SSV Jahn Regensburg

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SSV Jahn Regensburg
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Full name Sport- und Schwimmverein
Jahn Regensburg e. V.
Nickname(s) "Die Jahnelf" (the Jahn Eleven)
"Die Rothosen" (the Red Shorts)
Founded 4 October 1907 / 26 May 2000
Ground Continental Arena
Ground Capacity 15,224[1]
Chairman Hans Rothammer
Coach Heiko Herrlich
League 3. Liga
2016–17 3rd
Current season

Sport- und Schwimmverein Jahn Regensburg e. V., commonly known as SSV Jahn Regensburg, Jahn Regensburg, SSV Jahn or simply Jahn is a German football club based in Regensburg, Bavaria. The club is based on a gymnastics club founded in 1886 as Turnerbund Jahn Regensburg which took its name from Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, whose ideas of gymnastics greatly influenced German sport in the 19th century. The football department was created in 1907.

The footballers left their parent club in 1924 to form Sportbund Jahn Regensburg, in 1934 they were combined with two further sports clubs, Sportverein 1889 Regensburg and Schwimmverein 1920 Regensburg, to Sport- und Schwimmverein Jahn 1889 Regensburg, today commonly known as SSV Jahn 1889 Regensburg with the departments athletics, boxing, futsal, gymnastics, handball, kendo and nine-pin bowling. The football department separated in 2000 and is called SSV Jahn Regensburg.

SSV Jahn play their home games at Continental Arena since 2015. The club colours are red and white, the teams's most common nicknames 'Rothosen' (Red Shorts) and 'Jahnelf' (Jahn Eleven). Jahn currently plays in the 3. Liga, the German third division, having been promoted from the Regionalliga Bayern in season 2015–16.


The merger in 1934 to form SSV Jahn Regensburg strengthened the football side somewhat, but mostly produced only indifferent results, from 1927 in the Bezirksliga Bayern, coming second as its best result in 1930. In the Gauliga Bayern, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich in 1933, Jahn lasted for only two seasons before being relegated in 1935. It returned in 1937 and their best performances were consecutive third-place finishes in 1938 and 1939 after which they languished as an uncompetitive mid-to-lower table side.

The club spent most of the period between the end of World War II and the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 as a "yo-yo team" bouncing up and down between the Oberliga Süd and the second division. Regensburg played the early 1960s in the third division before making their way back to the Regionalliga Süd (II). By the mid 1970s the team began to falter and by the end of the decade had become a third and fourth division side, even playing three years in the Landesliga Bayern-Mitte (V) in the late 1990s.

In 2000 the football team left to become an independent club and were joined by players from SG Post/Süd Regensburg in 2002. Regensburg has recovered to some degree and has played in the Regionalliga Süd (III) since the turn of the millennium with a single season in the 2. Bundesliga in 2003–04. However, the club faced financial difficulties and narrowly avoided bankruptcy in 2005. After sinking to the fourth division Oberliga Bayern in 2005–06 Jahn achieved first place in the following season and were promoted again to the Regionalliga Süd. Due to a reorganisation of the leagues, Jahn had to finish in tenth place or higher in order to stay in the third division, which is now the new 3. Liga. Jahn struggled to do so but finished ninth in the end and gained entry to the new league.

The club played its first two seasons in the 3. Liga close to the relegation zone but then improved to the point that it came third in 2011–12 and qualified to play against the Karlsruher SC in the promotion round to the 2. Bundesliga. Draws in 1–1 at Regensburg and in 2–2 at Karlsruhe meant Jahn's return to second level after eight years according to away goal rule.

The Jahn finished last in the 2. Bundesliga in 2012–13 and was relegated back to the 3. Liga, finishing eleventh in 2013–14. In 2014–15 they also finished last in the 3. Liga and were relegated back to the Regionalliga. In the following season, the made the first place in the Regionalliga Bayern and faced the Regionalliga Nord champions VfL Wolfsburg II in the play-offs. The club defeated Wolfsburg II with 2–1 on aggregate and immediately returned to third level for the 2015–16 season.[2]


Current squad[edit]

As of 4 February 2017

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 Philipp Pentke
3 Germany DF Alexander Nandzik
4 Germany DF Thomas Paulus
5 Turkey DF Ali Odabas
6 Germany DF Benedikt Saller
7 Germany DF Marcel Hofrath
8 Germany MF Andreas Geipl
9 Germany FW Jann George
10 Germany MF Marvin Knoll
11 Germany FW Markus Ziereis
13 Germany MF Sven Kopp
15 Germany FW Marco Grüttner
16 Lithuania DF Markus Palionis
No. Position Player
17 Germany MF Oliver Hein
18 Germany MF Marc Lais
19 Germany MF Patrik Džalto (on loan from Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
20 Germany MF Kolja Pusch
21 Austria MF Daniel Schöpf
24 Germany MF André Luge
25 Germany MF Erik Thommy (on loan from FC Augsburg)
26 Germany GK Bastian Lerch
27 Germany MF Kevin Hoffmann
28 Germany DF Sebastian Nachreiner
31 Germany MF Uwe Hesse
32 Germany MF Michael Faber
33 Germany DF Robin Urban (on loan from Hallescher FC)
34 Germany FW Haris Hyseni

Reserve team[edit]

SSV Jahn Regensburg II (or SSV Jahn Regensburg Amateure) made a single season appearance in the southern division of the Amateurliga Bayern in 1962–63, the last year of the league being divided into two regional divisions. An eleventh place in the league that season was not enough to qualify for the new single-division league and the team also did not become part of the new Landesliga Bayern-Mitte.[3]

A lengthy period in the lower amateur divisions followed until 2002, when the merger of the first team with SG Post/Süd Regensburg allowed the reserve side to take Post's place in the Bayernliga, where the team played from 2002 to 2006. In 2006, the first teams relegation meant, they had to move down one level even so they finished eleventh this season. After three average seasons, the side became a promotion contender again, finishing second in 2010–11 but losing to SpVgg Bayern Hof in the promotion round.

At the end of the 2011–12 season, the club qualified directly for the newly expanded Bayernliga after finishing third in the Landesliga.[4]

Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[5]

Manager Start Finish
Günter Sebert 1 July 2002 30 June 2003
Ingo Peter 1 July 2003 17 November 2003
Günter Brandl 18 November 2003 30 June 2004
Mario Basler 1 July 2004 20 September 2005
Dariusz Pasieka 21 September 2005 6 April 2006
Günter Güttler 7 April 2006 30 June 2008
Thomas Kristl 1 July 2008 24 November 2008
Markus Weinzierl 25 November 2008 30 June 2012
Oscar Corrochano 1 July 2012 4 November 2012
Franz Gerber 4 November 2012 2 January 2013
Franciszek Smuda 2 January 2013 10 June 2013
Thomas Stratos 11 June 2013 30 June 2014
Alexander Schmidt 1 July 2014 10 November 2014
Christian Brand 18 November 2014 6 December 2015
Heiko Herrlich 11 January 2016[6]

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[7][8]

  • 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 abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.


Promoted Relegated




  1. ^ "Daten und Fakten". Jahn Regensburg (in German). Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Regensburg, Lotte und Zwickau steigen in die 3. Liga auf" (in German). Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97. p. 55. 
  4. ^ "Das war die Relegation 2012 auf Verbandsebene" (in German). 7 June 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jahn Regensburg: Trainer von A-Z". (in German). Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Herrlich übernimmt den Jahn". (in German). 20 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv" (in German). Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ergebnisse" (in German). Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  • Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon (in German). Kassel: AGON Sportverlag. ISBN 3-89784-147-9. 
  • Die Bayernliga 1945–97 (in German). DSFS. 1998. 

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