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SpVgg Bayreuth
Full name Spielvereinigung Bayreuth 1921 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Altstädter (the Oldtowners)
Founded 1921
Ground Hans-Walter-Wild-Stadion
(Capacity: 21,500)
Manager Klaus Scheer
League Oberliga Bayern (V)
2008-09 4th
Home colours
Away colours

SpVgg Bayreuth is a German football club based in Bayreuth, Bavaria. Apart from coming within two games of earning promotion to the Fussball-Bundesliga in 1979, the club also reached the quarter finals of the German Cup twice, in 1977 and 1980.




1921 to 1945

Founded in 1921 when the side left gymnastics oriented sport club TuSpo Bayreuth, SpVgg Bayreuth was one of many clubs banned and replaced with a state-sanctioned organization in 1933 during the Nazi campaign against existing sports and other social organizations. A handful of club members reformed a rump side called FSV Bayreuth to carry on the activities of the original association. This team was made up largely of soldiers stationed locally, which resulted in a constantly changing lineup as they were transferred in and out of the area. The old club was quickly resurrected after World War II.

1945 to 1963

The club initially stood in the shadow of two local rivals, FC Bayreuth and VfB Bayreuth, with the later taking out the Amateurliga Nordbayern (III) title in 1956. SpVgg had earned promotion to this league in 1954, having won the 2nd Amateurliga Oberfranken-West title that year and then dominated its promotion round.[1]

The club achieved good results in the Bayernliga and managed to win its division in 1959. The team then went on to beat southern champions Schwaben Augsburg in the finals for the Bavarian title.[2] As the Bavarian champions, the club was entitled to enter the promotion round to the 2nd Oberliga Süd, where it had to overcome VfR Pforzheim 2-1 after extra time in a narrow decider for promotion to the second division.[3]

The club spent three seasons in the second tier of Southern German football, achieving a remarkable fifth place in its first year. The second season was a struggle against relegation and, in the third and last one, it was sent down back to the Bayernliga again.[4]

A fourth place in the last season before the league reform in 1963 saw the club qualify for the new single-division Amateurliga Bayern from 1963.

1963 to present

After the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, Bayreuth played as a third division team until 1969. Another Amateurliga championship meant promotion to the second tier once more, now the Regionalliga Süd. It proved a short stay and SpVgg was narrowly relegated, losing a decider to ESV Ingolstadt 5-2 after finishing on equal points.[5]

Back in the Bayernliga, the club won an undisputed championship, losing only two out of their 34 games, 15 points clear of the second-placed Wacker München.[6] After another difficult first year in the second division, the club established itself in the league, coming fourth in 1973 and fifth in 1974, results that proved enough to qualify for the new 2nd Bundesliga Süd.

The club did quite well in the new league and they came close to moving up to the Bundesliga in 1979 after a second-place finish in 2nd Bundesliga Süd (the southern division of 2.Bundesliga), but lost in the promotion round 1:1 and 1:2 to Bayer Uerdingen. It managed to qualify for the new single-division 2nd Bundesliga in 1981, too, but the first season in this league was very disappointing and the team was relegated to the Oberliga in 1982, having come last.

The team became a top-side in the Oberliga but took until 1985 to take out the league title again and returmn to the second division.

Although relegated to Amateur Oberliga Bayern (III) in 1988 and 1989, the team was spared further demotion when clubs that had finished ahead of them were denied licences due to their financial problems. Bayreuth could not evade relegation after a third consecutive poor finish in 1990, and in 1994 slipped further still to the Oberliga Bayern (IV). A strong campaign returned the side to the Regionalliga Süd (III) for 2005-06. The club was denied a license for the Regionalliga in the 2006/07 season and forcibly relegated to the 4th division Bayernliga. The club won the Bayernliga title for a seventh time, building up a convincing margin to the second placed team, and fulfilling the on-the-field qualification to the Regionalliga. On 11 June 2008, the club was refused a licence for this league and has to remain in the Bayernliga[7][8]. The clubs financial trouble however continued, having to declare insolvency on 22 October 2008, despite sitting second in the league.[9]


Recent managers

Manager Start Finish
Marco Schmidt 1 July 2000 30 June 2003
Italy Gino Lettieri 11 September 2003 30 June 2006
Norbert Schlegel 1 July 2006 30 June 2007
Klaus Scheer 1 July 2007 present

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Landesliga Bayern-Nord (V) 2nd
2000-01 Landesliga Bayern-Nord 1st ↑
2001-02 Oberliga Bayern (IV) 7th
2002-03 Oberliga Bayern 4th
2003-04 Oberliga Bayern 7th
2004-05 Oberliga Bayern 1st ↑
2005-06 Regionalliga Süd (III) 10th ↓
2006-07 Oberliga Bayern (IV) 3rd
2007-08 Oberliga Bayern 1st
2008-09 Oberliga Bayern (V) 4th
2009-10 Oberliga Bayern

DFB Cup appereances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup one quite a number of occasions:

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
DFB-Pokal 1972–73 First round - first leg 10 December 1972 SpVgg Bayreuth 1. FC Kaiserslautern 4-2
First round - second leg 20 December 1972 1. FC Kaiserslautern SpVgg Bayreuth 0-4
DFB-Pokal 1974–75 First round 7 September 1974 SpVgg Bayreuth FC Schalke 04 1-2
DFB-Pokal 1975–76 First round 1 August 1975 Karlsruher SC SpVgg Bayreuth 4-2
DFB-Pokal 1976–77 First round 6 August 1976 Kickers Offenbach SpVgg Bayreuth 4-4 aet
First round - replay 1 September 1976 SpVgg Bayreuth Kickers Offenbach 4-1
Second round 16 October 1976 SpVgg Bayreuth SSV Reutlingen 2-1
Third round 18 December 1976 SpVgg Bayreuth FV Hassia Bingen 2-1
Fourth round 8 January 1977 SpVgg Bayreuth FC Augsburg 2-0
Quarterfinals 9 February 1977 SpVgg Bayreuth Rot-Weiß Essen 1-2
DFB-Pokal 1977–78 First round 29 July 1977 FC 08 Villingen SpVgg Bayreuth 0-1
Second round 20 August 1977 Itzehoer SV SpVgg Bayreuth 1-6
Third round 14 October 1977 Karlsruher SC SpVgg Bayreuth 2-0
DFB-Pokal 1978–79 First round 4 August 1978 SV Haidlfing SpVgg Bayreuth 0-5
Second round 24 September 1978 SpVgg Bayreuth Melsunger FV 6-0
Third round 2 December 1978 Bayer 04 Leverkusen SpVgg Bayreuth 1-0
DFB-Pokal 1979–80 First round 25 August 1979 SpVgg Bayreuth Preußen 07 Hameln 5-0
Second round 29 September 1979 SpVgg Bayreuth SpVgg Au/Iller 6-0
Third round 12 January 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth FC Bayern Munich 1-0
Fourth round 16 February 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth TuS Langerwehe 5-2 aet
Quarterfinals 6 April 1980 FC Schalke 04 SpVgg Bayreuth 3-1
DFB-Pokal 1980–81 First round 29 August 1980 Borussia Neunkirchen SpVgg Bayreuth 1-1 aet
First round - replay 17 September 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth Borussia Neunkirchen 2-1
Second round 29 August 1980 SpVgg Bayreuth VfB Stuttgart 1-3
DFB-Pokal 1981–82 First round 28 August 1981 SpVgg Bayreuth Bayer Uerdingen 3-1
Second round 11 October 1981 VfB Stuttgart II SpVgg Bayreuth 1-2
Third round 30 December 1981 SpVgg Bayreuth VfB Oldenburg 2-0
Fourth round 9 January 1982 SV Werder Bremen SpVgg Bayreuth 2-0
DFB-Pokal 1982–83 First round 27 August 1982 SpVgg Bayreuth SpVgg Fürth 3-1
Second round 15 October 1982 SpVgg Bayreuth Hertha BSC Berlin 0-1
DFB-Pokal 1983–84 First round 28 August 1983 FC Augsburg SpVgg Bayreuth 2-1 aet
DFB-Pokal 1984–85 First round 1 September 1984 SpVgg Bayreuth SV Mettlach 7-0
Second round 13 October 1984 SpVgg Bayreuth 1. FC Union Solingen 1-2
DFB-Pokal 1986–87 First round 27 August 1986 SpVgg Bayreuth SG Wattenscheid 09 0-3
DFB-Pokal 1988–89 First round 6 August 1988 Germania Dörnigheim SpVgg Bayreuth 0-5
Second round 24 September 1988 SV Werder Bremen SpVgg Bayreuth 6-1
DFB-Pokal 1989–90 First round 20 August 1989 1. FC Pforzheim SpVgg Bayreuth 4-1
DFB-Pokal 1990–91 First round 4 August 1990 SpVgg Bayreuth Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin 0-3
DFB-Pokal 2006–07 First round 8 September 2006 SpVgg Bayreuth Kickers Offenbach 0-2

Source:"DFB-Pokal (German)". Retrieved 2009-05-29.  

Former players

  • Perparim Gashi
  • Visar Rushiti
  • Fernando Ernesto
  • Ante Balic
  • Stanko Pavlovic
  • Ante Sicenica
  • Hrvoje Vlaovic
Georgia (country)
  • Mikheil Sajaia
  • Julian Ratei
  • Giorgio Arancino
  • Julian Matiasovits
  • Stevan Popov
  • Pero Skoric
  • Florian Gogolok
  • Bartosz Partyka
  • Darius Scholtysik
  • Sebastiao
  • Alexander Contala
  • Alexander Konjevic
  • Aleksander Pupovac
  • Sandi Pavlovic
  • Soner Calisir
United States
  • Oliver Riley

External links



  1. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945-1997 (German) publisher: DSFS, published: 1997, page: 29, accessed: 14 June 2009
  2. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945-1997 (German) publisher: DSFS, published: 1997, page: 42, accessed: 14 June 2009
  3. ^ Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik seit 1945 (German), publisher: DSFS, page: I 141, published: 2006, accessed: 14 June 2009
  4. ^ Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform (German) author: Ludolf Hyll, page: 201 + 205 + 209, published: 1988, accessed: 14 June 2009
  5. ^ Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik seit 1945 (German), publisher: DSFS, page: I 49, published: 2006, accessed: 14 June 2009
  6. ^ Die Bayernliga 1945-1997 (German) publisher: DSFS, published: 1997, page: 106, accessed: 14 June 2009
  7. ^ Aufstieg Regionalliga Süd (in German), accessed: 13 June 2008
  8. ^ Keine Lizenz für die SpVgg (in German) SpVgg Bayreuth website, accessed: 13 June 2008
  9. ^ Insolvenzverwalter hat das Sagen SpVgg Bayreuth website (German), accessed: 29 October 2008

Simple English

SpVgg Bayreuth is a German football team in Bayreuth, Bavaria. It was founded in 1921 . It is the most successful football team in Upper Franconia. The club was banned in 1933 by the Nazis but restarted shortly after World War II. SpVgg Bayreuth playes in one of the Fourths Divisions, the Bayernliga. In the season 2005/2006, they played in the Third Division, the Regionalliga.


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