1959 German football championship

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1959 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Deutsche Meisterschale.JPG
Country West Germany
Dates 3 May – 28 June
Teams 9
Champions Eintracht Frankfurt
1st German title
Runners-up Kickers Offenbach
European Cup Eintracht Frankfurt
Matches played 26
Goals scored 122 (4.69 per match)
Attendance 1,241,000 (47,731 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Eckehard Feigenspan (12 goals)
1958
1960

The 1959 German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1958–59. Eintracht Frankfurt were crowned champions for the first time after a group stage and a final.[1]

It was Eintracht's second appearance in the German final, having previously lost to FC Bayern Munich in 1932, the team won all seven games it played in the finals. On the strength of this title, the club participated in the 1959–60 European Cup, where it became the first German club to reach the final.

For the losing finalist, Kickers Offenbach, it was its second time to reach the national title game, having lost to VfB Stuttgart in 1950, it was also the only time the final was contested by two clubs from the state of Hesse.

The format used to determine the German champion was very similar to the one used in the 1957 and 1958 season. Nine clubs qualified for the tournament, with the runners-up of North and Southwest having to play a qualifying match, the remaining eight clubs then played a home-and-away round in two groups of four, with the two group winners entering the final. In previous seasons, only a single round had been played in the group stage, increasing the number of group games per team from three to six from 1959.

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified for the finals through the 1958–59 Oberliga season:

Club Qualified from
Hamburger SV Oberliga Nord champions
SV Werder Bremen Oberliga Nord runners-up
Westfalia Herne Oberliga West champions
1. FC Köln Oberliga West runners-up
Tasmania 1900 Berlin Oberliga Berlin champions
FK Pirmasens Oberliga Südwest champions
Borussia Neunkirchen Oberliga Südwest runners-up
Eintracht Frankfurt Oberliga Süd champions
Kickers Offenbach Oberliga Süd runners-up

Competition[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification SGE KOE FKP SVW
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 6 0 0 26 11 2.364 12 Advance to final 2–1 3–2 4–2
2 1. FC Köln 6 2 1 3 10 14 0.714 5 2–4 3–2 2–2
3 FK Pirmasens 6 2 0 4 16 18 0.889 4 2–6 4–0 4–1
4 Werder Bremen 6 1 1 4 12 21 0.571 3 2–7 0–2 5–2
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification KOF HSV SCW SCT
1 Kickers Offenbach 6 4 1 1 14 9 1.556 9 Advance to final 3–2 2–1 3–2
2 Hamburger SV 6 4 0 2 13 8 1.625 8 1–0 4–2 3–0
3 Westfalia Herne 6 2 0 4 8 13 0.615 4 1–4 3–1 1–0
4 Tasmania Berlin 6 1 1 4 6 11 0.545 3 2–2 0–2 2–0
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal ratio.
Date Match Result Stadium Attendance
16 May 1959 Westfalia Herne Tasmania 1900 Berlin 1–0 (1–0) Dortmund, Stadion Rote Erde 30,000
16 May 1959 Kickers Offenbach Hamburger SV 3–2 (0–2) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion 80,000
23 May 1959 Hamburger SV Westfalia Herne 4–2 (2–0) Hamburg, Volksparkstadion 70,000
23 May 1959 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Kickers Offenbach 2–2 (0–2) Berlin, Olympiastadion 70,000
30 May 1959 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Hamburger SV 0–2 (0–0) Berlin, Olympiastadion 90,000
30 May 1959 Westfalia Herne Kickers Offenbach 1–4 (0–1) Dortmund, Stadion Rote Erde 45,000
7 June 1959 Hamburger SV Tasmania 1900 Berlin 3–0 (0–0) Hamburg, Volksparkstadion 65,000
7 June 1959 Kickers Offenbach Westfalia Herne 2–1 (0–0) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion 56,000
13 June 1959 Westfalia Herne Hamburger SV 3–1 (1–1) Dortmund, Stadion Rote Erde 42,000
13 June 1959 Kickers Offenbach Tasmania 1900 Berlin 3–2 (0–1) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion 35,000
20 June 1959 Hamburger SV Kickers Offenbach 1–0 (0–0) Hamburg, Volksparkstadion 65,000
20 June 1959 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Westfalia Herne 2-0 (0–0) Berlin, Olympiastadion 22,000

Final[edit]

Eintracht Frankfurt 5–3 (a.e.t.) Kickers Offenbach
Report
Attendance: 75,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ (West) Germany -List of champions rsssf.com, accessed: 22 December 2015

Sources[edit]

  • kicker Allmanach 1990, by kicker, page 165 & 177 - German championship 1959

External links[edit]