SC Preußen Münster

SC Preußen Münster
Full name Sportclub Preußen 1906 e.V. Münster
Nickname(s) Die Adler (the Eagles)
Founded 30 April 1906
Ground Preußenstadion
Ground Capacity 15,000 (2,931 seated)
Chairman Georg Krimphove
Coach Benno Möhlmann
League 3. Liga
2015–16 9th

SC Preußen Münster (English: Prussia Münster) is a German sports club based in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia which is mostly recognised for its football section. The football team currently plays in 3. Liga which is the third tier in German football. Preußen Münster also fields teams in tennis, athletics, handball and fistball.


The club was founded as FC Preußen on the 30th of April 1906 and has its roots in a group formed at the Johann-Conrad-Schlaun Grammar School. Historians consider patriotic reasons for naming the club after Prussia. At first the club did not have his own ground and was playing at a parade ground of the army at Loddenheide. General Baron von Bissing gave the permission only in the case that the goals would be taken down again after training. On June 24, 1907 the Eagles won their first game against FC Osnabrück with 5-0. After successfully applying for the Western German League system the team first competed in second tier. Already in 1908 the Eagles got promoted to first league and in 1914 they won the Westphalian Championship. Between 1916 and 1926 the club played on Münstermannplatz which was close to the current ground, the Preußenstadion. In 1921 they won the Championship a second time and also took on their current name.[1]

In 1933, Preußen advanced to the Gauliga Westfalen, one of sixteen top-flight leagues established through the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. They earned only mediocre results there and were relegated twice. Their second demotion in 1941 left them out of first division football until after World War II.

The team played three seasons in the Landesliga Westfalen Gr. 2 (II) before returning to the top-flight in the Oberliga West in the 1948–49 season. That arrival was accompanied by some notoriety as Preußen Münster became the first German football club to build a team by buying players, something previously unheard of in a country committed to the ideal of amateurism. Siegfried Rachuba, Adolf Preissler, Rudolf Schulz, Felix Gerritzen, and Josef Lammers formed a front five dubbed by the press as the "Hundred-Thousand-Mark Line", even though that much money never did change hands. Rachuba is still Münsters most successful first tier striker of all times with 97 goals in 238 games.[2]

The investment paid dividends as the club merited an appearance in the 1951 national final in front of 107,000 spectators at Berlin's Olympic Stadium against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Preußen striker Gerritzen scored first but the team lost after two goals from Ottmar Walter with 1-2.[3]

Founding member of the Bundesliga

Their results as a mid-table side in the tough Oberliga West in the ten years prior to the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 were good enough to earn Preußen Münster the admission as one of the five teams from that league to earn a place in Germany's new sixteen-team professional circuit. The club made only a cameo appearance in the Bundesliga, being relegated after a next-to-last 15th-place finish.

Post Bundesliga play

Preußen Münster played out the 1960s and 1970s as a second division side in the Regionalliga West and 2. Bundesliga Nord. In the 1970s the Preußen made several attempts to return to Bundesliga. Under club president Günter Wellerdieck (from 1970 to 1978) the club took a considerable financial risk to achieve the promotion to first tier. Preußen failed to do so by finishing on 5th place in the 1973–74 season and on 3rd place in the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons. After Wellerdieck and other staff of the club's management resigned due to financial difficulties and accusations of tax fraud in 1978 the decline of Preußen Münster went on.[4] They slipped to the Amateur Oberliga Westfalen (III) in the 1981–82 season, and except for a short adventure in the 2. Bundesliga in the 1990 and 1991 seasons, played third tier football in the Regionalliga West/Sudwest (1993–2000) and Regionalliga Nord until 2006. During this period, they captured the German Amateur Championship in 1994 with a 1–0 win over Kickers Offenbach.

In 2006, the club was relegated to the Oberliga Westfalen, now a fourth tier circuit. Management subsequently invested significant financial resources into a high-profile team of experienced second- and third-tier players in pursuit of immediate re-promotion. The attempt ended in failure and the club re-built itself with young players in place of expensive veterans and also put in place a young and relatively unknown coach, Roger Schmidt. The re-worked side finished in first place in the 2007–08 season, and so qualified for the new Regionalliga West which replaced the Oberliga in the league system. They ended the season in fourth place in the Regionalliga in 2008–09, and in sixth in 2009–10. For season 2008–09 the club qualified for the DFB-Pokal the first time since season 1997–98 (where they were defeated by 1.FSV Mainz 05). The opponent was the team of VfL Bochum which competed in Bundesliga at that time. After a penalty shootout Preußen lost 5:6. In the following year the Eagles were defeated in the extra time against another first tier team, Hertha BSC. The match ended 1:3. They were finally promoted to 3. Liga after finishing as champions of the West Group of the Regionalliga in the 2010–11 season. The manager of that time was Marc Fascher. Preußen were defeated by another Bundesliga team in the German cup. The Eagles lost against VfL Wolfsburg (1:2). The first season 2011–12 in the third tier of German football after five years ended with the 12th place. In the following seasons the team finished significantly better and even had chances to get promoted again to 2. Bundesliga. In season 2012–13 they almost succeeded and ended in fourth place. In that season the team was also able to defeat the Bundesliga team of Werder Bremen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. The match ended 4:2 after extra time. In the second round the club lost against FC Augsburg. In season 2013–14 they ended in 6th place. Again the club managed to win against a team from a higher league in the DFB-Pokal, FC St. Pauli from 2. Bundesliga. In the next round Preußen was defeated again by FC Augsburg. In season 2014–15 the club started promising and was in winter even at the top of the league. Unfortunately the team was not able to keep up the good results and finished on the 8th rank. The season 2015-16 also started with good results but again the team lost ground in the long turn and finished 9th. During the season the club switched managers, from Ralf Loose to Horst Steffen.

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:

Year Division Tier Position
1999–00 Regionalliga West/Südwest III 8th
2000–01 Regionalliga Nord 5th
2001–02 Regionalliga Nord 15th
2002–03 Regionalliga Nord 12th
2003–04 Regionalliga Nord 13th
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord 11th
2005–06 Regionalliga Nord 15th ↓
2006–07 Oberliga Westfalen IV 6th
2007–08 Oberliga Westfalen 1st
2008–09 Regionalliga West 4th
2009–10 Regionalliga West 6th
2010–11 Regionalliga West 1st ↑
2011–12 3. Liga III 12th
2012–13 3. Liga 4th
2013–14 3. Liga 6th
2014–15 3. Liga 8th
2015–16 3. Liga 9th
2016–17 3. Liga


Promoted Relegated


The club's honours:


The club plays at the Preußenstadion which was built in 1926. Once considered one of the most modern stadiums in Germany the arena slowly fell into disrepair which resulted in reducing the capacity from 40,000 in the 1950s to currently 15,000. The construction of a new facility was considered in the 80's, but the idea was abandoned in December 2000. In spring 2008 it was decided to run reconstructions to make the stadium more attractive and fitting to modern standards. The seats area was replaced by a new one including 2,931 seats and VIP lounges. Some of the terraces which still were uncovered got a roof. The works finished in May 2009. Further plans have been brought up to continue to modernize the stadium and actions have been taken in 2014 to change the development plan of the stadium area by the local administration. The results are pending but in the end the club wants to rebuild the western and eastern stand to give the spectators more comfort and make the club financially more competitive. Furthermore, the Eagles want to extend the training possibilities for the professional team and the junior teams.[5]


Due to the club's promotion from Regionalliga West to 3. Liga, Preußen Münster increased its average attendance significantly. During the years in fourth tier of the German league system the average crowd never exceeded 4,500 fans with the exception of the 2010–11 season in which the club got promoted with an average attendance of 5,628. In the following years the average crowd grew from 7,025 people in 2011–12 season to 8,986 people in season 2012–13. In season 2013–14 there was a decrease to 7,958 people.

The fans of Münster have rivalries especially with supporters of Arminia Bielefeld and VfL Osnabrück. The close proximity between the three cities which are located within a 65 kilometer radius led the press to the name of the Bermuda Triangle of Münster, Osnabrück and Bielefeld in 3. Liga.[6] Another minor rival of Preußen Münster supporters is Rot Weiss Essen.

Preußen Münster has currently 1980 members (in December 2014).[7] Part of the club is the Fanprojekt Preußen Münster e. V. which serves as a voice for supporters to club management. It also arranges bus tours to matches and events to support charity organizations in the Münster-area. Furthermore, the Fanprojekt offers a radio during matches for people not present, Radio Mottekstrehle.

Team trivia

Manager History


Current squad

As of 22 August 2016 [10]

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 Patrick Drewes
2 France DF Stéphane Tritz
6 Germany MF Sandrino Braun
7 Bulgaria MF Edisson Jordanov
8 Germany MF Michele Rizzi
10 Portugal MF Amaury Bischoff
11 Germany FW Tobias Rühle
14 Germany FW Jesse Weißenfels
15 Germany DF Simon Scherder
16 Germany FW Tobias Warschewski
17 Azerbaijan FW Cihan Özkara
18 Germany MF Lennart Stoll
No. Position Player
20 Germany MF Philipp Hoffmann
21 Germany MF Danilo Wiebe
22 Turkey MF Sinan Tekerci
23 Germany DF Benjamin Schwarz
25 Germany DF Lion Schweers
26 Germany DF Sebastian Mai
27 Germany MF Mehmet Kara
29 Germany DF Jeron Al-Hazaimeh
30 Germany DF Denis Mangafic
32 Germany DF Bennet Eickhoff
35 Germany GK Maximilian Schulze Niehues
39 Germany FW Adriano Grimaldi


Horst Steffen

Assistant Manager
Sreto Ristic

Goalkeeper coach
Carsten Nulle

Director of Sport
Carsten Gockel

Harald Menzel

Kit Manager
Jürgen Keseberg


  1. Dahlkamp, Hubert; Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (2006). 100 Jahre Preußen Münster. Göttingen: Die Werkstatt GmbH. S. 13–30. ISBN 978-3-89533-519-8.
  2. Dahlkamp, Hubert; Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (2006). 100 Jahre Preußen Münster. Göttingen: Die Werkstatt GmbH. pp. 62–65. ISBN 978-3-89533-519-8.
  3. Dahlkamp, Hubert; Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (2006). 100 Jahre Preußen Münster. Göttingen: Die Werkstatt GmbH. S. 65–78. ISBN 978-3-89533-519-8.
  4. Dahlkamp, Hubert; Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (2006). 100 Jahre Preußen Münster. Göttingen: Die Werkstatt GmbH. pp. 129–167. ISBN 978-3-89533-519-8.
  8. Münsterländische Volkszeitung: Marc Fascher Nachfolger von Trainer Roger Schmidt Artikel vom 21. März 2010
  9. Dotschew neuer Trainer,

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