OSV Hannover

This obscure Hannover club has pretty much disappeared off the radar screen.

OSV was founded in 1933, but in 1937 they merged with MTV Groß Buchholz, which apparently had been founded in 1923, so OSV conveniently claimed an older heritage. The club had sprung from one of those Arbeitersport ("Workers sports") clubs, Freien Turnerschaft Grož Buchholz. The soccer section apparently had enough of the gymnasts, and moved out.

The club was completely obscure until 1970, when they suddenly made the jump to the old Regionalliga Nord. After a few seasons, they dropped down a division, but by 1980 they qualified for the new 2.Liga-Nord. They lasted two years before being relegated an dropping into obscurity and off the face of the earth.

In 1983 the club had approximately 900,000 DM debt and went into bankruptcy. A new club was planned as "OSC Hannover", and the Niedersacshen Federation accepted their application to remain in the current leagues. However some "jealous scumbags" (probably creditors) protested and the idea was killed. In the last second a member drive came up with just enough money to avoid a wind-up, and OSV survived.

Obviously the club is still kicking around in some division in local Hannover leagues, but only remain a poignant memory for most soccer fans.

After almost going bankrupt, the club managed to get things straightened out. They were unbeaten at home for almost 2 years, and climbed back into the Bezirksliga in 2006. 2014 meant promotion back to teh Landesliga, after an absence of 17 years.

Full Name Oststädter Sportverein Hannover 1923
Address Hannover (Niedersachsen). Pop.: 516,500 (2002). Based in the Oststadt district.
Address Carl-Loges-Str. 12, 30657 Hannover
Phone: 0511 - 604 44 77, Fax: Telefax: 0511 - 604 44 78
E-Mail: vorstand@osvhannover.de
Colors Red jersey, white shorts, white socks
Stadium Langenforther Straße Capacity: 8,000 (450 seats)
Known as the Oststadtstadion in the good years of the 1970s, it had a capacity of about 12,000. Now pretty much just a regular field. In 2010 the main stands burned down, a smaller stand was built, along with a nice lounge area for the high-rollers.
Tickets For the Landesliga in 2015, tickets were priced at 7 euros, with a season pass a reasonable 85 euros. For 25 euros you can be in the "OSV-Lounge", which has free beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks along with all-you-can-eat food.
Supporters Do they even have supporters? About 400 members in the club.
Friends Do they even have friends?
Grub and Pub
The Net Official site: www.osv-hannover.de

Recent History:

2014-15 (VI)	Landesliga Hannover
2013-14 (VII)   Bezirksliga Hannover-2		1st

2007-08 (VII)   Bezirksliga Hannover-2
2006-07 (VII)   Bezirksliga Hannover-2          10th
2006-07 (VII)   Bezirksliga Hannover-2          10th
2005-06 (VIII)  Bezirksklasse Hannover/4
2004-05 (IX)    Kreisliga Hannover-Stadt
2003-04 (IX)    Kreisliga Hannover-Stadt
2001-02 (VIII)  Bezirksklasse Hannover/4
2000-01 (VIII)  Bezirksklasse Hannover/4

1983-00 disappear into wilderness

1982-83 (IV)    Verbandsliga Niedersachsen      16th
1981-82 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord                18th
1980-81 (II)    2.Bundesliga Nord               22nd
1979-80 (II)    2.Bundesliga Nord               12th
1978-79 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord                1st
1977-78 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord                1st
1976-77 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord                14th
1975-76 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord                14th
1974-75 (III)   Am.Oberliga Nord                9th 
1973-74 (II)    Regionalliga Nord               11th
1972-73 (II)    Regionalliga Nord               15th
1971-72 (II)    Regionalliga Nord               13th
1970-71 (III)   Amateurliga Niedersachsen       1st 
1969-70 (III)   Amateurliga Niedersachsen       3rd 
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	10th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Niedersachsen	3rd

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