VfB Eppingen

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VfB Eppingen
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Full nameVfB Eppingen 1921 e.V.
Founded1921
GroundHugo-Koch-Stadion
ChairmanSteffen Häffner
League Verbandsliga Nordbaden (VI)
2015–16Landesliga Rhein-Neckar (VII), 1st (promoted)

VfB Eppingen is a German association football club based in Eppingen, Baden-Württemberg with a membership of about 450 people.

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History

The club has its roots in the sports club Turnverein 1865 Eppingen whose primary focus was gymnastics and formed a football side around 1910. At the end of World War I, footballers received some tutoring from an unlikely source in the form of an English officer in charge of prisoners-of-war locally. VfB Eppingen was established as a separate club devoted to football in 1921 and went on to win the local Gau title in 1925.

Eppingen enjoyed a successful decade in the 1970s beginning with a 2.Amateur Liga Rhein-Neckar championship in 1973 and following up with Amateurliga Nordbaden titles in 1974 and 1979. A highlight of the club's history in this period was their 2:1 win over Hamburger SV in the 1974–75 German Cup, commonly dubbed the "mother of all cup sensations", which was part of their run through first three rounds of the competition to the Achtelfinale (round of 16) where they were finally put out 0:2 by Werder Bremen . [1] Eppingen continued its cup run to the fourth round, where it lost to Werder Bremen. [2] Eppingen's series of regional league wins culminated in a rapid move up through the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg to the 2nd Bundesliga Süd for a single season in 1980–81, when the club finished second in the Oberliga, behind VfB Stuttgart II. The club finished last in the 2nd Bundesliga and was relegated back to the Oberliga, where another straight relegation put the club back in the Verbandsliga Nordbaden.

The team played one more season in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (III) in 1990–91. Since then, the club has been fluctuating between Verbandsliga and Landesliga. In 2003, the club fell as far as the tier-VII Bezirksliga but rebounded impressively, winning their division with 25 wins, five draws and no loss in 2003–04. [3] After that, the club had been playing in the Landesliga, interrupted by two seasons in the Verbandsliga, before making another return to the Verbandsliga in 2013. Another relegation from the Verbandsliga meant VfB would return to the Landesliga in 2014 where it won a league championship in 2015–16 and was promoted.

Honors

The club's honours:

Recent seasons

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

SeasonDivisionTierPosition
1999–2000 Verbandsliga Nordbaden V13th
2000–01Verbandsliga Nordbaden14th ↓
2001–02Landesliga Rhein-NeckarVI11th
2002–03Landesliga Rhein-Neckar14th ↓
2003–04Bezirksliga SinsheimVII1st ↑
2004–05Landesliga Rhein-NeckarVI2nd ↑
2005–06Verbandsliga NordbadenV10th
2006–07Verbandsliga Nordbaden15th ↓
2007–08Landesliga Rhein-NeckarVI4th
2008–09Landesliga Rhein-NeckarVII3rd
2009–10Landesliga Rhein-Neckar2nd
2010–11Landesliga Rhein-Neckar2nd
2011–12Landesliga Rhein-Neckar5th
2012–13Landesliga Rhein-Neckar1st ↑
2013–14Verbandsliga NordbadenVI14th ↓
2014–15Landesliga Rhein-NeckarVII5th
2015–16Landesliga Rhein-Neckar1st ↑
2016–17Verbandsliga NordbadenVI
Promoted Relegated

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References

  1. Die zehn größten Pokalsensationen Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German) www.sportal.de: The ten greatest cup sensations, published: 3 March 2009, accessed: 21 October 2011
  2. kicker Almanach 1990(in German) page: 204–205
  3. Fussball.de – Table of the Bezirksliga Sinsheim 2003–04 accessed: 16 July 2008
  4. Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. Fussball.de – Ergebnisse Archived 7 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues