Tennis Borussia Berlin
|Full name||Tennis Borussia Berlin e.V.|
|Founded||9 April 1902|
|League||NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V)|
The team was founded in 1902 as Berliner Tennis- und Ping-Pong-Gesellschaft Borussia taking its name from its origins as a tennis and ping-pong club. Borussia is a Latinised version of Prussia and was a widely used name for sports clubs in the former state of Prussia. In 1903 the club took up football and quickly developed a rivalry with Berlin's leading side Hertha BSC. In 1913 the club changed its name to Berliner Tennis Club Borussia. They won their first city league championship in 1932 in the Oberliga Berlin-Brandenburg and repeated the feat in 1941, this time by defeating Hertha (8–2) in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg.
After World War II and into the early 1950s, TeBe emerged as Berlin's top side but were unable to keep up their form and earn selection to the Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga, formed in 1963. The team played in tier II leagues throughout the 60s and 70s with the exception of two short-lived forays into the Bundesliga in 1974–75 and 1976–77. Most of the 1980s were spent playing in the third tier Oberliga Berlin.
Through most of its history TeBe has been afflicted by financial problems but has always managed to hang on while many other of Berlin's clubs folded or disappeared in mergers. In 1997–98, a deep-pocketed sponsor brought expensive new talent to the team as they made a run at a return to 2. Bundesliga, which they achieved, winning the Regionalliga Nordost. While initially successful, the bid collapsed in 2000 as the team's finances failed. They were refused a license and were forcibly relegated to the Regionalliga Nord (III) where they finished last in 2000–01 and so slipped further still to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) the following season.
Finally, in 2000, the club had adopted its current name "Tennis Borussia Berlin", as the club had always been known under this moniker and to avoid being mistaken as a tennis club. It continued playing in the fourth tier – fifth after the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 – until 2009, when they won the Oberliga championship and gained promotion again to the Regionalliga Nord. After running into financial difficulties once again, the club went into administration and dropped back down to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V) for the 2010–11 season. Seen as one of the pre-season favourites for a second successive relegation, they managed to reach the relegation playoffs at the end of the campaign, but finally lost out 3–1 to SC Borea Dresden over two legs to be relegated to the sixth tier of the German football league system, the Berlin-Liga, for the first time in their history.
The fan movement started in the 1980s when TeBe began having its biggest successes. Despite their fall down the leagues the club still enjoys a relatively strong support. The fans consider themselves fiercely left-wing, and frequently the fans cultivate the club's Jewish traditions as well as actions against antisemitism, racism and homophobia.
- As of 7 May 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
League positions since 1963–64
- Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.
- Richard Girulatis (1912–1920)
- Otto Nerz (1924–1926)
- Sepp Herberger (1930–1932)
- Lori Polster (1944–1945)
- Walter Bussian (1945–1946)
- Fritz Mauruschat (1949–1952)
- Hermann Lux (1953–1954)
- Oswald Osadzuk (1957–1958)
- Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt (1958–1962)
- Fritz Wilde (1962–1964)
- Herbert Siegert (1964–1968)
- Fritz Schollmeyer (1971–1972)
- Georg Gawliczek (1973–1975)
- Helmuth Johannsen (1975–1976)
- Rudi Gutendorf (1976–1977)
- Rudi Faßnacht (1977)
- Klaus Basikow (1978)
- Reinhard Roder (1978–1980)
- Peter Eggert (1980, 1981)
- Paul Böhm (1980)
- Anton Burghardt (1980–1981)
- Bernd Erdmann (1981–1982, 1989–1990)
- Gerd Bohnsack (1982)
- Bernd Hoss (1983–1984)
- Gerd Achterberg (1984–1985)
- Eckhard Krautzun (1985–1986)
- Wolfgang Sidka (1988–1989, 1993–1994)
- Fritz Bohla (1991–1992)
- Willibert Kremer (1992–1993, 1994)
- Bernd Patzke (1993)
- Uwe Jahn (1994, 1994–1995)
- Rainer Zobel (1996–1997)
- Hermann Gerland (1997–1998)
- Stanislav Levý (1998–1999)
- Winfried Schäfer (1999–2000)
- Mirko Slomka (2000)
- Robert Jaspert (2000–2001)
- Friedhelm Haebermann (2001)
- Claudio Offenberg (2001–2002)
- Peter Ränke (2002–2003)
- Theo Gries (2003–2005)
- Dejan Raičković (2006–2007)
- Johann Gajda (2007–2008)
- Markus Schatte (2008, 2011–2014)
- Thomas Herbst (2008–2010)
- Cemal Yıldız (2010–2011, 2017–)
- Alexander Fritz (2011)
- Daniel Volbert (2014–2016)
- Regionalliga Berlin: (2)
- 2. Bundesliga Nord: (1)
- Champions 1976
- Amateur-Oberliga Berlin: (3)
- Champions 1982, 1985, 1991
- Regionalliga Nordost: (2)
- NOFV-Oberliga Nord: (2)
- Berlin-Liga: (1)
- Champions 2015
- Brandenburg football championship: (1)
- Winners 1932
- Oberliga Berlin (5):
- German amateur football championship: (1)
- Winners 1998
- Berliner Landespokal: (16) (Record)
- Reserve team
- No title awarded, as no date for the final replay could be fixed.
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- Färber, Michael (21 May 2010). "Tennis Borussia Berlin stellt Insolvenzantrag". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- Wolf, Matthias (14 June 2011). "Unter Tränen in die S-Bahn-Klasse". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "Borea jubelt über den Klassenerhalt". MDR (in German). 12 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- Gustke, Axel (11 June 2011). "Letzte Chance für Tennis Borussia". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2011.