1923 German football championship

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1923 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Country Germany
Dates 6 May – 10 June
Teams 7
Champions Hamburger SV
1st German title
Runners-up Union Oberschöneweide
Matches played 7
Goals scored 20 (2.86 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Otto Harder (5 goals)

The 1923 German football championship, the 16th edition of the competition, was won by Hamburger SV, defeating Union Oberschöneweide 3–0 in the final.[1]

For Hamburg SV it was the first national championship, having played in the inconclusive 1922 final and declined the championship. Hamburg would make another appearance in the final in the following season but lose to 1. FC Nürnberg, followed by another championship in 1928, won against another club from Berlin, Hertha BSC. Union Oberschöneweide made its sole championship final appearance in 1923 and would eventually evolve into what is now 1. FC Union Berlin.[2][3]

Hamburger's Tull Harder was the top scorer of the 1923 championship with five goals, having previously done so in 1922 and, again, in 1926 and 1928.[4]

Seven club qualified for the knock-out competition, nominally the champions of each of the seven regional football championships. However, the Western German football championship was not contested in 1923 and a qualifying competition for the German football championship was held instead.[1]

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified through the regional championships:[1]

Club Qualified as
VfB Königsberg Baltic champions
Sportfreunde Breslau South Eastern German champions
Union Oberschöneweide Brandenburg champion
Guts Muts Dresden Central German champions
Hamburger SV Northern German champions
Arminia Bielefeld Western German championship representative
SpVgg Fürth Southern German champions



The quarter-finals, played on 6 and 13 May 1923, with the replay played on 20 May:[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hamburger SV 2–0 Guts Muts Dresden
SpVgg Fürth 4–0 Sportfreunde Breslau
Union Oberschöneweide 0–0 Arminia Bielefeld


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Union Oberschöneweide 2–1 Arminia Bielefeld


The semi-finals, played on 27 May 1923:[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hamburger SV 3–2 VfB Königsberg
Union Oberschöneweide 2–1 SpVgg Fürth


Union Oberschöneweide 0 – 3 Hamburger SV
Report Harder Goal 34'
Breuel Goal 70'
Schneider Goal 90'
Attendance: 64,000
Referee: Brucker
' Germany Franz Müller
' Germany Franz Klautzsch
' Germany Hermann Lux
' Germany Erich Standke
' Germany Otto Martwig
' Germany August Hamann
' Germany Otto Splittgerber
' Germany Willi Jachmann
' Germany Max Franke
' Germany Horst Franke
' Germany Albert Dietz
' Germany Hans Martens
' Sweden Otto Carlsson
' Germany Albert Beier
' Germany Marcel Speyer
' Germany Hans Krohn
' Germany Walter Kolzen
' Norway Asbjørn Halvorsen
' Germany Otto Harder
' Germany Ludwig Breuel
' Germany Karl Schneider
' Germany Hans Rave
England A. W. Turner


  1. ^ a b c "German championship 1923". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "(West) Germany -List of champions". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hamburger SV » Steckbrief" [Hamburger SV honours]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft » Torschützenkönige" [German championship: Top goal scorer]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1922/1923 » Spielplan" [German championship 1922–23]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2016. 


  • kicker Allmanach 1990, by kicker, page 160 to 178 – German championship
  • Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (in German) History of Southern German football in tables, publisher & author: Ludolf Hyll

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