VfL Bochum News

VfL Bochum is a professional football club based in the city of Bochum, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The club was founded in 1938 and has a long history in German football. They play their home matches in the 27,600-capacity Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Despite their lengthy stint in Bundesliga 2, their nickname is Die Unabsteigbaren, which translates to “The Unrelegatables”. 

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VfL Bochum History

VfL Bochum played in lower divisions for much of its early history before achieving promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in 1971. The club remained in the top flight for several seasons before being relegated, but returned to the Bundesliga in 1985 and established themselves as a mid-table team over the next decade. In recent years, VfL Bochum has fluctuated between the first and second divisions but has remained a consistent presence in German football. The club is known for its passionate and dedicated fan base, who have supported the team through both good and bad times.

VfL Bochum has a reputation for its focus on youth development and the promotion of young talent. The club has also been involved in several community outreach initiatives and has a strong commitment to social and environmental issues. In 2021, VfL Bochum achieved promotion back to the Bundesliga after a successful campaign in the second division. The club will be looking to establish themselves as a competitive team in the top flight and build on their proud history in German football.

Who Owns VfL Bochum

VFL Bochum, as with many Bundesliga clubs, is owned by the fans. In 2009 the club voted on whether they wanted to remain fan-owned or not, and the overwhelming majority opted to remain under the control of their fans.

VfL Bochum Manager

Vfl Bochum current manager is Thomas Letsch. Thomas Letsch started his coaching career at VfB Oberesslingen/Zell before becoming manager of the Stuttgarter Kickers reserve team. He then moved to FC Union Heilbronn and was the manager for 1 season. Then for the next 2 years, he was assistant manager of SSV Ulm 1846. From January 2008 to June 2009, he was the manager of SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach. In 2012 he became the manager of RB Salzburg’s under-16 team. 

Biggest VfL Bochum Transfers

Being a relatively small club who have only recently been promoted in the 2021/22 season, they have not made very many big transfers. Their biggest arrivals have been:

  • Tommy Bechmann from Esbjerg fB for £1.50m
  • Georgi Donkov from CSKA Sofia for £1.50m
  • Peter Grauland from Brondby IF for £1.45m
  • Christian Fuchs from SV Mattersburg for £1.20m
  • Paul Freier from Bayer Leverkusen for £1.10m

Their biggest sales have been:

  • Armell Bella-Kotchap to Southampton for £11.00m
  • Theofanis Gekas to Bayer Leverkusen for £4.70m
  • Maxim Leitsch to FSV Mainz for £3.50m
  • Paul Freier to Bayer Leverkusen for £3.50m
  • Leon Goretzka to FC Shalke for £3.25m

VfL Bochum Drama

In a game against Borussia Dortmund last season, the referee filed criminal complaints after penalty threats. The game in question ended 1-1 and slowed Borussia Dortmund’s title race chances. After the match, the referee admitted to making a mistake and had to file a criminal complaint due to threats against him and his family. He was even put under police protection. 

Who Plays For VfL Bochum Now

VFL Bochum has a very below-average squad that has defenders such as Manuel Riemann, Niclas Thiede, Erhan Masovic, Ivan Ordets, Bernardo, Tim Oermann, Noah Loosli, Mohammed Tolba, Danilo Soares, Moritz Rowling, Felix Passlack, Jordi Osei Tutu and Cristian Gamboa. Their midfield features players such as Anthony Losilla, Patrick Osterhage, Matus Bero, Mats Pannewig, Kevin Stoger, Philipp Forster, Lukas Daschner and Moritz-Broni Kwarteng. In attack they have Christopher Antwi-Adjei, Takuma Asano, Philipp Hofmann, Simon Zoller, Moritz Broschinski, Lys Mousset and Luis Hartwig. 

What Have VfL Bochum Won

Bochum is a club that has bounced from the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga has, as a result, not won many trophies in its history. They have won 4 German 2. Bundesliga and 1 Western German Cup. 

VfL Bochum 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Bichum will be in and around the relegation zone. We think they will finish 16 and have to play a play-off survival match. The newly promoted teams have significantly less quality in their squads; however, we also think that Stuttgart and Werder Bremen will be safe from relegation, leading Bochum to be in a relegation battle.

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