1. FC Heidenheim

1. FC Heidenheim
1. FC Heidenheim 1846.svg
Full name1. Fußballclub
Heidenheim 1846 e.V.
Founded14 August 1846; 176 years ago (1846-08-14)
PresidentKlaus Mayer
Head coachFrank Schmidt
League2. Bundesliga
2021–222. Bundesliga, 6th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

1. FC Heidenheim 1846 is a German association football club from the city of Heidenheim, Baden-Württemberg.


Historical chart of Heidenheim league performance

The current day club was formed in 2007 through the separation of the football section from parent association Heidenheimer Sportbund, a larger sports club that has 5,800 members in 27 departments. The independence of the football side allows it to operate under the stricter economic standards set for professional clubs which are members of the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or German Football Association).

Logo of parent association Heidenheimer SB

Heidenheimer SB itself was founded through the 1972 merger of TSB Heidenheim and VfL Heidenheim. The club's origins go back to 14 August 1846, with the establishment of the gymnastics club Turngemeinde Heidenheim, which folded in 1852, but was re-constituted under the same name in 1861. The club was renamed Turnverein Heidenheim in 1872.

A football department was created within the association on 8 July 1911 and became an independent side known as VfR 1911 Heidenheim on 21 August 1922. The swimming club Schwimmverein 04 Heidenheim joined VfR in 1936 to form VfL Heidenheim 04. In 1949, following World War II, these two clubs went their separate ways, the swimmers under their original name, and the footballers as VfL Heidenheim 1911.

In the meantime, parent club TV 1846 Heidenheim was joined on 13 July 1935 by SpVgg Heidenheim and then on 3 April 1937 merged with 1. Sportverein 1900 Heidenheim – which was known as Athletenklub Hellenstein until 1920 – to become TSV 1846 Heidenheim. After the war TSV was united with Turnerbund Heidenheim 1902 whose history was as a worker's club. TB was established on 21 December 1902 and was renamed Turnerbund Heidenheim on 6 August 1904. This club merged with Arbeiterturnverein 1904 Heidenheim on 8 March 1919. Like other worker's clubs, TB was considered as politically unreliable by the Nazi regime and was dissolved in 1933. It was re-established after the war and on 3 February 1946 joined TSV 1846 Heidenheim to form TSB 1846 Heidenheim.

27 May 1972 merger of TSB and VfL brought all these threads together, returning the footballers to the fold of the original gymnastics club. Heidenheimer SB and predecessor VfL Heidenheim played in the Amateurliga Württemberg (III) from 1963 to 1975 and again from 1976 to 1979. Regional cup wins led to the team's participation in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in 1975, 1978, and 1980, before the side slipped into lower level competition.

The club has since recovered and in 2004 advanced to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. A successful season finish in 2008 saw the club being promoted to the Regionalliga Süd. Having simultaneously won the Württemberg Cup, Heidenheim was allowed to participate in the first round of the DFB-Pokal in the following season, where the team lost 0–3 to VfL Wolfsburg. In 2009, Heidenheim finished first in the Regionalliga Süd and got promoted to the 3. Liga.

After five seasons in the 3. Liga with the club always finishing in the upper half of the table, 1. FC Heidenheim won the league in 2013–14, and earned promotion to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time. At the same time the club however withdrew its reserve team, playing in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg, from competition after such teams ceased to be compulsory for professional clubs.

In the 2019–20 season, 1. FC Heidenheim finished third to play against the 16th-placed Bundesliga club, Werder Bremen, in the promotion-relegation play-offs.[1] The tie ended in a 2–2 draw on aggregate, as 1. FC Heidenheim lost on the away goals rule to stay in 2. Bundesliga.[2]


The club's honours:


Current squad[]

As of 5 July 2022[3]

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 Germany GER Kevin Müller
2 DF Germany GER Marnon Busch
3 MF Germany GER Jan Schöppner
4 DF Germany GER Tim Siersleben (on loan from VfL Wolfsburg)
6 DF Germany GER Patrick Mainka (Captain)
8 MF Germany GER Andreas Geipl
9 FW Germany GER Stefan Schimmer
10 FW Germany GER Tim Kleindienst
11 FW Germany GER Denis Thomalla
16 MF Germany GER Kevin Sessa
17 MF Germany GER Florian Pick
18 DF Germany GER Marvin Rittmüller
19 DF Germany GER Jonas Föhrenbach
20 MF Germany GER Dženis Burnić
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Germany GER Adrian Beck
22 GK Germany GER Vitus Eicher
23 MF Germany GER Merveille Biankadi
24 FW Germany GER Christian Kühlwetter
26 MF Germany GER Tim Köther
27 DF Germany GER Thomas Keller
28 MF Germany GER Melvin Ramusovic
30 MF Germany GER Norman Theuerkauf
31 MF Germany GER Mert Arslan
33 DF United States USA Lennard Maloney
34 GK Austria AUT Paul Tschernuth
37 MF Germany GER Jan-Niklas Beste
44 FW Kosovo KOS Elidon Qenaj

Recent managers[]

Recent managers of the club:[4]

Manager Start Finish
Dieter Märkle 1 July 2006 17 September 2007
Frank Schmidt 17 September 2007 Present

Recent seasons[]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[5][6]

1. FC Heidenheim[]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Verbandsliga Württemberg V 5th
2000–01 Verbandsliga Württemberg 10th
2001–02 Verbandsliga Württemberg 8th
2002–03 Verbandsliga Württemberg 2nd
2003–04 Verbandsliga Württemberg 2nd ↑
2004–05 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg IV 5th
2005–06 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 2nd
2006–07 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 3rd
2007–08 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 4th ↑
2008–09 Regionalliga Süd 1st ↑
2009–10 3. Liga III 6th
2010–11 3. Liga 9th
2011–12 3. Liga 4th
2012–13 3. Liga 5th
2013–14 3. Liga 1st ↑
2014–15 2. Bundesliga II 8th
2015–16 2. Bundesliga 11th
2016–17 2. Bundesliga 6th
2017–18 2. Bundesliga 13th
2018–19 2. Bundesliga 5th
2019–20 2. Bundesliga 3rd
2020–21 2. Bundesliga 8th
2021–22 2. Bundesliga 6th
2022–23 2. Bundesliga

1. FC Heidenheim II[]

Season Division Tier Position
2003–04 Bezirksliga Kocher/Rems VII 9th
2004–05 Bezirksliga Kocher/Rems 2nd
2005–06 Bezirksliga Kocher/Rems 10th
2006–07 Bezirksliga Kocher/Rems 1st ↑
2007–08 Landesliga Württemberg 2 VI 12th
2008–09 Landesliga Württemberg 2 VII 3rd
2009–10 Landesliga Württemberg 2 1st ↑
2010–11 Verbandsliga Württemberg VI 7th
2011–12 Verbandsliga Württemberg 4th
2012–13 Verbandsliga Württemberg 1st ↑
2013–14 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg V 12th
2014–present withdrawn from competition
Promoted Relegated


Since June 1973 the team has played in the Albstadion which has a capacity of 8,000. Since the extension in 2009 the stadium is now called Voith-Arena and accommodates 10,000 visitors. Following another extension in 2013 the stadium holds 13,000 visitors.[7] At the beginning of 2015 another extension was added increasing capacity to 15,000.[8]


  1. ^ "Heidenheim to face Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga promotion-relegation play-off". bulinews.com. 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ Schrader, Max (6 July 2020). "1. FC Heidenheim – Werder Bremen 2:2: Trotz wilder Schlussphase mit drei Toren – SVW bleibt in der Bundesliga". SPOX.com (in German). Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  3. ^ 1. FC Heidenheim squad Archived 21 January 2020 at the Wayback Machine fc-heidenheim.de. Retrieved 3 March 2019
  4. ^ 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 September 2011
  5. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  6. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  7. ^ Voith-Arena (in German) weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 September 2011
  8. ^ "Voith-Arena in Heidenheim – Daten u. Fakten". voith-arena.de (in German). Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2019.


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