FC Penzberg
The FC Penzberg is a German association football club
Football in Germany
Association football is the most popular sport in Germany. The German Football Association is the sport's national governing body, with 6.6 million members organized in over 26,000 football clubs. There is a league system, with the 1. and 2. Bundesliga on top, and the winner of the first...

 from the city of Penzberg
Penzberg is a town in the Weilheim-Schongau district, in Bavaria, Germany. It is located near Munich, and had a population of 16,126 in 2005. A historic coal mining town, Penzberg today is known for its pharmaceutical industries.-History:...

, Bavaria
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The club briefly managed to reach the second division of German league football, spending the 1955–56 season in the 2nd Oberliga Süd
2nd Oberliga Süd
The 2nd Oberliga Süd was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the south of Germany from 1950 until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963. It covered the three states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hessen.-Overview:...


1920 to 1945

The FC Penzberg was formed on 14 March 1920 but was actually a continuation of the local gymnastics clubs football department which had existed before the First World War. The club struggled to find a suitable playing field in its early days and eventually had to do with a local swamp. This was converted to a football field through back filling with ash. The local coalmine supplied technical support for this. The new ground was opened on 30 July 1921.

The FCP had the opportunity to take part in a promotion round to the local A-Klasse in 1922 but was not strong enough to succeed. In the 1922–23 and 1923–24 seasons, the team won the local championship and earned promotion to the A-Klasse in 1924. The club found it hard to compete with the stronger clubs from Munich
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 there and was immediately relegated.

This relegation was followed by a decline in performance and interest in the club and it took until 1927 to win another local championship and return to the A-Klasse. Initially, the team struggled again in this league but a good second half of the season saw it secure its position in it. The next season, the club was better equipped to hold the league, thanks to a merger with the football department of the sports club at Kochel
Kochel am See is a municipality in the district of Bad Tolz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria on the shores of Kochelsee.Apart from the idyllic scenery, it is known for The Smith of Kochel "Schmied von Kochel," who according to legend, lead a Bavarian farmer rebellion against Austro-Hungarian occupiers at...

. The club managed to remain in the A-Klasse until 1932, when it was relegated once more.

Mostly unaffected by the rise of the Nazis in 1933, the FCP remained a top-team in the local competition, commonly then called the Würmgau or Zugspitze
The Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres above sea level, is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany. It lies south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the border between Germany and Austria runs over its western summit. South of the mountain is...

 regional league, after its geographic location. More titles in this league followed in 1935 and 1937. The later saw the team move up a league once more but again it could not maintain this level. Back in local play, it won its sixth title in 1939. After this, the outbreak of the Second World War made league football in the region very difficult.

1945 to 1963

Upon the end of the war, the club properly reformed on 17 February 1946, when a new chairman was elected. In 1949, the club celebrated another championship, winning the southern division of the Oberbayern league, and earned the right to take part in the promotion round to the Landesliga Bayern
Oberliga Bayern
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, then the second tier of the German football league system
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. The FCP came second, on equal points to the ASV Cham
ASV Cham
The ASV Cham is a German association football club from the city of Cham, Bavaria. The club's most notable achievement was playing in the second division from 1950 to 1962.-History:...

 but then lost a necessary decider 0–1 aet. It did however have a second chance, playing the VfL Ingolstadt-Ringsee
ESV Ingolstadt
The ESV Ingolstadt is a general sports club in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, formed on 15 February 1919.Until 2004, the club operated a football department but after a merger with local rival MTV Ingolstadt to form FC Ingolstadt 04 the footballers left for the new club.The club has over 1,600 members in 21...

 for one more place in the Landesliga, but lost this game, too, 0–2.

In 1953, the club got another chance to earn promotion to Bavarias highest league, now called the Amateurliga Bayern and only the third tier of the league system since 1950, when the 2nd Oberliga was introduced.

The FCP won its group of six teams and finally earned promotion but this turned out to be an unnecessary achievement as the Bavarian FA decided on 7 July 1953 to split its highest league into a northern and a southern division and all six teams from the round were admitted.

In the Amateurliga Südbayern in 1953–54, the club came seventh out of fifteen teams. The season after, the team surprised everybody and won the league by three points. After a special meeting it was decided to take part in the promotion round to the 2nd Oberliga Süd
2nd Oberliga Süd
The 2nd Oberliga Süd was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the south of Germany from 1950 until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963. It covered the three states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hessen.-Overview:...

. Here, the FCP faced the SSV Ulm and FC Rastatt 04
FC Rastatt 04
FC Rastatt is a German association football club from the city of Rastatt, Baden-Württemberg. It was established as Fußball-Klub Rastatt on 9 October 1904 at the Gasthaus zur Linde. A 1919 union with Fußball-Club Phoenix created Rastatt Fußballverein 04, which merged with Frankonia 1912 Rastatt on...

 and came out on top, earning a surprise promotion to the second division.

For the small-town club FC Penzberg, in a league with FC Bayern Munich
FC Bayern Munich
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, Hessen Kassel
KSV Hessen Kassel
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 and Waldhof Mannheim, the season became a struggle, but also a unique experience, playing Bayern Munich at home in front of 7,000 and then in Munich in front of 20,000. The club came second-last, only the VfR Heilbronn ended up behind them and had to return to the Amateurliga.

Not discouraged, the club won the Amateurliga for a second time but lost both Bavarian championship games against 1. FC Bamberg
1. FC Bamberg
The 1. FC Bamberg was a German association football club from the town of Bamberg, Bavaria.In 2006, the club merged with TSV Eintracht Bamberg to form 1. FC Eintracht Bamberg. 1. FC Eintracht went bankrupt in 2010 and a new club was formed, FC Eintracht Bamberg 2010.1...

 and missed out on the promotion round, where Bamberg failed, too. The year after, 1957–58, the club was not in contention for the championship, coming only seventh. From there, the club rapidly declined, finishing fifteenth in 1959 and being relegated to the 2nd Amateurliga. In 1961, the team dropped further, back to the A-Klasse (V) but managed to break the fall and return to the 2nd Amateurliga for 1962–63.


The introduction of the Fußball-Bundesliga
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 was only one change of many in the German league system in 1963. In Bavaria, the 2nd Amateurliga was replaced by the Landesligas and for southern Bavaria, the Landesliga Bayern-Süd
Landesliga Bayern-Süd
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 was put in place. However, the FCP could not qualify for it and would from now on remain within the leagues of the Bezirk
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Instead, Penzberg dropped all the way to the A-Klasse, now the sixth tier but won the championship there straight away and earned promotion to the Bezirksliga Oberbayern-Süd. From 1964 to 1973, the club belonged to this league before dropping back down to the A-Klasse. This time, it could not rebound straight away but did return to the Bezirksliga eventually

The club became one of the founding members of the Bezirksoberliga Oberbayern
Bezirksoberliga Oberbayern
The Bezirksoberliga Oberbayern is currently the 7th tier of the German football league system in the Bavarian Regierungsbezirk of Upper Bavaria...

 (V) in 1988 and belonged to this league until 1992, when a thirteenth place meant relegation. The team was handed straight through the Bezirksliga in 1992–93 and had to return to the A-Klasse (now Kreisliga) once more. It was to be the clubs last stint in the Bezirksliga as of 2008.

In 2004, the club even dropped down to the Kreisklasse for a season but recovered and returned to the Kreisliga.


In 2010–11, the club played in the Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1, the ninth tier of the league system, struggling at the bottom of the division. This league is the equivalent of the old A-Klasse it once started in the 1920s. The club eventually suffered another relegation, back to the Kreisklasse Zugspitze for 2011–12.


  • Amateurliga Südbayern (III)
    • Champions: (2) 1955, 1957
  • Southern Oberbayern championship (III)
    • Champions: 1949
  • 2nd Amateurliga Oberbayern B
    2nd Amateurliga Bayern
    The 2nd Amateurliga Bayern was a set of eleven regional leagues in Bavaria existing from 1951 to 1963 as the fourth tier of football in the state....

    • Champions: 1953
  • Würmgau championship
    • Champions: (6) 1923, 1924, 1927, 1935, 1937, 1939

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:
Season Division Tier
Bavarian football league system
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2003–04 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 VIII 13th ↓
2004–05 Kreisklasse Zugspitze Gruppe 3 IX 2nd ↑
2005–06 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 VIII 7th
2006–07 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 9th
2007–08 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 6th
2008–09 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 IX 10th
2009–10 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 3rd
2010–11 Kreisliga Zugspitze Grupp 1 13th ↓
2011–12 Kreisklasse Zugspitze X
  • With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligas
    Bezirksoberligen Bayern
    The seven Bezirksoberligas Bayern are the third highest level of the Bavarian football league system, below Oberliga and Landesliga. They are the 7th tier of the German football league system.-Overview:...

     in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesligas
    Landesliga Bayern
    In the Bavarian football league system, the Landesliga Bayern is the second hightest level, below the Fußball-Bayernliga and organised in three regional divisions. The current Landesligas were formed in 1963, when the Fußball-Bundesliga was established...

    , all leagues below dropped one tier. With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3rd Liga
    3rd Liga
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     in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2nd Bundesliga
    2. Fußball-Bundesliga
    - Changes in division set-up :* Number of clubs: currently 18. From 1974 to 1981 there were two conferences, each of 20 teams. In 1981–91 it had 20...

    , all leagues below dropped one tier.

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