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FC Homburg is a German association football club based in Homburg, Saarland. The club was founded on 15 June 1908 as Fussball Club Homburg by a group of seventeen young men at the local Hohenburg pub.

FC 08 Homburg
Full nameFußball-Club 08 Homburg-Saar e.V.
GroundWaldstadion Homburg
ManagerJürgen Luginger
LeagueRegionalliga Südwest (IV)


In February 1913 they were renamed Fussballverein Homburg and went on to take the local championship that season. By the mid-1920s the side was playing second-division football, but folded on 27 August 1936. A new multi-sport club known as VfL Homburg was formed 5 March 1937 out of a group of local sides that included Turnverein 1878 Homburg, Schwimmverein Homburg, Kraftsportverein Homburg, Boxclub Homburg, Tennis-Club Homburg, as well as the former membership of the defunct FV. The footballers again took up play in second-tier competition and failed in two attempts (1938, 1941) to win their way through the regional promotion playoff to the first division Gauliga Südwest.

After World War II, Allied occupation authorities dissolved all types of associations in Germany, including football clubs. The club was soon re-constituted as Sportverein Homburg and captured a division championship in the Amateurliga Saarland (III) in 1948 before resuming the name FC Homburg in January 1949.

Historical chart of FC Homburg league performance after WWII

The Saarland was occupied by the French who 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. Homburg played in the Saarland Ehrenliga from 1949 to 1951 as FC Homburg-Saar. By the time of the 1951–52 season the return of German teams to the German Football Association had been negotiated: the Ehrenliga faded away and by 1956 the independent Saarland Fussball Bund had re-joined the DFB.

A second Amateurliga Saarland title in 1957 advanced FC to the 2. Liga-Südwest (II) and in December of that year they adopted the name FC 08 Homburg/Saar. The club was relegated to the Amateurliga in 1960 which had become a fourth-tier circuit by 1963.

In the late 1970s the team advanced to the quarter finals of the DFB-Pokal on two occasions, and on into the early 1980s moved frequently between third- and fourth-tier play. Then, in the second half of the decade, they enjoyed their greatest success. They played their way back to the second division and on into the Bundesliga in 1986. Homburg played two seasons there, were relegated, and returned for one final Bundesliga season in 1989–90 before beginning a gradual descent which would lead them to Oberliga Südwest (IV) where they play today.

The club had a moment of glory in 1991 when it beat FC Bayern Munich in Munich 4–2 after extra time in the first round of the 1991–92 DFB-Pokal.[2] They were relegated from the 2. Bundesliga after the 1994–95 season.

Along the way the club had a couple of misadventures. In 1988, the DFB prohibited the team from wearing the sponsorship logo of a condom manufacturer on ethical and moral grounds. In 1998, they entered into an agreement with 1. FC Saarbrücken to loan players to that team to help ease Homburg's financial pinch. Despite this, in 1999, the club had a brush with bankruptcy that led to their being denied a license to play in the Regionalliga West/Südwest (III) and demotion to the Oberliga Südwest (IV). The club qualified for the 2006–07 German Cup and went out in the first round 1–2 to Bundesliga side VfL Bochum. Homburg was finally promoted to Regionalliga West after finishing atop the Oberliga Südwest ahead of FK Pirmasens on a goal differential of plus 2 in the 2009–10 season. Their Regionalliga cameo ended with a 17th place finish and a return to fifth tier play. Homburg immediately bounced back by capturing the Oberliga Südwest title and qualifying for the Regionalliga Südwest (IV) for 2012–13.


The club's honours:

Recent managersEdit

Recent managers of the club:[3]

Manager Start Finish
Christian Hock 14 November 2010 21 April 2011
  Taifour Diane 22 April 2011 30 June 2011
Christian Titz 1 July 2011 10 April 2014
Sebastian Stache 7 April 2014 21 April 2014
Robert Jung 22 April 2014 30 June 2014
Jens Kiefer 1 July 2014 14 April 2017
Jürgen Luginger 17 April 2017 Present

Recent seasonsEdit

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[4][5][6]

Season Division Tier Position
1986-87 1. Bundesliga I 16th
1987-88 1. Bundesliga I 17th ↓
1989-90 1. Bundesliga I 18th ↓
1999–2000 Oberliga Südwest IV 3rd
2000–01 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2001–02 Oberliga Südwest 9th
2002–03 Oberliga Südwest 12th
2003–04 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2004–05 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2005–06 Oberliga Südwest 2nd
2006–07 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 7th
2008–09 Oberliga Südwest V 2nd
2009–10 Oberliga Südwest 1st ↑
2010–11 Regionalliga West IV 17th ↓
2011–12 Oberliga Südwest V 1st ↑
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest IV 14th
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 11th
2014–15 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2015–16 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest 15th ↓
2017–18 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar V 1st ↑
2018–19 Regionalliga Südwest IV 3rd
  • 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. In 2012, the number of Regionalligas was increased from three to five with all Regionalliga West clubs from the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate entering the new Regionalliga Südwest.


Promoted Relegated

Current squadEdit

As of 29 August 2019[7]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK David Salfeld
4   DF Kevin Maek
5   MF Christian Telch
6   MF Tim Stegerer
7   MF Patrick Lienhard
8   MF Daniel di Gregorio
9   FW Patrick Dulleck
10   MF Sven Sökler
11   FW Marcel Carl
13   MF Christopher Theisen
14   FW Damjan Marčeta
15   MF Michael Müller
16   MF Tim Wöhrle
17   DF Jan Eichmann
No. Position Player
18   MF Thomas Steinherr
19   MF Loris Weiss
20   MF Jannik Sommer
21   DF Luca Plattenhardt
22   MF Serkan Göcer
23   DF Stefano Maier
25   GK Mark-Patrick Redl
27   MF Ihab Darwiche
28   GK Niklas Knichel
30   DF Maurice Springfeld
31   DF Stefan Bosle
33   DF Maurice Neubauer
39   GK Matthias Köbbing


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  2. ^ Shock defeats and a record victory FC Bayern Munich website, accessed: 13 November 2008
  3. ^ FC 08 Homburg .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German), accessed: 6 July 2012
  4. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. ^ – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  6. ^ 30 Jahre Bundesliga, DFB special edition booklet
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