KFC Uerdingen 05 is a German football club in the Uerdingen district of the city of Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia. The former Bundesliga side enjoyed its greatest successes in the 1980s but now plays in the fifth-level Oberliga.

KFC Uerdingen 05
Full nameKrefelder Fußballclub
Uerdingen 05 e.V.
ChairmanChristian Gummert
Head coachLevan Kenia
LeagueOberliga Niederrhein (V)
2022–23Oberliga Niederrhein, 6th of 21
WebsiteClub website
Current season

History edit

The club was founded on 17 November 1905 as Fußball-Club Uerdingen 05. On 1 August 1919, following World War I, FC was joined by Sportvereinigung des Realgymnasiums Uerdingen. During World War II from 1941 to 1945 the club played as part of the combined wartime side Kriegspiel-Gemeinschaft KSG Uerdingen alongside VfB 1910 Uerdingen (which was known from 1910 to 1919 as Sport-Club Preussen Uerdingen). That partnership continued after the war with the two clubs playing as Spielvereinigung Uerdingen 05. On 20 February 1948, VfB became independent again and in 1950 SpVgg resumed their original identity as FC Uerdingen 05.[1]

In 1953, the club merged with the Werkssportgruppen Bayer AG Uerdingen, the local worker's sports club of the chemical giant Bayer AG, becoming FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen. Bayer withdrew its sponsorship of the football team in 1995 at which time the club took on the name Krefelder Fußball-Club Uerdingen 05. Bayer continues to support the non-footballing departments of the club as Sport-Club Bayer 05 Uerdingen.

Historical chart of Uerdingen league performance

Uerdingen played in the amateur local leagues throughout their early history. By the early 1960s they had advanced as far as the Amateurliga Niederrhein (III) where they would play until 1971 when they stepped up into the Regionalliga West (II). The club then enjoyed a succession of strong finishes: a second-place result in 1974–75 earned them promotion to the top flight Bundesliga, where they finished dead last. After three seasons in the second tier 2. Bundesliga Nord, another second-place finish returned Uerdingen to the Bundesliga in 1979, this time for a two-year stay. The club would go on to enjoy its most successful years through the 1980s. They returned to the Bundesliga in 1983 and earned a best-ever third-place result there in 1986. Uerdingen also captured the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in 1985 with a 2–1 victory over Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in Berlin's Olympiastadion.[2]

Legendary in the club's history from this time is their victory over Dynamo Dresden in the quarter-finals of the 1986 European Cup Winners Cup. Down 2–0 after the first leg away and behind 3–1 by half-time at home in the return leg, Uerdingen came storming back with six unanswered goals to win 7–3.

In 1987, Uerdingen also became the first club to win both the German under 19's and under 17's championship in the same season.

The team spent the first half of the 1990s as an "elevator crew" bouncing up and down between the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. After the 1995 season Bayer withdrew its sponsorship of the football team which has suffered chronic financial difficulties ever since. Uerdingen took up their final year of play in the Bundesliga in the 1995–96 season as Krefelder Fußball-Club Uerdingen 05. By the turn of the millennium they had slipped through the second division and into third division play. The club's persistent financial problems led the DFB to deny them a license for play in the Regionalliga Nord (III) in 2003 despite a mid-table finish and they were relegated to the Oberliga Nordrhein (IV).

Veteran manager and Fortuna Düsseldorf legend Aleksandar Ristić was put in charge of the team as German football was reorganised with the introduction the new 3. Liga in 2008–09. KFC attempted to qualify for the restructured Regionalliga (IV), but failed in its attempt and was instead relegated to the Verbandsliga (VI) after finishing 13th.

In 2009, KFC has struggled with financial difficulties and its efforts to raise money included auctioning on eBay the right to coach the squad for one match and inviting childhood fan Pete Doherty to a league match.[3]

In 2010–11, the club won the Verbandsliga and thus gained promotion to the NRW-Liga (V). It was the first promotion in 17 years. KFC finished 8th NRW-Liga and missed second consecutive promotion to Regionalliga West due to finishing behind VfB Hüls. After the disbanding of the NRW-Liga, KFC qualified for the Oberliga Niederrhein. It won a league championship at this level in 2013 and was promoted to the Regionalliga West but relegated back to the Oberliga again in 2015.

In 2017, Uerdingen won promotion to Regionalliga West and in 2018 after winning the playoff against Waldhof Mannheim won promotion to 3. Liga.

In January 2021, outgoing president Mikhail Ponomarev and his deputy Nicolas Weinhardt announced their departure from the club and shortly after, stated that due to financial losses caused mainly by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football and an unclear situation regarding the stadium in Krefeld, it had filed for insolvency.[4] On 10 February 2021 the club was bought by Armenian business man and owner of the Noah Company, Roman Gevorkyan, who was also the owner of Armenian FC Noah, Latvian FC Noah Jūrmala and Italian A.C.N. Siena 1904.[5]

In June 2021, due to financial insolvency, and the inability to meet the licensing requirements of the 3. Liga, KFC Uerdingen was relegated to the Regionalliga West.[6] This led to Gevorkyan and the Noah Company withdrawing their engagements in the club, and all players were released by the club.[7] In the 2021–22 season, Uerdingen suffered a second consecutive relegation, and were relegated to the Oberliga.

Current squad edit

As of 26 March 2024[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   GER Marvin Gomoluch
2 DF   NED Pepijn Schlösser
3 DF   USA James Shepard
4 DF   GER Michael Blum
5 MF   GER Maximilian Funk
6 DF   GER Maurice Rene Haar
7 MF   GER Alexander Lipinski
8 MF   GER Florian Abel (captain)
9 FW   GER Gianluca Rizzo
10 MF   GER Fabio Di Gaetano
11 MF   GEO Levan Kenia
13 MF   GER Pascale Talarski
14 DF   GER Aaron Schreck
15 MF   GER Maik Odenthal
17 FW   GER Pascal Weber
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   GER Furkan Baydar
20 MF   JPN Hinata Gonda
21 DF   GER Philipp Meißner
22 DF   GER Justin Härtel
23 DF   GER Phil Zimmermann
24 MF   GER Justin Klein
25 DF   GER Ole Päffgen
27 GK   GER Robin Udegbe
29 FW   GRE Dimitrios Touratzidis
30 DF   CRO Vedran Berić
31 DF   GER Leonel Kadiata
32 GK   GER Leon Jovceski
33 DF   GER Anton Riegert
34 FW   GHA Charles Atsina
42 MF   POR Fabio Simoes Ribeiro

Honours edit

Senior edit

Youth edit

Recent seasons edit

Year Division Tier Position
1963–64 Verbandsliga Niederrhein III 6th
1964–65 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 10th
1965–66 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 5th
1966–67 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 2nd
1967–68 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 8th
1968–69 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 2nd
1969–70 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 9th
1970–71 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 1st ↑
1971–72 Regionalliga West II 7th
1972–73 Regionalliga West 3rd
1973–74 Regionalliga West 3rd
1974–75 2. Bundesliga 2nd ↑
1975–76 Bundesliga I 18th ↓
1976–77 2. Bundesliga II 4th
1977–78 2. Bundesliga 7th
1978–79 2. Bundesliga 2nd ↑
1979–80 Bundesliga I 15th
1980–81 Bundesliga 18th ↓
1981–82 2. Bundesliga II 12th
1982–83 2. Bundesliga 3rd ↑
1983–84 Bundesliga I 10th
1984–85 Bundesliga 7th
1985–86 Bundesliga 3rd
1986–87 Bundesliga 8th
1987–88 Bundesliga 11th
1988–89 Bundesliga 13th
1989–90 Bundesliga 14th
1990–91 Bundesliga 17th ↓
1991–92 2. Bundesliga II 1st ↑
1992–93 Bundesliga I 17th ↓
1993–94 2. Bundesliga II 2nd ↑
1994–95 Bundesliga I 15th
1995–96 Bundesliga 18th ↓
1996–97 2. Bundesliga II 9th
1997–98 2. Bundesliga 13th
1998–99 2. Bundesliga 16th ↓
1999–2000 Regionalliga III 11th
2000–01 Regionalliga 12th
2001–02 Regionalliga 5th
2002–03 Regionalliga 10th
2003–04 Regionalliga 7th
2004–05 Regionalliga 9th ↓
2005–06 Oberliga Nordhein IV 11th
2006–07 Oberliga Nordhein 10th
2007–08 Oberliga Nordhein 13th ↓
2008–09 Verbandsliga Niederrhein VI 8th
2009–10 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 3rd
2010–11 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 1st ↑
2011–12 NRW-Liga V 8th
2012–13 Oberliga Niederrhein 1st ↑
2013–14 Regionalliga West IV 17th
2014–15 Regionalliga West 15th ↓
2015–16 Oberliga Niederrhein V 2nd
2016–17 Oberliga Niederrhein 1st ↑
2017–18 Regionalliga West IV 1st ↑
2018–19 3. Liga III 11th
2019–20 3. Liga 13th
2020–21 3. Liga 16th ↓
2021–22 Regionalliga West IV 19th ↓
2022–23 Oberliga Niederrhein V 6th

Managerial history edit

References edit

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  2. ^ Grüne, Hardy (1996). Vom Kronprinzen bis zur Bundesliga. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-928562-85-1
  3. ^ Rogers, Iain (18 January 2008). "German soccer club seeks Pete Doherty's help". Reuters. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  4. ^ "KFC Uerdingen leitet Eigenverwaltungsverfahren ein" (in German). kfc-uerdingen.de. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Noah Company übernimmt Anteile des KFC Uerdingen" (in German). kfc-uerdingen.de. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Fragen und Antworten zum Aus des KFC Uerdingen" (in German). liga3-online.de. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
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  8. ^ "Kader" (in German). KFC Uerdingen 05. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  9. ^ Schulze, Thomas (14 May 2018). "Fußball-Regionalliga: KFC Uerdingen ist Meister". RP ONLINE (in German). Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2023.

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