FSV Frankfurt

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FSV Frankfurt
Club crest
Full name Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V.
Nickname(s) Bornheimer
Founded 20 August 1899; 117 years ago (1899-08-20)
Ground Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion
Ground Capacity 12,542
Chairman Julius Rosenthal
Head Coach Roland Vrabec
League 3. Liga
2015–16 2. Bundesliga, 17th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V., commonly known as simply FSV Frankfurt, is a German association football club based in the Bornheim district of Frankfurt am Main, Hesse and founded in 1899. The club plays in the shadow of larger and much more successful Eintracht Frankfurt. FSV Frankfurt also fielded a highly successful women's team, which was disbanded in 2006.


The club was one of the founding members of the Nordkreis-Liga in 1909, when football started to become more organised in Southern Germany. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, this league came to a halt but a championship for the region was still held, which FSV won in 1917.[1]

After the war, the club became part of the Kreisliga Nordmain, which it managed to win in 1922–23, qualifying for the Southern German championship, where it finished last out of five teams.[2]

The pinnacle of the team's achievement was a losing appearance in the 1925 national final, 0–1 to 1. FC Nuremberg, and the capture of a German amateur title in 1972 in a 2–1 victory over TSV Marl-Hüls. The club contested the final of the 1938 Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's DFB-Pokal, but was beaten 1–3 by Rapid Vienna.

The club played in the Bezirksliga Main, then the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen throughout the 1920s and 1930s. After capturing the championship of the VSFV (Verband Süddeutscher Fussball Vereine or Federation of South German Football Clubs) in 1933, FSV went on to play in the Gauliga Südwest, one of sixteen top-flight divisions formed that same year in the re-organization of German football in the Third Reich. They consistently earned mid-table results there with the club's best finish being second place in 1939. In 1941 the Gauliga Hessen was split into the Gauliga Westmark and the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau with FSV playing in the latter division. The team finished a close second to Kickers Offenbach in 1943 and in 1944 merged briefly with SG Eintracht Frankfurt to play as the wartime side KSG (Kriegspielgemeinschaft) Frankfurt. The following season the Gauliga collapsed with the advance of Allied armies into Germany as World War II drew to a close.

After the war occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs. FSV was re-established as SG Bornheim but had taken on their old identity again by late 1945. The team resumed play in the first division Oberliga Süd where they played undistinguished, middling football until relegated at the end of the 1961–62 season. The Bundesliga, Germany's first top-flight professional league, was formed in 1963. FSV joined the Regionalliga Süd and remained a regular tier II side from the early 1960s through to the early 1970s when they slipped to the third tier. The club returned to the second tier in 1975 a year after the formation of the 2.Bundesliga, playing in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd. In 1981 the northern and southern divisions of this league were combined and as a perennial lower table side FSV was delivered to the third division Oberliga Hessen (III). The club made a single season cameo appearance in the combined league in 1982–83 before once again falling back.

They played in the Regionalliga Süd (III) in 2007–08 after seven seasons in the Amateur Oberliga Hessen (IV). Winning the championship of the Regionalliga Süd (III), the club has been promoted to the 2. Bundesliga for the 2008–09 season, where it has played for eight seasons with moderate success before relegation to the 3. Liga at the end of the 2015–16 season.

Reserve team[edit]

Main article: FSV Frankfurt II

The club's reserve team, the FSV Frankfurt II, rose for the first time above local Hesse level in 2010 when it won the Hessenliga and was promoted to the Regionalliga Süd. After two seasons, this league was disbanded in 2012 and FSV II became part of the new Regionalliga Südwest. It was relegated to the Hessenliga in 2013 and disbanded the following year after a rule change which meant professional clubs did not have to have a reserve side any more, something that previously had been compulsory.

Frankfurt derby[edit]

The 2011–12 season saw FSV Frankfurt play local rival Eintracht Frankfurt in a league match for the first time in almost 50 years. The last league game between the two had been played on 27 January 1962, then in the Oberliga Süd. For the first of the two matches, FSV's home game on 21 August 2011, the decision was made to move to Eintracht's stadium as FSV's Volksbankstadion only holds less than 11,000 spectators and in excess of 40,000 spectators are expected for the game.[3]


  • Won by reserve team.

Recent seasons[edit]

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

Season Division Tier Position
1999–00 Regionalliga Süd III 14th ↓
2000–01 Oberliga Hessen IV 4th
2001–02 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2002–03 Oberliga Hessen 3rd
2003–04 Oberliga Hessen 6th
2004–05 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2005–06 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2006–07 Oberliga Hessen 1st ↑
2007–08 Regionalliga Süd III 1st ↑
2008–09 2. Bundesliga II 15th
2009–10 2. Bundesliga 15th
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 13th
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 13th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 4th
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 13th
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 13th
2015–16 2. Bundesliga 17th ↓
2016–17 3. Liga III
Promoted Relegated

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2016[6]

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 Jannis Pellowski
2 Germany MF Patrick Ochs
3 Germany DF Christopher Schorch
4 Germany DF Marc Heitmeier
5 Germany DF Sebastian Schachten
6 Germany MF Denis Streker
7 Italy MF Massimo Ornatelli
8 Germany MF Bentley Baxter Bahn
9 Germany FW Cagatay Kader
10 Morocco FW Adil Chihi
11 Germany FW Maurice Deville (on loan from 1. FC Kaiserslautern)
14 United States DF Shawn Barry
17 Germany FW Stefan Maderer (on loan from Greuther Fürth)
No. Position Player
19 Germany DF Antonio Fischer
20 Germany MF Fabian Burdenski
21 Germany GK Sören Pirson
22 England DF La'Vere Corbin-Ong
23 Germany MF Nahom Gebru
24 Germany FW Fabian Schleusener
25 Croatia MF Mateo Andačić
26 Germany FW Ranisav Jovanović
27 Germany DF Steffen Schäfer
28 Germany MF Leon Hammel
29 Germany GK Matay Birol
30 Germany MF Fabian Graudenz
31 Germany MF Yannick Stark (on loan from SV Darmstadt 98)




  • Physiotherapeut: Sotirios Balatsos
  • Advisor: Mohammed Azaouagh

Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[7]

Manager Start Finish
Tomas Oral July 1, 2006 Oct 4, 2009
Hans-Jürgen Boysen Oct 7, 2009 Dec 17, 2011
Benno Möhlmann Dec 21, 2011 May 18, 2015
Tomas Oral May 18, 2015 April 10, 2016
Falko Götz April 11, 2016 June 2016
Roland Vrabec June 16, 2016 Present

Women's department[edit]

The women's team won three championships and five cups, even completing a double in 1995, but was retired after the 2005–06 season due to financial weakness.[8] In its time FSV had many German top football players, including national record scorer Birgit Prinz, who left in 1998 for local rival 1. FFC Frankfurt.


Notable past players[edit]

The following players who have played for Frankfurt have been capped for Germany at least 50 times:[9]

Other sports departments[edit]

As a sports club FSV has had at various times departments for athletics, boxing, darts, handball, ice hockey, and tennis.[10]


  1. ^ Süddeutschlands Fußball in Tabellenform 1897 – 1988, (German) author: Ludolf Hyll, page: 32-55, accessed: 20 April 2009
  2. ^ Süddeutschlands Fussball in Tabellenform 1897 – 1988, (German) author: Ludolf Hyll, page: 72-74, accessed: 20 April 2009
  3. ^ Das Frankfurter Derby elektrisiert (German) www.kicker.de, published: 21 August 2011, accessed: 21 August 2011
  4. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  6. ^ http://www.fsv-frankfurt.de/cms/index.php?id=304
  7. ^ FSV Frankfurt .:. Trainer von A-Z (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 6 December 2011
  8. ^ "Last match of the FSV" (in German). fansoccer.de. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Das Fussball Studio
  10. ^ FSV Frankfurt » Verein » Abteilungen (German) FSV Frankfurt website, accessed: 6 December 2011

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