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FC Augsburg
Augsburg.png
Full name FC Augsburg 1907
Founded 8 August 1907
Ground Impuls Arena
(Capacity: 30,119)
Chairman Walther Seinsch
Coach Netherlands Jos Luhukay
League 2. Bundesliga
2008-09 2. Bundesliga, 11th
Home colours
Away colours

FC Augsburg is a German football club based in Augsburg, Bavaria. The team was founded as Fußball-Klub Alemania Augsburg in 1907 and played as BC Augsburg from 1921 to 1969.

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History

Logo of BC Augsburg 1921-69.

In the face of impending financial collapse, BC merged with the football side of TSV Schwaben Augsburg in July 1969 to form FC Augsburg, however Schwaben was unhappy with the result and re-formed its own football team in 1970. For this reason, FCA is generally not considered to carry on the traditions of TSV Schwaben, only those of BC Augsburg.

Prior to World War II the club's best performance came as a second place finish in the Gauliga Bayern in 1940. After the war it played regularly in the top-flight Oberliga Süd with occasional laspes which dropped it to the second division.

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Play in the 2. Bundesliga

Since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, the Augsburg side has spent most of its time in tier III leagues. They managed two seasons in the 1960s in the second division, and enjoyed another eight seasons at that level in the mid-70s and early 80s. The club's most successful season was undoubtedly 1973-74 when, freshly promoted to Regionalliga Süd, they won the league with a team led by Helmut Haller and missed out on an advance to the Bundesliga by only one point. A highlight of that season was the away game at its old rival TSV 1860 München which attracted 90,000 spectators. However, the club could not match this success in the following seasons and was back in the Bayernliga in 1979-80. They advanced to the national amateur final that year where they dropped a 1:2 decision to VfB Stuttgart II.

In 1981 and 1983 the club returned once more to the 2nd Bundesliga, just to be relegated straight away again. In 1983, a young FCA team missed survival by just three goals, being on equal points with the 16th placed Union Solingen. In 1994 they had another try at promotion in the last year of promotion play-offs to the 2nd Bundesliga. However, the Bavarian champion was not grouped with the other southern German clubs as in previous years and had to face stronger clubs in the northern group that included Eintracht Braunschweig and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Despite being overmatched and unable to advance, they still had good support in the region with crowds of 20,000 plus turning up at these games.

Financial crisis and return to the 2. Bundesliga

When a potential investor backed out, the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB or German Football Association) denied the debt-laden team a license, and as a result, the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons were spent in the Oberliga Bayern (IV) before a return to the Regionalliga Süd (III). FCA came achingly close to advancing to 2.Bundesliga in 2005, but missed their opportunity after giving up two goals to Jahn Regensburg in the last four minutes of their final game of the season. The club dominated the Regionalliga Süd the next year, winning the league and clinching a berth in the 2nd Bundesliga for the 2006-07. This marked their first appearance in the 2nd Bundesliga in 23 years. They finished the campaign in seventh place on 52 points, only 8 points away from promotion to the top-flight. One again, the game at TSV 1860 was the highlight, with a 3-0 victory for Augsburg in front of 69,000 in the Allianz Arena. Ralf Loose replaced Rainer Hörgl as head coach in October 2007 when the club found itself in the relegation zone. Loose's contract was terminated on 16 April 2008 after a string of bad results[1]. He was replaced with Holger Fach two days later. The club avoided relegation on goal average, being on equal points with relegated side Kickers Offenbach at the end of the season.

The long time home ground of the FCA, Rosenau Stadion, built from World War II rubble, may finally come to its well deserved rest in 2009 when a new stadion is slated to be completed. The new Impuls Arena is also scheduled to host games of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Youth and amateur sides

The historically indifferent performance of the senior side was offset by the success of the club's youth team, which captured a national championship in the under-18's in 1993, being the last non-Bundesliga club to do so. They also took four Cup titles in the early 1990s, all under the guidance of coach Heiner Schuhmann.[2] With Schuhmanns departure for Bayern Munich, the golden age of FCA youth football ended and the club could not quite achieve so highly again. With the formation of the Under 19 Bundesliga (2004) and Under 17 Bundesliga (2007), the clubs youth teams slippt to second division status and in 2008-09, the under-18's and under-16's youth teams play in the Under 19 Bayernliga and Under 17 Bayernliga, the second tier of youth football.

FC Augsburg's reserve team currently plays in the Landesliga Bayern-Süd (V), having been promoted to the league in 2004. The club did not field a reserves team at all between 1989 and 1997, preferring instead to concentrate on its successful youth program.

The FC Augsburg II finished fourth in their league in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons and remains at this level for the 2008-09 season.

Honours

FC Augsburg

  • Cup
    • Schwaben Cup winners: 1969-1972, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005
    • Schwaben Cup runners-up: 1992

FC Augsburg II

  • Cup
    • Schwaben Cup winners: 1977
    • Schwaben Cup runners-up: 1983, 2007

FC Augsburg seasons

FC Augsburg

Year Division Position
1969-70 Amateurliga Bayern 4th
1970-71 Amateurliga Bayern 3rd
1971-72 Amateurliga Bayern 8th
1972-73 Amateurliga Bayern 1st Promoted to the Regionalliga
1973-74 Regionalliga Süd 1st
1974-75 2nd Bundesliga Süd 12th
1975-76 2nd Bundesliga Süd 15th
1976-77 2nd Bundesliga Süd 9th
1977-78 2nd Bundesliga Süd 14th
1978-79 2nd Bundesliga Süd 18th Relegated to the Amateur Oberliga
1979-80 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 1st Promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga
1980-81 2nd Bundesliga Süd 18th Relegated to the Amateur Oberliga
1981-82 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 1st Promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga
1982-83 2nd Bundesliga 17th Relegated to the Amateur Oberliga
Year Division Position
1983-84 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 7th
1984-85 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 2nd
1985-86 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 3rd
1986-87 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 6th
1987-88 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 6th
1988-89 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 4th
1989-90 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 3rd
1990-91 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 3rd
1991-92 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 4th
1992-93 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 6th
1993-94 Amateur Oberliga Bayern 1st Promoted to the Regionalliga
1994-95 Regionalliga Süd 9th
1995-96 Regionalliga Süd 11th
1996-97 Regionalliga Süd 11th
Year Division Position
1997-98 Regionalliga Süd 10th
1998-99 Regionalliga Süd 14th
1999-2000 Regionalliga Süd 8th Relegated to the Oberliga
2000-01 Oberliga Bayern 4th
2001-02 Oberliga Bayern 1st Promoted to the Regionalliga
2002-03 Regionalliga Süd 3rd
2003-04 Regionalliga Süd 4th
2004-05 Regionalliga Süd 4th
2005-06 Regionalliga Süd 1st Promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga
2006-07 2nd Bundesliga 7th
2007-08 2nd Bundesliga 14th
2008-09 2nd Bundesliga 11th
2009-10 2nd Bundesliga
2010-11

FC Augsburg II

Year Division Position
2002-03 Bezirksliga Schwaben-Süd (VII) 1st Promoted to the Bezirksoberliga
2003-04 Bezirksoberliga Schwaben (VI) 1st Promoted to the Landesliga
2004-05 Landesliga Bayern-Süd (V) 10th
2005-06 Landesliga Bayern-Süd 5th
2006-07 Landesliga Bayern-Süd 4th
2007-08 Landesliga Bayern-Süd 4th
2008-09 Landesliga Bayern-Süd (VI) 9th
2009-10 Landesliga Bayern-Süd

All-time tables

In the overall tables of the Oberliga Süd (1945-63), 2nd Bundesliga (1974-2007), Regionalliga Süd (1963-74/1994-2007) and Bayernliga (1963-2007) the FC Augsburg ranks as follows:

League Place Seasons Games Win Draw Lose GF GA Points
Oberliga Süd 14th 14 432 138 77 217 737 983 353
2nd Bundesliga 36th 8 300 96 73 131 432 509 361
Regionalliga Süd 8th 12 378 148 92 138 567 528 536
Bayernliga 5th 19 646 341 151 154 1273 730 1174

Source:"Overall table of the 2nd Bundesliga". fussball-forum.de. http://stats.fussball-forum.de/?Ewige%20Tabelle%20der%202.%20Bundesliga. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  

Source:"Overall table of the Regionalliga Süd". t-online.de. http://t-online.sport-dienst.de/regionalliga/sued/ewigetabelle/. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  

Source:"Overall table of Bayernliga". FC Gundelfingen website. http://www.fcgundelfingen.de/Fussball/Historie/tabellen.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  

Managers

Source:"Trainer FCA - all managers of the club since 1969". FC Augsburg website. http://www.fcaugsburg.de/cms/website.php?id=/index/verein/historie/trainer/data_342.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-25.  

Famous players

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Simon Jentzsch
2 Germany DF Jens Hegeler (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
3 Georgia (country) DF Otar Khizaneishvili
5 Germany DF Uwe Möhrle
6 Belgium DF Jonas de Roeck
7 Germany FW Nando Rafael
8 Germany MF Axel Bellinghausen
9 Hungary FW Imre Szabics
10 Brazil MF Elton da Costa
11 Germany MF Kevin Schindler (on loan from Werder Bremen)
13 Germany MF Tobias Werner
14 Hungary FW Sándor Torghelle
15 Germany DF Dominik Reinhardt (on loan from 1. FC Nuremberg)
No. Position Player
16 France MF Ibrahima Traore
17 Germany DF Michael Schick
18 Slovenia MF Goran Sukalo
20 Cameroon MF Marcel Ndjeng
21 Germany DF Roland Benschneider
23 Zambia MF Andrew Sinkala
24 Germany MF Daniel Brinkmann
25 Germany GK Lukas Kruse
27 Germany FW Michael Thurk
28 Germany MF Robert Strauß
36 Germany FW Stephan Hain
55 Belarus GK Vasily Khomutovsky

Augsburg Derby

See also:Bavarian football derbys

The Augsburg derby was last played at the league level on 25 November 2000 when both Schwaben and FCA were in the Bayernliga with Schwaben winning 2-1. Considering the opposite directions the two clubs have since taken, it is hard to imagine FCA avenging this defeat in the near future. Matches between the two sides are generally regarded as a continuation of the old BCA versus Schwaben rivallry.

The league derbys since 1945:

Season League Teams Home Away
1945-46 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 3-0 2-2
1946-47 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 1-1 1-0
1948-49 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 2-3 4-0
1949-50 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 1-1 0-3
1950-51 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 1-1 0-5
1954-55 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 1-4 1-2
1955-56 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 2-1 3-2
1956-57 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 5-2 1-3
1960-61 2nd Oberliga Süd (II) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 0-1 0-3
1961-62 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 2-0 1-0
1962-63 Oberliga Süd (I) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 0-1 2-3
1963-64 Regionalliga Süd (II) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 0-0 1-1
1966-67 Regionalliga Süd (II) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - BC Augsburg 1-0 2-0
1981-82 Bayernliga (III) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - FC Augsburg 1-2 0-3
1983-84 Bayernliga (III) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - FC Augsburg 0-2 0-3
1988-89 Bayernliga (III) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - FC Augsburg 1-1 0-0
1989-90 Bayernliga (III) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - FC Augsburg 0-0 2-2
1991-92 Bayernliga (III) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - FC Augsburg 1-3 3-2
2000-01 Bayernliga (IV) TSV Schwaben Augsburg - FC Augsburg 2-3 2-1

Source:"Tables and results of the Oberliga and Regionalliga Süd". Deutsches Fussball-Archiv. http://www.f-archiv.de/. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  

The FCA versus TSV 1860 rivalry

The rivalry of those two clubs results in part from their close proximity, Augsburg being only 64 km from Munich via the Autobahn. It began in earnest in 1973-74 when both clubs played for Bundesliga promotion in the Regionalliga Süd and carried on in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd. It heated up again in the Bayernliga from 1983 to 1993 when both tried unsuccessfully for years to return to professional football. After this, their ways parted for 13 years, till FCA regained its 2nd Bundesliga status in 2006. Since then, their games against each other have become huge crowd magnets for the region, well above 2nd Division standards. The Rosenaustadion with its current capacity of 28.000 has both times been sold out and the Allianz Arena in Munich with a capacity of 69.000 comes close.

The games since 2005:

Season League Teams Result Spectators Date
2006-07 2nd Bundesliga FC Augsburg - TSV 1860 München 3 - 0 28,000 27-10-2006
2006-07 2nd Bundesliga TSV 1860 München - FC Augsburg 0 - 3 69,000 16-03-2007
2007-08 2nd Bundesliga FC Augsburg - TSV 1860 München 2 - 6 28,000 12-08-2007
2007-08 2nd Bundesliga TSV 1860 München - FC Augsburg 0 - 3 57,400 03-02-2008
2008-09 2nd Bundesliga TSV 1860 München - FC Augsburg 0 - 1 42,000 14-11-2008 [3]
2008-09 2nd Bundesliga FC Augsburg - TSV 1860 München 3 - 0 28,000 01-05-2009

Source:"FC Augsburg results". Weltfussball.de. http://www.weltfussball.de/teams.php?m_id=342&modus=3. Retrieved 2008-02-05.  

External links

References

  1. ^ "FCA trennt sich von Loose (in German)". FC Augsburg. 2008-04-16. http://www.fcaugsburg.de/cms/website.php?sid=c3ebff3e584db6a7d9c9aa3281157c54&id=/index/aktuell/news/data10208.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  2. ^ 50 Jahre Bayerischer Fussball Verband (German) publisher: BFV, published: 1996, page 221, accessed: 29 November 2008
  3. ^ TSV 1860 - FCA match report from 14 November 2008 Weltfussball.de, accessed: 15 November 2008

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