SpVgg Bayern Hof
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Full nameSpVgg Bayern Hof
GroundStadion Grüne Au
ChairmanReiner Denzler
ManagerMiloslav Janovsky
LeagueBayernliga Nord (V)

SpVgg Bayern Hof is a German association football club based in Hof, Bavaria. The club was founded on 1 June 1910 as Ballspielclub Hof, but within a year was renamed Britannia Hof. In 1913, they merged with FC Roland Hof and FC Phoenix Hof to become FC Bayern Hof.


Historical chart of the club's league performance
Historical chart of the club's league performance

FC Bayern Hof was a decent, but unremarkable, local side through its early decades. It spent five seasons in the tier-one Bezirksliga Bayern from 1927. In 1944, the team won promotion to the Gauliga Bayern, Staffel Oberfranken, one of sixteen top flight division that had been created in 1933 in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. However, by that time World War II had overtaken that part of the country and Gauliga play was ended there in the fall.

After the war Bayern Hof advanced to the Landesliga Bayern (II) in 1946 where they came out on top of the Staffel Nordbayern only to lose the divisional playoff to Wacker München (3:4, 0:4). League re-structuring saw the club in the 2. Oberliga Süd (II) to open the 1951–52 season. They remained competitive throughout the decade, generally finishing in the top half of the table.

A second-place result in 1959 put the club into Oberliga Süd (I) to play first division football for the first time. They managed only middling results against the stronger, better established teams there and so did not qualify for play in the Bundesliga – Germany's new professional league – when it was established in 1963. BH played in the Regionalliga Süd (II) and through the late 1960s and into the early 1970s, the team played good football and earned some solid finishes – including a division title in 1968 – but failed in three tries to make it through the promotion rounds to the new top division in 1967, 1968 and 1972.

In the pre-season 1969–70 Bayern Hof had a taste of international football as they took part in the 1969 Cup of the Alps. They hosted three games at their Stadion Grüne Au against Hellas Verona, Lausanne Sports and Bologna.[1]

In 1978, they slipped to the tier-three Bayernliga and began a descent that would land them in Landesliga Bayern-Nord (IV) by 1980. In the next fourteen seasons until 1994, the club existed as an elevator side between the Landesliga and Oberliga, playing in the later in 1983–84 and 1988–1990 while generally finishing in the top-three in the Landesliga in the other seasons. It made a more permanent return to the Oberliga Bayern in 1994, when the new Regionalliga Süd was formed and the best teams from the Bayernliga entered the new league.

A decade in the Bayernliga saw the club finish fourth three times, in 1996, 2000 and 2002, but, in 2004, it was relegated again. In 2005 FC Bayern Hof merged with SpVgg Hof to form SpVgg Bayern Hof. SpVgg Hof had been formed in 1893 as the football department of the gymnastics club TV Hof, itself founded in 1861. The footballers became independent in 1924 and were distinguished only by single season appearances in the top flight in 1921 and 1929, and an advance to the Amateurliga Bayern for the 1966–67 season.

In 2006 the newly unified club captured the division title in the Landesliga Bayern-Nord (V) and were promoted to the fourth division Bayernliga. A difficult 2007–08 season saw the club in deep relegation trouble all season but eventually they managed to climb one rank above the relegation zone and survive.

After two better seasons, the club once more played against relegation in 2010–11, having to face SpVgg Bayreuth in a decider, which Hof won 2–1 in extra time to qualify for the Bayernliga promotion round against the Landesliga runners-up. In this game, a 1–0 victory over Jahn Regensburg II proved enough to maintain its league status. The following season, Hof was a strong contender for the league title, eventually coming second to TSV 1860 Rosenheim and earning promotion to the new Regionalliga Bayern.[2] The club was however criticised by the BFV for its desolate second team who, uniquely for a Regionalliga team, was relegated from the ninth tier in 2011–12 and completely withdrawn for 2012–13. Hof answered this with an open letter to the association, pointing out the club's excellent and extensive youth program and the fact that fielding a second team would still cost it €60,000 to 80,000 per season in the Bezirksliga, an amount the club was unwilling to spend.[3] In the 2012–13 season the club had to struggle against relegation all season and beyond, having to defend its league place in the relegation round with the Bayernliga runners-up. In a two-leg play-off against TSV Großbardorf Hof defended its league place with an aggregate score of 8–4.[4] the following season the club finished 17th once more but this time was directly relegated back to the Bayernliga.[5] Hof finished third in the Bayernliga in 2015–16 and qualified for the promotion round to the Regionaliga where it defeated Viktoria Aschaffenburg and returned to the fourth tier.


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 Andreas Schall
2 DF Germany GER Arthur Odenbach
3 DF Ukraine UKR Vadym Zhuk
4 MF Germany GER Florian Rupprecht
5 DF Germany GER Alexander Bareuther
6 MF Germany GER Tobias Benker
7 MF Germany GER Christian Schraps
8 MF Germany GER Eduard Root
9 MF Germany GER Andreas Knoll
10 MF Germany GER Felix Strößner
11 DF Germany GER Florian Thierauf
12 DF Czech Republic CZE Tomas Krbecek
13 MF Germany GER Harald Fleischer
14 FW Czech Republic CZE Jan Králík
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF Germany GER Andre Biermeier
17 DF Germany GER Nikolai Altwasser
18 MF Germany GER Yildirim Kagan
19 FW United States USA Alassane Kane
22 GK Czech Republic CZE Erik Arkenberg
23 FW Czech Republic CZE Tomas Sturm
24 GK Germany GER Pascal Meister
26 MF Germany GER Patrick Meister
27 FW Germany GER Eralp Caliskan
28 FW Germany GER Thomas Stock
29 FW Czech Republic CZE Martin Holek
GK Czech Republic CZE Lukas Krbecek
DF Czech Republic CZE Ludvik Tuma
FW Ukraine UKR Serhiy Zahynaylov


The club's honours:


Marks championships won by SpVgg Hof, all others by Bayern Hof.

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:[6]

Manager Start Finish
Henrik Schödel 1 July 2005 27 October 2006
Armin Eck 30 October 2006 14 September 2007
Andy Singer 18 September 2007 10 March 2008
Michael Voigt 1 July 2007 12 November 2009
Thomas Kost 17 November 2009 30 June 2010
Daniel Felgenhauer 1 July 2010 24 September 2010
Norbert Schlegel 24 September 2010 26 May 2013
Daniel Felgenhauer
Henrik Schödel
26 May 2013 31 March 2014
Michael Voigt 1 April 2014 30 June 2014
Faruk Maloku 1 July 2014 30 June 2015
Miloslav Janovsky 1 July 2015 Present

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[7][8]

Promoted Relegated

DFB Cup appearances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup a number of times:

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
DFB-Pokal 1962–63 First round 1 June 1963 FC Bayern Hof Hamburger SV 2–5
DFB-Pokal 1967–68 First round 27 January 1968 FC Bayern Hof Borussia M'gladbach 0–1
DFB-Pokal 1974–75 First round 7 September 1974 Karlsruher SC FC Bayern Hof 0–1
Second round 25 October 1974 FC Bayern Hof VfL Bochum 2–2 aet
Second round replay 21 December 1974 VfL Bochum FC Bayern Hof 5–0
DFB-Pokal 1975–76 First round 1 August 1975 VfR Bürstadt FC Bayern Hof 1–2
Second round 18 October 1975 1. FC Mülheim FC Bayern Hof 1–3 aet
Third round 13 December 1975 SG Wattenscheid 09 FC Bayern Hof 2–3
Fourth round 31 January 1976 FC Bayern Hof Hamburger SV 0–2
DFB-Pokal 1976–77 First round 6 August 1976 FC Bayern Hof VfB Oldenburg 3–2
Second round 16 October 1976 Hertha BSC Berlin FC Bayern Hof 3–1
DFB-Pokal 1977–78 First round 29 July 1977 Concordia Hamburg FC Bayern Hof 2–0
DFB-Pokal 1978–79 First round 5 August 1978 FC St. Pauli FC Bayern Hof 3–0 aet
DFB-Pokal 1981–82 First round 28 August 1981 FC Bayern Hof Waldhof Mannheim 0–2
DFB-Pokal 1982–83 First round 27 August 1982 FC Bayern Hof Arminia Bielefeld 0–5

Source:"DFB-Pokal" (in German). Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 14 June 2009.


  1. ^ Anders, Franz (2008). "Der FC Bayern Hof auf der europäischen Fußballbühne". SpVgg Bayern Hof. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ Das war die Relegation 2012 auf Verbandsebene (in German) fupa.net, published: 7 June 2012, accessed 8 June 2012
  3. ^ Offener Brief an Jürgen Faltenbacher (in German) Bayern Hof website, published: 22 June 2012, accessed: 25 July 2012
  4. ^ So läuft die Relegation 2013 auf Verbandsebene (in German) fupa.net, accessed: 2 June 2013
  5. ^ Regionalliga Bayern table 2013–14 kicker.de, accessed: 16 June 2014
  6. ^ SpVgg Bayern Hof .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 28 April 2011
  7. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  8. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues