German football championship 1921/22

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German football championship 1921/22
The logo of the German Football Association from 1900 to 1945
master no master
Teams 8th
Games 8th
Gates 25  (ø 3.13 per game)
Top scorer German EmpireGerman Empire Hans Semmler (3 goals)
German championship 1920/21

The result of the fifteenth German soccer championship is still controversial today. Most sources do not show a German champion for this year, a few cite Hamburger SV as the title holder. Officially, the DFB had decided at the time to let the championship in 1922 "come off". On the German championship trophy, both 1. FC Nürnberg and Hamburger SV are engraved as champions for the controversial soccer championship 1921/22 .

At the same time as the DFB championship, the Workers' Gymnastics and Sports Association again hosted a German soccer championship in 1922, the winner of which VfL Leipzig-Stötteritz successfully defended its title. The German youth force , however, did not play a football champion this year.

Course and outcome

The championship finals in 1921/22 were marked by a series of protests and scandals, which finally culminated in the fact that no final decision was made on the outcome of the championship this season.


In north-east Germany, the procedure for participating in the final round was already a tradition. Again, with FC Titania Stettin, a team took part in the championship finals, which at the time of the start of the finals were considered Northeast German champions, but in the end the regional title on the green table went back to VfB Königsberg .

In the end, the Southeast German representative was not the Southeast German champion either. At the end of the regional championship finals, FC Viktoria Forst , United Breslauer Sportfreunde and FC Preußen Kattowitz were tied in front. The actual planned playoffs for the southeast German championship could not take place for the time being, as Katowice fell to Poland in the meantime and the Katowice players had difficulty passing. In order to still be able to send a participant for the German championship, a playoff between FC Viktoria Forst and Sportfreunde Breslau took place on May 14, 1922 , which the Forster won 6-1. In the actual decision-making round for the Southeast German Championship, which was held weeks later, the Breslau team finally prevailed and became regional champions. The championship decision had also dragged on because it was accompanied by numerous protests and counter-protests.

In West Germany there was also a master at the green table this year. The Cologne BC 01 and the TG Arminia Bielefeld had finished the regional championship finals tied in first place. The Cologne team had won the necessary playoff 2-1. But the Essen TB had lodged a protest against the evaluation of his final match against KBC (2: 2) and was "unselfishly" supported by Arminia Bielefeld. The WSV gave in to the protest and restarted the game. KBC refused to compete and was then declared a loser by the regional association. With that, the Cologne team had one point less than the Arminen in the final accounts, the playoff was thus invalid and the East Westphalia became West German champions.


In the final of the German championship between the defending champions 1. FC Nürnberg and Hamburger SV, no sporting decision was made. The first final duel between the two was canceled after three hours and nine minutes (189 minutes) of playing time because of the falling darkness when the score was 2: 2. The replay, seven weeks later, still saw no winner after regular playing time; the score was 1: 1. However, 1. FC Nürnberg only had nine players on the field at this point; a dismissal and an injury-related cancellation were responsible. When the second expulsion from Nuremberg followed in extra time and the FCN player Luitpold Popp was reported injured and unable to play, which reduced the team to seven players, referee Peco Bauwens stopped whistling for the second half of extra time . As it turned out later, this was a wrong decision by the referee. According to the rules , a game had to be abandoned if a team was able to bring fewer than eight players onto the field, but the abandonment should not have taken place during the break , as this was not part of the game according to rule 5.

At its annual meeting in November, the majority of the German Football Association declared HSV the German champions. But the latter then renounced this title, although the club later claimed that the DFB had forced him to renounce. The actual background is still unknown today.

Both finalists were only able to take part in the championship finals because of the defending champion bonus. 1. FC Nürnberg had failed early in the south German finals against local rivals SpVgg Fürth , but qualified as the reigning German champions, and Hamburger SV was only third in the Greater Hamburg district league (Alsterkreis), but was allowed to be the reigning North German champions participate in the regional finals and successfully defended his title there.

Participants in the final round

society Qualified as
FC Titania Szczecin Representative of the Baltic Lawn Sports Association
FC Viktoria Forst Representative of the Southeast German Football Association
SV north-northwest Master of the Brandenburg Ball Game Association
SpVgg 1899 Leipzig- Lindenau Master of the Association of Central German Ball Game Clubs
Hamburger SV Champion of the North German Football Association
TG Arminia Bielefeld Master of the West German Gaming Association
FC Wacker Munich Master of the Association of South German Football Clubs
1. FC Nuremberg Defending champion

Quarter finals

date Result Stadion
May 21, 1922 SpVgg 1899 Leipzig-Lindenau 0: 3 (0: 0) 1. FC Nuremberg Halle (Saale) , stadium at the zoo
May 21, 1922 SV North-Northwest 98 Berlin 1: 0 (0: 0) FC Viktoria Forst Berlin , Viktoria-Platz
May 21, 1922 Hamburger SV 5: 0 (3: 0) FC Titania Szczecin Hamburg , Hoheluft sports ground
May 21, 1922 FC Wacker Munich 5: 0 (3: 0) TG Arminia Bielefeld Karlsruhe , KFV-Platz at the telegraph barracks


date Result Stadion
June 4, 1922 1. FC Nuremberg 1: 0 (1: 0) SV North-Northwest 98 Berlin Fürth , Ronhof
June 4, 1922 Hamburger SV 4: 0 (2: 0) FC Wacker Munich Frankfurt am Main , Stadion am Riederwald


pairing Hamburger SV Hamburger SV - 1. FC Nuremberg1. FC Nuremberg
Result 2: 2 n.V. (2: 2, 1: 2)
date June 18, 1922
Stadion German Stadium , Berlin
spectator 30,000
referee Peco Bauwens ( Cologne )
Gates 1: 0 Rave (19th)
1: 1 Träger (20th)
1: 2 Popp (30th)
2: 2 Flohr (86th)
Hamburger SV Hans Martens - Albert Beier , Walter Schmerbach - Hans Flohr , Asbjørn Halvorsen , Hans Krohn - Walter Kolzen , Ludwig Breuel , Otto Harder , Karl Schneider , Hans Rave
Trainer: AW Turner
1. FC Nuremberg Heinrich Stuhlfauth - Gustav Bark , Michael Grünerwald - Emil Köpplinger , Anton Kugler , Carl Riegel - Wolfgang Strobel , Luitpold Popp , Willy Boess , Heinrich Träger , Hans Sutor
Trainer: Izidor Kürschner
particularities The game was abandoned after 189 minutes because of falling darkness.

Seven weeks later the replay took place:

pairing Hamburger SV Hamburger SV - 1. FC Nuremberg1. FC Nuremberg
Result 1: 1 a.d. (1: 1, 0: 0)
date August 6, 1922
Stadion VfB Stadium , Leipzig
spectator 50,000
referee Peco Bauwens ( Cologne )
Gates 0: 1 carrier (48th)
1: 1 tailor (69th)
Hamburger SV Hans Martens - Albert Beier , Rudi Agte - Hans Flohr , Asbjørn Halvorsen , Hans Krohn - Walter Kolzen , Ludwig Breuel , Otto Harder , Karl Schneider , Hans Rave
Trainer: AW Turner
1. FC Nuremberg Heinrich Stuhlfauth - Gustav Bark , Anton Kugler - Emil Köpplinger , Carl Riegel , Reitzenstein - Wolfgang Strobel , Luitpold Popp , Willy Boess , Heinrich Träger , Hans Sutor
Trainer: Izidor Kürschner
References none - Willy Böß (18th), Heinrich Träger (100th)
Retired injured Injured none - Anton Kugler , Luitpold Popp
particularities The game was canceled in extra time after Luitpold Popp was eliminated because 1. FC Nürnberg had only seven players instead of the required eight.

Hamburger SV , who had been declared champions, renounced the title.

List of goalscorers

player society Games Gates
1. German EmpireGerman Empire Hans Semmler FC Wacker Munich 1 3
2. German EmpireGerman Empire Karl Schneider Hamburger SV 3 3
3. German EmpireGerman Empire Ludwig Breuel Hamburger SV 4th 3
German EmpireGerman Empire Otto Harder Hamburger SV 4th 3
German EmpireGerman Empire Luitpold Popp 1. FC Nuremberg 4th 3
German EmpireGerman Empire Heinrich Träger 1. FC Nuremberg 4th 3

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ According to the list of German men's champions on the DFB website ; Even the Hamburger SV indicates on its website in the historical section ( Memento from April 25, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) that the championship title was returned in 1922.
  2. Quoted from HSV-Vereinnachrichten, born in 1922.
  3. Southeast German Championship 1922. Retrieved on June 4, 2014 .
  4. In detail from Jens R. Prüß : He said Lump to me. In: Extension, the other football magazine. No. 1, undated (probably 1994), p. 122 ff.