FK Pirmasens 03

Founded in 1903 as TV Pirminia Pirmasens, the soccer section became independent in 1914, and in 1925 was renamed to the current status. There are approx. 900 members.

FKP has been a regional southwest power for a long time, usually making appearances in the 2nd and 3rd divisions. The modern high point was perhaps the early 1970s, when they participated in various Bundesliga promotion playoffs.

From the 1930s until WWII, FKP was a strong club, usually near the top in the Gauliga Südwest.

However it was in the 1950s that Pirmasens was at it's highpoint. many matches had to be played in nearby Ludwigshafen, as crowds of up to 65,000 came to see them play. They even held tournaments that drew clubs like FC Barcelona. FKP remained a strong regional club, and had several runs into the qualifying groups for the Bundesliga. The highpoint was probably 1975, when they finished runnerup in the 2.Liga Süd. Unfortunately, in the playoff with Bayer Uerdingen, they lost 0-6 in Krefeld...

After failing to reach top flight, things began to go downhill, as the 2nd division was too strong. They played in the 3rd division until briefly falling out there too in the mid 1990s. These dark days even saw them down in the 5th division Landesliga. Luckily, things started to pick up by the end of the decade.

The 98-99 season saw them lead the Oberliga SW, but give up a draw in a critical and finish 2nd. However, as it turned out, the opposing team had used an illegal player, so FKP protested and was awarded promotion into the Regionalliga. They probably shouldn't have bothered, as they then received a severe ass-whupping in the subsequent 3rd division season.

Fullname Fußballklub 03 Pirmasens e.V.
City Pirmasens (Rheinland-Pfalz). Pop: 45,000 (2002). S of Kaiserslautern, near French border.
Address Banhofstraße 3, 66953 Pirmasens
Colors Dark navy blue jerseys and shorts, white socks and lettering. Also white with thick light blue stripe (like Argentina's celeste).
Nickname Die Macht vom Horeb (Horeb is a local hill).
Stadium Städtisches Stadion an der Zweibrücker Strasse. Capacity: 16,000
Tickets 5-12.50 euros (2004)
Supporters Averaged 491 in 2004 (Oberliga).
Beer Parkbräu, from a local brewery, which also produces Bellheimer.
Grub and Pub
The Net A nice official site at

Recent History:

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	2nd
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	7th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	1st
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	6th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	3rd
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	4th
1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	2nd
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	2nd
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	6th
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	3rd
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	8th
1974-75	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	2nd
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	14th
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	18th	license denied to Völklingen
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	20th
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	2nd
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	4th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	4th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	3rd
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	5th
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	6th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	10th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	6th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	8th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	4th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	4th
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	9th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Südwest	17th
1992-93	(IV)	Verbandsliga Südwest	18th
1993-94	(V)	Landesliga Südwest	2nd
1994-95	(VI)	Landesliga Südwest	1st
1995-96	(V)	Verbandsliga Südwest	10th
1996-97	(V)	Verbandsliga Südwest	1st
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	8th
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	2nd
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW	17th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	8th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	7th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	13th
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	12th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	10th
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest	1st
2006-07	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	17th
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Südwest

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