The original club were formed as a football offshoot of a gymnastics club Wiesbadener Turngesellschaft in 1899. Five years later the football section broke away forming Sportverein Wiesbaden 1899. Prior to World War II the club were only sporadically successful and when the Nazis reorganised football in Germany in 1933, SV Wiesbaden were placed in the new Gauliga Südwest/Mainhessen but could not compete and were relegated in their first season in the competition. After two runners up places in the Deutsche Amateurmeisterschaft in the mid 1960’s, the club began to struggle and were relegated to the Amateurliga Hessen. In 1970 bankruptcy saw the club fall even further to the Landesliga Südhessen.
The 1980’s and early 1990’s the club enjoyed better times, investment bought dividends as the club consolidated in the Amateur Oberliga. However, the investment was withdrawn and in 1994 the club had no option but to close down and reform at the lowest level. To their immense credit the reformed club have worked their way back up through the Landesliga and Verbandesliga and winning the latter in 2013 saw the club back in the fifth tier, Hessenliga.
Despite the steady climb up the rankings, the modern era though has been somewhat sullied by the actions of a club called SV Wehen Taunusstein. In 2007 the club literally moved lock, stock and barrel from Taunusstein right next door to the ancient home of SV. Unable to build a stadium to suit their burgeoning needs in their home town of Taunusstein, the club applied to Wiesbaden City council who gave them permission to build a new arena, the Brita Arena, in the city. The relocated club rose as high as 2.Bundesliga and despite relegation to 3.Liga the club has tempted much support and advertising away from the city’s traditional club SV. Much to the chagrin of SV 1899, the interlopers have added Wiesbaden to their name since 2007. In addition the fact that Wehen now market themselves with the strap line “Our city, our club, our team” must be a particularly bitter pill for the old club to swallow. A forthcoming Kreispokal cup match with their less than welcome neighbours at the Helmut-Schön is sure to be an interesting encounter.
SV Wiesbaden play at an athletics stadium adjacent to the Brita Arena with an impressive capacity of 11,500. Now over 100 years old the Stadion an der Berliner Straße was originally opened in 1907. SV have played there since its’ inauguration. The stadium underwent some renovation work in 2008 when the roof of the grandstand was replaced with and eye-catching wavy pediment. In 2009 the stadium was renamed the Helmut-Schön Sportpark in honour of the man who guided West Germany to World Cup success in 1974. Schön started his coaching career in Wiesbaden in 1951 and died there in 1996 aged 80. A legendary figure in the German game he won 16 German caps (scoring 17 goals!) before managing the national team for 14 years between 1964 and 1978. His image adorns the match ticket issued for home games. The stadium has also hosted American football since 1984, the club being second tier side Wiesbaden Phantoms.
Both SV Wiesbaden and guests SC Viktoria Griesheim are struggling in the lower reaches of the Hessenliga and it shows in a game where real chances are few and far between. The visitors score the only goal of the game with a real piece of quality finishing from Starck. His celebration saw him kick the corner flag out of its hole and instead of the referee booking him he had to rather sheepishly go and restore it to its original position. The hosts chances of taking anything from the game effectively disappeared when Pajić was sent off for an overly robust challenge. Down to ten men SV did throw the kitchen sink at the visitor’s goal but just couldn’t find a goal. A competitive game and a club with a interesting ancient and modern history, this welcoming club is more than worthy of greater patronage than it currently gets.
Saturday April 5th 2014 – Hessenliga
SV Wiesbaden 1899 (0) 0
SC Viktoria Griesheim (1) 1 (Starck 27)
Attendance: 290 (at Helmut-Schön Sportpark)
30. Volkan Tekin, 2. Nico Haupt, 4. Marko Kopilas, 6. Christopher Hübner ©, 7. Philipp Reichardt, 9. Younes Bahssou, 12. Jonas Grueter, 16. Joseph Olumide, 21. Christian Demirtas, 22. Sascha Amstätter, 24. Strahinja Pajić.
Subs: 1. Pero Miletić, 5. Milosz Adam Freund, 11. Sebastian Gurik (for 7,61 mins), 14. Elmir Muhić, 17. David Schug (for 22,61 mins), 19. Ivan Rebić (for 2,83 mins), 26. Mirko Dimter.
22. Stefan Scholz, 4. Fabian Windeck, 5. Joerg Finger, 6. Fabian Walter, 7. Yannik Brehm, 8. Kevin Jung, 9. Lukas Goerlich, 10. Jean-Marie Starck, 13. Dominique Jourdan, 15. Martin Schwarz, 21. Fabian Hinterschied.
Subs: 24. Robin Schwarz, 2. Kevin Miller, 3. Efkan Erdem (for 13,68 mins), 11. Kamil Kwiaton (for 9,58 mins), 20. Mark Dillmann (for 8,88 mins).
Yellow Cards: Reichardt, Grueter (Wiesbaden), Windeck, M.Schwarz (Griesheim).
Red Card: Pajić (Wiesbaden).