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SpVgg Greuther Fürth
SpVgg Greuther Fürth logo (2017).svg
Full nameSpielvereinigung Greuther Fürth e. V.
Nickname(s)Kleeblätter (Cloverleaves)
Founded23 September 1903; 119 years ago (1903-09-23) as SpVgg Fürth
GroundSportpark Ronhof
Capacity16,626[1]
PresidentFred Höfler
Head coachAlexander Zorniger
League2. Bundesliga
2021–22Bundesliga, 18th of 18 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth (German pronunciation: [ˈʃpiːlfɛɐ̯ˌʔaɪnɪɡʊŋ ˌɡʁɔɪ̯tɐ ˈfʏʁt]), commonly known as Greuther Fürth (German pronunciation: [ˌɡʁɔɪ̯tɐ ˈfʏʁt] (listen)), is a German football club based in Fürth, Bavaria. They play in the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system, following relegation from the Bundesliga in the 2021–22 season.

Founded in 1903, the most successful era for Greuther Fürth came in the pre-Bundesliga era in the 1910s and 1920s, when the club won three German championships in 1914, 1926, and 1929 respectively and finished as runners-up in 1920. In the 2012–13 season, the club played in the Bundesliga for the first time, having won promotion from the 2. Bundesliga;[2] it was relegated back to the 2. Bundesliga at the end of the season. On 23 May 2021 they were promoted back to the Bundesliga for the second time.[3] Upon placing 18th in the Bundesliga table in the 2021–22 season, they were relegated back to 2. Bundesliga.

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Fürth

Fürth

Fürth is a city in northern Bavaria, Germany, in the administrative division (Regierungsbezirk) of Middle Franconia. It is now contiguous with the larger city of Nuremberg, the centres of the two cities being only seven km (4.3 mi) apart.

2. Bundesliga

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The 2. Bundesliga is the second division of professional football in Germany. It was implemented 11 years after the founding of the Fußball-Bundesliga as the new second division for professional football. The 2. Bundesliga is ranked below the Bundesliga and above the 3. Liga in the German football league system. All of the 2. Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal, the annual German Cup competition. A total of 127 clubs have competed in the 2. Bundesliga since its foundation.

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List of German football champions

List of German football champions

The German football champions are the annual winners of the highest association football competition in Germany. The history of the German football championship is complex and reflects the turbulent history of the country through the course of the 20th century.

1914 German football championship

1914 German football championship

The 1914 German football championship, the 12th edition of the competition, was won by SpVgg Fürth, defeating VfB Leipzig 3–2 after extra time in the final. It was the last edition of the championship before the First World War, with the next edition not held until after the war in 1920.

1926 German football championship

1926 German football championship

The 1926 German football championship, the 19th edition of the competition, was won by SpVgg Fürth, defeating Hertha BSC 4–1 in the final.

1929 German football championship

1929 German football championship

The 1929 German football championship, the 22nd edition of the competition, was won by SpVgg Fürth, defeating Hertha BSC 3–2 in the final.

1920 German football championship

1920 German football championship

The 1920 German football championship, the 13th edition of the competition, was won by 1. FC Nürnberg, defeating SpVgg Fürth 2–0 in the final. It was the first edition of the championship after the First World War and was staged six years after the previous championship in 1914.

2012–13 Bundesliga

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History

Spielvereinigung Fürth

The origins of SpVgg Fürth are in the establishment on 23 September 1903 of a football department within the gymnastics club Turnverein 1860 Fürth. The footballers went their own way as an independent club in November 1906, after they did not get enough support from TV Fürth. The team played in the Ostkreisliga and took divisional titles there in 1912, 1913 and 1914 before moving on to participate in the Süddeutsche (South German) regional playoffs for the national championship round.[4] Right from the beginning, there was a great rivalry between the SpVgg Fürth and the 1. FC Nürnberg, predicated on the historical rivalry between the two neighbouring cities. The club grew rapidly, and by 1914, it had 3,000 members and was the largest sports club in Germany. When the club built their own stadium, Sportpark Ronhof, in 1910, it was the biggest stadium in Germany at the time.

National champions

Fürth won their first national title in winning the 1914 German football championship under English coach William Townley with left winger Julius Hirsch, who had joined the team the prior season.[5][6] They faced VfB Leipzig – the defending champions with three titles to their credit – in the final held on 31 May in Magdeburg. A 154-minute-long thriller, the longest completed game in German football history (the 1922 Final was abandoned after 189 minutes due to darkness), ended with Fürth scoring a golden goal to secure the title.[7]

The team had a solid run of successes through the 1920s and into the early 1930s, beginning with an appearance in the national final in 1920 against 1. FC Nürnberg, which was the dominant side of the decade. The rivalry between the two clubs was such that a star player with SpVgg was forced to leave after he married a woman from the city of Nuremberg. In 1924, for the first and only time, the German national side was made up exclusively of players from just two sides – Fürth and 1. FC Nürnberg – and players of the two teams slept in separate rail coaches.

SpVgg showed regularly on the national stage, advancing to the semi-finals in 1923 and 1931. They claimed two more championships – in 1926 and 1929 – with both of those victories coming at the expense of Hertha BSC. Through this period, the club played five finals in the Süddeutscher Pokal (en:South German Cup), coming away as cup winners on four occasions. On 27 August 1929, the association was joined by FC Schneidig Fürth.

German football was re-organized in 1933 under the Third Reich into 16 top flight Gauligen. Fürth became part of the Gauliga Bayern, but their success over the next dozen seasons was limited to a division title there in 1935, alongside regular appearances in competition for the Tschammerpokal, predecessor to today's DFB-Pokal (German Cup).

Postwar play

Historical chart of Greuther Fürth and predecessors' performance
Historical chart of Greuther Fürth and predecessors' performance

After the war the team struggled through three seasons in the Oberliga Süd (I) before slipping to the Landesliga Bayern (II). SpVgg quickly recovered itself and returned to Oberliga play the next season. They won the title there in 1950 and went on to the national playoffs, advancing as far as the semi-finals before being eliminated 1–4 by VfB Stuttgart. In 1954, two players from the SpVgg, Karl Mai and Herbert Erhardt, were members of the "Miracle of Bern" team that won Germany's first World Cup.

Fürth remained a first division side until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963. The club did not qualify as one of the sixteen teams that made up the new unified national first division and they found themselves playing second division football in the Regionalliga Süd, where they were generally a mid-table side whose best finish was third-place result in 1967. The club played in the 2. Bundesliga from its inception in 1974 until 1983 with their best performance a fourth-place result in 1978–79. They slipped to playing in the tier III Bayernliga, with a short three-year spell in the fourth division Landesliga Bayern-Mitte in the late 1980s. At this time, the club started to have large financial problems. In 1990, Fürth celebrated a 3–1 victory in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal play over first division side Borussia Dortmund before going out 0–1 to 1. FC Saarbrücken in the second round. They returned to the Bayernliga (III) in 1991 and the Regionalliga Süd (III) in 1994. But still, the club's financial issues became bigger, and they were forced to sell their ground to the local businessman Conny Brandstätter. As the financial problems continued to grow, the president of SpVgg, Edgar Burkhart, arranged a deal with Helmut Hack, president of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth, to let TSV join the SpVgg and changing the name of the Spielvereinigung to the name SpVgg Greuther Fürth, which is still in use. The SpVgg so had the chance to get back in both financial and on-pitch success, while TSV could grow bigger in the city of Fürth than it would have been possible in the village of Vestenbergsgreuth.

TSV Vestenbergsgreuth

Meanwhile, the small village team of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth was established 1 February 1974 and debuted as a fourth division side.[4] They advanced into the Amateur Oberliga Bayern (III) in 1987, just as SpVgg Fürth was descending to play in the division the more junior club had just escaped. TSV took part in the national amateur playoff round in 1988 and 1995. Their best performance came in the 1995 DFB-Pokal when they upset Bayern Munich 1–0, and then beat FC 08 Homburg 5–1, before being eliminated in the third round of the competition by VfL Wolfsburg on penalty kicks.

SpVgg Greuther Fürth

At the time when Vestenbergsgreuth's football branch was incorporated in 1996, in which TSV's football players came over to Fürth, both clubs were playing at about the same level in Regionalliga Süd (III). The SpVgg was runner-up behind long-term rival 1. FC Nürnberg in the division the next year, and so earned promotion back to the 2. Bundesliga after 18 years, and played in the second tier at the first time since 1979. At this time, the Sportpark Ronhof, now called Playmobil Arena, faced the first major redevelopment since the post-war years and the construction of the old main stand in 1950. They built new stands on three of the four sides of the pitch, a roofed seating stand on the opposite side of the main stand, an uncovered terrace in the north end, and an uncovered mixed standing and seating area in the south of the stadium, as well as installing floodlights in the Ronhof the first time ever. With the modernized stadium and a clever transfer strategy, they have consistently finished in the top half of the 18-team table in the 2000s, despite having one of the lowest budgets most of the time. On 1 July 2003, the club added former workers' club Tuspo Fürth to its tradition through a merger. In 2008, the stadium faced another redevelopment, as the standing terrace in the north got a roof, and a VIP building was installed near to the old main stand. With this work, the main stand became the last piece of the stadium that has not been redeveloped. In that time, Fürth has come close to renewing its ancient rivalry with Nürnberg at the Bundesliga level, narrowly missing promotion in each of the first two seasons of the 2010s. On 23 April 2012, Fürth finally gained promotion to the Bundesliga in the 2011–12 season, they eventually went on to win the 2. Bundesliga under manager Mike Büskens. With promotion, the 1998 built south stand was demolished, and a new one was installed, gaining a capacity increase from 14,500 to 18,000, as well as providing a roof on the south for the first time.

However, Fürth had a difficult first season in the Bundesliga as the club amassed only four victories in the 34-game campaign, one of them at the ground of their rivals 1. FC Nürnberg, when the de facto relegated side won 1–0, giving the fans of the Kleeblatt a peaceful feeling about the relegation. The club also set an infamous record by becoming the first club in Bundesliga history to not win a single home game during the regular season.[8] The club finished last in the league with 21 points and was relegated back to the 2. Bundesliga.

The following season, despite not aiming for promotion, the club was a strong contender for a direct return to the Bundesliga. A third place in the final standings qualified the team for the promotion play-offs, where it faced Hamburger SV. After a 0–0 draw in Hamburg, the club missed out on promotion on the away goal rule when the return leg ended 1–1. In the following seasons, they struggled to be as strong as they were before the Bundesliga promotion. They nearly got relegated to the 3. Liga in the 2014–15 season, when only a narrow win against later promoted club SV Darmstadt 98 on matchday 33, and other teams not winning on matchday 34, kept them in the league. In the same season, on early matchday 2, they gained a historic 5–1 home victory in the Frankenderby, their highest-ever home win in a derby. In the following two years, the Spielvereinigung finished mid-table, with not having either fear of getting relegated or gaining promotion. This period of their newer history is characterized by the relegation of FCN in 2014, and both rivals playing each year since then. In the 2016–17 season, the Kleeblatt won both derbies of the regular season for the first time since the 1970s, and finished above Nuremberg for the first time since the 1950s. In early 2016, the 1950-built main stand was demolished, and the construction of a new main stand started. Before the 2017–18 season, the construction of the new main stand was finished. With a 3–1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf on 17 September 2017, the club managed to become leader of the all-time league table of the 2. Bundesliga.[9]

By finishing second in the 2020–21 season, Greuther Fürth gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the second time in the club's history. Under manager Stefan Leitl, the team secured promotion on the last matchday of the season with a 3–2 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf.[10]

SpVgg Greuther Fürth II

Fürth also fields a strong reserve side which has played in the Oberliga Bayern (IV) since the 2001–02 season and finished second there in 2006–07. A second place in 2007–08 meant the team was qualified to play in the Regionalliga Süd in 2008–09.

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1914 German football championship

1914 German football championship

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Julius Hirsch

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Karl Mai

Karl Mai

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Rivals

1. FC Nürnberg is by far the SpVgg's biggest rival, going back to the early days of German football when, at times, those two clubs dominated the national championship.[11] Matches between both teams also called as "Frankenderby". Both competed against each other again in the 2012–13 Bundesliga season and the 2014–15 2. Bundesliga season.

Honours

League

Cup

  • German Indoor Cup
    • Winner: 2000

Regional

Invitational

  • Tournoi de Pentecôte de Paris

Youth team

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1914 German football championship

1914 German football championship

The 1914 German football championship, the 12th edition of the competition, was won by SpVgg Fürth, defeating VfB Leipzig 3–2 after extra time in the final. It was the last edition of the championship before the First World War, with the next edition not held until after the war in 1920.

1926 German football championship

1926 German football championship

The 1926 German football championship, the 19th edition of the competition, was won by SpVgg Fürth, defeating Hertha BSC 4–1 in the final.

1929 German football championship

1929 German football championship

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2. Bundesliga

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Mittelfranken Cup

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Recent coaches

List of club's coach since 1974:[13]

Name From Until
Germany Alfred Hoffmann 1 July 1974 30 June 1975
Germany Hans Cieslarczyk 1 July 1975 30 June 1977
Germany Hannes Baldauf 1 July 1977 30 June 1980
Germany Dieter Schulte 1 July 1980 28 February 1981
Germany Heinz Lucas 1 March 1981 30 June 1981
Germany Hans-Dieter Roos 1 July 1981 15 November 1981
Germany Lothar Kleim 23 November 1981 30 June 1982
Germany Franz Brungs 1 July 1982 30 June 1983
Germany Günter Gerling 1 July 1983 30 June 1986
Germany Lothar Kleim 1 July 1986 28 February 1987
Germany Paul Hesselbach 1 March 1987 30 June 1989
Germany Günter Gerling 1 July 1989 9 April 1995
Germany Bertram Beierlorzer 10 April 1995 30 June 1996
Germany Armin Veh 1 July 1996 30 June 1997
Germany Benno Möhlmann 15 October 1997 21 October 2000
Germany Paul Hesselbach 22 October 2000 19 November 2000
Germany Uwe Erkenbrecher 20 November 2000 30 August 2001
Name From Until
Germany Paul Hesselbach (interim) 1 September 2001 29 October 2001
Germany Eugen Hach 30 October 2001 5 November 2003
Germany Werner Dreßel (interim) 6 November 2003 29 December 2003
Germany Thomas Kost 30 December 2003 16 February 2004
Germany Benno Möhlmann 18 February 2004 30 June 2007
Germany Bruno Labbadia 1 July 2007 30 June 2008
Germany Benno Möhlmann 1 July 2008 20 December 2009
Germany Mike Büskens 27 December 2009 20 February 2013
Germany Ludwig Preis (interim) 21 February 2013 11 March 2013
Germany Frank Kramer 12 March 2013 23 February 2015
Germany Mike Büskens 23 February 2015 28 May 2015
Germany Stefan Ruthenbeck 12 June 2015 21 November 2016
Hungary Janos Radoki 21 November 2016 28 August 2017
Germany Mirko Dickhaut (interim) 28 August 2017 9 September 2017
Croatia Damir Burić 9 September 2017 4 February 2019
Germany Stefan Leitl 5 February 2019 30 June 2022
Switzerland Marc Schneider 1 July 2022 15 October 2022
Germany Alexander Zorniger 23 October 2022 Present

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Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[14][15]

  • With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligas in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesligas, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.
Key
Promoted Relegated

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2001–02 2. Bundesliga

2001–02 2. Bundesliga

The 2001–02 2. Bundesliga was the 28th season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system. Hannover 96, Arminia Bielefeld and VfL Bochum were promoted to the Bundesliga while SpVgg Unterhaching, 1. FC Saarbrücken, FC Schweinfurt 05 and SV Babelsberg 03 were relegated to the Regionalliga.

2002–03 2. Bundesliga

2002–03 2. Bundesliga

The 2002–03 2. Bundesliga was the 29th season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system. SC Freiburg, 1. FC Köln and Eintracht Frankfurt were promoted to the Bundesliga while Eintracht Braunschweig, SSV Reutlingen, FC St. Pauli and Waldhof Mannheim were relegated to the Regionalliga.

2003–04 2. Bundesliga

2003–04 2. Bundesliga

The 2003–04 2. Bundesliga was the 30th season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system. 1. FC Nürnberg, Arminia Bielefeld and Mainz 05 were promoted to the Bundesliga while VfB Lübeck, Jahn Regensburg, Union Berlin and VfL Osnabrück were relegated to the Regionalliga.

2004–05 2. Bundesliga

2004–05 2. Bundesliga

The 2004–05 2. Bundesliga was the 31st season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system. 1. FC Köln, MSV Duisburg and Eintracht Frankfurt were promoted to the Bundesliga while Eintracht Trier, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Rot-Weiss Essen and Rot-Weiß Erfurt were relegated to the Regionalliga.

2005–06 2. Bundesliga

2005–06 2. Bundesliga

The 2005–06 2. Bundesliga was the 32nd season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system. VfL Bochum, Alemannia Aachen and Energie Cottbus were promoted to the Bundesliga while Dynamo Dresden, 1. FC Saarbrücken, LR Ahlen and Sportfreunde Siegen were relegated to the Regionalliga.

2006–07 2. Bundesliga

2006–07 2. Bundesliga

The 2006–07 2. Bundesliga was the 33rd season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of Germany football league.

2007–08 2. Bundesliga

2007–08 2. Bundesliga

The 2007–08 2. Bundesliga was the 34th season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of Germany football league. It began on 10 August 2007 and ended on 18 May 2008.

2008–09 2. Bundesliga

2008–09 2. Bundesliga

The 2008–09 2. Bundesliga was the 35th season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of Germany's football league. The season began on 15 August 2008 and ended on 24 May 2009.

2009–10 2. Bundesliga

2009–10 2. Bundesliga

The 2009–10 2. Bundesliga was the 36th season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of Germany's football league. The season began on 7 August 2009 and ended on 9 May 2010. A winter break was held between 21 December 2009 and 14 January 2010, though the period has been reduced from six to three weeks.

Players

Current squad

As of 1 September 2022[16]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Sweden SWE Andreas Linde
2 DF Germany GER Simon Asta
3 DF Germany GER Oualid Mhamdi
4 DF Poland POL Damian Michalski
5 DF Tunisia TUN Oussama Haddadi
6 MF Germany GER Sidney Raebiger
7 FW Germany GER Robin Kehr
8 MF Germany GER Nils Seufert
9 FW Angola ANG Afimico Pululu
10 FW Sweden SWE Branimir Hrgota (captain)
11 FW Nigeria NGA Dickson Abiama
13 MF Germany GER Max Christiansen
17 FW Japan JPN Lucien Littbarski
18 DF Germany GER Marco Meyerhöfer
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Germany GER Oliver Fobassam
20 MF Germany GER Tobias Raschl
21 MF Germany GER Timothy Tillman
22 MF Germany GER Sebastian Griesbeck
23 DF Germany GER Gideon Jung
24 MF Germany GER Marco John (on loan from Hoffenheim)
25 GK Germany GER Leon Schaffran
27 DF Germany GER Gian-Luca Itter
28 MF Tunisia TUN Jeremy Dudziak
30 FW Germany GER Armindo Sieb
31 MF Germany GER Devin Angleberger
37 MF United States USA Julian Green
39 FW Germany GER Ragnar Ache (on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt)
41 GK Finland FIN Lasse Schulz

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List of German football transfers summer 2022

List of German football transfers summer 2022

This is a list of German football transfers in the summer transfer window 2022 by club. Only transfers of the Bundesliga, and 2. Bundesliga are included.

List of German football transfers winter 2021–22

List of German football transfers winter 2021–22

This is a list of German football transfers in the winter transfer window 2021–22 by club. Only transfers of the Bundesliga, and 2. Bundesliga are included.

FIFA eligibility rules

FIFA eligibility rules

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper (association football)

The goalkeeper is a position in association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's main role is to stop the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by having the goalkeeper move into the trajectory of the ball to either catch it or direct it further from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands, giving them the sole rights on the field to handle the ball. The goalkeeper is indicated by wearing a different coloured kit from their teammates and opposition.

Andreas Linde

Andreas Linde

Andreas Christopher Linde is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth as a goalkeeper.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

German Football Association

German Football Association

The German Football Association is the governing body of football in Germany. A founding member of both FIFA and UEFA, the DFB has jurisdiction for the German football league system and is in charge of the men's and women's national teams. The DFB headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main. Sole members of the DFB are the German Football League, organising the professional Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga, along with five regional and 21 state associations, organising the semi-professional and amateur levels. The 21 state associations of the DFB have a combined number of more than 25,000 clubs with more than 6.8 million members, making the DFB the single largest sports federation in the world.

Polish Football Association

Polish Football Association

The Polish Football Association is the governing body of association football in Poland. It organizes the Polish football leagues, the Polish Cup and the Polish national football team. It is based in the Polish capital of Warsaw.

Damian Michalski

Damian Michalski

Damian Michalski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth.

Oussama Haddadi

Oussama Haddadi

Oussama Haddadi is a Tunisian professional footballer who plays as a defender for German 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth and the Tunisia national team.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Sidney Raebiger

Sidney Raebiger

Lars Sidney Raebiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth.

Notable former players

Famous coaches

William Townley, had three turns as coach of SpVgg Fürth in 1911–1913, 1926–1927, and 1930–1932 and led the club to two championships.

Notable fans

In September 2012, former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, whose family fled Nazi Germany in 1938, attended a SpVgg match against Schalke 04. He had promised to attend a game at the Ronhof stadium if the team were promoted to the top-flight Bundesliga. As a child, Kissinger had tried to watch games there, despite it being against his parents' wishes.[17] Kissinger is an honorary member of SpVgg, and for decades he kept himself informed about match results and held contact to the club. During his time serving in the White House in the 1970s, he reportedly asked his staff to have the team's weekend result ready for him on Monday mornings. He visited his hometown and the club several times and attended a Bundesliga match in 2012 during the team's first season in the Bundesliga.

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Karl Mai

Karl Mai

Karl (Charly) Mai was a German footballer. He was born in Fürth.

1954 FIFA World Cup

1954 FIFA World Cup

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the fifth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football tournament for senior men's national teams of the nations affiliated to FIFA. It was held in Switzerland from 16 June to 4 July. Switzerland was selected as the host country in July 1946. At the tournament several all-time records for goal-scoring were set, including the highest average number of goals scored per game. The tournament was won by West Germany, who defeated tournament favourites Hungary 3–2 in the final, their first World Cup title.

Herbert Erhardt

Herbert Erhardt

Herbert "Ertl" Erhard, also known as Herbert Erhardt, was a German footballer who played as a defender.

1958 FIFA World Cup

1958 FIFA World Cup

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was the sixth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Sweden from 8 to 29 June 1958. It was the first FIFA World Cup to be played in a Nordic country.

1962 FIFA World Cup

1962 FIFA World Cup

The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the seventh edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for senior men's national teams. It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile. The qualification rounds took place between August 1960 and December 1961, with 56 teams entering from six confederations, and fourteen qualifying for the finals tournament alongside Chile, the hosts, and Brazil, the defending champions.

Julius Hirsch

Julius Hirsch

Julius Hirsch was a Jewish German Olympian international footballer who was murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. He helped Karlsruher FV win the 1910 German football championship. He played for the Germany national football team, including at the 1912 Summer Olympics. He then joined SpVgg Fürth, with whom he won the 1914 German football championship.

1912 Summer Olympics

1912 Summer Olympics

The 1912 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad and commonly known as Stockholm 1912, were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden, between 5 May and 22 July 1912.

Heiko Westermann

Heiko Westermann

Heiko Westermann is a German former professional footballer who played as a central defender.

1994 FIFA World Cup

1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994, at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite soccer's relative lack of popularity in the host nation, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history. It broke tournament records with overall attendance of 3,587,538 and an average of 68,991 per game, marks that stood unsurpassed as of 2018 despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams starting with the 1998 World Cup.

1998 FIFA World Cup

1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. The finals tournament was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Spanning 32 days, it is the longest World Cup tournament ever held.

Gerald Asamoah

Gerald Asamoah

Gerald Asamoah is a German football manager and former professional player who works as the first-team manager of Schalke 04.

Germany national football team

Germany national football team

The Germany national football team represents Germany in men's international football and played its first match in 1908. The team is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Between 1949 and 1990, separate German national teams were recognised by FIFA due to Allied occupation and division: the DFB's team representing the Federal Republic of Germany, the Saarland team representing the Saar Protectorate (1950–1956) and the East Germany team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). The latter two were absorbed along with their records; the present team represents the reunified Federal Republic. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following reunification in 1990.

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