VfB Oldenburg

Founded in 1897, things were pretty quiet in this neck of the woods until getting into the Regionallifga in the early 1970s. In the 1990s, Oldenburg has established itself as a classic elevator between the 2nd and 3rd divisions. The highpoint was probably 1992, when they finished runner up in the 2.Liga Nord.

Much more was expected from VfB in the 98-99 season, but the team got off to a horrendous start. That, coupled with several cancelled games, had them in the relegation zone. However, once they started making up the lost games and playing decent, they easily achieved mid-table status. Then the finances, or rather lack thereof, caught up, and they barely avoided bankruptcy. The team was totally out of their league, and they finished dead last. The club was scheduled to be dissolved, and a new club "Fc Germannia" was scheduled to take it's place. But luckily at the last minute, the court appointed administrator was able to put things in order and save the club. Since then, it's been a constant struggle with finances, while remaining in regional play in the 4th division.

Fullname Verein für Bewegungsspiele Oldenburg von 1897 e.V.
City Oldenburg (Niedersachsen). Pop: 156,000 (2002).
Address Elsflether Straße 53, 26125 Oldenburg
Phone: (0441) 933720 Fax: (0441) 37837
Colors Dark blue shirts with black/white trim, blue shorts and socks.
Stadium Marschweg-Stadion. Capacity: 15,000 (4,500 seats).
Initially built in 1951, it was refurbished in 1996. From approximately 1919-1990, the club actually played in it's own stadium, the Stadion Donnerschwee. Only the larger matches were carried out at the Marschweg. Capacity was approximately 10,000. The Donnerschwee stadium was sold to the city in 1990 for DM 2.8 million to get rid of the crushing debt. It was torn down in 1998. This site contains some nice photos of the old park.
Tickets 6-12 euros, with VIP 20 euros (2004).
Supporters Averaged 1,262 in 2004 (Oberliga). Over a dozen fan clubs, including a Fan-Projekt. Contacts are listed on the official web site.
Beer Jever
Pub Grub
The Net The official server is www.vfb-oldenburg.de , and seems decent.

Recent history:

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		7th
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		13th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		12th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		9th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		11th
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		13th
1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		9th
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		17th
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	1st
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		11th
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Nord		6th
1974-75	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		1st
1975-76	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1976-77	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		7th
1977-78	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		8th
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		8th
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		1st
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		15th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		9th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		16th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		15th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		4th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		2nd
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		5th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		3rd
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		7th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		1st
1990-91	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		12th
1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord		2nd
1992-93	(II)	2.Bundesliga			22nd
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nord		6th
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		5th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		1st
1996-97	(II)	2.Bundesliga			18th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		5th	
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		9th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Nord		18th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		8th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		1st
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		6th
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Niedersachsen		9th
2004-05	(V)	Niedersachsenliga-West		3rd
2005-06	(V)	Niedersachsenliga-West		2nd
2006-07	(V)	Niedersachsenliga-West		1st
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Nord

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany