KSV Hessen Kassel
KSV Hessen Kassel logo.svg
Full nameKasseler Sport-Verein Hessen Kassel e. V.
Nickname(s)Die Löwen
Founded1893 (130 years ago) (1893)
ChairmanGermany Jens Rose
ManagerGermany Tobias Damm
LeagueRegionalliga Südwest (IV)
WebsiteClub website

KSV Hessen Kassel is a semi-professional German football club based in Kassel, Hesse. KSV competes in the German Regionalliga Südwest, the fourth tier of German football. Nicknamed "Die Löwen" (the lions), the club was founded as FC Union 93 Kassel in 1893. A series of mergers, insolvency and re-starts led to the club known today being re-formed on 3 February 1998. The club's colours are red and white and their home ground since 1953 has been the Auestadion, located in the southwest of the city of Kassel next to the historic Karlsaue park.


The club was founded as FC Union 93 Kassel in 1893 and just two years later joined FC Hassia 93 Cassel to form Casseler FV 95. In 1919, fusion with VfK Kassel created SV Kurhessen Kassel. It was as Kurhessen that the club joined the Gauliga Hessen, one of sixteen top flight divisions established in the re-organization of German football in 1933 under the Third Reich. They were relegated at the end of the 1935–36 season and made their way back in 1938, but continued to perform poorly, narrowly missing relegation in subsequent seasons. They earned their best result in 1942 in the newly formed Gauliga Kurhessen, finishing just two points shy of division winners 1. SV Borussia 04 Fulda. In 1944, they joined CSC 03 Kassel to form the combined wartime side KSG SV Kurhessen/CSC 03 Kassel and again finished two points behind the division leaders, this time in third place on goal difference. The Gauliga Kurhessen was re-organized into three groups for the following season and the club assigned to the Gruppe Kassel, but the region was overtaken by World War II, bringing a stop to league play.

After the war, SVKK was one of a number of clubs merged to form the Gründung der Sportgruppe Süd, an association active in a number of sports. This club became VfL Kassel in 1946, and finally, merged with Kasseler SV Kassel in November 1947 to become today's KSV Hessen Kassel.

Historical chart of Hessen Kassel league performance
Historical chart of Hessen Kassel league performance

Kassel quickly established themselves as a stolid, but largely unremarked, second-tier side. They played their way into what was at the time the first tier Oberliga Süd and then found themselves in the Regionalliga Süd (II) after the formation in 1963 of Germany's new premier level professional league, the Bundesliga. A first place Regionalliga finish in 1964 saw them compete unsuccessfully in the promotion rounds for the Bundesliga . The club continued to play tier II ball until the mid 70s when their performance dropped them to Amateur Oberliga Hessen (III) until the start of the next decade brought an advance to the 2. Bundesliga. Through the 80s, the team flirted with promotion to the senior circuit, but could never quite put themselves over the top. In 1985 the club just missed being promoted: a loss to Nurenburg (0–2) in the last game of the season against wins by three other clubs in the hunt saw Kassel left behind.

Those runs at the Bundesliga in the 80s, alongside an advance to the quarter-final of the DFB-Pokal in 1991, represent the apex of the team's achievement. The club was bankrupted in 1993 and the football side set off on its own as FC Hessen Kassel. They too had financial problems and in 1998 also found themselves bankrupt, but this time plunged all the way down to Kreisliga Hessen A (VIII). Kassel began their recovery by going unbeaten over the course of the next two seasons and advanced to the Oberliga Hessen (IV) which they won in 2005–06 to earn a promotion to the Regionalliga (III). In 2007–08, they failed to qualify for the new 3. Liga, remaining in the Regionaliga Süd, now tier four. They came close to promotion once more in 2010–11 but narrowly failed finishing third.

At the end of the 2011–12 season the club was grouped into the new Regionalliga Südwest, which replaced the Regionalliga Süd in the region. In 2012–13 the club won the inaugural championship of the new league and qualified for the promotion play-off to the 3. Liga.

Die Löwen lost their play-off tie for promotion to the 3. Liga over two legs to Holstein Kiel who finished the 2012–13 season as champions of Regionalliga Nord. Kassel lost the first game of the tie away at the Holstein-Stadion in Kiel 2–0.[1] In the return leg in Kassel, the club lost 2–1 at the Auestadion in front of 17,000 fans.[2] The following season the club was not able to challenge for the championship, only finishing 13th.


Current squad

For 2021/22 season

As of 14 November 2021[3]

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 Maximilian Zunker
12 GK Germany GER Nicolas Gröteke
35 GK Germany GER Moritz Schunke
2 DF Kazakhstan KAZ Alexander Mißbach
4 DF Germany GER Kevin Nennhuber
5 DF Germany GER Hendrik Starostzik
20 DF Germany GER Tim-Philipp Brandner
21 DF Germany GER Ingmar Merle
23 DF Germany GER Paul Stegmann
24 DF Italy ITA Leonardo Zornio
31 DF Germany GER Maurice Springfeld
32 DF Germany GER Nael Najjar
6 MF Germany GER Aram Kahraman
8 MF Germany GER Frederic Brill
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF Germany GER Jascha Döringer
14 MF Germany GER Brian Schwechel
15 MF Germany GER Steven Rakk
16 MF Germany GER Serkan Durna
18 MF Germany GER Malte Suntrup
19 MF Germany GER Mate Mustapic
25 MF Germany GER Marco Dawid
26 MF Germany GER Nils Stendera
7 FW Germany GER Jon Mogge
9 FW Germany GER Marcel Fischer
17 FW Switzerland SUI Daniele Vesco
29 FW Germany GER Moritz Flotho
33 FW Germany GER Lukas Iksal

Reserve team

Main article: KSV Hessen Kassel II

The club's reserve team, KSV Hessen Kassel II, has played in the Verbandsliga Hessen-Nord since 2009. The team's greatest success has been to win the Hesse Cup in 1961 and finish runners-up in the Amateurliga Hessen in 1968.

International footballers

Below is a list of former and current international footballers who have played at least 1 match for a FIFA recognised country at senior or U21 level while contracted to the club.

Player Country Caps Goals Active
Gustav Hensel Germany Germany 1 0 1908
Heinrich 'Heini' Weber Germany Germany 12 0 1928–31
Karl-Heinz Metzner Germany West Germany 2 0 1952–53
Dieter Hecking Germany West Germany U21 12 8 1985–86
Harez Arian Habib Afghanistan Afghanistan 13 4 2007–12


Current staff

Former KSV forward Tobias Damm is the current Kassel head coach as of 2019. He guided the team back into Regionalliga in 2020.
Former KSV forward Tobias Damm is the current Kassel head coach as of 2019. He guided the team back into Regionalliga in 2020.

For 2021/22 season

As of 14 November 2021[3]
Role Staff
Head coach Germany Tobias Damm
Assistant coach Germany Sebastian Busch
Goalkeeper coach Germany Christoph Wiegand
Goalkeeper coach Germany Michael Gibhardt
Role Staff
Director of football Germany Jörg Müller
Team manager Germany Steffen Friedrich
Team official Germany Alfred Gäßler
Kit manager Germany Uwe Heller
Role Staff
Club doctor Germany Marco Spielmann
Club doctor Germany Thomas Krause
Physiotherapist Germany Karsten Pfeiffer
Physiotherapist Germany Ariane Facca

Club managers

All managers of the club since 1946:[4]

Hans-Ulrich Thomale has twice been manager of Hessen Kassel. He guided the club to their best ever finish in the DFB-Pokal in 1991, reaching the quarter-final stage where Kassel was knocked out by SV Werder Bremen 2–0.
Hans-Ulrich Thomale has twice been manager of Hessen Kassel. He guided the club to their best ever finish in the DFB-Pokal in 1991, reaching the quarter-final stage where Kassel was knocked out by SV Werder Bremen 2–0.
Manager Term
Germany Fritz Kleim 1946–1947
Germany Ernst Paulus 1947–1949
Germany Karl Höger 1949–1950
Germany Lothar Schröder 1950–1952
Germany Rudi Gellesch 1952–1955
Germany Walter Koch 1955–1956
Germany Hans Carl 1956–1958
Germany Jupp Kratz 1958–1960
Austria Willibald Hahn 1960–1962
Germany Walter Müller 1962–1964
Germany Herbert Widmayer 1964–1966
Germany Toni Hellwig 1966–1968
Germany Willy Kurrat 1968–1969
Germany Heinz Baas 1969–1971
Germany Toni Hellwig 1971
Germany Hans-Wilhelm Loßmann 1971–1972
Germany Toni Hellwig 1972–1973
Germany Heinz Baas 1973–1974
Germany Klaus Kuhnert 1974
Germany Robert Gebhardt 1974–1976
Manager Term
Germany Walter Müller 1976
Hungary Gyula Tóth 1976–1978
Germany Rudi Kröner 1978–1982
Germany Timo Konietzka 1982–1983
Germany Jörg Berger 1983–1986
Germany Rudi Kröner 1986
Germany Jürgen Nehme 1986
Germany Elmar Müller 1986
Germany Werner Biskup 1987
Germany Holger Brück 1987
Germany Franz Brungs 1987–1989
Germany Lorenz-Günther Köstner 1989–1990
Germany Hans-Ulrich Thomale 1990–1992
Germany Karl-Heinz Wolf 1992–1993
Germany Franz Brungs 1993–1995
Germany Holger Brück 1995–1996
Germany Hans-Jürgen Gede 1996
Germany Hans-Werner Moors 1997
Germany Horst Schmidt 1997
Germany Jörg Müller 1998–2000
Manager Term
Germany Holger Brück[a] 2000–2001
United Kingdom Terry Scott 2001
Germany Holger Brück[a] 2001
Germany Oliver Roggensack 2001–2003
Germany Thomas Freudenstein 2003–2004
Germany Hans-Ulrich Thomale 2004
Germany Bernd Sturm 2004–2005
Germany Matthias Hamann 2005–2008
Germany Mirko Dickhaut 2008–2011
Germany Christian Hock 2011
Germany Holger Brück[a] 2011
Germany Uwe Wolf 2012–2013
Germany Jörn Großkopf 2013
Germany Sven Hoffmeister 2013
Germany Matthias Mink 2014–2016
Germany Tobias Cramer 2016–2019
Germany Dietmar Hirsch 2019
Germany Tobias Damm 2019–Present


  1. ^ a b c Interim head coach

Club identity


Block 30 at a home KSV match in 2012 vs Eversberg in the Regionalliga.
Block 30 at a home KSV match in 2012 vs Eversberg in the Regionalliga.

KSV Hessen Kassel has a number of organised and un-organised fan groups, ultras and blocks. Most notably, Block 30, Huddich Bande Ultras and Block 36.

Named after the block affiliated members meet and watch KSV in the Auestadion, Block 30 is organised and represents an array of different kinds of fans. Its purpose is to support KSV Hessen Kassel, promote German football supporter culture and connect with other supporter groups in Germany on important regional football issues. In March 2019 it joined with twelve other clubs ranging from 3.Liga (III) to Oberliga (V) level to establish a working group to determine a unified position and list of recommendations to take to the DFB on proposed reforms to the regional football structure in Germany.[5]

Block 36 is not organised and consists of fans both affiliated with organised fan groups and not. Block 36 looks to ensure KSV Hessen Kassel is run openly and transparently with a culture of appreciation and respect. Block 36's stated value is honest regional football with the aspiration of seeing KSV getting back to a professional football level in Germany.[6]

Since 2008 there has been an unofficial friendship formed between Kassel's Block 30 and Huddich Bande Ultras and Holstein Kiel’s supporter group Block 501. In 2018, to celebrate ten years of friendship, the two sets of fans combined and attended one KSV Hessen Kassel match and one Holstein Kiel match together. They dubbed the weekend the brothers for life celebration.[7]


Aerial view of Auestadion, taken in 2018.
Aerial view of Auestadion, taken in 2018.

KSV Hessen Kassel's current home ground is the 18,737 capacity Auestadion. The stadium has predominantly been the club's home ground since being built in 1953. Hessen Kassel inaugurated Auestadion on the stadium's opening on 23 August 1953. KSV played a football match against Baverian team Viktoria Aschaffenburg in front of 20,000 spectators. Kassel lost the match two goals to one.[8] The Auestadion is a multi-purpose facility with a 106 × 65 m football pitch located in the middle of a full athletic running track. The stadium has 8,700 seats and terracing that can accommodate for a little over 10,000 spectators standing.[9] Auestadion has had three major renovations since being built, the last being a new grandstand, forecourt and video wall constructed between 2009 and 2011. The ground is located in the Southwest of the city near the historic Karlsaue park and Eissporthalle Kassel ice sports stadium. It can be reached by both local and regional Kassel tram lines: 5, 6 and RT5.[10]

KSV Hessen Kassel holds the attendance record for the Auestadion. The official record stands at 37,000 attendance at the 1964 Bundesliga promotion play-off match between KSV Hessen Kassel and Hannover 96. Kassel lost to the match 2–1.[11] There was however a report of 40,000 people attending a DFB-Pokal match in January 1965 at the stadium. KSV played Bundesliga club Hamburger SV (HSV, Hamburg) and lost 2–0 with goals to Uwe Seeler (12th minute) and Charly Dörfel (57th minute). The official crowd number was 33,000 but Kassel police reported there was 40,000 spectators in attendance. The number of fans buckled the railings in the standing areas. Children were passed down onto the playing ground to ensure their safety. The right hand side gate of the grandstand was pushed down and fans flooded into the playing area. The stewards and the police were powerless, and spectators were standing all around the corner flags. The referee, Wilfried Hilker, delayed the start of the match so authorities could regain control and push the fans back from the edge of the field but eventually he got the match underway when it became apparent this was impossible to do.[12]

Prior to the Auestadion construction in the 1950s, KSV played at the A-Platz. Known officially as the Kurhessen sports facility, the A-Platz was inaugurated in 1922 with a capacity of 16,000 spectators. The A-Platz was demolished after the completion of the Auestadion.

Following the club's insolvency in 1998 and relegation from the third division to the eighth division, KSV relocated to one of the outfields within the Auestadion precinct. The G-Platz had a capacity of 2,000 spectators and was affectionately known as the “lion cage” by the Hessen Kassel fans.[13]

Other sporting departments

Until 1993 KSV Hessen Kassel was a multi-sport club with sporting departments in football, athletics, badminton, tennis and table tennis among others. Hessen Kassel had a total of twenty three amateur departments. KSV produced a number of German champions and Olympians throughout these different disciplines. The club's bankruptcy in 1993 brought an end to KSV continuing as a multi-sport club. When the club was re-established it was brought back as a purely football club, FC Hessen Kassel. When the club re-emerged as KSV Hessen Kassel in 1998 it remained just a football club.[14]

A picture of KSV's Klaus Lehnertz with his bronze medal for pole vaulting at the 1964 Olympic Games.
A picture of KSV's Klaus Lehnertz with his bronze medal for pole vaulting at the 1964 Olympic Games.

Athletics department

The club was used as the performance centre for athletics for the state of Hesse until 1993. During this time, KSV produced nine German champions, one European champion, one Commonwealth Games gold medallist and four Olympians from within its athletics department. These included:

Badminton department

KSV's badminton department produced successful individual players during its time of operation. Most notable was Maren Schröder, who won thirteen Hesse and three Southwest German titles. Anke Jaskolla and Ulrich Schaper also won Hesse championships. The department was dissolved in 1993 and the players left and started the independent Badminton Club Kassel e. V (BV Kassel) on 7 July 1993.[15]

Tennis department

KSV Hessen Kassel's tennis department was established in 1978 and remained operational until 1993. The club originally built three clay tennis courts and a small wooden clubhouse, adding a fourth later on, to the south of the Auestadion. In 1990 with increased members the club built a new large modern clubhouse. Once KSV declared bankruptcy in 1993, the tennis department and the majority of its member players broke away from KSV and founded a new independent club named Tennis-Club-Auepark Kassel eV (TC-Auepark Kassel eV).[16]

Table tennis department

The table tennis department was founded as CT Hessen-Prussia in 1936 as the first table tennis department of any Kassel sports club. The department ceased operating during the Second World War but restarted on 17 November 1945 following the conclusion of the war. In 1946 it merged into the singular club name of KSV Hessen Kassel. It was one of the leading table tennis clubs in Northern Hesse at the time. KSV, in particular, excelled in women's table tennis. In 1967 KSV Hessen Kassel was promoted to the top division in the region, Oberliga Südwest. Kassel remained in the top division for four years before being relegated in 1971. In 1972 the women's Bundesliga was introduced in table tennis, KSV now found themselves in the third division. After eight seasons, Hessen Kassel got promoted to the second division in 1979, which was now called Regionalliga Südwest. In 1981 the division was renamed 2.Bundesliga. Kassel was again relegated in 1982 but was swiftly promoted again and remained in 2.Bundasliga for the rest of the 1980s. In 1993. Following the club's bankruptcy, the table tennis department left KSV and established its own independent club, TTC Kassel. The new club played in the first division for two years but withdrew from the second division and folded in 1997.[17]




Season-by-season record

The season-by-season performance of the club since re-establishment in February 1998:[18][19]

Season Division Tier Position
1998–99 Kreisliga A VIII 1st ↑
1999–00 Bezirksliga VII 1st ↑
2000–01 Bezirksoberliga VI 1st ↑
2001–02 Landesliga Hessen-Nord V 1st ↑
2002–03 Oberliga Hessen IV 2nd
2003–04 Oberliga Hessen 2nd
2004–05 Oberliga Hessen 13th
2005–06 Oberliga Hessen 1st ↑
2006–07 Regionalliga Süd III 10th
2007–08 Regionalliga Süd 14th
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd IV 2nd
2009–10 Regionalliga Süd 4th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 3rd
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 11th
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest 1st
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 13th
2014–15 Regionalliga Südwest 10th
2015–16 Regionalliga Südwest 8th
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest 10th
2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest 16th ↓
2018–19 Hessenliga V 3rd
2019–20 Hessenliga 2nd ↑
2020–21 Regionalliga Südwest IV 12th
Promoted Relegated


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