VfL Bochum 1848

VfL Bochum 1848
VfL Bochum 1848

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2. Bundesliga: 1994, 1996, 2006, 2021



VfL Bochum 1848 Stats & History

Allegedly, VfL Bochum are one of the oldest sports clubs in the world. They claim to be founded in 1849 as a gymnastics club. The soccer section of the club, Turnverein zu Bochum, was then added in 1911. Nazi leadership forced Bochum to merge with Turn- und SportVerein Bochum 1908 and Sportverein Germania Vorwärts Bochum, forming VfL Bochum in 1938.

Upon merging, Bochum played in the Gauliga Westfaeln, the top-tier league for the region. Due to wartime difficulties, VfL Bochum made a temporary merger as Kriegsspielgemeinschaft VfL 1848/Preußen Bochum. The best result in the Bochum team stats from that time was a second-place finish in 1938-39.

After WWII, Bochum was once again an independent team. They played in the second division to start out and often bounced around the top two tiers. When the Bundesliga was formed in 1963, Bochum dropped down to the third division. In 1965 they won the Regionalliga West, earning them a promotion to the second tier once again.

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VfL Bochum 1848 Team Records

Three years later, Bochum made their first-ever DFB-Pokal final. There, they lost 4-1 to FC Koln. The first Bundesliga appearance in the VfL Bochum team stats was in 1971 and they made the most of their opportunities. Despite not being one of the most talented sides, they managed to stay in the top flight for 20 years. During that run, Bochum reached the 1988 DFB-Pokal final and narrowly lost to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Since 1993, Bochum have bounced around the top two tiers a lot. They’ve been relegated from the Bundesliga six times but they’ve had some solid seasons during that span. They qualified for the UEFA Cup in both 1997-98 and 2004-05 on the back of fifth-place Bundesliga finishes.

Most recently, VfL Bochum won promotion after winning the 2. Bundesliga in 2020-21. They often were an upset pick in 2021-22, beating the Bundesliga odds on multiple occasions. Bochum managed to beat both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in their first season back. Betting advice often mentions their upset potential but they are -200 favorites to be relegated in 2022-23.


In the 2021-22 Bundesliga season, what place did VfL Bochum come in?

VfL Bochum avoided relegation in their first season back in the Bundesliga by finishing in 13th place. Bochum won 12 of their 34 games and had a solid record of eight wins, four draws and five losses at home.

How many times have VfL Bochum won the 2. Bundesliga?

VfL Bochum have bounced around divisions a fair amount and won the 2. Bundesliga a joint-record four times. They most recently won the 2. Bundesliga in 2020-21.

When did Bochum make the DFB-Pokal final?

VfL Bochum have played in the DFB-Pokal final twice, in 1968 and 1988. They lost 4-1 to FC Koln in 1968 and narrowly lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt in 1988.
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