VfL Bochum

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VfL Bochum
VfL Bochum logo.svg
Full name Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft eingetragener Verein
Founded 1848 as Turnverein zu Bochum
14 April 1938 as VfL when Germania and TuS were merged into the Turnverein
Ground Vonovia-Ruhrstadion
Ground Capacity 29,299
Chairman Hans-Peter Villis
Head coach Gertjan Verbeek
League 2. Bundesliga
2015–16 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft, commonly referred to as simply VfL Bochum [faʊ̯ ʔɛf ˈʔɛl ˈboːxʊm], is a German association football club based in the city of Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.

History[edit]

Founding to World War II[edit]

VfL Bochum is one of the oldest sports organizations in the world claiming an origin date of 26 July 1848 when an article in the Märkischer Sprecher – a local newspaper – called for the creation of a gymnastics club. The Turnverein zu Bochum was then formally established on 18 February 1849. The club was banned on 28 December 1852 for political reasons and then reestablished on 19 June 1860. The club was reorganized in May 1904 as Turnverein zu Bochum, gegründet 1848 and formed a football department on 31 January 1911. On 1 April 1919 the club merged with Spiel und Sport 08 Bochum to form Turn- und Sportverein Bochum 1848. On 1 February 1924 the two clubs from the earlier merger split to into the Bochumer Turnverein 1848 (gymnastics department) and Turn- und Sportverein Bochum 1908 (football, track and field, handball, hockey and tennis departments).[1]

Logo of combined side SV Germania Vorwärts Bochum ca. 1924.

Bochumer Turnverein 1848 was forced by the Nazi regime to merge with Turn- und Sport Bochum 1908 and Sportverein Germania Vorwärts Bochum 1906 into the current-day club VfL Bochum on 14 April 1938. After the merger VfL Bochum continued to compete in the top flight as part of the Gauliga Westfalen.[1][2][3]

As World War II progressed, play throughout Germany became increasingly difficult due to player shortages, travel problems, and damage to football fields from Allied bombing raids. VfL became part of the wartime side Kriegsspielgemeinschaft VfL 1848/Preußen Bochum alongside Preußen 07 Bochum before re-emerging as a separate side after the war. Although they fielded competitive sides, they had the misfortune of playing in the same division as Schalke 04 which was the dominant team of the era: VfL's best result was a distant second place in 1938–39.

Postwar and entry to Bundesliga play[edit]

Following the war the football section resumed play as the independent VfL Bochum 1848 and played its first season in the second division 2. Oberliga West in 1949, while Preußen Bochum went on to lower tier amateur level play. VfL captured the division title in 1953 to advance to the Oberliga West for a single season. They repeated their divisional win in 1956 and returned to the top-flight until again being relegated after the 1960–61 season.

With the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, in 1963, VfL found itself in the third tier Amateurliga Westfalen. A first-place result there in 1965 raised them to the Regionalliga West (II) from where they began a steady climb up the league table to the Bundesliga in 1971. During this rise Bochum also played its way to the final of the 1968 German Cup where they dropped a 1:4 decision to 1. FC Köln.

In spite of being a perennial lower table side, Bochum developed a reputation for tenaciousness on the field in a run of twenty seasons at the top flight. The club made a repeat appearance in the German Cup final in 1988, this time going down 0–1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Relegated after a 16th-place finish in 1993, the team has become a classic "yo-yo club", bouncing up and down between the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. The club's best Bundesliga results have come relatively recently as 5th-place finishes in 1997 and 2004, which earned them appearances in the UEFA Cup tournament. In 1997, they advanced to the third round where they were put out by Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam, and in 2004, they were eliminated early through away goals (0–0 and 1–1) by Standard CL Liège of Belgium.

Current[edit]

Today's sports club has 5,000 members with the football department accounting for over 2,200 of these. Other sections now part of the association include athletics, badminton, basketball, dance, fencing, gymnastics, handball, hockey, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.

Players[edit]

See also List of VfL Bochum players

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2016[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Manuel Riemann
2 Germany MF Tim Hoogland
4 United States MF Russell Canouse (on loan from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
5 Germany DF Felix Bastians
6 Austria MF Dominik Wydra
7 Germany FW Selim Gündüz
8 France MF Anthony Losilla
9 Germany FW Johannes Wurtz
10 Germany MF Thomas Eisfeld
11 Lithuania FW Arvydas Novikovas
14 Togo FW Peniel Mlapa
15 Kazakhstan MF Alexander Merkel
16 Germany MF Gökhan Gül
17 Poland DF Paweł Dawidowicz (on loan from Benfica)
18 Germany DF Jan Gyamerah
19 Germany DF Patrick Fabian (Captain)
21 Germany DF Stefano Celozzi
No. Position Player
22 Austria MF Kevin Stöger
23 Germany FW Tom Weilandt
24 Germany DF Timo Perthel
25 Germany MF Jannik Bandowski
26 Germany MF Görkem Sağlam
27 Germany DF Nico Rieble
28 Germany MF Tim Krafft
29 Germany DF Maxim Leitsch
30 Poland GK Martin Kompalla
31 Germany DF Tom Baack
32 Germany GK Felix Dornebusch
34 Greece FW Vangelis Pavlidis
35 Armenia MF Hayk Galstyan
36 Germany MF Nils Quaschner (on loan from RB Leipzig)
38 Germany GK Florian Kraft
39 Germany MF Marco Stiepermann

For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers winter 2015–16#VfL Bochum and List of German football transfers summer 2016#VfL Bochum.

Notable players[edit]

Honours[edit]

2. Bundesliga champions
1993–94, 1995–96, 2005–06
DFB-Pokal finalists
1967–68, 1987–88
Bundesliga UEFA Cup qualification
1996–97 (5th), 2003–04 (5th)
Bundesliga top goal scorer
1985–86 (Stefan Kuntz, 22 goals), 2002–03 (Thomas Christiansen, 21 goals (w/Giovane Élber)), 2006–07 (Theofanis Gekas, 20 goals)
Promoted to Bundesliga
1970–71 (1st Regionalliga West, 1st promotion group #1), 1993–94 (1st), 1995–96 (1st), 1999–2000 (2nd), 2001–02 (3rd), 2005–06 (1st)
2. Bundesliga top goal scorer
1993–94 (Uwe Wegmann 22 goals)
Regionalliga West champions
1969–70, 1970–71

Youth[edit]

League results[edit]

2. Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Fußball-Bundesliga Regionalliga West (1963-74) Verbandsliga Westfalen 2nd Oberliga West Oberliga West (1947-63) 2nd Oberliga West Oberliga West (1947-63) 2nd Oberliga West Landesliga Westfalen Landesliga Westfalen Gauliga Westfalen

European record[edit]

Competition GP W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup 8 2 3 3 15 14
Intertoto Cup 28 10 8 10 37 33
Total 36 12 11 13 52 47

VfL Bochum II[edit]

Main article: VfL Bochum II

Stadium[edit]

Ruhrstadion (also known as "Vonovia-Ruhrstadion" under a sponsorship deal) was one of the first modern football-only stadiums in Germany. It was built in the 1970s on the traditional ground of TuS Bochum 08 at the Castroper Straße north of the city centre.

The fully roofed venue's capacity is 29,299, including standing room for 13,125.

Coaches[edit]

Current staff[edit]

As of 8 July 2016

Gertjan Verbeek Head coach
Jan de Jonge Assistant coach
Jan Siewert Assistant coach/U-19 head coach
Dimitrios Grammozis Assistant coach/U-17 head coach
Romeo Wendler Offensive Coach
Peter Greiber Goalkeeping coach
Jörn Menger Fitness coach
Stefan Bienioßek Fitness coach

Coaches[edit]

1938–? Georg Hochgesang
? ...
000?–1953 Prokoph
1953–1956 Emil Melcher
1956–1960 Herbert Widmayer
1960–1961 Fritz Silken
1961–1963 Hermann Lindemann
1963–1967 Hubert Schieth
1967–1972 Hermann Eppenhoff
1972–1979 Heinz Höher
1979–1981 Helmuth Johannsen
1981–1986 Rolf Schafstall
1986–1988 Hermann Gerland
1988–1989 Franz-Josef Tenhagen
1989–1991 Reinhard Saftig
1991 Rolf Schafstall (caretaker)
1991–1992 Holger Osieck
1992–1995 Jürgen Gelsdorf
1995–1999 Klaus Toppmöller
1999 Ernst Middendorp
1999 Bernard Dietz (caretaker)
2000–2001 Ralf Zumdick
2001 Rolf Schafstall (caretaker)
2001 Bernard Dietz
2001–2005 Peter Neururer
2005–2009 Marcel Koller
2009 Frank Heinemann (caretaker)
2009–2010 Heiko Herrlich
2010 Dariusz Wosz (caretaker)
2010–2011 Friedhelm Funkel
2011–2012 Andreas Bergmann
2012–2013 Karsten Neitzel (caretaker)
2013–2014 Peter Neururer
2014 Frank Heinemann (caretaker)
2015– Gertjan Verbeek

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Historie". VfL Bochum official website (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Historie / Chronologie". VfL Bochum official website (soccer department) (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  4. ^ "VfL Bochum – Squad". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Player statistics". All time top five most Bundesliga games and most Bundesliga goals. VfL Bochum 1848. Retrieved 8 January 2009. Most successful VfL scorers (1. Bundesliga): Jochen Abel (60), Hans Walitza (53), Uwe Wegmann (52), Jupp Kaczor (51), Stefan Kuntz (47); Most matches (1. Bundesliga): Michael Lameck (518), Lothar Woelk (385), Walter Oswald (353), Franz-Josef Tenhagen (306), Ralf Zumdick (282) 
  6. ^ "VfL Legenden: Holger Aden" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
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  8. ^ "VfL Legenden: Dieter Bast" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "VfL Legenden: Frank Benatelli" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "VfL Legenden: Mirko Dickhaut" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thomas Ernst" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "VfL Legenden: Frank Fahrenhorst" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "VfL Legenden: Harry Fechner" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hermann Gerland" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Tiger, Jupp, Magic Malte und Stickinho gewählt!" (in German). VfL Bochum. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "VfL Legenden: Dirk Helmig" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "VfL Legenden: Michael Hubner" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  18. ^ "VfL Legenden: Mathias Jack" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "VfL Legenden: Jupp Kaczor" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hans-Jürgen Köper" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  21. ^ "VfL Legenden: Martin Kree" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  22. ^ "VfL Legenden: Stefan Kuntz" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  23. ^ "VfL Legenden: Michael Lameck" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  24. ^ "VfL Legenden: Uwe Leifeld" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  25. ^ "VfL Legenden: Kai Michalke" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  26. ^ "VfL Legenden: Jupp Nehl" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  27. ^ "VfL Legenden: Walter Oswald" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  28. ^ "VfL Legenden: Peter Peschel" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  29. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thomas Reis" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  30. ^ a b "VfL Legenden: Dirk Riechmann und Michael Rzehaczek" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  31. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hilko Ristau" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  32. ^ "VfL Legenden: Christian Schreier" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  33. ^ "VfL Legenden: Frank Schulz" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  34. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thomas Stickroth" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  35. ^ "VfL Legenden: Jupp Tenhagen" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  36. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hans Walitza" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  37. ^ "VfL Legenden: Uwe Wegmann" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  38. ^ "VfL Legenden: Andreas Wessels" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  39. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thordur Gudjonsson" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  40. ^ "VfL Legenden: Rob Reekers" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  41. ^ "Legenden-Voting geht weiter – RvD gewählt!" (in German). VfL Bochum. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  42. ^ "VfL Legenden: Tomasz Waldoch" (in German). VfL Bochum. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 

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