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SV Sandhausen
Full nameSportverein Sandhausen 1916 e.V.
Founded1916; 108 years ago (1916)
GroundBWT-Stadion am Hardtwald
Capacity15,414[citation needed]
ChairmanJürgen Machmeier[citation needed]
Head coachJens Keller
League3. Liga
2022–232. Bundesliga, 18th of 18 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

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. It is Germany's smallest professional football club.

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

After a shaky start[tone] 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[vague] 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 as 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 won three Oberliga titles through[vague] 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 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,[according to whom?] being in contention for 2. Bundesliga promotion almost until the end of season and comfortably[vague][according to whom?] 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[according to whom?] 2013–14 campaign, finishing 12th.


Current squad

As of 4 January 2024[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 Nikolai Rehnen
2 GK Lithuania LTU Edvinas Girdvainis
3 DF Germany GER Christoph Ehlich
4 DF Germany GER Tim Knipping
5 MF Austria AUT Lion Schuster
6 MF Turkey TUR Abu-Bekir El-Zein
7 MF United States USA Joe-Joe Richardson
8 FW Germany GER Richard Meier
9 FW Cameroon CMR Franck Evina
10 FW Germany GER Rouwen Hennings
11 MF Turkey TUR Livan Burcu
14 DF Germany GER Max Geschwill
15 MF Germany GER Alexander Mühling
16 MF Germany GER Alexander Fuchs
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW Germany GER David Otto
18 DF Germany GER Dennis Diekmeier (captain)
19 DF Germany GER Luca Zander
20 FW Germany GER Tim Maciejewski
21 DF Germany GER Felix Göttlicher
22 GK Germany GER Timo Königsmann
23 FW Austria AUT Markus Pink
24 MF Austria AUT Patrick Greil
26 MF France FRA Yassin Ben Balla
27 DF Germany GER Lucas Laux (on loan from 1. FSV Mainz 05)
30 GK Germany GER Daniel Klein (on loan from FC Augsburg)
31 DF Germany GER Jonas Weik
35 DF Germany GER Dennis Egel
36 FW Germany GER Sebastian Stolze


The club's honours:[citation needed]

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:[2]

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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 19 February 2023
Tomas Oral 20 February 2023 10 April 2023
Gerhard Kleppinger 10 April 2023 30 June 2023
Danny Galm 1 July 2023 22 October 2023
Jens Keller 23 October 2023 present

Recent seasons

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

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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