Gauliga Generalgouvernement

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Gauliga Generalgouvernement
Map of Nazi Germany
Country Nazi Germany
Country Poland Poland
Region General Government
Founded 1941
Folded 1945
Replaced by Region became part of Poland
Level on pyramid Level 1
Domestic cup(s) Tschammerpokal
Last champions Luftwaffen SV Mölders Krakau
(1943–44)

The Gauliga Generalgouvernement was the highest football league in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany after 1939, which were not incooperated into any of the Gaue, the so-called General Government (German:General Gouvernement). The name Gauliga is somewhat misleading in this case as the region was not part of the Gau system. The league existed from 1941 to 1945.

Overview[edit]

The Gauliga Generalgouvernement was as such introduced by the Nazi Sports Office in 1941, but never actually became a proper league. It existed as a championship round for the four district champions of the General Government only, the four districts being:

Polish clubs were not permitted to take part in the competition, only clubs from the German ethnic minority, which made up about two percent of the overall population of Poland.[1]

In the 1941-42 season, the four district champions played a one-game semifinal, with the winners reaching the final while the two losers played for third place. The winner of the final then went on to the German championship.

Little is known about the following season but the modus remained the same for the 1943-44 edition, suggesting it may have also been the same in 1942-43.

The imminent collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945 gravely affected all Gauligas and football in the region ceased in 1944. The 1944-45 season may not have been started at all anymore.

Winners and runners-up of the league[edit]

The winners and runners-up of the league:[2]

Season Winner Runner-Up
1941–42 Luftwaffen SV Boelcke Krakau Luftwaffen SV Warschau
1942–43 Luftwaffen SV Adler Dęblin unknown
1943–44 Luftwaffen SV Mölders Krakau DTSG Tschenstochau

Other clubs:

  • Luftwaffen SV Lublin (1943/44)
  • Luftwaffen SV Radom (1941/42)
  • Rembertów Warschau (1943/44)
  • SS und Polizei Lublin (1941/42)
  • In 1943, the SG Warschau took part in the German championship instead of Luftwaffen SV Adler Deblin.

Aftermath[edit]

With the end of the Nazi era, the Gauligas ceased to exist. The General Government came under Soviet control. The region then became a part of Poland again. The small German population was almost completely expelled from the region. All German football clubs were dissolved.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population of Poland in 1931 - Statistics and map Genealogy of Halychyna / Eastern Galicia, accessed: 24 June 2008
  2. ^ "Gauliga final tables". f-archiv.de (in German). Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

Sources[edit]

  • Die deutschen Gauligen 1933-45 - Heft 1-3 (in German) Tables of the Gauligas 1933-45, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (in German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine

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