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Wattenscheid was once a separate town in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. In 1975 it became part of Bochum. It has a population of about 80,000 citizens. It is a part of the Ruhr area. Some famous firms have their headquarters in Wattenscheid e.g. Steilmann.
The football club SG Wattenscheid 09, which played at the highest German level for men, the Fußball-Bundesliga, from 1990 to 1994 and for women, the Women's Fußball-Bundesliga, in the 2007-08 season, is located in Wattenscheid.
The athletics club TV 01 Wattenscheid is also located in Wattenscheid.
The chess club SV Wattenscheid plays at the highest level in Germany, the Chess Bundesliga.
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