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Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden

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OverviewEdit

The league was formed in 1923, after a league reform which was decided upon in Darmstadt, Hesse.[1] It replaced the Kreisliga Südwest and the Kreisliga Württemberg as the highest leagues in the region.

The league started out with eight clubs from the two states and the Prussian province in the region, but without clubs from the Ulm, who were playing in the Bezirksliga Bayern and Mannheim, who played in the Bezirksliga Rhein instead. The eight clubs played each other in a home-and-away round with the top team advancing to the Southern German championship, which in turn was a qualification tournament for the German championship.

For the second and third seasons, 1924–25 and 1925–26, the modus remained unchanged.

For the 1926-27 season, the league was expanded to ten teams. The top team was again qualified for the finals. The runners-up of the Bezirksligas in the south from then on also played a championship round to determine a third team from the region to go to the German finals with the Karlsruher FV from the region qualifying for this.

After this season, the league was split into a Württemberg and a Baden group, the first having nine and the second eight teams. No final was played between the two group winners as both went on to the Southern German championship. The second and third placed team of each division would also advance to the separate round of the runners-up like in the previous season.

The 1928-29 season saw no change in modus but both leagues now operated on a strength of eight clubs. The qualification system for the finals also remained unchanged. This system remained in place until 1931.

For the 1931-32 season, both divisions were expanded to ten teams. The top-two teams from each league then advanced to the Southern German finals, which were now staged in two regional groups with a finals game between the two group winners at the end. The same system applied for the final season of the league in 1932-33.

With the rise of the Nazis to power, the Gauligas were introduced as the highest football leagues in Germany. In Württemberg-Baden, the Gauliga Württemberg and the Gauliga Baden replaced the Bezirksliga as the highest level of play.

National successEdit

The clubs from the Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden did not manage to win a German championship in this era and were dominated by the much stronger competition from the Bezirksliga Bayern.

Southern German championshipEdit

  • 1924:
    • Stuttgarter Kickers, 3rd place
  • 1925:
    • Stuttgarter Kickers, 4th place
  • 1926:
    • Karlsruher FV, 6th place
  • 1927:
    • Karlsruher FV, 2nd place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round
    • VfB Stuttgart, 5th place
  • 1928:
    • Phönix Karlsruhe, 8th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Union Böckingen, 6th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • SC Freiburg, 5th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • VfB Stuttgart, 4th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Stuttgarter Kickers, 5th place
    • Karlsruher FV, 4th place
  • 1929:
    • Freiburger FC, 8th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Phönix Karlsruhe, 6th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • VfB Stuttgart, 5th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Stuttgarter Kickers, 4th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Germania Brötzingen, 6th place
    • Karlsruher FV, 5th place
  • 1930:
    • Union Böckingen, 8th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Phönix Karlsruhe, 7th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Karlsruher FV, 4th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • VfR Heilbronn, 3rd place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Freiburger FC, 8th place
    • VfB Stuttgart, 5th place
  • 1931:
    • Phönix Karlsruhe, 8th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • FV Rastatt, 7th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Stuttgarter Kickers, 5th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • 1. FC Pforzheim, 4th place in the Bezirksliga-runners-up round southwest division
    • Union Böckingen, 8th place
    • Karlsruher FV, 5th place
  • 1932:
    • VfB Stuttgart, 8th place southwest division
    • FV Rastatt, 7th place southwest division
    • 1. FC Pforzheim, 4th place southwest division
    • Karlsruher FV, 3rd place southwest division
  • 1933:
    • Union Böckingen, 8th place northsouth division
    • Phönix Karlsruhe, 6th place northsouth division
    • Karlsruher FV, 5th place northsouth division
    • Stuttgarter Kickers, 4th place northsouth division

German championshipEdit

No team from the region qualified for the German championship finals in this era.

Founding members of the leagueEdit

Winners and runners-up of the Bezirksliga Württemberg-BadenEdit

Season Winner Runner-Up
1923–24 Stuttgarter Kickers Freiburger FC
1924–25 Stuttgarter Kickers Freiburger FC
1925–26 Karlsruher FV VfB Stuttgart
1926–27 VfB Stuttgart Karlsruher FV
Season Württemberg Baden
1927–28 Stuttgarter Kickers Karlruher FV
1928–29 Germania Brötzingen Karlruher FV
1929–30 VfB Stuttgart Freiburger FC
1930–31 Union Böckingen Karlruher FV
1931–32 1. FC Pforzheim Karlruher FV
1932–33 Stuttgarter Kickers Phönix Karlsruhe

Placings in the Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden 1923-33Edit

Clubs from Baden-divisionEdit

Club 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
Freiburger FC 2 2 3 8 5 2 1 8 3 4
FC Mühlburg 6 8 7 5
Phönix Karlsruhe 8 6 2 3 3 2 6 1
SC Freiburg 7 5 3 4 7 7 4 6
Karlsruher FV 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2
Offenburger FV 4 8 10
SpVgg Freiburg 6 7 8
FC 08 Villingen 7 5 4 5 9
VfB Karlsruhe 8 6 8 3
FV Rastatt 6 6 3 2 9
SpVgg Schramberg 5 4 5 8
FC Rheinfelden 10
Frankonia Karlsruhe 7

Source:"Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-07-24.

Clubs from the Württemberg-divisionEdit

Club 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
Stuttgarter Kickers 1 1 4 3 1 2 6 3 7 1
1. FC Pforzheim 3 3 7 5 2 1 4
Stuttgarter SC 4 6 6 4 4 8 7
VfR Heilbronn 5 4 5 7 6 5 3 8 10
SV Feuerbach 7 4 5
VfB Stuttgart 5 2 1 3 3 1 4 2 3
FC Birkenfeld 8 7 7 7 6 8 8
Union Böckingen 9 2 4 2 1 6 2
Sportfreunde Stuttgart 10 5 6 8
FV Zuffenhausen 8 7 9
Pfeil Gaisburg 9
Germania Brötzingen 1 4 5 5 6
Sportfreunde Eßlingen 3 9
Normannia Gmünd 10

Source:"Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Retrieved 2008-07-24.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History of the Offenburger Fußballverein Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (in German) Page 5, accessed: 23 July 2008

SourcesEdit

  • Fussball-Jahrbuch Deutschland (in German) (8 vol.), Tables and results of the German tier-one leagues 1919-33, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (in German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • Süddeutschlands Fussballgeschichte in Tabellenform 1897-1988 (in German) History of Southern German football in tables, publisher & author: Ludolf Hyll

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