Oberliga Nordrhein

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Oberliga Nordrhein
Map of Germany: Area of Oberliga Nordrhein highlighted
Country  Germany
State Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
Founded 1978
Folded 2008 (30 season)
Replaced by Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen
Level on pyramid Level 4
Promotion to Regionalliga Nord
Relegation to
Last champions Borussia Mönchengladbach II
(2007-08)

The Oberliga Nordrhein was the highest Football League in the region of Nordrhein which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1978 to 2008. In its last season, it was one of nine Oberligas in German football, the 4th tier of the German football league system. In 2008, it was replaced by the Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen, a new statewide league.

Overview[edit]

The league was formed in 1978 as a highest level of play for the two regions of Mittelrhein and Niederrhein, which cover the western half of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. The main reason for the creation of this league was to allow its champion direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga Nord rather than having to go through a promotion play-off. It was created from nine clubs from the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein and seven clubs from the Verbandsliga Niederrhein which remained as the leagues below the Oberliga. Additionally, two teams from the 2nd Bundesliga were relegated to the new league, bringing the initial number of teams to eighteen.

Originally, the league was called Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein, from 1994 this was shortened to just Oberliga Nordrhein.

With the introduction of the unified 2nd Bundesliga in 1981, direct promotion for the Oberliga champions became impossible again because there were eight of them competing for four promotion spots. The champion of the Oberliga Nordrhein had to compete with the winners of the Oberligas Nord, Berlin and Westfalen for two 2nd Bundesliga spots.

Upon creation of the Regionalligas in 1994, the champions of the Oberligas were directly promoted again, however the Oberligas slipped to fourth tier in the German football league system. The top six teams in the Oberliga that year were qualified for the new Regionalliga West/Südwest, however, the champion, Fortuna Düsseldorf, won promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga and Bayer Leverkusen II declined, therefore only four teams went to the Regionalliga, the clubs being:

Additionally to those four clubs, two teams from the Nordrhein region were relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga in 1994, entering the Regionalliga as well, these being the Wuppertaler SV and the Rot-Weiß Essen.

With the reduction of the number of Regionalligas from four to two in 2000, the Oberliga Nordrhein was now located below the Regionalliga Nord.

With the creation of the 3rd Liga in 2008 the Oberliga Nordrhein was replaced by the Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen, which now is the fifth tier of the league system. The Oberliga Nordrhein ceased to exit after 30 seasons. Its clubs were split up over three league levels. The first four teams were promoted to the new Regionalliga West, clubs from place five to eleven went to the new Oberliga while the bottom seven teams were relegated to the Verbandsligas.

The last round of games to be played in the league was on 18 May 2008.[1]

Throughout the league's existence the two leagues below the Oberliga were:

  • Verbandsliga Niederrhein
  • Verbandsliga Mittelrhein

The Schwarz-Weiß Essen is the only club to have played all 30 seasons in the league.

Champions of the Oberliga Nordrhein[edit]

The league champions:[2][3]

Season Club
1978–79 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1979–80 1. FC Bocholt
1980–81 1. FC Köln II
1981–82 BVL Remscheid
1982–83 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1983–84 1. FC Bocholt
1984–85 Rot-Weiß Essen
1985–86 Rot-Weiß Essen
1986–87 BVL Remscheid
1987–88 MSV Duisburg
1988–89 MSV Duisburg
1989–90 Wuppertaler SV
1990–91 FC Remscheid
1991–92 Wuppertaler SV
1992–93 Rot-Weiß Essen
Season Club
1993–94 Fortuna Düsseldorf
1994–95 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
1995–96 Germania Teveren
1996–97 Bonner SC
1997–98 Bayer Leverkusen II
1998–99 Rot-Weiß Essen
1999–2000 Wuppertaler SV
2000–01 Bayer Leverkusen II
2001–02 1. FC Köln II
2002–03 Wuppertaler SV
2003–04 SSVg Velbert
2004–05 Bayer Leverkusen II
2005–06 Borussia Mönchengladbach II
2006–07 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
2007–08 Borussia Mönchengladbach II
  • In its 30-year history, three clubs managed to win the league three times, Wuppertaler SV, Rot-Weiß Essen and Rot-Weiß Oberhausen.

Placings in the Oberliga Nordrhein 1978 to 2008[edit]

The final placings in the league:[4][2][3]

Club 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
MSV Duisburg B B B B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2 1 1 2B 2B B 2B B B 2B B B B B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B B 2B B
Alemannia Aachen 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2 6 3 2 R R R R R 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B B 2B
Rot-Weiß Essen 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 1 1 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2 1 2B R R 2B R 1 R R R R R 2B R 2B R
Wuppertaler SV 5 2B 2B 3 6 9 3 6 12 11 3 3 1 3 1 2B 2B R R R R R 1 2 2 1 R R R R R
Fortuna Düsseldorf B B B B B B B B B 2B 2B B B B 2B 1 2B B B 2B 2B R R R 8 2 R R R R
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 1 2B 2B 4 1 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 19 7 1 R R R 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B R 1 R
Borussia M'gladbach II 4 7 3 8 6 2 3 2 1 R 1
Bayer Leverkusen II 5 12 10 10 6 10 7 7 6 4 5 5 5 9 5 3 1 R R 1 R R 4 1 R R 2
1. FC Köln II 3 6 1 7 14 4 11 5 8 5 11 8 15 9 10 5 9 7 7 10 13 3 1 R R R R 8 3
1. FC Kleve 9 6 3 7 4
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 4 2 7 10 8 7 2 8 4 2 8 11 9 12 11 9 8 3 5 8 8 9 6 9 6 12 5 9 6 5
SSVg Velbert 4 4 3 1 3 4 3 6
MSV Duisburg II 8 7 12 17 9 10 5 7
Germania Dattenfeld 8
Alemannia Aachen II 16 8 16 7 7 2 9
Bonner SC 7 10 16 13 5 14 9 14 16 4 6 R R 1 R 13 15 10 12 15 16 2 4 10
Fortuna Düsseldorf II 15 8 2 3 11 11 11 17 11
Wuppertaler SV II 14 8 9 12
KFC Uerdingen 2B B B 2B 2B B B B B B B B B 2B B 2B B B 2B 2B 2B R R R R R R 11 10 13
TuRu Düsseldorf 10 15 11 14
VfB Homberg 12 16 6 15 15
VfB Speldorf 17 12 14 16
SSG Bergisch Gladbach 16 11 15 18 12 17
SV Straelen 6 14 6 6 17 13 18
1. FC Bocholt 2 1 2B 3 2 1 4 3 13 9 4 3 10 8 2 4 R R R 11 12 10 10 5 7 10 11 5 16
Union Solingen 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 18 13 14 14 13 8 14 17
GFC Düren 09 9 11 13 13 18
FC Junkersdorf 12 16
FC Wegberg-Beeck 4 6 3 12 14 18 17
Yurdumspor Köln 7 17 18
SV Adler Osterfeld 6 2 7 5 7 4 5 4
Borussia Freialdenhoven 9 13 15 14 15
Fortuna Köln 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B 2B R R 10 8 18
Borussia Wuppertal 5 3 5 6
Viktoria Köln 2 2B 2B 2B 2 3 2 7 4 3 6 6 10 11 9 6 16 R 7 14 4 2 13 11 11 16
Ratinger SpVgg 12 15 13 17
Rheydter SV 12 5 2 5 11 8 13 11 12 9 13 5 5 15 14 18
SV Hamborn 07 2 9 13 15 9 9 4 12 7 8 4 13 15 16 16
TuS Euskirchen 14 18
FC Remscheid 1 3 4 1 2B 2B 3 2 1 2B 2 5 1 2B 2B 8 2 2 R R R 4 19
Germania Teveren 11 4 1 R R 9 16
SV Baesweiler 6 11 13 15 13 17 18 6 12 10 14 17
TuS Langerwehe 10 5 15 6 16 14 15 10 15 9 15
SuS Dinslaken 6 11 13 12 16
Rhenania Würselen 2 17
KFC Uerdingen II 4 12 10 12 16 8 5
FV Bad Honnef 9 7 11 13 10 5 9 10 12 10 13 12 7 3 7 12 12 10 10 16
VfL Rheinbach 13 15
SC Jülich 1910 3 18 12 14 11 6 5 16 8 14 4 6 10 14 3 4
Preussen Krefeld 7 10 14 7 16
1. FC Viersen 17 9 18 11 8 11 14 13 10 9 13 14 14
DJK Winfriedia Mülheim 15
SC Brück 2 15 17 13 12 3
1. FC Wülfrath 16
Spfr. Katernberg 13 17
VfB Remscheid 1 11 14 6 11 16 15
VfB Langenfeld 7 15 17
SV Wermelskirchen 18
VfL Rhede 17 14 14 15 17
Olympia Bocholt 5 4 6 11 5 12 18 18
Viktoria Goch 7 9 12 7 16
TuS Lindlar 17
SG Düren 99 14 13 15
SV Siegeburg 04 8 9 17 15 15 17
TuS Xanten 13 8 5 8 4 8 16
VfB Bottrop 16
SpVgg Frechen 8 17
ASV Wuppertal 12 13 14
Rhenania Richterich 15
RSV Moers 14 16
Westwacht Aachen 17
Borussia Brand 15
FC Niederembt 16

Notes[edit]

  • 1 FC Remscheid was formed as BV Lüttringhausen, changed its name to BVL Remscheid in 1985 and merged in 1990 with VfB Remscheid to form FCR.
  • 2 In 1994 Viktoria Köln merged with SC Brück to form Preußen Köln but reverted to its old name Viktoria in 2002.
  • 3 In 1996 SC Jülich 1910 withdrew from the league.
  • 4 In 1998 KFC Uerdingen II withdrew from the league.
  • 5 In 2004 Wuppertaler SV merged with Borussia Wuppertal to form Wuppertaler SV Borussia.
  • 6 In 2005 Adler Osterfeld withdrew from the league.

Key[edit]

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga (1963–present)
2B 2. Bundesliga (1974–present)
R Regionalliga West/Südwest (1994–2000)
Regionalliga Nord (2000–2008)
1 League champions
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league

Founding Members of the Oberliga Nordrhein[edit]

The Oberliga started in 1978 with 18 clubs from two regions and the 2. Bundesliga.

Disbanding of the league[edit]

At the end of the 2007-08 season, the Oberliga Nordrhein was disbanded and its clubs distributed to various leagues according to the season's final standings:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weltfussball.de - Final standings of the Oberliga Nordrhein[permanent dead link] accessed: 28 May 2008
  2. ^ a b Historical German league tables (German) Das Deutsche Fussball Archiv, accessed: 5 February 2015
  3. ^ a b Oberliga Nordrhein tables and results 1994–2008 (German) Fussballdaten.de, accessed: 5 February 2014
  4. ^ Oberliga Nordrhein tables and results (German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 5 February 2015

Sources[edit]

  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine

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