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Sportfreunde Siegen

Sportfreunde Siegen is a German association football club based in Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia. After going through insolvency in 2008, the first team was forcibly relegated to the fifth-tier NRW-Liga. Promotion to fourth division Regionalliga West was accomplished in 2012, but the club continued to struggle while going back and forth between fourth and fifth league play. In 2017, the club had to file for insolvency for a second time.

Sportfreunde Siegen
[[File::Logo_Sportfreunde_Siegen.svg|frameless]]
Full name Sportfreunde Siegen von 1899 e.V.
Founded 25 July 1899
Ground Leimbachstadion
Capacity 18,500
Chairman Roland Schöler
Manager Dominik Dapprich
League Regionalliga West (IV)
2015–16 Oberliga Westfalen (V), 11th

The club’s home ground is the Leimbachstadion, an arena that can host up to 18,700 people.

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HistoryEdit

The early yearsEdit

The club was founded in 1899 as the football department of a gymnastics club called Turnverein Jahn von 1879 Siegen, being one of the first clubs in Western Germany to offer organized football to its members. In 1923, it merged with Sportverein 07 Siegen to become an independent football club called Sportfreunde Siegen von 1899.

The 1920s also marked the club's first ascension to the national level, competing in the Western German championship after claiming the crown in the district league four times in a row. Despite these results, the team did not qualify for the first division when German football was re-organized in the Third Reich. After World War II, the club initially could not match its pre-war successes until it won the German amateur championship in 1955 with a stunning 5–0 win over 05 Bad Homburg.

Two years later, Sportfreunde captain Herbert Schäfer was called up by national coach Sepp Herberger to play for the German national team. In 1954, Schäfer had been the last player being cut from the team which went on to win the World Cup. To this day, Herbert Schäfer still ranks as one of the best players to ever wear a Sportfreunde jersey.

Six years after winning the German amateur championship, Sportfreunde Siegen made the jump to professional football in 1961. When the Bundesliga was introduced in 1963, the club settled in the Regionalliga, which was the second highest division at the time. League games against renowned clubs such as Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Düsseldorf or Borussia Mönchengladbach were common during these days.

After some years of struggle, Sportfreunde Siegen fought its way back to professional football in 1972, claiming the West German amateur championship and promoting to the second-tier Regionalliga once again. Siegen remained on the professional stage for two more years before the introduction of the 2. Bundesliga forced the club to withdraw from this level in 1974. For the following twelve years, Sportfreunde Siegen continuously played in Germany's third division. After several ups and downs in the late 1980s and early '90s, the club made it back to third-tier Regionalliga in 1997, narrowly missing out on the promotion to the 2. Bundesliga by one game in 1999. In the same year, the team advanced to the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal, the German cup, before losing to Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in a highly contested match.

Recent historyEdit

 
Club logo until 2015

The first decade of the new millennium turned out to be the most eventful in the club's rich history. After a last-minute victory on the very last match day of the 2004–05 campaign, the club was finally promoted to 2. Bundesliga. Local hero and future German international Patrick Helmes led the team with 21 goals.

The following season saw the refurbishment of Leimbachstadion, the club's home ground since 1957, to its current capacity of 18,700 and quite decent results in the first half of the 2005–06 campaign in the 2. Bundesliga. German football heavyweight VfL Bochum was beaten 3–0, as was SC Freiburg. However, after a lacklustre performance in the second half of the season, the team was not able to avoid relegation. Two years later, Sportfreunde Siegen had to file for insolvency after failing to qualify for the newly established 3. Liga. The club managed to resume operations in fifth-division NRW-Liga. It returned to the Regionalliga West with the 2012–13 campaign and came in fifth in its first season back in semi-professional football, repeating this result in the following season. The team finished second-last in the Regionalliga in 2015 and was relegated from the league but bounced back immediately by winning the Oberliga Westfalen championship.

ManagementEdit

The club is chaired by Roland Schöler. Dominik Dapprich serves as head coach.

Current squadEdit

As of 28 January 2016

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 Dominik Poremba
4   DF Marco Beier
5   DF Daniel Hoff
6   MF Mehmet Kurt
7   DF Manuel Konate
8   MF Björn Jost
9   FW Lukas Hombach
10   FW Haluk Arslan
11   MF Jakub Jarecki
12   GK Daniel Duschner
No. Position Player
14   MF Marco Rente
15   DF Serkan Dalman
17   DF Amir Tahiri
18   MF Luca Valido
20   FW Benedikt Zahn
21   DF Til Bauman
22   GK Christoph Thies
25   MF Julian Jakobs
26   MF Arda Nebi
31   MF Mark Zeh

Notable playersEdit

Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.

HonoursEdit

The club's honours:

Former managersEdit

Women's footballEdit

In 1996 the women's department of TSV Siegen moved to the Sportfreunde. At that time the team had been the most successful team in the Bundesliga. Since the team was denied a license for the 2001–02 Bundesliga season they have not returned to the Bundesliga, moving between second and third league. In the 2008–09 season they have played in the Regionalliga (III), were relegated to the fourth tier Verbandsliga Westfalen in 2009–10 but managed direct promotion to the Regionalliga West for the 2010–11 season.

Current squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
  GK Steffi Neuser
  DF Steffi Blazejezak
  DF Aileen Diener
  DF Theresa Heinz
  DF Sarah Schneider
  DF Mariana Wagener
  DF Janina Weber
  DF Christina Wolff
  MF Marina Buschinski
  MF Nadine Göbel
  MF Denise Käsler
  MF Christina Lehmann
  MF Daniela Paetzold
No. Position Player
  MF Janina Röder
  MF Laura Schmidt
  MF Denise Stracke
  MF Vanessa Thorbeck
  MF Jessica Wei
  MF Selina Weller
  FW Melina Ciraci
  FW Saskia Diener
  FW Ann-Kathrin Morgenschweis
  FW Ina Reichmann
  FW Marie Schwermer
  FW Britta Thaler

HonoursEdit

All the honours were gained when the women's department was still a part of TSV Siegen.

  • German women's champions: 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996
  • Women's German Cup champions: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rob Delahaije trainer Sportfreunde Siegen - Limburgse Courant (in Dutch)
  2. ^ „Kein Verein für Wunschkonzerte“ - Der Westen (in German)
  3. ^ [1]

External linksEdit