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VfB Oldenburg
VfB Oldenburg.svg
Full nameVerein für Bewegungsspiele e.V. Oldenburg
Founded1897; 125 years ago (1897)[1]
GroundMarschweg-Stadion
Capacity15,200
ChairmanWolfgang Sidka
ManagerDario Fossi
League3. Liga
2021–22Regionalliga Nord, 1st of 10 (promoted via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

VfB Oldenburg is a German association football club based in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony. In the 2022–23 season, they play in the 3. Liga, the third level of football in Germany.

History

Historical chart of VfB Oldenburg league performance after WWII
Historical chart of VfB Oldenburg league performance after WWII

Founded by a group of high school boys as FC 1897 Oldenburg on 17 October 1897, they merged with FV Germania 1903 Oldenburg in 1919 and adopted their current name. Their interests were football, cricket and track. Within a year the club acquired an old velodrome in Donnerschwee – part of the town of Oldenburg today – and converted it to a football ground.

The club played for two seasons in the Gauliga Weser-Ems (I), just before the end of the war, from 1942 to 1944.

After again restoring their ground in the aftermath of World War II, the club was able to pick up play in the Oberliga Nord in the 1949–50 season, but immediately found themselves relegated to tier II. They made another single season appearance in the upper league in 1955–56, before returning for a run of three seasons from 1960 to 1963 in the lead up to the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional football league. Oldenburg did not qualify for the new circuit and found themselves in the Regionalliga Nord (II). They played at that level until the mid-1970s when they slipped into the Amateur Oberliga Nord (III).

They enjoyed their highest league finish in 1991–92. They finished bottom of the third level in 1999–2000, and came close to being dissolved due to financial problems.[1] After a decade of lower division play following relegation from the Regionalliga Nord in 2000, the club returned to this level in 2012 and played there until they were promoted to the 3. Liga in 2022 by beating BFC Dynamo in a promotion play-off.

Stadium

Since 1991 VfB Oldenburg has been playing in the Marschweg-Stadion, which was opened in 1951.[2] It has a capacity of 15,200, of which 4,500 are seats and 10,700 standing places.[3] Its record attendance of 32,000 was achieved before reconstruction.[3]

Local derby rivalry

VfB Oldenburg has a local derby rivalry with VfL Oldenburg.[4][5]

Players

Current squad

As of 5 August 2022[6]

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 Poland POL Dominik Kisiel
3 DF Germany GER Marcel Appiah
4 DF Germany GER Leon Deichmann
5 DF Germany GER Fabian Herbst
6 MF Namibia NAM Manfred Starke
7 MF Germany GER Rafael Brand
8 MF Poland POL Robert Ziętarski
9 FW Germany GER Max Wegner (captain)
10 MF Kosovo KVX Kamer Krasniqi
11 FW Germany GER Ayodele Adetula
12 DF Germany GER Linus Schäfer
13 MF Germany GER Marten-Heiko Schmidt
17 MF Austria AUT Patrick Möschl
18 MF Germany GER Pascal Richter
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Germany GER Jakob Bookjans
21 MF Germany GER Kai-Sotirios Kaissis
22 DF Germany GER Dennis Engel
23 FW Germany GER Marco Schultz
24 FW The Gambia GAM Kebba Badjie
26 GK Netherlands NED Pelle Boevink
27 DF Germany GER Dominique Ndure
28 GK Germany GER Moritz Onken
30 FW Germany GER Affamefuna-Michael Ifeadigo
31 DF Germany GER Justin Plautz
32 DF Germany GER Oliver Steurer
44 DF Germany GER Nico Knystock
49 GK Germany GER Sebastian Mielitz

Players 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
14 FW Germany GER Tade Niehues (to Kickers Emden)

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b "VfB Oldenburg". Abseits Guide to Germany. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Marschwegstadion". Stadtmuseum Oldenburg (in German). Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Marschwegstadion". VfB Oldenburg (in German). Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  4. ^ Zur Brügge, Jan (10 September 2018). "Neuer Stürmer schießt VfL zum 1:1 gegen VfB". NWZ (in German). Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "VfL Oldenburg vs VfB Oldenburg: Die Fotos vom hitzigen Regionalliga-Nord-Derby in der Huntestadt". Nordbuzz (in German). 9 September 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Profi-Kader". VfB Oldenburg (in German). Retrieved 22 July 2022.