Torgelower FC Greif
Torgelower FC Greif is a German football club from the city of Torgelow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The football team is part of a sports club which also has departments for women's sport, table tennis, and handball. The club was known as Torgelower SV Greif until 2014.
|Full name||Torgelower Fußballclub Greif e.V.|
|League||Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (VI)|
The club was established in 1919 as Greif Torgelow and after World War II resumed play in East Germany as BSG Motor Torgelow in the third-tier Berzirksliga Neubrandenburg. Through the 1950s they would play as Motor or as Stahl Torgelow and generally earn upper-table finishes. Their performance began to slip in the early 1960s, and they delivered only mid-table results. In 1963 they were renamed Nord Max Matern Torgelow and would play as NMM or simply Nord Torgelow until after German reunification in 1990.
In 1971 the team won its first promotion to the second-division DDR-Liga and spent most of the decade as an elevator side moving up and down between second- and third-tier play. They were eligible for promotion again in 1984 but failed to advance through a playoff.
Nord Torgelow gave up its communist-era name in 1990 to again take on the historical club name Torgelower SV Greif. After the merger of the football leagues of the two Germanys in the early 1990s, Greif played as a lower-division side until moving up to the Verbandsliga Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (V) in 1994. They played there as a middling side until an exciting 2003–04 campaign saw the club come close to breaking through to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV). The next season the club captured the division title to earn promotion to the country's highest amateur class.
The club played in the Oberliga for the next seven seasons, winning the league in 2011 but declining promotion to the Regionalliga. At the end of the following season the club qualified for the new Regionalliga Nordost where it played for a season until relegated again in 2013. Back in the Oberliga the club dropped another level in 2014 and now plays in the Verbandsliga again.
The club's honours:
Torgelower SV Greif play their home matches in the Gießerei-Arena, built in 1958, which has a capacity of 10,000.