Kiel played in the Gauliga Nordmark and consistently delivered solid top-five finishes, but were frustrated in their pursuit of a division title.In 1942, the Gauliga Nordmark was broken up into the Gauliga Hamburg and Gauliga Schleswig-Holstein.Through the 1920s, the team made regular appearances in the national playoffs and reached 1926 the semi-finals where they were eliminate 1–3 by Sp Vgg Greuther Fürth.In 1930, they played their way to the final, losing 4–5 to Hertha BSC.
The club was not very successful and never loomed large in football generally.After the conflict football in the western half of the country was re-organized into five regional top flight divisions.Holstein Kiel played from 1947 until 1963 in the Oberliga Nord (I) and twice finished as runners-up (1953, 1957).No longer in the company of Hamburger SV and other strong teams from the city, Kiel immediately captured the title of the new division and defended it over the next two seasons until the end of World War II brought play to a halt across the country.Those titles earned Kiel entry into the national playoff rounds.
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Kiel failed in its attempt to advance to the Bundesliga after its 1965 Regionalliga Nord championship.German football was restructured in 1974 with the formation of a new second division known as the 2.Bundesliga and the team slipped to third division play in the Amateuroberliga Nord (III).Holstein Kiel won promotion to second tier competition in 1978 as part of the 2. With the reunification of Germany in 1990 teams from the former East Germany became part of combined national competition.Holstein Kiel (KSV Holstein or Kieler SV Holstein) is a German association football and sports club based in the city of Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.