SV Babelsberg 03
|Full name||Sportverein Babelsberg 03 e.V.|
|League||Regionalliga Nordost (IV)|
SV Babelsberg 03 is a German association football club based in Potsdam-Babelsberg, on the outskirts of Berlin. The team was founded as Sport-Club Jugendkraft 1903 and again as SG Karl-Marx Babelsberg in 1948 as successor to the pre-war side SpVgg Potsdam 03.
Playing as SV Nowawes the team gained promotion in 1935 to the first tier Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. The club was relegated after just three seasons at that level never finishing better than eighth in their ten team division. The club returned to the Gauliga as SpVgg Potsdam in 1943 and earned third and fourth place finishes in the two years before the end of World War II.
Postwar play in East Germany
Following the war, occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in the country, including sports and football associations. The former membership of SpVgg was re-organized as SG Karl Marx Babelsberg in 1948 in the Soviet-occupied eastern half of the country. On 1 August 1949, they merged with the local club SG Drewitz and the following year were renamed BSG Motor Babelsberg.
The side was a perennial second division team in East Germany's DDR-Liga with the exception of short spells in the third tier in 1968–71, 1972–73, and 1980–81. The club's record in league matches and in regular FDGB-Pokal (East German Cup) tournament appearances was undistinguished. Just prior to German reunification the team suffered relegation from the second division.
On 10 December 1991 Motor adopted the name Sportverein Babelsberg 03. They remained a lower division side in the united Germany until breaking through to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) in 1996. The team's budget increased tenfold in the period from 1996 to 1999. They immediately captured the league title there and won promotion to the Regionalliga Nordost (III). A second place finish in 2001 in what had become the Regionalliga Nord (III) advanced the club to the 2. Bundesliga. SV also played its first DFB-Pokal (German Cup) matches in 2000 and 2001, but was eliminated in the early rounds.
Babelsberg's time in the second division was a short one. They finished at the bottom of the table and by 2003–04 had fallen all the way back to the Oberliga (IV). The club declared bankruptcy in 2003 but managed to continue playing through the adoption of a creditor supported bankruptcy plan. SV fielded strong sides and achieved several top three finishes until they were promoted to the Regionalliga Nord (III) for the 2007–08 campaign. In 2009–10 season Babelsberg were promoted back to the 3. Liga after finishing champions of the Regionalliga Nord. After three seasons at this level the club was relegated again in 2013 and now plays in the Regionalliga Nordost again.
The club's honours:
- Bezirksliga Potsdam (III)
- Champions: 1973
- Bezirksliga Potsdam-Süd (III)
- Champions: 1981
- Verbandsliga Brandenburg (V)
- Champions: 1996
- NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV)
- Champions: 1997, 2007
- Regionalliga Nord (III-IV)
- Champions: 2010
- Runners-up: 2001
- Brandenburg Cup
- Winners: 1999, 2000, 2006–2011
- Runners-up: 2001, 2005, 2012, 2014
- As of 13 July 2015[update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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