DFC Prague

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DFC Prague
Historical club logo
Basic data
Surname German Football Club Prague
Seat Prague
founding 1896
resolution 1939
Colours Blue White
First soccer team

The German Football Club Prague was a Jewish- German football club from the Bohemian capital Prague, founded in 1896 and dissolved in 1939 . At the beginning of the 20th century, the club was one of the best football teams in Europe . The DFC went down in German football history primarily through its participation in the final of the first German football championship against VfB Leipzig on May 31, 1903. He became the first runner-up in German football.


The DFC Prague in 1904
3rd R. v. l .: Fischer, Sedlacek , Fischl , Meissner, Weil
2. R. v. l .: Schwarz , Austrians, Kurpiel , Frey, Robitsek
1. R. v. l .: Eisenstein, Pick


The DFC Prague was founded on May 25, 1896 by German national -minded Jews from the recently founded football department of the German ice and rowing club Regatta Prague . (The football club of the German non-Jewish population became DFC Germania Prague, which was founded in 1899.)

Although the club was based in Austria-Hungary , it was allowed to participate in the German football championship. This was held as the cup of regional champions. At that time the DFB tried to get more members. Therefore, he allowed German clubs from Austria-Hungary to join the association and take part in cup games. However, the club was not allowed to play players in the German national team, as this was tied to nationality .

The DFC was one of the founding clubs of the DFB.

German championship 1903

At the first German championship on May 31, 1903 in Altona (today Hamburg ) the final between VfB Leipzig and DFC Prague, which the Saxons won 7-2 and thus became the first German football champions - although the Prague team were clear favorites went into the race.

In the run-up to this championship final, however, there was a scandal: DFC Prague was supposed to play the semi-finals in Leipzig against Karlsruher FV on May 17th, but the team waited in vain for the opposing team to arrive. Shortly before leaving, the Karlsruhe players had received a telegram from Prague with the following content: "Championship game postponed, DFB". The Karlsruher FV team stayed at home due to the alleged cancellation, and DFC Prague reached the final without a fight. It is still unclear who was responsible for the telegram. The quarter-finals scheduled for May 10 in Munich, also against Karlsruhe, had to be canceled because Prague, Karlsruhe and the DFB could not agree on the venue and the DFB ultimately, since only six teams took part in the championship anyway. had let both teams into the semi-finals, where they did not meet again .

In the following years

Due to the founding of FIFA in 1904 and the ensuing principle of only being allowed to participate in championships in the host country, DFC Prague was then no longer able to take part in the German championship and switched to the Austrian Football Association .

The club remained one of the leading teams in European football until the 1920s and also made frequent guest appearances at friendly matches in Vienna and Budapest to play against the strong Austrian and Hungarian clubs. At the time of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy , the DFC, as well as the now well-known Czech clubs Slavia and Sparta Prague , belonged to the Austrian Football Association and took part in the championships of its Bohemian sub-association. Until the proclamation of the 1st Czechoslovak Republic , the players of the DFC Prague - as well as those of the city rivals Slavia and Sparta - played their international matches for the Austrian national team . Among the best-known players in the blue-white selection are defender Paul Fischl , later publisher and editor of the Prager Tagblatt, and later professional tennis world champion Karel Koželuh . The first president of the DFB , Ferdinand Hueppe , was the representative of the DFC when the German association was founded.

After Henlein's rise , the club and its officials and players were advised, despite their mostly Jewish descent, to join the Henlein's movement, the National Socialist Sudeten German Party . When players and officials refused, the DFC was banned as a “Jewish association” immediately after the German troops marched into Prague (March 1939) and dissolved itself due to the ban.

Established in 2016

On June 9, 2016, a new club was registered in Prague under the name DFC Prague, which, according to its statutes, sees itself in the tradition of its famous predecessor and feels obliged to its values. The club participates in Czech games with youth teams.


Known players

National player

  • Robert Cimera : 10 international matches and 1 goal from 1908 to 1915 (DFC Prague 9; Rapid Vienna 1) for Austria ; later coach at the DFC
  • Friedrich Feller : 2 international matches for Austria in 1918
  • Paul Fischl : 3 international matches for Austria from 1908 to 1910
  • Bernhard Graubart : 5 international matches for Austria in 1912
  • Karl Kanhäuser : 5 international matches, 3 goals for Austria and 2 for Czechoslovakia
  • Karel Koželuh : 4 internationals, 1 goal from 1917 to 1918 for Austria, 2 internationals and 1 goal in 1923 for Czechoslovakia
  • Ladislaus Kurpiel : 8 international matches for Austria from 1908 to 1912
  • Pavel "Aule" Mahrer : 6 international matches for Czechoslovakia
  • Robert Merz : 13 international matches and 5 goals for Austria from 1908 to 1914
  • Otto Noll : 3 international matches for Austria in 1912
  • Samuel Schillinger : 4 international matches 1926 to 1929 for Czechoslovakia
  • Johann Schwarz : 1 international match for Austria in 1908
  • Karel Steffl : 2 international matches in 1926 for Czechoslovakia
  • Wilhelm Steuer : 1 international match in 1918 for Austria
  • Ferenc Szedlacsek : 1 international match and 1 goal in 1925 for Czechoslovakia, 1 international match in 1928 for Hungary
  • Ernst Thurm : 2 international matches for Austria in 1908
  • Karel Wilda : 3 international matches and 2 goals for Austria from 1917 to 1918

Other well-known players

Bandy and ice hockey

At least from 1904 bandy (ice hockey with the ball) was played in the DFC Prague . From 1911 to 1914 the club took part in the international Austrian championship for the Ringhoffer Pokal . From 1912, the team also played ice hockey games with the puck .

Web links

Commons : DFC Prague  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000089244282/nach-97-jahren-meister-wsc-kehrt-aufs-eis-zurueck