FSV Frankfurt

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FSV Frankfurt
Club crest
Full name Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V.
Nickname(s) Bornheimer
Founded 20 August 1899; 123 years ago (1899-08-20)
Ground Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion
Ground Capacity 12,542
Chairman Julius Rosenthal
Head Coach Tomas Oral
League 2. Bundesliga
2014–15 13th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V., commonly known as simply FSV Frankfurt, is a German association football club based in the Bornheim district of Frankfurt am Main, Hesse and founded in 1899. The club plays in the shadow of larger and much more successful Eintracht Frankfurt. FSV Frankfurt also fielded a highly successful women's team, which was disbanded in 2006.


The club was one of the founding members of the Nordkreis-Liga in 1909, when football started to become more organised in Southern Germany. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, this league came to a halt but a championship for the region was still held, which FSV won in 1917.[1]

After the war, the club became part of the Kreisliga Nordmain, which it managed to win in 1922–23, qualifying for the Southern German championship, where it finished last out of five teams.[2]

The pinnacle of the team's achievement was a losing appearance in the 1925 national final, 0:1 to 1. FC Nuremberg, and the capture of a German amateur title in 1972 in a 2:1 victory over TSV Marl-Hüls. The club contested the final of the 1938 Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's DFB-Pokal, but was beaten 1:3 by Rapid Vienna.

The club played in the Bezirksliga Main, then the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen throughout the 1920s and 1930s. After capturing the championship of the VSFV (Verband Süddeutscher Fussball Vereine or Federation of South German Football Clubs) in 1933, FSV went on to play in the Gauliga Südwest, one of sixteen top-flight divisions formed that same year in the re-organization of German football in the Third Reich. They consistently earned mid-table results there with the club's best finish being second place in 1939. In 1941 the Gauliga Hessen was split into the Gauliga Westmark and the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau with FSV playing in the latter division. The team finished a close second to Kickers Offenbach in 1943 and in 1944 merged briefly with SG Eintracht Frankfurt to play as the wartime side KSG (Kriegspielgemeinschaft) Frankfurt. The following season the Gauliga collapsed with the advance of Allied armies into Germany as World War II drew to a close.

After the war occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs. FSV was re-established as SG Bornheim but had taken on their old identity again by late 1945. The team resumed play in the first division Oberliga Süd where they played undistinguished, middling football until relegated at the end of the 1961–62 season. The Bundesliga, Germany's first top-flight professional league, was formed in 1963. FSV joined the Regionalliga Süd and remained a regular tier II side from the early 1960s through to the early 1970s when they slipped to the third tier. The club returned to the second tier in 1975 a year after the formation of the 2.Bundesliga, playing in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd. In 1981 the northern and southern divisions of this league were combined and as a perennial lower table side FSV was delivered to the third division Oberliga Hessen (III). The club made a single season cameo appearance in the combined league in 1982–83 before once again falling back.

They played in the Regionalliga Süd (III) in 2007–08 after seven seasons in the Amateur Oberliga Hessen (IV). Winning the championship of the Regionalliga Süd (III), the club has been promoted to the 2. Bundesliga for the 2008–09 season, where it has played since with moderate success.

Reserve team

The club's reserve team, the FSV Frankfurt II, rose for the first time above local Hesse level in 2010 when it won the Hessenliga and was promoted to the Regionalliga Süd. After two seasons, this league was disbanded in 2012 and FSV II became part of the new Regionalliga Südwest. It was relegated to the Hessenliga in 2013 and disbanded the following year after a rule change which meant professional clubs did not have to have a reserve side any more, something that previously had been compulsory.


  • Won by reserve team.

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:[3]

Manager Start Finish
Tomas Oral 1 July 2006 4 October 2009
Hans-Jürgen Boysen 7 October 2009 17 December 2011
Benno Möhlmann 21 December 2011 18 May 2015
Tomas Oral 18 May 2015 present

Recent seasons

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

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Regionalliga Süd III 14th ↓
2000–01 Oberliga Hessen IV 4th
2001–02 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2002–03 Oberliga Hessen 3rd
2003–04 Oberliga Hessen 6th
2004–05 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2005–06 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2006–07 Oberliga Hessen 1st ↑
2007–08 Regionalliga Süd III 1st ↑
2008–09 2. Bundesliga II 15th
2009–10 2. Bundesliga 15th
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 13th
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 13th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 4th
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 13th
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 13th

Current squad

As of 20 July 2015[6]

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 André Weis
3 Iran MF Ehsan Hajsafi
5 Germany MF Manuel Konrad (Captain)
6 Kosovo MF Fanol Perdedaj
7 Germany MF Marc-André Kruska
8 Germany MF Mario Engels
9 Albania FW Edmond Kapllani
10 Kosovo MF Besar Halimi (on loan from Mainz 05)
11 South Korea FW In-Hyeok Park (on loan from Hoffenheim)
14 Germany DF Alexander Bittroff
15 Germany DF Alexander Huber
16 Kazakhstan DF Heinrich Schmidtgal
18 Germany GK Jannis Pellowski
19 Germany FW Dani Schahin (on loan from Mainz 05)
No. Position Player
20 Nigeria FW Taiwo Awoniyi (on loan from Liverpool)
21 Germany GK Sören Pirson
22 Germany MF Timm Golley
23 Germany MF Nahom Gebru
24 United States DF Shawn Barry
25 Germany DF Florian Ballas
26 Germany MF Denis Epstein
27 Austria DF Lukas Gugganig
28 Brazil MF Yann Rolim (on loan from Vitória Setúbal)
29 Slovenia FW Zlatko Dedić
30 Germany MF Denis Mangafic
31 Germany MF Leon Hammel
38 Brazil MF Felipe Pires (on loan from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)




Women's department

The women's team won three championships and five cups, even completing a double in 1995, but was retired after the 2005–06 season due to financial weakness.[7] In its time FSV had many German top football players, including national record scorer Birgit Prinz, who left in 1998 for local rival 1. FFC Frankfurt.


Notable past players

The following players who have played for Frankfurt have been capped for Germany at least 50 times:[8]

Other sports departments

As a sports club FSV has had at various times departments for athletics, boxing, darts, handball, ice hockey, and tennis.[9]

Frankfurt derby

The 2011–12 season saw FSV Frankfurt play local rival Eintracht Frankfurt in a league match for the first time in almost 50 years. The last league game between the two had been played on 27 January 1962, then in the Oberliga Süd. For the first of the two matches, FSV's home game on 21 August 2011, the decision was made to move to Eintracht's stadium as FSV's Volksbankstadion only holds less than 11,000 spectators and in excess of 40,000 spectators are expected for the game.[10]


  1. Süddeutschlands Fußball in Tabellenform 1897 – 1988, (German) author: Ludolf Hyll, page: 32-55, accessed: 20 April 2009
  2. Süddeutschlands Fussball in Tabellenform 1897 – 1988, (German) author: Ludolf Hyll, page: 72-74, accessed: 20 April 2009
  3. FSV Frankfurt .:. Trainer von A-Z (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 6 December 2011
  4. Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  6. http://www.fsv-frankfurt.de/cms/index.php?id=304
  7. "Last match of the FSV" (in German). fansoccer.de. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2011.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Das Fussball Studio
  9. FSV Frankfurt » Verein » Abteilungen (German) FSV Frankfurt website, accessed: 6 December 2011
  10. Das Frankfurter Derby elektrisiert (German) www.kicker.de, published: 21 August 2011, accessed: 21 August 2011

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