SpFr Saarbrücken

Sportfreunde are the number 3 in town, although at times they've threatened Saar 05 for the second spot.

Gymnasts started the sports craze in Burbach in 1876, but the club decently only claims a start of 1905 - when the soccer section of TV Burbach was formed. The soccer players left in 1924 to become Sportfreunde Saarbrücken in what was called a "cleansing seperation". The club didn't do much on the field, although they had a couple of seasons in the Gauliga Südwest in the 1930s.

By the late 1950s, SpFr had established itself in the old Oberliga Südwest, but after a couple of ho-hum seasons in the new Regionalliga, they opted for voluntary relegation in 1965 due to lack of funds. Since then, they've been kicking around in various Saarland amateur leagues.

Full Name Sportfreunde 05 Saarbrücken-Burbach
City Saarbrücken (Saarland). Pop: 180,515 (2007).
Burbach is a run-down working class district that was dominated by the steel mill, which closed in 1978.
Address Mühlhauser Strasse 49a, 66115 Saarbrücken
Phone: 0681 - 76830
Colors White jersey, red shorts, red socks
Stadium Stadion Saarwiesen. Capacity: 3,000 (500 seats)
Originally built in 1924, the old field had about 3,000 capacity. In 1954, there was a major renovation and expansion, which brought the capacity to about 10,000. Large matches were held in the nearby Ludwigspark. Another renovation in 1997 made improvements (such as raising the pitch to prevent flooding) and shrunk the size down.
Heroes 2 Saarland internationals. (Günter Hermann and Hans Neuerburg). Hannes Löhr was a star in 1963 before transferring to 1.FC Köln and some 20 German national team caps.
Pub Grub The Gasthaus Anthes-Neumüller on Bergstraße doubles as the Vereinslokal.
The Net Official site: www.sportfreunde05.de

Recent History:

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	8th
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	16th	voluntary relegation
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	12th
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	13th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	2nd
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	5th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	7th
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	2nd
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	10th
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	9th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	10th
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Saarland	18th
1975-76	(IV)	Bezirksliga Saarland-W	12th
1976-77	(IV)	Bezirksliga Saarland-W	11th
1977-78	(IV)	Bezirksliga Saarland-W	16th
1978-79	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	14th
1979-80	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	9th
1980-81	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	7th
1981-82	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	7th
1982-83	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	10th
1983-84	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	9th
1984-85	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	6th
1985-86	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	4th
1986-87	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	1st
1987-88	(IV)	Verbandsliga Saarland	17th
1988-89	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	8th
1989-90	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	7th
1990-91	(V)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	15th
1991-92	(VI)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	12th
1992-93	(VI)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	6th
1993-94	(VI)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	12th
1994-95	(VII)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	8th
1995-96	(VII)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	6th
1996-97	(VII)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	4th
1997-98	(VI)	Bezirksliga Saarland-S	8th
1999-00	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	11th
2000-01	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	7th
2001-02	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	3rd
2002-03	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	7th
2003-04	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	2nd
2004-05	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW
2005-06	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	6th
2006-07	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW	10th
2007-08	(VI)	Landesliga Saarland-SW

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: www.abseits-soccer.com