1949 German football championship
The 1949 German football championship, the 39th edition of the competition, was the culmination of the 1948–49 football season in Germany. VfR Mannheim were crowned champions for the first time after a one-leg knock-out tournament. It was both sides' first appearance in the final.
|Dates||29 May – 10 July|
1st German title
|Third place||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|Fourth place||Kickers Offenbach|
|Goals scored||48 (3.43 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Alfred Boller|
(4 goals each)
The tournament was expanded so that ten teams were to take part in the final stage which was played as a one-leg knock-out tournament, with the matches played on neutral ground. The five regional Oberliga winners, along with VfR Mannheim and Wormatia Worms, automatically qualified for the quarter finals, while the remaining three teams played qualifying rounds to clinch the eighth place.
The 1949 championship was the first to see a new trophy for the champions awarded. The pre-Second World War trophy, the Viktoria, had disappeared during the final stages of the war and would not resurface until after the German reunification. The new trophy, the Meisterschale, was not ready for the 1948 season but was finished in time to be awarded to the 1949 champions.
The clubs qualified through the 1948–49 Oberliga season:
|Hamburger SV||Oberliga Nord champions|
|FC St. Pauli||Oberliga Nord runners-up|
|Borussia Dortmund||Oberliga West champions|
|Rot-Weiss Essen||Oberliga West runners-up|
|Berliner SV 92||Oberliga Berlin champions|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||Oberliga Südwest champions|
|VfR Wormatia Worms||Oberliga Südwest runners-up|
|Kickers Offenbach||Oberliga Süd champions|
|VfR Mannheim||Oberliga Süd runners-up|
|FC Bayern Munich||Oberliga Süd third place|
First qualifying roundEdit
|29 May 1949||FC St. Pauli||4 – 1||Rot-Weiss Essen||Braunschweig|
|Boller 14', 54'
|Cornelissen 83'||Stadium: Eintracht-Stadion|
Referee: Boullion (Königsberg)
Second qualifying roundEdit
|5 June 1949||FC St. Pauli||1 – 1 |
|Boller 49'||Resch 88'||Stadium: Eilenriedestadion|
Referee: Schumann (Berlin)
|6 June 1949||FC St. Pauli||2 – 0||Bayern Munich||Hanover|
Referee: Schumann (Berlin)
|Berliner SV 92||0 – 5||Borussia Dortmund|
|Michallek 3', 77'
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||1 – 1 |
|FC St. Pauli|
|O.Walter 10'||Woitas 43'|
|Kickers Offenbach||2 – 2 |
|Maier 71', 73'||Müller 35'
|VfR Mannheim||5 – 0||Hamburger SV|
|de la Vigne 20'
Langlotz 79' (pen.), 90'
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||4 – 1||FC St. Pauli|
Grewenig 86', 90'
|Kickers Offenbach||2 – 0||Wormatia Worms|
Selbert 70' (o.g.)
|Borussia Dortmund||0 – 0 |
|1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|VfR Mannheim||2 – 1||Kickers Offenbach|
de la Vigne 8'
|Borussia Dortmund||4 – 1||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|Preißler 22', 60'
Third place play-offEdit
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||2 – 1 |
|VfR Mannheim||3 – 2 |
|Löttke 74' 108'
|Erdmann 5' 82'|
- (West) Germany -List of champions rsssf.com, accessed: 22 December 2015
- VfR Mannheim » Steckbrief (in German) Weltfussball.de – VfR Mannheim honours, accessed: 22 December 2015
- Die "Viktoria" (in German) DFB website – The "Viktoria", accessed: 30 December 2015
- Meisterschale (in German) DFB website, accessed: 30 December 2015