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SC Verl is a German association football club based in Verl, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club was founded on 6 September 1924,[1] and since 1970 has consistently played in the higher echelons of amateur football.

SC Verl
SC Verl logo.svg
Full nameSportclub Verl von 1924 e.V.
Founded6 September 1924
GroundStadion an der Poststraße
Capacity5,001
ChairmanRaimund Bertels
ManagerGuerino Capretti
LeagueRegionalliga West (IV)
2018–197th

HistoryEdit

After almost 50 years of comparably insignificant existence, SC Verl advanced to the Landesliga Westfalen (IV) in 1970. Since then, SC Verl have been relegated only once (in 2003), qualified for newly introduced higher-class leagues three times out of four, won their league twice, and played the promotion round for 2. Bundesliga once (in 1991). Had they advanced, SC Verl would have been the smallest town ever to field a German pro football team,. Their second bid for advancing to professional football was the 1994–95 season, when they finished second in the newly formed Regionalliga Nord (III), six points behind Arminia Bielefeld.

German Cup appearancesEdit

SC Verl have appeared in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) tournament six times. In 1979, they defeated VfB Oldenburg (III)[2] and Spvgg Elversberg (IV)[3] before going out to Stuttgarter Kickers (II).[4] In 1992, they lost an all-amateur match in the first round. In 1999, they eliminated the Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach 6–5 on penalties, with Arne Friedrich scoring the decisive penalty.[5] They were defeated by the Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the second round.[6] In both their fourth (2007) and fifth (2010) appearances, they lost their first round matches against TSV 1860 Munich (II) – in the 2010 match by 2–1 after they led 1–0 at half-time.[7][8]

In the 2019–20 season Verl caused a major upset by beating the Bundesliga club Augsburg 2–1 in the first round.[9]

Relegation and Non-QualificationEdit

In 2003, a 15th-place finish in the Regionalliga Nord (III) saw the team relegated for the first time in over thirty years. Some dispute surrounds Verl having to play the last game of the season in Paderborn during torrential rain, while Hamburger SV II were able to claim unplayable conditions and played the next day, securing a victory against KFC Uerdingen to remain in the league.[10]

SC Verl had to play the Oberliga Westfalen (IV) for four years before winning the championship and advancing to Regionalliga again in 2007. One season later, the 3. Liga was introduced between the 2. Bundesliga and the Regionalliga, which in turn was split up from two into three divisions. SC Verl suffered through a poor 2007–08 campaign, finishing 18th and failing to qualify for the 3. Liga. They have remained in the fourth-tier Regionalliga since.

2009 European football betting scandalEdit

Two SC Verl games from the 2008–09 season – among over two hundred games by other clubs – were suspected of having been rigged by players, leading to significant attention by the press as, for several days, SC Verl was the only club actually named. The two players accused were summarily suspended, and their contracts were eventually terminated.[11][12]

Amateur successEdit

Having played at least fourth tier level since 1970, with 17 consecutive seasons in the third tier, makes SC Verl one of the most consistent top teams of Germany's amateur football. One of the smallest cities to field a fourth-tier football team, and together with neighbouring club SC Wiedenbrück 2000 one of only two clubs in the Regionalliga West working under amateur conditions (both players and coaches have day-time jobs), the club is without any liabilities – a direct result of a continued policy of "no credit financing".

Since 2008 the club has been a member of the Regionalliga West, achieving mid-table finishes each season.

 

HonoursEdit

The club's honours:

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 23 August 2019[13]

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 Sebastian Lange
3   MF Jan Schöppner
4   DF Daniel Mikic
5   DF Alessandro Otte
6   MF Ron Schallenberg
7   MF Mehmet Kurt
8   MF Hendrik Lohmar
9   FW Exauce Andzouana
10   MF Matthias Haeder
11   MF Jannik Schröder
13   FW Zlatko Janjić
14   DF Patrick Choroba
16   DF Sergej Schmik
No. Position Player
18   FW Aygün Yıldırım
19   DF Yannick Langesberg
20   MF Philip Semlits
21   DF Lars Ritzka
22   GK Luis Klante
23   DF Julian Stöckner
24   FW Anton Heinz
26   FW Christopher Schepp
27   FW Fabian Brosowski
28   DF Cinar Sansar
29   MF Dardan Karimani
32   GK Robin Brüseke

Famous playersEdit

SC Verl has seen many players who would go on to pro careers, the most notable being Arne Friedrich who played his last amateur season with the club before joining Arminia Bielefeld in 2000. He would go on to appear for the national side and captained Hertha BSC Berlin.

International playersEdit

StadiumEdit

After its establishment in 1924 and through part of the 1930s, SC Verl played at Auf der Heide. Sometime in the 1930s they moved to Birkenallee, where they remained until the end of World War II in 1945. Between 1945 and '55 their home ground was the Sportplatz Poststraße, and after 1955 the Stadion an der Poststraße. After capturing the Amateuroberliga Westfalen title in 1991, the team played its promotion round matches in the Heidewaldestadion Gütersloh in its failed attempt to advance to the 2. Bundesliga (as the Poststraße was not up to the task both capacity- and security-wise). The Stadion an der Poststraße was last expanded in 2015-16 to a capacity of 5,153, and renamed "Sportclub-Arena".

RivalriesEdit

SC Verl followers share a heartfelt rivalry with nearby FC Gütersloh whose supporters look down on the "village club", while SCV supporters in their turn tease the "big city club" over its inconsistent performance and financial woes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  2. ^ VfB Oldenburg – SC Verl, 26.08.1979 Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ SV Elversberg – SC Verl, 29.09.1979 Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ SC Verl – Stuttgarter Kickers, 12.01.1980 Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ dfb.de: SC Verl – Borussia Mönchengladbach, 31.07.1999
  6. ^ dfb.de: SC Verl – Eintracht Frankfurt, 08.08.1999
  7. ^ dfb.de: SC Verl – TSV 1860 München, 04.08.2007
  8. ^ dfb.de: SC Verl – 1860 München, 14.08.2010
  9. ^ "Viertligist Verl wirft Augsburg aus dem DFB-Pokal, Lautern besiegt Mainz". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  10. ^ Regionalliga Nord 2002/03, 34th gameday
  11. ^ Neumanns Platz im Verler Kader ist frei[permanent dead link] in: Neue Westfälische, 17 December 2009
  12. ^ SC Verl kündigt Hagedorn[permanent dead link] in: Westfalenblatt, 24 February 2010
  13. ^ {{cite web |title=Die Erste |language=German |url=http://www.sportclub-verl.de/Mannschaft/2497/Die-Erste |publisher=SC Verl |accessdate=23 August 2019}


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