KFC Uerdingen 05

KFC Uerdingen 05
Full name Krefelder Fußballclub
Uerdingen 05 e.V.
Founded 1905
Ground Grotenburg-Stadion, Krefeld
Ground Capacity 34,500
Chairman Mikhail Ponomarev
Head coach André Pawlak
League Oberliga Niederrhein (V)
2015–16 2nd
Website Club home page

KFC Uerdingen 05 is a German football club in the Uerdingen district of the city of Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia. The one time Bundesliga side enjoyed its greatest successes in the 1980s but now currently plays in the 5th division, Oberliga Niederrhein.


The club was founded on 17 November 1905 as Fußball-Club Uerdingen 05. On 1 August 1919, following World War I, FC was joined by Sportvereinigung des Realgymnasiums Urdingen. During World War II from 1941–45 the club played as part of the combined wartime side Kriegspielgemeinschaft Uerdingen alongside VfB 1910 Uerdingen (which was known from 1910–19 as Sport-Club Preussen Uerdingen). That partnership continued after the war with the two clubs playing as Spielvereinigung Uerdingen 05. On 20 February 1948, VfB became independent again and in 1950 SpVgg resumed their original identity as FC Uerdingen 05.[1]

In 1953, the club merged with Werkssportgruppe Bayer AG Uerdingen, the local worker's sports club of the chemical giant Bayer AG, becoming FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen. Bayer withdrew its sponsorship of the football team in 1995 at which time the club took on the name Krefelder Fußball-Club Uerdingen 05. Bayer continues to support the non-footballing departments of the club as Sport-Club Bayer 05 Uerdingen.

Historical logos of FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen

Uerdingen played in the amateur local leagues throughout their early history. By the early 1960s they had advanced as far as the Amateurliga Niederrhein (III) where they would play until 1971 when they stepped up into the Regionalliga West (II). The club then enjoyed a succession of strong finishes: a second-place result in 1974–75 earned them promotion to the top flight Bundesliga, where they finished dead last. After three seasons in the second tier 2. Bundesliga Nord, another second-place finish returned Uerdingen to the Bundesliga in 1979, this time for a two-year stay. The club would go on to enjoy its most successful years through the 1980s. They returned to the Bundesliga in 1983 and earned a best-ever third-place result there in 1986. Uerdingen also captured the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in 1985 with a 2:1 victory over Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in Berlin's Olympiastadion.[2]

Legendary in the club's history from this time is their victory over Dynamo Dresden in the quarter-finals of the 1986 European Cup Winners Cup. Down 0–2 after the first leg away and behind 1–3 by half-time at home in the return leg, Uerdingen came storming back with six unanswered goals to win 7–3.

In 1987, Uerdingen also became the first club to win both the German under 19's and under 17's championship in the same season.

The team spent the first half of the 1990s as an "elevator crew" bouncing up and down between the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. After the 1995 season Bayer withdrew its sponsorship of the football team which has suffered chronic financial difficulties ever since. Uerdingen took up their final year of play in the Bundesliga in the 1995–96 season as Krefelder Fußball-Club Uerdingen 05. By the turn of the millennium they had slipped through the second division and into third division play. The club's persistent financial problems led the DFB to deny them a license for play in the Regionalliga Nord (III) in 2003 despite a mid-table finish and they were relegated to the Oberliga Nordrhein (IV).

Veteran manager and Fortuna Düsseldorf legend Aleksandar Ristić was put in charge of the team as German football was reorganised with the introduction the new 3. Liga in 2008–09. KFC attempted to qualify for the restructured Regionalliga (IV), but failed in its attempt and was instead relegated to the Verbandsliga (VI) after finishing 13th.

In 2010–11, the club won the Verbandsliga and thus gained promotion to the NRW-Liga (V). It was the first promotion in 17 years. KFC finished 8th NRW-Liga and missed second consecutive promotion to Regionalliga West due to finishing behind VfB Hüls. After the disbanding of the NRW-Liga, KFC qualified for the Oberliga Niederrhein. It won a league championship at this level in 2013 and was promoted to the Regionalliga West but relegated back to the Oberliga again in 2015.

KFC has struggled with financial difficulties in recent years, and its efforts to raise money included auctioning on eBay the right to coach the squad for one match and inviting childhood fan Pete Doherty to a league match.[3]


The club's honours:


Recent seasons

Year Division Tier Position
1974–75 2. Bundesliga II 2nd ↑
1975–76 Bundesliga I 18th ↓
1976–77 2. Bundesliga II 4th
1977–78 2. Bundesliga 7th
1978–79 2. Bundesliga 2nd ↑
1979–80 Bundesliga I 15th
1980–81 Bundesliga 18th ↓
1981–82 2. Bundesliga II 12th
1982–83 2. Bundesliga 3rd ↑
1983–84 Bundesliga I 10th
1984–85 Bundesliga 7th
1985–86 Bundesliga 3rd
1986–87 Bundesliga 8th
1987–88 Bundesliga 11th
1988–89 Bundesliga 13th
1989–90 Bundesliga 14th
1990–91 Bundesliga 17th ↓
1991–92 2. Bundesliga II 1st ↑
1992–93 Bundesliga I 17th ↓
1993–94 2. Bundesliga II 2nd ↑
1994–95 Bundesliga I 15th
1995–96 Bundesliga 18th ↓
1996–97 2. Bundesliga II 9th
1997–98 2. Bundesliga 13th
1998–99 2. Bundesliga 16th ↓
1999–2000 Regionalliga III 11th
2000–01 Regionalliga 12th
2001–02 Regionalliga 5th
2002–03 Regionalliga 10th
2003–04 Regionalliga 7th
2004–05 Regionalliga 9th ↓
2005–06 Oberliga Nordhein IV 11th
2006–07 Oberliga Nordhein 10th
2007–08 Oberliga Nordhein 13th ↓
2008–09 Verbandsliga Niederrhein VI 8th
2009–10 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 3rd
2010–11 Verbandsliga Niederrhein 1st ↑
2011–12 NRW-Liga V 8th
2012–13 Oberliga Niederrhein 1st ↑
2013–14 Regionalliga West IV 17th
2014–15 Regionalliga West 15th ↓
2015–16 Oberliga Niederrhein V 2nd
2016–17 Oberliga Niederrhein

Current squad

As of 25 July 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Maurice Schumacher
5 Germany DF Tanju Öztürk
6 Germany MF Patrick Ellguth
7 Germany FW Danny Rankl
8 Germany MF Fabio Fahrian
9 Germany FW Philipp Goris
10 Germany MF Pascal Schmidt
11 Germany DF Vincent Wagner
12 Germany GK Jonas Eiker
13 Germany MF Pascale Talarski
14 Germany DF Marvin Matten
16 Germany FW Johannes Dörfler
No. Position Player
17 Germany DF Sascha Tobor
18 Germany MF Aleksandar Pranjes
19 Germany DF Julian Gutkowski
20 England DF Kris Thackray
21 Serbia FW Denis Jovanovic
22 Germany GK Ahmet Taner
23 Germany DF Sebastian Hirsch
24 Germany DF Leon Binder
27 Germany DF Jerome Manca
31 Ghana MF Charles Takyi
32 Germany DF Timo Achenbach

Manager history


  1. Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs 7. Vereinslexikon. Kassel: Agon-Sportverlag. ISBN 978-3-89784-147-5.
  2. Grüne, Hardy (1996). Vom Kronprinzen bis zur Bundesliga. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-928562-85-1
  3. Rogers, Iain (18 January 2008). "German soccer club seeks Pete Doherty's help". Reuters. Retrieved 27 January 2009.

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