Greifswalder SV

This club was essentially founded in the ashes of the Greifswalder SC, which went belly-up in May 2003.

It would appear that after insolvency, the club members started over with a new club, Greifswalder SV, which started in the Verbandsliga where GSC would have left off.

For the 2004 season, GSV was joined by ESV Empor and SSV Grün-Schwarz.

The roots go back to 1911, when the local Gymnastics club founded a soccer section. However, as became increasing common, the footballers refused to be dominated by the crap gymnasts, and soon insisted on starting their own club, so in 1912, they formed Sportverein Greif Greifswald von 1912. They competed in local competition, and then basically collapsed into WW-I.

After the restart in 1923, in 1926 they merged with other local footballers to form Greifswalder Sportclub von 1912 (GSC). They were in the shadows of local SC Preussen until 1927, when promotion to the Vorpommernliga allowed them to reach parity. The same year the "Greifswalder Fußballstadion" was opened. (Now known as "Volksstadion"). The other main event of the 1920s occured in 1929, when they won their first Vorpommernpokal. (Cup)

During the 3rd Reich, GSC had some decent success, playing for the most part in the Gauliga Westpommern. They finished 2nd a couple of times, just missing qualification to the German championship rounds. After WW-II, GSC was banned by the Allies initially, but then allowed to start up again. In 1950, it was reorganized into BSG Einheit Greifswald. The club struggled in the 3rd division (DDR 2.Liga) until a new coach. Franz Shopp, came in. He started building upon youthful talent and stabilized the club. However, as was commonplace with GDR football, commie bureaucrats had to interfere. Schopp had opened up a pub, so the local SED party Bonzen got him fired for "non-socialist behaviour". Luckily, the club was able to find another talented coach, Lothar Wießner. (although he to would get canned in 1961 in murky circumstances. Maybe drinking beer became another "non-socialist behaviour). But in the meantime, Wießner led the club to the top of the 2.Liga, and in 1958 they met Motor Süd Brandenburg in a promotion playoff. A record (still stands today) 11,800 fans attended the match, which was won 3-0. Einheit then played in the DDR-Liga until around 1966, when they were relegated, along with the reorganization of GDR football.

In 1968, the club was reorganized as BSG Kernkraftwerk Greifswald, affiliated with the local nuclear power plant in Lubmin. The influx of some additional resources meant that they were able to establish themselves as a regular fixture in the DDR-Liga, although they never really threatened with promotion into the Oberliga. The nuclear plant had the desire to push for promotion though, and in the 1980s provided more funding. In addition, an alliance with Hansa Rostock increased the player resources. However, with reunification, everything came to a crashing halt. In 1990, under pressure from other European nations, the nuclear power plant was mothballed, and funding dried up. The club was reconstituted as the original Greifswalder SC, but although field success wasn't terrible, financing was. The club collapsed into bankruptcy in 2002 and disappeared. Members started over as Greifswalder SV to keep tradition going.

Full Name Greifswalder Sportverein 04 e.V.
City Greifswald (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). Pop: 53,434 (2007).
Address Karl-Liebknecht-Ring 2, 17491 Greifswald
Telefon / Fax: +49 (0) 3834 510013
Colors All red with white trim. Away is all-black.
Nickname GSC used to be called Die Rothosen (red pants)
Stadium Volksstadion. Capacity: 15,000 (3,150 seats)
For a while this was known as Philip-Müller-Stadion. Originally built in 1927.
Heroes Herbert Endrussat, midfielder, was star of the team in the 1930s. Karl-Heinz Holze played in the early 1950s, and got one GDR cap, although for Dynamo Berlin.
Pub Grub An Imbissbude (snack bar) and the Club-Gaststätte are at the stadium.
The Net Official site:
Also interesting is a memorial for the old GSC,

Recent History:
		BSG KKW Nord Greifswald

1968-69	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord	13th
1969-70	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord	6th
1970-71	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel Nord	10th
1971-72	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	5th
1972-73	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	6th
1973-74	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	6th
1974-75	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	2nd
1975-76	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	6th
1976-77	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	6th
1977-78	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	4th
1978-79	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	9th
1979-80	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	9th
1980-81	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	12th
1981-82	(***)	Bezirksliga Rostock-Ost	1st
1982-83	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	11th
1983-84	(***)	Bezirksliga Rostock-Ost	1st
1984-85	(***)	Bezirksliga Rostock-Ost	1st
1985-86	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	6th
1986-87	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	9th
1987-88	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	7th
1988-89	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	12th
1989-90	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A	6th

		Greifswalder SC

1990-91	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		11th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Nord	2nd
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Nord	8th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Nord	9th
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		4th
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		4th
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		3rd
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		3rd
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		6th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		5th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		14th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		17th	insolvency

		Greifswalder SV

2002-03	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	8th
2003-04	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	6th
2004-05	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	8th
2005-06	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	5th
2006-07	(V)	Verbandsliga Meck-Vorpommern	1st
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga NOFV-Nord		

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: