SC Paderborn - Die Schwarz-Blau
Hi everyone and welcome to my new story! I know I've done quite a few recently (Cruijff, Ameobi) that didn't work out and were very shortlived but now I'm going back to a simple save in Germany and just a simple story unlike Cruijff and Ameobi. The team is not going to be Eintracht Braunschweig this time nor is it going to be a secret. My team is SC Paderborn 07.
SV Paderborn 1913 sadly became nothing, and by 1955 had only spent time in the Amateurliga Westfalen, but they would merge with VfJ 08 to form 1. FC Paderborn in 1968. 1.FCP stayed in the Amateurliga though almost gained promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in the 1977/78 season. Meanwhile, the new TuS Schloß Neuhaus came 3rd in the Amateur Oberliga having formed by a merger of SV 07 Neuhaus. In 1982 they won promotion to the 2. Bundesliga and in 1985, the modern SC Paderborn 07 came into being - sort of. TuS Schloß Neuhaus merged with 1.FC Paderborn to form TuS Paderborn Neuhaus in the Oberliga Westfalen, though in 1994 they were promoted to the Regionalliga West. In 1997, they finally became SC Paderborn 07, but were relegated by the turn of the millennium. Fortunately they won the Oberliga Westfalen in their first season back to join the new Regionalliga Nord where they spent 4 years before finally reaching the 2. Bundesliga again. In 2008/09 they spent one year in the first ever 3. Liga but came straight back after a 3rd place position, behind Union Berlin and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
It has clearly not been an easy ride for SC Paderborn, no less for their poor fans who have needed to remember all those names. But at times the club's credibility, respectability and pretty much everything came into question, especially in the Deutsche Fußball Liga Scandal of 2005. In the end, Die Schwarz Blau were found to have no responsibility in the scandal, but the investigations began after they suspiciously beat Hamburger SV (two teams who have never played a league match together) in the DFB-Pokal, during their inaugural 2. Bundesliga season. SCP were awarded 2 suspicious penalties and HSV saw their forward Emile Mpenza shown the red card by referee Robert Hoyzer, resulting in a comeback by Paderborn from 2-0 down to win 4-2. The DFB subsequently began an investigation that uncovered a huge scandal, that revealed Hoyzer and Dominik Marks, another referee, were frequently having meetings in Berlin with a Croatian gambling syndicate run by Phillip and Milan Šapina, who were connected to organized crime. They were arrested alongside 3 Hertha Berliner SC (The club has been involved in all 3 Bundesliga scandals) players, Alexander Madlung, Nando Rafael and Josip Šimunic, who had all played in a shock cup defeat to 3rd tier Eintracht Braunschweig in which Madlung scored the winning own goal 10 minutes from time, though eventually no Hertha players were charged.
André Breitenreiter was born on October the 2nd 1973, in Hannover. He began his footballing career with the local side Hannover 96, as a striker. He made his debut in the 2. Bundesliga in 1991 and won the 1992 DFB-Pokal, shocking Gladbach in the final in Hannover's only Pokal victory to date. He also played in the 1993 Under 20 World Cup in Australia, and signed for Hamburger SV in 1994. After 3 successful Bundesliga years, he moved on to VfL Wolfsburg, who had just earner promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever in their history, but he managed just 1 goal, then moved to SpVgg Unterhaching in the 2. Bundesliga, who he helped to promotion, and helped keep in the Bundesliga until their relegation in the 2000/01 season, though he stayed on for one more year. He had brief spells at SC Langenhagen and KSV Hessen Kassel before settling at Holstein Kiel, where he spent 4 years. Then, he had a short stint at BV Cloppenburg, before joining TSV Havelse in 2009, and whilst he only played 11 times for Havelse, he became the Regionalliga Nord side's boss, and nearly inspired them to promotion in his first year, which was enough to convince Wilfried Finke's hand to sign him for SC Paderborn, and that is where our story begins.