Full nameSSV Ulm 1846 FUSSBALL e.V.
Nickname(s)Die Spatzen (The Sparrows)
Founded1846; 177 years ago (1846)
ChairmanThomas Oelmeyer
ManagerThomas Wörle
League3. Liga
2022–23Regionalliga Südwest, 1st of 18 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

SSV Ulm 1846 FUSSBALL e.V., commonly known as SSV Ulm 1846 or SSV Ulm, is a German football club based in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg. SSV Ulm 1846 FUSSBALL was formed on 9 March 2009 as new independent club through the separation of the football department from the present-day multi-sports club SSV Ulm 1846 e.V. The club currently play in 3. Liga from 2023–24 after promotion from Regionalliga Südwest in 2022–23.

The club's greatest success has been promotion to the Bundesliga in 1998–99, where it played for just one season. Ulm has also spent eight seasons in the 2. Bundesliga between 1979–80 and 2000–01.


The older of the two predecessor sides was founded on 12 April 1846 as Turnerbund Ulm. They had an on-again, off-again relationship with Turnverein Ulm through the 1850s. The football department became independent in 1926 as Ulmer Rasensport Verein and in 1939 would merge with Ulmer Fußball Verein, and their old clubmates in TB Ulm and TV Ulm, to form TSG Ulm 1846. In 1968, RSVgg Ulm became part of TSG Ulm 1846.

1. Schwimm- und Sportverein Ulm was formed in 1928.

Historical chart of SSV Ulm and predecessors' league performance

TSG Ulm 1846

Logo of SSV Ulm 1846

The football department of Turnerbund Ulm became independent in 1926 as Ulmer Rasensportverein and in 1939 would merge with Ulmer Fußballverein, and their old club mates in TB Ulm and TV Ulm, to form TSG Ulm 1846. Throughout this time the club played in local competition before joining the Gauliga Württemberg, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the 1933 reorganisation of German football under the Third Reich, for the 1939–40 season. The club played there until the end of World War II. After the war they began play in the 2. Oberliga Süd (II) and did well enough to make occasional advances to the Oberliga Süd (I) for short stays before falling back again. In 1963, with the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new top-flight professional league, TSG Ulm 1846 found itself in the Regionalliga Süd (II) for a couple of seasons before slipping to tier III and IV level play. In 1968, RSVgg Ulm became part of TSG Ulm 1846.

1. SSV Ulm

1. Spiel- und Sportverein Ulm was formed in 1928 and, after two seasons in the Bezirksliga Bayern, joined the Gauliga Württemberg in 1933, well before their future partner, where they earned just mid-table finishes. After the war and leading up to their union with TSG 1846, they played as a third or fourth division side. Finally, in 1970, 1. SSV Ulm merged with TSG 1846 to form SSV Ulm 1846.

SSV Ulm 1846

At the time of the merger. both clubs were playing football in the tier III Amateurliga Württemberg and would continue to do so for a nearly a decade. In 1980, the combined side advanced to the 2. Bundesliga Süd and would spend six of the next ten years playing at that level where, except for a fifth-place finish in 1982, their results were well down the table. After another decade in the level III Amateur Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and Regionalliga Süd, 1846 made an unexpected breakthrough after just one season in the 2. Bundesliga with a third-place finish that led to the club's promotion to the top-flight Bundesliga for the 1999–2000 season. Even though the issue was not decided until the last day of the season, Ulm could do no better than a sixteenth-place finish and returned to the second division. The 2000–01 season was an unqualified disaster for the club: they could manage only another sixteenth-place finish and were sent back down to the Regionalliga Süd (III). They were then denied a licence over the chaotic state of their finances which plunged the club down to the fifth tier Verbandsliga Württemberg. Afterwards Ulm worked their way back, to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (IV) in 2002, and the Regionalliga in 2008.

SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball

Following the 2009 European football betting scandal, the club released three allegedly involved players, Davor Kraljević, Marijo Marinović and Dinko Radojević.[1] In January 2011, the club was declared insolvent, and the results of the 2010–11 season were declared void. The club was relegated to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg but immediately won the 2011–12 title, finishing nine points clear of second-placed VfR Mannheim and earning promotion to the new Regionalliga Südwest.

In May 2014, SSV Ulm 1846 was once again close to insolvency, for the third time in 13 years, requiring €420,000 in financial support before the end of the month to ensure survival.[2] The club eventually entered administration and was relegated back to the Oberliga. After two seasons, SSV Ulm 1846 was promoted to the Regionalliga in May 2016.[3]

On 28 May 2023, SSV Ulm 1846 secure promotion to 3. Liga from 2023–24 for the first time in history after defeat Barockstadt Fulda-Lehnerz 5–0 and champion of Regionalliga Südwest in 2022–23.


Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:[4]

Manager Start Finish
Dieter Märkle 1 July 2004 28 November 2004
Marcus Sorg 29 November 2004 6 September 2007
Paul Sauter 1 July 2007 30 June 2008
Janusz Góra 7 September 2007 30 September 2007
Markus Gisdol 1 July 2008 30 June 2009
Manfred Paula 1 July 2009 24 September 2009
Frank Kaspari 25 September 2009 4 October 2009
Ralf Becker 15 October 2009 1 December 2010
Janusz Góra 2 December 2010 30 June 2011
Paul Sauter 1 July 2011 30 June 2012
Stephan Baierl 1 July 2012 13 November 2012
Paul Sauter 14 November 2012 17 October 2013
Oliver Unsöld 18 October 2013 30 June 2014
Stephan Baierl 1 July 2014 15 August 2017
Tobias Flitsch 17 August 2017 30 June 2018
Holger Bachthaler 1 July 2018 30 June 2021
Thomas Wörle 1 July 2021 Present

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[5][6]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Bundesliga I 16th ↓
2000–01 2. Bundesliga II 16th ↓
2001–02 Verbandsliga Württemberg V 2nd ↑
2002–03 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg IV 2nd
2003–04 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 6th
2004–05 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd
2005–06 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 3rd
2006–07 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd
2007–08 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd 7th
2009–10 Regionalliga Süd 6th
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd ↓ due to insolvency
2011–12 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V 1st ↑
2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest IV 10th
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 15th ↓
2014–15 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V 3rd
2015–16 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 1st ↑
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest IV 9th
2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest 9th
2018–19 Regionalliga Südwest 6th
2019–20 Regionalliga Südwest 7th
2020–21 Regionalliga Südwest 4th
2021–22 Regionalliga Südwest 2nd
2022–23 Regionalliga Südwest 1st ↑
2023–24 3. Liga III TBD
Promoted Relegated

Current squad

As of 12 August 2023

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 Lorenz Otto
4 DF Germany GER Tom Gaal
5 DF Germany GER Johannes Reichert (captain)
6 DF Germany GER Thomas Geyer
7 DF Germany GER Bastian Allgeier
8 MF Germany GER Lukas Ahrend
9 FW Germany GER Lucas Röser
10 MF Germany GER Andreas Ludwig
11 FW Germany GER Dennis Chessa
12 GK Germany GER Marvin Seybold
18 DF Germany GER Lennart Stoll
19 FW Germany GER Moritz Hannemann
20 FW Germany GER Lenn Jastremski (on loan from Bayern Munich II)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF Germany GER Nicolas Jann
22 FW Brazil BRA Léo Scienza
23 MF Germany GER Max Brandt
25 DF Germany GER Lamar Yarbrough
26 MF Germany GER Philipp Maier
27 DF Germany GER David Grözinger
28 DF Germany GER Sascha Risch
29 FW Brazil BRA Dennis De Sousa Oelsner
31 FW Germany GER Tobias Rühle
33 FW Germany GER Felix Higl
35 MF Germany GER Julian Kudala
39 GK Germany GER Christian Ortag
43 MF Germany GER Romario Rösch

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
MF Turkey TUR Mert Tasdelen (at Sonnenhof Großaspach until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Germany GER Christoph Maier (at TSV Steinbach until 30 June 2024)

Fans and controversies

In the fanscene there are right-wing extremist tendencies and right-wing hooligans. In May 2019, several extremists attacked a Roma family. Four of the perpetrators had connections to the SSV Ulm fan scene. Despite a trial, the perpetrators were initially not banned from the stadium, which is why the club's management was heavily criticized by the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma.[7]

"To ignore this inhuman crime simply stunned us. Imagine if the same incident had occurred against the Jewish minority, then different measures would have been taken by the club´s management. The Holocaust clearly also includes the annihilation of half a million Sinti and Roma in Nazi occupied Europe. And the responsibility of a club management must be the same here." - Romani Rose, Chairman, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma.

In addition, there are group photos on which, among other things, the Nazi salute is shown.[8]


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  2. ^ "Ex-Bundesligist SSV Ulm droht erneut die Insolvenz". (in German). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ Vogler, Winfried (14 May 2016). "SSV Ulm 1846 ist Oberliga-Meister". Südwest Presse (in German). Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "SSV Ulm 1846 .:. Trainer von A-Z". (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv" (in German).
  6. ^ " - Ergebnisse" (in German).
  7. ^ Sport inside, Neonazis bei Traditionsvereinen | Sportschau on YouTube (in German)
  8. ^ Sport inside, Neonazis bei Traditionsvereinen | Sportschau on YouTube (in German)