SV Darmstadt 98

Darmstadt is one of the "traditional" clubs in north Hessen, and has experienced many a rollercoaster rides in recent history. Despite limited resources, they have managed to play in the top flight on a couple of occasions, but have also fallen back down into oblivion

Founded 1898, the club currently has about 1200 members.

The greatest achievements were playing in the Bundesliga in 78-79, and again 81-82. In 1991, the club was relegated, but saved at the last minute, as Rot-Weiss Essen was denied a license for financial mismanagement. Finally by 97-98, the piper had to be paid for several years of gross mismanagement, and the club was relegated to the 4th division.

The 98-99 campaign was one of redemption, as Darmstadt won the Oberliga Hessen and returned to the 3rd division. Despite a slow start, in the 2nd half of the season SV98 put together a good run and met their goal - qualification for the new combined Regionalliga. Their first season proved to be one of the better recent results, with a solid 5th place finish. However, within a few years, they were back down again.

Fullname Sportverein Darmstadt 1898 e.V.
City Darmstadt (Hessen). Pop: 135,000 (2002)
Address Nieder-Ramstädter Straße 170, 64285 Darmstadt
Phone: (06151) 424798
Colors Blue and white checkered shirt, blue shorts.
Nickname Die Lilien (lilies)
Stadium Böllenfalltor. Capacity: 26,000 (4,500 seats)
The official site since 1921, although 1946-52 they played at the Hochschulstadion (capacity 20,000).
Tickets 7-18 euros, although there is a 100 euro VIP lounge (2003/04).
Supporters Averaged 3,969 in 2004 (Oberliga). An official fan group, Lilien-Fans, which has it's own website . There is also a program called Lilien Social Club, where sponsors buy tickets for the underprivileged.
Beer Pfungstädter. Sponsor, even had D98 fans on website, "Bei uns pfungt's".
Pub Grub
The Net The official page is . Rainer Montag's officially sanctioned fan page

1963-64	(III)	Amateurliga Hessen	1st
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	13th
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	8th
1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	18th
1970-71 (III)	Anateurliga Hessen	1st
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	7th
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	1st
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	4th
1974-75	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	10th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	7th
1976-77	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	6thth
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	1st
1978-79	(II)	Bundesliga		18th
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	4th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	1st
1981-82	(I)	Bundesliga		17th
1982-83	(II)	2.Bundesliga		7th
1983-84	(II)	2.Bundesliga		12th
1984-85	(II)	2.Bundesliga		15th
1985-86	(II)	2.Bundesliga		10th
1986-87	(II)	2.Bundesliga		4th
1987-88	(II)	2.Bundesliga		3rd
1988-89	(II)	2.Bundesliga		11th
1989-90	(II)	2.Bundesliga		16th
1990-91	(II)	2.Bundesliga		17th
1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Süd	8th
1992-93	(II)	2.Bundesliga		24th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Hessen	9th
1994-95 (III)	Regionalliga Süd	11th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	15th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	13th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	16th
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen		1st
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	9th
2000-01	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
2001-02	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	14th
2002-03	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	17th
2003-04 (IV)	Oberliga Hessen		1st
2004-05	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
2005-06	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	5th
2006-07	(III)	Regionalliga Süd	16th
2007-08	(IV)	Oberliga Hessen
2008-09	(IV)	Regionalliga Süd	15th
2009-10	(IV)	Regionalliga Süd

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