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Introducing top flight new boys Greuther Fürth

Football Germany watched excitedly when the league fixtures were announced last June. Who would Bayern play on Matchday 1? The honour fell to Greuther Fürth. And when the Franconia club were named as the home team in their maiden Bundesliga fixture, their joy knew no bounds. “We’ve been working 15 years for this day,“ declared president Helmut Hack. profiles the top flight new boys.

SpVgg Fürth were founded on 23 September 1903 as a section of gymnastics club Fürth 1860, but the footballers soon broke away after sensing a lack of support from the main club. Boom years followed: in 1914 SpVgg Fürth was Germany’s biggest sports club with more than 3,000 members. Fürth were duly crowned German champions in 1914, 1926 and 1929, and also supplied the majority of players to the national team.

The club fell on hard times after the Second World War, and missed out on election to the new Bundesliga in 1963. Decades of financial problems culminated in a merger with the football section of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth on 1 July 1996, creating SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The new club enjoyed unbroken membership of the second division from 1997 until last summer.