SV Sandhausen
SV Sandhausen.svg
Full nameSportverein Sandhausen 1916 e.V.
Founded1916; 106 years ago (1916)
GroundBWT-Stadion am Hardtwald
ChairmanJürgen Machmeier
Head coachAlois Schwartz
League2. Bundesliga
2021–222. Bundesliga, 14th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sportverein Sandhausen 1916 e.V., commonly known as simply SV Sandhausen or Sandhausen, is a German association football club that plays in Sandhausen, immediately to the south of Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg.

The club's greatest success came in 2011–12 when it won the 3. Liga and earned promotion to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time.


Historical chart of Sandhausen league performance
Historical chart of Sandhausen league performance

After a shaky start financially, the club advanced steadily through the lower leagues until it earned promotion to the Bezirksliga Rhein-Saar in 1931, but only played for a single season at that level before descending again. In 1943, it was merged with TSV Walldorf and VfB Wiesloch to form the wartime squad KSG Walldorf-Wiesloch. The combined squad was dissolved at the end of the conflict and SG Sandhausen was reestablished as an independent club late in 1945. A half dozen years later it re-claimed its original name. Sandhausen played football in the Landesliga or 2.Amateurliga until 1956 when it advanced to the 1.Amateurliga Nordbaden. In 1977, the team finished runner up in the German amateur championship and progressed to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 1978 where it consistently earned finishes in the upper half of the table. Sandhausen claimed three Oberliga titles through the 1980s and the German Amateur Championship in 1993. It won back-to-back Oberliga titles in 1995 and 2000 and, with its latest title in 2007, gained promotion to the Regionalliga Süd (III).

Negotiations held in late 2005 and on into early 2006 to merge Sandhausen with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Astoria Walldorf to create FC Heidelberg 06 were abandoned due to resistance to the idea on the part of both Sandhausen and Walldorf, and the failure to agree on whether the new side's stadium should be located in Heidelberg.

The 2007–08 season was a success for the club, being in contention for 2. Bundesliga promotion almost until the end of season and comfortably qualifying for the new 3. Liga. In 2012, the club won the 3. Liga and thus promotion to the 2. Bundesliga. The club finished its inaugural 2. Bundesliga season in a relegation position but was saved when MSV Duisburg was refused a licence and played a much stronger 2013–14 campaign, finishing 12th.


Current squad

As of 24 August 2022[1]

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 Patrick Drewes
2 DF Russia RUS Aleksandr Zhirov
3 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Dario Đumić
6 MF Germany GER Abu-Bekir El-Zein
7 MF Benin BEN Cebio Soukou
8 MF Germany GER Christian Kinsombi
9 FW Czech Republic CZE Matěj Pulkrab
10 MF Germany GER David Kinsombi
11 FW Germany GER Philipp Ochs
15 DF Germany GER Immanuel Höhn
17 MF Germany GER Erik Zenga
18 DF Germany GER Dennis Diekmeier (captain)
19 DF Kosovo KOS Bashkim Ajdini
22 MF Austria AUT Marcel Ritzmaier
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW Turkey TUR Ahmed Kutucu (on loan from İstanbul Başakşehir)
24 MF Germany GER Merveille Papela (on loan from Mainz 05)
25 DF Senegal SEN Oumar Diakhité
26 MF Germany GER Janik Bachmann
27 DF Germany GER Arne Sicker
28 MF Germany GER Tom Trybull
29 FW Switzerland  SUI Kemal Ademi (on loan from Khimki)
30 FW Germany GER Alexander Esswein
31 MF Germany GER Vincent Schwab
33 GK Germany GER Nikolai Rehnen
36 DF Germany GER Chima Okoroji
37 MF Israel ISR Joseph Ganda
40 GK Germany GER Benedikt Grawe
56 DF Malaysia MAS Annil Vigneswaran

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The club's honours:

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:[2]

Manager Start Finish
Hans-Jürgen Boysen 1 April 2001 30 June 2002
Willi Entenmann 1 July 2002 16 October 2002
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Günter Sebert 1 June 2004 30 August 2005
Gerd Dais 1 September 2005 23 February 2010
Frank Leicht 25 February 2010 13 September 2010
Pavel Dotchev 13 September 2010 14 February 2011
Gerd Dais 17 February 2011 19 November 2012
Hans-Jürgen Boysen 20 November 2012 30 June 2013
Alois Schwartz 1 June 2013 29 June 2016
Kenan Kocak 5 July 2016 8 October 2018
Uwe Koschinat 15 October 2018 24 November 2020
Michael Schiele 26 November 2020 16 February 2021
Stefan Kulovits/Gerhard Kleppinger 16 February 2021 21 September 2021
Alois Schwartz 22 September 2021

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[3][4]

Promoted Relegated


  1. ^ "Unser team" [Our team] (in German). SV Sandhausen. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ SV Sandhausen .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) Retrieved 18 September 2011
  3. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  4. ^ – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues