VSG Altglienicke

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VSG Altglienicke
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Full name Volkssport Gemeinschaft Altglienicke Berlin e.V.
Founded 1882
Ground Stadion Altglienicke
Ground Capacity 2,500
Manager Daniel Böhm
League NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V)
2014–15 Berlin-Liga (VI), 1st (promoted)

VSG Altglienicke is a German sports club based in the Treptow district of eastern Berlin offering its members football, volleyball, handball, bowling, seniors activities and gymnastics. Its football team plays in the Berlin-Liga (VI).

History[edit]

VSG acknowledges the role of several local Altglienicke sides in the club's history. The first of these is MTV Spiess founded in 1883 out of a gymnastics club formed in mid-century. As was common at the time the club had a nationalistic, martial character. This sports association soon adopted handball, a legacy passed on to the modern day club.

Two other local clubs, Altenglienicker Arbeiter- und Turnsportverein (also known as Bewegungsclub Freiheit) and Altglienicker Ballspielclub were formed in 1906. Each of these clubs had football departments with AATSV also having an athletics section. All three associations were active through to 1933 when the membership of AATSV appears to have been dispersed to the other clubs.

The club's traditional logo was recently updated

After World War II occupying Allied authorities banned all existing organizations in Germany, including sports and football associations. Sports clubs were soon reformed and in 1948 Altglienicker Sportverein emerged bringing together the memberships of the old clubs in one association. By 1951 the club had constructed a new stadium, but was also under pressure from East German sports authorities to merge with BSG Chemie Adlershof. They were able to resist this move but were forced into a name change, becoming Volkssport Gemeinschaft Altglienicke, which was deemed to be more politically correct. The club was also able to deflect a second attempt at amalgamation in the 60s, this time with BSG Fernsehen. After the reunification of the country the club voted to retain its identity as VSG rather than once again becoming ASV.

The club played in the tier five NOFV-Oberliga Nord in 2013–14 but, at the end of season, voluntarily withdrew to the Berlin-Liga despite finishing seventh in the league. It returned to the Oberliga in 2016 after a league championship in the Berlin-Liga.

Controversy[edit]

VSG found itself embroiled in controversy after second-team players were alleged to have made anti-Semitic remarks and fans chanted and displayed similarly offensive slogans during a Kreisliga-B Berlin match against TuS Makkabi Berlin in October 2006. The match was ordered replayed after Makkabi left the field in protest in the 78th minute and Altglienicke directed to play its next two matches before empty stands. Team managers and players were also required to attend anti-racism seminars or face a ban from playing in any Berlin league.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:

Stadium[edit]

The club plays it home matches at the Stadion Altglienicke (capacity 2,500).

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