1931 German football championship

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1931 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Country Germany
Dates 10 May – 14 June
Teams 16
Champions Hertha BSC
2nd German title
Runners-up 1860 Munich
Matches played 15
Goals scored 69 (4.6 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Willi Kirsei (7 goals)

The 1931 German football championship, the 24th edition of the competition, was won by Hertha BSC, defeating TSV 1860 München 3–2 in the final.[1]

For Hertha it was the sixth consecutive final the club played in and the second national championship, having won the previous edition. Hertha thereby became only the second club after 1. FC Nürnberg to defend its title. It marked however the end of Hertha's most successful era, with the club never again playing in another German championship final after 1931, as it did for clubs from Berlin, as no other club from the German capital would ever reach another German championship final again. For TSV 1860 it was the only championship final the club ever played in, having to wait until the Bundesliga era to win a championship. The following season the club's rival, FC Bayern Munich, would take out the only national championship for the city of Munich during the pre-Bundesliga era.[2][3]

Hertha's Willi Kirsei was the top scorer of the 1931 championship with seven goals.[4]

Sixteen club 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 qualified and almost all of the runners-up, except in Central Germany where the second spot went to the regional cup winner. 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
SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg Baltic champions
VfB Königsberg Baltic runners-up
Beuthener SuSV 09 South Eastern German champions
VfB Liegnitz South Eastern German runners-up
Hertha BSC Brandenburg champion
Tennis Borussia Berlin Brandenburg runners-up
Dresdner SC Central German champions
SpVgg Leipzig Central German cup winner
Hamburger SV Northern German champions
Holstein Kiel Northern German runners-up
Fortuna Düsseldorf Western German champions
VfB Bielefeld Western German runners-up
Meidericher SV Western German third placed team
SpVgg Fürth Southern German champions
Eintracht Frankfurt Southern German runners-up
TSV 1860 München Southern German additional qualifier


Round of 16[edit]

The round of 16, played between 10 and 17 May 1931:[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Beuthen 09 0–2 Hamburger SV
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2–3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Holstein Kiel 3–2 Prussia Königsberg
SpVgg Leipzig 0–3 SpVgg Fürth
Tennis Borussia Berlin 6–1 VfB Liegnitz
TSV 1860 München 4–1 Meidericher SpV
VfB Bielefeld 2–5 Hertha BSC
VfB Königsberg 1–8 Dresdner SC


The quarter-finals, played on 17 and 24 May 1931:[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Dresdner SC 3–4 Holstein Kiel
Hamburger SV 2–0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hertha BSC 3–1 SpVgg Fürth
TSV 1860 München 1–0 Tennis Borussia Berlin


The semi-finals, played on 31 May 1931:[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hertha BSC 3–2 Hamburger SV
TSV 1860 München 2–0 Holstein Kiel


The final, played on 14 June 1931:[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hertha BSC 3–2 TSV 1860 München


  1. ^ a b c "German championship 1931". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "(West) Germany -List of champions". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hertha BSC » Steckbrief" [Hertha BSC honours]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft » Torschützenkönige" [German championship: Top goal scorer]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1930/1931 » Spielplan" [German championship 1930–31]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 6 January 2016. 


  • kicker Allmanach 1990, by kicker, page 164 & 177 - German championship

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