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    باشگاه فوتبال وولفسبورگ

    (Wikipedia) - VfL Wolfsburg This article is about the men''s football club. For the women''s football club, see VfL Wolfsburg (women). VfL Wolfsburg Full name Nickname(s) Founded Ground Ground Capacity Owner Executive Director Head Coach League 2013–14 Website
    Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V. (main club) Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg Fußball GmbH (football club)
    Die Wölfe (The Wolves)
    12 September 1945; 69 years ago (1945-09-12)
    Volkswagen Arena
    Volkswagen (of GmbH)
    Francisco Javier García Sanz
    Dieter Hecking
    Club home page
    Home colours Away colours Third colours
    Current season

    Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg (pronounced ) or Wolfsburg, is a professional German association football club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. Wolfsburg play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. Wolfsburg have won the Bundesliga once in their history, in the 2008–09 season, and were DFB-Pokal runners-up in 1995. The new manager is Dieter Hecking who joined from 1. FC Nürnberg. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group. Since 2002, Wolfsburg''s stadium is the Volkswagen Arena.


    History A new team in a new city

    The city of Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 as Stadt des KdF-Wagen to house autoworkers building the car which would later become famous as the Volkswagen Beetle. The first football club affiliated with the autoworks was known as BSG Volkswagenwerk Stadt des KdF-Wagen, a works team. This team played in the first division Gauliga Osthannover in the 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons.

    On 12 September 1945, in the aftermath of World War II, a new club was formed and was known briefly as VSK Wolfsburg. This side began play in the green and white still worn by VfL today: local youth trainer Bernd Elberskirch had ten green jerseys at his disposal and white bed sheets donated by the public were sewn together by local women to make shorts.

    On 15 December 1945, the club went through a crisis that almost ended its existence when all but one of its players left to join 1. FC Wolfsburg. The only player remaining, Josef Meyer, worked with Willi Hilbert to rebuild the side by signing new players. The new group adopted the moniker VfL Wolfsburg, VfL standing for Verein für Leibesübungen. This can be translated as "club for gymnastics" or "club for exercises." Within a year they captured the local Gifhorn title. In late November 1946, the club played a friendly against longtime Gelsenkirchen powerhouse Schalke 04 at the stadium owned by Volkswagen, emerging as the successor to BSG as the company sponsored side.

    Postwar play

    The club made slow but steady progress in the following seasons. They captured a number of amateur level championships, but were unable to advance out of the promotion playoffs until finally breaking through to the top tier Oberliga Nord in 1954 with a 2–1 victory over Heider SV. However, Wolfsburg struggled in the top flight, narrowly missing relegation each season until finally being sent down in 1959. When Germany''s first professional football league – the Bundesliga – was formed in 1963, VfL was playing in the Regionalliga Nord (II) having just moved up from the Verbandesliga Niedersachsen (III).

    Second division and advance to the BundesligaHistorical logo of VfL Wolfsburg in use until 2002.

    Wolfsburg remained a second division fixture over the next dozen years with their best performance being a second place finish in 1970. That finish earned the club entry to the promotion round playoffs for the Bundesliga where they performed poorly and were unable to advance. From the mid-1970s through to the early 1990s Die Wölfe played as a third division side in the Amateur Oberliga Nord. Consecutive first place finishes in 1991 and 1992, followed by success in the promotion playoffs saw the club advance to the 2. Bundesliga for the 1992–93 season.

    VfL continued to enjoy some success through the 1990s. The team advanced to the final of the German Cup in 1995 where they were beaten 0–3 by Borussia Mönchengladbach, but then went on to the top flight on the strength of a second place league finish in 1997.

    Early predictions were that the club would immediately be sent back down, but instead, the Wolves developed into a mid-table Bundesliga side. In the 1998–99 season, Wolfsburg under Wolfgang Wolf, was holding the fifth place in the 33rd fixture, and they had hopes to reach the 4th place, and the UEFA Champions League participation. Losing 6–1 away to Duisburg in the final fixture, the Wolves finished in sixth place with 55 points and qualified to the UEFA Cup. They qualified for the Intertoto Cup in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005, enjoying their best run in 2003 by reaching the final where they lost to Italian side Perugia. This was followed by a couple of seasons of little success for the club when only narrowly avoiding relegation with two 15th place finishes in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 season.

    2008–presentWolfsburg against Borussia Dortmund at the Volkswagen Arena in May 2009

    For the 2007–08 season, the club hired former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath, with whom they managed to finish an astonishing fifth place at the end of the season, the highest finish for the club at the time. This also enabled the Wolves to qualify for the UEFA Cup for only the second time in their history.

    In the 2008–09 season, under Magath, Wolfsburg claimed their biggest success by winning their first Bundesliga title after defeating Werder Bremen 5–1 on 23 May 2009. During this campaign, Wolfsburg equalled the longest winning streak in one Bundesliga season with 10 successive victories after the winter break. They also became the only team in the Bundesliga to have had two strikers scoring more than 20 goals each in one season, with Brazilian Grafite and Bosnian Edin Džeko achieving this feat in their title-winning season, scoring 28 and 26, respectively. As a result of their title win, Wolfsburg qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.

    In the 2009–10 season, Wolfsburg dismissed their newly appointed trainer Armin Veh after the winter break, due to lack of success, with the club sitting tenth in the league. In the Champions League they came third in their group, behind Manchester United and CSKA Moscow, losing the chance for a place in the competition''s successive round. As a result, they qualified for the Round of 32 phase of the UEFA Europa League. They defeated Spanish side Villarreal CF 6–3 on aggregate, and Russian champions Rubin Kazan 3–2. In the quarter-finals, however, they were beaten 3–1 by eventual finalists Fulham.

    On 11 May 2010, the permanent head coach''s position was filled by former England manager Steve McClaren. After having guided FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title, he was rewarded by becoming the first ever English coach to be given the chance to manage a Bundesliga side. On 7 February 2011, it was announced that McClaren had been sacked and that Pierre Littbarski would be taking over. Wolfsburg, however, lost for the fourth time in five matches under him and they finally slipped into the relegation places.

    On 18 March 2011, Wolfsburg confirmed that Felix Magath would return as head coach and sporting director, almost two years since he led them to the Bundesliga title and just two days after being fired from his position at Schalke 04. He signed a two-year contract with the club. Magath steered the club to safety, but though the club invested heavily, Magath could only achieve a mid-table finish in the following 2011–12 season. After only five points in eight matches (and no goals and points in the last four games) in the 2012–13 season, Magath left the club by mutual consent on 25 October 2012.

    StadiumThe Volkswagen Arena

    Wolfsburg plays at the Volkswagen Arena, a multi-purpose stadium which seats a total capacity of 30,000 spectators. Before construction was finished in 2002, Wolfsburg played their home games at the 20,500 capacity VfL-Stadium, where the amateur squad still plays. Currently the stadium is used mostly for the home games of VfL Wolfsburg, and is the site where they won their first Bundesliga title in the 2008–09 season.

    Honours Domestic Regional Youth Players First team squad

    For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2013 and List of German football transfers winter 2012–13.

    As of 15 August 2014

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    No.Position Player
    1 GK Diego Benaglio (captain)
    2 DF Patrick Ochs
    3 FW Nicklas Bendtner
    4 DF Marcel Schäfer
    5 DF Timm Klose
    7 MF Daniel Caligiuri
    8 MF Vieirinha
    9 MF Ivan Perišić
    10 MF Aaron Hunt
    11 FW Ivica Olić
    12 FW Bas Dost
    14 MF Kevin De Bruyne
    15 DF Christian Träsch
    19 MF Junior Malanda
    No.Position Player
    20 GK Max Grün
    21 GK Patrick Drewes
    22 MF Luiz Gustavo
    23 MF Josuha Guilavogui (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
    24 DF Sebastian Jung
    25 DF Naldo
    26 DF Felipe
    27 MF Maximilian Arnold
    28 MF Mateusz Klich
    30 MF Paul Seguin
    31 DF Robin Knoche
    34 DF Ricardo Rodríguez
    37 DF Moritz Sprenger
    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.Position Player
    DF Fagner (at Sport Club Corinthians Paulista until December 31)
    MF Václav Pilař (at FC Viktoria Plzeň)
    VfL Wolfsburg II squad

    Manager: Thomas Brdaric

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    No.Position Player
    3 DF Dan-Patrick Poggenberg
    4 DF Julian Klamt
    5 MF Robin Knoche
    6 MF Philip Hauck
    7 MF Nico Granatowski
    8 MF Sebastian Schindzielorz (captain)
    9 FW Luka Tankulic
    10 FW Danko Boskovic
    11 FW Amro Tarek
    12 MF Giovanni Millemaci
    13 FW Shkemb Miftari
    14 FW Petrus Amin
    15 DF Rico Schlimpert
    No.Position Player
    16 FW Andac Güleryüz
    17 MF Dragan Erkic
    18 DF Jonas Sonnenberg
    19 DF Hendrik Hansen
    20 GK Patrick Drewes
    22 DF Nils Winter
    23 DF Kevin Schulze
    24 DF Rhami-Jasin Ghandour
    26 GK Arvid Schenk
    27 MF David Chamorro
    28 DF Tobias Henneböle
    30 DF Bjarne Thoelke
    Women''s section Main article: VfL Wolfsburg (women)

    The women have won a treble of German League, Cup and the UEFA Women''s Champions League in 2012–13. They defended their Champions League title in 2014.

    Coaching staffHead coach Dieter Hecking Position Name
    Head coach Dieter Hecking
    Assistant coach Dirk Bremser
    Assistant coach Andries Jonker
    Goalkeeping coach Andreas Hilfiker
    Fitness coach Werner Leuthard
    Fitness coach Alessandro Schoenmaker
    Record in Europe Main article: VfL Wolfsburg in Europe UEFA club rankingsAs of 25 July 2013 Rank Team Coefficient
    60 Steaua București 33.026
    61 Celtic 31.838
    62 Hamburg 31.728
    63 Club Brugge 32.222220
    64 Hapoel Tel Aviv 30.500
    65 Viktoria Plzeň 29.945
    66 VfL Wolfsburg 29.728
    67 Panathinaikos 29.200
    67 Sligo Rovers 29.2
    70 Newcastle United 28.935
    Notable former players
    This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2010)
    • Thomas Brdaric
    • Stefan Effenberg
    • Christian Gentner
    • Willi Giesemann
    • Mike Hanke
    • Roy Präger
    • Tobias Rau
    • Stefan Schnoor
    • Zoltán Sebescen
    • Albert Streit
    • Martin Wagner
    • Andrés D''Alessandro
    • Diego Klimowicz
    • Juan Carlos Menseguez
    • Facundo Hernán Quiroga
    • Dietmar Kühbauer
    • Peter Van Der Heyden
    • Edin Džeko
    • Zvjezdan Misimović
    • Grafite
    • Josué
    • Marcelinho
    • Robson Ponte
    • Marian Hristov
    • Petar Mihtarski
    • Martin Petrov
    • Jean-Kasongo Banza
    • Mario Mandžukić
    • Jesper Christiansen
    • Thomas Kahlenberg
    • Simon Kjær
    • Peter Madsen
    • Thomas Rytter
    • Claus Thomsen
    • Steve Marlet
    • Levan Tskitishvili
    • Charles Akonnor
    • Isaac Boakye
    • Hans Sarpei
    • Pablo Thiam
    • Ashkan Dejagah
    • Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh
    • Andrea Barzagli
    • Makoto Hasebe
    • Kevin Hofland
    • Jonathan Akpoborie
    • Obafemi Martins
    • Andrzej Juskowiak
    • Waldemar Kryger
    • Jacek Krzynówek
    • Krzysztof Nowak
    • Dorinel Munteanu
    • Brian O''Neil
    • Miroslav Karhan
    • Chad Deering
    • Mike Lapper
    • Brian McBride
    • Claudio Reyna
    • Ludwig Lachner (1954–55)
    • Ernst Sontow (1955–56)
    • Josef Kretschmann (1956–57)
    • Ludwig Lachner (1957)
    • Walter Risse (1957–58)
    • Imre Farkaszinski (1958–59)
    • Ludwig Lachner (July 1, 1963 – June 30, 1966)
    • Imre Farkaszinski (July 1, 1966 – Dec 31, 1974)
    • Fritz Schollmeyer (Jan 1, 1975 – April 29, 1975)
    • Günther Brockmeyer (April 1975 – April 75)
    • Paul Kietzmann (May 3, 1975 – Nov 28, 1975)
    • Radoslav Momirski (Dec 2, 1976 – March 4, 1978)
    • Imre Farkaszinski (March 1978 – Dec 78)
    • Henk van Meteren (Dec 1978 – April 79)
    • Wilfried Kemmer (April 1979 – Oct 83)
    • Imre Farkaszinski (Oct 1983 – June 84)
    • Wolf-Rüdiger Krause (July 1984 – June 88)
    • Horst Hrubesch (July 1, 1988 – June 30, 1989)
    Felix Magath led Wolfsburg to win the Bundesliga in 2009
    • Ernst Menzel (July 1989 – June 91)
    • Uwe Erkenbrecher (July 1, 1991 – Feb 10, 1993)
    • Eckhard Krautzun (Feb 16, 1993 – April 4, 1995)
    • Gerd Roggensack (April 6, 1995 – Oct 22, 1995)
    • Willi Reimann (Oct 23, 1995 – March 17, 1998)
    • Wolfgang Wolf (March 23, 1998 – March 4, 2003)
    • Jürgen Röber (March 4, 2003 – April 3, 2004)
    • Eric Gerets (April 4, 2004 – May 29, 2005)
    • Holger Fach (July 1, 2005 – Dec 19, 2005)
    • Klaus Augenthaler (Dec 29, 2005 – May 19, 2007)
    • Felix Magath (July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2009)
    • Armin Veh (July 1, 2009 – Jan 25, 2010)
    • L-G. Köstner (interim) (Jan 25, 2010 – June 30, 2010)
    • Steve McClaren (July 1, 2010 – Feb 7, 2011)
    • P. Littbarski (interim) (Feb 8, 2011 – March 17, 2011)
    • Felix Magath (March 18, 2011 – Oct 25, 2012)
    • L-G. Köstner (interim) (Oct 25, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012)
    • Dieter Hecking (Jan 1, 2013–)

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