1939 German football championship

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1939 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Country Germany
Dates 2 April – 18 June
Teams 18
Champions Schalke 04
4th German title
Runners-up Admira Wien
Third place Dresdner SC
Fourth place Hamburger SV
Matches played 55
Goals scored 224 (4.07 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Ernst Kalwitzki (11 goals)
1938
1940

The 1939 German football championship, the 32nd edition of the competition, was won by Schalke 04, the club's fourth German championship, by defeating Admira Wien 9–0 in the final, with Ernst Kalwitzki scoring five goals. For Admira it was the club's only appearance in the German championship while the 9–0 result was the highest winning margin for any of the finals held between 1903 and 1963, surpassing VfB Leipzig's 7–2 victory over DFC Prag in the inaugural 1903 final. For Schalke, it continued the club's most successful era, having won the 1934, 1935 and 1937 final and going on to win the 1940 and 1942 ones as well.[1][2]

Schalke's Ernst Kalwitzki was the 1939 championships top scorer with eleven goals, having previously finished as the top scorer in 1937.[3]

The eighteen 1938–39 Gauliga champions, two more than in 1938 because of the addition of the Gauliga Ostmark after the Anschluss and the Gauliga Sudetenland after the Munich Agreement,[4] competed in a group stage with the four group winners advancing to the semi-finals. The two semi-final winners then contested the 1939 championship final. The groups were divided into three with four clubs and one with six clubs with the latter, in turn, subdivided into two groups of three teams each and a final of these group winners to determine the over all group champions.[5]

While, in the following season, the German championship was still played with eighteen clubs as well but it gradually expanded through a combination of territorial expansion of Nazi Germany and the sub-dividing of the Gauligas in later years, reaching a strength of thirty one in its last completed season, 1943–44.[4]

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified through the 1938–39 Gauliga season:[5]

Club Qualified from
VfR Mannheim Gauliga Baden
FC Schweinfurt 05 Gauliga Bayern
Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg
CSC 03 Kassel Gauliga Hessen
SV Dessau 05 Gauliga Mitte
SpVgg Sülz 07 Gauliga Mittelrhein
Fortuna Düsseldorf Gauliga Niederrhein
VfL Osnabrück Gauliga Niedersachsen
Hamburger SV Gauliga Nordmark
Admira Wien Gauliga Ostmark
Hindenburg Allenstein Gauliga Ostpreußen
Viktoria Stolp Gauliga Pommern
Dresdner SC Gauliga Sachsen
Vorwärts-Rasensport Gleiwitz Gauliga Schlesien
Warnsdorfer FK Gauliga Sudetenland
Wormatia Worms Gauliga Südwest
Schalke 04 Gauliga Westfalen
Stuttgarter Kickers Gauliga Württemberg

Competition[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Group 1 was contested by the champions of the Gauligas Brandenburg, Niedersachsen, Nordmark and Ostpreußen:[5]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification HSV OSN HIA BWB
1 Hamburger SV 6 4 1 1 22 11 2.000 9 Advance to semi-finals 5–1 5–2 3–0
2 VfL Osnabrück 6 2 2 2 10 12 0.833 6 4–2 0–0 1–1
3 Hindenburg Allenstein 6 2 1 3 10 12 0.833 5 1–4 3–1 1–2
4 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin 6 1 2 3 7 14 0.500 4 3–3 1–3 0–3
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Group 2[edit]

Group 2A[edit]

Group 2A was contested by the champions of the Gauligas Mittelrhein, Niederrhein and Pommern:[5]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification F95 S07 STO
1 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 3 0 1 7 4 1.750 6 Advance to group final 3–2 1–0
2 SpVgg Sülz 4 2 0 2 10 6 1.667 4 1–3 5–0
3 Viktoria Stolp 4 1 0 3 1 8 0.125 2 1–0 0–2
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Group 2B[edit]

Group 2B was contested by the champions of the Gauligas Bayern, Sachsen and Sudetenland:[5]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification DRE S05 WFK
1 Dresdner SC 4 3 0 1 9 3 3.000 6 Advance to group final 1–0 3–1
2 Schweinfurt 05 4 3 0 1 9 4 2.250 6 1–0 4–2
3 Warnsdorfer FK 4 0 0 4 5 16 0.313 0 1–5 1–4
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Group 2 final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Dresdner SC 7–4 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4–1 3–3

Group 3[edit]

Group 3 was contested by the champions of the Gauligas Baden, Mitte, Ostmark and Württemberg:[5]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification AWI SKI MAN SVD
1 Admira Wien 6 3 1 2 20 11 1.818 7 Advance to semi-finals 6–2 8–3 5–1
2 Stuttgarter Kickers 6 3 1 2 13 13 1.000 7 1–1 3–2 3–2
3 VfR Mannheim 6 2 1 3 12 16 0.750 5 3–0 1–4 0–0
4 SV Dessau 05 6 2 1 3 6 11 0.545 5 1–0 1–0 1–3
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Group 4[edit]

Group 4 was contested by the champions of the Gauligas Hessen, Schlesien, Südwest and Westfalen:[5]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification S04 VRG W08 CSC
1 Schalke 04 6 5 0 1 17 5 3.400 10 Advance to semi-finals 4–0 1–2 6–1
2 Vorwärts-Rasensport Gleiwitz 6 4 0 2 12 11 1.091 8 1–2 5–3 2–0
3 Wormatia Worms 6 3 0 3 12 10 1.200 6 0–1 1–2 3–1
4 CSC Kassel 6 0 0 6 4 19 0.211 0 1–3 1–2 0–3
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Semi-finals[edit]

Two of the four clubs in the 1939 semi-finals had reached the same stage in the previous season, Hamburger SV and FC Schalke 04, while Admira Wien and Dresdner SC replaced Fortuna Düsseldorf and previous seasons champions Hannover 96 in comparison to 1938:[6]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
4 June 1939[7]
Schalke 04 3–3 aet Dresdner SC
Admira Wien 4–1 Hamburger SV

Replay[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
11 June 1939
Schalke 04 2–0 Dresdner SC

Third place play-off[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
17 June 1939[8]
Dresdner SC 3–2 Hamburger SV

Final[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
18 June 1939[9]
Schalke 04 9–0 Admira Wien

References[edit]

  1. ^ (West) Germany -List of champions rsssf.com, accessed: 27 December 2015
  2. ^ FC Schalke 04 » Steckbrief (in German) Weltfussball.de – FC Schalke 04 honours, accessed: 27 December 2015
  3. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft » Torschützenkönige" [German championship: Top goal scorer]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b kicker Allmanach 1990, page: 243-245
  5. ^ a b c d e f g German championship 1939 rsssf.com, accessed: 26 December 2015
  6. ^ German championship 1938 rsssf.com, accessed: 27 December 2015
  7. ^ German championship 1939 – Semifinals (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 28 December 2015
  8. ^ German championship 1939 – Third place (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 28 December 2015
  9. ^ German championship 1939 – Final (in German) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 28 December 2015

Sources[edit]

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

External links[edit]