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Karlsruher SC
Full name Karlsruher Sport-Club
Mühlburg-Phönix e. V.
Nickname(s) KSC
Founded 6 June 1894
Ground Wildparkstadion
(Capacity: 29,699)
Chairman Germany Paul Metzger
Manager Germany Markus Schupp
League 2. Bundesliga
2008–09 Bundesliga, 17th (relegated)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Karlsruher SC is a German football club, based in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. KSC rose out of the consolidation of a number of predecessor clubs. They currently play in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, having been relegated from the Bundesliga last season.




A succession of mergers

The most successful of these ancestral clubs was Karlsruher Fussball Club Phönix, formed on June 6, 1894 by dissatisfied members of the gymnastics club Karlsruher Turngemeinde. They quickly became a strong regional side, playing in the Südkreis-Liga, and captured the national title in 1909, defeating defending champions Viktoria 89 Berlin 4-2 in the championship final that season. In 1912, Phönix merged with KFC Alemannia, established in 1897, to create KFC Phönix (Phönix Alemannia).

Logo of Phönix Karlsruhe ca. 1931.

It was as Phönix Karlsruhe that the club joined the Gauliga Baden, one of sixteen top-flight divisions created in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. They slipped from the first division for a single season in 1936, but returned to compete as a mediocre side over the next several years. In the 1943-44 season Karlsruhe played with Germania Durlach as the combined wartime side named KSG (Kriegssportgemeinschaft) Phönix/Germania Karlsruhe. After World War II in 1946, Phönix re-emerged to compete in the newly formed first division Oberliga Süd, finishing 15th in their first season there. The club was relegated the following season.

Logo of predecessor side VfB Karlsruhe ca. 1931.

Two other threads in the evolution of KSC were the formation of FC Mühlburg in 1905 out of 1. FV Sport Mühlburg (founded in 1890) and Viktoria Mühlburg (founded in 1892), and the merger of FC Germania (founded in 1898) and FC Weststadt (founded in 1902) to form VfB Karlsruhe in 1911. FC Mühlburg and VfB Karlsruhe would in turn merge to form VfB Mühlburg in 1933. The group of clubs which came together to form VfB Mühlburg were an undistinguished lot, sharing just one season of upper-league play between them. The new side, however, started to compete in the first-division Gauliga Baden immediately after the league was established in 1933.

A lower-table side through the 30s VfB's performance improved considerably in the following decade. As war overtook the country, the Gauliga Baden was sub-divided at various times into a number of more local city-based circuits and the team was able to earn three second place finishes in divisional play. The Gauliga Baden collapsed in 1944-45 after playing a significantly reduced schedule in which many teams, including Mühlburg were unable to compete. After the war the club slipped from top-flight competition until earning promotion to the Oberliga Süd in 1947. They generally competed as a mid-table side here with the exception of a strong performance in 1951 when they narrowly missed an advance to the national championship rounds after earning a third place result just a single point behind SpVgg Fürth.

The formation of Karlsruher SC

The pyramid logo of KSC that was used between 1998 and 2005

KFC Phoenix and VfB Mühlburg united to form the current club, Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e. V., on October 16, 1952 and the new team earned good results throughout the remainder of the decade. In 1955, they beat FC Schalke 04 3-2 to win the German Cup, and repeated the success next year with a 3-1 win over Hamburger SV. That season, they also made an appearance in the national final, where they lost 2-4 to Borussia Dortmund. KSC was Oberliga Süd champion in 1956, 1958 and 1960, as well as runner-up in the German Cup in 1960, when they lost the final match 2-3 to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Their record earned them admission as one of sixteen founding clubs into Germany's new professional football league, the Bundesliga, when it began play in 1963.

Karlsruhe struggled in the top flight, never managing better than a 13th-place finish over five seasons before finally being demoted to the second-division Regionalliga Süd. Over the next three seasons, the team earned a first-place finish as well as two second-place finishes there, but were unable to advance in the promotion rounds. After the 1974 formation of the Second Bundesliga, which consisted of two divisions at the time, KSC finished first in the 2nd Bundesliga Süd and returned to the top flight for the 1975-76 season, but were able to stay up for only two years. They next returned to the first division in 1980 where they spent four seasons before being sent down again. After a two-year absence they fought their way back to the Bundesliga in 1987 to begin an extended stay.

The Schäfer era

Under the guidance of new coach Winfried Schäfer, KSC's return to the top flight was marked with some success as for the first time the team managed to work its way out of the bottom half of the league table. In the 1993-94 season, the club had a successful run in the UEFA Cup, going out in the semi-finals on away goals to Austria Salzburg after beating, in turn, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia CF, Girondins Bordeaux and Boavista Porto. Their stunning 7-0 second-round victory over Valencia, a top team in the Spanish La Liga at the time and in historical terms as well, might be considered the high point of the club's history in its centennial year. Between 1992 and 1997, the club was ranked in the single digits in six consecutive Bundesliga seasons and also participated in two more UEFA Cups, reaching the third round both in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, being eliminated from the competition after losing their second-leg matches to Brøndby IF and Spartak Moscow respectively. In 1995, KSC won the DFB-Hallenpokal, an indoor football tournament that was traditionally held during winter breaks of the Bundesliga seasons. They also played in the final of the German Cup in 1996, but lost 0-1 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

As the millennium drew to a close, Karlsruhe faded. The club started the 1997-98 Bundesliga season well, with two wins and a draw in their opening three matches, but their downfall began with a 1-6 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Day 4. At the league winter break the club sat outside the relegation ranks, but a series of negative results pushed them down to 15th place until the second-last matchday of the season. Schäfer was fired in March 1998, but this did not keep the club from slipping to the Second Bundesliga after a 16th-place finish. The club needed an away draw against Hansa Rostock on the final day of the season to avoid relegation, but lost the match 2-4 while Borussia Mönchengladbach beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 to overtake KSC and finish 15th on goal difference.

After relegation from the Bundesliga in 1998

KSC finished fifth in their first season in the 2nd Bundesliga after relegation, only two points behind third-place SSV Ulm 1846 which was promoted to the Bundesliga. However, a last place finish in a terrible 1999-2000 season played under dire financial circumstances dropped them down to the Regionalliga Süd (III). The club rebounded and on the strength of a first place result in the Regionalliga made a prompt return to second division play. After four seasons of mediocre play that saw KSC narrowly avoid being sent further down, the team turned in a much-improved performance and earned a sixth place result in 2005-06.


KSC secured the 2007 2. Bundesliga title with a 1-0 victory over SpVgg Unterhaching on April 29, combining with a Hansa Rostock draw on April 30. [1] KSC maintained a measure of dominance for the entire season. They played fourteen matches (9 wins, 5 draws) before suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of Erzgebirge Aue, and led the league at the mid-season break ahead of FC Hansa Rostock. They are the first team in the history of the one-tier 2nd Bundesliga to occupy one of the top spots throughout the whole season.

In their return season to the Bundesliga in 2007-08 they finished 11th, fading in the second half of the season after a strong start had seen them feature in the European places.

However, the club continued to perform poorly in the 2008-09 season, ultimately finishing 17th and finding themselves relegated to the 2. Bundesliga once more.


Karlsruher SC

Karlsruher SC II

League results

Reserve team

The Karlsruher SC II, historically also referred to as Karlsruher SC Amateure, is a successful side in its own right, playing as high up as the Regionalliga Süd, where it is currently, as of 2009-10, based.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Regionalliga Süd (III) 12th ↓
2000-01 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (IV) 8th
2001-02 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 11th
2002-03 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 15th
2003-04 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 4th
2004-05 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 1st ↑
2005-06 Regionalliga Süd (III) 11th
2006-07 Regionalliga Süd 14th
2007-08 Regionalliga Süd 16th
2008-09 Regionalliga Süd (IV) 16th
2009-10 Regionalliga Süd (IV)



Current squad

No. Position Player
1 France GK Jean-François Kornetzky
4 Ghana MF Godfried Aduobe
5 Germany DF Christian Demirtas
7 Germany FW Christian Timm
8 Germany MF Michael Mutzel
9 Georgia (country) FW Alexander Iashvili (captain)
10 Germany MF Massimilian Porcello
11 Germany DF Andreas Schäfer
14 Germany FW Anton Fink
17 Germany MF Timo Staffeldt
18 Nigeria FW Macauley Chrisantus
19 Turkey FW Serhat Akin
20 Germany FW Simon Zoller
No. Position Player
21 France MF Gaëtan Krebs
22 Germany MF Marco Engelhardt
23 Germany DF Matthias Langkamp
24 Germany DF Sebastian Langkamp
25 Germany DF Michael Blum
26 Germany MF Matthias Cuntz
27 Germany FW Patrick Dulleck
28 Germany MF Lars Stindl
29 Germany GK Kristian Nicht
30 Finland FW Niklas Tarvajärvi
31 Germany GK Markus Miller
33 Croatia DF Dino Drpić

Karlsruher SC II squad

As of 11 August 2009 (2009 -08-11)

Manager: Germany Markus Kauczinski

No. Position Player
Germany GK Mathias Moritz
Germany GK Dan Twardzik
Germany GK Patrick Weigl
Germany DF Stefan Müller
Germany DF Maximilian Mosch
Germany DF Thomas Konrad
Germany DF Thorben Stadler
Germany DF Fabian Heinrich
Germany DF Michael Blum
Germany DF Matthias Fixel
Germany DF Thomas Konrad
Germany DF Patrick Nonnenmann
Germany MF Matthias Zimmermann
Germany MF Max Knorn
No. Position Player
Germany MF Sebastian Rutz
Germany MF Timo Kern
Germany MF Lukas Rupp
Germany MF Ole Schröder
Germany MF Sebastian Schiek
Germany MF Matthias Cuntz
Germany MF Tim Kappler
Germany FW Simon Zoller
Germany FW Max Englert
Germany FW Daniele Toch
Germany FW Christopher Bieber
Germany FW Christopher Nguyen
Germany FW Patrick Dulleck

Notable players


  • Hans Hipp - 16 October 1952 - 30 April 1953
  • Friedel Moser - 1 May 1953 - 30 June 1953
  • Adolf Patek - 1 July 1953 - 31 July 1956
  • Ludwig Janda - 1 July 1956 - 30 June 1959
  • Eduard Frühwirth - 1 July 1959 - 30 June 1962
  • Kurt Sommerlatt - 1 July 1962 - 26 January 1965
  • Helmut Schneider - 27 January 1965 - 18 October 1965
  • Werner Roth - 19 October 1965 - 1 November 1966
  • Paul Frantz - 2 November 1966 - 24 October 1967
  • Georg Gawliczek - 25 October 1967 - 8 February 1968
  • Herbert Widmayer - 10 February 1968 - 18 February 1968
  • Bernhard Termath - 19 February 1968 - 30 June 1968
  • Kurt Baluses - 1 July 1968 - 21 May 1971
  • Carl-Heinz Rühl - 1 July 1973 - 30 June 1977
  • Bernd Hoss - 1 July 1977 - 26 October 1977
  • Rolf Schafstall - 27 October 1977 - 15 April 1978
  • Walter Baureis - 1 July 1978 - 26 November 1978
  • Manfred Krafft - 1 July 1978 - 30 June 1981
  • Max Merkel - 27 November 1981 - 30 June 1982
  • Horst Franz - 1 July 1982 - 31 January 1983
  • Werner Olk - 1 July 1984 - 22 March 1985
  • Lothar Buchmann - 26 March 1985 - 25 April 1986
  • Winfried Schäfer - 1 July 1986 - 25 March 1998
  • Jörg Berger - 25 March 1998 - 25 August 1998
  • Rainer Ulrich - 26 August 1998 - 15 October 1999
  • Joachim Löw - 28 October 1999 - 19 April 2000
  • Stefan Kuntz - 1 July 2000 - 25 October 2002
  • Lorenz-Günther Köstner - 1 November 2002 - 20 December 2004
  • Reinhold Fanz - 28 December 2004 - 4 January 2005
  • Edmund Becker - 13 January 2005 - 19 August 2009
  • Markus Kauczinski - 20 August 2009 - 3 September 2009
  • Markus Schupp- 3 September 2009 - present


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