The early 1980s also saw the rise of a longstanding and intense friendship between the fans of Nürnberg and those of former archrival Schalke 04.
FCN crashing to 16th place and into a shock relegation. FCN was not relegated because they had fewer points than Frankfurt, nor because of a lower goal differential, but on the third tie-breaker – fewer goals scored. FCN rebounded and played in the Bundesliga but still found itself flirting with relegation from season to season.In the mid-1990s, Nürnberg had financial problems that led to their being penalized six points in the 1995–96 season while playing in the 2. The club was relegated to the third division as a consequence. singel Hamburg Improved management saw the club clawing back and return to the top flight eventually. FCN suffered what was arguably the worst meltdown in Bundesliga history.That would be the first of five titles Der Club would capture over the course of eight years.In each of those wins, they would shutout their opponents.
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The club's strong play made it an obvious choice to be amongst the 16 teams selected to participate in the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional football league, formed in 1963.Der Club played as a mid-table side through the league's early years until putting on a dominating performance in 1968 in which it sat atop the league table from the fifth week of play on to the end of the season, en route to its first Bundesliga title.The club has won the Bundesliga once and the DFB-Pokal four times. Since 1963, the club have played their home games at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg.After World War I, Nürnberg would gradually turn their success into dominance of the country's football.