FC Viktoria Köln

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Viktoria Köln
FC Viktoria Köln logo.svg
Full nameFußballclub Viktoria Köln 1904 e.V.
Founded1904 (as FC Germania Kalk)
1957 (as SCB Viktoria Köln)
22 June 2010 (re-founded as FC Viktoria Köln)
GroundSportpark Höhenberg
Capacity10'0001
PresidentGünter Pütz
Head coachPavel Dochev
League3. Liga
2018–19Regionalliga, 1st (Promoted)
WebsiteClub website

FC Viktoria Köln is a German association football club from the city of Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia.

History[edit]

Founded in 1904 as FC Germania Kalk it is one of the oldest football clubs in the city. In 1909 Germania merged with FC Kalk to form SV Kalk 04 and in 1911 this club was, in turn, united with Mülheimer FC to create VfR Mülheim-Kalk 04. The club was renamed VfR Köln 04 in 1918 and, in 1926, won its first Western German football championship and entry to national championship play.

After the re-organization of German football in 1933 under the Third Reich into sixteen top flight divisions, VfR played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein taking titles there in 1935 and 1937 but then performed poorly at the national level. In 1941 The Gauliga Mittelrhein was split into the Gauliga Moselland and Gauliga Köln-Aachen, with VfR playing in the latter division. Two years later the club joined Mülheimer SV to play as the combined wartime side (Kriegsspielgemeinschaft) KSG VfR 04 Köln/Mülheimer SV 06. Mülheim had also played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein since 1933 claiming titles of its own in 1934 and 1940, and had similarly poor results at the national level. Play in the Gauliga Köln-Aachen was suspended in the 1944–45 season as Allied armies advanced into Germany at the end of World War II.

Historical chart of Viktoria Köln league performance after WWII

After the war VfR Köln resumed playing first division football in the Oberliga West, but lasted only a single season before being relegated. In 1949 the team merged with its wartime partner Mülheimer SV to become SC Rapid Köln 04 and played in the 2. Oberliga West (II) until falling to third tier football after 1952. Rapid joined local rivals SC Preußen Dellbrück forming SC Viktoria 04 Köln in 1957. Of these sides, Preußen Dellbrück was most successful, advancing to the semi-finals of the national championships in 1950 before going out against Kickers Offenbach in a replay of their scoreless first match.

Logo of 1994 merger partner SC 1930 Köln Brück and historical logos of SC Viktoria Köln in use until 1994 and SCB Preußen Köln in use 1994–2002

In 1963, the city selected Viktoria as its representative in the Fairs Cup, the forerunner of today's UEFA Cup, but the club was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. The team played as a second and third division side with generally unremarkable results until the 1994 merger with SC Brück that created SCB Preußen Köln, the new team being named after predecessor Preußen Dellbrück. The new club earned a second-place finish in their division in 2000, but quickly tumbled to the Oberliga Nordrhein (IV), even spending one season in fifth division Verbandsliga Mittelrhein. The pattern continued after the team was re-christened SCB Viktoria Köln in 2002.

On 22 June 2010, a new club called FC Viktoria Köln was founded which took over the youth teams of now insolvent SCB Viktoria Köln. Although it was expected that the new club can begin in the Landesliga, where SCB Viktoria had played at last, they were forced by the association to start in the lowest league, Kreisliga D. Nonetheless, on 24 February 2011 they took over FC Junkersdorf which became champion of the 2010–11 Mittelrheinliga and so FC Viktoria Köln could start in 2011–12 in the NRW-Liga.

A 2012 title in this league earned the club promotion to the Regionalliga West where it played until 2019 after being promoted to 3. Liga.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 August 2019[1]

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 Sebastian Patzler
3 Germany DF Sascha Eichmeier
6 Germany DF Fabian Holthaus
7 Germany MF Simon Handle
8 Germany MF Mike Wunderlich
10 Poland MF André Dej
12 Kosovo FW Albert Bunjaku
13 Germany GK Mark Depta
14 Germany DF Steffen Lang
15 Tunisia FW Suheyel Najar
17 Germany DF Bernard Kyere
18 Germany MF Kai Klefisch
19 Germany MF Kevin Holzweiler
No. Position Player
20 Germany FW Sven Kreyer
21 Germany DF Dario de Vita
22 Germany MF Marcel Gottschling
23 Germany MF Moritz Fritz
24 Germany DF Tobias Willers
25 Germany MF Timo Hölscher
27 Germany MF Mart Ristl
28 Germany DF Patrick Koronkiewicz
30 Germany MF Jan-Lukas Funke
31 Germany MF Ernesto Carratala Jiménez
35 Germany MF Hamza Saghiri
36 Germany DF Dominik Lanius
37 Germany GK Daniel Mesenhöler
Germany DF Lars Dietz (on loan from Union Berlin)
Germany FW Richmond Tachie

European Participations[edit]

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1962–63 1R Hungary Ferencváros 4–3 1–4 5–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spieler" (in German). Viktoria Köln 1904 e.V. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′46″N 7°01′50″E / 50.946169°N 7.030471°E / 50.946169; 7.030471