| Markus Geiser|
Stadion im Brötzinger Tal
| 1. Club für Rasenspiele
Pforzheim 1896 e.V.|
The 1. CfR Pforzheim is a German association football club from the city of Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg. The club, formed in a merger in 2010, also offers ice hockey as a sport.
1. CfR Pforzheim Wikipedia
The club was formed on 3 July 2010, when the two local rivals 1. FC Pforzheim and VfR Pforzheim merged to form 1. CfR.
Of the two clubs, 1. FC Pforzheim had been the more successful side, even making a losing appearance in the German football championship final in 1906. In the more recent past, the club had won a championship in the then tier-three Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 1991. Since 2004, 1. FCP had mainly been playing in the Verbandsliga Nordbaden, where it won a league title in 2006. It was this league place, the new club inherited, entering the Verbandsliga from 2010 onwards. The club also claims 1896, the formation year of 1. FCP, as its historical founding date.
VfR Pforzheim had spent most of its history in the shadow of 1. FC Pforzheim. The two clubs last encountered each other in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg for three seasons from 1992 to 1995. VfR finished runners-up in this league in 1994–95 but, missing out on promotion, decided to withdraw to lower amateur league football for financial reasons. The clubs final two seasons were spend in the tier eight Kreisliga Pforzheim, before it merged with its rival.
In its inaugural season, 2010–11, the club finished seventh in the Verbandsliga and had set its aim for the 2011–12 season to finishing in the top five of the league. In 2014 it came only seventh but finished runners-up in the league the season after and qualified for the promotion round to the Oberliga. It defeated FC Radolfzell and SV Göppingen to win Oberliga promotion.
The club's honours:Verbandsliga Baden
The recent season-by-season performance of the club:
The club suffers from the unusual problem of having two home grounds, a situation caused through the merger. The Stadion Holzhof, built in 1920, and the Brötzinger Tal stadium, built in 1913. Both hold 10,000 spectators. The club originally favoured the Holzhof as its permanent home ground but was unable to obtain permission from the local council to develop the ground because of its location in a protected zone.