FC Augsburg

Augsburg has not had much success except at the strict amateur level. Founded in 1907 as FC Alemannia, in 1921 it became BC Augsburg, which it remained until 1969. For the most part, they played in the upper echelons of the southern Oberliga/2.Liga until the Bundesliga was founded in 1963. From then on, things started going downhill rapidly. In 1969, faced with collapse, BCA merged with the soccer division TSV 1847 Schwaben Augsburg to form the current club FC Augsburg. Success was mostly limited to the youth division, which won one national championship and several Cup titles in the early 1990s. Interestingly enough, Schwaben players had merged to to form FCA, but apparently a lot of the members weren't to thrilled. So in 1970 they reformed a soccer division and by 1998, the new Schwaben had made it back to the Oberliga!

A few famous players got their start at Augsburg: Helmut Haller, Bernd Schuster and Karl-Heinz Riedle.

The 1998-99 season was poor, with FCA struggling against relegation until the end. The next season was better, and despite poor performances. The goal of qualifying for the combined Regionalliga was achieved, but then the DFB denied the club a license, plunging them into the Bayernliga. However, their stay at the 4th division was short, and they went back up within 2 seasons. After a short stay in the 3rd division, Augsburg would then establish itself as a solid 2.Liga club in the mid 2000s. Whether they can make the next step up seems questionable, but it has taken them a long time to re-establish themselves as a respectable club.

The 2011 season ended with Augsburg gaining promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time.

Fullname Fussballclub Augsburg e.V.
City Augsburg (Bayern). Pop: 258,000 (2002).
Address Donauwörtherstarße 179, 86154 Augsburg
Phone: (0821) 411880
Colors Red jersey with white lettering. Black shorts, socks. Official club colors are red-green-white.
Stadium Rosenaustadion. Capacity: 32,420 (6,000 seats)
From the Autobahn A8 (Munich-Stuttgart), take the "Augsburg-West exit. This puts you on the B17 highway, and take the "Stadion exit".
This stadium was built in 1951, and during the 50s was augmented by temporary stands, allowing larger crowds. The record attendance was 65,000 in 1952 for the Germany-Switzerland match, and the Rosenau has been the site of many international and club friendlies. The old BCA-Stadion has since been built over, had a capacity of around 18,000. Schwaben played in the Stadion Haunstetter-Straße, which was also built over.
Tickets Range from DM 25 for the "Tribune" to DM 12 for standing room.
Supporters Attendance usually around 2-3,000 (Regionalliga, 2002). but after promotion to the 2.Liga, they started seeing decent crowds, often in the mid twenties, especially when facing other Bayern based clubs.
Heroes Helmut Haller had 19 caps with BCA, and a further 5 with AC Torino. (1958-70). Scored against England in 1966 World Cup final. Ulrich Biesinger (7 caps, 1957-58).
Beer Riegels Augsburg, Hasenbräu
Pub Grub
The Net The official site is www.fcaugsburg.de , which is a fairly complete and informative site.

Recent History:
		BC Augsburg

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	19th
1964-65	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	2nd
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	1st
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	16th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	16th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	2nd
----> FCA

		FC Augsburg

1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	4th
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	3rd
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	8th
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	1st
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	1st
1974-75	(II)	2.Liga Süd		12th
1975-76	(II)	2.Liga Süd		15th
1976-77	(II)	2.Liga Süd		9th
1977-78	(II)	2.Liga Süd		14th
1978-79	(II)	2.Liga Süd		18th
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	1st
1980-81	(II)	2.Liga Süd		18th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	1st
1982-83	(II)	2.Liga			17th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	7th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	2nd
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	3rd
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	6th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	6th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	4th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	3rd
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	8th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	4th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	6th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	1st
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	9th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	11th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	11th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	10th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	8th	(license denied)
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		4th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		1st
2002-03	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	3rd
2003-04	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	4th
2004-05	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	4th
2005-06	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	1st
2006-07	(II)	2.Liga			7th
2007-08	(II)	2.Liga			14th
2008-09 (II)    2.Liga			11th
2009-10	(II)	2.Liga			3rd	lost promotion playoff to Nürnberg
2010-11	(II)	2.Liga			2nd
2011-12 (I)     Bundesliga

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