VFB GERMANIA HALBERSTADT
Founded: Sep 3, 1997
Club Members: 1,062
Coach: Manuel Rost
Captain: Lukas Cichos
NOFV Oberliga / Staffel Süd: 2
Verbandsliaga Sachsen Anhalt: 1
The original FC Germania Halberstadt was formed in 1900 and established themselves as the dominant team in the Gauliga Harz - lifting the title on 15 occasions between 1914 and 1933. As a major locomotive centre, Halberstadt was a prime target for allied bombers during World War 2 but despite the appalling conditions and lack of infrastructure in the shattered city, a new football team - SG Halberstadt Altstadt - emerged from the ashes in 1947. When two ideological opposites partitioned and the new East German regime took direct control of the state’s footballing activities two years later, the city’s team was re-formed as BSG Reichsbahn Halberstadt before being renamed BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt in 1950 in recognition of Halberstadt being a major rail hub and their players technically becoming railway employees.
For the next forty years, Lokomotive Halberstadt played largely in the third-tier DDR-Bezirksliga although the 1970’s were a decade of relative success as they were promoted into the second-tier on three separate occasions. The club’s most famous player is Jürgen Sparwasser, who went on to lift the European Cup Winners Cup with 1. FC Magdeburg and represent East Germany on 53 occasions. When the two German national sides met in the politically-charged Bruderduell during the group stages of the 1974 World Cup, Sparwasser became a national hero when he scored the only goal in the 77th minute to secure an historic victory for East Germany.
After reunification in 1990, the club was renamed Eisenbahnersportverein (ESV) Halberstadt and spent two seasons in the fourth-tier Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt before slipping into the Landesliga Sachsen-Anhalt in 1992. Formed as a sports club for railway workers, by 1994 the number of its members who actually worked in the railway industry had fallen to just 18% and, as a result, the club lost its affiliation with the Association of Railway Sports Clubs. The prefix 'ESV' was therefore dropped and VfB (Verein für Breitensport ) added instead along with the year '1949'. At the same time, the footballing branch of the club split away and called itself FC Germania Halberstadt 1900, in reference to the pre-war heritage of the club. Common sense eventually prevailed however and on 3rd September 1997, the two clubs - VfB Halberstadt 1949 and FC Germania Halberstadt 1900 - joined forces to form VfB Germania Halberstadt.
Over the last thirty years the club has steadily risen up the pyramid of German football and after starting off in the seventh-tier, the Halberstädter played most of the 1990s in the sixth-tier before winning promotion to the fifth-tier Oberliga Nordost / Staffel Süd in 2003. A title win in 2011 then secured a berth in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nordost where, with the exception of a season, Germania have played ever since.
The club's high-water mark has been two appearances in the DFB-Pokal in the past five years on account of their opponents in both the 2017 and 2019 Sachsen-Anhalt Pokal finals (1.FC Magdeburg and Hallescher FC) having already qualified for the national cup through their league position. Unfortunately for Germania however, Bundesliga opposition in the form of SC Freiburg and 1.FC Union Berlin were waiting for them and both campaigns ended, predictably, in the first round.
Ground Name: Friedensstadion
Built: 1929 - 1937
Year Opened: 1937
Renovations: 1995, 2011, 2012, 2015
Capacity: 5,000 (4,232 standing)
Undersoil Heating: No
Running Track: Yes
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Halberstädter Sportfeld (1937 - 1950)
Friedensstadion (1950 - ) *
* Stadium Renamed
Opened in 1937 as the Halberstädter Sportfeld before being renamed when it hosted the 1st GDR Athletics Championships in 1950, the Friedensstadion (Peace Stadium) is a fairly basic affair and part of a multi-sports complex including several training fields and sites for other sports.
After Germania's promotion to the Regionalliga in 2011, to comply with the league's stadium regulations, a complete overhaul of the Friedensstadion was carried out which saw the dilapidated main grandstand from 1927 demolished (it had been closed in 2010 over safety concerns) and replaced with a new main stand offering a mix of seating and terracing in 2012.
Today, its multi-use design means that there is a distinct feel of it being more like an athletics stadium rather than a football ground. The neat and tidy 500-seater main stand runs along the western side of the ground and the remaining sides of the oval shaped ground are largely made up of grassed banking. The away support can be found on the low concrete terracing open to the elements opposite the main stand.
A well maintained synthetic athletics track around the pitch sets the ends behind the goal a fair distance from the action and four towering floodlights installed in 2015 completes the look of the stadium.
Telephone: +49 (0) 394 1584433
2021-2022: 507 (Regionalliga Nordost) *
2020-2021: N/A *
2019-2020: 442 (Regionalliga Nordost) *
2018-2019: 513 (Regionalliga Nordost)
2017-2018: 489 (Regionalliga Nordost)
* Season affected by COVID pandemic
With Saxony-Anhalt heavyweights 1.FC Magdeburg on the doorstep, it takes strong local allegiance to follow VfB in the Nordost version of the Regionalliga and so getting hold of tickets is as easy as it can be.
Simply show up at the ground about an hour before kick-off and ask at the ticket hut to either sit in the stand (adult/reduced €15/€13 ) or watch the action from the terraces (adult/reduced €10/€9 ).
PLEASE NOTE: All information in this section is subject to change due to COVID regulations. Please refer to the club website for the latest ticket information.
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GETTING THERE & AWAY
If you're coming by car, the simplest advice is to put the stadium address in your Sat-Nav and follow its guidance. There's a car park on Gebrüder Rehse Straße right across the road from the stadium.
From Halberstadt Hauptbahnhof, catch the RE 31 train (Direction: Blankenberg) for the 6 minute ride to Halberstadt-Spiegelsberge. From there, turn right onto Beethovenstraße and follow it to the junction with Spiegelsbergenweg. Turn right here and follow Spiegelsbergenweg for about half-a-mile before turning left onto Rudolf Harbig Straße and the ground will be on your right. The walk from the Halberstadt-Spiegelsberge stop should take about 10 minutes.
The Friedensstadion is about 2 miles south of Halberstadt Hauptbahnhof and so unless you have 40-50 minutes to spare then following the 'Public Transport' directions above, or even shelling out for a taxi is a better option. If you fancy the walk though, the route through the centre of Halberstadt is quite complicated to describe here and because there won't be too many Germania fans for you to follow, let Google Maps guide the way.
FAN SHOP, MUSEUM & STADIUM TOURS
Highlighting the straitened economic realities of being a modest club operating on sub-500 attendances, Germania were unable to justify the cost of opening a fan shop in the centre of Halberstadt. Step forward local company - Fahrzeughaus Klus Edzard Waldow - who gifted the club space in their car dealership on Klusstraße (Germania Fanshop, Klusstraße 76, 38820 Halberstadt ). So, if you happen to be a Germania Halberstadt fan looking for some club memorabilia ... and maybe a new set of wheels ... then there's an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
A temporary fan shop also opens up at the Friedensstadion on a matchday with final sales being made about half-an-hour after full-time, but for a wider stock range, head to the online store Germania run with their merchandising partners WOSZ.
FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS
Many fans take advantage of the wider choice of options available in the centre of Halberstadt before making their way to the Friedensstadion. There is however a 'bar' - in the loosest sense of the word - at the back of the main stand and although it won't make the culinary big-time, you can fill up on sausage (€2) and watch the match with a few pints of beer (€2.50).
OTHER CLUBS IN THE AREA
BUNDESLIGA: 1.FC Union Berlin, Hertha BSC, RB Leipzig, VfL Wolfsburg
BUNDESLIGA 2: 1.FC Magdeburg, Hannover 96, Hansa Rostock
3.LIGA: FC Erzgebirge Aue, FSV Zwickau, Hallescher FC, SG Dynamo Dresden