VfB Eppingen

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VfB Eppingen
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Full name VfB Eppingen 1921 e.V.
Founded 1921
Ground Hugo-Koch-Stadion
Chairman Steffen Häffner
League Verbandsliga Nordbaden (VI)
2015–16 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar (VII), 1st (promoted)

VfB Eppingen is a German association football club based in Eppingen, Baden-Württemberg with a membership of about 450 people.

History[edit]

The club has its roots in the sports club Turnverein 1865 Eppingen whose primary focus was gymnastics and formed a football side around 1910. At the end of World War I, footballers received some tutoring from an unlikely source in the form of an English officer in charge of prisoners-of-war locally. VfB Eppingen was established as a separate club devoted to football in 1921 and went on to win the local Gau title in 1925.

Eppingen enjoyed a successful decade in the 1970s beginning with a 2.Amateur Liga Rhein-Neckar championship in 1973 and following up with Amateurliga Nordbaden titles in 1974 and 1979. A highlight of the club's history in this period was their 2:1 win over Hamburger SV in the 1974–75 German Cup, commonly dubed the "mother of all cup sensations", which was part of their run through first three rounds of the competition to the Achtelfinale (eighthfinal) where they were finally put out 0:2 by Werder Bremen.[1] Eppingen continued its cup run to the fourth round, where it lost to Werder Bremen.[2] Eppingen's series of regional league wins culminated in a rapid move up through the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg to the 2nd Bundesliga Süd for a single season in 1980–81, when the club finished second in the Oberliga, behind VfB Stuttgart II. The club finished last in the 2nd Bundesliga and was relegated back to the Oberliga, where another straight relegation put the club back in the Verbandsliga Nordbaden.

The team played one more season in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (III) in 1990–91. Since then, the club has been fluctuating between Verbandsliga and Landesliga. In 2003, the club fell as far as the tier-VII Bezirksliga but rebounded impressively, winning their division with 25 wins, five draws and no loss in 2003–04.[3] After that, the club had been playing in the Landesliga, interrupted by two seasons in the Verbandsliga, before making another return to the Verbandsliga in 2013. Another relegation from the Verbandsliga meant VfB would return to the Landesliga in 2014 where it won a league championship in 2015–16 and was promoted.

Honors[edit]

The club's honours:

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[4][5]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Verbandsliga Nordbaden V 13th
2000–01 Verbandsliga Nordbaden 14th ↓
2001–02 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar VI 11th
2002–03 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar 14th ↓
2003–04 Bezirksliga Sinsheim VII 1st ↑
2004–05 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar VI 2nd ↑
2005–06 Verbandsliga Nordbaden V 10th
2006–07 Verbandsliga Nordbaden 15th ↓
2007–08 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar VI 4th
2008–09 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar VII 3rd
2009–10 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar 2nd
2010–11 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar 2nd
2011–12 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar 5th
2012–13 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar 1st ↑
2013–14 Verbandsliga Nordbaden VI 14th ↓
2014–15 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar VII 5th
2015–16 Landesliga Rhein-Neckar 1st ↑
2016–17 Verbandsliga Nordbaden VI
Promoted Relegated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die zehn größten Pokalsensationen Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (German) www.sportal.de: The ten greatest cup sensations, published: 3 March 2009, accessed: 21 October 2011
  2. ^ kicker Almanach 1990 (German) page: 204-205
  3. ^ Fussball.de – Table of the Bezirksliga Sinsheim 2003–04 accessed: 16 July 2008
  4. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse Archived 7 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues

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