020 17 February 2021
Greece Joti Stamatopoulos 18 February 2021 8 March 2021
Timo Wenzel 9 March 2021 23 April 2023
Sven Sökler 24 April 2023 30 June 2023
Danny Schwarz 1 July 2023 -

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[4][5][6]

Season Division Tier Position
1986–87 1. Bundesliga I 16th
1987–88 1. Bundesliga I 17th ↓
1989–90 1. Bundesliga I 18th ↓
1999–2000 Oberliga Südwest IV 3rd
2000–01 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2001–02 Oberliga Südwest 9th
2002–03 Oberliga Südwest 12th
2003–04 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2004–05 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2005–06 Oberliga Südwest 2nd
2006–07 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 7th
2008–09 Oberliga Südwest V 2nd
2009–10 Oberliga Südwest 1st ↑
2010–11 Regionalliga West IV 17th ↓
2011–12 Oberliga Südwest V 1st ↑
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest IV 14th
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 11th
2014–15 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2015–16 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest 15th ↓
2017–18 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar V 1st ↑
2018–19 Regionalliga Südwest IV 3rd
2019–20 Regionalliga Südwest 4th
2020–21 Regionalliga Südwest 7th
2021–22 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2022–23 Regionalliga Südwest 4th
  • 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. In 2012, the number of Regionalligas was increased from three to five with all Regionalliga West clubs from the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate entering the new Regionalliga Südwest.[citation needed]

Key[edit]

Promoted Relegated

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 August 2023[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Germany GER Jakob Mayer (on loan from Bayern Munich II)
12 GK Germany GER Tom Kretzschmar
28 GK Germany GER Niklas Knichel
3 DF Germany GER Dennis Lippert
4 DF Germany GER Felix Weber
5 DF Ghana GHA Raphael Akoto
6 DF Germany GER Tim Stegerer
8 DF Germany GER Max Dombrowka
22 DF Germany GER Benjamin Kirchhoff
25 DF Germany GER Lukas Hoffmann
26 DF Germany GER Tim Steinmetz
30 DF Germany GER Michael Heilig
32 DF Germany GER Reber Kazik
7 MF Germany GER Arman Ardestani
10 MF Germany GER Luke Quirin
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF Germany GER Markus Mendler
13 MF Germany GER Philip Hoffman
17 MF Kosovo KOS Fanol Përdedaj
18 MF Germany GER Dominic Smith
20 MF Germany GER Mike Gilcher
24 MF Germany GER Nico Theisinger
27 MF Germany GER Ivan Knezovic
29 MF Germany GER Mart Ristl
31 MF Germany GER Nicolas Jorg
9 FW Germany GER Phil Harris
16 FW Germany GER Angelos Stavridis (on loan from 1. FC Kaiserslautern)
19 FW Germany GER David Hummel
22 FW Germany GER Patrick Weihrauch
23 FW Germany GER Fabian Eisele

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STADION". FC 08 Homburg (in German). Archived from the original on 24 January 2022. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  2. ^ Shock defeats and a record victory FC Bayern Munich website, retrieved 13 November 2008
  3. ^ FC 08 Homburg .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de, retrieved 6 July 2012
  4. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  6. ^ 30 Jahre Bundesliga, DFB special edition booklet
  7. ^ "FC 08 Homburg – Aktuelles".

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