Football Oberliga West

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The area of ​​the Oberliga West extended to North Rhine-Westphalia

The Oberliga West was founded in 1947 and until the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963 was one of five seasons of the top division in German football .

After the end of the Second World War , the clubs of what would later become the state of North Rhine-Westphalia only played in local district championship leagues until 1947 on the instructions of the British military government . These district championships were then followed by final rounds to determine the Lower Rhine Master, the Middle Rhine Master and the Westphalia Master. In 1947, the Oberliga West was introduced and equipped with the best teams from the Lower Rhine , Middle Rhine and Westphalia associations that had since been established , i.e. from all of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The top-ranked clubs then represented the Oberliga West at the German football championship . The teams in the last places were relegated to the respective national leagues, or from 1949 to the then introduced 2nd Oberliga West .

With the introduction of the Bundesliga , the Oberliga West was dissolved. The teams that had not qualified for the newly created Bundesliga were assigned to the new Regionalliga West , introduced as the second highest German division , which also included the entire area of ​​North Rhine-Westphalia until the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga in 1974.

In the course of the reorganization of the divisions for the 2008/09 season, a division geographically corresponding to the Oberliga West was created for the first time after 1974. The squadron called the NRW League , which again comprised the entire area of ​​North Rhine-Westphalia, was now located on the fifth level of the German league system and therefore not comparable with the former Oberliga West. After only four seasons, it was dissolved again after the 2011/12 season, as the restructuring of the regional leagues from three to five seasons created a Regionalliga West on the fourth level of the German league system , which in turn encompasses the entire area of ​​North Rhine-Westphalia .

Founding members

The introduction of the Oberliga West was decided for the 1947/48 season based on the model of the Oberliga Süd of the American zone of occupation. The field of participants was originally supposed to consist of twelve teams: four from Westphalia, three each from the Lower Rhine and three from the Middle Rhine as well as two teams that were determined in a joint qualifying round of the three regions. After a successful protest against various game ratings in the district championship league Berg-Mark, TSG Vohwinkel, who had failed in qualification, was accepted as the thirteenth participant in the Oberliga West.

From Westphalia:
Borussia Dortmund (Westfalenmeister), FC Schalke 04 (runner-up), STV Horst-Emscher (second regional league group 1), SpVgg Erkenschwick (second regional league group 2), VfL Witten (second in the joint qualifying round)
From the Lower Rhine:
Red-White Oberhausen (Niederrheinmeister), Fortuna Düsseldorf (runner-up), Sportfreunde Katernberg (third), Hamborn 07 (winner of the joint qualifying round), TSG Vohwinkel (additionally included after protest)
From Mittelrhein:
VfR Köln 04 rrh. (Middle Rhine master), Alemannia Aachen (runner-up), Prussia Dellbrück (third)

Playing times

Most successful clubs in the Oberliga West (1947–1963)

With Borussia Dortmund , FC Schalke 04 and Alemannia Aachen , three clubs achieved continuous league membership in 16 seasons.

The qualified for the Bundesliga , founded in 1963

The failure to consider Alemannia Aachen attracted nationwide attention and protests from the club.

The remaining teams formed the newly created Regionalliga West together with the best of the 2nd Oberliga West .

Eternal table

Pl. society Years Points
1. Borussia Dortmund 16 0600: 0336
2. FC Schalke 04 16 0555: 0381
3. 1. FC Cologne 14th 0543: 0281
4th Alemannia Aachen 16 0482: 0454
5. Prussia Munster 15th 0458: 0430
6th Red and white food 13 0451: 0317
7th Fortuna Dusseldorf 14th 0405: 0411
8th. Meidericher SV 11 0343: 0317
9. Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 10 0290: 0286
10. Westfalia Herne 9 0276: 0264
11. Duisburg SpV 10 0274: 0326
12. Hamborn 07 11 0264: 0372
13. Borussia Monchengladbach 11 0263: 0397
14th Black and white food 9 0252: 0288
15th Prussia Dellbrück 9 0250: 0278
16. SV Sodingen 9 0227: 0313
17th STV Horst-Emscher 8th 0202: 0254
18th VfL Bochum 7th 0190: 0230
19th Bayer 04 Leverkusen 6th 0175: 0185
20th SC Viktoria Cologne 6th 0166: 0194
21st SpVgg Erkenschwick 6th 0143: 0193
22nd Sportfreunde Katernberg 5 0124: 0152
23. Wuppertal SV 4th 0100: 0140
24. Rheydter SV 3 0071: 0109
25th TSV Marl-Hüls 3 0065: 0115
26th TSG Vohwinkel 80 3 0063: 93 00
27. Rhenania Würselen 2 0047: 61 00
28. VfR Cologne 04 rrh. 1 0017: 31 00
29 Arminia Bielefeld 1 0017: 43 00
30th Duisburg FV 08 1 0014: 46 00
31. VfL Witten 1 0013: 35 00

The top scorer of the Oberliga West

See also


  • Ralf Piorr (Ed.): Football Days in the West - The Oberliga 1947 to 1963 in words and pictures , Klartext-Verlag, Essen 2007.
  • Hans Dieter Baroth : Boys, Heaven is yours! The history of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Plain text. Essen 2006 (2nd edition) ISBN 978-3-89861-539-6 .
  • Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 1: From the Crown Prince to the Bundesliga. 1890 to 1963. German championship, Gauliga, Oberliga. Numbers, pictures, stories. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-928562-85-1 .
  • Harald Landefeld, Achim Nöllenheidt (ed.): Helmut, tell me dat Tor ... New stories and portraits from the Oberliga West 1947–1963. Klartext, Essen 1993, ISBN 3-88474-043-1 .
  • West German Football Association V. (Ed.): "100 Years of Football in the West" Between Alm, Wedau and Tivoli - The book for the anniversary of the West German Football Association AGON Sportverlag 1998 ISBN 3-89609-156-5 .