Wuppertaler SV

This is truly one of the legendary clubs of German soccer, and anyone who doesn't think so is obviously a Dummkopf.

Don't be fooled by the current crap performance and mediocre standings in the Regionalliga. Once you become a fan of WSV, you'll never give it up!

OK enough of the crap from a long time fan. The reality is that this club has been going nowehere for several years, and a city of 400,000 has failed to get behind their team.

Soccer in Wuppertal tended to follow regional lines, as the city itself was only founded in 1929, as a merger between several independent towns, such as Elberfeld, Barmen, Vohwinkel, Cronenburg, Ronsdorf etc. All these towns had their own clubs, although Barmen tended to emerge as the strongest in the 1930s.

Many of the clubs perished in WWII, and after the restart, several mergers took place. Eventually, with encouragement of the mayor, the two leading clubs decided to form WSV: In 1954, the members of district clubs TSG Vohwinkel and SSV Wuppertal voted to band together as Wuppertaler Sport Verein.

WSV was a decent 2nd division club in the 1950s and 1960s. They often played in the top flight regional league, the Oberliga West. In the early 1970s, the club made it's legendary climb to the Bundesliga, finishing 4th in it's inaugural season of 72-73 and entering the UEFA Cup. In this period, their most famous player was Günter "Meister" Pröpper, who scored a record 52 goals in the 1972 campaign. Things looked bright for the future, but basically the squad got old and only crap players were brought in to replace the veterans. After 3 years, WSV was relegated back to the 2nd division, where they remained competitive for a while before dropping again.

Subsequent history has been less than glorious, as the club barely missed bankruptcy in 1998, and was merely trying to hang on in the 3rd division inthe hope of sneaking into the merged 3rd division structure that the DFB imposed before 2000.

After the bankruptcy fiasco, the 98-99 season was again one of "promises" of management and bold statements that were not kept. The team continued to stink up the joint half the time, and occasionally play brilliantly. However, the last laugh was when the league voted to kick WSV's ass out and forcibly relegate them for not paying required dues. WSV dutifully won the Oberliga the next season, and after more financial shenanigans, was finally allowed to play in the promotion playoffs. Here they failed, just another in a seemingly unending series of disasters. In the first year, WSV won the title, but crashed in the promotion playoffs. The next two years saw them finishing 2nd to the "amateur" squads of Bundesliga teams, before they finally secured automatic promotion in 2003.

WSV has basically bummed around, mostly disappointing their zillions of fans around the world. Every now and then, the club throws the fan a bone, like in the 2007/08 DFB Cup, when they knocked out Hertha BSC 2-0 and then faced Bayern München. Such was the demand for tickets, that the match was moved to Schalke. A sell out crowd of 61,000 saw WSV hold off Bayern 2-2 at half, before getting rolled 2-5.

The initial 3.Liga season was pathetic. 35 years removed from the Bundesliga, it certainly looks like another 35 is needed to go back up.

Fullname Wuppertaler Sport-Verein e.V.
City Wuppertal (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 365,000 (2002).
Address Hubertusallee 4, 42117 Wuppertal
Phone: (0202) 74 12 85
Colors Red/Blue vertical stripes, blue pants. Road uniform varies, sometimes yellow shirt. In 2000, they also occasionally played in white.
Nicknames Löwen (lions)
Stadium Zoo-Stadion, Capacity: some 28,000.
It is basically a decripit facility, that has the goofy bicycle track around the field. Wooden benches, could give you a case of Bankholzsplinterimarschverletzung. There have been some additions, such as an electronic scoreboard.
Tickets Anywhere from DM 10 to DM 25. Walkup to ticket booth on game day. No need to scramble, as usually only about 2,000 loyal fans show up. Big games up to 9,000 fans "jam" the Zoo. In the good old days, it would overflow capacity, maybe 35,000. Now Wuppertal is disgracefully one of Germany's largest cities without full professional soccer.
Supporters Averaged 6,700 in 2004 (Regionalliga). There is a dedicated core of supporters, but the city is not really supporting the club. The biggest fan clubs are the Schwebende Jonges and the WSV-Szene-Westerwald.
Friends Many WSV fans are also supporters of Schalke, which is not much of a conflict of interest these days, as they will obviously never play each other the way WSV is going. There is also a relationship with Hertha BSC Berlin that goes back to the 2.Liga days. St.Pauli and VFB Leipzig have also been mentioned in a positive light. As far as rivals are concerned, Alemannia Aachen has generally drawn big interest and some good matches.
Foes RW Essen, RW Oberhausen are pretty much despised. Bochum and Düsseldorf, although there hasn't been much rivalry with them for a while.
Heroes Horst Syzmaniak, a boy wonder from the late 1950s, who went on to play in Italy. Famed for his exquisite skills, he was capped 43 times, 20 while playing for WSV. Another hero is Günter "Meister" Pröpper, whose 52 goals in 1972 remains a 2nd division record.
Zeroes Certainly Sven Christians would qualify. The club tried to fire him, and he sued for breach of contract in 1996. Then in 1998 there was the hilarious South African Benson Selea who was subbed in for about 5 minutes and then subbed out in 1998. Apparently the club thought they were signing a polished pro, but I guess he was just a fraud...
Beer Wicküler Pils. It was defunct for a while, but now back, albeit brewed in Köln, but headquarters in Wuppertal. Somehow that is very fitting. Dortmunder brews, especially Kronen and Union also popular. I know a few that like Küppers Kölsch, but they were ex-Kölners. Schwelm-Pils has also been mentioned.
Pub Grub The stadium has the Gastätte am Zoo, which overlooks the stadium. The Bratwürste are supposedly good. New management has been brought in.
Web As befits a legendary club, WSV has a strong presence on the web. The first place to start is at the original WSV page, the Wuppertaler SV Pacific Edition , published in English. There are also several German pages linked there. In fact, if you were to take the ratio of web pages to fans, WSV probably has the most dedicated cyberfans. For example, Bayern München would have to have about 12,000 web sites to be in the same league.

Recent History:

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga West	2nd
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga West	5th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga West	6th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga West	7th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga West	15th
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga West	5th
1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga West	3rd
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga West	3rd
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga West	1st
1972-73	(I)	Bundesliga		4th
1973-74	(I)	Bundesliga		16th
1974-75	(I)	Bundesliga		18th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord	5th
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord	3rd
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord	11th
1978-79	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord	17th
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga Nord	20th
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	3rd
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	6th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	9th
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	3rd
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	6th
1985-86	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	12th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	11th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	3rd
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	3rd
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	1st
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	3rd
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordrhein	1st
1992-93	(II)	2.Bundesliga		13th
1993-94	(II)	2.Bundesliga		18th
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW 	5th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW 	4th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW 	6th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW 	12th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga West/SW 	8th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein 	1st
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein	2nd
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein	2nd
2002-03 (IV)	Oberliga Nordrhein	1st
2003-04 (III)	Regionalliga Nord	4th
2004-05 (III)	Regionalliga Nord	5th
2005-06 (III)	Regionalliga Nord	8th
2006-07 (III)	Regionalliga Nord	5th
2007-08 (III)   Regionalliga Nord	6th
2008-09 (III)   3.Liga			14th
2009-10	(III)	3.Liga			20th
2010-11	(IV)	Regionalliga West

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