FSV Frankfurt

Founded in 1899, FSV is the club of the Bornheim district. Aside from making a few appearances in the 2nd division, there hasn't been too much success on the field at the higher levels. The shadow of the much more powerful Eintracht pretty much covers FSV. However, they are a regional Hessenliga powerhouse. The highpoint was back in 1925, when they made the finals of the German championship, losing to 1.FC Nuernberg 0-1. They also won the German Amateur title in 1972. The late 1970s to early 1980s were decent years, as the club managed to hold a spot in the 2nd division.

FSV is one of the few clubs that also had women's soccer, and they have been one of Germany's stronger teams in the Frauen-Bundesliga. However the club dropped the team in 2006, continuing a trend where most of the better women's teams are independent clubs.

By midseason 1998-99, FSV looked dead and buried. But then the Bornheimer put together a superhuman effort, and managed to save themselves on the last day of the season. The next season turned out to be more of the same. Although the club was doing well until about midseason, they then collapsed and finished out of the Regionalliga zone. They got a last minute repreive with the forcible relegation of Karlsruhe SC Amateurs, but then lost the playoffs to Jahn Regensburg, meaning a return to the 4th division. In 2008, FSV moved into the 2.Liga for the first time in 15 years, and everything looked like just a brief stay like the first time. By winter-break, FSV was dead last. However, in the 2nd half, they came roaring back, and it was enough to avoid relegation, surprising just about everybody. Since then FSV has established themselves as a 2.Liga club, despite minimal resources. The 2012-13 season ended with an amazing 4th place finish. Although this wasn't really in contention for a Bundesliga playoff, it did represent the club's highest ever finish in the Bundesliga era.

Fullname Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V.
City Frankfurt am Main (Hessen); pop: 640,000 (2002)
Address Am Erlenbruch 1, Postfach 600260, 60332 Frankfurt/Main
Phone: (069) 4208980
e-mail: info@fsv-frankfurt.de
Colors Blue shorts with white trim, black shorts, blue socks.
Nickname Bornheimer
Stadium Stadion Am Bornheimer Hang. Capacity: 12,542 (4,139 seats, 684 "business seats"), built in 1932.
The original size was about 28,000 (2,500 seats), but it went through renovations in 2009 and 2012. Officially it's known as Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion
Tickets Prices range from 9-30 euros (2013)
Supporters Basically locals, some 1,500 members. Crowds are usually small, around 500-2,000, depending on the opponent and league. Averaged 394 in 2004 (Oberliga).
Beer Henninger is a sponsor
Pub Grub
The Net The official web site is www.fsv-frankfurt.de

		Recent History

2013-14 (II)    2.Liga 
2012-13 (II)    2.Liga                 4th 
2011-12 (II)    2.Liga                 13th 
2010-11 (II)    2.Liga                 13th 

2009-10 (II)    2.Liga                 15th 
2008-09 (II)    2.Liga                 15th 
2007-08 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        1st
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		1st
2005-06 (IV)    Oberliga Hessen         2nd
2004-05 (IV)    Oberliga Hessen         2nd
2003-04 (IV)    Oberliga Hessen         6th
2002-03 (IV)    Oberliga Hessen         3rd
2001-02 (IV)    Oberliga Hessen         2nd
2000-01 (IV)    Oberliga Hessen         5th

1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	13th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	15th
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		1st
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		7th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	18th
1994-95	(II)	2.Liga			18th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	1st
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	2nd
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	5th
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	6th

1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	8th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	4th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	5th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	3rd
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	5th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	10th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	3rd
1982-83	(II)	2.Liga Süd		19th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	1st
1980-81	(II)	2.Liga Süd		15th

1979-80	(II)	2.Liga Süd		18th
1978-79	(II)	2.Liga Süd		12th
1977-78	(II)	2.Liga Süd		15th
1976-77	(II)	2.Liga Süd		7th
1975-76	(II)	2.Liga Süd		13th
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	1st
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	11th
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	1st
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	2nd
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	2nd

1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	19th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	1st
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	16th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	13th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	10th
1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	16th

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany