German championship trophy

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The championship trophy (as of 1992)

The German championship cup is a challenge cup in German football for winning the German championship and has been awarded since 1949 .


In its current version, the bowl has a diameter of 59 cm and weighs approx. 11 kg. It is insured for 50,000 euros. All German champions since 1903 are registered on the two outer rings . The names of the titleholders are not always separated according to orthographic rules . The following separations were made at Borussia Mönchengladbach : "1975 BORUSSIA VFL 1900 EV M - ÖNCHENGLADBACH", "1976 BORUSSIA VFL 1900 EV MÖNC - HENGLADBACH" and "1977 BORUSS - IA VFL 1900 EV MÖNCHENGLA - DBACH". In 1967 Eintracht Braunschweig was engraved as "BRA - UNSCHWEIGER TSV EINTRACHT 1895". For the controversial German soccer championship 1921/22 both 1. FC Nürnberg and Hamburger SV are engraved as champions. In 1932, FC Bayern Munich was still engraved without “FC”, since 1969 with this addition.


Replica of the Victoria trophy previously awarded in the FC Schalke 04 museum. All champions up to 1944 are immortalized on it.

The championship trophy was made in 1949 and replaced in the World War II -lost Victoria trophy (after the reunification again showed up). All German masters since 1903 are engraved on the bowl. It was first awarded to the champions of the 1948/49 season, the VfR Mannheim .


The master cup was designed and manufactured by the art professor Elisabeth Treskow and her students at the Cologne factory schools . 5.5 kg of sterling silver were used in the production . For decoration, there were eleven small and five large tourmalines on the original bowl . The bowl initially had a diameter of 50 cm.

Outer ring

In 1981 the bowl was enlarged with a silver ring, as there was no more space to engrave more title winners. On the silver ring there are five more tourmaline cabochons of 71.98 carats with a value of around 9,000 euros in a gold setting. The gold and blacksmith master Adolf Kunesch from Rodenbach was responsible for expanding the bowl .

In 2009, Kunesch replaced the five existing engraving plates on the trophy with larger ones, so that three lines are now available for the names instead of two. Now the masters will find space until 2026, after the original expansion would have been exhausted around 2011.


Duplicates were made of the championship trophy and are owned by clubs that have won the championship title. Since the original is designed as a challenge cup , there is the possibility of continuing to issue a championship trophy even after losing the championship title.

The DFB has already used the existence of duplicates in the past in order to be able to present the new champions with a bowl on the last day of the season. Without a duplicate, this would have been difficult in a few years, as two or more clubs can still become champions on the last match day. This ensures that there is a copy in every stadium where a potential master is playing. On the last day of a season, the real championship trophy usually stays in the stadium in which the league leader of the penultimate game day plays.

Championship trophy of the 2nd Bundesliga

The trophy for the champions of the 2nd Bundesliga was presented on February 2, 2009 by the DFL in Frankfurt am Main. For the first time it was awarded to the champions of the 2008/09 season , SC Freiburg , on the last day of the match.

The bowl, which is jokingly referred to as the “master rim” because of its resemblance to a hubcap , is 50 cm in diameter and around 8.5 kg, slightly smaller and lighter than the bowl for the German soccer champions. All champions of the 2nd division since the introduction of the single-track 2nd division in the 1981/82 season are engraved in the new shell , the future titleholders will be added.

Like the extension of the bowl for the first division champions, the trophy was made by Adolf Kunesch from Rodenbach. The seven rays stand for the virtues that the artist considers essential to win the championship: passion, team spirit, strong nerves, will to win, technique, tactics and assertiveness.

Women's Bundesliga championship trophy

The women's championship trophy

Also since the 2008/09 season , the women's Bundesliga champion has received a championship trophy, which replaced the previous championship trophy. The design is based on the championship trophies for the German men's championship and the men's championship trophy. The first took Jennifer Zietz , the team captain of 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam on June 7, 2009, the shell counter.

The bowl has a diameter of 50 centimeters and weighs about 7.1 kilograms. It is made of 925 sterling silver and bears the words "German Football Champion Women". All the clubs since the first German women's football champions were identified in 1974 are engraved on it.

Web links

Commons : Deutsche Meisterschale  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
  • Trophy, accessed on May 6, 2015

Individual evidence

  1. Article in the Abendzeitung , No. 116/21, May 22, 2009, p. 2.
  2. Bundesliga championship trophy shines in new splendor
  3. RP Online : 1. FC Köln receives the bowl as second division champions , May 5, 2014.
  4. The West : Seifert and Strutz hand over "Meisterfelge" to Hertha , May 11, 2011.
  5. DFL honors the second division champions with their own trophy
  6. Women's champion receives new trophy