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Borussia VfB Neunkirchen is a German association football club based in Neunkirchen, Saarland. The club SC Borussia Neunkirchen was founded out of the 1907 merger of FC 1905 Borussia and SC Neunkirchen.

Borussia Neunkirchen
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Full nameBorussia, Verein für Bewegungspiele e.V.,
Neunkirchen
Founded1905
GroundEllenfeldstadion
Capacity23,000
ManagerDieter Ferner
LeagueSaarlandliga (VI)
2016–1717th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

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HistoryEdit

 
Historical chart of Borussia Neunkirchen league performance after WWII

From 1912 through to 1963 the club had an uninterrupted record of first division play including the Kreisliga Saar, Bezirksliga Rhein-Saar and selection to the Gauliga, formed in 1933 through the reorganization of German football under the Third Reich. Borussia remained at this level, in the Gauliga Südwest/Mainhessen, throughout the league's history, with good results but not winning a league championship. Like other organizations in the country, including sports and football associations, Borussia was dissolved by the Allied occupation authorities after World War II, but was quickly reformed under its current name.

The club played in the French-occupied Saarland and the French made various efforts to see the state become independent of Germany or join France. In sport this was manifested as separate 1952 Olympic and 1954 World Cup teams for Saarland, the establishment of a short-lived football league for the state, and the German club 1. FC Saarbrücken playing in the French second division. Neunkirchen played in the Saarland Ehrenliga from 1949 to 1951, winning the title in the first year and finishing as runner-up the next. They were able to re-join the DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or German Football Association) after the 1950–51 season in the Oberliga Südwest.

Despite their record of continuous play at the top flight, Neunkirchen was not one of the sixteen sides selected for play in the Bundesliga – Germany's new professional football league – at its formation. Along with FK Pirmasens and Wormatia Worms, they were bypassed in favour of 1. FC Saarbrücken, even though they all had better records than the chosen side. More than a few protests were lodged as 1. FC appeared to have gained entry based simply on their affiliation with a member of the league selection committee. Their entry was delayed by only a year as they were able to play their way into the upper league through the promotion rounds after winning the Regionalliga Südwest.

Their stay in the Bundesliga was short-lived. After a mid-table result in 1965, they would be relegated the following season after a 17th-place finish. They won the Regionalliga Südwest again after being sent down and returned to the Bundesliga to another 17th-place finish and relegation.

Neunkirchen spent another seven years playing tier II football before slipping to the Amateurliga Saarland (III). Through the mid-1970s and into the early 1980s the club bounced up and down between these levels of play, before settling in for a decade and a half at tier III. The team slipped again in 1996 to the Oberliga Südwest (IV). They won their division in 2005 but declined the opportunity to apply for a license and promotion to the third division because of financial problems that have plagued the club since 2003. From 2012–13 the Oberliga Südwest was renamed Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar, with Borussia continuing in this league.

In April 2015 the club had to declare insolvency with a debt of €280.000.[1]

HonoursEdit

The club's honours:

Recent seasonsEdit

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[2][3]

Season Division Tier Position
1964-1965 Bundesliga I 10th
1965-1966 Bundesliga I 17th ↓
1967-1968 Bundesliga I 17th ↓
1999–2000 Oberliga Südwest IV 1st
2000–01 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2001–02 Oberliga Südwest 1st ↑
2002–03 Regionalliga Süd III 19th ↓
2003–04 Oberliga Südwest IV 10th
2004–05 Oberliga Südwest 1st
2005–06 Oberliga Südwest 9th
2006–07 Oberliga Südwest 10th
2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 6th
2008–09 Oberliga Südwest V 4th
2009–10 Oberliga Südwest 12th
2010–11 Oberliga Südwest 7th
2011–12 Oberliga Südwest 7th
2012–13 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar 5th
2013–14 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar 15th
2014–15 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar 12th
2015–16 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar 4th
2016–17 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar 17th ↓
2017–18 Saarlandliga VI
Promoted Relegated

Current squadEdit

As of 1 June 2015

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

No. Position Player
  GK Sebastien Flauss
  GK Robert Lehmann
  GK Francesco Rino
  DF Andreas Backmann
  DF Tim Cullmann
  DF Alexandro Gallace
  DF Armend Haliti
  DF Espoire Lenda Mbote
  DF Florian Röder
  DF Andy Steis
  MF Albert Becker
  MF Mefail Kadrija
  MF Jens Kirchen
No. Position Player
  MF Abdul Kizmaz
  MF Yannick Bach
  MF Marc Leibold
  MF Dennis Serr
  MF Giuseppe Simonetta
  MF Anthony Weston
  MF Felix Wölflinger
  FW Felix Dausend
  FW Andreas Haas
  FW Heraldo Jorrin
  FW Faruk Ljaic
  FW Francesco Laino

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ex-Bundesligist stellt Insolvenz-Antrag ‹See Tfd›(in German) www.t-online.de, published: 2 April 2015, accessed: 4 June 2015
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv ‹See Tfd›(in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  3. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse Archived 18 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues

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