SpVgg Greuther Fürth II

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SpVgg Greuther Fürth II
SpVgg Greuther Fürth logo (2017).svg
Full name Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth e. V.
Founded 23 September 1903
Ground Charly Mai Sportanlage
Ground Capacity 3,000
Manager Thomas Kleine
League Regionalliga Bayern (IV)
2015–16 9th

The SpVgg Greuther Fürth II is the reserve team of the German association football club SpVgg Greuther Fürth from the city of Fürth, Bavaria.

Since 2008, it plays in the tier four Regionalliga Süd. The team plays as an under-23 side as the rules on using under-23 players in the first and second teams are less strict.[1]


The side originated as the reserve team of the SpVgg Fürth, a club that merged with TSV Vestenbergsgreuth in 1996 to form the current SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The side was known as SpVgg Fürth Amateure or SpVgg Fürth II, depending whether the first team was playing in professional football or not at the time.

Under the name of SpVgg Fürth Amateure the side achieved promotion to the third division Amateurliga Bayern North in 1958 after a championship in the northern division of the 2nd Amateurliga Mittelfranken.[2] The team lasted for only two seasons at this level, coming 12th in 1959 and last in the following year and being relegated back down.[3]

The amateur team of SpVgg Fürth was not a founding member of the Landesliga Bayern-Nord in 1963, unlike the second team of traditional rival 1. FC Nuremberg,[4] and did not appear in the higher reaches of Bavarian football in the years to come.

With the decline of the senior team in the 1980s, which suffered at first relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga in 1983,[5] followed by another drop, from the Bayernliga to the Landesliga in 1987, the fortunes of the reserve side declined, too.[6] When the senior team recovered, returning to the Bayernliga in 1991 and becoming a founding member of the new Regionalliga Süd in 1994,[7] the reserve team improved, too. In 1994, the side earned promotion to the tier-five Bezirksoberliga Mittelfranken, having finished runners-up in the Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord.[8]

While in the Bezirksoberliga, the team changed its name to SpVgg Greuther Fürth Amateure in 1996, after the merger and promotion of the senior team. It played as a top-level side in this league until 1999–2000, when a league title earned it promotion to the Landesliga.[9]

The side played for only one season at this level, taking out another league title immediately and earning another promotion, to the Bayernliga. At this level, the side remained until 2008, when the introduction of the 3rd Liga allowed for five Bavarian teams to be promoted to the Regionalliga, with runners-up SpVgg Greuther Fürth II being one of them.[10]

In between, in 2005, a change in the rules meant that all reserve sides, regardless of the status of the first team, would now carry a Roman numeral to indicate its status, SpVgg Greuther Fürth Amateure therefore became SpVgg Greuther Fürth II.

From 2008, the team has played in the tier-four Regionalliga Süd, with a fourth place in 2010–11 as its best result. In 2012, the league was restructured, so they moved to the Regionalliga Bayern where they finished in mid table in its first two seasons there.[11]


The club's honours:

Recent managers[edit]

The clubs recent managers were:[12]

Manager Start Finish
Reiner Geyer 1 July 2006 30 June 2009
Frank Kramer 1 July 2009 30 June 2011
Konrad Fünfstück 1 July 2011 31 December 2012
Ludwig Preis 1 January 2013 20 February 2013
Mario Himsl 21 February 2013 30 June 2013
Ludwig Preis 1 July 2013 30 June 2014
Mirko Reichel 1 July 2014 22 February 2015
Thomas Kleine 1 March 2015 present

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[13][14]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–00 Bezirksoberliga Mittelfranken VI 1st ↑
2000–01 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte V 1st ↑
2001–02 Bayernliga IV 5th
2002–03 Bayernliga 9th
2003–04 Bayernliga 4th
2004–05 Bayernliga 12th
2005–06 Bayernliga 4th
2006–07 Bayernliga 2nd
2007–08 Bayernliga 2nd ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd 11th
2009–10 Regionalliga Süd 11th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 4th
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 6th
2012–13 Regionalliga Bayern 12th
2013–14 Regionalliga Bayern 9th
2014–15 Regionalliga Bayern 14th
2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern 9th
2016–17 Regionalliga Bayern
  • 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 onward were elevated one tier.
Promoted Relegated


  1. ^ Spielordnung (in German) BFV website – Rules of the game, published: 15 July 2011, accessed: 30 July 2011
  2. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97, p. 41
  3. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97, p. 45
  4. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97, p. 56
  5. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97, p. 118
  6. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97, p. 122
  7. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945–97, p. 129
  8. ^ Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord (in German) Manfreds Fussball Archiv, accessed: 1 July 2011
  9. ^ Bezirksoberliga Mittelfranken (in German) Manfreds Fussball Archiv, accessed: 1 July 2011
  10. ^ Bayernliga (in German) Manfreds Fussball Archiv, accessed: 1 July 2011
  11. ^ Regionalliga Bayern table 2013–14 kicker.de, accessed: 16 June 2014
  12. ^ SpVgg Greuther Fürth II " Trainer von A-Z (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 1 July 2011
  13. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  14. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues


  • Grüne, Hardy (2001). (in German) Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  • Die Bayernliga 1945–97 (in German) DSFS, published: 1998

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