Viktoria Frankfurt/Oder

The club began play in 1971, as the army club Vorwärts Berlin was moved. This replaced the existing local club (secret police affiliated) SG Dynamo, which was then disbanded. Rumors had it that Secret Police chief Erich Mielke, who favored Dynamo Berlin, wanted his club to be the no.1 in Berlin and the GDR. He convinced the Defense Ministry to OK a move of Vorwärts Berlin.

The new club never really was able to continue the success of the Berlin predecessor, but didn't do that badly. Vorwärts had a decent run in the 1980s, as they went to the UEFA-Cup 4 times, twice getting knocked out by West German clubs (Werder Bremen and VfB Stuttgart).

After reunification, the club obviously dropped affiliation with the Volksarmee and became FC Victoria. Although success on the field was reasonable, as Victoria played in the regional level, the loss of funding meant increased financial problems. Coupled with eth economic decline of the city's fortunes, it is likely that Viktoria will only be represented at the regional level for the forseeable future.

Full Name Frankfurter Fußball-Club Viktoria 91 e.V.
City Frankurt an der Oder (Brandenburg). Pop: 62,594 (2006)
Founded around 1296, the city has been in decline since the 1980s, when it had around 85,000.
Address Buschmühlenweg 172, 15230 Frankfurt/Oder
Phone: 0335-326242, Fax: 0335-8693925
Colors Since 2002, back to the traditional red/yellow. From 1991-2002, they used a green jersey, white shorts/socks. Vorwärts played in the usual army colors: yellow/red.
Stadium Stadion der Freundschaft. Capacity: 12,000 (5,000 seats)
A typical GDR era stadium, built in 1953 with a capacity of 20,000. Floodlights were added in 1969 - but all the lightbulbs have been removed. Generally speaking, this larger stadium is only used in big matches (e.g. DFB Cup) or when needed for "security reasons". Generally speaking they just play on the field next door ("Nebenplatz vom Stadion"), which basically allows about 2,000 to stand around.
Tickets Readily available :). Adults 4 euros (2007). The match program ("Viktoria Journal") costs another 1 euro.
Supporters Averaged 197 in 2004 (Oberliga). There are about 280 members (2007).
Zeroes 4 GDR internationals, the best Lothar Hause (9 caps, 1978-82)
Beer Locally brewed Frankfurter Pils
Pub Grub Reasonable prices (2007): Bratwurst: mit Toast 1,50 Euro, im Brötchen 1,60 Euro, Bier: 0,3l 1,50 Euro
The Net Official site:
A nice fan page

Recent History:

		FC Vorwärts Frankfurt

1971-72	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			5th
1972-73	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			7th
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			4th
1974-75	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			5th
1975-76	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			12th
1976-77	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			12th
1977-78	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			13th
1978-79	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel B		1st
1979-80	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			5th
1980-81	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			5th
1981-82	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			4th
1982-83	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			2nd
1983-84	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			4th
1984-85	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			8th
1985-86	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			9th
1986-87	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			10th
1987-88	(*)	DDR-Oberliga			13th
1988-89	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		3rd
1989-90	(**)	DDR-Liga, Staffel A		1st
		FC Victoria Frankfurt

1990-91	(*)	NOFV-Oberliga Nordost		14th
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Nord	11th
1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-Nord	17th
		Frankfurter FC Viktoria 91

1993-94	(IV)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	4th
1994-95	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	3rd
1995-96	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	2nd
1996-97	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	1st
1997-98	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		5th
1998-99	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		5th
1999-00	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		5th
2000-01	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	4th
2001-02	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	6th
2002-03	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	1st
2003-04	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord		19th
2004-05	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	4th
2005-06	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	11th
2006-07	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	7th
2007-08	(V)	Verbandsliga Brandenburg	

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany: