SV Meppen

Founded in 1912, this small club has it's priorities straight: the only sport is soccer. Originally, back in 1912, the club was formed by a merger of Amisia and the Turnverein Meppen. The new club was TuS Meppen. The soccer players felt this was an outrage, and soon resigned, forming SV Meppen instead. Success on the field was quite modest, and it wasn't until around 1960 that the club started moving up. By 1970, they were qualified for the 2nd division Regionalliga Nord, and they soon established themselves as a decent club in the 3rd division Oberliga. By the end of the 1980s, they sensationally made the jump into the pro ranks, gaining promotion into the 2.Liga.

Despite being a small club with few resources, Meppen baffled pundits in the 90s, remaining a solid 2.Liga club. When they finally ran out of gas at the end of the decade, many felt they would rebound.

1998-99 turned out to be a disaster for Meppen. They were expected to contend for the title, and for about the first 3rd of the season, they did. Then they began to lose ground, and basically just threw in the towel in the 2nd half, slumping to 11th. The next season they were basically without a chance and finished mid-table, out of the running for a new combined Regionalliga spot. Upon relegation to the 4th division, continued financial problems have made the future somewhat murky.

Fullname Sport-Verein Meppen 1912 e.V.
City Meppen (Niedersachsen). Pop: 34,000. Near the Dutch border.
Address Emsland-Stadion, Lathener Straße 15, 49716 Meppen or Postfach 1712, 49707 Meppen.
Phone: (05931) 93010 Fax: (05931) 930150
Colors Blue white vertical striped shirt, blue trim. Blue shorts, blue white horizontal striped socks.
Nicknames Die Emsländer. Refers to the region.
Stadium Emslandstadion. Capacity: 16,500 (4,500 seats)
This started out in 1922 as Sportplatz Lathener Straße until it became the Hindenburg-Stadion with development in 1927. This was the official name until 1994. At this time the stadium was renovated and floodlights added.
Tickets Standing room 6 euros, seating ranges from 8 euros (old tribune) to 11 euros (new tribune). VIP tickets are 25 euros. Parking available for 6 euros. (2004)
Supporters Averaged 2,090 in 2004 (Oberliga) to lead league. As high as 7,600 in best 2.Liga year. Regional flagship of Emsland. About 1,000 members in the club, which only plays soccer. Meppen was one of the original "Kult" teams of the 2.Liga.
Friends Along with local clubs, there is a Danish supporter group, SV Meppen Denmark!
Foes VfL Osnabrück appears to be a great enemy.
Heroes Rainer Persike, long serving coach, brought the club to the 2.Liga. Finnish international Marko Myyry was a midfield fixture in the 1990s.
Beer Herforder-Pils
Grub and Pub
The Net Official site at . The club offers links to all fan clubs, but so far only Die 13 has taken them up on it.

Recent History:

1963-64	(IV)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen/West	2nd
1964-65	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	7th
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	9th
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	13th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	1st
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	8th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	5th
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		18th
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	2nd
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		10th
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		8th
1974-75	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1975-76	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1976-77	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1977-78	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1978-79	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niedersachsen	1st
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		8th
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		4th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		13th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		7th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		6th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		5th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		1st
1987-88	(II)	2.Bundesliga			14th
1988-89	(II)	2.Bundesliga			10th
1989-90	(II)	2.Bundesliga			11th
1990-91	(II)	2.Bundesliga			16th
1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		6th
1992-93	(II)	2.Bundesliga			10th
1993-94	(II)	2.Bundesliga			7th
1994-95	(II)	2.Bundesliga			6th
1995-96	(II)	2.Bundesliga			10th
1996-97	(II)	2.Bundesliga			10th
1997-98	(II)	2.Bundesliga			18th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		11th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		11th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		11th
2001-02 (IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		4th
2002-03 (IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		8th
2003-04 (IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		8th
2004-05 (IV)	Oberliga Nord			3rd
2005-06 (IV)	Oberliga Nord			8th
2006-07 (IV)	Oberliga Nord			4th	
2007-08 (IV)    Oberliga Nord

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