1954 German football championship

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1954 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Deutsche Meisterschale.JPG
Country West Germany
Dates 2–23 May
Teams 6
Champions Hannover 96
2nd German title
Runners-up 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Matches played 7
Goals scored 29 (4.14 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Otto Baitinger
Rolf Paetz
Georg Stollenwerk
(3 goals each)

The 1954 German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1953–54. Hannover 96 were crowned champions for the second time after a group stage and a final.

It was Hannover's second appearance in the German final, having previously won the championship in 1938, beating Schalke 04 4-3 after extra-time. Kaiserslautern were making their fourth appearance, and was the third time they had reached the final in four years, following their championship wins in 1951 and 1953.

The format used to determine the German champion was different from the 1953 season. Only six teams qualified for the championship, instead of eight. These six teams were split into two groups of three, and only played a single round of matches with games on neutral grounds; previously it had been home-and-away games. The reason for this format change and the reduction in the number of games was Germanys qualifying for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, held shortly after the championship final. As in the past seasons, the two group winners then played the national final.

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified through the 1953–54 Oberliga season:

Club Qualified from
Hannover 96 Oberliga Nord champions
1. FC Köln Oberliga West champions
Berliner SV 92 Oberliga Berlin champions
1. FC Kaiserslautern Oberliga Südwest champions
VfB Stuttgart Oberliga Süd champions
Eintracht Frankfurt Oberliga Süd runners-up


Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification H96 VFB BSV
1 Hannover 96 2 2 0 0 5 2 2.500 4 Advance to final 3–1
2 VfB Stuttgart 2 1 0 1 4 3 1.333 2 3–0
3 Berliner SV 2 0 0 2 1 5 0.200 0 1–2
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification FCK KOE SGE
1 1. FC Kaiserslautern 2 2 0 0 5 3 1.667 4 Advance to final 4–3 1–0
2 1. FC Köln 2 1 0 1 6 6 1.000 2 3–2
3 Eintracht Frankfurt 2 0 0 2 2 4 0.500 0
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.


Hannover 96 5 – 1 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Tkotz Goal 45'
Kohlmeyer Goal 48' (o.g.)
Wewetzer Goal 77'
Kruhl Goal 81'
Paetz Goal 84'
Report Eckel Goal 13'
Attendance: 76,000
Referee: E.Schmetzer
GK Germany Hans Krämer
DF Germany Hannes Kirk
DF Germany Helmut Geruschke
DF Germany Heinz Bothe
MF Germany Werner Müller
MF Germany Rolf Gehrcke
FW Germany Klemens Zielinski
FW Germany Heinz Wewetzer
FW Germany Hannes Tkotz
FW Germany Rolf Paetz
FW Germany Helmut Kruhl
Germany Helmut Kronsbein
GK Germany Willi Hölz
DF Germany Werner Liebrich
DF Germany Werner Kohlmeyer
DF Germany Werner Baßler
MF Germany Fritz Walter
MF Germany Otto Render
MF Germany Horst Eckel
FW Germany Willi Wenzel
FW Germany Karl Wanger
FW Germany Ottmar Walter
FW Germany Erwin Scheffler
Germany Richard Schneider