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Hamburger SV
Full name Hamburger Sport-Verein e. V.
Nickname(s) Rothosen ("Red Shorts")
Founded 29 September 1887
Ground HSH Nordbank Arena
(Capacity: 57,274)
President Germany Bernd Hoffmann
Head Coach Germany Bruno Labbadia
League Bundesliga
2008–09 Bundesliga, 5th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Hamburger Sport-Verein is a German multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. The football team is one of the country's oldest, most well known, and best performing clubs, with the unique distinction of having played continuously in top-flight German football since the end of World War I; the team has never been relegated from any top-flight league and is the only team that has always played in the 1. Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, a record in Germany.

In the mid-70s, HSV began a brilliant run that saw them capture numerous honors. In 1976 they won the German Cup and followed up the next year with a Cup Winners' Cup. The took their first Bundesliga championship in 1979, fell just two points short behind Bayern Munich in 1980, and then won consecutive championships in 1982 and 1983, led by national star Felix Magath. 1983 also brought a European Champions' Cup with a 1-0 win over Juventus, followed by another German Cup in 1987.



Early years

The Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV), can trace its roots as far back as the 29 September 1887 merger of Der Hohenfelder Sportclub and Wandsbek-Marienthaler Sportclub to form Sportclub Germania zu Hamburg. The current club was formed as Hamburger Sport-Verein in 1919 through the union of three city teams severely weakened by World War I: Sportclub Germania zu Hamburg; Hamburger FC (1888); and FC Falke Eppendorf (1906). The club colors were the Hanseatic red and white in honor of the City of Hamburg, with the blue and black of the oldest of the founding clubs, Germania, being used on the team crest. It is through Germania that HSV can lay a claim to being the oldest team in the country. However, other clubs may dispute that honor, as Germania was formed originally as an athletics club and did not begin to play football until 1891, when a half-dozen Englishmen joined the club, bringing with them their enthusiasm for the game.

The newly formed Hamburger SV quickly became competitive and contested the 1922 national final against 1. FC Nuremberg, who were playing for their third consecutive title. The game was called off on account of darkness after three hours and ten minutes of play, drawn at (2:2). The re-match also went into extra time, and in an era that did not allow for substitutions, that game was called at (1:1) when Nuremberg was reduced to just seven players (two were injured, two had been sent off!) and the referee ruled they could not continue. Considerable wrangling ensued over the decision. The DFB (Deutscher Fußball Bund, or German Football Association in English) awarded the win to Hamburger SV but urged them to refuse the title in the name of good sportsmanship—which they grudgingly did. Ultimately, the Viktoria trophy was not officially presented that year.

The club's first unblemished success on the pitch came in 1923 when they won the national title against Union Oberschöneweide. They failed to defend in 1924 against Nuremberg, but lifted the Viktoria again in 1928.

During the Third Reich, HSV enjoyed local success, first in the Gauliga Nordmark, from 1942 in the Gauliga Hamburg, taking out the league title in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, and 1945, but on national level the club was a failure. Its main rival in the Gauliga in those years was Eimsbütteler TV.

Post war play in the Stadtliga Hamburg saw the club take out the championship there in 1946. The club also won the championship of the British occupation zone in 1947 and 1948, the only two seasons this competition was staged.[1]

Hamburg became the first German team to tour the United States after the Second World War in May 1950 and came away with a 6-0 record.[citation needed]

Playing in the Oberliga Nord after the resumption of league play in postwar Germany in 1947, Hamburg became a frighteningly dominant regional club. In sixteen seasons from 1947-48 to 1962-63 they laid claim to the Oberliga title 15 times, only posting an uncharacteristic 11th place finish in 1953-54. During this period, they scored over 100 goals in each of the 1951, 1955, 1961, and 1962 seasons. However, national titles were harder to come by. Their last championship in 1928 was followed by a long drought not broken until 1960, after losing final appearances in 1957 and 1958. In the 1961 European Champions Cup competition, Hamburg were knocked out by FC Barcelona in the semi-finals. Hamburg had beaten BSC Young Boys from Switzerland and English champions Burnley on their way to the semi-finals.

Entry into the Bundesliga

Soon after, Germany's first professional football league, the Fußball-Bundesliga, was formed and HSV was one of 16 clubs invited to join that first season. Hamburger SV currently holds the distinction of being the only original Bundesliga side to have played continuously in the top flight – without ever having been relegated – since the formation of the league in 1963. They had shared that special status with Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Kaiserslautern until 1996, and with 1. FC Köln until 1998. Altogether, 49 other sides have come and gone since the league's inception. The Bundesliga celebrated its 40th anniversary on 24 August 2004 with a match between "The Dinosaur", as the club has been affectionately nicknamed due to its old age, and Bayern Munich, the league's most successful side. What is even more remarkable is a related, but less well-known, distinction HSV holds: they have played in the country's top flight league continuously since 1919, never having experienced relegation.

HSV went undefeated between 16 January 1982 and 29 January 1983—a string of 36 games that still stands as a Bundesliga record.[citation needed]

In August 2004, HSV was upset in the early rounds of the German Cup by regional league side SC Paderborn 07. The match became one of the most infamous in recent football history when it was discovered that referee, Robert Hoyzer, had accepted money from a Croatian gambling syndicate to fix the match, which he did, awarding two penalties to Paderborn and sending off Hamburg's player Emile Mpenza. The resulting scandal became the biggest in German football in over 30 years, and was an embarrassment to the country as it prepared to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign

Hamburg competed in the UEFA Champions League in the 2006–07 season for the first time since 2000–01, after they finished third in the Bundesliga. They beat CA Osasuna on away goals in the third preliminary round, and competed in Group G alongside Arsenal, FC Porto, and CSKA Moscow, but finished a disappointing last and were thus eliminated.

2006–07 Bundesliga campaign

The Bundesliga campaign started rather poorly for Hamburg. After a successful 2005–06 season, when they finished third in the league to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, they spent the first half of the season hovering around and in the relegation zone, with only one win (2–1 in against Bayer Leverkusen) to their points tally. A series of crippling injuries to the star players along with the departures of two of their best defenders, Khalid Boulahrouz and Daniel Van Buyten, severely influenced Hamburg's league campaign, with fans fearing that Hamburg's proud stay in the Bundesliga might be drawing to a close, as the club occupied the bottom spot of the league table after the first half of the season.

On 1 February 2007, the coach, Thomas Doll, was sacked and replaced by the Dutchman Huub Stevens. Stevens' disciplinarian style seemed to grab HSV by the scruff of the neck and shake them about, as the club went seven games undefeated and conceded just one goal between 10 February 2007 and 7 April 2007. During this streak, HSV lost their first home game of the season against Borussia Dortmund and won away to arch-rivals Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 — two sides who were 2nd and 1st, respectively, when HSV came to town.

However, despite this good run of form (which would come to a crashing halt at home to eventual Champions Stuttgart in April), HSV still were not safe from relegation due to the teams below them also collecting points. At one point in March, 12 teams were involved in the relegation scrap with a gap of 10 points separating 18th placed Borussia Mönchengladbach and 7th placed Hannover 96.

HSV seemed to gain more success on their travels than at home, as wins at Borussia Mönchengladbach (which virtually relegated Borussia at the time), Bayern Munich, and 1. FC Nuremberg gave HSV valuable points whilst the home games in this period were the previously mentioned defeats to VfL Bochum and VfB Stuttgart, as well as a disappointing draw against fellow strugglers 1. FSV Mainz 05. Ironically, it was the 3-0 home defeat to Bochum on 5 May that mathematically secured HSV's Bundesliga status as struggling Alemannia Aachen (16th) and Mainz (17th) also lost their games on the same weekend and despite the points difference only being six points with two games left, the goal difference was too large to make up by either club.

With their status safe, HSV were now among a small pack of clubs - consisting of Borussia Dortmund, Hannover 96, Arminia Bielefeld and Bochum — that were chasing 7th place and the qualifying spot for the following season's UEFA Intertoto Cup. With one game left, and following the 0–3 upset by Bochum, HSV surprised in-form Nuremberg to win 2–0 in the Southern sunshine. One week later, a resounding 4–0 home win (HSV's first since 1 April) over relegated Aachen coupled with Dortmund's 2–1 defeat in Leverkusen and Nuremberg's 3–0 win in Hannover meant that HSV had somehow slipped in at the last possible moment to snatch 7th place, moving from 18th place and certain relegation on 10 February 2007 to 7th place and two games away from UEFA Cup football on 19 May 2007.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Bundesliga (I) 3rd
2000-01 Bundesliga 13th
2001-02 Bundesliga 11th
2002-03 Bundesliga 4th
2003-04 Bundesliga 8th
2004-05 Bundesliga 8th
2005-06 Bundesliga 3rd
2006-07 Bundesliga 7th
2007-08 Bundesliga 4th
2008-09 Bundesliga 5th


HSV held the record of post-World War II first-class league titles, having won 15 Oberliga Nord and three Bundesliga championships until 2006 when Bayern Munich won it's 19th Bundesliga title and overtook them.[citation needed]

National titles

After the replay of the championship final in 1922 had to be abandoned due to the opponents no longer having enough players on the ground, the German FA requested HSV to renounce the title which the club did.

German Champions:

German Cup:

German Supercup:

  • Runners-up (3): 1977, 1982, 1987

German League Cup:

  • Winners (2): 1972-73, 2003

European titles

European Cup / UEFA Champions League:

European Cup Winners' Cup:


  • Runners-up (1): 1982

European Super Cup:

UEFA Intertoto Cup:


Intercontinental Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1983

Other Trophies

Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu:

  • Winners (1): 1982

Dubai Challenge Cup:

Emirates Cup:

T-Home Cup

  • Winners (1): 2009

Regional titles

Northern German football championship

  • Winners (10): 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933
  • Runners-up (2): 1926, 1927

Gauliga Nordmark

  • Winners (4): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941
  • Runners-up (4): 1934, 1935, 1940, 1942

Gauliga Hamburg

  • Winners (1): 1945
  • Runners-up (2): 1943, 1944

Stadtliga Hamburg

  • Winners (1): 1946
  • Runners-up (1): 1947

Championship of the British occupation zone

  • Winners (2): 1947, 1948

Oberliga Nord

  • Winners (15): 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963
  • Hamburg's three Bundesliga championships entitle the club to display one gold star of the "Verdiente Meistervereine." Under the current award system, their pre-Bundesliga championships are not recognized and so they are not entitled to the second star of a five-time champion.


The club plays its home games in the HSH Nordbank Arena (capacity: 57,274 – approximately 47,000 seats with another 10,000 spectators standing), which was originally opened in 2000 as the new Volksparkstadion. On 1 July 2001, its name was changed to the AOL Arena. On 4 July 2007, it was given its current name. The first Volksparkstadion was opened in 1953 and had been a venue for the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1988. The HSH Nordbank Arena is a UEFA 5 star stadium, which certifies it to host UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals. The stadium was the site of four group matches and a quarter-final in the past 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Germany, and was known as FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg during the event. In March 2008, UEFA awarded the rights to host the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final to the HSH Nordbank Arena.[2]

HSV fans can be buried at a dedicated graveyard near the home stadium, covered in turf from the original Hamburg pitch.[3]


See also List of Hamburger SV players

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Frank Rost
3 Czech Republic DF David Rozehnal
4 Germany DF Bastian Reinhardt
5 Netherlands DF Joris Mathijsen (1st vice-captain)
6 Germany MF Dennis Aogo
7 Germany DF Marcell Jansen
8 Brazil MF Zé Roberto
9 Peru FW Paolo Guerrero
10 Croatia FW Mladen Petrić
11 Netherlands MF Eljero Elia
12 Germany GK Wolfgang Hesl
13 Germany MF Robert Tesche
14 Czech Republic MF David Jarolím (captain)
15 Germany MF Piotr Trochowski
16 Sweden FW Marcus Berg
17 Germany DF Jérôme Boateng
No. Position Player
18 Netherlands MF Romeo Castelen
19 Turkey MF Tolgay Arslan
20 Côte d'Ivoire DF Guy Demel
21 Burkina Faso MF Jonathan Pitroipa
22 Netherlands FW Ruud van Nistelrooy
24 Germany MF Christian Groß
25 Venezuela MF Tomás Rincón
29 Germany GK Tom Mickel
30 Namibia DF Collin Benjamin (2nd vice-captain)
31 Germany FW Maximilian Beister
32 Germany DF Henrik Dettmann
33 Czech Republic DF Miroslav Štěpánek
34 Germany DF Kai-Fabian Schulz
35 Turkey FW Tunay Torun
36 Germany MF Hanno Behrens

Players out on loan

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

No. Position Player
2 Brazil DF Alex Silva (at São Paulo FC until June 2011)
28 Senegal MF Mickaël Tavares (at Nuremberg until June 2010)
Germany FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (at Nuremberg until June 2010)
Germany MF Änis Ben-Hatira (at Duisburg until June 2010)
Nigeria FW Macauley Chrisantus (at Karlsruhe until June 2010)
Germany MF Sidney Sam (at Kaiserslautern until June 2010)

For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2009 and List of German football transfers winter 2009–10.

Hamburger SV II squad

Manager: Argentina Rodolfo Esteban Cardoso

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

No. Position Player
Germany GK Fabian Lucassen
Germany GK Alexander Niklas Meyer
Germany DF Fahri Akyol
Germany DF Fabian Franke
Germany DF Matthias Haas
Germany DF Boris Leschinski
Germany DF Viktor Maier
Germany DF Gerrit Alexander Pressel
Germany DF Volker Schmidt
Germany DF Kai-Fabian Schulz
Germany MF Kristian Böhnlein
Germany MF Florian Brügmann
No. Position Player
Germany MF Dennis Duve
Armenia MF Levon Hayrapetyan
Guinea MF Mamadi Keita
Nigeria MF Joseph Olumide
Hungary MF Daniel Nagy
Germany MF Stefan Winkel
Turkey FW Tolgay Ali Arslan
Germany FW André Hahn
Germany FW Rafael Kazior
Germany FW Steven Lewerenz
Croatia FW Grgur Radoš


Coaches since 1945:[4]

Women's section

Other departments

Other important departments are volleyball, baseball, and cricket. Okka Rau was qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics of volleyball [5] . HSV Cricket is playing in the league of the North German Cricket Federation (Norddeutscher Cricket Verband) and won several first places.[6]

Rivals and affinities

HSV shares a cross-town rivalry with FC St. Pauli and to the other big club of northern Germany: Werder Bremen.[citation needed] HSV have an affinity with Scottish Club Rangers. HSV fans unfurl their club logo at Rangers away European matches. The link between Rangers and Hamburg dates back to the early 1970s when the Hamburg Rangers Supporters Club was set up by Rangers fans who had relocated to the Hamburg-area. The links were further strengthened when Rangers signed Jörg Albertz from Hamburg, but this was not the start of it. A further point which reinforces the affinity is the link between St Pauli and Celtic, main rivals of HSV and Rangers, respectively.[citation needed] HSV have a friendship bond with Hannover 96, due to both being known as HSV. Their meetings involve the visitors club song to be played, and fans chanting HSV from each end of the stadium.


  1. ^ kicker Almanach 1990 (German) publisher: kicker, published: 1989, page: 248 & 249, accessed: 17 May 2009
  2. ^ "Madrid and Hamburg awarded 2010 finals". UEFA. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Dead football fans get home ground advantage". 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Jol neuer HSV-Coach" (in German). 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  5. ^ Team Hamburg - Athleten, Team Hamburg of the Hamburg Sport Federation and the Olympic point Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein, 2008-07-04,, retrieved 2008-08-17  (German)
  6. ^ Staff, Trophies, HSV Cricket,, retrieved 2008-08-17 

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