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Hamburg SV (Football Club, Germany)


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[HSV Football Club (Germany)] 2:3
by Marcus Schmöger

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Issue 14 (2nd April 2001) of the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, p. 175, showed this picture of supporters of the German football club HSV waving flags of their club. Pictures of the different flags can be seen at the club's website in the fanshop.

Marcus Schmöger, 11 May 2001

From the club website:

September 29th 1887: The Hohenfelder Sports Club and the Wandsbek-Maruienthaler Sports Club found Sport-Club Germania von 1887, which was to become one of the three clubs to form HSV.

June 1st 1919: SC Germania, Hamburg FC and FC Falke 1906 merge to form Hamburg SV. The club colours of red and white are picked as a compromise suitable for all.

(Red and white are the Hamburg city colours.) However the flag shown on that same webpage is the current one — though labelled Hamburg's colours (sic). Quite confusing. However, the German version gives further and more correct details:
01. Juni 1919: Der SC Germania, der Hamburger FC und der FC Falke 1906 vereinigen sich zum Hamburger SV. Rot und Weiß werden zu den Vereinsfarben gewählt, blau und schwarz —die Farben des SC Germania— tauchen im Rhombus des Vereinswappens auf.
The last sentence reads, "Red and white are chosen as the club's colours, blue and black —the SC Germania colours— appear in the lozenge of the club's arms". The contradiction is not fully settled, since the nearby flag (again the same as Marcus reported) is labelled Die Vereinsfarben des HSV i.e. the HSV club colours.

By the way, the scanned picture from Der Spiegel shows (center left) a further variant of a HSV flag (at least it uses the same colours) which is quite interesting in that it follows the Union Flag pattern.

Santiago Dotor, 7 June 2002

White shirts and red trousers are the colours in which the HSV traditionally plays — that is probably what the 'club colours' are about.

Stefan Schwoon, 7 June 2002

Flag variant with hoist stripe in the German colours

[HSV Football Club, variant with stripe in German colours (Germany)] 2:3
by Marcus Schmöger