1928 German football championship

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1928 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Country Germany
Dates 8–29 July
Teams 16
Champions Hamburger SV
2nd German title
Runners-up Hertha BSC
Matches played 15
Goals scored 75 (5 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Hans Grenzel
Otto Harder
(7 goals each)

The 1928 German football championship, the 21st edition of the competition, was won by Hamburger SV, defeating Hertha BSC, 5–2, in the final.[1]

For Hamburger SV it was the second national championship after its first in 1923, not counting the 1922 title which the club declined. It brought to an end Hamburg's successful era during the 1920s with four appearances in the German final in seven seasons. Hamburger SV would not play in a final again until 1957 and win its next championship three years later, in 1960. For Hertha BSC it marked the third consecutive final loss, a series the club would extend to four in the following season. Hertha would then go on to win back-to-back championships in 1930 and 1931.[2][3][4]

Hertha's Hans Grenzel and Hamburg's Tull Harder were the joint top scorer of the 1928 championship with seven goals each.[5]

Sixteen clubs qualified for the knock-out competition, two from each of the regional federations plus an additional third club from the South and West. In all cases the regional champions and runners-up qualified. In the West the third spot went to the third-placed team of the championship while, in the South, the third spot was determined in a separate qualifying competition for runners-up and third-placed teams.[1]

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified through the regional championships:[1]

Club Qualified as
VfB Königsberg Baltic champions
Preußen Stettin Baltic runners-up
Breslauer SC 08 South Eastern German champions
Sportfreunde Breslau South Eastern German runners-up
Hertha BSC Brandenburg champion
Tennis Borussia Berlin Brandenburg runners-up
Wacker Halle Central German champions
Dresdner SC Central German runners-up
Hamburger SV Northern German champions
Holstein Kiel Northern German runners-up
SpVgg Sülz 07 Western German champions
Preußen Krefeld Western German runners-up
Schalke 04 Western German third placed team
FC Bayern Munich Southern German champions
Eintracht Frankfurt Southern German runners-up
FC Wacker München Southern German additional qualifier


Round of 16[edit]

The round of 16, played on 8 July 1928:[6]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hamburger SV 4–2 Schalke 04
Hertha BSC 7–0 Sportfreunde Breslau
Preussen Stettin 1–4 Holstein Kiel
SpVgg Sülz 07 3–1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Preussen Krefeld 1–3 Tennis Borussia Berlin
SC Breslau 08 2–3 VfB Königsberg
Wacker Halle 0–3 FC Bayern Munich
FC Wacker München 1–0 Dresdner SC


The quarter finals, played on 12 July 1928:[6]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
FC Bayern Munich 5–2 SpVgg Sülz 07
VfB Königsberg 0–4 Hamburger SV
Holstein Kiel 0–4 Hertha BSC
Tennis Borussia Berlin 1–4 FC Wacker München


The semi-finals, played on 22 July 1928:[6]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hamburger SV 8–2 FC Bayern Munich
Hertha BSC 2–1 FC Wacker München


The final, played on 29 July 1928:[6]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hamburger SV 5–2 Hertha BSC


  1. ^ a b c "German championship 1928". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "(West) Germany -List of champions". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hertha BSC » Steckbrief" [Hertha BSC honours]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Hamburger SV » Steckbrief" [Hamburger SV honours]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft » Torschützenkönige" [German championship: Top goal scorer]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1927/1928 » Spielplan" [German championship 1927–28]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 


  • kicker Allmanach 1990, by kicker, page 160 to 178 – German championship

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