MSV Duisburg

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MSV Duisburg
Full name Meidericher Spielverein 02 e. V. Duisburg
Nickname(s) Die Zebras (The Zebras)
Founded 1902
Ground Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena,
Duisburg, Germany
Ground Capacity 31,500
Manager Iliya Gruev
League 2. Bundesliga
2014–15 3. Liga, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

Meidericher Spielverein 02 e. V. Duisburg, commonly known as simply MSV Duisburg (German pronunciation: [ʔɛm ʔɛs faʊ̯ ˈdyːsbʊʁk]), is a German association football club based in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia. Nicknamed Die Zebras for their traditional striped jerseys, the club was one of the original members of the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963.


Early years

The club was founded in 1902 as Meidericher Spielverein representing the city of Meiderich, which became a district of Duisburg in 1905. In 1905 they absorbed the club Sport Club Viktoria Meiderich. In 1967, they took on their current name, acknowledging their role as the city's most popular and successful side.

While Duisburg has always been a competitive side, real success has so far eluded them. Early in their history they captured a number of local championships, and even enjoyed a pair of undefeated seasons (1913–14) when they scored 113 goals while only giving up 12. In 1929 they won the first Niederrhein championship and qualified for the first time for the national championship rounds, repeating the feat in 1931.

However, the club then went into a tailspin from which they didn't really recover until the 1950s when they began once again to field decent sides. During World War II the club came close to folding, but returned to play after the war emerging as city champions in 1946. In 1951, Duisburg earned promotion to the top-flight Oberliga West with their first-place finish in the 2. Oberliga West. The Oberliga West was the most competitive division of German football at the time, and except for the 1954–55 season, Duisburg would play first division football there right up to the time of the formation of the Bundesliga.

Entry to the Bundesliga

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Historical logos of MSV Duisburg.

The club's play was good enough to earn a place as one of the original sixteen teams in Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga, in 1963. That first season was their most successful as they finished second, behind only champions 1. FC Köln. The "Zebras" spent nearly twenty years in the upper league before slipping to the 2. Bundesliga in 1982–83 and then becoming one of German football's "elevator teams", named for their frequent up and down moves between divisions. Even so, they managed another eight seasons in the Bundesliga over two-and-half decades.


MSV Duisburg won promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2007–08 season by way of a third-place finish in the 2. Bundesliga, behind Karlsruher SC and Hansa Rostock. The MSV defeated Rot-Weiss Essen in a dramatic contest on the last day of the season by three goals to none, which secured their promotion for the fifth time in the last two decades while relegating Essen. However, the club fared poorly in top flight play and was again relegated after an 18th-place result. In 2008–09 they focused on the re-promotion, but although they lost under their new coach Peter Neururer only two times and were unbeaten in 12 matches since his taking office they missed the promotion. The next season they focused on the promotion again, but after a 0–5 disgrace in the DFB-Pokal against Augsburg, Peter Neururer got sacked. On 2 November 2009, Milan Šašić was presented as new coach. The Croat became the third foreign coach in the club history. They finished the season like the previous one as 6th.

In 2010–11 MSV Duisburg reached surprisingly their 4th DFB-Pokal Final after 1966, 1975 and 1998 where they played against FC Schalke 04. The game was lopsided, with MSV Duisburg conceding early on. The game finished 5–0 in favor of Schalke.

After being demoted to the 3. Liga in 2013, Duisburg was promoted in 2015 to the 2. Bundesliga.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999–2000 Bundesliga (I) 18th (relegated)
2000–01 2. Bundesliga (II) 11th
2001–02 2. Bundesliga 11th
2002–03 2. Bundesliga 8th
2003–04 2. Bundesliga 7th
2004–05 2. Bundesliga 2nd (promoted)
2005–06 Bundesliga 18th (relegated)
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 3rd (promoted)
2007–08 Bundesliga 18th (relegated)
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 6th
2009–10 2. Bundesliga 6th
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 8th
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 10th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 11th
2013–14 3. Liga 7th
2014–15 3. Liga 2nd (promoted)
2015–16 2. Bundesliga --


Amateur Honours
Youth teams honours

Current squad

As of 21 December 2015

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 Michael Ratajczak
2 Germany DF Matthias Kühne
3 Tunisia MF Enis Hajri
4 Germany DF Dustin Bomheuer
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Branimir Bajić (captain)
6 Germany MF Martin Dausch
8 Germany FW Thomas Bröker
9 Germany MF Pierre de Wit
10 Nigeria FW Kingsley Onuegbu (Vice captain)
11 Russia FW Stanislav Iljutcenko
13 Germany MF Zlatko Janjić
14 Germany MF Tim Albutat (On loan from SC Freiburg)
15 Nigeria FW Victor Obinna
16 Germany MF Andreas Wiegel
17 Germany DF Kevin Wolze
No. Position Player
18 Germany FW Simon Brandstetter
19 Germany MF Nico Klotz
20 Germany MF Dennis Grote
21 Venezuela DF Rolf Feltscher
22 Germany GK Maurice Schumacher
23 Australia MF James Holland
24 Germany MF Dominik Behr
25 Germany DF Thomas Meißner
26 Germany MF Ahmet Engin
27 Germany DF Dan-Patrick Poggenberg
28 Germany DF Steffen Bohl (Vice captain)
30 Germany GK Marcel Lenz
33 Germany FW Kevin Scheidhauer
34 Turkey DF Nurettin Kayaoğlu
36 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Chanturia

MSV Duisburg II squad

As of 31 January 2015[1]

Manager: Manfred Wölpper

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany GK Fabian Maas
Germany GK Maurice Schumacher
Germany DF Niklas Heidemann
Germany DF Steffen Böhm
Germany DF Arne Kleinpaß
Germany MF Marcel Stenzel
Germany MF Kenan Dünnwald
Germany MF Kaan Akkus
Germany MF Nils Pagojus
No. Position Player
Turkey MF Tarkan Yerek
Germany MF Germanos Ioannidis
Germany MF Georgios Mantatzidis
Germany MF Tim Kallenbach
Germany FW Maik Goralski
Turkey FW Ismail Öztürk
Germany FW Hatim Bentaleb
Germany FW Georg Michajlov

Manager history

Women's section

In popular culture

Tatort, a popular crime series in Germany, features an episode entitled Zweierlei Blut (Blood of Two Kinds) which deals with a murder in the MSV Duisburg hooligan scene. In one scene, Inspector Horst Schimanski is beaten to a pulp and dragged naked into the centre circle of the Wedaustadion.


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