Amateur-Oberliga Berlin

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Amateur-Oberliga Berlin
Map of Germany, area of Oberliga Berlin highlighted
Country  Germany
State Flag of Berlin Berlin
Founded 1947
Folded 1991 (44 seasons)
Replaced by NOFV-Oberliga
Level on pyramid Level 3
Promotion to
Relegation to Landesliga Berlin
Domestic cup(s) Berlin Cup
Last champions Tennis Borussia Berlin
(1990–91)

The Amateur-Oberliga Berlin was the second tier of the German football league system in the city of West-Berlin in Germany from 1947 until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, operating under the name of Amateurliga Berlin. After 1963, it was the third tier until 1991, when the league was disbanded. In 1974, the league changed its name from Amateurliga Berlin to Amateur-Oberliga Berlin.[1]

Overview[edit]

The league was formed under the name of Amateurliga Berlin in 1947 as the second tier of play in the then still united city of Berlin, below the "old" Oberliga Berlin.

The league operated with two groups in the 1947-48 season, split into four groups the year after, returned to two in 1949-50 and run in one single group from then onwards. After this season, the East Berlin clubs left the Berlin league system to join the East German instead.

It consisted of twelve teams from 1950, with the two first placed clubs gaining promotion to the Oberliga and the two bottom placed teams being relegated to the Landesliga. The number of clubs was extended to fifteen in 1952, with a third team being relegated from then on. In 1959, the number of clubs was extended to sixteen.

With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the "old" Oberliga Berlin was disbanded and the new second-tier Regionalliga Berlin became the highest league in the city of West-Berlin, absorbing most of its clubs. Three clubs from the Amateurliga Berlin were admitted to the new Regionalliga in 1963, these being the Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin, Union 06 Berlin and Reinickendorfer Füchse.

The league continued with sixteen clubs and three relegated teams but only one promotion spot now to the Regionalliga. With the enlargement of the Regionalliga in 1965, six clubs from the Amateurliga were admitted and a second promotion spot was granted to the league from then on. In 1969, a seventeenth club was added, the year after an eighteenth.

With the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga Nord and the disbanding of the Regionalliga Berlin in 1974, the Amateurliga became the highest league in Berlin, still as the third tier of the German league system. Nine of the twelve clubs from the Regionalliga went to the Amateurliga which meant that the Amateurliga clubs placed ninth to eighteens were relegated to the Landesliga to keep the number of teams in the league to eighteen. With the reorganization of the Regionalligas in 1974, the league was renamed Amateur-Oberliga Berlin.

From 1974, the champions of the Amateurliga had to take part in a promotion play-off to determined the teams promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga. In 1976, the league was reduced to sixteen clubs. Unlike the other Oberliga champions, the winner of the Berlin league was not directly promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga after this but had to play out a series against the runners-up of the Oberliga Nord, which they lost both times, in 1979 and 1980.

The interception of a single 2nd Bundesliga in 1981 meant no team was promoted from the Oberligas that year and after 1981, the Oberliga Berlin champion had to play-off with the winners of the Oberligas Nord, Westfalen and Nordrhein.

With the German reunion came the reorganization of the football in former East Germany. The Oberliga Berlin was disbanded and its clubs spread between the NOFV-Oberligas Nord and Mitte. The teams placed fifteens and sixteenth went to the new Verbandsliga Berlin.

League champions[edit]

Season Club Club Club Club
1947-48 Minerva 93 Berlin SV Lichtenberg 47 Viktoria 89 Berlin
1948-49 Hertha BSC Berlin SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin VfB Britz VfL Nord
1949-50 SV Lichtenberg 47 Minerva 93 Berlin
Season Club
1950-51 VfL Nord
1951-52 Steglitzer SC Südwest
1952-53 Hertha Zehlendorf
1953-54 BFC Südring
1954-55 Hertha Zehlendorf
1955-56 BFC Südring
1956-57 Alemannia 90 Berlin
1957-58 Rapide Wedding
1958-59 Norden-Nordwest Berlin
1959-60 Polizei SV Berlin
1960-61 Union 06 Berlin
1961-62 SC Tegel
1962-63 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin
1963-64 Viktoria 89 Berlin
Season Club
1964-65 1. FC Neukölln
1965-66 Rapide Wedding
1966-67 Spfr. Neukölln
1967-68 SC Staaken
1968-69 TuS Wannsee
1969-70 Alemannia 90 Berlin
1970-71 BSV 1892 Berlin
1971-72 BFC Preußen Berlin
1972-73 BBC Südost
Becomes highest league in Berlin
1973-74 SC Staaken
1974-75 Spandauer SV
1975-76 Union 06 Berlin
1976-77 BFC Preußen Berlin
Season Club
1977-78 Wacker 04 Berlin
1978-79 Hertha Zehlendorf
1979-80 BFC Preußen Berlin
1980-81 BFC Preußen Berlin
1981-82 Tennis Borussia Berlin
1982-83 SC Charlottenburg
1983-84 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin
1984-85 Tennis Borussia Berlin
1985-86 SC Charlottenburg
1986-87 Hertha BSC Berlin
1987-88 Hertha BSC Berlin
1988-89 Reinickendorfer Füchse
1989-90 Reinickendorfer Füchse
1990-91 Tennis Borussia Berlin

Source:"Oberliga Berlin". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 

Placings in the league 1963 to 1991[edit]

Club 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91
Hertha BSC Berlin 1 1
Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin 4 4 7 15 13 16 1
Tennis Borussia Berlin 1 3 2 1 2 2 8 3 1
Türkiyemspor Berlin 5 5 8 2
Hertha Zehlendorf 2 10 6 7 1 5 4 2 2 5 4 3 4 8 2 2 3
Spandauer SV 1 3 3 12 9 10 7 11 11 3 6 8 7 3 7 4
Reinickendorfer Füchse 7 10 8 5 5 7 8 4 9 9 11 2 5 9 3 5 4 10 3 1 1 5
Hertha BSC Berlin II * 3 11 18 2 2 6 4 4 7 10 8 4 11 10 6 9 6
Spandauer BC 8 8 15 16 10 11 6 8 13 11 12 10 9 9 6 9 13 11 7
Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin II 14 16 8
Wacker 04 Berlin 1 3 15 4 4 12 9
BFC Preußen Berlin 3 1 7 1 2 2 1 1 4 5 8 14 5 9 11 10 14 10
SC Charlottenburg 3 1 2 1 16 15 4 11
SC Gatow 2 2 9 15 14 9 15 12 11 11 13 17 12
VfB Lichterfelde * 5 13
Marathon Berlin 14
Rapide Wedding 11 7 1 6 6 12 12 11 10 14 13 12 13 13 13 14 12 13 15
Tasmania Berlin * 9 14 13 7 8 3 6 9 10 16
SC Siemensstadt 7 15
Frohnauer SC 16
1. Traber FC 17 12 5 13 6 7 8 2 5 10 11 17
TSV Rudow 14 12 16
VfB Neukölln 14 12 7 15
Lichterfelder SU * 6 6 14 5 2 8 6 4 6 10 7 12 16
FV Brandenburg-Lichterfelde 13 16 15
TuS Makkabi 7 9 6 14
Lichtenrader BC 5 9 14 15
SC Westend 01 2 3 3 8 8 8 14 11 14 15 16
Sportfreunde Neukölln 16 1 2 13 17 3 8 10 14 15
Union 06 Berlin 9 15 7 4 16 3 10 8 1 9 4 4 7 12 16 16
Preußen Wilmersdorf 11 16 15
BSC Rehberge 11 16 17 16
Viktoria 89 Berlin 1 15 5 7 6 6 12 16
Tennis Borussia Berlin II 15 5 7 5 7 7 9 5 5 10 10 15
Hellas Nordwest 8 14 13 12 12 10 13 8 13 11 9 13 13 16
BSV 1892 Berlin 1 5 11 11 14 15
Rot-Weiß Neukölln 2 15 16
Polizei SV Berlin 12 15 12 6 5 12 10 16 6 8 3 11 9 15
Wacker Siemensstadt 8 10 12 16
SC Staaken 5 5 1 3 6 1 14 14
BBC Südost 3 4 7 1 13 15
1. FC Neukölln 10 1 12 18
Kickers 1900 Berlin 9 8 2 15 14 13 6 16
Alemannia 90 Berlin 3 3 1 17
BFC Südring 4 5 9 10 2 18
RFC Alt-Holland 4 12
TuS Wannsee 6 8 4 1 9 13
SC Südwest 13 9 7 13 13 14 12 11 14 14
Meteor 06 Berlin 7 11 5 5 2 2 12 18
SC Tegel 4 3 13 6 7 6 9 4 16
SG Westens 97 15 17
VfL Nord 14 8 4 3 2 12 18
BFC Nordstern 07 3 12 7 10 10 6 8 6 16
Normannia 08 Berlin 18
VfB Hermsdorf 13 4 15 17
Hertha 06 Berlin 10 11 11 11 17
VfL Schöneberg 14 9 16
Tasmania 1900 Berlin II * 4 2 16
Minerva 93 Berlin 16 14
VfB Pankow 10 16

Source:"Oberliga Berlin". Das deutsche Fussball-Archiv. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 

  • denotes club played in a league higher than the Oberliga.
  • Tasmania 73 Berlin is the re-incarnation of SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin which went bankrupt in 1973. In 2001, the club changed its name to SV Tasmania-Gropiusstadt 1973.
  • In 1986, the Hertha BSC Berlin II had to withdraw from the league due to the relegation of the first team.
  • The Lichterfelder SU merged in 1988 with FV Brandednburg-Lichterfelde to form VfB Lichterfelde. In 2004, the club changed its name to Lichterfelder FC.

Founding members of the Amateurliga Berlin[edit]

The first proper season of the Amateurliga Berlin took place in 1950, after the East German clubs had left and the league was reduced to one group only. The founder members of this league were:

Disbanding of the Oberliga Berlin[edit]

The league was disbanded in 1991, its clubs spread between the new NOFV-Oberligas Mitte and Nord and the Verbandsliga Berlin.

To the NOFV-Oberliga Nord:

To the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte:

To the Verbandsliga Berlin:

The Verbandsliga Berlin is now the highest league in the city of Berlin. The NOFV-Oberliga Mitte existed for only three seasons, then its clubs were spread between the other two NOFV-Oberligas, Nord and Süd. All clubs on this level based in Berlin now play in the northern group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die Deutsche Liga Chronik 1945-2006, Section F: Berlin and the Northeast region, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

Further reading[edit]

  • kicker Almanach - The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, first published: 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • "Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen" - An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Die Deutsche Liga Chronik 1945-2006, Section F: Berlin and the Northeast region, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

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