Viktoria Aschaffenburg

Founded in 1901, this small Bavarian club has bounced around in the upper reaches of the regional amateur leagues for quite a while. (Although actually part of Bayern, Viktoria plays in Hessen leagues).

The original FC Aschaffenburg was founded in 1901, to be followed by the creation of the rival Viktoria a year later. The two then merged by 1904. By the 1920s, other sports had been added aside from soccer, and membership swelled to just under 1,500. However, success on the field was limited.

After WWII, VA entered a strong phase, playing in the Oberliga Süd, which was then the highest class under the regional German league structure. After a few years here, the club spent all of the 60s and 70s in the 3rd level Hessenliga. In 1985 came the first major move, as the club qualified for promotion playoffs into the 2.Bundesliga, and gained promotion. The stay was short lived, with immediate relegation. That pattern was repeated a couple of years later, but since then, the pattern has been to remain entrenched in the Oberliga Hessen.

The 99-00 campaign was somewhat of a disappointment, as Viktoria finished way back. Whereas in the mid 90s, an Viktoria's offense scored 100 goals a couple of times, by the turn of the century, VA's offense was merely average. Failure to gain promotion would drain the club of resources, and soon things fell apart. In 2003, the club was relegated to the 5th division for the first time in history. Although it was a short stay, great leaps forward are not currently expected. In fact, in 2010, financial difficulties led to a forcible relegation down to the 6th division, and the club looked to go into insolvency. However after much work, funds were secured and the club was given an ok by the courts to continue.

Fullname Sportverein Viktoria 1901 e.V. Aschaffenburg
City Aschaffenburg (Bayern). Pop: 68,000 (2002).
Address Kleine Schönbuschallee 92, 63741 Aschaffenburg
Phone: (6021) 88828 Fax: (6021) 88102
Colors Blue jersey, white shorts
Stadium Stadion am Schönbusch Capacity: 9,000 (2,000 seats)
Built around 1909. Earlier capacity was larger, the attendance record was 19,000 back in 1951. In 1990, the stadium was rebuilt and actually "moved" about 90 degrees.
Tickets Easy to come by. 7-10 euros, VIP 40 euros (2004/05)
Supporters Small group, described as "10 guys with scarves".
Friends Borussia Fulda, Kickers Offenbach
Foes SV Darmstadt 98
Pub Grub Gaststätte "Viktoria-Treff" at the club home.
The Net Official site at
There is also an informative fan page by Tino Messere at has good info.

Recent History:

1955-60	(I)	Oberliga Sud
1960-63	(II)	2.Liga-Sud

1963-64	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	15th
1964-65	(IV)	Landesliga Hessen	1st
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	3rd
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	4th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	7th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	8th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	2nd
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Sud	18th
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	11th
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	13th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	1st
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	8th
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	12th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	6th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	9th
1978-79	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	11th
1979-80	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	3rd
1980-81	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	2nd
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	9th
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	3rd
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	2nd
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	1st
1985-86	(II)	2.Bundesliga		13th
1986-87	(II)	2.Bundesliga		18th
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	1st
1988-89	(II)	2.Bundesliga		18th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	7st
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	4th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	1st
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	15th
1993-94	(IV)	Landesliga Hessen-Sud	2nd
1994-95	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		4th		
1995-96	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		2nd
1996-97	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		3rd
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		3rd
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		5th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		6th
2000-01	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		10th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		10th
2002-03	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		16th
2003-04 (V)	Landesliga Hessen-Sud	1st
2004-05	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		10th
2005-06	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		10th
2006-07	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		2nd
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen
2008-09	(IV)	Regionalliga Süd	13th	forcible relegation
2009-10	(V)	Oberliga Hessen		8th	forcible relegation
2010-11	(VI)	Verbandsliga Süd

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany