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Challenge Cup (Austro-Hungarian Empire)

The Challenge Cup was an international competition for football clubs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that run from 1897 to 1911.

Challenge Cup
Founded1897
Abolished1911; 108 years ago (1911)
RegionAustro-Hungarian Empire
Last championsWiener Sport-Club (1911)
Most successful club(s)Wiener AC
(3 titles)

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
First Vienna FC, 1899 winners

It was invented in 1897 in Vienna by John Gramlick, who was one of the founders of Vienna Cricket and Football-Club. The competition was open for all clubs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but practically all the participating teams came from the three major cities Vienna, Budapest and Prague.[1] It was played in a knockout format.[2]

The trophy was to be kept by the first team to win it in three consecutive seasons. In 1903 the rule was changed and the trophy is now in the possession of its last winner Wiener Sport-Club. The Challenge Cup was ceased in 1911. Today it is seen as the predecessor to the Austrian Cup (first held in 1918) and the Mitropa Cup, established in 1927.[1]

ChampionsEdit

List of finalsEdit

Season Country Champion Runner-up Result
1897–98   Austria Vienna Cricket FC   Wiener FC 1898 7–0
1898–99   Austria First Vienna FC   AC Viktoria Wien 4–1
1899–00   Austria First Vienna FC   Vienna Cricket FC 2–0
1900–01   Austria Wiener AC   SK Slavia Prague 1–0
1901–02   Austria Vienna Cricket FC   Budapesti TC 2–1
1902–03   Austria Wiener AC   ČAFC Královské Vinohrady w/o
1903–04   Austria Wiener AC   Vienna Cricket FC 7–0
1904–05   Austria Wiener Sport-Club   Magyar AC 2–1
1905–06
(Not held)
1906–07
(Not held)
1907–08
(Not held)
1908–09   Hungary Ferencvárosi   Wiener Sport-Club 2–1
1909–10
Not Held
1910–11   Austria Wiener Sport-Club   Ferencvárosi 3–0

Titles by clubEdit

Country Club Titles Winning season
  Austria Wiener AC
3
1901, 1903, 1904
  Austria Vienna Cricket FC
2
1898, 1902
  Austria Wiener Sport-Club
2
1905, 1911
  Austria First Vienna FC
2
1899, 1900
  Hungary Ferencvárosi
1
1909

Titles by countryEdit

Country Titles
  Austria
9
  Hungary
1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit