Jahn Cernăuți

Jahn Cernăuți was a German football club from Czernowitz, Bukovina (then in Austria-Hungary, subsequently Kingdom of Romania, nowadays in Ukraine). The club became regional champions in 1924, 1925, and 1934 and participated in three seasons of Divizia A (the first football tier in Romania). The club ceased to exist before the end of World War II.

Jahn Cernăuți
Full nameJahn Cernăuți


Jahn Cernăuți was founded in the fall of 1903,[1] when German students in Chernivtsi have formed a football team. In 1908, the name was changed to the Association of Chernivtsi DFK.[2] In the spring of 1909, a team broke away from the football club team from Chernivtsi, the new team was called IFC Czernowitz.[3]

On 8 September 1910, Chernivtsi DFK merged with the German gymnastic society under the name of "Czernowitzer Turn- und Sportverein Jahn" (Sport and gymnastic society Jahn Chernivtsi), later Jahn Chernivtsi (Cernăuți).[citation needed]

The football team participated in the 1920 Regional Championship of Bucovina. In the 1923–1924 season, becoming Regional Champion, who qualified Jahn Chernivtsi to Romanian Championship final tournament. After Brașovia Brașov did not show off, Jahn promoted to the semifinals where they lost 0–1 to Clubul Atletic Oradea.

The next season, the club become Regional Champion again and qualified again for Romanian Championship final tournament. In the first round they eliminated Șoimii Sibiu. In the quarterfinals, Fulgerul Chişinău defeated the team from Chernivtsi, but after the team from Bessarabia was disqualified and the result was annulled. Jahn Chernivtsi replayed the match with Oltul Slatina (champion of Oltenia), which defeated 4–0. In the semifinals, was defeated by UCAS Petrosani. This was the best performance of the team in the history of Romania League.[4]

The team played in the Regional Championship of Bukovina. The winner of each edition obtained the right to participate in the final tournament of the Romanian Championship.

Every ethnicity had their own team in Chernivtsi: Romanians (Dragoş Vodă Cernăuţi), Germans (Jahn Cernăuți), Jews (Maccabi Cernăuți and Hakoah Cernăuți), Poles (Polonia Cernăuți), and Ukrainians (Dovbuș Cernăuți).[4]

The team founded in 1903 ceased to exist in 1940, after the Bukovina Germans moved back to Germany with the start of World War II, and when the Soviets invaded Bukovina. They founded a new team called TSV Jahn Büsnau, a team from Stuttgart region.[5][6][7]

Chronology of namesEdit

Name [8] Period
Chernivtsi Deutscher Fußballklub 1903–1910
Jahn Chernivtsi (Cernăuți) 1910–1940

Divizia A HistoryEdit

Season League Pos. Played W D L GS GA Points Notes Ref
1923–24 Divizia A SF (3rd–4th) 2 1 1 3 1 2p Lost in SF against Clubul Atletic Oradea. [9]
1924–25 Divizia A SF (3rd–4th) 3 2 1 8 3 4p Lost in SF against UCAS Petroşani. [10]



  • Bukovina Champions (3): 1924, 1925, 1934

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jahn Czernowitz auf Kopanyi-Myach.info (Ukrainian)
  2. ^ DFK stands for 'Deutscher Fußballklub' (i.e. German football club)
  3. ^ IFC stands for 'Internationaler Fußballklub' (i.e. International Football Club).
  4. ^ a b Zoth – Software – Web Design. "Echipe din România interbelică – Dragoș Vodă Cernăuți. Românii nord-bucovineni". Ripensia Sport Magazin.
  5. ^ TSV Jahn Büsnau website
  6. ^ "Cernauti – Forum Sport365". sport365.ro.
  7. ^ "Das deutsche Turn- und Sportwesen in der Bukowina, in Bukowina: Heimat von Gestern. Erwin Massier, Josef Talsky and B. C. Grigorowicz,". bukovinasociety.org.
  8. ^ "Evolutia denumirilor echipelor de-a lungul anilor". romaniansoccer.ro.
  9. ^ "Divizia A – Tables – statistics". romaniansoccer.ro.
  10. ^ "Divizia A – Tables – statistics". romaniansoccer.ro.
  11. ^ "Divizia A – Tables". uv.ro.
  12. ^ "Jahn Cernăuți – Istoria meciurilor". romaniansoccer.ro.
  13. ^ "Kopanyi-Myach.info – Літопис українського футболу". kopanyi-myach.info.
  14. ^ "Kopanyi-Myach.info – Літопис українського футболу". kopanyi-myach.info.

Further readingEdit

  • Rudolf Wagner: Deutsches Kulturleben in der Bukowina, Eckartschriften Heft 77, 1981, S. 69–75