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VfR Wormatia 08 Worms is a German association football club that plays in Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate. The club and its historical predecessors were regular participants in regional first-division football competition until the formation of the national top-flight Bundesliga in 1963. Today the team plays in the fourth tier Regionalliga Südwest.

VfR Wormatia 08 Worms
Wormatia 08 Logo 2008
Full nameVerein für Rasenspiele
Wormatia Worms 08 e.V.
Founded23 May 1908
GroundEWR-Arena
Capacity5,724
ChairmanTim Brauer
ManagerSteven Jones (caretaker)
LeagueRegionalliga Südwest (IV)
2017–18Regionalliga Südwest, 13th
WebsiteClub website

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HistoryEdit

 
Logo used until 2010

SC Wormatia was formed on 23 May 1908 and renamed VfL Wormatia Worms in 1921 just before merging with VfR Wormatia Worms in 1922. VfR was the product of the 1919 merger of Union 08 and Viktoria 1912. Both VfL and VfR were playing in the Kreisliga Hessen (I).[1]

The combined side played in the Bezirksliga Rheinhessen-Saar earning mid-table results. In 1927, SC joined the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen and enjoyed first- and second-place finishes in that league's Gruppe Hessen. German football was re-organized under the Third Reich into sixteen Gauligen, or regional upper class leagues, in 1933. Wormatia found themselves playing in the Gauliga Südwest (I) where they continued to play well, capturing the division title three times. The side was merged into Reichsbahn TuSV Worms in 1938 and then played on under that name. The Gauliga Südwest was broken up into a two divisions in 1941 and the club went to the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau, playing there for only a couple of seasons before the end of World War II and the collapse of league play.

 
Historical chart of Wormatia league performance after WWII

The club re-emerged as VfR Wormatia Worms after the war and joined the Oberliga Südwest (I) earning finishes in the upper half of the table in its first decade of play there, but only once advancing into the national championship rounds. That performance slipped somewhat in the years leading up to the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's first professional league, in 1963. In the late 1960s, Wormatia became one of the first clubs to display advertising on its jerseys. Wormatia was seeded into the second division Regionalliga Südwest (2. Bundesliga after 1973) where, except for two seasons in the mid-1970s, the club played until 1981. The club's best results came in 1965, when it finished second and played in the Bundesliga promotion rounds, and in 1979, when it earned a third-place finish in the 2. Bundesliga.

The 1979 season was full of drama for Wormatia. At the mid-way point of the season the side led the 2.Bundesliga Süd as Herbst meisterschaft, or Fall champions. Their second round German Cup match against Hertha BSC Berlin was called at 1–1 when the lights in Berlin's Olympiastadion failed and Worms then lost the subsequent re-match 0–2. The league championship remained within the club's grasp almost to the very last, but crucial points were lost in drawing two of the season's final three matches. All of this took place against a background of steadily growing financial problems.

After struggling to avoid relegation through several poor seasons, the team finally slipped to the tier III Amateur Oberliga Südwest in 1982. A return to the 2. Bundesliga after a first-place finish in 1986 was frustrated when the club was denied a license because of its weak financial state. Wormatia continued to play third-division football until another financial crisis in 1994 drove them down to the Verbandsliga Südwest (V). The team returned to the Oberliga Südwest (IV) in 1998 and played there until 2008, when it qualified for the new Regionalliga West (IV) formed after the introduction of the 3. Liga. Finishing in the relegation zone at the end of its first season there, the club was saved from being sent down by the withdrawal of 12th-placed FSV Oggersheim from the league. Worms improved the following year and was moved to the Regionalliga Süd (IV) from 2010 to 2012. At the end of the 2011-12 season the club became part of the new Regionalliga Südwest (IV). It finished in a relegation position in 2014 but was spared from dropping back down to the Oberliga by the insolvency of SSV Ulm.

HonoursEdit

The club's honours:

Current squadEdit

As of 11 November 2018[2]

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 Chris Keilmann
3   MF Cedric Heller
4   DF Tevin Ihrig
5   DF Dominique Jourdan
6   MF Perric Afari
7   DF Eugen Gopko
8   MF Andreas Glockner
9   MF Luca Graciotti
10   FW Jan-Lucas Dorow
11   FW Giuseppe Burgio
14   FW Dimitrios Ferfelis
16   DF Ahmed Diack
17   MF Leon Volz
18   DF Ünal Altintas
No. Position Player
20   MF Aret Demir
21   GK Niklas Reichel
22   DF Malte Moos
25   DF Niklas Kern
26   DF Cédric Mimbala
27   MF Sascha Korb
29   FW Marc Anders
30   FW Koki Matsumoto
31   DF Pasquale Marsal
33   MF Niko Dobros
34   MF Pascal Schmidt
37   DF Linus Radau
44   MF Dino Bajric

Recent seasonsEdit

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[3][4]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Oberliga Südwest IV 7th
2000–01 Oberliga Südwest 16th
2001–02 Oberliga Südwest 15th
2002–03 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2003–04 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2004–05 Oberliga Südwest 8th
2005–06 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2006–07 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 3rd ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga West 16th
2009–10 Regionalliga West 17th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 12th
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 4th
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest 12th
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 16th
2014–15 Regionalliga Südwest 5th
2015–16 Regionalliga Südwest 9th
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest 13th

KeyEdit

Promoted Relegated

Former coachesEdit

The managers of the club:[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs 7. Vereinslexikon. Kassel: Agon-Sportverlag. ISBN 978-3-89784-147-5.
  2. ^ "Wormatia Worms Squad". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv ‹See Tfd›(in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  4. ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse ‹See Tfd›(in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  5. ^ http://www.wormatia.de/archiv/trainer.html
  6. ^ Wormatia Worms .:. Trainer von A-Z ‹See Tfd›(in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 23 December 2011

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