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1. FC Schweinfurt 05
Club Logo 1 FC Schweinfurt 05.png
Full name 1. Fussball-Club Schweinfurt 1905, Verein für Leibesübungen e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Schnüdel
Die Grün-Weißen
Founded 5 May 1905
Ground Willy-Sachs-Stadion
Ground Capacity 16,500[1] (860 seated)
Chairman Markus Wolf
Manager Gerd Klaus
League Regionalliga Bayern (IV)
2016–17 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

1. Fussball-Club Schweinfurt 1905, Verein für Leibesübungen e.V., called 1. FC Schweinfurt 05, Schweinfurt 05, or simply FC 05, is a German association football club established in Schweinfurt (Bavaria) in 1905. It has sections for netball, fistball, field hockey, badminton, gymnastics, rugby, American football, futsal, and athletics.

The club is well-known nationally due to successful years in top and second tier football leagues from the 1930s to the 1970s. During the late 1930s, Schweinfurt's midfielders Albin Kitzinger and Andreas Kupfer formed the core of the Germany national football team and represented their country at the 1938 FIFA World Cup and within the FIFA selection Europe XI.[2][3]

The FC 05 first team, which in the 2017–18 season competes in the tier-four Regionalliga Bayern, is organized within 1. FC Schweinfurt 1905 Fußball GmbH since 2016.[4] The club plays its home games at the Willy-Sachs-Stadion in Schweinfurt.[5]


Early years: 1905–1931[edit]

1. FC Schweinfurt 05 team in 1905

The football club was founded on 5 May 1905 and played in the local leagues until beginning of the First World War. At that time the home games were held at Hutrasen, the later venue of local competitor VfR 07 Schweinfurt. In 1919, Schweinfurt 05 became member of the tier-one Kreisliga Nordbayern, but relegated after its first season. The team attempted a merger with Turngemeinde Schweinfurt von 1848, which lasted from 1921 to 1923, before the two groups parted ways again and the football division became 1. Fussball-Club Schweinfurt 1905, Verein für Leibesübungen e.V.[4]

While FC 05 did not reap the expected benefits from the brief union, it improved dramatically after re-establishing itself as an independent club. Membership grew significantly and a number of new sports departments were formed within the organization. The football team yielded its first fruits in 1927 by winning the Unterfranken Cup.[6]

Years of excellence: 1931–1963[edit]

Schweinfurt 05 finally gained first class status again with its entry into the Bezirksliga Bayern in 1931. The club had a couple of successful seasons in the Gauliga era, winning the Gauliga Bayern in 1939 and 1942 and qualifying for the German football championship round. Schweinfurt made a semi-final appearance in the German Cup 1936, when it lost 2–3 to FC Schalke 04, the closest it ever came to winning a national title. Again in 1936, the club moved into its newly constructed stadium, the Willy-Sachs-Stadion, a donation by local industrialist and patron Willy Sachs.[7]

At that time, FC 05 midfielders Albin Kitzinger and Andreas 'Ander' Kupfer became renowned in international football as they formed one of the best half back duos in Europe. Kitzinger and Kupfer were an essential part of the famous Germany national team who defeated Denmark 8–0 in Breslau (Poland) on 16 May 1937.[8] One year later they competed at the 1938 FIFA World Cup and were both called up to play for the selection Europe XI in the game against England at Highbury in London.

After World War II, Schweinfurt 05 was integrated into the first tier Oberliga Süd. The club played in the Oberliga for the duration of the league's existence until the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, was founded in 1963. In 1950 Andreas Kupfer became the first captain of the West Germany national football team during his very final 44th appearance.

Second tier years: 1963–1976[edit]

As it did not qualify for the newly established Bundesliga in 1963, Schweinfurt 05 found itself playing in the second tier Regionalliga Süd. In 1966 the club became Southern German champion and made it to the Bundesliga advancement games, but was unable to ascend to the top tier.

With the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga in 1974, Schweinfurt was founding member of the southern division despite only finishing 15th in the last Regionalliga year. In its first 1974–75 2nd Bundesliga season, the team earned an excellent third place and barely missed the advancement games to ascend to Bundesliga.

Yo-yo years: 1976–2012[edit]

After the 1975 season FC 05 began to falter: poor results and financial problems saw the club descend first to the Bayernliga (III) and then, for the first time in 1983, to the Landesliga Bayern-Nord (IV). Schweinfurt 05 became an elevator club ascending and descending between tiers III and IV, with just a pair of brief 2nd Bundesliga appearances in 1990–91 and in 2001–02. In the 1989–90 season the team made it into the last sixteen of the German Cup, but lost to Eintracht Braunschweig in the third round.

Disasters happened in 2004 when FC Schweinfurt 05 was forced to leave the Regionalliga Süd (III) because of financial reasons, and in 2005 when the club went bankrupt. The results in the Bayernliga (IV) were annulled and the team was relegated to the fifth tier Landesliga.

A re-structured club has since enjoyed some success, working its way back into Bayernliga (IV) in 2008. FC 05 was relegated again to the Landesliga in 2009, but returned to the Bayerliga immediately the following year. At the end of the 2011–12 season the club managed to qualify for the promotion round to the new Regionalliga Bayern (IV) and advanced to the second round. In this round the club missed out on promotion to FC Augsburg II after a 0–3 loss at home in extra time, first having drawn the away leg nil all.[9]

Recent years: 2012–today[edit]

In the 2012–13 season the club took the championship in the northern division of the Bayernliga and thereby earned direct promotion to the tier-four Regionalliga Bayern. The team struggled against relegation all season, in the end finishing with a relegation play-off rank courtesy of a controversial final game of the season. Schweinfurt turned a 1–3 deficit into a 4–3 win with three goals in the last four minutes of the game,[10] and successfully defended its league place in the following relegation round.

Within the following two Regionalliga years Schweinfurt 05 again had to fight against relegation. In the 2016–17 season, the team eventually finished 8th and succeeded in winning the Bavarian Cup.[11]

The FC 05 first team was spun off into 1. FC Schweinfurt 1905 Fußball GmbH in 2016. By means of the reorganization, the club wants to establish more professional structures that help to pave the way back to higher leagues.[4]


First team[edit]

The season-by-season performance of the club from 1931 until today:[12][13]

Season Division Tier Position
1931–32 Bezirksliga Bayern (Nord) I 4th
1932–33 Bezirksliga Bayern (Nord) 3rd
1933–34 Gauliga Bayern 4th
1934–35 Gauliga Bayern 3rd
1935–36 Gauliga Bayern 4th
1936–37 Gauliga Bayern 2nd
1937–38 Gauliga Bayern 7th
1938–39 Gauliga Bayern 1st
1939–40 Gauliga Bayern 3rd
1940–41 Gauliga Bayern 7th
1941–42 Gauliga Bayern 1st
1942–43 Gauliga Nordbayern 2nd
1943–44 Gauliga Nordbayern 5th
1944–45 Gauliga Bayern no results
1945–46 Oberliga Süd 7th
1946–47 Oberliga Süd 9th
1947–48 Oberliga Süd 13th
1948–49 Oberliga Süd 10th
1949–50 Oberliga Süd 12th
1950–51 Oberliga Süd 7th
1951–52 Oberliga Süd 14th
1952–53 Oberliga Süd 5th
1953–54 Oberliga Süd 8th
1954–55 Oberliga Süd 3rd
1955–56 Oberliga Süd 8th
1956–57 Oberliga Süd 12th
1957–58 Oberliga Süd 8th
1958–59 Oberliga Süd 10th
1959–60 Oberliga Süd 12th
1960–61 Oberliga Süd 14th
1961–62 Oberliga Süd 14th
1962–63 Oberliga Süd 11th
1963–64 Regionalliga Süd II 7th
1964–65 Regionalliga Süd 15th
1965–66 Regionalliga Süd 1st
1966–67 Regionalliga Süd 10th
1967–68 Regionalliga Süd 5th
1968–69 Regionalliga Süd 6th
1969–70 Regionalliga Süd 5th
1970–71 Regionalliga Süd 6th
1971–72 Regionalliga Süd 12th
1972–73 Regionalliga Süd 14th
1973–74 Regionalliga Süd 15th
1974–75 2. Bundesliga Süd 3rd
Season Division Tier Position
1975–76 2. Bundesliga Süd II 18th ↓
1976–77 Bayernliga III 14th
1977–78 Bayernliga 8th
1978–79 Bayernliga 3rd
1979–80 Bayernliga 4th
1980–81 Bayernliga 4th
1981–82 Bayernliga 2nd
1982–83 Bayernliga 16th ↓
1983–84 Landesliga Bayern-Nord IV 1st ↑
1984–85 Bayernliga III 18th ↓
1985–86 Landesliga Bayern-Nord IV 1st ↑
1986–87 Bayernliga III 14th
1987–88 Bayernliga 10th
1988–89 Bayernliga 2nd
1989–90 Bayernliga 1st ↑
1990–91 2. Bundesliga II 20th ↓
1991–92 Bayernliga III 7th
1992–93 Bayernliga 9th
1993–94 Bayernliga 9th
1994–95 Bayernliga IV 5th
1995–96 Bayernliga 3rd
1996–97 Bayernliga 5th
1997–98 Bayernliga 1st ↑
1998–99 Regionalliga Süd III 5th
1999–2000 Regionalliga Süd 11th
2000–01 Regionalliga Süd 3rd ↑
2001–02 2. Bundesliga II 17th ↓
2002–03 Regionalliga Süd III 12th
2003–04 Regionalliga Süd 15th ↓
2004–05 Bayernliga IV 19th ↓
2005–06 Landesliga Bayern-Nord V 7th
2006–07 Landesliga Bayern-Nord 1st ↑
2007–08 Bayernliga IV 16th
2008–09 Bayernliga V 17th ↓
2009–10 Landesliga Bayern-Nord VI 2nd ↑
2010–11 Bayernliga V 9th
2011–12 Bayernliga 13th
2012–13 Bayernliga Nord 1st ↑
2013–14 Regionalliga Bayern IV 16th
2014–15 Regionalliga Bayern 13th
2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern 14th
2016–17 Regionalliga Bayern 8th
2017–18 Regionalliga Bayern
  • With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligas in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesligas, all leagues below dropped one tier. 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. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas were abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onward were elevated one tier.

Reserve team (U-23)[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the U-23 reserve team:

Season Division Tier Position
2011–12 Kreisliga Schweinfurt 1 VIII 9th
2012–13 Kreisliga Schweinfurt 1 1st ↑
2013–14 Bezirksliga Unterfranken-Ost VII 1st ↑
2014–15 Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest VI 5th
2015–16 Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest 3rd
2016–17 Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest 1st ↑
2017–18 Bayernliga Nord V
Promoted Relegated


Northern division

‡‡ Reserve team


Willy-Sachs-Stadion (2017)

In its first years, 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 played the home games at Hutrasen, south of river Main.[14] After the First World War, the club had to move to a court in close proximity, located at Ludwigsbrücke in Schweinfurt. With promotion to Gauliga Bayern in 1933, however, the existing venue proved to be more and more inadequate.

The club's necessity finally motivated local industrialist Willy Sachs to the donation of a football stadium to the City of Schweinfurt, where the club's patron designated a privileged right of use for FC Schweinfurt 05. Willy-Sachs-Stadion,[5] built by German architect Paul Bonatz, was opened on 23 July 1936 in the presence of leading politicians of the Third Reich.[7] The stadium saw its first game three days later with a 2–2 draw in a friendly between Schweinfurt 05 and 1935 German champion FC Schalke 04.[6]

Today, Willy-Sachs-Stadion thas a capacity of 16,500,[15] where the grandstand hosts 860 covered seats. Besides the football field, the stadium offers track and field facilities, and is equipped with a classical Marathon gate. Premises at the stadium include changing rooms for players, coaches, and referees. Speaker cabins and a press area are available in the grandstand.

The stadium has been renovated and equipped with floodlights in 2001 in order to meet the requirements for 2nd Bundesliga. In addition, an electronic scoreboard was contributed by Schweinfurt's large industry. Wavebreakers have been installed on the standing rooms in 2014 to safeguard the full capacity.


Current squad[edit]

As of 27 July 2017[16][17]

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 Alexander Eiban
2 Germany DF Herbert Paul
3 Germany DF Andreas Bauer
5 Germany DF Marco Janz
6 Germany MF Christopher Kracun
7 Germany MF Marco Haller
8 Germany FW Pedro Günthermann
9 Germany FW Nicolas Görtler
11 Germany FW Daniel Diroll
12 Germany GK David Paulus
15 Germany MF Kevin Fery
No. Position Player
18 Germany DF Christoph Schmidt
19 Germany MF Steffen Krautschneider
20 Germany MF Nikola Jelisic
21 Germany DF Johannes Golla
22 Germany DF Julian Löschner
23 Germany DF Philip Messingschlager
25 Germany DF Johannes Bechmann
27 Germany FW Adam Jabiri
29 Germany FW Marino Müller
30 Germany MF Marius Wilsch

Notable past players[edit]








Managers of the club from 1929 until today:[18][19]

Manager Start Finish
Karl Willnecker 1 July 1929 30 June 1930
Hans Teufel 1 July 1930 30 June 1933
Leonhard Seiderer 1 July 1933 30 June 1934
Fritz Bennöder 1 July 1934 30 June 1935
Hans Sauerwein 1 July 1936 30 June 1937
Albin Kitzinger 1 July 1945 30 June 1946
Kuno Krügel 1 July 1951 30 June 1952
Fritz Käser 1 July 1959 30 June 1963
Alfons Remlein 1 July 1960 30 June 1962
Gunther Baumann 1 July 1965 30 June 1966
Jenő Vincze 1 July 1967 30 June 1971
Kurt Koch 1 July 1971 30 June 1972
István Sztani 1 July 1974 30 June 1975
Peter Velhorn 1 July 1975 23 February 1976
Gunther Baumann 25 February 1976 30 June 1976
Rolf Lamprecht 1 July 1981 30 June 1986
Werner Lorant 1 July 1986 30 June 1990
Elmar Wienecke 1 July 1990 12 August 1990
Niko Semlitsch 13 August 1990 22 April 1991
Georg Baier 23 April 1991 30 June 1991
Franz Brungs 1 July 1991 17 November 1991
Erwin Albert 1 July 1992 30 June 1993
Djuradj Vasic 1 February 1994 14 September 2002
Hans-Jürgen Boysen 18 September 2002 18 November 2003
Rainer Hörgl 19 November 2003 30 June 2004
Rainer Ulrich 1 July 2004 31 December 2004
Rüdiger Mauder 1 July 2005 30 June 2006
Bernd Häcker 3 April 2006 30 June 2006
Wolfgang Hau 1 July 2006 16 January 2008
Werner Dreßel 17 January 2008 30 June 2008
Frank Lerch 1 July 2008 30 June 2009
Klaus Scheer 1 July 2009 19 September 2011
Udo Romeis 19 September 2011 30 June 2012
Gerd Klaus 1 July 2012 present


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Coordinates: 50°3′4.6″N 10°12′10.9″E / 50.051278°N 10.203028°E / 50.051278; 10.203028