1967–68 Bundesliga

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Bundesliga
Season 1967–68
Champions 1. FC Nuremberg
1st Bundesliga title
9th German title
Relegated Borussia Neunkirchen
Karlsruher SC
European Cup 1. FC Nuremberg
Cup Winners' Cup 1. FC Köln
Goals scored 993
Average goals/game 3.25
Top goalscorer Johannes Löhr (27)
Biggest home win M'gladbach 10–0 Neunkirchen (4 November 1967)
Biggest away win M'gladbach 1–6 Schalke (6 January 1968)
Neunkirchen 0–5 VfB Stuttgart (18 May 1968)
Highest scoring M'gladbach 10–0 Neunkirchen (10 goals) (4 November 1967)
M'gladbach 8–2 1. FC Kaiserslautern (10 goals) (9 September 1967)
Nuremberg 7–3 FC Bayern (10 goals) (2 December 1967)

Fußball-Bundesliga 1967–68 was the fifth season of the Bundesliga, West Germany's premier football league. It began on 18 August 1967[1] and ended on 28 May 1968.[2] Eintracht Braunschweig were the defending champions.

Competition modus[edit]

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 least points were relegated to their respective Regionalliga divisions.

Team changes to 1966–67[edit]

Fortuna Düsseldorf and Rot-Weiss Essen were relegated to the Regionalliga after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by Alemannia Aachen and Borussia Neunkirchen, who won their respective promotion play-off groups.

Season overview[edit]

The 1967–68 season started with an innovation. It was now allowed to substitute one player per team during the game. Although such a move was only permitted in case of an injury, it was soon used by the coaches for tactical changes as well.

The title was won by 1. FC Nuremberg. The team around coach Max Merkel continuously collected points and were seven points clear after half of the games were played. Even a slight collapse near the end of the season could not jeopardize the first Nuremberg Bundesliga title, which also was a record ninth German championship overall for the club.

In European competitions, the Cup Winners' Cup saw both West German teams advance into the semifinals. It needed Italian club AC Milan to prevent a title hat-trick for Bundesliga sides, knocking out title holders Bayern Munich 2–0 on aggregate before beating Hamburger SV, who were the fourth West German team in the final in four consecutive years, at Rotterdam's Feijenoord Stadion by the same score. Hamburg had reached the final by beating Welsh side Cardiff City 4–3 on aggregate. The achievement eased the disappointment on another lackluster season by the club from the North, who finished its campaign only in 13th place.

The bottom side of the table saw an early decision in the relegation race. Borussia Neunkirchen and Karlsruher SC were demoted to the Regionalliga with four rounds to go. Both teams clearly lacked quality players on both sides of the pitch, as they provided the worst attacks and defenses of all clubs.

Team overview[edit]

Club Ground[3] Capacity[3]
Alemannia Aachen Tivoli 30,000
Eintracht Braunschweig Eintracht-Stadion 38,000
SV Werder Bremen Weserstadion 32,000
Borussia Dortmund Stadion Rote Erde 30,000
MSV Duisburg Wedaustadion 38,500
Eintracht Frankfurt Waldstadion 87,000
Hamburger SV Volksparkstadion 80,000
Hannover 96 Niedersachsenstadion 86,000
1. FC Kaiserslautern Stadion Betzenberg 42,000
Karlsruher SC Wildparkstadion 50,000
1. FC Köln Müngersdorfer Stadion 76,000
Borussia Mönchengladbach Bökelbergstadion 34,500
TSV 1860 München Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße 44,300
FC Bayern Munich Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße 44,300
Borussia Neunkirchen Ellenfeld 32,000
1. FC Nuremberg Städtisches Stadion 64,238
FC Schalke 04 Glückauf-Kampfbahn 35,000
VfB Stuttgart Neckarstadion 53,000

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 1. FC Nürnberg (C) 34 19 9 6 71 37 1.919 47 1968–69 European Cup First round
2 Werder Bremen 34 18 8 8 68 51 1.333 44
3 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 15 12 7 77 45 1.711 42
4 1. FC Köln 34 17 4 13 68 52 1.308 38 1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
5 Bayern Munich 34 16 6 12 68 58 1.172 38
6 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 15 8 11 58 51 1.137 38 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round
7 MSV Duisburg 34 13 10 11 69 58 1.19 36
8 VfB Stuttgart 34 14 7 13 65 54 1.204 35
9 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 15 5 14 37 39 0.949 35
10 Hannover 96 34 12 10 12 48 52 0.923 34 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round
11 Alemannia Aachen 34 13 8 13 52 66 0.788 34
12 1860 Munich 34 11 11 12 55 39 1.41 33 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round
13 Hamburger SV 34 11 11 12 51 54 0.944 33
14 Borussia Dortmund 34 12 7 15 60 59 1.017 31
15 Schalke 04 34 11 8 15 42 48 0.875 30
16 1. FC Kaiserslautern 34 8 12 14 39 67 0.582 28
17 Borussia Neunkirchen (R) 34 7 5 22 33 93 0.355 19 Regionalliga
18 Karlsruher SC (R) 34 6 5 23 32 70 0.457 17

Source: www.dfb.de
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AAC BRS BRE DOR DUI FRA HAM H96 KAI KAR KÖL MGL M60 FCB NKI NUR S04 STU
Alemannia Aachen 2–1 1–1 3–0 4–4 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 4–2 0–0 3–3 0–4 5–1 2–0 2–1 3–2
Eintracht Braunschweig 2–0 0–3 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–2 0–3 1–0 2–1
Werder Bremen 0–1 3–2 2–1 3–3 2–0 1–4 1–0 2–1 6–1 3–1 0–4 2–2 4–1 2–1 0–4 2–0 3–1
Borussia Dortmund 1–0 0–1 1–1 4–3 2–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 5–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 6–3 6–0 1–2 2–1 2–1
MSV Duisburg 3–0 2–3 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–2 7–0 2–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 3–3 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Eintracht Frankfurt 1–1 2–0 5–3 4–1 3–2 1–1 3–0 5–2 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–3 4–1 1–2 2–2 4–0
Hamburger SV 5–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–3 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–3 2–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1
Hannover 96 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1
1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
Karlsruher SC 2–4 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–1 3–2 0–3 0–2 5–1 1–1 1–0 1–4
1. FC Köln 3–1 1–0 1–4 3–0 3–0 5–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 4–0 2–5 1–0 3–3 2–1 3–3 7–0 2–2
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 5–1 8–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 10–0 1–1 1–6 1–1
1860 München 6–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 0–1 5–0 0–1 3–1 0–3 3–0 0–1 0–0 3–2 5–0 1–2 1–2 3–3
Bayern Munich 4–1 3–0 2–3 2–0 0–4 3–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 0–3 3–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–1
Borussia Neunkirchen 0–1 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–2 0–3 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–5 0–5
1. FC Nürnberg 4–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 0–2 4–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 7–3 3–0 2–3 5–1
Schalke 04 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–3 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–4 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1
VfB Stuttgart 4–1 0–0 0–3 4–1 3–0 4–0 4–1 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0

Source: www.dfb.de
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

27 goals
25 goals
19 goals
18 goals
17 goals
16 goals

Champion squad[edit]

1. FC Nuremberg
Goalkeepers: Roland Wabra (34); Gyula Toth Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1).

Defenders: Horst Leupold (34 / 1); Ferdinand Wenauer (34); Ludwig Müller (33 / 1); Fritz Popp (32); Helmut Hilpert (4).
Midfielders: Karl-Heinz Ferschl (32 / 4); Heinz Müller (29 / 2); August Starek Austria (24 / 5).
Forwards: Franz Brungs (34 / 25); Heinz Strehl (33 / 18); Georg Volkert (33 / 9); Zvezdan Čebinac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (33 / 3); Hubert Schöll (3).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Max Merkel Austria.

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Adolf Ruff; Ewald Schäffner; Horst Blankenburg; Claus-Jürgen Braun; Manfred Ebenhöh; Wulf-Ingo Usbeck.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schedule Round 1". DFB. 
  2. ^ "Archive 1967/1968 Round 34". DFB. 
  3. ^ a b Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs, Band 7: Vereinslexikon (in German). Kassel: AGON Sportverlag. ISBN 3-89784-147-9. 

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