1955 German football championship

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1955 German championship final
Event German football championship
Date 26 June 1955
Venue Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover
Referee Albert Meißner
Attendance 76,000
1954
1956

The 1955 German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1954-55. Rot-Weiss Essen were crowned champions for the first time after a group stage and a final.

It was Rot-Weiss Essen's first (and only) appearance in the German final, while Kaiserslautern were making their fifth appearance. It was also the fourth time Kaiserlautern had reached the final in five years, following their championship wins in 1951 and 1953, and their defeat in 1954.

The format used to determine the German champions was different from that which was used in the 1954 season. Nine teams qualified for the tournament, with those who qualified as a runner-up having to play qualification matches. The remaining eight teams were split into two groups of four, and played two rounds of matches with games played home and away. The two group winners then played the national final.

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified through the 1954–55 Oberliga season:

Club Qualified from
Hamburger SV Oberliga Nord champions
Bremerhaven 93 Oberliga Nord runners-up
Rot-Weiss Essen Oberliga West champions
SV Sodingen Oberliga West runners-up
Viktoria 89 Berlin Oberliga Berlin champions
1. FC Kaiserslautern Oberliga Südwest champions
VfR Wormatia Worms Oberliga Südwest runners-up
Kickers Offenbach Oberliga Süd champions
SSV Reutlingen 05 Oberliga Süd runners-up

Competition[edit]

Qualifying Round[edit]

First Round[edit]

First Round Replay[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA DIF PTS
1. FC Kaiserslautern 6 3 3 0 20 8 12 9
Hamburger SV 6 3 2 1 8 5 3 8
SV Sodingen 6 2 3 1 13 9 4 7
Viktoria 89 Berlin 6 0 0 6 4 23 -19 0

Group 2[edit]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA DIF PTS
Rot-Weiss Essen 6 4 2 0 16 5 11 10
Bremerhaven 93 6 2 2 2 5 10 -5 6
Kickers Offenbach 6 2 0 4 11 12 -1 4
VfR Wormatia Worms 6 1 2 3 6 11 -5 4

Final[edit]

26 June 1955
Rot-Weiss Essen 4 – 3 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Islacker Goal 18' Goal 43' Goal 85'
Röhrig Goal 27'
Wenzel Goal 11' Goal 56'
Baßler Goal 72'
Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover
Attendance: 76,000
Referee: A.Meißner
ROT-WEISS ESSEN:
GK Germany Fritz Herkenrath
DF Germany Heinz Wewers
DF Germany Willi Köchling
DF Germany Joachim Jänisch
MF Germany Paul Jahnel
MF Germany Willi Grewer
FW Germany August Gottschalk
FW Germany Bernhard Termath
FW Netherlands Johannes Röhrig
FW Germany Helmut Rahn
FW Germany Franz Islacker
Manager:
Germany Fritz Szepan
KAISERSLAUTERN:
GK Germany Willi Hölz
DF Germany Werner Baßler
DF Germany Werner Mangold
DF Germany Werner Liebrich
DF Germany Werner Kohlmeyer
MF Germany Otto Render
MF Germany Fritz Walter
MF Germany Horst Eckel
FW Germany Willi Wenzel
FW Germany Karl Wanger
FW Germany Erwin Scheffler
Manager:
Germany Richard Schneider

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