Freiburger FC

Freiburger FC are a German association football club based in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg. Freiburger FC were one of the founding clubs of the DFB (German Football Association) in 1900.

Freiburger FC
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Full nameFreiburger Fußball-Club e.V.
Nickname(s)FFC
Founded1897
GroundStadion im Dietenbachpark
Capacity1,500
ChairmanMarita Hennemann
ManagerRalf Eckert
LeagueOberliga Baden-Württemberg (V)
2018–19Verbandsliga Südbaden (VI), 2nd (promoted)

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1897, for many decades FFC were the dominant club in the city. Their early successes included a South German title in their second season and a national championship in 1907. The club were also semi-finalists of the Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva, one of the very first international football competitions in the world, in 1908. Those wins proved to be the height of their success, and they have not won any significant honours since. In 1916, the club managed to win the Südkreis-Liga but the competition was heavily affected by the war and very localised.

The club belonged to the tier-one Kreisliga Südwest and then the Bezirksliga Baden throughout its existence from 1923 to 1933. They played mid-table in the Gauliga Baden through the 1930s, and after the Second World War, entered the 2. Oberliga Süd.

With the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's professional football league, in 1963, Freiburg found themselves seeded in the tier II Regionalliga Süd, while SC Freiburg were playing in the Amateurliga Südbaden (III). FFC slipped to that level for three seasons in 1974–77 before playing their way back to 2. Bundesliga. However the team could not draw support and suffered from poor attendance throughout the following five-year period spent in the 2nd division. When they were relegated to the amateur Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 1982, only a saving campaign by fans kept the club out of bankruptcy, while SC Freiburg remained in the 2. Bundesliga on their way to the top flight.

Since 1994, FFC played in the Verbandsliga Südbaden, interrupted by the 1999–2000 season, when the club dropped to the Landesliga for a year. In 2009, the club's decline continued with a more permanent drop to the Landesliga. After finishing third in its first two attempts at promotion the club came second in the Landesliga in 2011–12 and qualified for the promotion round to the Verbandsliga. After a 2–2 draw at FC Radolfzell the club achieved promotion by defeating SC Offenburg 5–1.[1]

Continued financial problems forced Freiburger FC to sell its Möslestadion and enter into a sharing arrangement with Blau-Weiß Wiehre. Their former stadium was taken up by SC Freiburg as a youth facility.

After a twenty-year absence, Freiburger FC returned to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg after winning the Verbandsliga title in 2014 but were relegated again in 2016 season after just two seasons at this level. In the 2018–19 season the club finished second in the Verbandsliga Südbaden and were again promoted to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg.

HonoursEdit

Recent managersEdit

Recent managers of the club:[2]

Manager Start Finish
Walter Güntner 1 July 1989 22 November 1989
Ata Lameck 23 November 1989 21 February 1990
Uwe Ehret 22 February 1990 30 June 1993
Maximilian Heidenreich 1 January 2001 30 June 2007
Ralf Eckert 1 July 2013 Present

Recent seasonsEdit

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[3][4]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Landesliga Südbaden VI
2000–01 Verbandsliga Südbaden V 10th
2001–02 Verbandsliga Südbaden 10th
2002–03 Verbandsliga Südbaden 6th
2003–04 Verbandsliga Südbaden 7th
2004–05 Verbandsliga Südbaden 5th
2005–06 Verbandsliga Südbaden 11th
2006–07 Verbandsliga Südbaden 6th
2007–08 Verbandsliga Südbaden 4th
2008–09 Verbandsliga Südbaden VI 13th ↓
2009–10 Landesliga Südbaden 2 VII 3rd
2010–11 Landesliga Südbaden 2 3rd
2011–12 Landesliga Südbaden 2 2nd ↑
2012–13 Verbandsliga Südbaden VI 8th
2013–14 Verbandsliga Südbaden 1st ↑
2014–15 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V 15th
2015–16 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 13th ↓
2016–17 Verbandsliga Südbaden VI 2nd
2017–18 Verbandsliga Südbaden 2nd
2018–19 Verbandsliga Südbaden 2nd ↑
Promoted Relegated

Partner clubsEdit

The club has strong connections to English football club Guildford City F.C., with Guildford being a sister city of Freiburg, and publishes news and results of the later club on its website.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2011–12 season statistics Archived 1 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Freiburger FC website, accessed: 12 July 2012
  2. ^ Freiburger FC .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 23 September 2011
  3. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  4. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse Archived 18 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  5. ^ Guildford City Archived 23 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine FFC website, accessed: 23 September 2011
  6. ^ Partner clubs Archived 5 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine Guildford City F.C. website, accessed: 23 September 2011

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