1959 German football championship

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1959 German football championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Country Germany
Dates 3 May – 28 June 1959
Championship venue Olympiastadion, Berlin
Teams 9
Champions Eintracht Frankfurt
Runners-up Kickers Offenbach
European Cup Eintracht Frankfurt
Championship match score Frankfurt 5–3 Offenbach (a.e.t.)
Matches played 26
Goals scored 122 (4.69 per match)
Attendance 1,241,000 (47,731 per match)

The 1959 German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1958–59. Eintracht Frankfurt were crowned champions for the first time after a group stage and a final.[1]

It was Eintracht's second appearance in the German final, having previously lost to FC Bayern Munich in 1932. The team won all seven games it played in the finals. On the strength of this title, the club participated in the 1959–60 European Cup, where it became the first German club to reach the final.

For the losing finalist, Kickers Offenbach, it was its second time to reach the national title game, having lost to VfB Stuttgart in 1950. It was also the only time the final was contested by two clubs from the state of Hesse.

The format used to determine the German champion was very similar to the one used in the 1957 and 1958 season. Nine clubs qualified for the tournament, with the runners-up of North and Southwest having to play a qualification match. The remaining eight clubs then played a home-and-away round in two groups of four, with the two group winners entering the final. In previous seasons, only a single round had been played in the group stage, increasing the number of group games per team from three to six from 1959.

Qualified teams[edit]

The teams qualified for the finals through the 1958–59 Oberliga season:

Club Qualified from
Hamburger SV Oberliga Nord champions
SV Werder Bremen Oberliga Nord runners-up
Westfalia Herne Oberliga West champions
1. FC Köln Oberliga West runners-up
Tasmania 1900 Berlin Oberliga Berlin champions
FK Pirmasens Oberliga Südwest champions
Borussia Neunkirchen Oberliga Südwest runners-up
Eintracht Frankfurt Oberliga Süd champions
Kickers Offenbach Oberliga Süd runners-up

Competition[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 6 0 0 26 11 +15 12 Advance to final
2 1. FC Köln 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4 5
3 FK Pirmasens 6 2 0 4 16 18 −2 4
4 Werder Bremen 6 1 1 4 12 21 −9 3
Source: RSSSF

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kickers Offenbach 6 4 1 1 14 9 +5 9 Advance to final
2 Hamburger SV 6 4 0 2 13 8 +5 8
3 Westfalia Herne 6 2 0 4 8 13 −5 4
4 Tasmania 1900 Berlin 6 1 1 4 6 11 −5 3
Source: RSSSF
Date Match Result Stadium Attendance
16 May 1959 Westfalia Herne Tasmania 1900 Berlin 1–0 (1–0) Dortmund, Stadion Rote Erde 30,000
16 May 1959 Kickers Offenbach Hamburger SV 3–2 (0–2) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion 80,000
23 May 1959 Hamburger SV Westfalia Herne 4–2 (2–0) Hamburg, Volksparkstadion 70,000
23 May 1959 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Kickers Offenbach 2–2 (0–2) Berlin, Olympiastadion 70,000
30 May 1959 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Hamburger SV 0–2 (0–0) Berlin, Olympiastadion 90,000
30 May 1959 Westfalia Herne Kickers Offenbach 1–4 (0–1) Dortmund, Stadion Rote Erde 45,000
7 June 1959 Hamburger SV Tasmania 1900 Berlin 3–0 (0–0) Hamburg, Volksparkstadion 65,000
7 June 1959 Kickers Offenbach Westfalia Herne 2–1 (0–0) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion 56,000
13 June 1959 Westfalia Herne Hamburger SV 3–1 (1–1) Dortmund, Stadion Rote Erde 42,000
13 June 1959 Kickers Offenbach Tasmania 1900 Berlin 3–2 (0–1) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion 35,000
20 June 1959 Hamburger SV Kickers Offenbach 1–0 (0–0) Hamburg, Volksparkstadion 65,000
20 June 1959 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Westfalia Herne 2-0 (0–0) Berlin, Olympiastadion 22,000

Final[edit]

28 June 1959 (1959-06-28)
15:00 CET
Eintracht Frankfurt 5–3 (a.e.t.) Kickers Offenbach
Report
Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Erich Asmussen (Flensburg)

References[edit]

  1. ^ (West) Germany -List of champions rsssf.com, accessed: 22 December 2015

Sources[edit]

  • kicker Allmanach 1990, by kicker, page 165 & 177 - German championship 1959

External links[edit]