Mittelrheinliga

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Mittelrheinliga
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Organising body Football Association of
the Middle Rhine
Founded1956
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Region Middle Rhine
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid Level 5
Promotion to Regionalliga West
Relegation to Landesliga Mittelrhein
(2 divisions)
Current champions FC Wegberg-Beeck
(2019–20)

The Mittelrheinliga (English: Middle Rhine League), sometimes also referred to as Oberliga Mittelrhein after its elevation to Oberliga status in 2012, is a German amateur football division administered by the Football association of the Middle Rhine, one of the 21 German state football associations. Being the top flight of the Middle Rhine state association, the league is currently a level 5 division of the German football league system.

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Overview

Until 1956, a total of ten Landesliga divisions, among them two divisions of Landesliga Mittelrhein were the highest amateur level in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. After the regular season, the ten Landesliga champions had to play-off for two promotion spots to 2. Oberliga West. Upon decision of the superior Western German football association, in 1956 four divisions of Verbandsliga were introduced, one of them being the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein. [1] These four divisions of Verbandsliga still exist today, with the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein in 2008 renamed to Mittelrheinliga and later in 2012 renamed to Mittelrheinliga.

The Verbandsliga Mittelrhein was upon its interception the third tier of the German football league system. The league champion had to play-off the winners of the Verbandsliga Niederrhein and the two divisions of Verbandsliga Westfalen for two promotion spots to the 2. Oberliga West. Upon introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the league was set below the new Regionalliga West but remained as the third tier. With the exception of 1963 and 1974, when the league systems were changed, the champion continued to have the opportunity to win promotion. The clubs from the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein remained mostly unsuccessful as that, only achieving promotion in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1978.

The league operated with 16 clubs throughout most of its existence, only occasionally altering the numbers to balance out promotion and relegation.

With the replacement of the Regionalliga by the 2nd Bundesliga Nord in 1974, the league champion had to gain promotion through a play-off system with the winners of the other tier-three leagues in northern Germany.

In 1978, the Amateur-Oberliga Nordrhein was formed as the third tier of football in the region compromising the area of the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein and Verbandsliga Niederrhein. One of the main reasons for this move was to provide direct promotion for the tier-three champions again. This seasons league winner, Viktoria Köln, was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga, the clubs placed two to ten in the league were admitted to the new Oberliga, these being:

Verbandsliga Mittelrhein, together with Niederrhein, remained as a feeder league for the new Oberliga, but now as a tier-four competition. Its champion, and some years the runners-up, were directly promoted to the Oberliga Nordrhein.

With the re-introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994, the league slipped to tier five but remained unchanged otherwise.

From 2008, with the introduction of the 3rd Liga, the Verbandsliga Mittelrhein was downgraded to the sixth tier. The league above it was then the new NRW-Liga, a merger of the Oberligas Nordrhein and Westfalen. The champion of the Verbandsliga continued to be directly promoted but since there was now four Verbandsligen below the Oberliga, the runners-up did not have the option of promotion unless the league winner declined.

The NRW-Liga existed for only four seasons before it was disbanded again in 2012 in the wake of the Regionalliga West becoming a league for clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia only. While the Oberliga Westfalen was established again in one half of the state the regions of Lower Rhine and Middle Rhine opted to elevate the Niederrheinliga and Mittelrheinliga to Oberliga status instead of reforming the Oberliga Nordrhein.

League champions

The league champions since 1956:

SeasonClub
1956–57SV Stolberg
1957–58 SSG Bergisch Gladbach
1958–59 Bonner FV
1959–60SV Baesweiler 09
1960–61SV Siegburg 04
1961–62 Tura Bonn
1962–63SG Düren 99
1963–64SV Schlebusch
1964–65 1. FC Köln II
1965–66SG Düren 99
1966–671. FC Köln II
1967–68Bonner SC
1968–69SC Jülich 10
1969–70SC Jülich 10
1970–71SC Jülich 10
1971–72 Bonner SC
1972–73SV Frechen 20
1973–74 Bayer Leverkusen
1974–75Bayer Leverkusen
1975–76Bonner SC
1976–771. FC Köln II
1977–78 Viktoria Köln
SeasonClub
1978–79Rhenania Richterich
1979–80SV Frechen 20
1980–81Bayer Leverkusen II
1981–82 TuS Langerwehe
1982–83SG Düren 99
1983–84SV Siegburg 04
1984–85Bonner SC
1985–86TuS Lindlar
1986–87SC Jülich 10
1987–88 SC Brück
1988–89 Alemannia Aachen II
1989–90TuS Langerwehe
1990–91SC Brück
1991–921. FC Köln II
1992–93 Germania Teveren
1993–94TuS Langerwehe
1994–95VfL Rheinbach
1995–96SSG Bergisch Gladbach
1996–97Rhenania Würselen
1997–98 SCB Preußen Köln
1998–99TSC Euskirchen
SeasonClub
1999–2000Borussia Freialdenhoven
2000–01Bonner SC
2001–02GFC Düren 09
2002–03PSI Yurdumspor Köln
2003–04Alemania Aachen II
2004–05 FC Wegberg-Beeck
2005–06SSG Bergisch Gladbach
2006–07 Germania Dattenfeld
2007–08 VfL Leverkusen
2008–09SSG Bergisch Gladbach
2009–10FC Wegberg-Beeck
2010–11FC Junkersdorf
2011–12 FC Hennef 05
2012–13FC Hennef 05
2013–14FC Hennef 05
2014–15 FC Wegberg-Beeck
2015–16 Bonner SC
2016–17FC Wegberg-Beeck
2017–18TV Herkenrath
2018–19SV Bergisch Gladbach 09
2019–20FC Wegberg-Beeck

Source: "Verbandsliga Mittelrhein". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 19 March 2008.

Clubs in the Mittelrheinliga since 2012

The final league placings of all clubs in the league since receiving Oberliga status in 2012: [2]

Club1314 15 16 1718192021
Bonner SC 721RRRRR
TV Herkenrath 521R
SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 R51035101RR
FC Wegberg-Beeck 721R1R21R
1. FC Düren 82x
FC Pesch 163x
FC Hennef 05 11R913234x
Siegburger SV 04 103135x
Borussia Freialdenhoven 311967546x
FC Hürth 15476957x
SpVg Wesseling-Urfeld 131012158x
SpVg Frechen 20 99x
VfL 08 Vichttal 111210x
SV Deutz 05 711x
SV Breinig 136612x
Viktoria Arnoldsweiler 4368971113x
Blau-Weiß Friesdorf 11841014x
Fortuna Köln II 15x
SV Eilendorf 81616x
VfL Alfter 1165231214x
BC Viktoria Glesch-Paffendorf x
SSV Merten 131315
TSC Euskirchen 28344816
Hilal Bergheim 8141114
FC Inde Hahn 14
VfL Rheinbach 15
Germania Windeck 610121216
Alemannia Aachen II 94714
VfL Leverkusen 1115
SC Brühl 06/45 5913
TSV Hertha Walheim 1414
FC Bergheim 2000 15
Germania Erftstadt 121216
SV Nierfeld 15
SF Troisdorf 05 1016
SG Köln-Worringen 16

Key

SymbolKey
B Bundesliga (1963–present)
2B 2. Bundesliga (1974–present)
3L 3. Liga (2008–present)
R Regionalliga West (2008–present)
1League champions
PlaceLeague
BlankPlayed at a league level below this league

Founding members of the league

From the 2. Oberliga West:

From the Landesliga Gruppe 1:

From the Landesliga Gruppe 2:

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