SpVgg Unterhaching

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SpVgg Unterhaching
SpVgg Unterhaching logo.svg
Full nameSpielvereinigung Unterhaching e.V.
Nickname(s)Haching
Founded1 January 1925;96 years ago (1925-01-01)
Ground Sportpark Unterhaching
Unterhaching, Germany
Capacity15,053
Chairman Manfred Schwabl
Coach Sandro Wagner
League Regionalliga Bayern
2020–21 3. Liga, 20th of 20 (relegated)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Spielvereinigung Unterhaching (German pronunciation: [ˈʃpiːlfɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪ̯nɪɡʊŋ ʔʊntɐˈhaxɪŋ] ) is a German sports club in Unterhaching, a semi-rural municipality on the southern outskirts of the Bavarian capital Munich. The club is widely known for playing in the first-division association football league Bundesliga alongside its more famous cousins, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, for two seasons between 1999 and 2001, while the club's bobsleigh department has captured several world and Olympic titles. The football team plays in the Regionalliga (fourth tier).

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History

Early history

Originally part of the gymnastics and sports club TSV Hachinger, SpVgg Unterhaching was established as an independent football club on 1 January 1925. Their first promotion to a higher division came in 1931 and they went on to be promoted to the A-Klasse a year later. However, the club was dissolved in 1933 as it was regarded as "politically unreliable" by the Nazis and was not re-established until after the end of World War II in 1945 to resume play in the amateur fourth division B-Klasse.

A rise through the ranks

Historical chart of Unterhaching league performance Unterhaching Performance Chart.png
Historical chart of Unterhaching league performance

Unterhaching's football team was only an anonymous local amateur team with no significant successes until a climb through league ranks that began in 1976 with promotion from B-Klasse to A-Klasse play. A first-place finished earned the club quick promotion to the Bezirksliga in 1977. Continued good play put the team into the fourth-division Landesliga Bayern-Süd in 1979 and then the Oberliga Bayern (III), the highest amateur division at the time, by 1981.

Unterhaching finished first there in 1983 to earn an appearance in the playoff round for the 2. Bundesliga, but failed to advance. They suffered a similar fate in 1988 when they next appeared in the promotion round.

The club finally emerged from the Oberliga to play in the 2. Bundesliga in 1989, but were quickly relegated after a 20th-place finish. Promoted a second time in 1992, they were once again sent down after a marginally better 18th-place result. Unterhaching next appeared in the second division in 1995 after a first-place finish in the new Regionalliga Süd (III).

Unterhaching in Bundesliga

With their return to the 2. Bundesliga in the 1995–96 season the club would begin a period that would see them earn their best ever results. They finished 4th that season, then slipped to 6th and 11th-place results in their next two campaigns before securing promotion to the top-flight Bundesliga after a 2nd-place finish in 1999 season.

They went on to surprise everyone with a respectable 10th-place result in their inaugural Bundesliga season and also famously played the spoiler's role in deciding who would win the championship that year. Their first Bundesliga win came in just their second match of the season, with a 2–0 victory over MSV Duisburg at home. While struggling in away matches, Unterhaching remained undefeated at home in nine games before losing 0–2 to their stronger neighbours, Bayern Munich. Prior to this loss, they had earned wins at home in matches against highly favoured teams like VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund, beating them 2–0 and 1–0 respectively. They earned their first away win in the Bundesliga by beating VfB Stuttgart 2–0 once again.

On the final matchday of the season, visiting Bayer Leverkusen needed only a draw in Unterhaching to secure their first national title, but instead went down to defeat to the determined home side. Things took a sinister turn for Leverkusen when Michael Ballack scored an own goal that put home side ahead in the 20th minute. Their title hopes ended when Haching midfielder Markus Oberleitner made the score 2–0 in the 72nd minute. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen 3–1 at home and were able to overtake Leverkusen on goal difference to snatch away the title. With a 10th-place result, Unterhaching finished ahead of long-established sides Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. They ended the season with the league's fifth best home record with 10 wins and 5 draws in 17 matches having lost only to Bayern Munich and 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, defenders Alexander Strehmel and Jochen Seitz, midfielders Markus Oberleitner and André Breitenreiter and striker Altin Rraklli were among the most memorable players of a team that impressed by its discipline. Breitenreiter and Rraklli scored 13 Bundesliga goals between them that season.

However, the start of the 2000–01 season was a nightmare for Unterhaching as they would win only one and draw two of their first eight matches. While the team went undefeated in its next six matches, they were unable to maintain that form and at the mid-season break were only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. The second half of the season was just as dismal, and although they earned wins over local rivals Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, their campaign would end with a 16th-place result and relegation.

As the season drew to a close Unterhaching was once again in a position to help Bayern Munich win another title. Needing only to hold second-place Schalke 04 to a draw in their final match to ensure Bayern's win, Unterhaching held 2–0 and 3–2 advantages before finally succumbing 3–5 to Schalke. Bayern then had to make their own way to the championship with at least a draw against Hamburger SV which they only narrowly managed on a Patrik Andersson equalizer (1–1) deep into stoppage time.

Ironically, in the middle of their poor season, SpVgg Unterhaching would emerge as winners of the last DFB-Hallenpokal, an indoor football tournament staged during the winter break of the Bundesliga season from 1987 to 2001.

Recent history

The club's struggles continued after their relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. Needing an away win in their final match of the season in order to avoid being sent down to the Regionalliga Süd (III), they instead went down to a 0–3 defeat to Karlsruher SC and finished in 15th place. They re-bounded the following season, taking the Regionalliga title, and making their way back to second division competition. Subsequently, Haching has delivered poor results in the 2. Bundesliga, narrowly avoiding being relegated again in both 2004 and 2006 before finally dropping into the Regionalliga in 2007, finishing 16th in the table due to FC Carl Zeiss Jena's 2–1 win against FC Augsburg.

In the 2007–08 season, the club was never really in contention for a 2. Bundesliga return but did qualify for the new 3. Liga. In its first season in the new, nationwide 3. Liga, the club was close to promotion, but a loss 3–4-loss against Carl Zeiss Jena on the 37th matchday earned them a fall from second to fourth place, and a prolonged stay in the third league.

In 2009–10 the club started well, but went down the table during winter. 2008–09's successful coach Ralph Hasenhüttl got replaced by the 1990-world champion Klaus Augenthaler, who led the team to a finish on a secure 11th place.

The club finished one place above the relegation zone in the 3. Liga in 2013–14, coming 17th but was relegated to the tier four Regionalliga Bayern at the end of the 2014–15 season. It qualified for the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal where it knocked-out FC Ingolstadt 04 and RB Leipzig before losing to Bayer Leverkusen in the third round. [1]

Honours

The club's honours:

Youth

Players

Current squad

As of 29 August, 2021 [2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Alexander Weidinger
3 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Bernard Kyere
4 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER David Pisot
5 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Josef Welzmüller
8 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Manuel Stiefler
9 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Stephan Hain
10 FW Flag of Angola.svg  ANG José Pierre Vunguidica
11 FW Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Patrick Hasenhüttl
14 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Felix Göttlicher
15 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Timon Obermeier
16 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Stephan Mensah
17 MF Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI Aaron Keller
18 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Niclas Anspach
19 DF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Viktor Zentrich
20 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Dominik Stahl
21 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Tizian Zimmermann
22 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Fabian Scherger
23 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Markus Schwabl
No.Pos.NationPlayer
24 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Alexander Kaltner
26 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Benedikt Bauer
27 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Sandro Porta
28 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Jannis Turtschan
29 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Max Lamby
30 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Simon Skarlatidis
32 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Dominik Bacher
33 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Christoph Ehlich
34 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Patrick Hobsch
36 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Deniz Haimerl
37 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Julien Richter
38 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Boipelo Mashigo
40 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Leonard Grob
43 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Daniel Hausmann
44 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Andreas Hirtlreiter
45 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Hannes Heilmair
46 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Fynn Seidel

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club: [3]

ManagerStartFinish
Wolfgang Frank 1 July 20021 April 2004
Harry Deutinger2 April 200430 June 2004
Andreas Brehme 1 July 200411 April 2005
Harry Deutinger12 April 200519 March 2007
Ralph Hasenhüttl 20 March 200731 March 2007
Werner Lorant 23 March 20073 October 2007
Ralph Hasenhüttl4 October 200722 February 2010
Matthias Lust 23 February 201022 March 2010
Klaus Augenthaler 23 March 201030 June 2011
Heiko Herrlich 1 September 201125 May 2012
Claus Schromm 25 May 20123 January 2014
Manuel Baum 3 January 201219 March 2014
Christian Ziege 20 March 201425 March 2015
Claus Schromm 26 March 201529 July 2020
Arie van Lent 18 August 202030 June 2021
Sandro Wagner 1 July 2021present

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club: [4] [5]

SeasonDivision Tier Position
1998–99 2. Bundesliga II2nd ↑
1999–2000 Bundesliga I10th
2000–01Bundesliga16th ↓
2001–022. BundesligaII15th ↓
2002–03 Regionalliga Süd III1st ↑
2003–042. BundesligaII13th
2004–052. Bundesliga10th
2005–062. Bundesliga14th
2006–072. Bundesliga16th ↓
2007–08Regionalliga SüdIII6th
2008–09 3. Liga 4th
2009–103. Liga11th
2010–113. Liga14th
2011–123. Liga15th
2012–133. Liga9th
2013–143. Liga17th
2014–153. Liga19th ↓
2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern IV4th
2016–17Regionalliga Bayern1st ↑
2017–183. LigaIII9th
2018–193. Liga10th
2019–203. Liga11th
2020–213. Liga20th ↓
2021–22Regionalliga Bayern
Key
Promoted Relegated

Reserve team

SpVgg Unterhaching II (or SpVgg Unterhaching Amateure) belong to the Bayernliga since 2001, coming ninth in the 2007–08 season of this league. Due to a number of clubs in the league not receiving a licence for the Regionalliga, the team gained entry to the Regionalliga Süd for the 2008–09 season. [6] [7] The team returned to the Bayernliga again after being relegated in 2009.

In March 2015, the club announced that it would withdraw its reserve team at the end of the 2014–15 season after a rule change that allowed 3. Liga Clubs to do so. SpVgg Unterhaching stated financial reasons for this step. [8]

Stadium

SpVgg Unterhaching's home stadium is the municipal Stadion am Sportpark (capacity 15,053), now known as Alpenbauer Sportpark under a sponsorship arrangement with the club. The club's fan base is local in character, although it has developed a small following as one of Germany's "Kult" teams.

Until 1960, Haching played their home matches at the Jahnstraße football field and moved then to the Grünauer Allee stadium, which has about 4,000 standing places and where they played before the Sportpark stadium opened in April 1992. The Grünauer Allee stadium is now home ground of the club's reserve squad, Haching II, which is currently playing in the fourth-division Oberliga Bayern. The Grünauer Allee stadium is also the home ground of Fortuna Unterhaching, established in 1992 and playing close to the bottom end of the German league system. During winter, Fortuna Unterhaching shares the artificial football pitch owned by SpVgg Unterhaching.

Bobsleigh

Christoph Langen - SpVgg Unterhaching's most successful sportsperson. Christoph Langen bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Erding 2014 (Martin Rulsch) 02.jpg
Christoph Langen – SpVgg Unterhaching's most successful sportsperson.

In 1975, local entrepreneur and club sponsor Anton Schrobenhauser († 1982) founded the bobsleigh department, which he presided over until 1979. The club's bobsledders have since achieved a number of excellent results on the national and international level.

Numerous Olympic medals and world championship titles make Christoph Langen Unterhaching's outstanding bobsledder. His honours include:

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References

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  2. "SpVgg Unterhaching". spvggunterhaching.de. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. SpVgg Unterhaching .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 30 April 2011
  4. Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables. Retrieved 20 September 2014
  5. Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues. Retrieved 20 September 2014
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