II Division

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The II. Division (also called 2. Liga or 2. Oberliga ) was a division in German football from 1949 to 1963 . It was in the league system below the first-class Oberligen West (from 1949), Southwest (from 1951) and South (from 1950) the second highest German contract player class . Below the Oberliga Nord and the Contract League Berlin , on the other hand, there were one or more amateur leagues (in the north, several attempts to form a 2nd Oberliga failed due to the insufficient number of interested clubs).

The master and runner-up of the II. Division rose to the league. The last two placed had to be relegated to the amateur leagues.

When the Bundesliga was founded in the 1963/64 season, the II. Division was dissolved in favor of the newly created second-rate regional leagues . In addition to the league clubs not intended for the Bundesliga, eight in the west, six in the southwest (after a relegation round) and nine in the south qualified for the new regional league. The other clubs were assigned to the respective amateur leagues.

The masters from 1950 to 1963

year west southwest south
1949/50 Rheydter SV Group 1
Sportfreunde Katernberg  Group 2
- -
1950/51 Meidericher SV Group 1
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Group 2
- Stuttgart Kickers
1951/52 SV Sodingen Group 1
Borussia M.-Gladbach Group 2
VfR Kirn TSG Ulm 46
1952/53 VfL Bochum ASV Landau SSV Jahn Regensburg
1953/54 Duisburg SpV Sportfreunde 05 Saarbrücken TSV Schwaben Augsburg
1954/55 Wuppertal SV Spvgg Andernach TSV 1860 Munich
1955/56 VfL Bochum Sportfreunde 05 Saarbrücken Freiburg FC
1956/57 Hamborn 07 SV St. Ingbert TSV 1860 Munich
1957/58 STV Horst-Emscher SpVgg Weisenau SV Waldhof Mannheim
1958/59 Hamborn 07 VfR Kaiserslautern Stuttgart Kickers
1959/60 SV Sodingen SV Niederlahnstein SV Waldhof Mannheim
1960/61 Black and white food VfR Kaiserslautern BC Augsburg
1961/62 Bayer 04 Leverkusen SV Niederlahnstein Hessen Kassel
1962/63 VfB Bottrop SV Phoenix Ludwigshafen FSV Frankfurt

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