29 Facts About Arminia Bielefeld


DSC Arminia Bielefeld, or just Arminia, is a German sports club from Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Arminia Bielefeld's name derives from the Cheruscan chieftain Arminius, who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

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In 1947 and in the 1950s Arminia Bielefeld had sunk down to a team playing in a rather local area in the third tier.

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In 1923, Arminia Bielefeld won their second West German championship in a dramatic way.

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Arminia Bielefeld faced Union Oberschoneweide in the quarter-finals of the German championships.

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Arminia Bielefeld won further Westphalian titles from 1924 to 1927 but were unable to repeat their success in the West German Championships.

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Two years later, Arminia Bielefeld was one of only two teams to win a match at Schalke 04.

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Arminia Bielefeld took their chance, won the league and gained promotion to the Oberliga West.

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In 1954, Arminia Bielefeld were even relegated to the third tier, the "Landesliga Westfalen, Gruppe Ostwestfalen", a league only covering the north-eastern part of Westphalia.

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Arminia Bielefeld finished their first seasons in mid-table, but became one of the better Regionalliga teams later on.

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In 1966, Arminia Bielefeld beat Alemannia Aachen to claim the West German Cup for the first time.

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However, near the end of the season it was discovered that Arminia Bielefeld had engaged in match-fixing; three of the ten Bundesliga games which were proven to have been manipulated through bribery directly involved Arminia Bielefeld.

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Arminia Bielefeld struggled in the following seasons, but were good enough to be appointed to the newly formed 2.

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In 1991, Arminia Bielefeld won the Westphalian Cup, a cup for Westphalian teams not playing in the First or Second Bundesliga, and beat FSV Mainz 05 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

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However, after a poor run after the winter break, Arminia Bielefeld were relegated shortly after Brendesæter had left the club.

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Arminia Bielefeld struggled against relegation again the next season and avoided to drop into the Regionalliga in close season.

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Arminia Bielefeld were almost saved the next year but a slump with only two points out of the last six matches sealed relegation again.

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Furthermore, Arminia Bielefeld reached the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal in 2005 and 2006.

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In both seasons, Arminia Bielefeld kept away from the relegation zone virtually the whole time.

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In 2007, many Arminia Bielefeld fans were sad to see the old East Stand being torn down and further marketing attempts alienated the fans from the Club's Management Board.

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Liga club, Arminia Bielefeld reached the semi-finals by defeating three Bundesliga teams.

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Arminia Bielefeld found themselves among the lowest four teams in the league table from the fourth matchday onwards, mostly on the 16th or 17th rank.

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In that season, Arminia Bielefeld made a big step in lowering its debts through an alliance of sponsors.

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In November 2018, Arminia Bielefeld were practically free of debt but had to sell its stadium.

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In spite of Schalke clearly dominating the match in the first 70 minutes, Arminia Bielefeld thrilled the supporters in the last 20 minutes by scoring two goals and only closely missing extra time.

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Arminia Bielefeld took the club colours blue, white and black upon their foundation in 1905.

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Arminia Bielefeld played its first match against Victoria Hamburg on 1 May 1926.

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In 2004, Arminia Bielefeld signed a sponsorship deal with Schuco and the stadium was named SchucoArena.

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All three clubs are sometimes dubbed the "Nordallianz", despite the fact that Arminia Bielefeld is not located in what is considered Northern Germany.

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