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MSV Duisburg
Full name Meidericher Spielverein 02 e. V. Duisburg
Nickname(s) Zebras
Founded 1902
Ground MSV-Arena
Duisburg, Germany
(Capacity: 31,502)
Chairman Germany Walter Hellmich
Manager Croatia Milan Šašić
League 2. Bundesliga
2008-09 2. Bundesliga, 6th
Home colours
Away colours

MSV Duisburg is a German football club based in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia. Nicknamed "the Zebras" for their traditional striped jerseys, the club was one of the original members of the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963.



Early years

The club was founded in 1902 as Meidericher Spielverein representing the city of Meiderich, which became a district of Duisburg in 1905. In 1905 they absorbed the club Sport Club Viktoria Meiderich. In 1967, they took on their current name, acknowledging their role as the city's most popular and successful side.

While Duisburg has always been a competitive side, real success has so far eluded them. Early in their history they captured a number of local championships, and even enjoyed a pair of undefeated seasons (1913–14) when they scored 113 goals while only giving up 12. In 1929 they won the first Niederrhein championship and qualified for the first time for the national championship rounds, repeating the feat in 1931.

However, the club then went into a tailspin from which they didn't really recover until the 1950s when they began once again to field decent sides. During World War II the club came close to folding, but returned to play after the war emerging as city champions in 1946. In 1951, Duisburg earned promotion to the top-flight Oberliga West with their first place finish in the 2. Oberliga West. The Oberliga West was the most competitive division of German football at the time, and except for the 1954–55 season, Duisburg would play first division football there right up to the time of the formation of the Bundesliga.

Entry to the Bundesliga

Historical logos of MSV Duisburg.

The club's play was good enough to earn a place as one of the original sixteen teams in Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga, in 1963. That first season was their most successful as they went on to a second place finish to champions FC Köln. The "Zebras" spent nearly twenty years in the upper league before slipping to the 2. Bundesliga in 1982–83 and then becoming one of German football's "elevator teams", named for their frequent up and down moves between divisions. Even so, they managed another eight seasons in the Bundesliga over two-and-half decades.


MSV Duisburg won promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2007–2008 season by way of a third place finish in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, behind Karlsruher SC and Hansa Rostock. MSV defeated Rot-Weiss Essen in a dramatic contest on the last day of the season by three goals to none, which secured their promotion for the fifth time in the last two decades while relegating Essen. However, the club fared poorly in top flight play and was again relegated after an 18th place result. They remain a second division side after finishing in 6th place in 2008–09.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999–2000 1. Bundesliga (I) 18th (relegated)
2000–01 2. Bundesliga (II) 11th
2001–02 2. Bundesliga 11th
2002–03 2. Bundesliga 8th
2003–04 2. Bundesliga 7th
2004–05 2. Bundesliga 2nd (promoted)
2005–06 1. Bundesliga (I) 18th (relegated)
2006–07 2. Bundesliga (II) 3rd (promoted)
2007–08 1. Bundesliga (I) 18th (relegated)
2008–09 2. Bundesliga (II) 6th
2009–10 2. Bundesliga


Duisburg's honours are limited to their second-place finish in 1963, a UEFA Cup semi-final appearance in 1978–79, three losing appearances in the German Cup final (1966, 1975 and 1998), and a title as German amateur champions in 1986–87 when they played in the tier III Amateur Oberliga Nordrhein. They are however, the answer to a Bundesliga trivia question: they were the victors in the most lopsided Bundesliga away win ever played when they beat sad-sacks Tasmania 1900 Berlin 0:9 in Berlin in 1966.

The club's youth side has won several national championships.


Current squad

As of January 2010 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 Tom Starke (Captain of the team)
2 Germany DF Bernd Korzynietz
3 Brazil DF Tiago Calvano
4 Germany DF Björn Schlicke
7 Germany FW Kevin Schindler (on loan from SV Werder Bremen)
8 Romania MF Mihai Tararache
9 Serbia FW Srđan Baljak
10 Germany MF Christian Tiffert
11 Turkey MF Olcay Sahan
13 Germany DF Adam Bodzek
14 Brazil DF Bruno Soares
15 Germany DF Frank Fahrenhorst
16 Germany MF Matthias Tietz
17 Germany MF Sven Theißen
No. Position Player
18 Switzerland GK Marcel Herzog
19 Denmark FW Søren Larsen (on loan from FC Toulouse)
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ivica Grlić
21 Brazil FW Caiuby (on loan from VfL Wolfsburg)
20 Germany MF Alon Abelski
23 Germany FW Nicky Adler
24 Germany MF Kevin Grund
25 Germany DF Alexander Meyer
26 Australia FW Dario Vidošić (on loan from 1. FC Nuremberg)
28 France DF Olivier Veigneau
29 Germany MF Tobias Willi
31 Germany GK Raphael Koczor
32 Germany MF Änis Ben-Hatira (on loan from Hamburger SV)
34 Belgium MF Kristoffer Andersen

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
30 Brazil MF Maicon (on loan to Figueirense Futebol Clube)

MSV Duisburg II squad

As of 1 September 2009 (2009 -09-01)

Manager: Germany Markus Reiter

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 Raphael Koczor
2 Croatia DF Luka Odak
3 Germany MF Nikolaj Zugcic
4 Germany DF Alexander Karachristos
5 Germany MF Matthias Tietz
6 Germany DF Tanju Öztürk
7 Germany MF Kevin Lehmann
8 Germany MF Adrian Student
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Denis Pozder
10 Germany MF Alon Abelski
No. Position Player
11 Burkina Faso FW Moussa Kabore
12 Germany DF Stephan Hennen
14 Germany FW Tim Helwig
15 Germany DF Sven Theißen (Captain of the team)
16 Germany MF Samed Basol
18 Germany FW Joseph Laumann
19 Republic of Macedonia FW Saban Ferati
20 Greece FW Athanasios Tsourakis
21 Germany MF Kevin Grund
22 Germany GK Tim Weichelt

Manager History

Team trivia

  • Tatort, a popular crime series in Germany, features an episode entitled Zweierlei Blut (Blood of Two Kinds) which deals with a murder in the MSV Duisburg hooligan scene. In one scene, Inspector Horst Schimanski is beaten to a pulp, and dragged naked into the centre circle of the Wedaustadion.

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