VFL Bochum is a German football club based in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.
VFL is one of the oldest sports organization in Germany, origining way back in 1848. VFL Bochum were formed on April 14,1938 when the Nazi regime ordered a number of the club’s predeccesors to unite.
They started playing from the 1938-1939 season and after World War II played as the independent VFL Bochu, Fussballgemeinschaft 1848 and played their first season in the second division in 2. Oberliga West in 1949. They won the title in 1953 and played in the Oberliga West for one season. They won it again in 1956 and played in the German flight until the 1960-1961 season when they were relegated.
When the German Bundesliga was started, the club was set in the third tier Amateurliga Westfalen. They steadily climbed up and reached the Bundesliga in 1971. They also reached the final of the German Cup in 1968 and then again in 1988.
Bochum’s best place finish in the German Bundesliga came in 1997 and 2004 when they finished in fifth on both occasions.
VFL Bochum play their home matches at the Ruhrstadion that can accomodate 31,328.