A merger of Augsburg's two most successful clubs, TSV Schwaben and BC Augsburg , was discussed as early as in the late s, but distrust between the two sides and a fear that the other club would dominate the merger caused each side to hesitate, despite the financial trouble both clubs were in.
A first serious meeting between the two sides was held in , both clubs having dropped out of tier-one football by then.
The leadership of the multi-sports club Schwaben was completely behind a merger but the club's football department was not and once more the process of forming FCA was stalled.
In , with BCA struggling in the third division after relegation from professional football the year before and Schwaben soon to follow, another effort was made.
In April , a high-level meeting between the two club bosses brought the decision to merge the clubs and name the new side FC Augsburg.
FCA was to be a football club only with no other sports department. The then-mayor of Augsburg, Hans Breuer, was one of the driving forces behind the move.
The merger came at a time of on-the-field decline for both sides, Schwaben had just been relegated from the tier-two Regionalliga Süd and decided that an attempt to regain their status was financially impossible, while BCA narrowly missed out on promotion to the league that season.
In June, of of BCA's members present voted for the merger while,  shortly after, 75 percent of Schwaben's members approved the motion, too.
Schwaben, however, opted for the "small solution"—the club was to remain independent with only its football department merging into the new club. A year later, the footballers of Eintracht rejoined Schwaben but, since then, have always remained an amateur club.
It took the new football department until to regain its third-division status, where they were to meet FCA for the first time in league football and renewed the Augsburg derby.
The new FCA played its first game on 30 July , when it met 1. FC Nürnberg in Augsburg in front of 13,, losing 0—3 in extra time.
After the formation of the club in , the side was to spend most of its time in tier-two and three leagues, the Bayernliga , Regionalliga Süd and the 2.
The new side, despite now concentrating Augsburg's football forces, was no instant success. A fourth-place finish in the league and dwindling supporter numbers proved that the new merger side had not yet been accepted in the city.
The following season, FCA finished one place better in the league but, with an average support of spectators per game, the club found it difficult to retain its top players.
The —72 season saw further decline, an eighth-place finish, but from there the team improved, winning the league the following year and returning professional football to town.
The —74 season saw the return of one of Augsburg's greatest football talents to the city, and the FCA—former German international Helmut Haller had returned to the club after 11 years in Italy playing for Bologna and Juventus.
FCA became an instant success in the Regionalliga, drawing an average crowd of over 22, for its home matches. When the club traveled to Munich to meet Munich in the then-new Olympic Stadium , 80, flocked to the game starting what remains today as a fierce rivalry between the two clubs.
FCA dominated the season, eventually winning the league title as a freshly promoted team. The mood in Augsburg was one of excitement and the newspapers spoke of the atmosphere in the stadium as of "Augsburg, the Napoli of Germany.
Augsburg qualified for the promotion round of for the Bundesliga through its league title, where it met four other teams to determine the one available spot in the first division.
FCA gave away easy points at home, drawing three times in four games. Nevertheless, FCA had qualified for the southern division of the new 2.
Bundesliga through its league title. The success of —74 was quickly replaced with relegation trouble in the new 2. The next five seasons saw lower table finishes, the temporary departure of Helmut Haller and frequent replacements of managers.
By —79, the club was unable to avoid relegation, despite Haller, at the age of 40, once more taking to the field for FCA for a last time.
The club, after six seasons in the second division, returned to the Bayernliga. FCA was able to break the fall and win the Bavarian league title to gain promotion back to the 2.
Bundesliga straight away in — On top of this, the team qualified for the German amateur football championship , where it went all the way to the final before losing to VfB Stuttgart 's reserve side.
But the club's promotion back to the second level faced a major obstacle. Bundesliga, after , was to operate in a single division and with half as many clubs as before, meaning the club had to fulfill the qualifying norm, not an easy task for a freshly promoted side.
FCA finished 18th in —81, not enough to hold the league in a normal season and definitely not enough in The club once more won the Bavarian league on first attempt, defeating Schwaben in the first two Augsburg league derbies since , but now had to enter a promotion round to determine the two teams that would go up out of the four Southern German league champions.
Bundesliga once more, despite some of the gate receipts already being processed during the game against FC 08 Homburg by the tax department due to outstanding debts.
It was to be Augsburg's last season in the second tier for almost a quarter of a century. FCA was to spend the next 11 seasons once more in Bavaria's highest league, the Bayernliga, at the time still the third tier of league football in the state.
With the gradual reduction of the number of second divisions from five in to one in , a number of Bavarian clubs that had once played at higher level had now dropped down to this level, and competition in the league was much stronger than in the past: Bundesliga in recent years.
While the club was one of the top sides in the league, another title did not seem to materialise; a second-place finish in being the best result, one point behind champions SpVgg Bayreuth.
It was only when Armin Veh took over the team in that fortunes for the team seemed to improve,  not harmed by the fact Munich made its "escape" from the league and returned to professional football that year.
In , the club won its one and only national championship to date, when 1. FC Kaiserslautern was defeated in the German Under championship final.
In , the club had another try at promotion in the last year of promotion play-offs to the 2. However, this time the Bavarian champion was not grouped with the other Southern German clubs as in previous years, and thus had to face stronger clubs in the northern group that included Eintracht Braunschweig and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Despite being overmatched and unable to advance, they still received strong support in the region with crowds of over 20, turning up at the games.
While the performance was not enough to gain entry to the 2. Bundesliga, FCA did qualify for the new Regionalliga Süd , which was slotted between the second division and the Bayernliga as the new third tier.
Augsburg spent the first four years in the new league as a mid-table side, never getting anywhere near the promotion ranks.
The fifth season then saw a decline, with the team only finishing 14th and only two points clear of a relegation spot.
The following year was once more a qualifying season, with the number of Regionalligas being reduced in numbers from four to two.
FCA fulfilled the on-the-field requirement, finishing eighth, its best Regionalliga result to that date. Financially, however, the club was in dire straits, with a real possibility of the club folding.
While the latter threat could be averted, FCA was refused a Regionalliga licence when a potential investor backed out and the German Football Association DFB relegated it to the Bayernliga, now the fourth tier.
Financial rescue came in the form of Walther Seinsch , a local entrepreneur, who took over as chairman and introduced sound financial management to the club.
The club was able to field a competitive team in the Bayernliga once more and achieved promotion back to the Regionalliga in its second season, in The club returned as a force in the third division, earning top-four finishes in all of the next four seasons there.
FCA came achingly close to advancing to 2. Bundesliga in , but missed their opportunity after giving up two goals to Jahn Regensburg in the last four minutes of their final game of the season.
The club dominated the Regionalliga Süd the next year, winning the league and clinching a berth in the 2. Bundesliga for the —07 season.
This marked their first appearance in the 2. Bundesliga in 23 years. They finished the campaign in seventh place on 52 points, only eight points away from promotion to the top-flight.
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