|Full name||Association for Movement
|Founded||July 7, 1900|
|Top league||Gauliga East Prussia|
|successes||11 × Baltic football champions
5 × champions of the Gauliga East Prussia
The VfB Königsberg was a German sports club from the East Prussian capital Königsberg . The club was founded on July 7, 1900 as FC 1900 Königsberg and was renamed VfB Königsberg in 1907 . With eleven Baltic football championship titles and five wins in the Gauliga East Prussia , Königsberg was the most successful East Prussian football club.
On July 7, 1900, it was the then 18-year-old Hans Weinberg who founded the Königsberg football club as a forerunner of what would later become VfB Königsberg with seven sports-loving students from the Kneiphöfschen Gymnasium . The former FC Königsberg player Alfred Hirsch founded the SC Ostpreußen Königsberg , the forerunner of SpVgg ASCO Königsberg , on August 1st, 1902 with seven colleagues . The SC Ostpreußen Königsberg, in turn, was founded by former members of FC Prussia Königsberg , which later became part of SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg . The FC Koenigsberg is thus the cradle of the soccer game in the city.
The FC 1900 Königsberg 1904 was one of the founding members of the Association Konigsberg ballgame clubs (VKBV) and won in the same year the first Konigsberg city championship. In the next three seasons, FC 1900 Königsberg was able to secure the city championship, but the clubs in the VKBV were not considered for participation in the German football championship. After the establishment of the Baltic Lawn Sports Association (BRV) (later the Baltic Lawn and Winter Sports Association (BRWV)) on January 26, 1908, the Königsberg clubs were taken over into the new association, and VfB Königsberg immediately won the Baltic football championship 1907/08 and was thus allowed to take part in the final round of the German football championship 1907/08 . After a 7-0 defeat in the first round match on April 12, 1908 against Viktoria 89 Berlin, however, the Königsbergers retired from the competition early. In 1908/09 the club again secured the football championship of the BRWV. In the following years, however, the previous dominance of VfB Königsberg was broken, in 1910, 1913 and 1914 the local rival SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg prevailed, in 1911 VfB Königsberg reached the Baltic finals, but lost in this for the first time in its history against a club outside of Koenigsberg. The surprising 1: 3 defeat against SV Allenstein sealed the end in the semifinals. In 1911/12 the club reached the final of the Baltic football championship, but was defeated by BuEV Danzig 2: 3.
After the First World War , VfB Königsberg again dominated the BRWV football championships. By 1930 the club had won the Baltic football championship a total of eleven times, with the Königsbergers only being awarded the championship honors of 1921 and 1922 after protests at the green table. As a result, the championship runner-up twice (1921 Stettiner SC and 1922 Titania Stettin) was able to compete in the final round of the German championship during this period. In the German soccer championship, VfB Königsberg was mostly eliminated in the first round. The first round could only be survived twice until 1933, in 1922/23 with a bye and in 1927/28 with a 3-2 away win over SC 08 from Breslau . Against Hamburger SV , however, the East Prussians were clearly inferior in the next round in their own Maraunenhof stadium and lost the game on July 28, 1928 with 0: 4.
From the 1930s , the club lost its dominance for the time being, in the city local rivals SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg took the lead, in East Prussia Königsberg also faced increasing competition from SV Hindenburg Allenstein as well as SV Viktoria Stolp and the Danzig clubs. After the National Socialists came to power in 1933, the previous football associations were dissolved and replaced by football districts, and VfB Königsberg qualified for the newly created Gauliga East Prussia . But even in the new league Königsberg could not build on old successes for the time being, the military sports clubs SV Hindenburg Allenstein and Yorck Boyen Insterburg dominated the league. In the 1934/35 season , VfB Königsberg was penultimate. Only with the beginning of the Second World War did VfB Koenigsberg begin to dominate again , the club won all the Gaume Championships in East Prussia from the 1939/40 season , also because the previous Gaume champions SV Hindenburg Allenstein and Yorck Boyen Insterburg withdrew from the game as military sports clubs because of the World War had to. In none of the five winning seasons of the Gauliga did VfB Königsberg suffer more than one defeat, in 1940/41 and 1943/44 the club ended without a defeat (each with 2 draws). At the German soccer championships, however, Königsberg was unsuccessful, with the club only reaching the quarter-finals in 1941/42 .
- 5 × Master of the Gauliga East Prussia : 1940 , 1941 , 1942 , 1943 , 1944
- 11 × Baltic football champions : 1908 , 1909 , 1921 , 1922 , 1923 , 1924 , 1925 , 1926 , 1928 , 1929 , 1930
- 16 × participation in the final round of the German championship: 1908 , 1909 , 1923 , 1924 , 1925 , 1926 , 1927 , 1928 , 1929 , 1930 , 1931 , 1940 , 1941 , 1942 , 1943 , 1944
- 13 × Meister von Königsberg: 1903/04, 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1908/09, 1910/11, 1911/12, 1920/21, 1921/22, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1924/25
- 12 × Master of East Prussia: 1920/21, 1921/22, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1924/25, 1925/26, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1931/32
- Kurt Baluses
- Hans Berndt
- Herbert Burdenski
- Paul Gehlhaar
- Hans Klinger
- Eduard Krause
- Kurt Krause
- Udo Lattek (Juniors)
- Kurt Lingnau
- Rolf Rohrberg
- Erwin Scheffler
- Rudolf Schönbeck
VfB Königsberg has played on Walter-Simon-Platz at the site of today's Baltika Stadium since 1905 . In 1921 a stadium of its own was completed on Aschmannallee in Maraunenhof , which became the new home of the club. Important games were later played on the Prussia Samland sports field in Steffeckstrasse and on the sports field at Friedländer Tor. This had a capacity of 22,000 spectators (stand 750, seats 3000). The attendance record (1937) was 18,000.
In 1927, VfB Königsberg qualified for the German championship, but did not take part. In the following year, the East German championship was declared not yet finished due to an objection, so that the VfB was not allowed. In the following two years, however, he competed and only lost in the final in 1931 against the Berlin ice-skating club .
Dissolution of the association
After the Second World War , East Prussia was annexed by the Soviet Union . The VfB Königsberg was dissolved, as well as the city rival SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg and all other German clubs and institutions. The majority of the players fled towards Schleswig-Holstein after the end of the war, at least seven football players from VfB Königsberg joined Itzehoer SV .
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- ↑ archiv.preussische-allgemeine.de, Seven students made the start in Das Ostpreußenblatt of April 4, 1970, p. 13
- ^ Sports field at Friedländer Tor on a city map of Königsberg
- ↑ muc.de, German Championship of DEV - 1926/27
Coordinates: 54 ° 44 ′ 28.5 ″ N , 20 ° 31 ′ 2.9 ″ E