ABOUT THE FOXES OF BERLIN
The “Füchse Berlin” or Berlin Foxes are the professional handball division of the Berlin club “Füchse Berlin Reinickendorf e.V. BTSV von 1891“. The club has played under this name in the 2nd National League, North Division, since the 2005/06 season. In the 2006/07 season, the Foxes secured the championship ahead of schedule and have played in the National Handball League – the strongest league in the world – ever since.
“We came to stay” was the motto of the Berlin Foxes in the 2007/2008 season after their promotion into the National League. The Foxes have established themselves there in recent years and it is no longer possible to imagine the group of top teams without them.
It has been a rocky road to this point, however. In the spring of 2005, the Foxes were still at the crossroads. No more than 500 spectators ever strayed into the Horst-Korber Centre in Charlottenburg for home games in the 2nd division. In June 2005, the Foxes were denied a licence for the 2nd division. After three years in the lower league, the Foxes handball department was in danger of disappearing completely from the German handball scene – until a successful triumvirate was found. In 2005, CDU politician and passionate handball fan Frank Steffel was elected president of MTV Reinickendorf, which was founded on January 28, 1891, by a clear majority. After several mergers and name changes, the club is now called “Füchse Berlin Reinickendorf e.V. BTSV von 1891”. As a grassroots president, Steffel leads the main club, which now has 24 departments and just under 3700 members, with passion and dedication. Frank Steffel brought handball expert Bob Hanning on board as Managing Director, as well as former top goalkeeper Ulrich Theis as a Partner.
The trio pulled together, had the handball team renamed “Füchse Berlin” (Berlin Foxes) and won the licence at the third attempt in 2005. Just two years later, the club was promoted to the National League with a sound concept that focused primarily on sustainability and youth. With their DHB Cup victory in 2014, the Berlin Foxes celebrated the first title win in the club’s history, subsequently winning the EHF Cup in 2015 and 2018 and becoming Club World Champions in 2015 as well as 2016. In addition, several German youth championships represent Germany’s strongest youth work – based centrally in Füchse Town at the Sportforum Berlin. Without a doubt, the Berlin Foxes are one of the flagships of German handball as well as of the multifaceted sports metropolis and federal capital Berlin.
- DHB Cup Winner 2014
- EHF Cup Winner 2015
- Club World Champion 2015
- Club World Champion 2016
- EHF Cup Winner 2018
- German Champion A-Youth 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2020
- German Champion B-Youth 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017
- World School Champion 2014
- Vice World Champion School World Cup 2012, 2018