FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin Logo.svg
Full nameFußball-Club Viktoria 1889 Berlin Lichterfelde-Tempelhof e.V.
Founded6 June 1889; 132 years ago (1889-06-06)[1]
GroundFriedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark
Capacity10,000
PresidentUlrich Brüggemann
Head coachFarat Toku
League3. Liga
2021–223. Liga, 17 of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fußball-Club Viktoria 1889 Berlin Lichterfelde-Tempelhof e.V., commonly known as FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin or Viktoria Berlin, is a German association football club based in the locality of Lichterfelde of the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf in Berlin. The club was formed on 1 July 2013 from a merger of BFC Viktoria 1889 and Lichterfelder FC.[2] The club has the largest football department in Germany. The club also has 1,600 active members.[3]

History

Main articles: BFC Viktoria 1889 and Lichterfelder FC

The champion team of Berliner TuFC Viktoria 89 in 1908.
The champion team of Berliner TuFC Viktoria 89 in 1908.

Viktoria 1889 Berlin was formed in a merger of BFC Viktoria 1889 and Lichterfelder FC on 1 July 2013. BFC Viktoria 1889 was one of the oldest football clubs in Germany. It was the dominant club in Berlin in the early 1900s and won the German championship in 1908 and 1911. Lichterfelder FC, on the other hand, was a club which had gone through a number of name changes and mergers before. Lichterfelder FC had a women's team in the Frauen-Regionalliga by the time of the merger.

Viktoria Berlin made its debut in the 2013–14 Regionalliga Nordost, courtesy of a victory for BFC Viktoria 1889 in 2012–13 NOFV-Oberliga.[4][5] The club won the 2013–14 Berlin Cup and thereby qualified for the first round of the 2014–15 DFB-Pokal. The club was drawn against Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. Viktoria Berlin lost 2–0 in front of 10,514 spectators at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.[6]

Viktoria Berlin has the largest football department in Germany. The club had 65 teams with 1,600 members as of 2016.[7] The club qualified for the 3. Liga after a very successful 2020–21 season. The club led 2020–21 Regionalliga Nordost when the Northeastern German Football Association (NOFV) decided to end the season prematurely after eleven rounds played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team had won all eleven matches played during the short season.[8][9]

Stadium

Stadion Lichterfelde in 2012.
Stadion Lichterfelde in 2012.

The home ground of Viktoria Berlin is the Stadion Lichterfelde.[10] The stadium has a capacity of 4,300 spectators and is also the location of the club offices. The facility also comprises two additional pitches with artificial turf.

The Stadion Lichterfelde was the former home ground of Lichterfelder FC. BFC Viktoria 1889 on the other hand, played its home matches at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stadion in locality of Tempelhof of the borought of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stadion is now used by the U19 team of Viktoria Berlin for its matches in the Under 19 Bundesliga.

The Stadion Lichterfelde currently does not meet the requirements for play in the 3. Liga. Among several requirements, a capacity for 10,000 spectators, underfloor heating and a VIP-area are needed. The stadium can not be easily converted as it is also a protected building of cultural importance.[11] The club had to find a new home ground in order to obtain a license for the 2021-22 3. Liga. Several alternatives were considered, including the Mommsenstadion and the Olympiastadion.[12] The club was finally allowed to play at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in the locality of Prenzlauer Berg in the borough of Pankow. The operating permit for the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Stadion originally expired on 31 December 2020 and the complex is awaiting a major redevelopment. But the Department for the Interior and Sports of the Senate of Berlin decided to made the stadium available for Viktoria Berlin for two years. However, the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 10,000 seats.[13]

Seasons

Honours

Further information: BFC Viktoria 1889 § Honours

Regional

Current squad

As of 2 February 2022[14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Germany GER Philip Sprint
4 DF Germany GER Jakob Lewald
6 MF Germany GER Bernd Nehrig
7 MF Latvia LVA Cebrail Makreckis
8 MF Germany GER Christopher Theisen
9 FW Germany GER Soufian Benyamina
10 FW Germany GER Enes Küç
11 FW Brazil BRA Lucas Falcão
13 GK Germany GER Julian Krahl
14 DF Germany GER Brooklyn Ezeh
16 DF Germany GER Patrick Kapp
17 FW Germany GER Pasqual Verkamp
18 FW Cameroon CMR Franck Evina (on loan from Hannover 96)
19 DF Germany GER Tobias Gunte
20 MF Turkey TUR Fırat Suçsuz
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW Germany GER Matteo Gumaneh
23 FW Germany GER Moritz Seiffert
24 DF Germany GER Alexander Hahn
25 MF Germany GER Björn Jopek
26 DF Germany GER Deji Beyreuther
27 MF Japan JPN Shinji Yamada
28 FW Georgia (country) GEO Shalva Ogbaidze
29 DF Germany GER Lukas Pinckert
30 DF Germany GER Christoph Menz (captain)
31 MF Slovakia SVK Martin Gamboš
32 GK Germany GER Maximilian Kinzig
34 FW Finland FIN Kimmo Hovi
35 DF Germany GER Diren-Mehmet Günay
36 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Mladen Cvjetinovic

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Germany GER Elian Clasen (at Altona 93)

References

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  2. ^ Axel Gustke (1 June 2013). "Viktoria und Lichterfelde: Lieber die Lachnummer". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Viktoria Berlin: Baustellen geschlossen". Kicker Online (in German). Nuremberg: Olympia Verlag GmbH. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  5. ^ FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin at Fussball.de (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  6. ^ 2014–15 DFB-Pokal (in German) Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 26 February 2015
  7. ^ Willmann, Frank (21 May 2016). "Wir sind ooch Berlina!". Der Spiegel (in German). Hamburg: DER SPIEGEL GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Abbruch der Regionalliga Nordost offiziell – Doch ein Absteiger?". Kicker Online (in German). Nuremberg: Olympia Verlag GmbH. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  9. ^ "NOFV bestätigt Sainsonabbruch in Regionalliga: Aufstiefer steht fest". Ostthüringer Zeitung (in German). Gera: OSTTHÜRINGER ZEITUNG VERLAG II GmbH & Co. KG. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  10. ^ "STADION LICHTERFELDE". footballgroundmap.com. Retrieved 28 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Jahn, Michael (6 April 2021). "Viktoria Berlin und die schwierige Suche nach einem Stadion für die 3. Liga". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Berlin: Berliner Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  12. ^ Hesselmann, Markus (7 May 2021). "Berlin, schaff Platz für diesen Klub!". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Berlin: Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Vorübergehende Lösung für die 3. Liga: Viktoria Berlin darf im Jahnsportpark spielen". Kicker Online (in German). Nuremberg: Olympia Verlag GmbH. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  14. ^ "FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin – Squad 2021/2022". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 22 August 2021.