Thursday, 21 November 2019

Five Clubs Named Viktoria

FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin

BFC Viktoria 1889, one of the oldest clubs in Germany, merged with Lichterfelder FC in 2013 to become FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin. BFC Viktoria were German champions in 1908 but spent most of their history in the lower divisions, as did Lichterfelder FC in various guises. The current FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin side ply their trade in Germany's fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost.

FC Viktoria Köln

Viktoria Köln, another German side, were last season promoted to the 3.Liga with city rivals Fortuna Köln heading in the other direction. In 1963 the club was selected to be Cologne's representatives in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the predecessor to the UEFA Cup, where they lost in the semi finals. The club, however, has done little else of note, and like Fortuna Köln have generally spent their history in the shadows of the city's main side 1. FC Köln.

FC Viktoria Plzeň

5 times top flight champions, Czech side Viktoria Plzeň won their first league title in 2011 and have been regulars in European competition for over a decade now. Formed in 1911 the club spent much of their history yoyoing between the top two divisions in Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic. They have one Czech Cup title to their name.

FK Viktoria Žižkov

Another Cezch side, Prague based Viktoria Žižkov currently play in the country's second tier. The club won the Czechoslovak championship in 1928 and were runners the following year. During that era, they also regularly won what was the predecessor to the Czechoslovak Cup. The club fell into decline after the war, however, descending into the lower leagues and not returning to the top flight until 1993. The club won the Czech Cup in 1994 and again in 2001 but have struggled in the league since that last cup triumph. Relegated in 2004 they have spent only three seasons in the top flight since and even briefly fell into the third tier at one point.

SV Viktoria Aschaffenburg

The third German side on this list, Viktoria Aschaffenburg, hail from Bavaria. The club has never played in the Bundesliga, but before it's formation in 1963 regularly played in the Oberliga Süd which was one of five regional leagues that formed part of the National Championship. In the eighties, they briefly played in the 2. Bundesliga but have failed to get anywhere near it since. Last season they were Bavarian Cup runners up.

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