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Founded: Aug 20, 1899
Club Members: 2,461
Nickname: Bornheimer

Coach: Tim Görner
Captain: Ahmed Azaouagh

German Amateur Champions: 1
Landespokal Hessen Winner: 2

Web Site:

By the late 19th-century, Germany was dominated by the ideals of discipline and order; and fervent patriots like Friedrich Ludwig Jahn organised gymnastic events across the country in order to counter 'the physical decline of humanity' following Prussia's defeat in the Napoleonic Wars. Football was initially discredited as an elitist sport that only sought to divide the world into winners and losers but after Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen had been established as 'islands of football' in the north of the country, the game's growing popularity spread south to the Bornheim district of Frankfurt and led to the formation on the 20th August 1899 of the club we know today as 'FSV Frankfurt 1899'.

Until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, the German football landscape was very fragmented and FSV joined other clubs from the federal states of Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in amateur championships organised by the VSFV (South German Football Association). They spent their early years making slow but steady progress - winning the the local Frankfurter Association Bund in 1905 before Amicitia 02 Frankfurt were outpaced to the Nordkreis-Liga title in 1917. More silverware arrived in 1923 with the Kreisliga Nordmain Championship and were only denied a maiden German National Championship title in 1925 by the dominant team of the day, 1.FC Nürnberg who beat the underdogs 1-0 in the final.

Looking to build on their early success, FSV moved into the newly-built 18,000 capacity
Bornheimer Hang but despite the promise, progress stalled and the next decade saw the club become mired in the mud of mid-table obscurity in the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen division. Fans had to wait until 1933 to see more silverware added to the trophy cabinet when FSV made full use of home advantage to beat TSV München 1-0 in front of 15,000 fans at Eintracht Frankfurt's Waldstadion to win the South German Championship for the first time.

By this time however, dark clouds were gathering across Germany following the National Socialists' rise to power and football was restructured with the creation of the Gauliga which funnelled clubs into 16 (later to become 18 following the Austrian Anschluß in 1938) top-flight regional divisions. Although they missed out on qualification for the national championship, FSV established themselves as fairly solid performer in the Gauliga Hessen and later the Gauliga Hessen Nassau, with runners-up finishes in 1939 and 1943 being their high-water mark under the Third Reich. They also narrowly missed out on seeing their name etched onto the Tschammerpokal (the forerunner of today's DFB-Pokal) for the first time in 1938 when they lost the final 1-3 to the highly fancied SK Rapid Wien in Berlin's Olympiastadion.

As the second world war turned against Germany however; player shortages, travel problems and damage to grounds from Allied bombing raids meant that clubs were forced to play their matches closer to home and from 1944 onwards, the club formed part of a combined war team (Kriegsspielgemeinschaft ) called KSG Frankfurt with future Bundesliga heavyweights Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Allies brought Hitler's 'Thousand Year Reich' to an end in 1945 and immediately introduced a policy of de-Nazification across occupied Germany which forced all sports clubs to disband in an attempt to stamp out fascism - which for some reason was thought to be harboured in the minds of sportsmen and women. With their spirit unbroken by mile-upon-mile of bombed-out streets in Frankfurt, FSV duly reformed and emerged from the 'Stunde null' (zero hour) as SG Bornheim and played their first match against Union Niederrad just two months after the end of the war. After reclaiming their pre-war identity of FSV Frankfurt 1899, they joined the newly created Oberliga Süd in 1946 where they bobbed about in the lower reaches of the division before relegation in 1962 signalled the beginning of a slide into obscurity.

Given that their overall impact on German football had, by this point, been fairly minimal, the DFB (German FA) didn't consider them for the inaugural Bundesliga season in 1963, and having missed the cut FSV found themselves added to the second-tier Regionalliga Süd roster instead.

In 1964, film entrepreneur Karl-Heinz Böllinghaus became the club president and announced his arrival with hubris by vowing to lead FSV to the Bundesliga in the short to medium term. Despite heavy investment in the team however, he never came close to delivering on his promise and, after gambling on top-flight football to pay for the signings of established stars like Edgar Otschik, Ewald Schöngen and Helmut Studenroth; Böllinghaus resigned in 1966 with debts of DM165,000 threatening to swallow the club up. Such were the state of FSV's beleaguered finances that, when he took office, Böllinghaus' successor Ferdinand Gindorf even had to consider the possibility of applying to the DFB (German FA) for voluntary demotion to the third-tier amateur Hessenliga in order to save costs.

Given the upheaval of the Böllinghaus era, it was no surprise that struggles on the pitch began mirroring those off it and in 1968 FSV dropped into the amateur Hessenliga for the first time in their history. The appointment of Hans Schwerdhöfer as coach that year brought a brief upturn in fortunes when FSV returned to the Regionalliga for a single-season cameo in 1969-70 before captain Horst Trimhold's winning goal saw FSV beat TSV Marl Hüls 2-1 to secure their first (and so far only) German Amateur Championship crown in 1972. They were champions of the Hessenliga again in 1974 although they ultimately missed out on a place in the newly created Bundesliga.2 on account of the DFB's five-year performance ranking favouring other clubs. Putting the disappointment behind them, FSV dusted themselves down and in 1975, with new coach Ottmar Groh in the dugout, a 2-2 draw against VfR Bürstadt secured the Hessenliga title and promotion back to the second-tier in front of a record 17,000 fans at
Bornheimer Hang.

The shock resignation of Groh that summer failed to knock FSV off course and Milovan Beljin's arrival that summer from FC Augsburg as the club's first full-time coach saw the club defy expectations to finish their debut campaign in the mid-table comfort zone. With the players now required attend training everyday in addition to their day jobs, Beljin's hard-working side finished the 1976-77 campaign in an impressive 7th place. Pride comes before a fall however and by 1978 the feelgood factor had come to an end as FSV were dragged into a perennial battle against relegation. Beljin soon found himself the focus of criticism and paid for the price for the drop off in performances with his job. Club legend and captain Horst Trimhold then followed him through the door after calling time on his career; and the years of over-extension and mismanagement that had seen debts rise to DM 900,000 meant that the DFB (German FA) only granted the Bornheimer a playing licence under strict conditions.

The problems didn't stop there either.

With FSV now having to operate within tight financial constraints, Heinz Bewersdorf arrived as a coach with a reputation for having a good eye for talent. Unfortunately, he could also be an abrasive character and it wasn't long before he was falling out with the club hierarchy. Only a late charge saved FSV from relegation in 1979 and with working relationships broken, Bewersdorf resigned in the early weeks of the 1979-80 season and cited
the reason for his departure was the fact that the commute from his home in Bingen to Frankfurt was too far; only for him to take up the reigns a few days later at Bundesliga.2 Süd rivals FV Würzburg - a club 65 miles further away ! Bewersdorf's replacement, Gerhard Happ, left the club in January 1980 and interim coach Dietmar Grutsch lasted barely a month before the DFB (German FA) insisted he stand down because he didn't have a coaching licence. So, just six months after leaving under a cloud and having already been fired from his job in Würzburg, Bewersdorf returned to
Bornheimer Hang. With his bridges burned however, he found a less-than-warm welcome waiting for him and he walked out of the job again after a few weeks - leaving Dietmar Grutsch to step into the breach once more !

Despite t
he managerial merry-go-round, FSV avoided relegation in the 1979-80 campaign but there's only so many times that you can cheat fate if you repeatedly court disaster. The following year saw the creation of the single nationwide Bundesliga.2 (between 1974 - 1980, the German second-tier had been divided into north and south regional divisions) and, as part of the restructure, a 10th-place finish or better in Bundesliga.2 Süd would have been enough to see FSV 'promoted'. With the club once again on the brink of bankruptcy, a disappointing campaign saw FSV limp to a 15th-place finish and drop into the (then) third-tier Oberliga Hessen where apart from a brief return to Bundesliga.2 for the 1981-82 season, they'd be marooned for the next decade.

Relegation from Bundesliga.2 in 1995 after another single-season stay triggered a yo-yo period that saw the club then bounce between the third and fourth tiers for the next few seasons. Financial pressures had continued to build and with FSV once again on the brink of bankruptcy, a financial restructuring plan headed up by new club president Bernd Reisig was put in place to walk the club back from the cliff edge. 

Securing the club's financial future (for the time being at least) also seemed to liberate them on the pitch and the appointment of former FSV player Tomas Oral as coach ahead of the 2006-07 season saw FSV become Oberliga Hessen champions and secure a berth in the Regionalliga Süd. The Bornheimer then carried the momentum into the following season and with Oral coaxing slightly above-average performances from a slightly-below average team, FSV secured a return to Bundesliga.2 after a 13-year absence. After several seasons of middle-order ranking (save for a club record fourth-place finish in 2012-13) however, chaos and disorder characterised another tumble down the leagues and the PSD Bank Arena today plays host to fourth-tier Regionalliga Südwest football.


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Ground Name: PSD Bank Arena

Year Opened: 1931
Renovations: 2007 - 2009, 2012

Capacity: 12,542 (8,403 standing)
Record Attendance: 17,000 (1975)

Executive Boxes: 10

Executive Box Seats: 110
Business Seats: 580
Media Seats: 36

Wheelchair Spaces: 36

Undersoil Heating: Yes

Running Track: No
Floodlights: 1,000 lux

LED Video Screen: x 1

Playing Surface: Natural Grass

Pitch Size: 105m x 68m

Im Prüfling (1899 - 1908)
Seckbacher Landstraße (1908 - 1931)
Stadion am Bornheimer Hang (1931 - 2006)

Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion (2006 - 2018) *
PSD Bank Arena (2018 - ) *

* Stadium Renamed

Looking very different from the Stadion am Bornheimer Hang which opened on the site with a friendly between FSV Frankfurt 1899 and VfL Germania (3-0) on 11th October 1931, the PSD Bank Arena is the second largest stadium in the city (behind Eintracht's Deutsche Bank Park) despite its capacity being only 12,542. Even so, it easily copes with the demands of Regionalliga football after FSV's relegation in 2017.

The single-tier, all-seater Haupttribüne is the most recent addition to the stadium having been built at a cost of €10.5 million in 2012 to replace the original grandstand which dated back to the late-1920s. The pre-fab stand itself is quite compact and covered by a cantilevered roof with a row of executive boxes running part way along the back. The changing rooms, media facilities, club offices and fan shop are also found here in a smart three-storey glass fronted building.

The Gegentribüne opposite runs the full length of the pitch but although fully covered, its 'open' design lacks any form of cladding at either end or along the back to protect fans from wind and rain. 

The Südtribüne (Blocks N-O) offers concrete terraces open to the elements for 3,500 home fans and at the opposite end of the ground, the near-identical Nordtribüne is given over to visiting clubs to create a considerably sized Gäste Block (Blocks F-G)
. Away fans are also given an area of seating in the Gegentribüne (Block H).

Four modern floodlight pylons stand sentry in each corner and a video wall behind the Nordtribüne completes the look of the stadium. Interestingly, planning permission for floodlighting and the video wall was initially denied over concerns that drivers on the adjacent A661 could be dazzled by the glare and it was only after many tests were carried out, including a full closure of the autobahn, was the green light finally given.

On 3rd June 2016, the stadium hosted the Kosovo national team's first fully recognised international - a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands. On 24th March 2023, it was the venue for an Under-21 international between Germany and Japan which ended in a 2-2 draw. In addition to hosting football, the PSD Bank Arena has also been used as an American Football venue with both Frankfurt Universe and Frankfurt Galaxy having played home matches here.


Ticket Office:

Telephone: +49 (0) 694 208980


Average Attendance:
2022-2023: 1,463 (Regionalliga Südwest)
2021-2022: 1,177 (Regionalliga Südwest) 
2020-2021: N/A *

2019-2020: 1,657 (Regionalliga Südwest) *
2018-2019: 1,326 (Regionalliga Südwest)
* Season affected by COVID pandemic

After a near ten-year unbroken spell in professional football, relegation to the Regionalliga in 2017 has seen the crowds drift away and this season attendances are struggling around the 1,800 mark. With the ground unlikely to be packed to the rafters, most (if not all) matches can be treated as a traditional 'walk-up' and plenty of tickets (if you don't mind paying a €2 surcharge) will be available from the box office which opens one hour before kick-off outside the Südtribüne.

If you're one of those anxious types who need to secure a Print@Home ticket in advance though, then the easiest way to do this is to go through FSV's online shop which they run with ticketing partner AD Ticket (Reservix).

There's no overly-complicated approach to ticketing in the German fourth-tier and admission prices
depend on where you want to watch the action from. Broadly speaking, FSV tickets bought in advance will cost full-paying adults €19-24 for seats and it's just €11 to stand on the terraces.

Discounts are available for seniors, students, disabled people, the unemployed and children (aged 7-14 years). Children under 7 years are allowed to watch FSV for free although they're not entitled to a seat of their own and must sit on a parents' lap.
 Family tickets (Block D, Haupttribüne) are priced at €12 per person (minimum one adult and one child (7-14 years) - up to a maximum of five tickets).

Expected Ticket Availability


Stadium Address:

Richard Herrmann Platz 1

60386 Frankfurt am Main



Due to the lack of parking and heavy traffic around the ground on a matchday, FSV don't recommend driving and would prefer you to use public transport (see PUBLIC TRANSPORT section below) if possible.

Coming from the south, west or the airport along the A3 autobahn, come off at the Offenbach Kreuz junction and follow the A661 in the direction of Bad Homburg, Frankfurt, Offenbach, Egelsbach. After about four miles, you will pass the city limits of Frankfurt am Main. Leave the A661 at the Frankfurt-Ost junction (exit 14) in the direction of Messe, Palmengarten, Eissporthalle, Bornheim and take the Ratsweg/B8. After half-a-mile, turn right onto Am Bornheimer Hang and you'll see the PSD Bank Arena on your right after half-a-mile.


From the north or east along the A5 autobahn, come off at the Bad Homburger Kreuz junction (exit 4) and join the A661 in the direction of Frankfurt-Ost, Offenbach, Würzburg, Frankfurt-Nieder-Eschbach. Leave the A661 at the Frankfurt-Ost junction (exit 14) in the direction of Hanau, Frankfurt-Ost, Frankfurt-Riederwald, Maintal, Frankfurt-Bornheim, Eissporthalle and drive onto Ratsweg/B8. Turn right onto Am Bornheimer Hang at the first junction and the PSD Bank Arena will be on your right after half-a-mile.

Most of the car parks (P1 - P6) around the ground are reserved for permit holders b
ut there are spaces, if you're early enough, a 10-minute walk away at Festplatz am Ratsweg (Am Bornheimer Hang, 60386 Frankfurt am Main). If this is full, then you can park for free along Ostparkstraße just over the road. Otherwise, head for the P+R multi storey at Borsigallee (Borsigallee 24a, 60388 Frankfurt am Main) from where you can catch the U7 (Direction: Hausen) to the 
'Johanna Tesch Platz' stop outside the stadium.

FSV match tickets don't include the cost of public transport on a matchday, but fortunately it's easy enough to get to the PSD Bank Arena using Frankfurt's extensive public transport network.

From the city centre, you have the option of either catching the U7 (Direction: Enkheim) to the 'Johanna Tesch Platz' stop right outside the stadium or jumping on Tram 12 (Direction: Fechenheim Hugo Junkers Str. Schleife) and hopping off at 'Eissporthalle/ Festplatz' a 5-10 minute walk from the stadium. Away fans are asked to use the 'Eissporthalle/Festplatz' stop and head up Bornheimer Hang to their entrance in the Nordtribüne.


The ground is nearly four miles from central Frankfurt and a quick check on Google Maps suggests that it will take you the best part of 90 minutes to walk there. Spend the time enjoying a few beers or Äppelwoi and use public transport to get to the match instead.



Fanshop in der Haupttribüne (Richard Herrmann Platz 1, 60386 Frankfurt am Main
; 10am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-6pm, Tue-Fri).

The main FSV fanshop can be found on the ground floor of the main stand (Haupttribüne) at the PSD Bank Arena but because the space also doubles up as a reception area, Bornheimer merchandise is sold instead on matchdays from a container in front of the Südtribüne.

There's also an additional shop about 10-minutes walk away from the PSD Bank Arena:


(Berger Straße 288, 60385 Frankfurt am Main; 10am-8pm, Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat; +49 (0) 693 6601918;

Not that the demand warrants the need for advance sales, but there are no ticket sales at this store.


Generally speaking, the centre of Frankfurt is probably your best bet when it comes to pub grub and beer. However, a nameless little kiosk across the road from the Johann Tesch Platz stop outside the PSD Bank Arena does a roaring pre-match trade. If you're looking for something a little more refined though, then head to the Diva Restaurant & Bar which serves up Mediterranean food at Eintracht Frankfurt's Riederwald sports performance HQ (Alfred Pfaff Straße 1, 60389 Frankfurt; 11am-11pm, Mon-Sun; +49 (0) 694 20970880). To get there, catch the U7 (Direction: Enkheim) from Hauptwache in the city centre and get off at Schäfflestraße, one stop along from the Johann Tesch Platz stop.

At the stadium, you can join FSV fans at one of their 'Win, Lose, Have a Booze" parties behind the Südtribüne terrace and, if the beer sharpens your appetite, then vendors will sell you sausages, chips, oversized pretzels etc. There's no stadium card to sort out so "Überhaupt kein Problem" if you want to settle up using cash or the usual contactless methods.


BUNDESLIGA: 1.FSV Mainz 05, SV Darmstadt 98

BUNDESLIGA 2: 1.FC Kaiserslautern, Karlsruher SC, SV Elversberg, SV Wehen Wiesbaden

3.LIGA: 1.FC Saarbrücken, SV Sandhausen, SV Waldhof Mannheim

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