VfL Bochum

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VfL Bochum
VfL Bochum logo.svg
Full nameVerein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft e. V.
Nickname(s)Die Unabsteigbaren
Founded1848;173 years ago (1848)
Ground Vonovia-Ruhrstadion
Capacity27,599
ChairmanHans-Peter Villis
Head coach Thomas Reis
League 2. Bundesliga
2019–20 2. Bundesliga, 8th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft, commonly referred to as simply VfL Bochum [faʊ̯ ʔɛf ˈʔɛl ˈboːxʊm] , is a German association football club based in the city of Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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History

Founding to World War II

VfL Bochum is one of the oldest sports organizations in the world, claiming an origin date of 26 July 1848 when an article in the Märkischer Sprecher – a local newspaper – called for the creation of a gymnastics club. The Turnverein zu Bochum was then formally established on 18 February 1849. The club was banned on 28 December 1852 for political reasons and then reestablished on 19 June 1860. The club was reorganized in May 1904 as Turnverein zu Bochum, gegründet 1848 and formed a football department on 31 January 1911. On 1 April 1919, the club merged with Spiel und Sport 08 Bochum to form Turn- und Sportverein Bochum 1848. On 1 February 1924, the two clubs from the earlier merger split into the Bochumer Turnverein 1848 (gymnastics department) and Turn- und Sportverein Bochum 1908 (football, track and field, handball, hockey and tennis departments). [1]

Bochumer Turnverein 1848 was forced by the Nazi regime to merge with Turn- und Sport Bochum 1908 and Sportverein Germania Vorwärts Bochum 1906 into the current-day club VfL Bochum on 14 April 1938. After the merger, VfL Bochum continued to compete in the top flight as part of the Gauliga Westfalen. [1] [2] [3]

As World War II progressed, play throughout Germany became increasingly difficult due to player shortages, travel problems and damage to football fields from Allied bombing raids. VfL became part of the wartime side Kriegsspielgemeinschaft VfL 1848/Preußen Bochum alongside Preußen 07 Bochum before re-emerging as a separate side again after the war. Although they fielded competitive sides, they had the misfortune of playing in the same division as Schalke 04, which was the dominant team of the era. VfL's best result was therefore a distant second place in 1938–39.

Postwar and entry to Bundesliga play

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Historical chart of VfL Bochum league performance after WWII

Following World War II, the football section resumed play as the independent VfL Bochum 1848 and played its first season in the second division 2. Oberliga West in 1949, while Preußen Bochum went on to lower tier amateur level play. VfL captured the division title in 1953 to advance to the Oberliga West for a single season. They repeated their divisional win in 1956 and returned to the top-flight until again being relegated after the 1960–61 season.

With the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, in 1963 VfL found itself in the third tier Amateurliga Westfalen. A first-place result there in 1965 raised them to the Regionalliga West (II), from which they began a steady climb up the league table to the Bundesliga in 1971. During this rise, Bochum also played its way to the final of the 1967–68 DFB-Pokal, where they lost 1–4 to 1. FC Köln.

In spite of being a perennial lower table side, Bochum developed a reputation for tenaciousness on the field in a run of 20 seasons in the top flight. The club made a repeat appearance in the DFB-Pokal final in 1988, losing 0–1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Relegated after a 16th-place finish in the 1992–93 season, the team has become a classic "yo-yo club", bouncing up and down between the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. The club's best Bundesliga results have come relatively recently as fifth-place finishes in 1996–97 and 2003–04, which earned them appearances in the UEFA Cup. In 1997, they advanced to the third round, where they were eliminated by Ajax, and in 2004, they were eliminated early through away goals (0–0 and 1–1) by Standard Liège.

Current

Today's sports club has 5,000 members, with the football department accounting for over 2,200 of these. Other sections now part of the association include athletics, badminton, basketball, dance, fencing, gymnastics, handball, field hockey, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.

Players

Current squad

As of 31 January 2021 [4]

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 Manuel Riemann
2 DF Flag of Costa Rica.svg  CRC Cristian Gamboa
3 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Danilo Soares
4 DF Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Erhan Mašović
5 DF Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI Saulo Decarli
8 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Anthony Losilla (captain)
9 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Simon Zoller
10 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Thomas Eisfeld
11 DF Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA Herbert Bockhorn
13 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Raman Chibsah
14 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Tom Weilandt
15 FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Soma Novothny
17 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Danny Blum
19 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Tarsis Bonga
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Gerrit Holtmann
23 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Robert Tesche
24 DF Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Vasilis Lampropoulos
25 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Patrick Drewes
27 FW Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Miloš Pantović
28 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Luis Hartwig
29 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Maxim Leitsch
30 FW Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  AZE Baris Ekincier
32 MF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Robert Žulj
34 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Paul Grave
35 FW Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  CGO Silvère Ganvoula
37 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Armel Bella-Kotchap
39 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Verthomy Boboy

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
26 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Lars Holtkamp(at Wuppertaler SV until Summer 2021)
33 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Moritz Römling (at Wuppertaler SV until Summer 2021)

Notable players

Honours

Youth

League results

2. Fußball-BundesligaFußball-Bundesliga2. Fußball-BundesligaFußball-Bundesliga2. Fußball-BundesligaFußball-Bundesliga2. Fußball-BundesligaFußball-BundesligaFußball-Bundesliga2. Fußball-BundesligaFußball-Bundesliga2. Fußball-BundesligaFußball-BundesligaRegionalliga West (1963-74)Verbandsliga Westfalen2nd Oberliga WestOberliga West (1947-63)2nd Oberliga WestOberliga West (1947-63)2nd Oberliga WestLandesliga WestfalenLandesliga WestfalenGauliga WestfalenVfL Bochum

European record

CompetitionGPWDLGFGA
UEFA Cup 82331514
Intertoto Cup 28108103733
Total361211135247

VfL Bochum II

Stadium

Ruhrstadion Rewirpowerstadion Ruhrstadion Bochum sp1010714.jpg
Ruhrstadion

Ruhrstadion (also known as the Vonovia Ruhrstadion under a sponsorship deal) was one of the first modern football-only stadiums in Germany. It was built in the 1970s on the traditional ground of TuS Bochum 08 at the Castroper Straße, north of the city centre.

The fully roofed venue's capacity is 27,599, including standing room for 12,025. [44]

Ruhrstadion Bochum .jpg
Ruhrstadion

Coaches

Current staff

As of 1 August 2020
Thomas Reis Head coach
Heiko Butscher Assistant coach/U-19 head coach
Markus Gellhaus Assistant coach
Peter GreiberGoalkeeping coach
Jörn MengerFitness coach
Stefan BienioßekFitness coach

Coaches

1938–? Georg Hochgesang
?...
?–1953Prokoph
1953–1956 Emil Melcher
1956–1960 Herbert Widmayer
1960–1961 Fritz Silken
1961–1963 Hermann Lindemann
1963–1967 Hubert Schieth
1967–1972 Hermann Eppenhoff
1972–1979 Heinz Höher
1979–1981 Helmuth Johannsen
1981–1986 Rolf Schafstall
1986–1988 Hermann Gerland
1988–1989 Franz-Josef Tenhagen
1989–1991 Reinhard Saftig
1991 Rolf Schafstall (caretaker)
1991–1992 Holger Osieck
1992–1995 Jürgen Gelsdorf
1995–1999 Klaus Toppmöller
1999 Ernst Middendorp
1999 Bernard Dietz (caretaker)
2000–2001 Ralf Zumdick
2001 Rolf Schafstall (caretaker)
2001 Bernard Dietz
2001–2005 Peter Neururer
2005–2009 Marcel Koller
2009 Frank Heinemann (caretaker)
2009–2010 Heiko Herrlich
2010 Dariusz Wosz (caretaker)
2010–2011 Friedhelm Funkel
2011–2012 Andreas Bergmann
2012–2013 Karsten Neitzel (caretaker)
2013–2014 Peter Neururer
2014 Frank Heinemann (caretaker)
2014–2017 Gertjan Verbeek
2017 Ismail Atalan
2017–2018 Jens Rasiejewski (caretaker)
2018 Heiko Butscher (caretaker)
2018–2019 Robin Dutt
2019 Heiko Butscher (caretaker)
2019– Thomas Reis

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