1954 German football championship
|Event||German football championship|
|Date||23 May 1954|
The 1954 German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1953–54. Hannover 96 were crowned champions for the second time after a group stage and a final.
It was Hannover's second appearance in the German final, having previously won the championship in 1938, beating Schalke 04 4-3 after extra-time. Kaiserslautern were making their fourth appearance, and was the third time they had reached the final in four years, following their championship wins in 1951 and 1953.
The format used to determine the German champion was different from the 1953 season. Only six teams qualified for the championship, instead of eight. Theses six teams were split into two groups of three, and only played a single round of matches with games on neutral grounds; previously it had been home-and-away games. The reason for this format change and the reduction in the number of games was Germanys qualification for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, held shortly after the championship final. As in the past seasons, the two group winners then played the national final.
The teams qualified through the 1953–54 Oberliga season:
|Hannover 96||Oberliga Nord champions|
|1. FC Köln||Oberliga West champions|
|Berliner SV 92||Oberliga Berlin champions|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||Oberliga Südwest champions|
|VfB Stuttgart||Oberliga Süd champions|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||Oberliga Süd runners-up|
|2 May 1954||Berliner SV 92||1 – 2||Hannover 96||Berlin|
|Karlsch 82'||Report||Tkotz 5'
Referee: Jacobi (Mannheim)
|9 May 1954||VfB Stuttgart||3 – 0||Berliner SV 92||Berlin|
Baitinger 60', 69'
Referee: Schreiber (Eschweiler)
|16 May 1954||Hannover 96||3 – 1||VfB Stuttgart||Düsseldorf|
|Paetz 32', 43'
|Report||Baitinger 50'||Stadium: Rheinstadion
Referee: Pennig (Mannheim)
|Berliner SV 92||2||0||0||2||1||5||-4||0|
|2 May 1954||1. FC Kaiserslautern||1 – 0||Eintracht Frankfurt||Cologne|
|F.Walter 82'||Report||Stadium: Müngersdorfer Stadion
Referee: Ternieden (Oberhausen)
|8 May 1954||1. FC Köln||3 – 2||Eintracht Frankfurt||Ludwigshafen|
|Stollenwerk 31', 39'
Referee: Eix (Emden)
|16 May 1954||1. FC Kaiserslautern||4 – 3||1. FC Köln||Stuttgart|
|F.Walter 32', pen.'
Referee: Winkler (Nuremberg)
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||2||2||0||0||5||3||2||4|
|1. FC Köln||2||1||0||1||6||6||0||2|
Hannover 96 v 1. FC Kaiserslautern
23 May 1954
|Hannover 96||5 – 1||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
Kohlmeyer 48' (o.g.)