Wormatia Worms

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VfR Wormatia 08 Worms
Wormatia 08 Logo 2008
Full name Verein für Rasenspiele
Wormatia Worms 08 e.V.
Founded 23 May 1908
Ground EWR-Arena
Capacity 5,724
Chairman Tim Brauer
Manager Steven Jones (caretaker)
League Regionalliga Südwest (IV)
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest, 6th
Website Club website

VfR Wormatia 08 Worms is a German association football club that plays in Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate. The club and its historical predecessors were regular participants in regional first division football competition until the formation of the national top-flight Bundesliga in 1963. Today the team plays in the fourth tier Regionalliga Südwest.


Former logo until 2010

SC Wormatia was formed on 23 May 1908 and renamed VfL Wormatia Worms in 1921 just before merging with VfR Wormatia Worms in 1922. VfR was the product of the 1919 merger of Union 08 and Viktoria 1912. Both VfL and VfR were playing in the Kreisliga Hessen (I).[1]

The combined side played in the Bezirksliga Rheinhessen-Saar earning mid-table results. In 1927, SC joined the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen and enjoyed first- and second-place finishes in that league's Gruppe Hessen. German football was re-organized under the Third Reich into sixteen Gauligen, or regional upper class leagues, in 1933. Wormatia found themselves playing in the Gauliga Südwest (I) where they continued to play well, capturing the division title three times. The side was merged into Reichsbahn TuSV Worms in 1938 and then played on under that name. The Gauliga Südwest was broken up into a two divisions in 1941 and the club went to the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau, playing there for only a couple of seasons before the end of World War II and the collapse of league play.

Historical chart of Wormatia league performance after WWII

The club re-emerged as VfR Wormatia Worms after the war and joined the Oberliga Südwest (I) earning finish=es in the upper half of the table in its first decade of play there, but only once advancing into the national championship rounds. That performance slipped somewhat in the years leading up to the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's first professional league, in 1963. In the late 1960s, Wormatia became one of the first clubs to display advertising on its jerseys. Wormatia was seeded into the second division Regionalliga Südwest (2.Bundesliga after 1973) where, except for two seasons in the mid-1970s, the club played until 1981. The club's best results came in 1965, when it finished second and played in the Bundesliga promotion rounds, and in 1979, when it earned a third-place finish in the 2. Bundesliga.

The 1979 season was full of drama for Wormatia. At the mid-way point of the season the side led the 2.Bundesliga Süd as Herbst meisterschaft, or Fall champions. Their second round German Cup match against Hertha BSC Berlin was called at 1:1 when the lights in Berlin's Olympiastadion failed and Worms then lost the subsequent re-match 0:2. The league championship remained within the club's grasp almost to the very last, but crucial points were lost in drawing two of the season's final three matches. All of this took place against a background of steadily growing financial problems.

After struggling to avoid relegation through several poor seasons, the team finally slipped to the tier III Amateur Oberliga Südwest in 1982. A return to the 2.Bundesliga after a first-place finish in 1986 was frustrated when the club was denied a license because of its weak financial state. Wormatia continued to play third division football until another financial crisis in 1994 drove them down to the Verbandsliga Südwest (V). The team returned to the Oberliga Südwest (IV) in 1998 and played there until 2008, when it qualified for the new Regionalliga West (IV) formed after the introduction of the 3. Liga. Finishing on a relegation rank at the end of its first season there, the club was saved from being sent down by the withdrawal of 12th-placed FSV Oggersheim from the league. Worms improved the following year and was moved to the Regionalliga Süd (IV) from 2010 to 2012. At the end of the 2011-12 season the club became part of the new Regionalliga Südwest (IV), where it played for two seasons before finishing on a relegation rank in 2014. The club was spared from dropping back down to the Oberliga by the insolvency of SSV Ulm 1846 however.


The club's honours:

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 March 2018

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 Steve Kroll
1905 France GK Silvan Aslandag
4 Turkey DF Ömer Yıldırım
5 Germany DF Benjamin Maas
6 Germany DF Patrick Auracher
7 Germany DF Eugen Gopko
8 Germany MF Morris Nag (on loan from SV Waldhof Mannheim)
9 Germany FW Johnathan Zinram
10 Germany FW Jan-Lucas Dorow
11 Italy FW Giuseppe Burgio
14 Austria FW Thomas Gösweiner
18 Japan FW Daisuke Ando
20 Germany MF Ricky Pinheiro
No. Position Player
21 Germany MF Sebastian Schmitt
22 Germany MF Steffen Straub
23 Poland DF Alan Stulin
24 Germany DF Marco Metzger
26 Germany MF Felix Reißmann
30 Japan FW Koki Matsumoto
31 Germany MF Benjamin Himmel
32 Germany GK Mario Miltner
34 Germany DF Henrik Nagel
35 Germany MF Perric Afari
44 Germany DF Uğurtan Kızılyar

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[2][3]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Oberliga Südwest IV 7th
2000–01 Oberliga Südwest 16th
2001–02 Oberliga Südwest 15th
2002–03 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2003–04 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2004–05 Oberliga Südwest 8th
2005–06 Oberliga Südwest 4th
2006–07 Oberliga Südwest 3rd
2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 3rd ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga West 16th
2009–10 Regionalliga West 17th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 12th
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 4th
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest 12th
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 16th
2014–15 Regionalliga Südwest 5th
2015–16 Regionalliga Südwest 9th
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest


Promoted Relegated

Former coaches[edit]

The managers of the club:[4][5]


  1. ^ Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs 7. Vereinslexikon. Kassel: Agon-Sportverlag. ISBN 978-3-89784-147-5.
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  3. ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  4. ^ http://www.wormatia.de/archiv/trainer.html
  5. ^ Wormatia Worms .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 23 December 2011

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