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SCB Viktoria Köln
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Full name Sport-Club-Brück Viktoria Köln von 1994 e.V.
Founded 1994
Ground Sportpark Höhenberg
(Capacity: 12,000)
League Verbandsliga Mittelrhein (VI)
2007-08 4th
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Away colours

SCB Viktoria Köln is a German football club playing in the city of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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History

Founded in 1904 as FC Germania Kalk it is one of the oldest football clubs in the city. In 1909 Germania merged with FC Kalk to form SV Kalk 04 and in 1911 this club was, in turn, united with Mülheimer FC to create VfR Mülheim-Kalk 04. The club was renamed VfR Köln 04 in 1918 and, in 1926, won its first Western German football championship and entry to national championship play.

After the re-organization of German football in 1933 under the Third Reich into sixteen top flight divisions, VfR played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein taking titles there in 1935 and 1937 but then performed poorly at the national level. In 1941 The Gauliga Mittelrhein was split into the Gauliga Moselland and Gauliga Köln-Aachen, with VfR playing in the latter division. Two years later the club joined Mülheimer SV to play as the combined wartime side (Kriegsspielgemeinschaft) KSG VfR 04 Köln/Mülheimer SV 06. Mülheim had also played in the Gauliga Mittelrhein since 1933 claiming titles of its own in 1934 and 1940, and had similarly poor results at the national level. Play in the Gauliga Köln-Aachen was suspended in the 1944-45 season as Allied armies advanced into Germany at the end of World War II.

After the war VfR Köln resumed playing first division football in the Oberliga West, but lasted only a single season before bing relegated. In 1949 the team merged with its wartime partner Mülheimer SV to become SC Rapid Köln 04 and played in the 2.Oberliga West (II) until falling to third tier football after 1952. Rapid joined local rivals SC Preußen Dellbrück forming SC Viktoria 04 Köln in 1957. Of these sides, Preußen Dellbrück was most successful, advancing to the semi-finals of the national championships in 1950 before going out against Kickers Offenbach in a replay of their scoreless first match.

Logo of 1994 merger partner SC 1930 Köln Brück and historical logos of SC Viktoria Köln in use until 1994 and SCB Preussen Köln in use 1994-2002.

In 1963, the city selected Viktoria as its representative in the Fairs Cup, the forerunner of today's UEFA Cup, but the club was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. The team played as a second and third division side with generally unremarkable results until the 1994 merger with SC Brück that created SCB Preußen Köln, the new team being named after predecessor Preußen Dellbrück. The new club earned a second place finish in their division in 2000, but quickly tumbled to the Oberliga Nordrhein (IV), even spending one season in fifth division Verbandsliga Mittelrhein. The pattern continued after the team was re-christened SCB Viktoria Köln in 2002 which toils today in the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein.

Team trivia

  • Kalk is today an eastern district of the city of Köln (Cologne), while Mülheim was incorporated into the city in 1914.

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