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VfL Bochum
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Full name Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848
Fußballgemeinschaft e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Unabsteigbaren ("The Unrelegatables", only prior to 1994)
Founded 1848
Ground Ruhrstadion
(Capacity: 31,328)
Chairman Germany Werner Altegoer
Head Coach Germany Heiko Herrlich
League Bundesliga
2008-09 Bundesliga, 14th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

VfL Bochum is a German football club based in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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History

Founding to World War II

VfL is one of the oldest sports organizations in Germany claiming an origin date of July 26, 1848 when an article in the Märkischer Sprecher - a local newspaper - called for the creation of a gymnastics club. The Bochumer Turnverein was then formally established on 18 February 1849. The origin of the football department of VfL is in predecessor sides Fußball-Klub Bochum formed in 1906 and Sportverein Germania 06 Bochum.

Logo of predecessor club Tus Bochum.
Logo of predecessor club SV Germania Bochum.

Another ancestor - Spiel und Sport Bochum - was formed in 1908 and played the first football match at the Castroper Straße (Ruhrstadion) on 8 October 1911. After a merger with another local side in 1919, they took on the name Turn- und Sport Bochum 1848.

Two of these clubs played in the Gauliga Westfalen, one of sixteen top-flight divisions established through the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich in 1933. TuS Bochum appeared there briefly in 1936 and 1937, while Germania Bochum played in the division from 1933 to 1938. VfL Bochum was formed when the Nazi regime ordered the consolidation of TuS, Germania, and Turnverein Bochum 1848 on 14 April 1938. The new club began play in the Gauliga in the 1938-39 season. After 1943 they played with yet another club as the combined wartime side Kriegsspielgemeinschaft (KSG) VfL 1848 Bochum/Preußen Bochum until the end of the conflict. Although they fielded competitive sides, they had the misfortune of playing in the same division as Schalke 04 which was the dominant team of the era: Bochum's best results were a number of distant second place finishes.

Postwar and entry to Bundesliga play

Following the war the football section resumed play as the independent VfL Bochum Fussballgemeinschaft 1848 and played its first season in the second division 2.Oberliga West in 1949, while Preußen Bochum went on to lower tier amateur level play. VfL captured the division title in 1953 to advance to the Oberliga West for a single season. They repeated their divisional win in 1956 and returned to the top-flight until again being relgated after the 1960-61 season.

With the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, in 1963, VfL found itself in the third tier Amateurliga Westfalen. A first place result there in 1965 raised them to the Regionalliga West (II) from where they began a steady climb up the league table to the Bundesliga in 1971. During this rise Bochum also played its way to the final of the 1968 German Cup where they dropped a 1:4 decision to 1. FC Köln.

In spite of being a perennial lower table side, Bochum developed a reputation for tenaciousness on the field in a run of twenty seasons at the top flight. The club made a repeat appearance in the German Cup final in 1988, this time going down 0:1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Relegated after a 16th place finish in 1993, the team has become a classic "yo-yo club", bouncing up and down between the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga. The club's best Bundesliga results have come relatively recently as 5th place finishes in 1997 and 2004, which earned them appearances in the UEFA Cup tournament. In 1997, they advanced to the third round where they were put out by Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam, and in 2004, they were eliminated early through away goals (0-0 and 1-1) by Standard CL Liège of Belgium.

Current

Today's sports club has 5,000 members with the football department accounting for over 2,200 of these. Other sections now part of the association include athletics, badminton, basketball, dance, fencing, gymnastics, handball, hockey, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.

Players

See also List of VfL Bochum players

Current squad

As of January 15, 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
2 Sweden DF Matias Concha
4 Germany DF Marcel Maltritz (captain)
5 Germany MF Christoph Dabrowski (vice-captain)
6 Austria MF Christian Fuchs
7 Germany MF Paul Freier
8 Sweden MF Andreas Johansson
9 Slovakia FW Stanislav Šesták
10 Cameroon MF Joël Epalle
11 Slovenia FW Zlatko Dedič
14 Argentina FW Diego Klimowicz
16 Iran FW Vahid Hashemian
17 Germany MF Lewis Holtby (on loan from FC Schalke 04)
18 Germany GK Philipp Heerwagen
No. Position Player
19 Germany MF Dennis Grote
20 Germany DF Mergim Mavraj
21 France DF Marc Pfertzel
22 Germany MF Mimoun Azaouagh
23 Serbia MF Miloš Marić
24 Germany DF Philipp Bönig
25 Algeria DF Antar Yahia
26 Germany GK Andreas Luthe
27 Germany MF Kevin Vogt
29 Germany FW Roman Prokoph
30 Germany DF Patrick Fabian
31 Germany GK René Renno
32 Germany MF Mirkan Aydin

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
Portugal GK Daniel Fernandes (on loan at Iraklis until July 2010[1])
No. Position Player
Croatia MF Ivo Iličević (on loan at Kaiserslautern until July 2010)

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

VfL Bochum II squad

As of January 22, 2010

Manager: Germany Nicolas Michaty

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 Michael Esser
Germany GK Markus Scholz
Germany DF Jonas Acquistapace
Germany DF Christoph Caspari
Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Nurdin Hrustić
Germany DF Christian Kalina
Germany DF Christian Mengert
Germany DF Matthias Ostrzolek
Germany DF Pascal Pellowski
Germany MF Sascha Donougher
Germany MF Jürgen Duah
Germany MF Marc Rzatkowski
Germany MF Philip Semlits
No. Position Player
Italy MF Gianluca Zavarise
Germany MF Oliver Zech
Germany FW Mirkan Aydin
Italy FW Salvatore Bari
Germany FW Victor Braininger
Germany FW Justin Eilers
Germany FW Mike Hibbeln
Tunisia FW Mohamed Labiadh
Germany FW Alexander Neumann
Germany FW Roman Prokoph (captain)
Republic of Macedonia FW Goran Slavkovski
Germany FW Laurenz Wassinger

Notable players

The following are listed on the club's official site as their "Legendary Players", or are among the Bundesliga players with most appearances or goals.

See also: Category:VfL Bochum players

Germany

Iceland

Netherlands

Poland

Honours

UEFA Cup
1997/98 (Third Round), 2004/05 (First Round)
German Cup finalists
1967/68, 1987/88
Bundesliga UEFA Cup qualification
1996/97 (5th), 2003/04 (5th)
Bundesliga top goal scorer
1985/86 (Stefan Kuntz, 22 goals), 2002/03 (Thomas Christiansen, 21 goals (w/Giovane Elber)), 2006/07 (Theofanis Gekas, 20 goals)
Promoted to Bundesliga
1970/71 (1st Regionalliga West, 1st promotion group #1), 1993/94 (1st), 1995/96 (1st), 1999/2000 (2nd), 2001/02 (3rd), 2005/06 (1st)
2. Bundesliga champions
1993/94, 1995/96, 2005/06
2. Bundesliga top goal scorer
1993/94 (Uwe Wegmann 22 goals)

Youth

League results

Stadium

Ruhrstadion (also known as "rewirpowerSTADION" under a sponsorship deal) was one of the first modern football-only stadiums in Germany. It was built in the 1970s on the traditional ground of TuS Bochum 08 at the Castroper Straße north of the city centre.

The fully-roofed venue's capacity is 31,328, including standing room for 15,639.

Team trivia

  • One of the most prominent supporters of VfL Bochum is popular German musician and actor Herbert Grönemeyer, who wrote the song "Bochum" which soon became the club's unofficial anthem sung by VfL fans prior to every home match.
  • In 1955, VfL Bochum became the first German football club to travel to Israel to play a friendship match.
  • The club does not assign the number 12 to any player in order to honour its fans as the 12th man.

Coaches

Current staff

As of November 3, 2009[38]

Heiko Herrlich Head coach
Iraklis Metaxas Assistant coach
Nicolas Michaty Assistant coach, VfL Bochum II Head coach
Dariusz Wosz Assistant coach, VfL Bochum U-19 Head coach
Peter Greiber Goalkeeping coach
Thomas Graw Mental coach

Coaches since 1967

1967-1972 Hermann Eppenhoff
1972-1979 Heinz Höher
1979-1981 Helmuth Johannsen
1981-1986 Rolf Schafstall
1986-1988 Hermann Gerland
1988-1989 Franz-Josef Tenhagen
1989-1991 Reinhard Saftig
1991 Rolf Schafstall
1991-1992 Holger Osieck
1992-1995 Jürgen Gelsdorf
1995-1999 Klaus Toppmöller
1999 Ernst Middendorp
1999-2000 Bernard Dietz
2000-2001 Ralf Zumdick
2001 Rolf Schafstall
2001 Bernard Dietz
2001-2005 Peter Neururer
2005-2009 Marcel Koller
2009 Frank Heinemann
2009- Heiko Herrlich

References

  1. ^ http://vfl-bochum.de/webcache/Aktuelles_meldung_7438_3_de.htm
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Player statistics". All time top five most Bundesliga games and most Bundesliga goals. http://vfl-bochum.de/webcache/Historie_Spielerstatistik_en_126.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-08. "Most successful VfL scorers (1. Bundesliga): Jochen Abel (60), Hans Walitza (53), Uwe Wegmann (52), Jupp Kaczor (51), Stefan Kuntz (47); Most matches (1. Bundesliga): Michael Lameck (518), Lothar Woelk (385), Walter Oswald (353), Franz-Josef Tenhagen (306), Ralf Zumdick (282)" 
  3. ^ "VfL Legenden: Holger Aden" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/aden.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
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  5. ^ "VfL Legenden: Dieter Bast" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/bast.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ "VfL Legenden: Frank Benatelli" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/benatelli.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. ^ "VfL Legenden: Mirko Dickhaut" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/dickhaut.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  8. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thomas Ernst" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/ernst.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  9. ^ "VfL Legenden: Frank Fahrenhorst" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/fahrenhorst.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  10. ^ "VfL Legenden: Harry Fechner" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/fechner.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  11. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hermann Gerland" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/gerland.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  12. ^ "VfL Legenden: Dirk Helmig" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/helmig.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  13. ^ "VfL Legenden: Michael Hubner" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/hubner.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  14. ^ "VfL Legenden: Mathias Jack" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/jack.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  15. ^ "VfL Legenden: Jupp Kaczor" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/kaczor.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  16. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hans-Jürgen Köper" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/koeper.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  17. ^ "VfL Legenden: Martin Kree" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/kree.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  18. ^ "VfL Legenden: Stefan Kuntz" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/kuntz.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  19. ^ "VfL Legenden: Michael Lameck" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/lameck.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  20. ^ "VfL Legenden: Uwe Leifeld" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/leifeld.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  21. ^ "VfL Legenden: Kai Michalke" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/michalke.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  22. ^ "VfL Legenden: Jupp Nehl" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/nehl.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  23. ^ "VfL Legenden: Walter Oswald" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/oswald.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  24. ^ "VfL Legenden: Peter Peschel" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/peschel.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  25. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thomas Reis" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/reis.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  26. ^ a b "VfL Legenden: Dirk Riechmann und Michael Rzehaczek" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/ritschi.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  27. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hilko Ristau" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/ristau.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  28. ^ "VfL Legenden: Christian Schreier" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/schreier.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  29. ^ "VfL Legenden: Frank Schulz" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/schulz.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  30. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thomas Stickroth" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/stickroth.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  31. ^ "VfL Legenden: Jupp Tenhagen" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/tenhagen.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  32. ^ "VfL Legenden: Hans Walitza" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/walitza.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  33. ^ "VfL Legenden: Uwe Wegmann" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/wegmann.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  34. ^ "VfL Legenden: Andreas Wessels" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/wessels.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  35. ^ "VfL Legenden: Thordur Gudjonsson" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/gudjonsson.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  36. ^ "VfL Legenden: Rob Reekers" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/reekers.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  37. ^ "VfL Legenden: Tomasz Waldoch" (in German). VfL Bochum. http://www.vfl-bochum.de/legenden/waldoch.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  38. ^ "Wosz gehört weiterhin zum Bundesligateam" (in German). VfL Bochum. 2009-11-03. http://vfl-bochum.de/webcache/Aktuelles_meldung_7143_3_de.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

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