1943 German football championship

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1943 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Country Germany
Dates 11 April – 27 June
Teams 29
Champions Dresdner SC
1st German title
Runners-up FV Saarbrücken
Third place Holstein Kiel
Fourth place First Vienna
Matches played 31
Goals scored 139 (4.48 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Herbert Binkert
Ernst Kalwitzki
(5 goals each)

The 1943 German football championship, the 36th edition of the competition, was won by Dresdner SC, the club's first-ever championship, won by defeating FV Saarbrücken in the final.[1][2]

The twenty-nine 1942–43 Gauliga champions, four more than in the previous season,[3] competed in a single-leg knock out competition to determine the national champion.[4] In the following season, the last completed one during the war, the German championship was played with thirty one clubs, expanded through a combination of territorial expansion of Nazi Germany and the sub-dividing of the Gauligas in later years.[3]

The 1943 championship marked the end of the golden era of Schalke 04 which had reached the semi-finals of each edition of the national championship from 1932 to 1942 and won the competition in 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940 and 1942 while losing the final in 1933, 1938 and 1941. In 1943 defending champions Schalke was knocked out in the quarter finals by Holstein Kiel, thereby ending the clubs quest for a twelfth consecutive semi-finals appearance.[1][5]

Ernst Kalwitzki of FC Schalke 04 and Herbert Binkert of 1. FC Saarbrücken were the joint top scorers for the 1943 championship with five goals each, the lowest for any top scorer since 1925. For Kalwitzki it was the third and last time, after 1937 and 1939, to finish as top scorer.[6]

Dresdner SC became the last club to be awarded the Viktoria, the annual trophy for the German champions from 1903 to 1944. The trophy disappeared during the final stages of the war, did not resurface until after the German reunification and was put on display at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt until 2015, when it was moved to the new Deutsches Fußballmuseum in Dortmund.[7]

Dresdner SC completed the 1942–43 season unbeaten, finishing the Gauliga Sachsen with -8 wins out of 18 games and than to win all five games in the championship as well.[4][8]

Qualified teams

The teams qualified through the 1942–43 Gauliga season:[4]

Club Qualified from
VfR Mannheim Gauliga Baden
Berliner SV 92 Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg
SV Neufahrwasser Gauliga Danzig-Westpreußen
FC Mühlhausen 93 Gauliga Elsaß
SG Warschau Gauliga Generalgouvernement
Victoria Hamburg Gauliga Hamburg
Kickers Offenbach Gauliga Hessen-Nassau
SV Victoria Köln Gauliga Köln-Aachen
SV 06 Kassel Gauliga Kurhessen
TSG Rostock Gauliga Mecklenburg
SV Dessau 05 Gauliga Mitte
TuS Neuendorf Gauliga Moselland
Westende Hamborn Gauliga Niederrhein
LSV Reinicke Brieg Gauliga Niederschlesien
1. FC Nürnberg Gauliga Nordbayern
Germania Königshütte Gauliga Oberschlesien
First Vienna Gauliga Ostmark
VfB Königsberg Gauliga Ostpreußen
LSV Pütnitz Gauliga Pommern
Dresdner SC Gauliga Sachsen
Holstein Kiel Gauliga Schleswig-Holstein
TSV 1860 München Gauliga Südbayern
MSV Brünn Gauliga Sudetenland
Eintracht Braunschweig Gauliga Südhannover-Braunschweig
SDW Posen Gauliga Wartheland
SpVgg Wilhelmshaven Gauliga Weser-Ems
Schalke 04 Gauliga Westfalen
FV Saarbrücken Gauliga Westmark
VfB Stuttgart Gauliga Württemberg
  • Gauliga champions LSV Adler Deblin were replaced by SG Warschau.
  • Stuttgarter Kickers and VfB Stuttgart finished on equal points and the same goal average and were therefore declared joint champions but only VfB advanced to the German championship.


Qualifying round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Holstein Kiel 5–1 TSG Rostock 4–0 1–1

First round

Holstein Kiel, SpVgg Wilhelmshaven, Kickers Offenbach and Westende Hamborn received a bye for the first round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
2 May 1943[9]
Berliner SV 92 2–2 LSV Pütnitz
Dresdner SC 2–1 SV Dessau 05
Eintracht Braunschweig 5–1 Victoria Hamburg
FV Saarbrücken 5–1 FC Mühlhausen 93
LSV Reinecke Brieg 4–3 Germania Königshütte
Schalke 04 8–1 SV 06 Kassel
SG Warschau 3–1 DWM Posen
TSV 1860 München 3–0 VfB Stuttgart
VfB Königsberg 3–1 SV Neufahrwasser
VfR Mannheim 3–1 1. FC Nürnberg
First Vienna 5–2 MSV Brünn
SV Victoria Köln 2–0 TuS Neuendorf


Team 1  Score  Team 2
9 May 1943
Berliner SV 92 2–0 LSV Pütnitz

Round of 16

Team 1  Score  Team 2
16 May 1943[10]
Dresdner SC 4–0 Eintracht Braunschweig
FV Saarbrücken 5–0 SV Victoria Köln
Holstein Kiel 2–0 Berliner SV 92
Schalke 04 4–1 SpVgg Wilhelmshaven
TSV 1860 München 2–0 Kickers Offenbach
VfB Königsberg 5–1 SG Warschau
VfR Mannheim 8–1 Westende Hamborn
First Vienna 8–0 LSV Reinecke Brieg


SV Neufahrwasser 0 – 4 Dresdner SC
Kugler Goal 25'26'
Hofmann Goal 63'
Schaffer Goal 70'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Kahaun

Holstein Kiel 4 – 1 Schalke 04
Linken Goal 9'45'
Möschel Goal 31'
Hain Goal 89'
Tibulski Goal 45' (pen.)
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Janssen

First Vienna 2 – 0 TSV 1860 München
Noack Goal 38'
Decker Goal 60' (pen.)
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Reinhardt

FV Saarbrücken 3 – 2 VfR Mannheim
Balzert Goal 6'
Dorn Goal 62'
Baier Goal 76'
Striebinger Goal 25'27' (pen.)
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Vogt


Dresdner SC 3 – 1 Holstein Kiel
Schön Goal 10'
Kugler Goal 46'
Erdl Goal 88'
Boller Goal 76' (pen.)
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Schmetzer

FV Saarbrücken 2 – 1 First Vienna
Binkert Goal 20'
Sold Goal 75'
Strittich Goal 81'
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Trompetter

Third place play-off

Holstein Kiel 4 – 1 First Vienna
Boller Goal 26'48'
Walter Goal 73'
Möschel Goal 74'
Strittich Goal 27'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Schumann


Dresdner SC 3 – 0 FV Saarbrücken
Erdl Goal 55'
Schubert Goal 62'
Kugler Goal 84'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Raspel (Düsseldorf)
GK Germany Willibald Kreß
DF Germany Herbert Pechan
DF Germany Heinz Hempel
MF Germany Herbert Pohl
MF Germany Walter Dzur
MF Germany Helmut Schubert
FW Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Heiner Kugler
FW Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Heinrich Schaffer
FW Germany Richard Hofmann
FW Germany Helmut Schön
FW Germany Franz Erdl
Germany Georg Köhler
GK Germany Karl Dalheimer
DF Germany Heinrich Schmidt
DF Germany Hugo Decker
MF Germany Wilhelm Sold
MF Germany Heinz Plückhahn
MF Germany Johann Herberger
FW Germany Heinz Kurtsiefer
FW Germany Herbert Dorn
FW Germany Herbert Binkert
FW Germany Jakob Balzert
FW Germany Herbert Baier
Germany Ernst Georg


  1. ^ a b (West) Germany -List of champions rsssf.com, accessed: 26 December 2015
  2. ^ Dresdner SC » Steckbrief (in German) Weltfussball.de – Dresdner SC honours, accessed: 26 December 2015
  3. ^ a b kicker Allmanach 1990, page: 243-245
  4. ^ a b c German championship 1943 rsssf.com, accessed: 26 December 2015
  5. ^ FC Schalke 04 » Steckbrief (in German) Weltfussball.de – FC Schalke 04 honours, accessed: 26 December 2015
  6. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft » Torschützenkönige" [German championship: Top goal scorer]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  7. ^ POKALE AUF REISEN: VIKTORIA UND CO. WANDERN INS FUSSBALLMUSEUM (in German) DFB website, accessed: 27 December 2015
  8. ^ Das Deutsche Fussball-Archiv (in German) Historic German league tables, accessed: 29 December 2015
  9. ^ German championship 1943 – First round (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 26 December 2015
  10. ^ German championship 1943 – Round of sixteen (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 26 December 2015


  • kicker Allmanach 1990, by kicker, page 164 & 177 - German championship

External links

  • German Championship 1942–43 at weltfussball.de (in German)
  • German Championship 1943 at RSSSF
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