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Holstein Kiel (KSV Holstein or Kieler SV Holstein) is a Germanmarker football and sport club based in the city of Kielmarker, Schleswig-Holsteinmarker.


Foundation to WW2

Holstein Kiel is the product of the merger of predecessor sides Kieler Fußball-Verein von 1900 and Kieler Fußball-Club Holstein. The earliest of these two sides was Kieler Fussball-Verein (later 1. KFV) established on October 7 1900 out of the membership of the gymnastics club Kieler Männerturnvereins von 1844. The club was not very successful and never loom large in football generally. Later the club concentrate on track and field athletics.

Kieler Fußball-Club Holstein was formed 4 May 1902 and was re-named Fußball-Verein Holstein von 1902 (FV Holstein Kiel) sometime in 1908. The club quickly became competitive and in 1910 they reached the German championship final where they lost 0:1 in extra time to Karlsruher FV. In 1912 they captured the German championship with a 2:1 overtime semi-final victory over defending champions Viktoria 89 Berlin followed by a 1:0 win in the final over the previous year's champions, Karlsruher FV. In 1914, the club re-named again after the new branches hockey and athletics are added, becoming Sportverein Holstein von 1902.

On the 7 June 1917, 1. Kieler Fussball Verein von 1900 and Sportverein Holstein von 1902, severely weakened by World War I, merged to form the current day club. As is common practise in Germany, the new association adopted the foundation date of the older club, while taking up the ground, kit, colours, logo, and the name Holstein from from SV Holstein Kiel. Through the 1920s, the team made regular appearances in the national playoffs and reached 1926 the semi-finals where they were eliminate 1:3 by SpVgg Greuther Fürth. In 1930, they played their way to the final, losing 4:5 to Hertha BSC Berlin. The following year they reached the semi-finals where they were eliminate 0:2 by TSV 1860 München.

Under the Third Reich, German football was re-organized into sixteen top flight divisions. Kiel played in the Gauliga Nordmark and consistently delivered solid top-five finishes, but were frustrated in their pursuit of a division title. In 1942, the Gauliga Nordmark was broken up into the Gauliga Hamburg and Gauliga Schleswig-Holstein. No longer in the company of Hamburger SV and other strong teams from the city, Kiel immediately captured the title of the new division and defended it over the next two seasons until the end of World War II brought play to a halt across the country.

Those titles earned Kiel entry into the national playoff rounds. They made their best run in 1943 when they advanced as far as the semi-finals before being put out by eventual champions Dresdner SC. The team captured third place by defeating FC Vienna Wienmarker. They next year, they were eliminated early on, and no final was played in 1945.

Postwar to present

Since the end of the war, Kiel has primarily been a tier II and III club. After the conflict football in the westen half of the country was re-organized into five regional top flight divisions. Holstein Kiel played from 1947 until 1963 in the Oberliga Nord (I) and twice finished as runners-up (1953, 1957). In 1961 the reserve team captured the German amateur championship. After the 1963 formation of a single national first division known as the Bundesliga, the club became a second division side and played in the Regionalliga Nord (II). Kiel failed in its attempt to advance to the Bundelsiga after its 1965 Regionalliga Nord championship. German football was restructured in 1974 with the formation of a new second division know as the 2. Bundesliga and the team slipped to third division play in the Amateuroberliga Nord (III). Holstein Kiel won promotion to second tier competition in 1978 as part of the 2nd Bundesliga Nord and was in relegated 1981.

With the reunification of Germany in 1990 teams from the former East Germanymarker became part of combined national competition. German football was re-organized again in 1994 and Holstein Kiel qualified for the new tier three division Regionalliga Nord (III). In 1996 the club was relegated for the first time to the Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (IV) and returned to Regionalliga Nord (III) in 1998. They were relegated again to the Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (IV) after missing failing to qualify for the restructured Regionalliga (III) which went from four divisions to two. The did advance the next year and narrowly missed promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in the 2005-06 season. By 2007 they had slipped to the Oberliga Nord (IV), but earned two consecutive promotions to reach the new 3. Liga (III) in 2009.


National Titles


Reserve team

National Titles


order: (league/achievement/tier/year)

Recent seasons

Holstein Kiel

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Regionalliga Nord (III) 8th (relegated)
2000-01 Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (IV) 1st (promoted)
2001-02 Regionalliga Nord (III) 13th
2002-03 Regionalliga Nord (III) 13th
2003-04 Regionalliga Nord (III) 12th
2004-05 Regionalliga Nord (III) 10th
2005-06 Regionalliga Nord (III) 4th
2006-07 Regionalliga Nord (III) 15th (relegated)
2007-08 Oberliga Nord (IV) 1st (promoted)
2008-09 Regionalliga Nord (IV) 1st (promoted)

League membership

since 1947

Holstein Kiel II

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (V) 3rd
2000-01 Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (V) 4th
2001-02 Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (IV) 1st (promoted)
2002-03 Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (IV) 15th
2003-04 Oberliga Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (IV) 1st (promoted)
2004-05 Oberliga Nord (IV) 7th
2005-06 Oberliga Nord (IV) 6th
2006-07 Oberliga Nord (IV) 9th (relegated)
2007-08 Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (V) 1st
2008-09 Verbandsliga Schleswig-Holstein (V) 1st


Current squad

As of July 26, 2009

Notable famous or former players

Women's section

Since July 2004 the club has a women's football section as Wittenseer SV-TUS Felde dissolved their club to join Holstein Kiel. The team play since 2005/06 in the 2nd Bundesliga.

Recent seasons
Year Division Position
2004-05 Fußball-Regionalliga Nord (III) 1st (promoted)
2005-06 2nd Bundesliga (II) 6th
2006-07 2nd Bundesliga (II) 7th
2007-08 2nd Bundesliga (II) 6th
2008-09 2nd Bundesliga (II) 7th

Other departments

Other departments are Team handball (Men and Women), Tennis, and Cheerleading. The women handball team won 1971 the German handball championship.

Team trivia

  • The club is nicknamed "the Storks" because of their red-socks.

  • 1914 the team was send to the Baltic Games in Malmö to represented the German national football team. They won 7:0 against a Russian and 1:0 against a Swedish squad.


  1. Grüne, Hardy (2001)Vereinslexikon. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-89784-147-9
  2. Grüne, Hardy (1996). Vom Kronprinzen bis zur Bundesliga. Kassel: AGON Sportverlag ISBN 3-928562-85-1

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