1.FC Schweinfurt 05

Founded in 1905, Schweinfurt has always been a decent southern regaional team. They spent some 30 years, 1931-1963 in the "highest level" of German soccer. (Of course, in 1963, the DFB finally began to get their act together and founded the Bundesliga.)

The best results where in 1966, when they won the Regionalliga Sud (2nd division), but were unable to advance in the playoffs for Bundesliga promotion. Again in 1974, they were in the playoffs, losing to Bayer Uerdingen. But then things started downhill, and poor results and mounting debts led to the drop.

1998-99 was quite successful, as the club did well upon their return to the 3rd division. Although they were never in contention for a top spot, they have to be satisfied with their result. In 2001, the miracle happened. Schweinfurt finished 3rd, but since VfB Stuttgart Amateurs (2nd) are not allowed to be promoted, FCS went up to the 2.Liga. However, the stay was short, and they were soon down again.

Disaster soon struck, and the club collapsed into insolvency. All results were annulled in the 2004/05 season, and it seemed like S05 was down for the count. Members voted in May 2005 to keep the club alive, and they were able to get the debts to a manageable level. On the field of course, S05 was far from the levels of the past. They managed to gain promotion into the top Bayern level, mainly thanks to re-organization of the league structure.

Fullname 1.Fußball-Club Schweinfurt 05 e.V. - Verein für Leibesübungen
City Schweinfurt (Bayern). Pop: 53,247 (2011). Northwest corner of Bavaria. Center of ball-bearing production. Supposedly one of highest incomes in all Germany, but conversely it has one of the highest crime rates in Bavaria.
Address Ander Kupfer-Platz 2, 97423 Schweinfurt
Phone: (09721) 4754100 Fax: (09721) 4754101. Open M-F 900am-1300pm, 1400-1700
e-mail: info@schweinfurt05.de
Colors Green-white
Nickname Die Schnüdel This used to be an insult pre-WWII. No one really knows what it means.
Stadium Willy-Sachs-Stadion Capacity: 15,000 (860 seats)
Apparently Willy's the guy that built the stadium with his own money. A captain of industry, he funded the stadium in 1936. Then he became an SS-Obersturmbahnführer. He eventually committed suicide in 1958. Nevertheless, the city has stubbornly continued to support him, despite the fact that his wife divorced him in 1947 as "an unrepetant Nazi". The SS insignia lapel-pin was airbrushed out of the official portrait in the city brochure. Whether he was an active supporter or just an opportunist is perhaps a matter of debate, but the contraversy continues to hound.
Tickets Easy to get, relatively reasonable. 8-12 Euros (Regionalliga 2012), up from 7-10 euros (Oberliga, 2007)
Supporters The fan page has a detailed history of the supporters struggles. In the mid 1980s, Schweinfurt had a bad reputation for hooligans, but things have calmed down quite a bit. The record attendance was 22,000, but back in 1954 against Kaiserslautern.
Friends VfB Gießen. Off and on friendships with FSV Frankfurt and FC Memmingen.
Foes In the past, there were intense rivalries with 1860, Nürnberg etc. Pretty much gone now. Supposedly Passau is an enemy.
Heroes 3 German internationals. The most recent was Günter Bernard (1962-68), capped twice and another 3 times for Werder Bremen. Albin Kitzinger (1935-42) and Andreas Kupfer (1937-50) were both capped 44 times.
Beer A local brewery, Brauhaus-Schweinfurt makes several beers, but apparently the club no longer has a beer sponsor! What a disgrace!
Pub Grub
The Net Official site:www.fcschweinfurt05.de
Started in September 1999, it is decent. It was offline during insolvency, but is back and running. They have video highlights of recent matches on their "schnüdel.tv" section.

Recent History:

2012-13 (IV)	Regionalliga Bayern
2011-12 (V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	13th
2010-11 (V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord

2009-10 (V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord
2008-09 (IV)	Oberliga Bayern		17th
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		16th
2006-07	(V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	1st
2005-06	(V)	Landesliga Bayern-Nord	7th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		forcibly relegated, results annulled
2003-04	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	15th
2002-03 (III)	Regionalliga Süd	12th
2001-02	(II)	2.Bundesliga		17th
2000-01	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	3rd

1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	3rd
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		1st
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		5th
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		3rd
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Bayern		5th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	9th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	9th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	7th
1990-91	(II)	2.Bundesliga		20th

1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	1st
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	2nd
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	10th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	14th
1985-86	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern	1st
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	18th
1983-84	(IV)	Landesliga Bayern	1st
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	16th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	2nd
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	4th

1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	4th
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Bayern	3rd
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	8th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Bayern	14th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	18th
1974-75	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Süd	3rd
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	15th
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	12th
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	6th

1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	6th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	10th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	1st
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	15th
1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	7th

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