1961–62 DDR-Oberliga

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DDR-Oberliga
Season 1961–62
Champions ASK Vorwärts Berlin
Relegated SC Einheit Dresden
BSG Lokomotive Stendal
European Cup ASK Vorwärts Berlin
European Cup Winners' Cup SC Chemie Halle
Matches played 273
Goals scored 851 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer Arthur Bialas (23)[1]
Total attendance 2,207,900[2]
Average attendance 8,088[2]
1960

The 1961–62 DDR-Oberliga was the 13th season of the DDR-Oberliga, the first tier of league football in East Germany. It was the first season played in the traditional autumn-spring format again after the Oberliga had played for six seasons from 1955 to 1960 in the calendar year format instead, modelled on the system used in the Soviet Union. The league was played as a triple round with a home-and-away round and an additional round of games at neutral venues to allow for an earlier start.

The league was contested by fourteen teams. National People's Army club ASK Vorwärts Berlin won the championship, the club's second consecutive one and third overall, eventually winning six national East German championships overall.[3][4] On the strength of the 1961–62 title Vorwärts qualified for the 1962–63 European Cup where the club was knocked out by Dukla Prague in the preliminary round. Eleventh-placed club SC Chemie Halle qualified for the 1962–63 European Cup Winners' Cup as the seasons FDGB-Pokal winner and was knocked out by OFK Beograd in the preliminary round as well.[5]

Arthur Bialas of SC Empor Rostock was the league's top scorer with 23 goals.[1]

The 1961–62 season saw the third-most games played in an Oberliga season, 273. Only 1950–51 and 1951–52 had there been more, 306 and 342, when the league consisted of 18 and 19 clubs. The season also saw the lowest-ever average attendance with 8,088 per match.[2]

Table[edit]

The 1961–62 season saw two newly promoted clubs, SC Turbine Erfurt and BSG Lokomotive Stendal.[6][7]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 ASK Vorwärts Berlin 39 21 8 10 69 49 +20 50
2 SC Empor Rostock 39 20 7 12 70 43 +27 47
3 SC Dynamo Berlin 39 18 9 12 72 64 +8 45
4 SC Motor Jena 39 15 13 11 77 60 +17 43
5 BSG Motor Zwickau 39 16 9 14 59 66 -7 41
6 SC Lokomotive Leipzig 39 15 10 14 67 57 +10 40
7 SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt 39 13 14 12 60 48 +12 38
8 SC Rotation Leipzig 39 11 16 12 57 57 0 38
9 SC Aufbau Magdeburg 39 16 5 18 59 63 -4 37
10 SC Turbine Erfurt 39 13 9 17 66 69 -3 35
11 SC Chemie Halle 39 11 12 16 53 66 -13 34
12 SC Aktivist Brieske-Senftenberg 39 10 13 16 45 53 -8 33
13 SC Einheit Dresden 39 9 14 16 48 73 -25 32
14 BSG Lokomotive Stendal 39 12 7 20 49 83 -34 31
  • SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt deducted two points

Key[edit]

League champion &
Qualified for the European Cup
FDGB-Pokal winner
& Qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to DDR-Liga

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "DDDR » Oberliga » Torschützenkönige" [DDR-Oberliga top scorers]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c fuwo, page: 23
  3. ^ "East Germany - List of Champions". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "DDR-Meister" [East German champions]. dfb.de (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "European Competitions 1962-63". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "East Germany 1946-1990". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "DDR » Oberliga 1961–62" [DDR-Oberliga 1961–62]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 20 January 2016. 

Sources[edit]

  • "Das war unser Fußball im Osten" [This was our football in the East]. Fußball-Woche (fuwo) (in German). Berlin: Axel-Springer-Verlag. 1991. 

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