German football championship 1902/03

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German football championship 1902/03
The logo of the German Football Association from 1900 to 1945
master VfB Leipzig
Teams 6th
Games 5  (including 1 criminally verified)
Gates 31  (ø 7.75 per game)
(excluding penalty-verified games)
Top scorer GermanGerman Heinrich Riso Bruno Stanischewski (6 each)

The staging of the German Football Championship was advertised for the first time by the game committee of the German Football Association (DFB) for the 1902/03 season and took place from May 3 to May 31, 1903. The first German champion was VfB Leipzig , who defeated the German foreign club DFC Prague 7-2 in the final in Altona .

Until 1904, German associations based abroad were also permitted, which the " Association of Prague German Football Associations " made use of, although it was also a member of the Austrian Football Union .

The final round was held in cup mode ( knockout system ), with each match taking place in a neutral location. With the exception of the final, however, this rule was not adhered to when the games were scheduled.


On May 31, 1903, only 134 clubs were members of the DFB; it only united a part of the existing German football associations under its roof. Larger regional associations that have already held championships existed only in the regions of central (e.g. the area of ​​today's federal states of Saxony , Saxony-Anhalt , Thuringia ), south (today's states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg as well as southern Hesse , Saarland , the Palatinate , the Moselle area and Alsace-Lorraine ) and West (today's North Rhine-Westphalia , as well as North and Central Hesse, South Lower Saxony and the Osnabrück area ); The West region was not yet a member of the DFB at this time. In the regions of Berlin - Brandenburg , North (today Schleswig-Holstein , Hamburg , Bremen , Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Lower Saxony without southern Lower Saxony and the Osnabrück area), northeast ( Pomerania , East and West Prussia ) and southeast ( Breslau and Niederlausitz ) there were still no uniform regional associations.

A representative (usually the champions) of the affiliated local and regional associations was eligible to participate, whereby the registered players (maximum 16 per club) must be based at the location where the club is based at least four weeks before the start of the DFB preliminary round is . Of the few associations that had joined the DFB, only six teams were registered for the German championship finals. However, individual member clubs without association membership were not eligible to participate.

society Qualified as
DFC Prague DFC Prague Representative of the Association of Prague German Football Clubs
Britannia Berlin Berlin TuFC Britannia 92 Master of the Association of Berlin Ball Game Clubs
VfB Leipzig VfB Leipzig Master of the Association of Central German Ball Game Clubs
Viktoria Magdeburg Magdeburg FC Viktoria 96 Master of the Association of Magdeburg Ball Game Clubs
Altonaer FC 93 Master of the Hamburg-Altona Football Association
Karlsruhe FV Karlsruhe FV Master of the Association of South German Football Associations

Quarter finals

date Result Stadion
May 3, 1903 Altonaer FC 93 8: 1 (3: 0) Magdeburg FC Viktoria 96 Altona , parade pasture
May 10, 1903 Berlin TuFC Britannia 92 1: 3 (0: 1) VfB Leipzig Berlin-Friedenau , sports park
May 10, 1903 DFC Prague failed Karlsruhe FV Planned location: Munich or Prague

Altona 93 was able to deal with Viktoria from Magdeburg in a home game with 8: 1 in the first game. The outstanding man on the pitch was center runner and captain Franz Behr , who later appeared as referee in the final. Four of the five Altona strikers scored, with Miklós Bradanovic, Herder and Walter each scoring a brace. The Magdeburg team only managed to score 1: 4 in the second half from Hans Adam.

VfB Leipzig defeated Britannia Berlin a week later, despite another non-neutral game schedule. The Berliners were defeated without a chance and only scored in the 88th minute for an honorary goal by Richard Müller. The Leipzig goals scored the later top scorer Bruno Stanischewski, who scored twice, and Heinrich Riso.

The game between Prague and Karlsruhe was initially scheduled by the DFB in Munich . However, the DFC Prague objected to it, since staging it in Prague would generate higher income. Against this appointment, the Karlsruhe FV protested. Due to time constraints, both teams were approved for the semifinals.


date Result Stadion
May 17, 1903 VfB Leipzig 6: 3 (3: 3) Altonaer FC 93 Leipzig , sports field
May 17, 1903 DFC Prague failed Karlsruhe FV Planned location: Leipzig

Another irregularity occurred. The semi-final between VfB Leipzig and Altona 93 was scheduled in Leipzig. The Altona started furiously and already led 2-0, but the Leipzig team won the game on home soil. In the second half they won after 3: 3 by three goals. On the side of VfB, Edgar Blüher, Heinrich Riso and Bruno Stanischewski each scored twice. Miklós Bradanovic, Herder and Walter scored their third goals for Altona when they left. Bradanovic became German champion in the 1,500 meter run on September 6, 1903 .

The semifinals between Prague and Karlsruhe could not take place a week after the failed game. Like the other semi-final in Leipzig, it was scheduled by the DFB. A forged telegram (telegram affair), which informed the Karlsruhe FV that the match date had been rescheduled, prevented the KFV from traveling to Leipzig. The DFB still declared the KFV disqualified, so that the DFC Prague reached the final without a fight. It should be noted that the DFC could not use its strong Austrian players (including several national players), who were also involved in other clubs, at all times. In addition, the then DFB President Ferdinand Hueppe was also 1st Chairman of the DFC Prague.


pairing VfB Leipzig VfB Leipzig - DFC PragueDFC Prague
Result 7: 2 (1: 1)
date Sun 31 May 1903
Stadion Parade pasture , Altona
spectator 750 to 2,000 (different information)
referee Franz Behr ( Altona )
Gates 0: 1 Meyer (22nd)
1: 1 W. Friedrich (31st)
2: 1 A. Friedrich (49th)
3: 1 Riso (54th)
3: 2 Meyer (65th)
4: 2 Stanischewski (69th) .)
5: 2 Riso (71.)
6: 2 Stanischewski (85.)
7: 2 Riso (88.)
VfB Leipzig Ernst Raydt - Erhard Schmidt , Arthur Werner - Wilhelm Rößler , Walter Friedrich , Otto Braune - Georg Steinbeck , Bruno Stanischewski , Heinrich Riso , Adalbert Friedrich , Ottomar Assmus(C)Captain of the crew
DFC Prague Charles Pick - Ladislaus Kurpiel , Johann Schwarz - Béla Robitsek , Paul Fischl , Franz Sedlacek - Karl Beck , Karl Kubik , Meyer, Fischer, Kubik (C)Captain of the crew
Reporting of the final in the Prager Tagblatt on June 2, 1903.

Match report

The first final of the German championship was planned in Kassel, but the home club's right to use the playground was withdrawn shortly before. It was then moved to Altona and scheduled for Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. However, at this point there was no playable ball, so the kick-off was delayed until 4:45 p.m. as a ball had to be brought from the Altonaer FC club first.

In the game directed by referee Franz Behr (then president, captain and center runner of Altonaer FC 93), the Prague player Meyer scored the 0: 1 in the 22nd minute. Leipzig was able to equalize nine minutes later through Walter Friedrich and took the lead after the half-time break in the 49th minute through a corner from Adelbert Friedrich that was directly transformed. After the 3: 1 by Heinrich Riso and a connection goal to 3: 2 by Meyer, Bruno Stanischewski and Heinrich Riso secured Leipzig's 7-2 success with two goals each.

According to research by the IFFHS , the Prague team are said to have played with seven Austrian players (Kurpiel, Schwarz, Fischl, Sedlacek, Beck and both Kubik) who did not even belong to the club. The lack of harmony in the game also suggests a team strengthened by visiting players. In addition, they had given a wrong line-up in the run-up to the final, but this did not prevent VfB Leipzig from securing the first German championship title.

The championship team of VfB Leipzig

Team of VfB Leipzig in 1901.
Back: Rößler, Schöffler, Raydt, Braune, Keßler, W. Friedrich; (Front): Leine, Stanischewski, Haferkorn, Harbottle, Riso

Below is the championship team with the players' stakes and goals. The player-coach and president of VfB Leipzig, Theodor Schöffler , who had laid the cornerstone for the success of Leipzig, had died young two months earlier in March.

VfB Leipzig
Coat of arms of VfB Leipzig

List of goalscorers

player society Games Gates
1. German EmpireThe German Imperium Heinrich Riso VfB Leipzig 3 6th
German EmpireThe German Imperium Bruno Stanischewski VfB Leipzig 3 6th
3. Serbia Kingdom 1882Kingdom of Serbia Miklós Bradanovic Altonaer FC 93 2 3
German EmpireThe German Imperium Herder Altonaer FC 93 2 3
German EmpireThe German Imperium Walter Altonaer FC 93 2 3
6th Cisleithanien (Austria)Cisleithanien (Austria) Meyer DFC Prague 1 2
7th German EmpireThe German Imperium Edgar Blüher VfB Leipzig 2 2
8th. German EmpireThe German Imperium Hans Adam Magdeburg FC Victoria 96 1 1
German EmpireThe German Imperium Richard Muller Berlin TuFC Britannia 92 1 1
10. German EmpireThe German Imperium Walter Friedrich VfB Leipzig 2 1
German EmpireThe German Imperium Paul Ploetz Altonaer FC 93 2 1
German EmpireThe German Imperium Hermann Struve Altonaer FC 93 2 1
13. German EmpireThe German Imperium Adelbert Friedrich VfB Leipzig 3 1

Pilgrim stones

The parade pasture (referred to as the "parade ground Altona" on contemporary tickets) on which the final took place no longer exists today. It was located in what is now an industrial area in the Bahrenfeld district of Hamburg's Altona district, roughly at the Rondenbarg / Marlowring intersection. On September 3, 2011, a stone memorial was erected at this point in memory of the first final of the German soccer championship, which was financed by donations from the private "Initiative 1903". The stone comes from the Bruno-Plache-Stadion in Leipzig , the former home ground of the now defunct VfB Leipzig. The stone was professionally prepared and a memorial plaque was made. A similar stone has been enriching the Bruno-Plache Stadium in Leipzig since August 5th, 2012. For the season opening of the unofficial VfB successor 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig , it was ceremoniously inaugurated as the second pilgrimage stone in German football history with around 1,300 supporters. The second monument inauguration fell on the 90th anniversary of the Leipzig stadium.

In the following year, the award was given to the club that did not play a game during the final round: the Karlsruhe FV. On June 1, 2013, the supporters of the Initiative 1903 e. V. in the fan-shaped city to inaugurate the third monument on the old Engländerplatz, the KFV's founding site, accompanied by a further cultural program, which reminds of the never-before-ever "encounter" with the DFC Prague. This was followed by a soccer game between a KFV honorary team and an Initiative 1903 traditional team. The next stop for 2014 was Berlin : On September 27, 2014 , the fourth monument was presented to the public in the Wilmersdorf stadium , right next to the club casino of the Berliner SV 92 , formerly Britannia Berlin. On that day, too, the selection of a game took place. On September 12 and 13, 2015, the initiative made a guest appearance in Prague in 1903 to commemorate the pioneering achievements of the DFC Prague and its participation in the 1903 final with the fifth monument stone. In addition, the first final of the DFB championship was held again. After more than 70 years, a team from the German Football Club Prague (which was formally founded one year later) was on the field again to measure their strength against the selection of the initiative in 1903. Historically correct, however, the Prague were defeated with 2: 7 goals and thus once again missed winning the title. On October 2, 2016 the circle came full circle in Magdeburg , the last monument was inaugurated in the sports field of TuS 1860 Magdeburg-Neustadt . The supporting program initially included a youth tournament between the teams of 1. FC Magdeburg, TuS 1860 and 1. FC Lok Leipzig, before the traditional teams of TuS 1860 and the 1903 initiative tied up their pots


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Web links

Commons : Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft 1902/03  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 1902/03 season Germany , accessed on July 2, 2013.