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About the Club

Hello and welcome to the English part of the SV Darmstadt 98 website! This page is run on a volunteer basis but will be updated on a regular basis with news and features that you will also see on the German site. As time goes on, we will look to expand the content on the site and bring you more and more information.

Sad news: Long injury lay-off for Fabian Holland
15.04.2024

Sad news: Long injury lay-off for Fabian Holland

The fears have been confirmed: Fabian Holland suffered a torn cruciate ligament and medial ligament in the home game against SC Freiburg (April 14). The 33-year-old sustained the injury in a duel in the second half. The Lilies team captain will be out for months and will also miss large parts of next season. The further procedure and timing of the operation will be decided in the coming days.

A reflection of the season
15.04.2024

A reflection of the season

Done and done. Tried everything and tried everything. And in the end we were left empty-handed. It is an introduction to our follow-up report, as we could have chosen him for so many games in the 2023/24 Bundesliga season. In the first half of the season, for example, after the games against Frankfurt, Leipzig, Bochum, Cologne, Heidenheim and Wolfsburg, in the second half of the season then against Union or Stuttgart: duels in which the Lilies were close to something countable. But after the final whistle - due to the quality of the opponent and also our own inability - we were left empty-handed. The game against SC Freiburg fits seamlessly into this list. A reflection of the season.

Autograph session with Mehlem, Klarer and Schnellhardt
15.04.2024

Autograph session with Mehlem, Klarer and Schnellhardt

Autograph cards, signatures on jerseys and scarves or selfies: The 98ers will fulfill your wishes on Wednesday (April 17th). Lilien professionals Marvin Mehlem, Christoph Klarer and Fabian Schnellhardt will be guests at an autograph session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the REWE Center Darmstadt on Leydhecker Straße.

BVB tickets: Member presale starts on April 17th
15.04.2024

BVB tickets: Member presale starts on April 17th

Off to Signal Iduna Park! On the 34th matchday, SV Darmstadt 98 visits Borussia Dortmund. The away game at BVB will kick off on May 18th at 3:30pm. Here's how you can be there: We're starting member pre-sales for this game next Wednesday (April 17th/12pm) – both online and in the ticket shop at Merck Stadium. You will find all further information in this message.

Krombacher fan tour to Dortmund
15.04.2024

Krombacher fan tour to Dortmund

Our partner Krombacher is offering a special trip to the last away game. On the morning of May 18, 2024, the Krombacher Fan Tour will travel from Darmstadt to Krombach for a brewery tour including tasting and from there to the Signal Iduna Park, where SV Darmstadt 98 will be guests at Borussia Dortmund on matchday 34. You can find all information about the Krombacher Fan Tour in this message.

“A reflection of the season”
14.04.2024

“A reflection of the season”

No points in the home game against SC Freiburg – 0:1, that's the final result. SV Darmstadt 98 tried a lot during the 90 minutes against the team from Breisgau, but the South Hesse team lacked the necessary penetration, especially in attack. How do the two head coaches assess the game? What do the Darmstadt protagonists say? We have put together all the voices for the game for you.

Freiburg Prevails
14.04.2024

Freiburg Prevails

We tried a lot, but in the end we suffered another defeat: The Lilies lost 0-1 (0-1) against SC Freiburg.

Until 2026: HAIX remains the main and jersey partner of SV 98
14.04.2024

Until 2026: HAIX remains the main and jersey partner of SV 98

Side by side into the future, through sporting ups and downs: HAIX, the globally recognised specialist for functional shoes and clothing from Bavaria, will remain the main and jersey partner of SV Darmstadt 98 until June 30, 2026. The extension of the partnership that has existed since July 2023 The Lilies and HAIX officially announced in advance of the Bundesliga home game against SC Freiburg (April 14th). It applies regardless of future league affiliation.

Riedel in the Starting XI
14.04.2024

Riedel in the Starting XI

Torsten Lieberknecht changed his starting lineup to a total of six positions compared to the away defeat in Mainz. Clemens Riedel is back in the starting eleven for the first time since breaking his ankle, and Maglica, Gjasula, Karic, Kempe and Seydel also start against SC Freiburg. Alexander Brunst is missing from the squad with muscular problems.

Matchday Compact: All Information about the Freiburg game
14.04.2024

Matchday Compact: All Information about the Freiburg game

After more than four weeks, the lilies return to the Merck Stadium at Böllenfalltor. After Torsten Lieberknecht's team was recently challenged away from home twice, the Europa League participant from SC Freiburg is now coming to southern Hesse. On Sunday (April 14/3:30pm) the SVD finally wants to celebrate another victory. For the Breisgauers, however, it's about staying in touch with the European places. But before the ball rolls, we will provide you with all the information about the duel between the Lilies and the SCF.

Organisational information for the home game against Freiburg
14.04.2024

Organisational information for the home game against Freiburg

On Sunday (April 14th/3:30pm) SV Darmstadt 98 welcomes SC Freiburg and asks you to pay attention to the following information.

Figures & facts: The top facts about the Freiburg game
14.04.2024

Figures & facts: The top facts about the Freiburg game

The Lilies have their home game against SC Freiburg on Sunday (April 14/3:30pm). The sports club is an opponent coming to the Merck Stadium at the Böllenfalltor who is still in the fight for the European places. Before the Darmstadt team face Freiburg, you will find all the important facts about the game here. What gives hope for victory? What are the strengths of the sports club? You can find out in our top facts about the game.

Mission Statement

We are an association in the sense of German association law. Historically, the strength of us lilies is based on the connection between the world of work and university at the merger of the two clubs FK Olympia 1898 and Darmstädter SC. We live our appreciation for the diversity of people and their ways of life. Exclusion of any kind has no place with us.

We are Indivisible.

We are aware of our roots of the founding family Ensgraber and their supporting persons as well as our club history which has had many ups and downs. We have always achieved our greatest sporting successes under special conditions, whether in disciplines such as athletics, field handball, judo or table tennis, whether as after-work professionals or as football prodigies – always as a close-knit community. After overcoming the threat of insolvency and starting over in 2008, we are successfully working towards the common goal of positioning and establishing ourselves in German professional football. Always with the aim of embodying a football club that is a role model for society, fights against discrimination and exclusion and stands up for Darmstadt and the region.

The mission statement that has now been developed will help us to consistently and ambitiously continue the path that SV Darmstadt 1898 e.V. has chosen in the future.

Our Vision

We want to establish ourselves in the top group of the 2nd Bundesliga with economic stability in the long term and challenge the top 20 in German professional football.

As a grassroots, contemporary club, we are committed to ensuring that sport, and especially football, lives up to its role model function in all areas as an integral part of our society.

Our Mission

We are one of the most successful German football clubs and want to establish ourselves in the top group of the 2nd Bundesliga in the long term. We look forward boldly and want to challenge the top 20 clubs in Germany in all areas.

We fight for maximum sporting success, but always while maintaining our economic stability and our social roots within our club life. This is and remains the guiding principle of our daily actions.

As an association, we stand for democratic participation, maintaining the 50+1 rule and maintaining standing room and socially acceptable ticket prices. We are all responsible for the success of our club.

That’s why we think and act in a team-oriented manner and contribute together to the success of our SV Darmstadt 1898 e.V. Our youth performance center is the contact point for the best youth players in our city and our region. We accompany you on your path to professional football and beyond in your personal development. We see ourselves as partners of the region’s clubs. Together with them, we form the basis for youth and young talent work in football.

We fight for social openness and tolerance and focus on the interests of our members and fans. Respect and respect are crucial factors for us when dealing with one another.

We as a club and our “Bölle” are an emotional home for our members, fans, active members, employees and for our coaching team as well as our partners, sponsors and of course for people from all walks of life – from Darmstadt, our region and all of Germany.

We are a multi-disciplinary association. Our amateur sports departments are successful regionally, nationally and internationally. In football, we are known throughout Germany as the “Lilies of the Böllenfalltor” and are developing into a nationally recognized and unique club that combines tradition with innovation and modernity.

In a social and ecological sense, we are committed to sustainable business practices. We do not understand sustainability in the context of special fields of action or individual disciplines, but rather see it as a meaningful networking of social, ecological and economic aspects with all our cross-departmental and cross-association activities.

We are an integral part of our hometown and our home region. We have had a symbiotic relationship with the city from the very beginning.

Just like our city, the digital city of Darmstadt, we see digitalization as an opportunity for us, our members, fans, partners and sponsors. Proximity to fans and the grassroots remains an integral part of our DNA.

Our attitude – Reliable & Open-Minded

We are aware of our origins and our values. Our maxim is the constant combination of tradition and modernity.

We mean what we say. We keep what we promise.

We are always approachable, friendly and open, because we act according to our philosophy: cosmopolitan, member-oriented, with social responsibility – and we live that.

Our service – Independent & Ambitious

We are looking for the challenge. With our football and our enthusiasm for our club, we want to create identification and be an emotional home.

We are proud of our independence as a club and, on this basis, present ourselves as an ambitious partner with an eye on the future. We always strive for the best for our club, on and off the pitch.

Our style – Thrilling & Courageous

We want to inspire and inspire by resolutely living and communicating our sporting ambition, social responsibility and role model function.

In all our actions, as a close-knit community, we look forward courageously and passionately. Successes and defeats bring us together; setbacks do not deter us from our path.

Become a member of SV Darmstadt 98!

Join the club

Membership

Darmstadt sports club has been a registered association under German association law since 1898. The foundation of our club is its members, who have accompanied, guided and shaped it through well over 100 years of club history.

Membership not only offers the opportunity to best support the youth and the club’s social projects but is also an important building block for the healthy further development of our club. Be it as an active member in one of our popular sports departments, as a passive member with full voting rights at general meetings (98 euros annual fee) or as a supporting member without such voting rights (60 euros annual fee) – in total, SV 98 brings together over 11,000 members who support the club.

The Benefits of Membership

Members of SV Darmstadt 98 receive pre-purchase rights for tickets for home and away games, a wide range of information from club life and other exclusive benefits such as a voucher booklet, our member magazine “Der98er” or of course the official membership card for each new season. We also always try to include the opinions of our members when voting. Be it via surveys or the opportunity to help design things like jerseys and the like. Comprehensive support for our members is important to us and should be expanded further in the future.

Membership in SV 98 is not just a purely formal act, but a clear commitment and active support of our lilies as a grassroots, social and sporting sports club with many advantages and opportunities for participation.

Memberships can be taken out simply and easily via the homepage www.wirlilien.de. We ask that children and young people use the printed membership application.

How Do I Join?

Memberships can be taken out simply and easily via the homepage www.wirlilien.de. For children and young people, we ask you to use the printed membership application, which you can find as a PDF here.

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That's me

Sam Donovan

My name is Sam and live in England. As previously mentioned, I maintain this page on a volunteer basis as I work full-time as a high school Maths teacher. I’ve loved football for as long as I can remember and still have memories of watching Euro 96 and attending my first game in the same year with my grandad.

I’ve been volunteering with the club since 2019 when I started to run the International Twitter account. However, I’ve supported the club since before that. On a trip to Germany in 2014, I met someone who was from Darmstadt, and they began to tell me about the club.  As luck would have it, I was able to find a stream of the game of “The Miracle of Bielefeld” and I was hooked from that moment. I think what drew me to the club was the passion shown by the players and the supporters but also the spirit and being viewed as an underdog.

My first game seeing Darmstadt play live was in August 2015 when we drew away to Schalke. My first trip to the Böllenfalltor was in 2017 when we again played Schalke but won 2-1 with a stoppage time winner.