|Full name||Hamburger Sport-Verein e. V.|
|Nickname(s)||Rothosen ("Red Shorts")
|Founded||29 September 1887|
|Head coach||Thorsten Fink|
|Website||Club home page|
Hamburger Sport-Verein e. V. [ham.ˈbʊɐ̯.gɐ ˌʃpɔɐ̯tʰ.fəʁ.ˈaɪ̯n], commonly known as Hamburger SV, Hamburg or HSV [haː.ɛs.faʊ̯], is a German multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. The football team is one of the country's oldest, most well known, and best performing clubs, with the unique distinction of having played continuously in top tier of the German football league system since the end of World War I; the team has never been relegated from any top-flight league and is the only team that has always played in the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963.
In the mid-1970s, HSV began a brilliant run that saw them capture numerous honours. In 1976 they won the DFB-Pokal and followed up the next year with a Cup Winners' Cup. They took their first Bundesliga championship in 1979, fell just two points short behind Bayern Munich in 1980, and then won consecutive championships in 1982 and 1983, led by national star Felix Magath. In 1982 they reached the final of the UEFA cup, but lost to IFK Göteborg from Sweden. In 1983 they won the UEFA Champions League, followed by another German Cup in 1987.
Hamburg has a rivalry with Werder Bremen and FC St. Pauli. Hamburg plays their home games at the Imtech Arena. Hamburg's colors are red, white, blue, and black. In terms of revenue, Hamburg is the fourth biggest sports club in Germany and the eighteenth biggest football club in the world, generating €121.1 million in 2012.
The Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV), can trace its roots as far back as the merger of Der Hohenfelder Sportclub and Wandsbek-Marienthaler Sportclub on 29 September 1887 to form Sportclub Germania zu Hamburg. The current club was formed as Hamburger Sport-Verein in 1919 through the union of three city teams severely weakened by World War I: Sportclub Germania zu Hamburg; Hamburger FC (1888); and FC Falke Eppendorf (1906). The club colours were the Hanseatic red and white in honour of the City of Hamburg, with the blue and black of the oldest of the founding clubs, Germania, being used on the team badge. It is through Germania that HSV can lay a claim to being the oldest team in the country. However, other clubs may dispute that honour, as Germania was formed originally as an athletics club and did not begin to play football until 1891, when a half-dozen Englishmen joined the club, bringing with them their enthusiasm for the game.
The newly formed Hamburger SV quickly became competitive and contested the 1922 national final against 1. FC Nuremberg, who were playing for their third consecutive title. The game was called off on account of darkness after three hours and ten minutes of play, drawn at (2:2). The re-match also went into extra time, and in an era that did not allow for substitutions, that game was called at (1:1) when Nuremberg was reduced to just seven players (two were injured, two had been sent off!) and the referee ruled they could not continue. Considerable wrangling ensued over the decision. The German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball Bund) awarded the win to Hamburger SV but urged them to refuse the title in the name of good sportsmanship—which they grudgingly did. Ultimately, the Viktoria trophy was not officially presented that year.
The club's first unblemished success on the pitch came in 1923 when they won the national title against Union Oberschöneweide. They failed to defend in 1924 against Nuremberg, but lifted the Viktoria again in 1928.
During the Third Reich, HSV enjoyed local success, first in the Gauliga Nordmark, from 1942 in the Gauliga Hamburg, taking out the league title in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1945, but on national level the club was a failure. Its main rival in the Gauliga in those years was Eimsbütteler TV.
Post war play in the Stadtliga Hamburg saw the club take out the championship there in 1946. The club also won the championship of the British occupation zone in 1947 and 1948, the only two seasons this competition was staged.
Hamburg became the first German team to tour the United States after the Second World War in May 1950 and came away with a 6–0 record.
Playing in the Oberliga Nord after the resumption of league play in postwar Germany in 1947, Hamburg became a frighteningly dominant regional club. In sixteen seasons from 1947–48 to 1962–63 they laid claim to the Oberliga title 15 times, only posting an uncharacteristic 11th place finish in 1953–54. During this period, they scored over 100 goals in each of the 1951, 1955, 1961, and 1962 seasons. However, national titles were harder to come by. Their last championship in 1928 was followed by a long drought not broken until 1960, after losing final appearances in 1957 and 1958. In the 1961 European Champions Cup competition, Hamburg were knocked out by FC Barcelona in the semi-finals. Hamburg had beaten BSC Young Boys from Switzerland and English champions Burnley on their way to the semi-finals.
Entry into the Bundesliga
Soon after, Germany's first professional football league, the Fußball-Bundesliga, was formed and HSV was one of 16 clubs invited to join that first season. Hamburger SV currently holds the distinction of being the only original Bundesliga side to have played continuously in the top flight – without ever having been relegated – since the formation of the league in 1963. They had shared that special status with Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Kaiserslautern until 1996, and with 1. FC Köln until 1998. Altogether, 49 other sides have come and gone since the league's inception. The Bundesliga celebrated its 40th anniversary on 24 August 2004 with a match between "The Dinosaur", as the club has been affectionately nicknamed due to its old age, and Bayern Munich, the league's most successful side.
HSV went undefeated between 16 January 1982 and 29 January 1983—a string of 36 games that still stands as a Bundesliga record.
In August 2004, HSV was upset in the early rounds of the German Cup by regional league side SC Paderborn 07. The match became one of the most infamous in recent football history when it was discovered that referee, Robert Hoyzer, had accepted money from a Croatian gambling syndicate to fix the match, which he did, awarding two penalties to Paderborn and sending off Hamburg's player Emile Mpenza. The resulting scandal became the biggest in German football in over 30 years, and was an embarrassment to the country as it prepared to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign
Hamburg competed in the UEFA Champions League in the 2006–07 season for the first time since 2000–01, after they finished third in the Bundesliga. They beat CA Osasuna on away goals in the third preliminary round, and competed in Group G alongside Arsenal, FC Porto and CSKA Moscow, but finished a disappointing last and were thus eliminated.
2006–07 Bundesliga campaign
The Bundesliga campaign started poorly for Hamburg. After a successful 2005–06 season, when they finished third in the league to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, they spent the first half of the season hovering around and in the relegation zone, with only one win (2–1 in against Bayer Leverkusen) to their points tally. A series of crippling injuries to the star players along with the departures of two of their best defenders, Khalid Boulahrouz and Daniel Van Buyten, severely influenced Hamburg's league campaign, with fans fearing that Hamburg's proud stay in the Bundesliga might be drawing to a close, as the club occupied the bottom spot of the league table after the first half of the season.
On 1 February 2007, the coach, Thomas Doll, was sacked and replaced by the Dutchman Huub Stevens. Stevens' disciplinarian style seemed to grab HSV by the scruff of the neck and shake them about, as the club went seven games undefeated and conceded just one goal between 10 February 2007 and 7 April 2007. During this streak, HSV lost their first home game of the season against Borussia Dortmund and won away to arch-rivals Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 — two sides who were 2nd and 1st, respectively, when HSV came to town.
However, despite this good run of form (which would come to a crashing halt at home to eventual Champions Stuttgart in April), HSV still were not safe from relegation due to the teams below them also collecting points. At one point in March, 12 teams were involved in the relegation scrap with a gap of 10 points separating 18th placed Borussia Mönchengladbach and 7th placed Hannover 96.
HSV seemed to gain more success on their travels than at home, as wins at Borussia Mönchengladbach (which virtually relegated Borussia at the time), Bayern Munich, and 1. FC Nuremberg gave HSV valuable points whilst the home games in this period were the previously mentioned defeats to VfL Bochum and VfB Stuttgart, as well as a disappointing draw against fellow strugglers 1. FSV Mainz 05. Ironically, it was the 3–0 home defeat to Bochum on 5 May that mathematically secured HSV's Bundesliga status as struggling Alemannia Aachen (16th) and Mainz (17th) also lost their games on the same weekend and despite the points difference only being six points with two games left, the goal difference was too large to make up by either club.
With their status safe, HSV were now among a small pack of clubs – consisting of Borussia Dortmund, Hannover 96, Arminia Bielefeld and Bochum — that were chasing 7th place and the qualifying spot for the following season's UEFA Intertoto Cup. With one game left, and following the 0–3 upset by Bochum, HSV surprised in-form Nuremberg to win 2–0 in the Southern sunshine. One week later, a resounding 4–0 home win (HSV's first since 1 April) over relegated Aachen coupled with Dortmund's 2–1 defeat in Leverkusen and Nuremberg's 3–0 win in Hannover meant that HSV had somehow slipped in at the last possible moment to snatch 7th place, moving from 18th place and certain relegation on 10 February 2007 to 7th place and two games away from UEFA Cup football on 19 May 2007.
HSV held the record of post-World War II first-class league titles, having won 15 Oberliga Nord and three Bundesliga championships until 2006 when Bayern Munich won its 19th Bundesliga title and overtook them.
Hamburg's three Bundesliga championships entitle the club to display one gold star of the "Verdiente Meistervereine." Under the current award system, their pre-Bundesliga championships are not recognized and so they are not entitled to the second star of a five-time champion.
After the replay of the championship final in 1922 had to be abandoned due to the opponents no longer having enough players on the ground, the German FA requested HSV to renounce the title which the club did.
- Runners-up (1): 1983
- Runners-up (1): 1982
- Runners-up (3): 1977, 1982, 1987
- Northern German football championship
- Winners (10): 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933
- Runners-up (2): 1926, 1927
- Oberliga Nord
- Winners (15): 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963
- Gauliga Nordmark
- Winners (4): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941
- Runners-up (4): 1934, 1935, 1940, 1942
- Gauliga Hamburg
- Winners (1): 1945
- Runners-up (2): 1943, 1944
- Stadtliga Hamburg
- Winners (1): 1946
- Runners-up (1): 1947
- Championship of the British occupation zone
- Winners (2): 1947, 1948
- Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu:
- Winners (1): 1982
Hamburg plays its home games in the Volksparkstadion, which is currently called the Imtech Arena through a sponsorship deal. Built on the site of the original Volksparkstadion, opened in 1953, the current stadium was opened in 2000, and has a capacity of 57,000 – approximately 47,000 seats with another 10,000 spectators standing. The first Volksparkstadion had been a venue for the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1988. The Volksparkstadion is a UEFA category one stadium, which certifies it to host UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals. The stadium was the site of four group matches and a quarter-final in the past 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Germany, and was known as FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg during the event. It was also the venue for the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final.
HSV fans can be buried at a dedicated graveyard near the home stadium, covered in turf from the original Hamburg pitch.
First team squad
- Players out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Thorsten Fink|
|Assistant coach||Patrick Rahmen|
|Assistant coach||Frank Heinemann|
|Goalkeeping coach||Ronny Teuber|
|Fitness coach||Manfred Düring|
|Fitness coach||Markus Günther|
|Fitness coach||Nikola Vidović|
|Athletic supervisor||Frank Arnesen|
|Technical Director||Lee Congerton|
Last updated: 19 December 2011
Source: Hamburger SV official website
Head coaches since 1963
|Martin Wilke||1 July 1963||7 May 1964||311||29||11||9||9||37.93||1962–63 DFB-Pokal – winner|
|Georg Gawliczek||8 May 1964||17 April 1966||709||59||22||12||25||37.29|
|Josef Schneider||18 April 1966||30 June 1967||438||39||12||11||16||30.77||1966–67 DFB-Pokal – runners-up|
|Kurt Koch||1 July 1967||30 June 1968||365||34||11||11||12||32.35||1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup – runners-up|
|Georg Knöpfle||1 July 1968||30 June 1970||729||68||25||21||22||36.76|
|Klaus-Dieter Ochs||1 July 1970||30 June 1973||1095||102||36||26||40||35.29||1972–73 DFB-Ligapokal – winner|
|Kuno Klötzer||1 July 1973||30 June 1977||1460||136||62||29||45||45.59||1973–74 DFB-Pokal – runners-up
1975–76 Fußball-Bundesliga – runners-up
1975–76 DFB-Pokal – winner
1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup – winner
|Rudi Gutendorf||1 July 1977||27 October 1977||118||12||6||1||5||50.00||1977 DFB-Supercup – runners-up|
|Arkoç Özcan||28 October 1977||30 June 1978||245||22||8||5||9||36.36||1977 European Super Cup – runners-up|
|Branko Zebec||1 July 1978||18 December 1980||901||85||54||17||14||63.53||1978–79 Fußball-Bundesliga – winner
1979–80 Fußball-Bundesliga – runners-up
1979–80 European Cup – runners-up
|Aleksandar Ristić||19 December 1980||30 June 1981||193||17||8||5||4||47.06||1980–81 Fußball-Bundesliga – runners-up|
|Ernst Happel||1 July 1981||30 June 1987||2190||204||109||53||42||53.43||1981–82 Fußball-Bundesliga – winner
1981–82 UEFA Cup – runners-up
1982–83 Fußball-Bundesliga – winner
1982–83 European Cup – winner
1983 Intercontinental Cup – runners-up
1983 European Super Cup – runners-up
1983 DFB-Supercup – runners-up
1983–84 Fußball-Bundesliga – runners-up
1986–87 Fußball-Bundesliga – runners-up
1986–87 DFB-Pokal – winner
|Josip Skoblar||1 July 1987||9 November 1987||131||15||5||4||6||33.33||1987 DFB-Supercup – runners-up|
|Willi Reimann||11 November 1987||4 January 1990||785||75||32||19||24||42.67|
|Gerd-Volker Schock||5 January 1990||10 March 1992||795||73||28||22||23||38.36|
|Egon Coordes||12 March 1992||21 September 1992||193||19||3||8||8||15.79|
|Benno Möhlmann||23 September 1992||5 October 1995||1107||105||31||36||38||29.52|
|Felix Magath||6 October 1995||18 May 1997||590||58||21||18||19||36.21|
|Ralf Schehr*||19 May 1997||30 June 1997||42||2||1||1||0||50.00|
|Frank Pagelsdorf||1 July 1997||17 September 2001||1593||142||51||46||45||35.92|
|Holger Hieronymus*||18 September 2001||3 October 2001||15||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|Kurt Jara||4 October 2001||22 October 2003||748||69||26||20||23||37.68||2003 DFB-Ligapokal – winner|
|Klaus Toppmöller||23 October 2003||17 October 2004||360||33||14||5||14||42.42|
|Thomas Doll||18 October 2004||1 February 2007||836||79||36||20||23||45.57||2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup – winner|
|Huub Stevens||2 February 2007||30 June 2008||514||49||23||15||11||46.94||2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup – winner|
|Martin Jol||1 July 2008||26 May 2009||329||34||19||4||11||55.88|
|Bruno Labbadia||1 July 2009||25 April 2010||298||32||12||12||8||37.50|
|Ricardo Moniz*||26 April 2010||30 June 2010||65||2||1||1||0||50.00|
|Armin Veh||1 July 2010||13 March 2011||255||26||11||4||11||42.31|
|Michael Oenning||14 March 2011||19 September 2011||189||15||2||6||7||13.33|
|Rodolfo Esteban Cardoso*||19 September 2011||17 October 2011||28||3||2||0||1||66.67|
|Frank Arnesen*||10 October 2011||16 October 2011||6||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Thorsten Fink||17 October 2011||—||2012 Peace Cup – winner|
- * Served as caretaker coach.
Hamburger SV in Europe
|UEFA Champions League||43||19||9||15|||
|UEFA Europa League||124||67||20||37|
|UEFA Super Cup||4||0||2||2|
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||34||20||7||7|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||26||15||7||4|
Hamburger SV II
The reserve team serves mainly as the final stepping stone for promising young players before being promoted to the main team.
The women's section was created in 1970. The team plays in the Bundesliga continuously since the 2003–04 season.
The club's rugby department was established in 1925 but ceased operation in the 1990s. It was reestablished however in March 2006. The club's men's baseball section, HSV Hamburg, known as the Stealers, was established in 1985 and plays in the first division of the Baseball Bundesliga. Other important departments are volleyball and cricket. Okka Rau was qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics of volleyball. HSV Cricket is playing in the league of the North German Cricket Federation (Norddeutscher Cricket Verband) and won several first places.
Rivals and affinities
HSV shares a cross-town rivalry with FC St. Pauli and contests the Nordderby with fellow Northern Germany side Werder Bremen. In the Spring of 2009 HSV headed Werder Bremen four times, in only three weeks, and defeated in UEFA-Cup semi-final, as if in the DFB-Pokal semi-final. HSV have an affinity with Scottish club Rangers. HSV fans unfurl their club logo at Rangers' away European matches. The link between Rangers and Hamburg dates back to 1977 when the Hamburg Rangers Supporters' Club was set up by HSV fans who had visited Rangers matches before and were thrilled by the atmosphere at Ibrox. The links were further strengthened when Rangers signed Jörg Albertz from Hamburg. The friendship between Celtic FC and Hamburg's rivals FC St. Pauli has no influence on this friendship though. HSV have a friendship bond with Hannover 96, due to both being known as HSV. Their meetings involve the visitors' club song to be played, and fans chanting HSV from each end of the stadium.
Hamburger SV in Forbes Magazine
|Year||Ranking||Value||Value change||Revenue||Income||Debt/Value ratio||Source|
|2007||16||$221 Million||NA||$130 Million||$31 Million||NA|||
|2008||17||$293 Million||32%||$163 Million||$41 Million||0%|||
|2009||15||$330 Million||13%||$202 Million||$44 Million||0%|||
|2010||14||$329 Million||0%||$206 Million||$41 Million||0%|||
|2011||14||$340 Million||3%||$179 Million||NA||0%|||
|2012||16||$355 Million||NA||$187 Million||$17 Million||0%|||
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