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. Everybody predicted the team of nobodies to immediately go down, but they astounded the pundits by surviving. The next season, it was more of the same, but on the last day the Augsburgers defeated Furth and remained up again. The 2014 season was the best ever in club history. Once again, a team of unknowns gave 110%, and this time they started collecting points early. As a result, an 8th place finish, and only missing the Europaliga qualification by a single point. They also made history by becoming the first team to defeat Bayern in their dominant run to the title.

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:
2013-14 (I)     Bundesliga              8th
2012-13 (I)     Bundesliga              15th
2011-12 (I)     Bundesliga		14th
2010-11 (II)    2.Liga                  2nd
2009-10 (II)    2.Liga                  3rd     lost promotion playoff to Nürnberg
2008-09 (II)    2.Liga                  11th
2007-08 (II)    2.Liga                  14th
2006-07 (II)    2.Liga                  7th
2005-06 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        1st
2004-05 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        4th
2003-04 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        4th
2002-03 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        3rd
2001-02 (IV)    Oberliga Bayern         1st
2000-01 (IV)    Oberliga Bayern         4th

1999-00 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        8th     (license denied)
1998-99 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        14th
1997-98 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        10th
1996-97 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        11th
1995-96 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        11th
1994-95 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        9th
1993-94 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      1st
1992-93 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      6th
1991-92 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      4th
1990-91 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      8th 

1989-90 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      3rd
1988-89 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      4th
1987-88 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      6th
1986-87 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      6th
1985-86 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      3rd
1984-85 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      2nd
1983-84 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      7th
1982-83 (II)    2.Liga                  17th
1981-82 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      1st
1980-81 (II)    2.Liga Süd              18th

1979-80 (III)   Am.Oberliga Bayern      1st
1978-79 (II)    2.Liga Süd              18th
1977-78 (II)    2.Liga Süd              14th
1976-77 (II)    2.Liga Süd              9th
1975-76 (II)    2.Liga Süd              15th
1974-75 (II)    2.Liga Süd              12th 
1973-74 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        1st
1972-73 (III)   Amateurliga Bayern      1st

1971-72 (III)   Amateurliga Bayern      8th 
1970-71 (III)   Amateurliga Bayern      3rd
1969-70 (III)   Amateurliga Bayern      4th
----> FCA
		BC Augsburg

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

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