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Rot-Weiss Oberhausen
Full name Sport-Club Rot-Weiss Oberhausen e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Kleeblätter (The Four Leaf Clovers)
Founded 1904
Ground Niederrheinstadion
(Capacity: 21,318)
Manager Hans-Günter Bruns (Interim)
League 2. Bundesliga
2008-09 2. Bundesliga, 9th
Home colours
Away colours

Rot-Weiss Oberhausen is a German football club in Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club was formed as Oberhausener SV in December, 1904 out of the merger of Emschertaler SV (1902) and the football enthusiasts of Oberhausener TV 1873. The new side entered into a union with Viktoria Styrum BV to create SpVgg 1904 Oberhausen-Styrum, but within six months a number of the club's members left to form 1.FC Mülheim-Styrum. The remaining club members carried on and in 1934 took on their current name.



The team was unremarked through its early history, simply playing local ball. After the re-organization of German football in the early 30's under the Third Reich Rot Weiss played in the Gauliga Niederrhein but could never match the strength of division rival Fortuna Düsseldorf. The club worked its way into the upper league Oberliga West after the war and with the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional circuit, found themselves in the second division Regionalliga West. A first place finish there in 1969 led to promotion to the Bundesliga for the workmanlike side. The club's turn in the top flight was tainted when they were implicated in the Bundesliga bribery scandal of 1971. While it was clear they were involved, the club and its players escaped sanction. After three years in the upper league without doing any better than a 14th place finish, the club returned to its existence as a tier II and III side.

Financial problems in 1988 were the prelude to a slide into the Verbandsliga Niederrhein (IV) two years later. After nearly a decade spent bouncing up and down between the third and fourth divisions Die Kleeblätter returned to the 2.Bundesliga in 1998, winning the Regionalliga West/Südwest. They remained a lower table side for the most part, but did manage to put forward their best ever performances with sixth and fifth place finishes in 2000 and 2004. Oberhausen was relegated again to the Regionalliga Nord (III) for 2005. Relegation to the Oberliga (IV) followed a year later. They returned to 2. Bundesliga after two successively promotions; which were 1st of Nordrhein Group at Oberliga in 2006-2007 and 2nd of North Group at Regionalliga in 2007-2008 season.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999–2000 2. Bundesliga (II) 6th
2000-01 2. Bundesliga 12th
2001-02 2. Bundesliga 12th
2002-03 2. Bundesliga 14th
2003-04 2. Bundesliga 5th
2004-05 2. Bundesliga 16th (relegated)
2005-06 Regionalliga Nord (III) 17th (relegated)
2006-07 Oberliga Nordrhein (IV) 1st (promoted)
2007-08 Regionalliga Nord (III) 2nd (promoted)
2008-09 2. Bundesliga (II) 9th
2009-10 2. Bundesliga

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 Christoph Semmler
2 The Gambia DF Timo Uster
3 Germany DF Daniel Embers
4 Greece DF Dimitrios Pappas
5 Germany DF Benjamin Reichert
6 Germany MF Daniel Gordon
7 Germany MF Moritz Stoppelkamp
8 Germany MF Heinrich Schmidtgal
9 Germany FW Patrick Schönfeld
10 Italy FW Mike Terranova
13 Germany FW Ronny König
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Esad Razić
No. Position Player
15 Germany MF Marcel Landers
16 Germany DF Thomas Schlieter
17 Germany MF Oliver Petersch
18 Germany DF Marinko Miletić
19 Germany FW Markus Heppke
20 Germany MF Tim Kruse
21 Germany GK Sören Pirson
22 Germany FW Felix Luz
23 Germany MF Markus Kaya
24 Germany DF Kevin Kolberg
27 Germany MF Benjamin Schüßler
28 Denmark FW Mike Tullberg
36 Poland DF Dominik Borutzki

Famous players and successes

Rot-Weiss Oberhausen has seen three of its players capped for Germany.

The club's 1970-71 Bundesliga season was distinguished by the performance of Lothar Kobluhn, who won the league scoring title with 24 goals - 12 of those coming in the last 8 games of the season to save Rot-Weiss from relegation by just one goal. The team was embroiled in the Bundesliga scandal of 1971 and as a result Kobluhn was not awarded the Torjägerkanone trophy as top-scorer until October 2007, 36 years after his achievement.

In 1999, Oberhausen played a DFB-Pokal (Geman Cup) semifinal in Gelsenkirchen against Bayern München in front of 45,000 spectators, losing 1:3. On their way to their semifinal appearance they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburger SV.

Manager History


Rot-Weiß Oberhausen has also had an athletics section. Among its most prominent former members are Willi Wülbeck[1] and Fritz Roderfeld.[2] The team also became national champions in 4 x 400 metres relay in 1948[3] and 3 x 1000 metres relay in 1951.[4]

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