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Sport-Club Paderborn 07 e.V., commonly known as simply SC Paderborn 07 (pronounced [ʔɛs t͡seː paːdɐˈbɔʁn nʊl ziːbm̩]) or SC Paderborn, is a German association football club based in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club has enjoyed its greatest successes since the turn of the millennium, becoming a fixture in the 2. Bundesliga before finally earning promotion to the Bundesliga in the 2013–14 season. They suffered a hasty fall from grace, however, being relegated to the 2. Bundesliga after only a season in the top division, and then again to the 3. Liga the season after. The club reached 2nd place in the 2018–19 season and was promoted to the Bundesliga.

SC Paderborn
SC Paderborn 07 logo.svg
Full nameSport-Club Paderborn 07 e.V.
Founded1907; 112 years ago (1907)
ChairmanElmar Volkmann
ManagerSteffen Baumgart
2018–192. Bundesliga, 2nd (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season



Fusion into SC PaderbornEdit

For most of the twentieth century, Paderborn had two football clubs: TuS Schloss Neuhaus and FC Paderborn, who remained rivals until the 1980s. After Neuhaus had been promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and finished last in 1983, this set-up had reached its athletic and financial ceiling. Thus, in 1985, the two clubs merged into TuS Paderborn/Neuhaus. In 1997, the club adopted its current identity by assuming the name SC Paderborn 07, named after TuS Neuhaus' founding date 1907.[1]

Beginnings in amateur football (1985-2005)Edit

During most of the 1980s, the recently merged club competed in the third-tier Oberliga Westfalen, where they counted among the leading teams but never achieved promotion. In 1994, Paderborn won the league and thereby qualified for the promotion playoffs. The team lost to Eintracht Braunschweig and Fortuna Düsseldorf but secured a place in the newly formed third-tier of the German football pyramid, the Regionalliga West/Südwest. Except for a brief stint in the fourth tier, Paderborn enjoyed moderate success with regular trips to the DFB Pokal. [2]

During one of these, in 2004/5, the club reached the round of 16 beating MSV Duisburg and Bundesliga-side HSV on the way. It later emerged, that latter match had been affected by game manipulation; referee Robert Hoyzer had received a bribe to let Paderborn win the game. The incident remains the most significant betting scandal in the history of German football.[3]

Historical chart of Paderborn league performance

Consolidation in the 2.Bundesliga (2005-15)Edit

Paderborn returned to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time in nearly thirty years at the end of the same season. The team's advance into professional football brought with it a professionalisation of its structures and in 2005 construction began on a new 15,000-seat stadium which replaced the dated Hermann-Löns-Stadion. All of this helped to establish the club as a regular component of Germany's professional football landscape.[4] This process culminated in the club's first promotion to the Bundesliga after the 2013/14 season.[5]

Bundesliga and years of turbulence (2015-)Edit

Paderborn's foray into top-tier football turned out to be a brief one: after a decent first half of the season, the team's play deteriorated and resulted in direct relegation in 2015. There followed a precipitous fall, as the club plummeted to 18th in the 3.Liga in 2017. This result would have led to relegation to the non-professional Regionalliga West, had TSV 1860 Munich not failed to obtain the licence necessary to continue professional play. Thus, Munich was forced to move to the Regionalliga Bayern which allowed Paderborn to avoid its third consecutive relegation.[6] Having been saved narrowly, the club surprisingly finished second in the 2017/18 season and returned to the 2. Bundesliga. In 2019, a remarkable turn of events, the newly promoted side managed another top-two finish, which returned Paderborn to the Bundesliga after years of turbulence.[7]

Recent seasonsEdit

Year Division Tier Position
1985–86 Oberliga Westfalen III 2nd
1986–87 Oberliga Westfalen 6th
1987–88 Oberliga Westfalen 8th
1988–89 Oberliga Westfalen 9th
1989–90 Oberliga Westfalen 2nd
1990–91 Oberliga Westfalen 8th
1991–92 Oberliga Westfalen 5th
1992–93 Oberliga Westfalen 5th
1993–94 Oberliga Westfalen 1st
1994–95 Regionalliga West/Südwest 9th
1995–96 Regionalliga West/Südwest 5th
1996–97 Regionalliga West/Südwest 10th
1997–98 Regionalliga West/Südwest 9th
1998–99 Regionalliga West/Südwest 7th
1999–00 Regionalliga West/Südwest 13th ↓
2000–01 Oberliga Westfalen IV 1st ↑
2001–02 Regionalliga Nord III 14th
2002–03 Regionalliga Nord 8th
2003–04 Regionalliga Nord 3rd
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord 2nd ↑
2005–06 2. Bundesliga II 9th
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 11th
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 17th ↓
2008–09 3. Liga III 3rd ↑
2009–10 2. Bundesliga II 5th
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 12th
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 5th
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 12th
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 2nd ↑
2014–15 Bundesliga I 18th ↓
2015–16 2. Bundesliga II 18th ↓
2016–17 3. Liga III 18th
2017–18 3. Liga 2nd ↑
2018–19 2. Bundesliga II 2nd ↑
2019–20 Bundesliga I


Current squadEdit

As of 27 August 2019[8]

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 Michael Ratajczak
2   DF Uwe Hünemeier
4   DF Jan-Luca Rumpf
5   DF Christian Strohdiek (captain)
7   MF Marlon Ritter
8   MF Klaus Gjasula
9   MF Kai Pröger
10   MF Cauly
11   FW Sven Michel
13   DF Sebastian Schonlau
14   FW Khiry Shelton
15   DF Luca Kilian
16   MF Johannes Dörfler
17   GK Leopold Zingerle
No. Position Player
19   MF Abdelhamid Sabiri
20   DF Laurent Jans (on loan from FC Metz)
21   GK Jannik Huth
22   MF Christopher Antwi-Adjei
24   MF Rifet Kapić
25   DF Mohamed Dräger (on loan from SC Freiburg)
27   FW Babacar Guèye
29   DF Jamilu Collins
30   FW Streli Mamba
31   FW Ben Zolinski
33   MF Marcel Hilßner
34   GK Leon Brüggemeier
38   MF Gerrit Holtmann (on loan from Mainz)
39   MF Sebastian Vasiliadis

Players out of teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Massih Wassey

Players out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Ron Schallenberg (at SC Verl until 30 June 2020)
  FW Sergio Gucciardo (at SV Lippstadt 08 until 30 June 2020)
  FW Felix Drinkuth (at Hallescher FC until 30 June 2020)



  1. ^ "Über Fusionen zur Einheit". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Der gemeinsame Weg (1985-heute)". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Hoyzer zerstörte Toppmöllers Karriere". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Der gemeinsame Weg (1985-heute)". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Aufstiegskandidat Paderborn: Das Leuchten der Province". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Große Erleichterung über die Rettung des SC Paderborn". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Paderborn feiert den Aufstieg". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Spieler – Mannschaft – Profis – SC Paderborn 07" (in German). SC Paderborn 07. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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