VfB Mühlburg

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VfB Mühlburg
Coat of arms of VfB Mühlburg
Full name Association for movement games Mühlburg
place GermanyGermany Karlsruhe
Founded 1905
Dissolved 1952 (merger with FC Phönix to form Karlsruher SC )
Club colors Blue White
Stadion Honsellstrasse Stadium
Top league Football Oberliga Süd

The VfB Mühlburg is a former football club from the Karlsruhe district Mühlburg . Originally founded in 1905 as FC Mühlburg , the club was overshadowed by the two top clubs in Karlsruhe for a long time, FC Phönix and Karlsruher FV , but after the merger with VfB Karlsruhe in the 1930s it developed into the strongest team in the city and played in after the Second World War the Oberliga Süd , the top division in Germany until 1963. VfB Mühlburg was merged with FC Phönix in Karlsruher SC in 1952 .


Predecessor clubs

VfB Mühlburg was created in 1933 through the merger of FC Mühlburg with VfB Karlsruhe . The roots of these two clubs go back to the 1890s, but are only partially known since the archive of VfB Mühlburg was destroyed in the Second World War.

The FC Mühlburg was founded on August 3, 1905 by breakaway young club members of the 1. FV Sport Mühlburg . Little is known about this predecessor club. It was founded in 1895, according to other sources as early as 1890, and is said to have played first on the Mühlburger Lindenplatz in front of the Karl-Friedrich-Gedächtniskirche , and later on the so-called Seldeneck Field between Kalliwoda and Philippstraße. At the time when numerous young club members resigned, some older players had apparently been drafted into the military, others were on tour as journeymen, so that the 1. FV Sport Mühlburg probably dissolved that same year. Another Mühlburg club later joined FC Mühlburg. When FC Viktoria Mühlburg was founded and when it joined FC Mühlburg is not clear, the latter probably happened in 1919. FC Mühlburg was not able to set any sporting accents in the first years of its existence. In 1908 the club leased its own space on Honsellstrasse, which was gradually expanded into the Honsellstrasse stadium . In the 1911/12 season, FC Mühlburg played for the first time in the top division, the Southern District League of the Southern German Football Association. At that time, this league was probably the best-manned league in the entire empire, with no fewer than three German football champions from previous years - Freiburg FC (1907), Phoenix Karlsruhe (1909) and Karlsruhe FV (1910) - as well as the 1. FC Pforzheim and the Stuttgarter Kickers , the runner-up of 1906 or 1908. the FC Mühlburg finally finished 10th of 11 teams and had as major league was reduced to next season's eight clubs, return to the second division. A year later, however, they returned, and that season, 1913/14 , FC Mühlburg achieved a respectable result with 5th place (out of 8) and for the first time provided the strongest team in Karlsruhe. Immediately after the First World War, in which a quarter of the drafted players were killed, FC Mühlburg won the Karlsruhe city championship, which was held without further ado because the regional game operations were slow to get going. The team was able to assert itself as the strongest force in the city in the following years, after the relegation of the "old masters" Phönix and KFV they were even the only Karlsruhe representative in the Württemberg / Baden district league in the 1924/25 season . Despite the commitment of the Austrian professional trainer Toni Cargnelli , relegation followed and a long phase of second class followed. Only in 1931 succeeded in returning to the district league, which was completed in the last season before the merger, 1932/33 , in fifth place.

The predecessor clubs of VfB Karlsruhe came from Karlsruhe's Weststadt . VfB was created in 1911 through the merger of the two clubs FC Germania 1898 , which had merged with FC Union only a year earlier , and FC Weststadt . The FC Germania was inn on January 7, 1898 Dresden (corner of Goethe / Körnerstraße) were established, the FC West Town was built four years later in the restaurant Zum Deutschen Kaiser , and in 1905 elevated from the baptism FC Union to its origin in the Lessingstrasse. The common origin and the search for a sports field finally led to the merger to form VfB Karlsruhe in 1911 , which from then on appeared in the colors black-gold-green. Soon afterwards, the club also got its own place next to that of the famous Karlsruhe FV on Hertzstraße. Neither the previous clubs nor VfB Karlsruhe achieved any particular sporting successes before the First World War, VfB played in the second-class B-class of the southern district. Immediately after the war, the club was able to qualify for the new top division, but soon had to leave it again. Sustained success did not emerge until the late 1920s, when the club was able to establish itself in the district league, which was the top division at the time, and achieved its best result in the 1932/33 round with fifth place.

Fusion and sporting success from 1933

The merger of FC Mühlburg with VfB Karlsruhe, which took place on July 28, 1933, took place in mutual agreement, but was also a result of political pressure. When the new club applied for the dissolution of VfB Karlsruhe and the renaming of FC Mühlburg to VfB Mühlburg in a letter to the local court, it said among other things: “The German Football Association Berlin has merged the two clubs FC Mühlburg and Verein für Bewegungsspiele Karlsruhe wanted and the synchronization of the new club demanded. ” In the course of this, two deserving Jewish members had to leave the club: the club doctor Fritz Weile and the midfielder Sigi Hess.

When the Gauligen were introduced as the new top division for the 1933/34 round , both FC Mühlburg and VfB Karlsruhe played in the district league, and VfB Karlsruhe's third place ultimately made the difference for the new club to be included in the Gauliga was granted.

VfB Mühlburg seasons 1933 - 1952
season Division Place
1933/34 Gauliga Baden 8. (10)
1934/35 Gauliga Baden 5. (10)
1935/36 Gauliga Baden 7. (10)
1936/37 Gauliga Baden 5. (10)
1937/38 Gauliga Baden 8. (10)
1938/39 Gauliga Baden 5. (10)
1939/40 Gauliga Baden (center) 1. (6) 1
1940/41 Gauliga Baden 2. (9)
1941/42 Gauliga Baden (South) 1. (6) 2
1942/43 Gauliga Baden 4. (10)
1943/44 Gauliga Baden (center) 1. (7) 3
1944/45 - -
1945/46 Regional League North Baden 3. (10)
1946/47 Regional League North Baden (South) 1. (16) 4
1947/48 Oberliga Süd 14. (20)
1948/49 Oberliga Süd 9. (16)
1949/50 Oberliga Süd 7. (16)
1950/51 Oberliga Süd 3. (18)
1951/52 Oberliga Süd 9. (16)

1 final round: 2nd behind Waldhof Mannheim
2 final round: 2nd behind Waldhof Mannheim
3 final round: 2nd behind VfR Mannheim
4 promotion games against ASV Feudenheim: 1: 0, 4: 2

The VfB Mühlburg belonged to the Gauliga Baden from the first season without interruption until 1944 - in contrast to the Karlsruhe rivals, who were temporarily relegated to the second division. A championship was not granted to the Mühlburgers, however, in the 1930s and 1940s the three Mannheim clubs Waldhof , VfR and Neckarau dominated football in Baden and secured all titles in the Gauliga. As the best result, the Mühlburg achieved the runner-up in the Gauliga Baden in the years 1940 to 1942 and 1944. In the cup competitions, VfB was more successful, they became the Baden cup champions in 1938 and 1939 and penetrated into the intermediate round of the Tschammer Cup, the forerunner of the DFB Cup.

After the end of the Second World War, the VfB was initially classified in the second-class regional league North Baden. The first season ended with a third place in the table. In the second season, the national league was divided into two seasons, the season south dominated the VfB at will and ended the season with a balance of 54-6 points and 138: 15 goals as the front runner. The playoffs against the champions of the northern season, ASV Feudenheim , were won 1-0 and 4-2, so that VfB Mühlburg rose to the Oberliga Süd , which was the highest German division in Germany after the end of the war until the Bundesliga was introduced in 1963. The other two top teams in Karlsruhe, Phönix and KFV, were relegated from the league in that 1946/47 season and were unable to get promoted again, while VfB was able to establish itself permanently in this division. In the first season of 1947/48 they were able to escape immediate relegation as 14th, after which they occupied single-digit positions in the table until 1952 at the end of the season and achieved third place behind 1. FC Nürnberg and SpVgg Fürth as their best result in 1950/51 .

After seven match days in the 1952/53 season , VfB Mühlburg merged with FC Phönix on October 16, 1952 to form the Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix , or Karlsruher SC for short .


The home of the Mühlburgers, which FC Mühlburg originally moved into in 1908, was the Honsellstrasse stadium near Karlsruhe's Rheinhafen. It was completely destroyed in an air raid on September 3, 1942, but after the war it was rebuilt into a stadium with a capacity of over 30,000 visitors. Immediately after the merger with FC Phönix, construction of the wildlife park stadium began on the site of Phönix-Platz in Hardtwald . The home games of the Karlsruher SC were therefore played in the Mühlburg stadium until the completion of the new venue until the summer of 1955.

Known players


  • Ernst Otto Bräunche, Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe (ed.): Sport in Karlsruhe - from the beginning until today . Info-Verlag, Karlsruhe 2006, ISBN 3-88190-440-9
  • Heinz Forler, Rainer Speck, Karlsruher SC (eds.): 100 Years of the Karlsruhe Sport Club . Self-published by Karlsruher SC, Karlsruhe 1994, without ISBN, here in particular p. 22ff

References and comments

  1. The first Festschrift of the Karlsruher SC from 1954 names 1892 as the year of foundation and 1905 as the year of transition for FC Viktoria Mühlburg; elsewhere the years 1907 and 1919 are given. The latter variant probably applies, cf. on this, Bräunche, Sport in Karlsruhe , p. 202
  2. quoted from Bräunche, Sport in Karlsruhe , pp. 204f.

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