VfB Bottrop

A Ruhr club that has remained mostly in the regional shadows. There are over 500 members, of which 400 are associated with soccer.

The club was founded in 1900 as Verein für Turn- und Volksspiele Bottrop, and the soon to be dominant soccer section was started two years later. In 1906 they were joined by BV 04 Bottrop and in 1919 they merged with SpV Bottrop to form VfB 1900. The success of the team however was strictly at the lower levels. In the 1950s, things looked up a bit, as they were usually in the upper half of the old 2.Liga-West.

VfB was seeded into the new Regionalliga in 1963, and was promptly relegated, and bounnced back up. In 1965, VfB was a bit unlucky. They finished 17th in the Regionalliga, and were relegated. But then they had a playoff with Bonner SC, which they promptly won 5-0. Unfortunately the Western regional soccer federation later on decided that Bottrop had to be relegated anyway.

Since the 1980s, Bottrop has generally been at the lower amateur levels. The 90s started off poorly as well, as the club faced bankruptcy. However, a court appointed administrator was able to clear out the debts, and for the first time since the Regionalliga days of the late 1960s the club was financially sound.

Full Name Verein für Bewegungsspiele Bottrop 1900 e.V.
City Bottrop (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Pop: 120,780 (2002)
Address Postfach 10 16 30, 46216 Bottrop
e-mail: kontakt@vfb-bottrop.de
Colors Black jersey with white trim, black shorts, black socks
Nickname Die Schwarz-Weißen (the black&whites)
Stadium Jahnstadion. Capacity: 18,000
Was originally built in 1924, and was refurbished in 1963. The local fans didn't want to play in nearby Oberhausen, and insisted on building a facility of their own. Now belongs to the city.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: www.vfb-bottrop.de It has a decent historical section.

Recent History:

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga West		17th
1964-65	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		1st
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga West		17th
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		1st
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga West		18th
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		13th
1969-70	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	9th
1970-71	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	2nd
1971-72	(IV)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	1st
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		10th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		12th
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		13th
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		11th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		11th
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Niederrhein		11th
1978-79	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	7th
1979-80	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	12th
1980-81	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	1st
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Niederrhein		16th
1982-83	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	15th
1984-85	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	1st
1984-85	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	14th
1985-86	(IV)	Verbandsliga Niederrhein	16th
1989-90	(VI)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein
1990-91	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	15th
1993-94	(V)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	10th
1994-95	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-2	8th
1995-96	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	9th
1996-97	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	6th
1997-98	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-1	7th
1998-99	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	14th
1999-00	(VII)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein
2000-01	(VII)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein-9	1st
2001-02	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	3rd
2002-03	(VI)	Landesliga Niederrhein-3	11th
2004-05	(VII)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein-8
2005-06	(VII)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein
2006-07	(VII)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein
2007-08	(VII)	Bezirksliga Niederrhein-9

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: www.abseits-soccer.com