Viktoria Aschaffenburg

Viktoria Aschaffenburg
Full name Sportverein Viktoria 1901 e.V. Aschaffenburg
Founded 6 August 1901
Ground Stadion am Schönbusch
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Michael Schuch
Manager Jürgen Baier
League Bayernliga Nord (V)
2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern (IV), 15th (relegated)

SV Viktoria 01 Aschaffenburg is a German football club based in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria.

Even though Aschaffenburg is located in Bavaria, Viktoria Aschaffenburg historically played its football in the Hessenliga (V) and the associated Hessian leagues, rather than the Bayernliga (V), against clubs from closer, neighbouring cities. This also reflects in part the history of the region, not traditionally part of Bavaria. The nearby Bavarian club FC Bayern Alzenau has also played in the Hessenliga for the same reasons. After 67 seasons in Hesse, from 1945 onwards, the members of the club voted with an 80% majority to return to Bavaria from the 2012–13 season onwards.[1][2][3]


The club was formed on 24 June 1904 out of the merger of FC Aschaffenburg (6 August 1901) and FC Viktoria Aschaffenburg (12 April 1902). Renamed Sportverein Viktoria 01 Aschaffenburg on 3 June 1906 the united side played in the Kreisliga Odenwald, Kreisliga Nordmain, Kreisliga Südmain and Bezirksliga Main-Hessen (Gruppe Main) for a couple of seasons in the 1920s, changing leagues frequently.

In 1937 they briefly merged with Reichsbahn TuSpo Aschaffenburg to play as Reichsbahn-Viktoria Aschaffenburg, but were an independent side again by 1939. They made a late, short-lived appearance in top flight football in 1942, playing a single season in the Gauliga Bayern (Nord), one of sixteen premier divisions established in the 1933 re-organization of German football under the Third Reich.

Aschaffenburg returned to the top flight after World War II playing in the Oberliga Süd for two seasons in the late 40s and then through most of the 50s, competing against sides that would later go on to play in the Bundesliga, Germany's first top tier professional league, such as Bayern Munich, 1. FC Nuremberg, and VfB Stuttgart, in front of crowds of 16,000 to 19,000. Generally a lower table side whose best result was a fifth-place finish in 1956, a series of poor performances saw Aschaffenburg drop to tier III play in the Amateurliga Hessen/Amateur Oberliga-Hessen well before the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963.

The team's best performances came in the 1980s when they twice won the Oberliga Hessen title and promotion to 2.Bundesliga, where they played the 1985–86, 1986–87 and 1988–89 seasons. Through this period and into the early 90s Aschaffenburg made a half dozen appearances in the early rounds of DFB-Pokal (German Cup) play. The club's best cup performance came in 1988 when they eliminated then-Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln (1:0) in the second round before eventually going out in the quarterfinals against Werder Bremen (1:3).

A poor finish led to a move down to the fourth division play in the 1993–94 season. In 1995, the clubs under 19 side ended a remarkable series in German football. After 20 consecutive titles in the Under 19 Bayernliga (northern group) by the 1. FC Nuremberg, Viktoria finished this series, becoming only the second club to win this league. Viktorias junior teams play in the Bavarian league system, unlike its senior team.

The side was relegated to Landesliga Hessen-Süd (V) for a single season in 2003–04 and have since returned to play in Oberliga-Hessen (IV).

A third-place finish in the Oberliga in 2007–08 meant the club became one of the four clubs from this league to gain entry in the Regionalliga Süd for the next season. After finishing 13th in the league in 2008–09, outside the relegation ranks, the club decided to return to the now-named Hessenliga due to financial reasons. Viktoria experienced a further drop at the end of the 2009–10 season when it was relegated to the tier-six Verbandsliga Hessen-Süd despite an eighth-place finish for financial reasons.[4]

Older logo.

In this league, Viktoria came second in 2010–11 and qualified for the promotion round to the Hessenliga, where it succeeded. In November 2011, the members of the club voted for a return to the Bavarian league system after the club had played in Hesse since 1945. Alongside the senior team, the reserve side will also switch associations while the club's youth teams already play in Bavaria. The reasons for the switch were the easier qualification modus for the revamped Regionalligas for 2012, in Hesse the club needed to win the league while for Bavaria a ninth-place finish was adequate for promotion. Another reason was also the lesser requirements in regards to infrastructure for the new Regionalliga Bayern, an important factor for the recovering club who had just escaped insolvency in the previous year.[1][2][3] A fourth-place finish in the Hessenliga in 2011–12 allowed the team to qualify for the new Regionalliga.[5]

After a 15th place in the inaugural Regionalliga Bayern season Viktoria came second-last in the league in 2013–14 and was relegated from the league,now to the Bayernliga Nord, the northern division of the Bayernliga.[6] The club won its division in 2014–15 and made an immediate return to the Regionalliga[7] It finished 15th in 2015–16 and had to enter the relegation play-off to defend its league place where it lost to SpVgg Bayern Hof and TSV 1860 Rosenheim and dropped back to the Bayernliga.


The club's honours:




Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[8][9]

Year Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Hessenliga IV 6th
2000–01 Hessenliga 10th
2001–02 Hessenliga 10th
2002–03 Hessenliga 16th ↓
2003–04 Landesliga Hessen-Süd V 1st ↑
2004–05 Hessenliga IV 10th
2005–06 Hessenliga 10th
2006–07 Hessenliga 2nd
2007–08 Hessenliga 3rd ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd 13th ↓
2009–10 Hessenliga V 8th ↓
2010–11 Verbandsliga Hessen-Süd VI 2nd ↑
2011–12 Hessenliga V 4th ↑
2012–13 Regionalliga Bayern IV 15th
2013–14 Regionalliga Bayern 18th ↓
2014–15 Bayernliga Nord V 1st ↑
2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern IV 15th ↓
2016–17 Bayernliga Nord V
Promoted Relegated

Current squad

As of 28 January 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Serbia DF Ljubisa Gavric
3 Germany FW Jan Biggel
4 Germany DF Fabian Galm
5 Germany MF Alban Lekaj
6 Germany MF Roberto Desch
7 Germany MF Björn Schnitzer
8 Germany DF Dennis Löhr
9 Italy FW Salvatore Bari
10 Germany MF Daniele Toch
11 Germany MF Sascha Wolfert
14 Germany MF Johannes Gerhart
15 Germany MF Kevin Wittke
16 Germany MF Simon Schmidt (captain)
No. Position Player
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Tarik Sejdovic
18 Afghanistan DF Abassin Alikhil
19 Turkey DF Faruk Arslan
21 France MF Daniel Cheron
22 Germany FW Fulbert Amouzouvi
23 Afghanistan DF Zamir Daudi
24 Germany FW Kristian Vucenovic
25 Germany GK Stefan Steigerwald
26 Germany GK Nemanja Saula
27 Germany GK Peter Neuberger
28 Germany GK Dennis Baumann
29 Germany FW Alper Gökalp
  Germany DF Jonas Fritsch

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:[10]

Manager Start Finish
Ernst Lehner
Horst Heese April 1986 December 1986
Timo Zahnleiter 1 July 1989 30 June 1990
Werner Lorant 1 July 1990 30 June 1992
Rudi Bommer (player-coach) 1 July 1998 30 June 2000
Croatia Nenad Salov 1 May 2003 9 December 2006
Croatia Muhamed Preljevic 10 December 2006 27 March 2007
Manfred Allig 28 March 2007 30 June 2007
Andreas Möller 1 July 2007 30 June 2008
Ronald Borchers 1 July 2008 30 June 2009
Marco Roth 1 July 2009 30 June 2010
Peter Lack 1 July 2011 19 March 2012
Antonio Abbruzzese 20 March 2012 4 January 2013
Werner Dreßel 9 January 2013 23 April 2013
Antonio Abbruzzese 23 April 2013 5 May 2013
Julio Alvarez 5 May 2013 17 June 2013
Slobodan Komljenovic 17 June 2013 19 October 2015
Rudi Bommer 20 October 2015 4 December 2015
Jürgen Baier 23 December 2015 Present

DFB Cup appearances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup six times:

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
DFB Cup 1979-80 First round[11] 24 August 1979 FSV Frankfurt Viktoria Aschaffenburg 2–0
DFB Cup 1986-87 First round[12] 30 August 1987 Viktoria Aschaffenburg Waldhof Mannheim 1–2
DFB Cup 1987-88 First round[13] 29 August 1987 Viktoria Aschaffenburg SG Wattenscheid 09 4–0
Second round[14] 24 October 1987 Viktoria Aschaffenburg 1. FC Köln 1–0
Third round[15] 13 February 1988 Hessen Kassel Viktoria Aschaffenburg 0–1
Quarter final[16] 13 February 1988 Viktoria Aschaffenburg Werder Bremen 1–3
DFB Cup 1989-90 First round[17] 20 August 1989 Viktoria Aschaffenburg Karlsruher SC 2–6
DFB Cup 1991-92 First round 1 August 1991 Viktoria Aschaffenburg none bye
Second round[18] 17 August 1991 VfL Wolfsburg Viktoria Aschaffenburg 4–3 aet
DFB Cup 1992-93 First round 18 August 1992 Viktoria Aschaffenburg none bye
Second round[19] 12 September 1992 Viktoria Aschaffenburg VfL Osnabrück 0–6


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  2. 1 2 Aschaffenburg gehört nun zu Bayern (German) kicker sportmagazin, published: 16 November 2011, accessed: 29 November 2011
  3. 1 2 Hessen oder Bayern? Die Viktoria hat sich entschieden (German) Main Echo, published: 15 November 2011, accessed: 29 November 2011
  4. Hessenliga 2009–10 (German), accessed: 8 March 2011
  5. Das war die Relegation 2012 auf Verbandsebene (German), published: 7 June 2012, accessed 8 June 2012
  6. Regionalliga Bayern table 2013–14, accessed: 16 June 2014
  7. Aschaffenburg und Rain zurück in der Regionalliga (German), published: 18 May 2015, accessed: 19 May 2015
  8. Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
  9. – Ergebnisse Archived 7 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  10. Viktoria Aschaffenburg .:. Trainer von A-Z (German), accessed: 8 March 2011
  11. DFB-Pokal 1979/1980 » 1. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008
  12. DFB-Pokal 1986/1987 » 1. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008
  13. DFB-Pokal 1987/1988 » 1. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008
  14. DFB-Pokal 1987/1988 » 2. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008
  15. DFB-Pokal 1987/1988 » Achtelfinale, accessed: 6 November 2008
  16. DFB-Pokal 1987/1988 » Viertelfinale, accessed: 6 November 2008
  17. DFB-Pokal 1989/1990 » 1. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008
  18. DFB-Pokal 1991/1992 » 2. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008
  19. DFB-Pokal 1992/1993 » 2. Runde, accessed: 6 November 2008


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