DSC Arminia Bielefeld is a German football club based in Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia. They currently feature in the German Bundesliga.
Ariminia Bielefeld were established on May 3,1905 as 1. Bielefelder FC Arminia by fourteen men from the local bourgeoise. They played their first match two weeks later against a side from Osnabruck. Bielefeld were then admitted to the DFB in te same year and then in 1907 local rivals FC Siegfried joined Arminia.
Arminia moved to a new home at Pottenau in 1910 and three years later won the Westphalian championship. In 1919 they merged with Bielefelder Turngemeinde 1848 to form TG Arminia Bielefeld. The merger broke in 1922 and the clubs were separated and formed again.
Arminia won the West German championship in 1922 and successfully defended their crown in 1923. They won further Westphalian championships from 1924 to 1927 and on January 30,1926 were rechristened as Deutscher Sportsclub Arminia Bielefeld and in 1932 won the Westphalian Cup.
In 1933 Arminia Bielefeld qualified for the Gauliga Westfalen but were relegated from there after just one season. They won promotion to the top flight again in 1938 and finished second in the 1939-1940 season. On July 25,1943 they merged with local rivals VFB 03 Bielefeld.
After the World War II though, Arminia initilly struggled and even played third division football in the 1947-1948 season. They continued to struggle after that but won the West German Cup for the first time in 1966. They won promotion to the Bundesliga at the end of the 1969-1970 season. They were then caught in a bribery scandal and were relegated to the Regionalliga at the end of the 1971-1972 season.
Arminia Bielefeld returned to the Bundesliga in the 1977-1978 season and stayed in the top flight for five years. They were then relegated and a period of instability resumed but returned to the Bundesliga in the 1990s. They again got relegated.
Arminia Bielefeld have been playing in the german Bundesliga since their last promotion in 2001-2002 and have been playing in the top flight ever since. They reached the semi-finals of the German Cup in 2005 and 2006.
Arminia Bielefeld play their home matches at the Bielefelder Alm that has a capacity of 28,008. They bear the nicknames Die Arminen and Die Blauen.