All you need to know about the Bundesliga's only ever-present side, Hamburger SV.

Fun facts

  • The pride of Germany's port city, Hamburger SV are the only Bundesliga club that played the inaugural 1963/64 season never to have been relegated.
  • HSV (Hamburger Sport Verein), as the locals know their club, have a clock in the Volksparkstadion keeping track of their proud Bundesliga history.
  • One of Germany’s Traditionsvereine, HSV finished tenth in 15/16, nine points off the European places and eight clear of automatic relegation.

HSV put their relegation concerns firmly behind them in 2015/16.


The biggest club in Germany's second city, Hamburger SV are an institution in German football and one that oozes tradition. They were founding members of the Bundesliga, winners of the European Cup in 1983, and remain the only ever-present club in the top tier since its inception despite coming close to relegation in 2014 and 2015, escaping each time via the relegation play-offs.

HSV coach Bruno Labbadia (r.) is enjoying his second stint in charge of the club.

Dominant in the northern regional leagues before the Bundesliga's birth, HSV enjoyed their most fruitful years on the national scene in the 1970s and 1980s, but their form has dropped in recent years.


Bundesliga champions: 1978/79, 1981/82, 1982/83

DFB Cup winners: 1962/63, 1975/76, 1986/87

European Cup winners: 1982/83

European Cup Winners' Cup winners: 1976/77

Stadium: Volksparkstadion

Capacity: 57,000