1. FC Kaiserslautern

23 posts Ball Boy
edited December 2018


  • LiamTheSwans2000
    23 posts Ball Boy
    edited December 2018

    FC Kaiserslautern have won 4 German Championships. 1950/51, 1952/53, 1990/91 and most recently 1997/98 (as a newly promoted side).

    They have also won the DFB-Pokal 2 times in 1989/90 and 1995/96 and the DFL-Supercup in 1991.


    Performances in European competition aren’t too bad either, this includes reaching the Champions League Quarter Finals in 1998/99 where they succumbed to a 6-0 aggregate defeat to eventual losing finalists Bayern Munich.
    They went one round better in the UEFA Cup, reaching the Semi-Final stage twice in 1981/82 and 2000/01.

    Around this time Kaiserslautern found itself on the brink of bankruptcy due to bad management and the need of construction work for the Fritz-Walter-Stadium to be a 2006 World Cup venue.

    Only with the clubs new president Rene C. Jäggi selling the stadium were Kaiserslautern able to continue.

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  • LiamTheSwans2000
    23 posts Ball Boy
    edited December 2018

    Things where not the same after that.

    2005-06 saw them relegated to Bundesliga 2 after a 9 year stay in the top flight.
    6th, 13th and 7th followed before 2009/10 in which the team finished 1st earning promotion back to the top flight. :smiley::):smiley:

    It was soon forgotten about because they were relegated again in 2011/12, finishing bottom with just 4 wins from 34 games.
    2012/13 ended in 3rd position and a chance for promotion, but a 5-2 aggregrate defeat in the promotion play-off against Hoffenhiem brought them back down to earth.
    Nothing was achieved by two promising 4th place finishes, then 10th and 13th in 2016/17.
  • The 2017/18 season was possibly the worst in their 118-year history.

    Not only did they spend most of the season at the bottom of the table. But, in a match against Darmstadt in January 2018 manager Jeff Strasser suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital at half time.
    The match was subsequently abandoned.


    A week after the incident Michael Frontzeck was handed the task of keeping them up.
    They managed 4 wins and two draws under his management but it wasn’t enough.

    FC Kaiserslautern relegated to the third tier for the first time!

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    90 percent of the players in the Kaiserslautern squad did not have contracts for Germany's third league, this meant they could depart the club with little to no transfer compensation.

    Kaiserslautern forecasted a €24 million reduction in turnover and expected to have just a €5 million budget.

    Michael Frontzeck appointed in February 2018 would stay on as manager, he was the man responsible for guiding Kaiserslautern back up the first time of asking.

    The statement of intent was there as Kaiserslautern brought in Timmy Thiele for €379,568 from fellow third division side Carl Zeiss Jena. This was the 4th highest transfer ever in the 3rd division. He scored 25 goals in 53 appearances.

    A total of 23 players left the club in the summer of 2018, all free transfers.
    Some of the most notably where that of striker Sebastian Andersson to Union Berlin who signed for €657,236 just 10 months prior and Brandon Borrello to Freiburg signed from Australian club Brisbane roar for €151,653.
  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    Good luck with the story.

    Very interesting team. I remember the European Cup Barcelona won in 1992 and the hell it was to play against them in the 2nd leg of the previous round. Only a goal in the injury time saved us.

    Willing to follow this story.
  • subpop- Thanks ;). German football is very interesting at the moment with Koln and Hamburg both relegated to the 2nd division. I had to choose Kaiserslautern mainly because of the dramatic decline they have been on recently. They have a stadium capacity of nearly 50,000 but struggle to fill even half of that :o
  • Good results in pre-season increased optimism for the new season.


    Matchday 1. H 1-0 W

    41,324 fans packed the Fritz-Walter-Stadion for the game between two fallen giants of German football.

    Matchday 2. A 1-1 D

    A dissapointing draw for the away side against one of the leagues weaker opponents.

    Matchday 3. H 1-2 L

    The first taste of defeat in unknown territory cam against last seasons mid-table finishers.

    Matchday 4. A 2-0 L

    Another unexpected defeat against lesser opposition puts the pressure on Michael Frontzeck early inot the new season.

    DFB 1st Round H 1-6 L

    Against top flight opposition with a highly sort after manager in Julian Nagelsmann, it was a tough ask to get anything out of the game.
  • FluZ8
    18 posts Ball Boy
    Hope your form picks up ;)
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    Matchday 5. H 0-0 D

    A week after being thrashed in the DFB, Kaiserslautern had a big game against Karlsruher who lost in the promotion play-offs the previous year. Not a bad result.

    Matchday 6. A 1-1 D

    Struggling against lesser sides. Conceding a 92nd minute penalty was a real kick in the teeth for Frontzeck's men.

    Matchday 7. H 3-3 D

    A bit of a break before this one. 2-0 down after half an hour, it was looking like another home loss. Managed to draw level at half-time before a late goal put the home side 3-2 up. That wasn't the end, another injury time goal and Kaiserslautern drop points again.

    Matchday 8. A 3-3 D

    3 goals conceded again! Kaiserslautern went 3-2 up on 88 minutes, but for the 3rd game in a row they slip up in injury time. :o

    Matchday 9. A 1-4 W

    17,000 spectators for the game between the two relegated sides. Level at half time before a fantastic performance in the 2nd half gave Kaiserslautern their first win in four. Braunschweig drop down to 19th.

    Matchday 10. H 2-1 W

    Just their 2nd home win of the season and finally managed to beat a team they where expected to.

    6 games without defeat and up to 8th.

  • FluZ8 - Hope your form picks up ;)
    Watch this space ;)

    Bitburger Verbandspokal Südwest - *bit of a mouthful* we will call it the Regional Cup

    4th round
    3rd October SC Idar-Oberstein (5th tier) 0-7 Kaiserslautern


    Matchday 11. A 2-0 L

    A very tough away fixture to start October. Just 1 defeat in 10 games for Osnabrück and they made it 11 in a tightly contested affair. They went 1-0 up after 60 minutes and another 90+ minute goal sealed the win for the home side.

    Matchday 12. H 2-0 W

    Kaiserslautern moved up to 9th position with a fantastic result against 3rd place Uerdingen.

    Bitburger Verbandspokal Südwest (Regional Cup)

    FK Pirmasens (4th tier) which proved a harder task than the previous cup fixture but onto the next round.

    Matchday 13. A 1-2 W

    The last game of October ended in a win for the away side who came from a goal behind. Results went Kaiserslautern's way, moving them up to 7th just 2 points off the promotion play-off spot.

  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    After a terrible start of the season, it seems that the team has found their best form in the last games. Hopefully it's a start of a greater reaction. 7th is not bad at this point of the season.

    I wish you could post the league table from time to time.
  • subpop wrote: »
    After a terrible start of the season, it seems that the team has found their best form in the last games. Hopefully it's a start of a greater reaction. 7th is not bad at this point of the season.

    I wish you could post the league table from time to time.

    I was going to do that around January time, but your wish is my command ;)

  • November Update


    2/11 Matchday 14. H 0-2 L

    A bad start to the 2nd half damaged the confidence of the players. On 76 minutes Energie Cottbus struck again sealing the 3 points and another very disappointing home defeat.

    10/11 Matchday 15. A 4-1 L

    Despite the bad result the previous week Kaiserslautern had the chance to close in on the top 3 against 6th place. 6 minutes in they went ahead with a header, it wasn't long until the home side levelled it up 1-1. Then 2 goals in 2 minutes 35' and 36', Hansa were already out of sight before the break. Just 10 minutes from time they made it 4-1 and moved up to 4th extending the gap to 5 points over 9th place Kaiserslautern.

    14/11 Bitburger Verbandspokal Südwest (Regional Cup)

    TSV Gau-Odernheim (6th tier) This came at a good time. It meant that the team were able to get some confidence up moving into last November.

    25/11 Matchday 16. H 0-0 D

    2 defeats in November and another tough fixture against the team 1 place above them in the standings. It was a tight affair which ended in a stalemate.

    30/11 Matchday 17. A 5-0 L

    Unterhaching lost just once all season, they had the knack of getting back into games when all was lost. They certainly didn't need that in this game. It took them just half an hour to be 2-0 up against a lost side in Kaiserslautern. It wasn't until the 65 minute when they made it 3-0, then 4-0 71' and 6 minutes from time 5-0.

  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    It looks like the team was not able to keep the good run of results. The team receive too many goals and this is a problem. I'm not familiar with the Bundesliga 3. How many teams go into the playoffs? Things don't look very well...
  • subpop wrote: »
    It looks like the team was not able to keep the good run of results. The team receive too many goals and this is a problem. I'm not familiar with the Bundesliga 3. How many teams go into the playoffs? Things don't look very well...

    It's just like the Bundesliga 2 play-off. 3rd in B3 Will play 16th in B2.
  • New owners bring a bright future


    A local German consortium named STEIp have purchased a 49% stake of 1.FC Kaiserslautern.
    They are in advanced talks to buy the Fritz-Walter-Stadion and nearby land in a hope to revitalise the club and take it back to where it once was.

    They released a statement on the club’s website:

    “We are delighted to have finally got this deal through. We were in talks since the end of last season but for several reasons it didn’t happen. Our main objective is to get this club back to where it belongs. We will be assessing all staff in the coming days and make any decision that is necessary to get this club moving in the right direction.”

    The 50+1 rule

  • LiamTheSwans2000
    23 posts Ball Boy
    edited December 2018
    New owners of Kaiserslautern sack Michael Frontzeck on the day the club's takeover goes through!


    After that 5-0 loss against Unterhaching it's hardly suprising.
  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    I didn't know about the 50+1 rule, very interesting policy.

    Going back to football, I guess it was normal to expect the manager to be fired after these terrible results. Waiting for news about the replacement.
  • 6/12/2018 - Marc Stengel appointed manager of 1.FC Kaiserslautern until 30/6/2019 with the option of a further year.

    Stengel was born in Koblenz, 90 miles from Kaiserslautern.
    DOB: 24/10/87

    Managerial statistics

    2015/16 - TuS Koblenz Coach/Assistant Manager

    1st Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar (5th tier)
    23 wins, 7 draws, 2 defeats

    8th Regionalliga Südwest (4th tier)
    15 wins, 7 draws, 14 defeats

    2017/18 – Stuttgart U19’s Manager

    6th Bundesliga Süd/Südwest (u19's League)
    11 wins, 5 draws, 10 defeats

    2018/19 (until 5/12/2018)

    1st Bundesliga Süd/Südwest
    10 wins, 0 draws, 3 defeats

    Objective: Get Kaiserslautern back into the Bundesliga as quickly as possible

    Marc Stengel will watch the first game from the stands, Home vs Würzburger Kickers 8/12/2018

  • * Attempted to replicate the real-life Bundesliga 3 table on FIFA 19 *
  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    I don't know the manager, but I wish him luck. The situation is far from good, but I hope he's able to change things.
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    Matchday 18. H 0-0 D

    The new manager was in attendance for this one. He got a good look at the players that would be available to him throughout the season.

    In 7 days time the new man will take charge of his first game!
  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    Worrying situation. I wish the new manager can give fresh air to the squad... it's badly needed.
  • subpop wrote: »
    Worrying situation. I wish the new manager can give fresh air to the squad... it's badly needed.

    January transfer window soon, so may need to bring in some players. Let's see what he can do ;)
  • LiamTheSwans2000
    23 posts Ball Boy
    edited December 2018
    Matchday 19.

    First game in charge and a win! A brilliant performance, the players have shown their new boss that they can be the ones to turn the season around for Kaiserslautern
  • :'( I just accidentally saved over this save :'( It's EA's fault because now you can only have 4 save slots >:)

    Sorry guys
  • subpop
    3364 posts National Call-Up
    Sorry to hear that... so you lost the whole story?
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