DJK Don Bosco Bamberg

The DJK Don Bosco Bamberg is a German association football club from the town of Bamberg, Bavaria. DJK stands for Deutsche Jugendkraft, a sports organisation associated with the Catholic Church while John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic priest of the Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th century.

DJK Don Bosco Bamberg
Full nameDeutsche Jugendkraft Don Bosco Bamberg e. V. 1950
Founded13 July 1950
ManagerGerd Schimmer
LeagueBayernliga Nord (V)

The club's greatest success came in 2012 when it qualified for the new northern division of the expanded Bayernliga, the fifth tier of the German football league system but lasted for only one season there. It made a return to this league in 2015 after a Landesliga championship.


DJK Don Bosco Bamberg was formed in 1950 by local catholic priest Richard Feuerlein. Its primary focus was to be towards providing sporting opportunities for the local youth, inspired by the work of Don Bosco who engaged in work with impoverished youth.[1][2]

For most of its history the club has been a non-descript amateur side in local Bavarian football. The team rose as far as the Bezirksliga Oberfranken-West in 1996, but was soon relegated. Promoted in 2000 and relegated from this league again in 2002 it once more returned in 2006. After two more Bezirksliga seasons the club won the league in 2008 and earned promotion to the Bezirksoberliga Oberfranken.[3] The club spent two seasons there before earning another promotion, now to the Landesliga.[4]

The club played for two seasons in the Landesliga Bayern-Nord, until the league was disbanded in 2012. Don Bosco came seventh in its first season there but finished only twelfth in its second year. Through the promotion round, however, the club managed to qualify for the new northern division of the Bayernliga.[5]

DJK Don Bosco lasted for only one season in the Bayernliga before being relegated again, now to the Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest, where it plays today.[6][7] The club broke a Landesliga record when it won all of its first twelve games in the league at the start of the 2014–15 season,[8] and eventually won the league and earned promotion back to the Bayernliga.


The club's honours:

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[9][10]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–2000 Kreisliga VIII
2000–01 Bezirksliga Oberfranken-West VII 10th
2001–02 Bezirksliga Oberfranken-West 15th ↓
2004–05 Kreisliga Bamberg VIII 8th
2005–06 Kreisliga Bamberg 2nd ↑
2006–07 Bezirksliga Oberfranken-West VII 5th
2007–08 Bezirksliga Oberfranken-West 1st ↑
2008–09 Bezirksoberliga Oberfranken 4th
2009–10 Bezirksoberliga Oberfranken 1st ↑
2010–11 Landesliga Bayern-Nord VI 7th
2011–12 Landesliga Bayern-Nord 12th ↑
2012–13 Bayernliga Nord V 16th ↓
2013–14 Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest VI 6th
2014–15 Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest 1st ↑
2015–16 Bayernliga Nord V 11th
2016–17 Bayernliga Nord
  • With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligas in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesligas, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.


Promoted Relegated


  1. Wir über uns (in German) DJK Don Bosco website, accessed: 19 August 2014
  2. "Warum heißen die so? Heute: DJK Don Bosco Bamberg" [Where does their name mean? Today: DJK Don Bosco Bamberg]. (in German). German Football Association official results website. 2 December 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. Bezirksliga Oberfranken-West tabels & results Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine Manfreds Fussball Archiv, accessed: 19 August 2014
  4. Bezirksoberliga Oberfranken tabels & results Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine Manfreds Fussball Archiv, accessed: 19 August 2014
  5. Landesliga Bayern-Nord tabels & results Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine Manfreds Fussball Archiv, accessed: 19 August 2014
  6. Bayernliga Nord tables & results, accessed: 19 August 2014
  7. Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest tables & results, accessed: 19 August 2014
  8. DJK Bamberg bricht Landesliga-Startrekord (in German), published: 22 September 2014, accessed: 9 October 2014
  9. Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  10. – Ergebnisse Archived 7 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
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