Tennis Borussia Berlin
Tennis Borussia Berlin logo.svg
Full nameTennis Borussia Berlin e.V.
Nickname(s)TeBe
Veilchen (Violets)
Lilaweiss
Founded9 April 1902
GroundMommsenstadion
Capacity15,005
ChairmanGünter Brombosch
Head coachMarkus Zschiesche
LeagueRegionalliga Nordost (IV)
2021–2210th

Tennis Borussia Berlin is a German football club based in the locality of Westend in Berlin.

History

The team was founded in 1902 as Berliner Tennis- und Ping-Pong-Gesellschaft Borussia taking its name from its origins as a tennis and table tennis club. Borussia is a Latinised version of Prussia and was a widely used name for sports clubs in the former state of Prussia. In 1903 the club took up football and quickly developed a rivalry with Berlin's leading side Hertha BSC. In 1913 the club changed its name to Berliner Tennis Club Borussia. They won their first city league championship in 1932 in the Oberliga Berlin-Brandenburg and repeated the feat in 1941, this time by defeating Hertha (8–2) in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg.

Historical chart of Tennis Borussia league performance
Historical chart of Tennis Borussia league performance

Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany after World War II. This included football clubs. TeBe played as SG Charlottenburg in the first season after the war. The club was able to use its name Berliner Tennis-Club Borussia again from the 1948-49 season. After World War II and into the early 1950s, TeBe emerged as Berlin's top side but were unable to keep up their form and earn selection to the Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga, formed in 1963. The team played in tier II leagues throughout the 60s and 70s with the exception of two short-lived forays into the Bundesliga in 1974–75 and 1976–77. Most of the 1980s were spent playing in the third tier Oberliga Berlin.

Through most of its history TeBe has been afflicted by financial problems but has always managed to hang on while many other of Berlin's clubs folded or disappeared in mergers. In 1997–98, a deep-pocketed sponsor brought expensive new talent to the team as they made a run at a return to 2. Bundesliga, which they achieved, winning the Regionalliga Nordost. While initially successful, the bid collapsed in 2000 as the team's finances failed. They were refused a license and were forcibly relegated[1] to the Regionalliga Nord (III) where they finished last in 2000–01 and so slipped further still to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) the following season.

Finally, in 2000, the club had adopted its current name "Tennis Borussia Berlin", as the club had always been known under this moniker and to avoid being mistaken as a tennis club. It continued playing in the fourth tier – fifth after the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 – until 2009, when they won the Oberliga championship and gained promotion again to the Regionalliga Nord. After running into financial difficulties once again, the club went into administration and dropped back down to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V) for the 2010–11 season.[2] Seen as one of the pre-season favourites for a second successive relegation, they managed to reach the relegation playoffs at the end of the campaign, but finally lost out 3–1 to SC Borea Dresden over two legs to be relegated to the sixth tier of the German football league system, the Berlin-Liga, for the first time in their history.[3][4][5]

Supporters

The fan movement started in the 1980s when TeBe began having its biggest successes. Despite their fall down the leagues the club still enjoys a relatively strong support. The fans consider themselves fiercely Far-Left, and frequently the fans cultivate the club's Jewish traditions as well as actions against antisemitism, racism and homophobia.[6]

Current squad

As of 20 January, 2022.

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 Jens Fikisi
3 DF State of Palestine PLE Youssef Sakran
5 MF Germany GER Jeronimo Mattmüller
6 MF Germany GER Efe Önal
7 FW Germany GER Kubilay Yilmaz
8 MF Germany GER Tim Oschmann
9 FW Germany GER Will Siakam
10 MF Turkey TUR Tahsin Cakmak
11 MF Germany GER Sebastian Huke
12 GK Germany GER Jannis Gabrielides
13 GK Germany GER Karl Albers
14 FW Germany GER Linus Czosnyka
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW Portugal POR Ruben Travassos
17 DF Germany GER Maximilian Stahl
18 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Omar Pasagic
19 DF Serbia SRB Nemanja Samardzic
20 MF Germany GER Vincent Tloczynski
21 MF Germany GER Louis Wagner
22 MF Germany GER Rico Gladrow
23 DF Germany GER Fabrice Montcheu
24 DF Germany GER Cedrik Mvondo
26 DF Kosovo KOS Lirim Mema
27 DF Germany GER Aleksandar Bilbija
30 FW Germany GER Benyas Junge-Abiol

League positions since 1963–64

Main article: List of Tennis Borussia Berlin seasons

Year Division (Tier) Position
1963–64 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 2nd
1964–65 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 1st
1965–66 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 2nd
1966–67 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 2nd
1967–68 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 2nd
1968–69 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 3rd
1969–70 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 2nd
1970–71 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 4th
1971–72 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 4th
1972–73 Regionalliga Berlin (II) 3rd
1973–74 Regionalliga Berlin (II)
Promoted to the Bundesliga
1st
1974–75 Bundesliga (I)
Relegated to the 2. Bundesliga Nord
17th
1975–76 2. Bundesliga Nord (II)
Promoted to the Bundesliga
1st
1976–77 Bundesliga (I)
Relegated to the 2. Bundesliga Nord
17th
1977–78 2. Bundesliga Nord (II) 10th
1978–79 2. Bundesliga Nord (II) 11th
1979–80 2. Bundesliga Nord (II) 13th
1980–81 2. Bundesliga Nord (II)
Relegated to the Amateur Oberliga Berlin
17th
1981–82 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 1st
1982–83 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 3rd
Year Division (Tier) Position
1983–84 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 2nd
1984–85 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III)
Promoted to the 2. Bundesliga
1st
1985–86 2. Bundesliga (II)
Relegated to the Amateur Oberliga Berlin
19th
1986–87 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 2nd
1987–88 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 2nd
1988–89 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 8th
1989–90 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 3rd
1990–91 Amateur-Oberliga Berlin (III) 1st
1991–92 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (III) 4th
1992–93 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (III)
Promoted to the 2. Bundesliga
1st
1993–94 2. Bundesliga (II)
Relegated to the Regionalliga Nordost
19th
1994–95 Regionalliga Nordost (III) 4th
1995–96 Regionalliga Nordost (III) 1st
1996–97 Regionalliga Nordost (III) 6th
1997–98 Regionalliga Nordost (III)
Promoted to the 2. Bundesliga
1st
1998–99 2. Bundesliga (II) 6th
1999–00 2. Bundesliga (II)
Forcibly relegated to the Regionalliga Nord
13th
2000–01 Regionalliga Nord (III)
Relegated to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord
19th
2001–02 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 2nd
2002–03 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 4th
Year Division (Tier) Position
2003–04 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 5th
2004–05 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 4th
2005–06 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 5th
2006–07 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 3rd
2007–08 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 6th
2008–09 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V)
Promoted to the Regionalliga Nord
1st
2009–10 Regionalliga Nord (IV)
Forcibly relegated to the NOFV-Oberliga Nord
15th
2010–11 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V)
Relegated to the Berlin-Liga
14th
2011–12 Berlin-Liga (VI) 11th
2012–13 Berlin-Liga (VI) 8th
2013–14 Berlin-Liga (VI) 4th
2014–15 Berlin-Liga (VI)
NOFV-Oberliga Nord
1st
2015–16 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V) 4th
2016–17 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V) 6th
2017–18 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V) 2nd
2018–19 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V) 2nd
2019–20 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V)
Promoted to the Regionalliga Nordost
1st
2020–21 Regionalliga Nordost (IV) 16th

Notable players

Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.

Managers

Honours

  1. ^ Reserve team
  2. ^ No title awarded, as no date for the final replay could be fixed.

Women's football

Main article: Tennis Borussia Berlin (women)

References

  1. ^ Bossmann, Berries (6 June 2000). "DFB verweigert TeBe die Lizenz". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. ^ Färber, Michael (21 May 2010). "Tennis Borussia Berlin stellt Insolvenzantrag". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  3. ^ Wolf, Matthias (14 June 2011). "Unter Tränen in die S-Bahn-Klasse". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Borea jubelt über den Klassenerhalt". MDR (in German). 12 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  5. ^ Gustke, Axel (11 June 2011). "Letzte Chance für Tennis Borussia". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  6. ^ "About the club and its fans". Tennis Borussia Berlin. Retrieved 23 September 2018.

Coordinates: 52°30′01″N 13°15′50″E / 52.50028°N 13.26389°E / 52.50028; 13.26389