FC Hanau 93
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|Full name||1. Hanauer Fußball-Club 1893|
|Ground||Herbert Droese Stadion
|League||Gruppenliga Frankfurt Ost (VII)|
Founded in 1893, the club is Hesse's oldest. In its first year, the club was winless in a half dozen matches, but the next season emerged as south German champion and earned an appearance in a national championship match. Hanau was one of the founding clubs of the German Football Association formed in 1900.
In those early days of German football Hanau laid a 23–1 drubbing on a hopelessly green Kickers Offenbach side. The club managed a series of unsuccessful appearances in the local league final between 1902 and 1905 and were "robbed" of a title through bureaucratic machinations in 1907, before finally taking the local title in 1909. It became a founding member of the Nordkreis-Liga in 1909, where it played until the outbreak of the war. After the First World War, the club played in the Kreisliga Nordmain without any real success. In 1926, Hanau found itself in a legal squabble with FSV Frankfurt and the league that led to its exclusion from play for a short time. Through the late 1920s and into the 30s the team played in the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen of the Süddeutschland Verband.
Play under the Third Reich
German football was reorganized into sixteen top-flight divisions, or Gauligen, under the Third Reich in 1933. Playing in the Gauliga Hessen Hanau captured three more regional titles in the late 30s (1935, 1936, 1938) and advanced to the quarter finals of the inauguaral Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's DFB-Pokal, in 1935. The Gauliga Hessen was broken up into two divisions in 1941 with the club going to the Gauliga Hessen-Nassau where they played consistently good football until the collapse of football leagues in Germany at the end of World War II. In spite of their play they were not granted entry to the local upper tier leagues once re-established after the war, being bypassed for clubs from larger towns, and losing their ground to the American military.
Post war football
However, the club pressed on, playing in improvised uniforms on temporary grounds. Through the next two decades they bounced up and down between what was then second and third division play in Hesse. Their play improved enough to earn the side regular appearances in the Oberliga Hessen (III) through the late 60s and into the 70s, and in 1978–79 they enjoyed the adventure of a break through into the 2nd Bundesliga Süd. After a 17th place finish, they returned to the Oberliga Hessen (III) where they played until 1987. The club had a brush with financial failure in the mid 90s that included the loss of their grounds, and considered a merger with Progres Frankfurt. They were able to recover themselves and today Hanau plays in Gruppenliga Frankfurt Ost (VII) with a renewed focus on its youth teams.
National Championship Final (1894/2007)
In 1894 the club qualified for the national championship final organised by the Deutscher Fußball- und Cricketbund (German Football and Cricket Association), a predecessor of the German Football Association. BFC Viktoria 1889 and Hanau were scheduled to contest the country's championship in Berlin, but Hanau could not afford to make the trip and so forfeited the match, leaving Viktoria national football champions. In 2007 (113 years later) the final was finally played after enthusiastic support from the President of the German Football Federation (DFB), Theo Zwanziger. The first leg was won by Viktoria 3–0 and the second leg on 28 July ended as a draw at 1–1. The final was played with the heavy leather balls used in the late 19th century.
The club's honours:
|1999–2000||Kreisliga A Hanau||VIII||1st ↑|
|2002–03||Bezirksliga Hanau||1st ↑|
|2005–06||Bezirksoberliga Frankfurt-Ost||18th ↓|
|2007–08||Bezirksliga Hanau||2nd ↑|
|2008–09||Gruppenliga Frankfurt Ost||15th ↓|
|2009–10||Kreisoberliga Hanau||VIII||1st ↑|
|2010–11||Gruppenliga Frankfurt Ost||VII||7th|
|2011–12||Gruppenliga Frankfurt Ost|
- With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3rd Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2nd Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. Also in 2008, the majority of football leagues in Hesse were renamed, with the Oberliga Hessen becoming the Hessenliga, the Landesliga becoming the Verbandsliga, the Bezirksoberliga becoming the Gruppenliga and the Bezirksliga becoming the Kreisoberliga.
- ^ Reuters (2007). "Viktoria Berlin win 1894 final, 113 years late". http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=448508&cc=5901. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
- ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables
- ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues