SV Odin Hannover
The SV Odin Hannover is a German rugby union club from Hanover, currently playing in the 2. Rugby-Bundesliga. Apart from rugby, the club also offers other sports like association football, gymnastics and handball.
|Full name||SV Odin von 1905 e.V.|
|Union||German Rugby Federation|
|Ground(s)||An der Graft|
|Coach(es)||Antonio Joao Carvalho Abreu|
It was to be the only championship final the club lost, winning the next six it played in between 1914 and 1963. The club also became the first-ever winner of the German rugby union cup in 1962 and defended this title the following year. The double of championship and cup won that year however was to become its last national titles until 2009. Two more lost cup finals in the late 1960s marking the end of the club's success on national scale.
In recent seasons, after having been relegated from the Rugby-Bundesliga in 1998, the club made a comeback to the national rugby scene when it returned to the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga, the second tier of German rugby, in 2004. The club remained a mid-table side in the league the following seasons. In 2008, it formed an on-the-field union with VfR Döhren, the two clubs now fielding a combined side in the league, playing as SG SV Odin/VfR Döhren.
In 2009, the combined side managed to win the league cup, a competition not contested by the top teams of German rugby.
The SG SV Odin/VfR Döhren was withdrawn from the 2nd Bundesliga in 2011 and instead entered the tier-three Regionalliga North for the following season. In the 2013-14 season the club made it back to the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga. In the 2014–15 season the club finished third in the north-east Liga-Pokal group and was knocked out by Neckarsulmer SU in the quarter finals of the play-offs.
In the 2016-2017 season they went unbeaten in the 2. Rugby-Bundesliga and beat RK Berlin Grizzlies to win the first promotion spot to the 1. Rugby-Bundesliga for the 2017-2018 season.
In the 2017-2018 season and after a good start they ended the first leg in the middle of the table. After the winter break they did not manage to win a single game and ended the season in the last place returning to the 2. Rugby-Bundesliga.
Recent seasons of the club:
|2000-01||Rugby-Regionalliga Lower Saxony (III)||5th|
|2001-02||Rugby-Regionalliga Lower Saxony||3rd|
|2002-03||Rugby-Regionalliga Lower Saxony||3rd|
|2003-04||Rugby-Regionalliga Lower Saxony||1st|
|North/East championship round||1st — Promoted|
|2004-05||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East (II)||5th|
|2005-06||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||4th|
|2006–07||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||3rd|
|2007–08||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||6th|
|2008–09||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East 1||5th|
|2009–10||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East 1||5th|
|2010–11||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North/East||6th — Relegated|
|2013–14||Rugby-Regionalliga North||1st — Promoted|
|2014–15||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga qualification round – North||3rd|
|Liga-Pokal – North-East||1st — Quarter finals|
|2015–16||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North||4th||2016-17||2nd Rugby-Bundesliga North||1st||1. Rugby-Bundesliga|
- 1 Placing for combined side SG SV Odin/VfR Döhren.
- Until 2001, when the single-division Bundesliga was established, the season was divided in autumn and spring, a Vorrunde and Endrunde, whereby the top teams of the Rugby-Bundesliga would play out the championship while the bottom teams together with the autumn 2nd Bundesliga champion would play for Bundesliga qualification. The remainder of the 2nd Bundesliga teams would play a spring round to determine the relegated clubs. Where two placing's are shown, the first is autumn, the second spring.
- Die Deutschen Meister der Männer Archived 2007-10-25 at the Wayback Machine (in German) DRV website, accessed: 2 April 2010
- SV Odin club info at totalrugby.de (in German) accessed: 2 April 2010
- Rugby Spielpläne - Archiv 2008/2009 (in German) rugbyweb.de, accessed: 2 April 2010
- Die Deutschen Liga-Pokalsieger Archived 2007-10-25 at the Wayback Machine (in German) DRV website, accessed: 2 April 2010
- RugbyWeb Ergebnisarchiv (in German) rugbyweb.de - Results archive, accessed: 24 July 2012