Karlsruhe Football Association

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The Karlsruhe Football Association (KFB) was a short-lived local football association in Karlsruhe . It was founded in 1899 and probably dissolved the following year.

The founding date of the KFB is unknown, as are the member associations. The federation was probably founded in the spring or summer of 1899. At the end of 1899, the press reported that the Bund was at its peak in the summer. The first foundation festival was to take place on May 19, 1900, which suggests that it was founded in spring 1899. President of the Karlsruhe Football Association was the chairman of the Karlsruher FV 1891 , Friedrich Wilhelm Nohe , who at the same time also held the function of chairman of the Association of South German Football Associations (VSFV).

Based on the clubs mentioned in press reports, the following clubs must have been members of the KFB: Karlsruher FV 1891 , Karlsruhe FC Phönix 1894 , FC Franconia 1895 Karlsruhe , Karlsruhe FC Südstadt 1896 , Karlsruhe FC Alemannia 1897 , FC Germania 1898 Karlsruhe and “Victoria”.

In the late autumn of 1899 there were considerable disputes in the KFB. The three unofficial international matches against England organized by Walther Bensemann and the "German Central Committee for International Football Competitions" (which later belong to the so-called original international matches ) met with complete rejection by the VSFV. Every possible attempt was made to let the planned meetings, two of which were to take place in Berlin and one in Karlsruhe, fail. In advance, Bensemann was offered an honorary membership in the Karlsruhe Football Association for his services to football in southern Germany. When Bensemann did not stop his preparations for the games against England, Nohe withdrew his honorary membership. Furthermore, Nohe attacked him both as president of the KFB and in his function as chairman of the VSFV in the specialist press in an unobjective and insulting way, constantly supported by the secretary of the Association of South German Football Associations, Gustav Manning . Nohe's authoritarian administration of the two associations as well as his inability to endure criticism met with fierce resistance from Bensemann and most of the other Karlsruhe associations. If Nohe was unable to get his way, he resigned and only resumed his office when he was promised the unreserved support of the delegates.

After the FC Phönix Karlsruhe was not invited to a meeting of the KFB called at short notice, its chairman Karl Greve criticized Nohe's behavior, also with regard to the treatment of Bensemann. As a punishment for the "hostility" against him, Nohe excluded the chairman of Phönix on November 14, 1899 permanently from the KFB. Since Phönix had declared solidarity with its chairman, the association was also excluded from the federal government. At the next association meeting, 26 members of FC Phönix took part, but were denied the right to vote. The exclusion was confirmed with 33 votes against 15. In addition, both the KFB and the VSFV issued a ban on playing against England, which applied to all players in the affiliated clubs in both associations. In the event of a violation, expulsion from the association was threatened.

These resolutions sparked a chain reaction. Two of the best players in the Karlsruhe FV left the club and joined FC Germania. At the end of the year, Karlsruher FC Südstadt left the Karlsruhe Football Association, followed by FC Germania 1898 Karlsruhe in January 1900 . Furthermore, on November 27, 1899, one day before the third and last international match against England in Karlsruhe, FC Franconia 1895 Karlsruhe resigned from the Association of South German Football Associations . On the "I. General German Football Day ”on January 28, 1900 in Leipzig's Mariengarten, where the German Football Association was founded, the two Karlsruhe clubs FC Phönix and FC Südstadt were represented by Walther Bensemann .

Little is known about championship games of the Karlsruhe Football Association. The commemorative publication 90 Years of the Karlsruhe Football Association reports on the “winning of the championship of the short-lived association” with a 9-0 victory on July 23, 1899 over FC Phönix. In addition, the championship of the second class was won.

It is not known when the Karlsruhe Football Association dissolved, but it will probably be in the course of 1900.

Individual evidence

  1. Ernst Otto Bräunche, City Archive Karlsruhe (ed.): Sport in Karlsruhe - from the beginning until today. Info-Verlag, Karlsruhe 2006, ISBN 3-88190-440-9 .
  2. 90 years of Karlsruhe FV 1891-1981. A chapter in Karlsruhe and German football history. Compiled and edited by Josef Frey. Chronicle, 1981.
  3. http://www.karlsruher-fv1891.de/Pokalsammlung.pdf .