SSV Ulm 1846

Founded in 1846, this is one of the oldest sports clubs in Germany. In reality, the current club is the result of a merger in 1970 between TSG 1846 and SSV Ulm. There are over 11,000 members, making it one of the larger sports clubs in Germany.

Neither of the clubs did much prior to the merger, although TSG appears to have been the stronger club, having played in the top flight regional league in the late 1950s and a couple of seasons in the Regionalliga. In 1970, they merged, after both had played in the Amateurliga. The combined forces made them one of the stronger regional clubs, and they finally made the breakthrough to the 2nd level in 1979. Uneven results followed until by the mid 1990s the team strengthened and made the breakthrough to the 2.Liga

1998-99 looked to be a grim fight against relegation. Ulm had the smallest budget of all 2.Liga clubs (DM 6.5 million) and only 5 players with any full professional experience. What happened was a sensation without precedent. Ulm got off to a quick start, and astounded by holding the lead tenaciously. Even when they began to slip, they stayed close to the top, and managed to achieve the impossible: 3rd place and promotion!!

The Bundesliga season was at least a partial success: The Ulmers stunned their opposition and put up a heroic fight, only to succumb on the last day of the season. The club had plenty of confidence in the following 2.Liga season, but it turned into the worst nightmare in Sparrows history: Ulm sucked unbelievably, and was relegated. To make matters worse, their finances were chaos, and they were forcibly dropped all the way to the 5th division (!!). The 2nd string squad carried out bravely, and even achieved 2nd place. When the 1st team returned to the Oberliga, they finshed strong, so we may yet see the Sparrows rise up from obscurity again...

Fullname Schwimm- und Sportverein Ulm 1846 e.V.
City Ulm (Baden-Württemberg). Pop: 118,346 (2002).
Address Stadionstraße 17, 89073 Ulm
Phone: (0731) 18460 Fax: (0731) 1846101
Colors White jersey, vertical black stripes. White shorts and socks.
Nickname Die Spatzen (sparrows)
Stadium Donau-Stadion. Capacity: 19,500 (4,280 seats).
Originally built in 1925, it once held 40,000.
Tickets 6-10 euros (2004). No problem. Obviously interest has plummeted since the Bundesliga.
Supporters Averaged 1,173 in 2004 (Oberliga). In the Bundesliga year, every game was sold out. Some 20 registered fan clubs.
Beer Gold Ochsen, "Ulm's liquid gold", from the local brewery.
Pub Grub
The Net The official web site is , but it's rather useless for soccer info.

Recent History:

		1.SSV Ulm

1963-64	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	3rd
1964-65	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	13th
1965-66	(IV)	Landesliga Nordwürttemberg	1st
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	6th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	4th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	7th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	7th
----> SSV 1846
		TSG Ulm 46

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Süd		8th
1963-65	(II)	Regionalliga Süd		8th
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	3rd
1966-69	(IV)	Landesliga Nordwürttemberg	
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	4th
----> SSV 1846

		SSV Ulm 1846

1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	3rd
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	1st
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	1st
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	2nd
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	4th
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	5th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	1st
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg	1st
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	1st
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd		16th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd		5th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	1st
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	1st
1983-84	(II)	2.Bundesliga			13th
1984-85	(II)	2.Bundesliga			20th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	1st
1986-87	(II)	2.Bundesliga			13th
1987-88	(II)	2.Bundesliga			19th
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	7th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	13th
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	7th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	2nd
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	1st
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Baden-Württ.	1st
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Süd		4th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Süd		3rd
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Süd		6th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Süd		1st
1998-99	(II)	2.Bundesliga			3rd
1999-00	(I)	Bundesliga			16th
2000-01	(II)	2.Bundesliga			16th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Württemberg	2nd
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Baden-Württemberg	2nd
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Baden-Württemberg	6th
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Baden-Württemberg	2nd
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga Baden-Württemberg	3rd
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Baden-Württemberg	2nd
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Baden-Württemberg	
2008-09	(IV)	Regionalliga Süd		7th
2009-10	(IV)	Regionalliga Süd	

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