The full name of this old club is Verein für Leibesübungen von 1899 e.V. Osnabrück. Its story started in 1899 when a number of “wild” clubs came together to become Fußball Club 1899 Osnabrück. The club’s early history is a complicated story of mergers, splits and name changes – and the current name first appeared in 1925.
After the war, the club was placed in Oberliga Nord where it did well in a league which also contained Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen and FC St Pauli. When the Bundesliga was formed in 1963, Osnabrück joined the second tier Regionalliga Nord and then the 2. Bundesliga. Despite coming close on several occasions, the club was never able to gain promotion to the Bundesliga.
In 2009 VfL Osnabrück was relegated to the 3. Liga where it has remained for the last eight seasons.
The Bremer Brücke first opened in 1931, but it has been refurbished a number of times and thanks to a recent expansion now has a capacity of 16,667 with 10,475 standing places. A standing ticket costs 11 and a seat between 25 and 29 euros.
There is an online shop and you can also order tickets by phone (49180301899) and at the Tourist Information Office on Bierstraße. There are two Fan Shops – one at the stadium and one on Krahnstraße. They also sell tickets.
There are regular trains to Osnabrück from Hannover and the journey will take just over an hour. The cheapest way to travel is to get a Niedersachen-Ticket, which costs 23 euros for one person and extra four euros for each additional traveller up to five. You can use it anywhere in Lower Saxony and to the other places on this map. It is valid on regional trains, buses, trams and underground – but not on IC of EC trains.
If you are based in Düsseldorf, Osnabrück is also well within reach – it will take you about two and a half hours to get there, with one change. The cheapest way to travel is with the SchönerTag Ticket – 30 euros for one person and 44 euros for up to five travellers and valid for a whole day from 9 am on trains (except for IC and EC), trams, buses and underground right across North Rhine-Westfalia. Plan your journey on the VRR website.
Bus numbers 91, 92, 31, 32, 33, 81, 82 will all take you from the station to the Bremer Brücke.