VfR Cologne 04 rrh.

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VfR Cologne 04 rrh
Club crest
Full name Club for Lawn Sports
Cologne 04 on the right bank of the Rhine
place Cologne
Founded July 1, 1904
Dissolved July 29, 1949
Club colors blue White
Stadion Höhenberg sports park
Top league Gauliga Middle Rhine
successes West German master 1926
Master of the Gauliga Mittelrhein
1935, 1937
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The VfR Köln 04 rrh was a sports club from Cologne . The first football team became West German champions in 1926 and champions of the Lower Rhine Gauliga in 1935 and 1937 . The VfR is a forerunner of today's FC Viktoria Köln .


On July 1, 1904, FC Germania Kalk, the oldest club in today's Viktoria, was founded. This merged in 1909 with the FC Kalk founded in 1905 to form SV Kalk 04 . Two years later, the merger with Mülheimer FC, founded in 1906, to VfR 1904 Mülheim-Kalk followed . After the previously independent cities of Kalk and Mülheim were incorporated into Cologne in 1910 and 1914 , the name was changed to VfR Cologne 04 rrh in 1918 .

After several years in the lower divisions, the VfR made it to the Rheinbezirksliga in 1921, which was then the highest division. In 1925, the team was runner-up in the district after the final was lost to Rheydter SV with 1: 3. A year later, VfR retaliated with a 2-1 win over Rheydt and qualified for the West German championship, which Cologne won undefeated by one point over BV Altenessen . At the final round of the German championship , VfR met the Berlin club SV Norden-Nordwest in the first round . The Berliners won the game 2-1.

In the following years the team could not build on these successes. In 1931, the VfR provided Erich Schröder, a national player. Two years later, the team was one of the founding members of the Gauliga Mittelrhein . In the 1934/35 season, the VfR secured the championship and qualified for the German championship . With a 3-2 win against VfR Mannheim , Cologne started the round, only to lose the following five group games.

The second Gaume Championship followed two years later. At the national level , the Cologne team were again without a chance and came last in the group behind 1. FC Nürnberg , Fortuna Düsseldorf and SV Waldhof . In the following season the VfR could only get the class thanks to the better goal quotient compared to the Bonn FV and Cologne BC . Between 1941 and 1943 there were three runner-up championships before VfR entered a war syndicate with the later merger partner Mülheimer SV 06 .

After the end of the Second World War , the VfR secured the Middle Rhine Championship in 1947 and qualified for the championship of the British Zone . First, Cologne beat Holstein Kiel 2-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals , before the team lost 4-5 after extra time to Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals . VfR finished third with a 4-1 win over Rot-Weiß Oberhausen .

The Cologne were qualified for the Oberliga West introduced in 1947 . As penultimate, the team had to relegate. When in the following season 1948/49 the qualification for the newly introduced II. Division was missed, it came to the merger with the Mülheimer SV 06 to form SC Rapid Cologne .


  • West German champion 1926
  • Champion of the Gauliga Mittelrhein 1935


Individual evidence

  1. Reinhold Horz: Life on the Höhenberg. Parish of St. Theodor and St. Elisabeth, Cologne 2015, ISBN 978-3-00-049292-1 .
  2. ^ A b c Hardy Green , Christian Karn: The big book of German football clubs . AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-362-2 , p. 275.
  3. Hardy Greens : From the Crown Prince to the Bundesliga. 1890 to 1963. Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 1 . AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-928562-85-1 , p. 91 .
  4. Grüne (1996), p. 136
  5. Grüne (1996), p. 156
  6. Grüne (1996), page 276