EV Füssen file for bankruptcy

EV Füssen file for bankruptcy

31 Jul 2015Dennis Mende»
 

16-time German champions EV Füssen last played in 3rd tier Oberliga Süd, have to restart in 6th tier, the lowest league in Bavaria. Youth department not affected by bankruptcy.

 
 
 
 

EV Füssen, one of the traditional ice hockey clubs in Germany who won 16 national championships between 1948-49 and 1972-73, have filed for bankruptcy.

The small town club dominated the German ice hockey landscape over a span of about 30 years from the late 1940s throughout the mid 1970s when they collected all their league titles and two additional Spengler Cup wins in 1952 and 1964 but wasn't able to compete with the financially more stable clubs from big cities like Berlin, Cologne or Düsseldorf and played last in Germany's top division in the 1982-83 Oberliga season when they were beaten in the relegation round. 

A debt of around half a million euro led to insolvency of the club who finished the 2014-15 season only as 11th of 12 teams in 3rd tier Oberliga Süd. To be able to have a new start in the lowest Bavarian hockey league, the 6th tier Bezirksliga, a new club has to be founded.

Neither of the youth teams is punished for the bankruptcy of the club and they all can remain in their respective competitions.

The bankruptcy of EV Füssen is another bitter setback for Bavarian ice hockey this summer after two-time German champions EV Landshut's withdrawal from DEL 2 due to financial reasons.

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