A small club in Berlin that had it's moment in the sun in the late 1980s, as it made it all the way to the Bundesliga, before collapsing into bankruptcy.
The original club came together in 1927, through the merger of Berliner Thor und Fußball-Clubs Union 92 and BFC Vorwärts 90 Berlin, and became known as SpVgg Blau-Weiss 90 Berlin. Both were regulars in the old Oberliga Berlin, and in 1920 Vorwärts won the city championship, defeating Preussen twice. They went on a fine run in the German championship, before losing in the finals to juggernaut 1.FC Nürnberg 0-5. They remained in contention for the city title for the next few campaigns as well. BTuFC's bets years were actually pre-WWI, and they even went one better, winning the German championship in 1905, as they knocked off Karlsruher FV 2-0 in a big upset.
The newly merged club didn't start off with a bang: although previously Vorwärts had finished 7th and Union 8th, the new Blau-Weiss played crap and was relegated! They were then joined by Arminia 06 and started a slow climb back up. The best years were the late 1930s and early 1940s. BW90 won the Gauliga Berlin a couple of times, and in 1942 they finished 3rd in the national championship. With the collapse of the 3rd Reich, BW90 was banned, along with all other sports clubs. When the ban was partially lifted, the club was put back together as SG Mariendorf, which lasted until 1949. At that time, the new club split, with some members refounding Blau-Weiss 90 and others favoring SC Krampe Berlin and eventually SC Mariendorf as well. The new BW90 was a regaulr fixture in the upper half of the local Berlin leagues, finally winning the title outright in 1973. The next season they qualified for the 2.Bundesliga-Nord, but voluntarily withdrew. After some rough years in the early 1980s, the club quickly rose and stunned everybody by making the Bundesliga in 1986, becoming the 4th Berlin club to make an appearance. They only managed 3 wins, but still managed to average over 21,000 fans per match. More importantly, they were Berlin's undisputed no.1, as Hertha BSC was plying in the 3rd division!! After relagtion, BW90 remained a decent mid-level club in the 2.Liga, but in 1992 things came crashing to a halt. Although things on the field weren't that bad, the club went bankrupt and was forcibly wound up.
Club members reconstituted the club immediately afterwards, now simply as SV Blau-Weiss Berlin.
|Full Name||Sport-Verein Blau-Weiss Berlin e.V.|
Berlin (Berlin). Pop: 3,388,434 (2002)
Postfach 110106, 10831 Berlin|
Rathausstr. 10 a, 12105 Berlin
Tel.: 030 - 706 50 92, Fax: 030 - 706 50 93
Blue and white (surprise!)
Platz an der Rathausstraße
From 1927-66, BW90 played here, then known as Platz an der Ullsteinerstraße, which was the old Union field, and was originally built in 1908. By 1940, it held about 15,000. From 1966-83, they either played at the Friedrich Ebert (Bosestraße), which held about 10,000, or at TeBe's Mommsenstadion. In the last years, including the Bundesliga season, they played in Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Easy to get :)
Probably a couple hundred at best. Even during 2.Liga years, BW90 usually only drew a few thousand, and their 3rd
division Berlin Oberliga year of 1983 was only 500.
Ernst Lehner, one of the 3rd Reich's top players was capped 10 times for BW90 (+ another 50 for Augsburg).
The old Union and Vorwärts clubs had another 4 internationals apiece. In more recent times, Karl-Heinz
Riedle got his start with the club, and was the leading scorer in the Bundesliga year with 10 goals.
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Official site: www.svblauweiss.de
SpVgg Blau-Weiss 90 Berlin
1963-64 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 5th
1964-65 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 7th
1965-66 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 10th
1966-67 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 11th
1967-68 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 8th
1968-69 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 10th
1969-70 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 4th
1970-71 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 3rd
1971-72 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 3rd
1972-73 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 1st
1973-74 (II) Regionalliga Berlin 3rd
1974-75 (III) Amateurliga Berlin 4th
1975-76 (III) Amateurliga Berlin 4th
1976-77 (III) Amateurliga Berlin 7th
1977-78 (III) Amateurliga Berlin 15th
1978-79 (IV) Landesliga Berlin 2nd
1979-80 (III) Am.Oberliga Berlin 13th
1980-81 (III) Am.Oberliga Berlin 16th
1981-82 (IV) Landesliga Berlin 7th
1982-83 (IV) Landesliga Berlin 1st
1983-84 (III) Am.Oberliga Berlin 1st
1984-85 (II) 2.Bundesliga 7th
1985-86 (II) 2.Bundesliga 7th
1986-87 (I) Bundesliga 18th
1987-88 (II) 2.Bundesliga 7th
1988-89 (II) 2.Bundesliga 8th
1989-90 (II) 2.Bundesliga 9th
1990-91 (II) 2.Bundesliga 6th
1991-92 (II) 2.Bundesliga-Nord 10th
SV Blau-Weiss Berlin
1996-97 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-2 13th
1997-98 (VI) Landesliga Berlin
1998-99 (VI) Landesliga Berlin
1999-00 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1 7th
2000-01 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1 2nd
2001-02 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1 11th
2002-03 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1 10th
2003-04 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1
2004-05 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1
2005-06 (VI) Landesliga Berlin-1 16th
2006-07 (VII) Bezirksliga-2 5th
2007-08 (VII) Bezirksliga-1
(c) Abseits Guide to Germany : www.abseits-soccer.com