FC Augsburg are a club rich in tradition, established on August 8th 1907 – on the day of the German Peace Festival. Originally, they were named FC Allemania before being renamed BC Augsburg twelve years later. In 1969 BCA merged with the second biggest football club in Augsburg, TSV Schwaben Augsburg, and since then have been listed as FC Augsburg.
Although FCA produced prominent football players like Uli Biesinger (1954 World Cup winner) or Helmut Haller, they were not able to establish themselves at the highest level when the Bundesliga was founded in 1963. After spending 23 years in amateur football, Augsburg secured promotion into the second division in 2006, before earning their top-flight status for the first time in the club’s history in 2011.
But FCA do not only define themselves as a Bundesliga club from a sporting perspective, and are also involved in activities off the pitch. The club opposes and takes action against hostility to foreigners and racism in any kind of form and supports socially deprived individuals through various social commitments.
The WWK ARENA, home-stadium of FCA’s first team, has taken a leading role in regard to the protection of the climate and being environment-friendly. The stadium, which was built in 2009 and already has a reputation as “Anfield Road on the B17” due to its fantastic atmosphere, is the World’s first CO² neutral stadium.
It’s important that both home and away fans feel comfortable in the WWK ARENA, which is why the club often express their affinity to the city and the region with the motto “One region – one club – one passion”. A guitar version of a famous song from “Augsburg’s Puppenkiste”, with whom Augsburg has formed a closer partnership over the years, is played every time FCA scores a goal in the WWK ARENA. As the captains meet for the toss prior to the game, the visiting side are presented with a marionette from Augsburg’s Puppenkiste. A Jim Knopf (Jim Button) marionette was replaced by different marionettes after the 2012/13 season.
Some traditions were also carried over from their old playing ground, the Rosenaustadion, to the modern WWK ARENA. A video clip is displayed every time Augsburg score a goal, showing Josef Wagner manually change the score-boards to the appropriate result, as he had done for decades himself in the Rosenaustadion. These are small gestures, which show the special bond FCA has built towards its home region.
Hospitality is very important to FCA. The visiting fans are not only greeted with their own club anthem upon arrival at the WWK ARENA, but FCA also supports a project which invites fans from opposing teams to take part in various cultural activities.
Alongside tolerance and living together peacefully, FCA also places a lot of emphasis on the promotion of youth players as they look to not only give them a proper sporting education but also teach them important social aspects of life. FCA supports youth promotion by investing all the funds received from annual memberships into development of their youth teams.
Therefore, FCA would be very happy if more fans decided to become a member under the motto “We are all FCA!”