The Meisterschale (English: Champions shield), colloquially referred to as the Salatschüssel (English: Salad bowl), is a German association football trophy which has been awarded to the German champions since 1949 and the Bundesliga champions since 1963–64. It replaced the Viktoria which was the original trophy since 1903 but diasappeared during the final stages of the Second World War only to resurface after the German reunification.
The trophy has all German champions since 1903 engraved and had to be enlarged twice, in 1981 and 2009. In its current size it is estimated to have enough space for all champions until 2026.
A number of copies of the trophy exist because, in the 1980s, the German Football Association, the DFB, allowed clubs with multiple championships to create a slightly smaller copy for their trophy cabinets. These copies are now used when more than one club can still win the championship in the last round. The original trophy will then generally be sent to the Bundesliga leader at the time and, should another club win the league, a replica will be awarded until the original can be obtained.
- DFB website (in German)