|Full name||Fußball-Club Würzburger Kickers e.V.|
|Nickname(s)||Rothosen (Red Shorts)|
|Founded||17 November 1907|
|Chairman||Dr. Michael Schlagbauer|
|2016–17||2. Bundesliga , 17th (relegated)|
Würzburger Kickers is a German association football club playing in Würzburg, Bavaria. In pre-Second World War football, the club has competed briefly at highest level, in the Bezirksliga Bayern and, during the war, in the Gauliga Bayern. Post-war, it made a single appearance in professional football when it played in the southern division of the 2. Bundesliga in 1977–78. After a long stint in amateur football, dropping as low as the seventh tier it made a recovery, reaching professional football again when winning promotion to the 3. Liga in 2014–15 and the following season, promoted to the 2. Bundesliga.
Founded in 1907, the team has played for most of its history as an unknown local side, although they did manage three seasons in the Bezirksliga Bayern, from 1930 to 1933, and two single season appearances in the Gauliga Bayern (1940–41, 1942–43) one of sixteen top-flight division established in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich.
The club became part of the Landesliga Bayern (II) after the Second World War. Kickers put on some strong performances through the 1950s in the Amateurliga Bayern (II-III) but never quite managed a breakthrough. Through the 1960s and on into the early 1980s, the club played as a third division side with the exception of a single season (1977–78) played in the 2. Bundesliga after their divisional title win in the Bayernliga (III) in '77. By 1983, financial difficulties contributed to a slide to fourth division play in the Landesliga Bayern-Nord which became a fifth tier circuit in 1994. Two difficult seasons over 2002–2004 saw the club descend through the Bezirksoberliga Unterfranken (VI) to the Bezirksliga Unterfranken (VII). Kickers recovered and returned to the Oberliga Bayern on the strength of a 2nd place in the 2007–08 Landesliga season. The club met local rival Würzburger FV there for the first Würzburg league derby since 1998–99.
The 2008–09 season proved no success, with Kickers immediately relegated again to the Landesliga and taking until 2012 to win this league again. The team was one of two clubs in the league to apply for a licence in the new tier four Regionalliga Bayern. Taking part in the promotion play-off, Kickers earned a by in the first round and defeated BC Aichach in the second to play in the Regionalliga from 2012. The club was thereby also able to win promotion from the sixth tier to the fourth without playing in the fifth.
Kickers took out the 2013–14 Bavarian Cup on penalties in the final against SV Schalding-Heining and thereby qualified for the first round of the 2014–15 DFB-Pokal. In the league, the club finished tenth in 2013 and eleventh in 2014. In the 2014–15 DFB Pokal, Kickers knocked-out Fortuna Düsseldorf in the first round but was defeated by Eintracht Braunschweig in the second. In the 2014–15 season, Kickers won the Regionalliga Bayern and earned the right to take part in the promotion round to the 3. Liga. They faced 1. FC Saarbrücken, runners-up of the Regionalliga Südwest, and won 1–0 away but also lost 1–0 at home. In the necessary penalty shoot-out, Kickers won 6–5 and were promoted to the 3. Liga.
In March 2016, the club's fans protested against a potential merger with local rival Würzburger FV. Kickers had been asked by the Mayor of Würzburg to hold talks about mergers and cooperation with a number of local clubs in order to receive the city's support in a stadium expansion. Kickers finished the inaugural 3. Liga season in third place, thereby qualifying for the promotion play-off and the 2016–17 DFB-Pokal. The club ensured promotion to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time in almost 40 years by winning 4–1 (2–0/2–1) on aggregate against MSV Duisburg.
Prior to 1967, the club used the Randersacker Straße stadium and since then have played in the Kickers-Stadion am Dallenberg which has a capacity of 14,500 (~4,000 seats). The facility was renovated in 2005.
Supporters and rivalries
- As of 27 June 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Predrag Uzelac||1 April 2009||1 October 2009|
|Dieter Wirsching||1 October 2009||30 June 2010|
|Anton Kramer||1 July 2010||2 March 2011|
|Dieter Wirsching||3 March 2011||30 June 2014|
|Bernd Hollerbach||1 July 2014||30 June 2017|
|Stephan Schmidt||1 July 2017||present|
|2001–02||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||17th ↓|
|2002–03||Bezirksoberliga Unterfranken||VI||13th ↓|
|2003–04||Bezirksliga Unterfranken||VII||1st ↑|
|2004–05||Bezirksoberliga Unterfranken||VI||1st ↑|
|2007–08||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||2nd ↑|
|2011–12||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||1st ↑|
|2014–15||Regionalliga Bayern||1st ↑|
|2015–16||3. Liga||III||3rd ↑|
|2016–17||2. Bundesliga||II||17th ↓|
- 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 onwards were elevated one tier.
|↑ Promoted||↓ Relegated|
The Würzburg league derby since 1963
The 2009–10 season was the 19th time, the two most prominent clubs from Würzburg, Würzburger FV and Kickers, played in the same league since 1963. In this time, the derby was played on professional level only once, in the 1977–78 2. Bundesliga Süd season.
|1964–65||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||2–1||1–5|
|1965–66||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||0–1||1–1|
|1970–71||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||3–1||2–1|
|1971–72||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||1–3||4–1|
|1972–73||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||1–0||3–1|
|1973–74||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||2–1||0–0|
|1974–75||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||3–0||1–0|
|1975–76||Amateurliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||3–0||1–1|
|1977–78||2. Bundesliga Süd||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||4–0||2–2|
|1980–81||Amateur Oberliga Bayern||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||0–0||1–1|
|1991–92||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||1–2||1–3|
|1992–93||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||5–1||3–0|
|1993–94||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||3–3||0–5|
|1994–95||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||4–1||1–5|
|1996-96||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||3–0||1–1|
|1996–97||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||3–2||0–0|
|1998–99||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||4–0||0–1|
|2008–09||Bayernliga||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||1–2||2–5|
|2009–10||Landesliga Bayern-Nord||Würzburger FV – Würzburger Kickers||4–1||0–2|
DFB Cup appearances
The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup six times:
|1978–79 DFB-Pokal||First round||4 August 1978||SC Herford||Würzburger Kickers||2–1|
|1980–81 DFB-Pokal||First round||30 August 1980||Würzburger Kickers||TSV Hirschaid||2–1 (a.e.t)|
|Second round||4 October 1980||Würzburger Kickers||Fortuna Düsseldorf||0–2|
|1981–82 DFB-Pokal||First round||28 August 1981||SV Neckargerach||Würzburger Kickers||4–2|
|2014–15 DFB-Pokal||First round||17 August 2014||Würzburger Kickers||Fortuna Düsseldorf||3–2 (a.e.t)||10,500|
|Second round||28 October 2014||Würzburger Kickers||Eintracht Braunschweig||0–1||12,000|
|2015–16 DFB-Pokal||First round||8 August 2015||Würzburger Kickers||SV Werder Bremen||0–2 a.e.t||9,706|
|2016–17 DFB-Pokal||First round||20 August 2016||Würzburger Kickers||Eintracht Braunschweig||1-0 (a.e.t)||6,384|
|Second round||25 October 2016||Würzburger Kickers||TSV 1860 Munich||3-4|
Source:"DFB-Pokal" (in German). Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- Das war die Relegation 2012 auf Verbandsebene (in German) fupa.net, published: 7 June 2012, accessed 8 June 2012
- Regionalliga Bayern table 2013–14 kicker.de, accessed: 16 June 2014
- "Würzburg: Ein Punkt fehlt noch - Wirbel um "Fusion"" [Würzburg: One more point required - Storm over merger]. kicker.de (in German). Kicker. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Aue wieder zweitklassig, Würzburg sicher Dritter" [Aue back in second division, Würzburg secures third place]. kicker.de (in German). Kicker. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- "Würzburg jubelt! Aufstieg in 2. Liga perfekt" [Würzburg celebrates! Promotion to Second Division achieved] (in German). Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
- Würzburger Kickers .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 4 June 2013
- Würzburger Kickers Chronik (in German) fupa.net, accessed: 4 June 2013
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
- Fussball.de - Ergebnisse Archived 7 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
- Landesliga Bayern-Nord tables Manfreds Fussball Archiev, accessed: 1 May 2011
- DFB-Pokal 2014/2015 1. Runde, Würzburger Kickers - Fortuna Düsseldorf (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 21 August 2014