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FC Herzogenaurach
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Full name 1. Fussball Club Herzogenaurach e.V.
Nickname(s) The Pumas
Founded 1916
Chairman Kurt Zollhöfer
Manager Armin Trippner
League Kreisliga Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund (IX)
2008-09 12th
Home colours
Away colours

The FC Herzogenaurach is a German football club from the city of Herzogenaurach, Bavaria.

The history of the club is strongly interwined with the Sports equipment manufacturer Puma, then just a local company and sponsor of the FC and its rivalry to ASV Herzogenaurach, which was sponsored by another local company, Adidas.[1][2]

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History

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Early years

Formed in 1916, the club did not begin to play competitive football till 1919 due to the difficult circumstances of the First World War.[3] Between the two world wars, the club played on local Middle Franconian level, at times as high as the Bezirksliga, the local third division.

With the rise of the Nazis, the club profited from the disbanding of the local workers club Freie Union, a predecessor to the ASV herzogenaurach.[4] FC gained a considerable number of players from this in 1933.[5]

After the Second World War, the club played in the local A-Klasse, later the Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord. With a championship in the later in 1965-66, the FC's rise to the higher Bavarian amateur leagues begun.

Rise

In the Landesliga Bayern-Mitte for the first time for the 1966-67 season, the club finished in a respectable eleventh spot and repeated this result the season after. In November 1967, it was offered a sponsorship by the Puma AG, which it accepted, a fact which earned it its later nickname The Pumas.[6] Puma offered a similar sponsorship to the other club in town, ASV Herzogenaurach, but was beaten to this by Adidas, its long-term rival.[7] The rivalry between Puma and Adidas, which is in truth the rivalry of the two brothers who owned the companies then, Rudolf Dassler and Adolf Dassler, actually predates the rivalry of the two football clubs, stretching back to 1948.[8]

In the Landesliga in 1968-69, the club met its local rival once more, the ASV having earned promotion to the league in 1968.[9] The first season there together, ASV finished fourth while the FC came third, the clubs being separated by one point.[10] The season after, the FC won the league and earned promotion to the Amateurliga Bayern (III) while the ASV came third.[11] The ASV had to wait another two seasons to do the same and win the league and promotion in 1972.[12]

Bayernliga years

While the FC enjoyed two good first seasons in the highest league in the state, it did not so well when the ASV joined it there and with a third place in 1972-73, the Adidas-club finished above the Puma-team for the first time in years while FC went into decline for a time.[13]

The 1973-74 season became even more upsetting for the club as the ASV won the Amateurliga Bayern title while FC Herzogenaurach found itself relegated from the league, finishing 17th.[14]

Spending the next three seasons in the Landesliga, FC worked hard on a return to the Amateurliga, finishing in the top-three each year. FC earned its return to the Amateurliga Bayern through another league championship in 1977, the year ASV found itself relegated from the Bayernliga.[15]

The club mangaed to survive in the league for only one season before being handed down once more. Back in the Landesliga for 1978-79, it finished top of the league once more, beating ASV by a point to it.[16]

Upon return to what was now the Amateur Oberliga Bayern, the FC earned a respectabel seventh place before suffering relegation from the league the season after in 1981.[17] This marked the end of the Herzogenaurach clubs time in bavarias highest league, neither one having returned as of 2008.

The late 1970s also saw the rise of two promising young footballers in Herzogenaurach who went to school together. Günther Güttler, who played for the ASV and later joined FC Bayern Munich and Lothar Matthäus, who played for the FC and became Germanys most capped footballer. Matthäus could not play for the ASV even though it had at that time the better under-19's side, because his father worked for Puma.[18]

Decline

Back in the Landesliga Bayern-Mitte, the FC's started to fluctuate between Landesliga and Bezirksliga. FC suffered three relegations from the Landesliga in the 1980s, in 1983, 1985 and finally in 1989, on which instance both Herzogenaurach clubs left the Landesliga for good. In the Bezirksoberliga Mittelfranken in 1989-90, a last-place finish meant a further drop, now to the Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord.[19] There, the club managed to halt its decline for the time, spending four seasons in the league. In 1994, it dropped further, now to the Kreisliga. In 1998, another relegation took the team down to the Kreisklasse level. Since then, it has flactuated between the two.

Current

The club played in the Kreisliga Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund (IX) in 2008-09, the second-lowest league in the region.[20] Its old rival, the ASV Herzogenaurach has fallen down even deeper in the league system, playing one level below in the A-Klasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund (X)[21]

The old rivalry between the two clubs may have lost some of its punch, as has the local rivalry between the two sports brands. The town of Herzogenaurach is certainly not as divided any more as it once was.[22] In March 2007, a merger of the three local clubs was even discussed, the ASV and FC together with the SC Nord should form one club which would then be capable to reach Regionalliga level.[23]

The rivalry of the two companies, and with it to some extend the local football club issue, gained some international attention during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, when a number of international news organisations picked up on it.[24]

Honours

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
2003-04 Kreisliga Erlangen/Forchheim (VIII) 13th
2004-05 Kreisliga Erlangen/Forchheim 16th ↓
2005-06 Kreisklasse Erlangen-Forchheim West (IX) 9th
2006-07 Kreisklasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund-1 2nd ↑
2007-08 Kreisliga Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund-1(VIII) 10th
2008-09 Kreisliga Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund (IX) 12th
2009-10 Kreisliga Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund

ASV versus FC

Seasons

A comparison of the two clubs order and placings during their Bayernliga and Landesliga years:

Season First League Place Second League Place
1966-67 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte (IV) 11th ASV Herzogenaurach Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord (V)
1967-68 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 11th ASV Herzogenaurach Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord 1st ↑
1968-69 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 3rd ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 4th
1969-70 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 1st ↑ ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 3rd
1970-71 FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern (III) 5th ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 5th
1971-72 FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 7th ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 1st ↑
1972-73 ASV Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 3rd FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 12th
1973-74 ASV Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 1st FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 17th ↓
1974-75 ASV Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 4th FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 2nd
1975-76 ASV Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 14th FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 3rd
1976-77 ASV Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 17th ↓ FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 1st ↑
1977-78 FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 15th ↓ ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 2nd
1978-79 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 1st ↑ ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 2nd
1979-80 FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 7th ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 2nd
1980-81 FC Herzogenaurach Amateurliga Bayern 16th ↓ ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 12th
1981-82 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 9th ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 13th
1982-83 ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 5th FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 16th ↓
1983-84 ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 14th FC Herzogenaurach Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord
1984-85 ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 12th FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 16th ↓
1985-86 ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 6th FC Herzogenaurach Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord 2nd
1986-87 ASV Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 17th ↓ FC Herzogenaurach Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord 1st ↑
1987-88 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 7th ASV Herzogenaurach Bezirksliga Mittelfranken-Nord 16th ↓
1988-89 FC Herzogenaurach Landesliga Bayern-Mitte 19th ↓ ASV Herzogenaurach A-Klasse (VII)

Games

The Herzogenaurach derby in the Bayernliga and Landesliga:

Season League Teams Home Away
1968-69 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 1-0 1-5
1969-70 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 0-1 1-0
1972-73 Amateurliga Bayern ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 1-3 2-0
1973-74 Amateurliga Bayern ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 0-1 2-0
1978-79 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 1-2 2-2
1981-82 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 1-1 2-2
1982-83 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 2-2 4-2
1984-85 Landesliga Bayern-Mitte ASV Herzogenaurach - FC Herzogenaurach 2-2 4-2

Former players

  • Lothar Matthäus, Germanys most-capped player started his career with the club

DFB Cup appereances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup just once:

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
DFB Cup 1975-76 First round [25] 1 August 1975 SGO Bremen FC Herzogenaurach 5-1

External links

Sources

References

  1. ^ Rein fußballerisch betrachtet (German) Article on the Herzogenaurach football rivalry and the involvement of Adidas and Puma, publisher: Die Zeit online, published: 2000, accessed: 7 November 2008
  2. ^ 50 Jahre Bayerischer Fussball Verband (German) 50 year anniversary book of the Bavarian FA, published: 1996, page: 215, accessed: 7 November 2008
  3. ^ FC Herzogenaurach website - Club history (German), accessed: 7 November 2008
  4. ^ ASV Herzogenaurach website: Club history - Sportplatzlegenden (German), author: Christian Dotterweich, accessed: 7 November 2008
  5. ^ FC Herzogenaurach club history - the 1930's (German), accessed: 7 November 2008
  6. ^ FC Herzogenaurach club history - the 1960's (German), accessed: 7 November 2008
  7. ^ ASV Herzogenaurach website: Club history - adidas wird Sponsor (German), author: Christian Dotterweich, accessed: 7 November 2008
  8. ^ The Town that Sibling Rivalry Built, and Divided Deutsche Welle, author: Kyle James, published: 3 July 2006, accessed: 7 November 2008
  9. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Landesliga Mitte 1967-68, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  10. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Landesliga Mitte 1968-69, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  11. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Landesliga Mitte 1969-70, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  12. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Landesliga Mitte 1971-72, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  13. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Amateurliga Bayern 1972/73, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  14. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Amateurliga Bayern 1973/74, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  15. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Amateurliga Bayern 1976/77, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  16. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Landesliga Mitte 1978-79, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  17. ^ Das deutsche Fussball Archiv Table of the Amateurliga Bayern 1980/81, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  18. ^ Rein fußballerisch betrachtet - Puma vs. Adidas: Eine schlammige Geschichte (German) Article on the Herzogenaurach football rivalry and the involvement of Adidas and Puma, publisher: Die Zeit online, published: 2000, accessed: 7 November 2008
  19. ^ Manfreds Fussball Archiv Tables and results of the Bavarian amateur league, accessed: 7 November 2008. (German)
  20. ^ Kreisliga Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund Table 2008-09 Fussball.de, accessed: 7 November 2008
  21. ^ A-Klasse Erlangen/Pegnitzgrund Table 2008-09 Fussball.de, accessed: 7 November 2008
  22. ^ The Town that Sibling Rivalry Built, and Divided - Lost its punch Deutsche Welle, author: Kyle James, published: 3 July 2006, accessed: 7 November 2008
  23. ^ FC Herzogenaurach website (German) article on a proposed merger of the city's football clubs, publisher: Fränkischer Tag, published: 13 March 2007, accessed: 7 November 2008
  24. ^ BATTLE OF THE BOOTS The Independent, author: Ruth Elkins, published: 24 April 2006, accessed: 8 November 2008
  25. ^ DFB-Pokal 1975/1976 » 1. Runde Weltfussball.de, accessed: 7 November 2008

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