MSV Duisburg

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MSV Duisburg
Msv duisburg(new).svg
Full name Meidericher Spielverein 02 e. V. Duisburg
Nickname(s) Die Zebras (The Zebras)
Founded 1902; 116 years ago (1902)
Ground Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena
Ground Capacity 31,514
Manager Iliya Gruev
League 2. Bundesliga
2017–18 7th
Website Club website
Current season

Meidericher Spielverein 02 e. V. Duisburg, commonly known as simply MSV Duisburg (German pronunciation: [ʔɛm ʔɛs faʊ̯ ˈdyːsbʊʁk]), is a German association football club based in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia. Nicknamed Die Zebras for their traditional striped jerseys, the club was one of the original members of the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963.


Historical chart of MSV Duisburg league performance after WWII

Early years[edit]

The club was founded in 1902 as Meidericher Spielverein, representing the city of Meiderich, which became a district of Duisburg in 1905. In 1905, they absorbed the club Sport Club Viktoria Meiderich. In 1967, they took on their current name, acknowledging their role as the city's most popular and successful side.

While Duisburg has always been a competitive side, real success has so far eluded them. Early in their history, they captured a number of local championships, and even enjoyed a pair of undefeated seasons (1913–14) when they scored 113 goals while only giving up 12. In 1929, they won the first Niederrhein championship and qualified for the first time for the national championship rounds, repeating the feat in 1931.

However, the club then went into a tailspin from which they did not really recover until the 1950s, when they began once again to field competitive sides. During World War II, the club came close to folding, but returned to play after the war emerging as city champions in 1946. In 1951, Duisburg earned promotion to the top-flight Oberliga West with their first-place finish in the 2. Oberliga West. The Oberliga West was the most competitive division of German football at the time, and except for the 1954–55 season, Duisburg would play first division football there right up to the time of the formation of the Bundesliga.

Entry to the Bundesliga[edit]

Historical logos of MSV Duisburg.
Former logo of MSV Duisburg.

The club's play was good enough to earn a place as one of the original 16 teams in Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga, in 1963. That first season was their most successful as they finished second, behind champions 1. FC Köln. The "Zebras" spent nearly 20 years in the upper league before slipping to the 2. Bundesliga in 1982–83 and then becoming one of German football's "elevator teams", named for their frequent up and down moves between divisions. Even so, they managed another eight seasons in the Bundesliga over two-and-half decades.


MSV Duisburg won promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2007–08 season by way of a third-place finish in the 2. Bundesliga, behind Karlsruher SC and Hansa Rostock. Duisburg defeated Rot-Weiss Essen in a dramatic contest on the last day of the season 3–0, which secured their promotion for the fifth time in the last two decades while relegating Essen. However, the club fared poorly in top flight play and was again relegated after an 18th-place result. In 2008–09, they focused on the re-promotion, but although they lost under their new coach Peter Neururer only two times and were unbeaten in 12 matches since his taking office, they missed the promotion. During the next season, they focused on the promotion again, but after a heavy 0–5 defeat in the DFB-Pokal against FC Augsburg, Neururer was sacked. On 2 November 2009, Milan Šašić was presented as new coach. The Croat became the third foreign coach in the club history. They finished the season like the previous one, sixth in the league table.

In 2010–11, MSV Duisburg surprisingly reached their fourth DFB-Pokal Final—after 1966, 1975 and 1998—where they played against Schalke 04. The game was lopsided, with MSV Duisburg conceding early on, and the game ultimately finishing 5–0 in favour of Schalke.

After being demoted to the 3. Liga in 2013, Duisburg was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga for the 2015–16 season. The team placed 16th and lost the playoffs, therefore the team was dropped back to the 3. Liga for the 2016–17 season. They won the 3. Liga and were again promoted to the 2. Bundesliga next season.

Recent seasons[edit]

Year Division Position
1963-64[1] 1. Bundesliga (I) 2nd
1964-65 1. Bundesliga (I) 7th
1965-66 1. Bundesliga (I) 8th
1966-67 1. Bundesliga (I) 11th
1967-68 1. Bundesliga (I) 7th
1968-69 1. Bundesliga (I) 12th
1969-70 1. Bundesliga (I) 15th
1970-71 1. Bundesliga (I) 7th
1971-72 1. Bundesliga (I) 14th
1972-73 1. Bundesliga (I) 10th
1973-74 1. Bundesliga (I) 15th
1974-75 1. Bundesliga (I) 14th
1975-76 1. Bundesliga (I) 10th
1976-77 1. Bundesliga (I) 9th
1977-78 1. Bundesliga (I) 6th
1978-79 1. Bundesliga (I) 13th
1979-80 1. Bundesliga (I) 14th
1980-81 1. Bundesliga (I) 12th
1981-82 1. Bundesliga (I) 18th ↓
1991-92 1. Bundesliga (I) 19th ↓
1999–2000 Bundesliga (I) 18th ↓
2000–01 2. Bundesliga (II) 11th
2001–02 2. Bundesliga 11th
2002–03 2. Bundesliga 8th
2003–04 2. Bundesliga 7th
2004–05 2. Bundesliga 2nd ↑
2005–06 Bundesliga 18th ↓
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 3rd ↑
2007–08 Bundesliga 18th ↓
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 6th
2009–10 2. Bundesliga 6th
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 8th
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 10th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 11th ↓↓
2013–14 3. Liga 7th
2014–15 3. Liga 2nd ↑
2015–16 2. Bundesliga 16th ↓
2016–17 3. Liga 1st ↑
2017–18 2. Bundesliga 7th
Promoted Relegated


Amateur Honours
Youth teams honours


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Daniel Davari
2 South Korea DF Seo Young-jae
3 Tunisia DF Enis Hajri
4 Germany DF Dustin Bomheuer
6 Germany DF Gerrit Nauber
7 Germany DF Andreas Wiegel
8 Germany DF Migel-Max Schmeling
9 Germany MF Ahmet Engin
10 Germany MF Fabian Schnellhardt (vice-captain)
11 Russia FW Stanislav Iljutcenko
13 Germany MF Lukas Daschner
14 Germany MF Tim Albutat
15 Netherlands FW John Verhoek
No. Position Player
16 Germany MF Lukas Fröde
17 Germany DF Kevin Wolze (captain)
18 Germany DF Thomas Blomeyer
19 Germany FW Richard Sukuta-Pasu
20 Brazil MF Cauly Oliveira Souza
21 Austria MF Christian Gartner
22 Germany GK Jonas Brendieck
23 Germany DF Yanni Regäsel
24 Ukraine FW Borys Tashchy
27 Germany GK Daniel Mesenhöler
29 Germany DF Sebastian Neumann
33 Germany MF Moritz Stoppelkamp
36 United States MF Joe Gyau

Second team squad[edit]

Manager history[edit]

Women's section[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Tatort, a popular crime series in Germany, features an episode entitled Zweierlei Blut (Blood of Two Kinds) which deals with a murder in the MSV Duisburg hooligan scene. In one scene, Inspector Horst Schimanski is beaten to a pulp and dragged naked into the centre circle of the Wedaustadion.


  1. ^ 30 Jahre Bundesliga, DFB special edition booklet

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