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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.

Happy Birthday SVD! | The Wonder of Bielefeld
22.05.2024

Happy Birthday SVD! | The Wonder of Bielefeld

Aytac Sulu wins a header. The ball falls to Elton da Costa's feet. The Brazilian finishes with his strong left foot. The rest is history: Ten years ago, the SVD was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga after winning at Arminia Bielefeld. We look back on the game on the Alm and the 2013/14 season in the documentary “Miracle of Bielefeld” on our YouTube. We can also wish our SVD a happy birthday, the Lilies are celebrating their 126th club birthday on Wednesday (May 22nd). The U19 of SV 98 also has something to celebrate, coach Daniel Petrowsky's team secured the championship in the Hessenliga two match days before the end of the season. You can find out all this and much more in our weekly “Lilies across the Board” section.

Suzuki S-Cross in Lily design raffled off
22.05.2024

Suzuki S-Cross in Lily design raffled off

The Lily on the hood. The founding date of SV Darmstadt in 1898 on the sides. And the “WirLilien” logo on the back. The Suzuki S-Cross shines in the blue, genuine SVD design. This was raffled off in a joint competition between Suzuki Germany and SV 98, among other things, in an Instagram story by Lilien. The keys were handed over on the Darmstadt team's last home game day against TSG Hoffenheim (May 12th).

“Couldn’t stop smiling”
21.05.2024

“Couldn’t stop smiling”

While most of the players are already on their summer break, Fabio Torsiello still has another game on the agenda. The offensive player was called up for the U19 national team and a friendly against Denmark. We spoke to Fabio about the call up, his Bundesliga experiences and many other topics.

U19: Torsiello selected for the German junior national team
21.05.2024

U19: Torsiello selected for the German junior national team

Traveling with the national team! Fabio Torsiello was nominated for the German U19 team. The SV Darmstadt 98 attacker will take part in a DFB course after the end of the season, including an international match against Denmark. You will find all the information here.

Where are they now…?
19.05.2024

Where are they now…?

One sells photovoltaic systems, the other is a player in the newly founded Baller League. Still others have their own company and advise on tax matters and pension issues. The paths of the 2014 promotion heroes look very different, but the miracle of Bielefeld unites them all. Over the last few weeks we have spoken to the protagonists who played in the relegation second leg on May 19, 2014. We wanted to know how they look back on what they have achieved, but at the same time what their career path looked like and what they are doing today. Anecdotes of broken windshields and sleepy gas station stops included.

“It’s unbelievable that there were 6,000 Lily fans here today.”
18.05.2024

“It’s unbelievable that there were 6,000 Lily fans here today.”

34 out of 34 match days. The Lilies say goodbye to the 1st Bundesliga with a 0-4 defeat at Borussia Dortmund. How do the two head coaches classify the game? What do the Darmstadt protagonists say? We have summarised all the voices about the game for you.

Nothing countable at the end
18.05.2024

Nothing countable at the end

The Lilies' Bundesliga journey ends with a defeat: SV 98 lost 0:4 (0:2) to Borussia Dortmund.

Five Changes in the Starting XI
18.05.2024

Five Changes in the Starting XI

Torsten Lieberknecht changed his starting lineup to five positions compared to the last home game against Hoffenheim. In the last game of the season, Marcel Schuhen, Matthias Bader, Christoph Zimmermann, Tobias Kempe and Klaus Gjasula move into the starting line-up for Alexander Brunst, Jannik Müller, Julian Justvan, Fabian Nürnberger and Mathias Honsak.

Matchday Compact: All Info for the Dortmund Game
18.05.2024

Matchday Compact: All Info for the Dortmund Game

The last Bundesliga game for the Lilies is coming up. Head coach Torsten Lieberknecht's team will be visiting Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon (May 18th/3:30pm). The SVD wants to say goodbye to the big stage properly, BVB needs to get ready for the premier class final on June 1st against Real Madrid. Matchday will definitely be emotional, Borussia icon Marco Reus will play his last home game. But before things get down to business in Dortmund, we will provide you with all the information about the duel between the Lilies and BVB.

Fan Evening
18.05.2024

Fan Evening

As part of our monthly fan evenings, we would like to provide the opportunity for exchange between the club and its members and fans. We realised how important this exchange is after the Augsburg game and are generally of the opinion that we have to constantly develop, improve and design many things together at the rebuilt Bölle. We would therefore like to focus on the various stands at intervals during our fan evenings in the future. And then we use the collected results and experiences to create the overall stadium experience „Böllenfalltor“.

From summer: Marseiler becomes a Lily
16.05.2024

From summer: Marseiler becomes a Lily

The Lilies have strengthened themselves with an offensive player: Luca Marseiler, currently the third division with Viktoria Köln, will play for SV Darmstadt 98 from the new season.

“Grab the honour”
16.05.2024

“Grab the honour”

Press conference in the Merck Stadium at the Böllenfalltor. Before the last game of the season against Borussia Dortmund (May 18th/3:30pm), Torsten Lieberknecht answered questions from the journalists present in the PK room. The head coach of the Lilies spoke about the upcoming duel and looked at the current season and also the coming season. We have summarised the most important statements for you.

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!

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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.