SSV Ulm 1846

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SSV Ulm 1846 Fussball
Full nameSchwimm- und Sportverein Ulm 1846 e.V.
Nickname(s)Die Spatzen (The Sparrows)
ChairmanPaul Sauter
ManagerHolger Bachthaler
LeagueRegionalliga Südwest (IV)

SSV Ulm 1846 is a German football club from Ulm, Baden-Württemberg. The modern-day football department, officially playing as SSV Ulm 1846 Fussball, was formed on 9 March 2009 when the department separated from SSV Ulm 1846.

The club's greatest success has been promotion to the Bundesliga in 1998–99, where it played for just one season. Ulm has also spent eight seasons in the 2. Bundesliga between 1979–80 and 2000–01.


The older of the two predecessor sides was founded on 12 April 1846 as Turnerbund Ulm. They had an on-again, off-again relationship with Turnverein Ulm through the 1850s. The football department became independent in 1926 as Ulmer Rasensport Verein and in 1939 would merge with Ulmer Fußball Verein, and their old clubmates in TB Ulm and TV Ulm, to form TSG Ulm 1846. In 1968, RSVgg Ulm became part of TSG Ulm 1846.

1. Schwimm- und Sportverein Ulm was formed in 1928.

Historical chart of SSV Ulm and predecessors' league performance after WWII

TSG Ulm 1846[edit]

Logo of SSV Ulm 1846

The football department of Turnerbund Ulm became independent in 1926 as Ulmer Rasensportverein and in 1939 would merge with Ulmer Fußballverein, and their old club mates in TB Ulm and TV Ulm, to form TSG Ulm 1846. Throughout this time the club played in local competition before joining the Gauliga Württemberg, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the 1933 reorganisation of German football under the Third Reich, for the 1939–40 season. The club played there until the end of World War II. After the war they began play in the 2. Oberliga Süd (II) and did well enough to make occasional advances to the Oberliga Süd (I) for short stays before falling back again. In 1963, with the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new top-flight professional league, TSG Ulm 1846 found itself in the Regionalliga Süd (II) for a couple of seasons before slipping to tier III and IV level play. In 1968, RSVgg Ulm became part of TSG Ulm 1846.

1. SSV Ulm[edit]

1. Spiel- und Sportverein Ulm was formed in 1928 and, after two seasons in the Bezirksliga Bayern, joined the Gauliga Württemberg in 1933, well before their future partner, where they earned just mid-table finishes. After the war and leading up to their union with TSG 1846, they played as a third or fourth division side. Finally, in 1970, 1. SSV Ulm merged with TSG 1846 to form SSV Ulm 1846.

SSV Ulm 1846[edit]

Logos of predecessor sides TSG Ulm 1846, 1. SSV Ulm and Ulmer FV

At the time of the merger. both clubs were playing football in the tier III Amateurliga Württemberg and would continue to do so for a nearly a decade. In 1980, the combined side advanced to the 2. Bundesliga Süd and would spend six of the next ten years playing at that level where, except for a fifth-place finish in 1982, their results were well down the table. After another decade in the level III Amateur Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and Regionalliga Süd, 1846 made an unexpected breakthrough after just one season in the 2. Bundesliga with a third-place finish that led to the club's promotion to the top-flight Bundesliga for the 1999–2000 season. Even though the issue was not decided until the last day of the season, Ulm could do no better than a sixteenth-place finish and returned to the second division. The 2000–01 season was an unqualified disaster for the club: they could manage only another sixteenth-place finish and were sent back down to the Regionalliga Süd (III). They were then denied a licence over the chaotic state of their finances which plunged the club down to the fifth tier Verbandsliga Württemberg. Afterwards Ulm worked their way back, to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (IV) in 2002, and the Regionalliga in 2008.

SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball[edit]

Following the 2009 European football betting scandal, the club released three allegedly involved players, Davor Kraljević, Marijo Marinović and Dinko Radojević.[1] In January 2011, the club was declared insolvent, and the results of the 2010–11 season were declared void. The club was relegated to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg but immediately won the 2011–12 title, finishing nine points clear of second-placed VfR Mannheim and earning promotion to the new Regionalliga Südwest.

In May 2014, SSV Ulm 1846 was once again close to insolvency, for the third time in 13 years, requiring €420,000 in financial support before the end of the month to ensure survival.[2] The club eventually entered administration and was relegated back to the Oberliga. After two seasons, SSV Ulm 1846 was promoted to the Regionalliga in May 2016.[3]


  • Won by TSG Ulm 1846.
  • Won by SSV Ulm.
  • ¥ Won by reserve team.

Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[4]

Manager Start Finish
Dieter Märkle 1 July 2004 28 November 2004
Marcus Sorg 29 November 2004 6 September 2007
Paul Sauter 1 July 2007 30 June 2008
Janusz Góra 7 September 2007 30 September 2007
Markus Gisdol 1 July 2008 30 June 2009
Manfred Paula 1 July 2009 24 September 2009
Frank Kaspari 25 September 2009 4 October 2009
Ralf Becker 15 October 2009 1 December 2010
Janusz Góra 2 December 2010 30 June 2011
Paul Sauter 1 July 2011 30 June 2012
Stephan Baierl 1 July 2012 13 November 2012
Paul Sauter 14 November 2012 17 October 2013
Oliver Unsöld 18 October 2013 30 June 2014
Stephan Baierl 1 July 2014 Present

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[5][6]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Bundesliga I 16th ↓
2000–01 2. Bundesliga II 16th ↓
2001–02 Verbandsliga Württemberg V 2nd ↑
2002–03 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg IV 2nd
2003–04 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 6th
2004–05 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd
2005–06 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 3rd
2006–07 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd
2007–08 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd 7th
2009–10 Regionalliga Süd 6th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd ↓ due to insolvency
2011–12 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V 1st ↑
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest IV 10th
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 15th ↓
2014–15 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V 3rd
2015–16 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 1st ↑
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest IV 9th
2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest 9th
2018–19 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
  • 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. In 2012, the number of Regionalligas was increased from three to five with all Regionalliga Süd clubs except the Bavarian ones entering the new Regionalliga Südwest.
Promoted Relegated

Current squad[edit]

Updated 14 March 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 Germany GK Holger Betz
2 Croatia DF Tino Bradara
3 Germany DF Michael Schindele
4 Germany DF Florian Krebs
5 Germany DF Johannes Reichert
6 Italy MF Luigi Campagna
7 Germany MF Luca Graciotti
8 Germany MF Fabian Gondorf
9 Germany FW Thomas Rathgeber
10 Germany MF Ardian Morina
11 Germany FW David Braig
12 Azerbaijan GK Mustafa Özhitay
13 Germany MF Felix Nierichlo
14 Germany DF Tim Göhlert
15 Germany MF Marcel Schmidts
No. Position Player
16 Germany DF Olcay Kücük
17 Turkey MF Volkan Çeliktaş
18 Germany MF Lukas Glade
19 Germany GK Kevin Birk
20 Germany MF Alper Bagceci
21 Germany MF Stjepan Šarić
22 Croatia MF Vinko Sapina
23 Germany FW Steffen Kienle
24 Greece DF Georgios Manolakis
27 Germany MF Marcel Schmitt
28 Germany MF Christian Sauter
29 Albania DF Mërgim Neziri
30 Germany DF David Kammerbauer
Germany FW Enis Küley


  1. ^ Jung, Matthias (27 November 2009). "SSV Ulm kündigt drei Spielern". N24 (in German). Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Ex-Bundesligist SSV Ulm droht erneut die Insolvenz". (in German). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ Vogler, Winfried (14 May 2016). "SSV Ulm 1846 ist Oberliga-Meister". Südwest Presse (in German). Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "SSV Ulm 1846 .:. Trainer von A-Z". (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv" (in German).
  6. ^ " - Ergebnisse" (in German).

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