The 1963–64 Bundesliga season was the inaugural season for a single division highest tier of football in West Germany. It began on 24 August 1963 and ended on 9 May 1964. The first goal was scored by Friedhelm Konietzka for Borussia Dortmund in their game against Werder Bremen. The championship was won by 1. FC Köln. The first teams to be relegated were Preußen Münster and 1. FC Saarbrücken.
|Champions||1. FC Köln|
1st Bundesliga title
2nd German title
1. FC Saarbrücken
|European Cup||1. FC Köln|
|Cup Winners' Cup||1860 Munich|
|Goals scored||857 (3.57 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Uwe Seeler (30)|
|Biggest home win||1860 Munich 9–2 Hamburg|
E. Frankfurt 7–0 W. Bremen
|Biggest away win||Nürnberg 0–5 Kaiserslautern|
|Highest scoring||B. Dortmund 9–3 Kaiserslautern|
Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received two points for a win and one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal average. The team with the most points were crowned champions while the two teams with the fewest points were relegated to their respective Regionalliga divisions.
Sixteen teams were chosen from all Oberliga teams on both competitive and infrastructural aspects. The West and South divisions supplied five teams each, three clubs came from the North, while the Southwest provided two participants. The final member was chosen from the Oberliga Berlin.
The selection of teams the inaugural Bundesliga season was controversial. Alemannia Aachen and Kickers Offenbach believed that they should have been chosen, due to their superior record over division rivals over the previous twelve seasons. They were not selected due to their relatively poorer performance in the seasons immediately preceding the start of the Bundesliga.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GR||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||1. FC Köln (C)||30||17||11||2||78||40||1.950||45||1964–65 European Cup Preliminary round|
|3||Eintracht Frankfurt||30||16||7||7||65||41||1.585||39||1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round|
|7||TSV 1860 Munich||30||11||9||10||66||50||1.320||31||1964–65 European Cup Winners' Cup First round|
|8||FC Schalke 04||30||12||5||13||51||53||0.962||29|
|9||1. FC Nürnberg||30||11||7||12||45||56||0.804||29|
|10||SV Werder Bremen||30||10||8||12||53||62||0.855||28|
|12||1. FC Kaiserslautern||30||10||6||14||48||69||0.696||26|
|14||Hertha BSC||30||9||6||15||45||65||0.692||24||1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round|
|15||SC Preußen Münster (R)||30||7||9||14||34||52||0.654||23||Regionalliga|
|16||1. FC Saarbrücken (R)||30||6||5||19||44||72||0.611||17|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- 30 goals
- 20 goals
- 19 goals
- 18 goals
- 16 goals
- 15 goals
|1. FC Köln|
|Goalkeepers: Fritz Ewert (26); Anton Schumacher (4).|
Defenders: Leo Wilden (29 / 1); Anton Regh (29); Fritz Pott (27 / 1); Matthias Hemmersbach (17).
Manager: Georg Knöpfle.
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- DFB archive, 1963–64 season (in German)