The final round of the DFB football championship in 1950 was the only one after the end of the war in which 16 clubs took part (instead of the usual eight). The reason was the envisaged participation of teams from the GDR . In fact, the modalities were negotiated between the DFB and the German Sports Committee of the GDR in May 1950 . The two sides gave different reasons for why no agreement was reached in the end. The seats reserved for GDR representatives in the final round were then distributed to the other regional associations.
Because of the expansion to 16 participants, the Berlin runner-up was also qualified as an exception . This was Union Oberschöneweide from the eastern sector, which raised new problems. The club ultimately did not receive a travel permit for its preliminary round match against HSV (the game took place in Kiel in the Waldwiese stadium there), whereupon a large part of the team went to the west zone on their own responsibility to play against HSV. Shortly afterwards, the former Oberschöneweider founded the SC Union 06 Berlin in West Berlin .
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↑ The Berliner Zeitung announced after the end of the GDR championship that Horch Zwickau, Tabak Dresden and Waggonbau Dessau “will represent our republic in the German championship”. Tabak Dresden would have taken the place of the dissolved runner-up SG Friedrichstadt .
↑ "... we are of the opinion that the staging of all-German championships must be characterized by the common struggle of the athletes of West Germany and the athletes of the German Democratic Republic to achieve a unified German Democratic Republic. This means that all Germans will unite in a large national front to eliminate those forces that consciously maintain the division of Germany and thus the division of sport. We see these forces in the representatives of the Anglo-American and French occupying powers. ”Open letter from DS to the DFB, in: New Football Week No. 20/1950, page 3:“ Why it didn't come to the ´German´ ”.