Regionalliga Berlin (1963–74)

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Regionalliga Berlin
Regional soccer leagues in Germany, 1963-74
Country  Germany
Founded 1963
Folded 1974 (11 seasons)
Replaced by 2nd Bundesliga Nord
Level on pyramid Level 2
Promotion to Bundesliga
Relegation to Amateurliga Berlin
Last champions Tennis Borussia Berlin
(1973–74)

The Regionalliga Berlin was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the city of West-Berlin in Germany from 1963 until the formation of the 2. Bundesliga in 1974. It was by far the smallest of the five Regionalligen.

Overview[edit]

The Regionalliga Berlin started out in 1963 with 10 teams in the league. From 1965 the league was expanded to 16 clubs. In 1969-70 the league played with 14 clubs and after that always with 12.

It was formed from the clubs of the Oberliga Berlin which finished second to eights and the first three clubs of the Amateurliga Berlin. The last winner of the Oberliga Berlin, Hertha BSC Berlin, was promoted to the new Bundesliga and the bottom two teams of the Oberliga were relegated to the Amateurliga. The Regionalliga Berlin was as such a continuation of the Oberliga Berlin under a different name and a tier lower.

Along with the Regionalliga Berlin went another four Regionalligas, these five formed the second tier of German football until 1974:

The new Regionalligas were formed along the borders of the old post-World War II Oberligas, not after a balanced regional system. Therefore, the Oberligas Berlin and West covered small but populos areas while Nord and Süd covered large areas. Südwest was something of an anachronism, neither large nor populos.

The winners and runners-up of this league were admitted to the promotion play-off to the new Bundesliga, which was staged in two groups of originally four, later five teams each with the winner of each group going up.

The bottom team was relegated to the Amateurliga. Below the Regionalliga Berlin was the Amateurliga Berlin.

Tennis Borussia Berlin, SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin, Wacker 04 Berlin, Spandauer SV and Hertha Zehlendorf all played every season of the Regionalliga Berlin.

Disbanding of the Regionalliga Berlin[edit]

The league was dissolved in 1974. Originally two clubs from the Regionalliga Berlin were to be integrated in the new 2nd Bundesliga Nord, however, the Regionalliga champion Tennis Borussia Berlin won promotion to the Bundesliga and therefore only Wacker 04 Berlin was admitted into the new second division. The other ten teams in the league went to the new Oberliga Berlin.

Winners and runners-up of the Regionalliga Berlin[edit]

The winners and runners-up of the league were:[1]

Season Winner Runner-Up
1963–64 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1964–65 Tennis Borussia Berlin Spandauer SV
1965–66 Hertha BSC Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1966–67 Hertha BSC Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1967–68 Hertha BSC Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1968–69 Hertha Zehlendorf Tasmania 1900 Berlin
1969–70 Hertha Zehlendorf Tennis Borussia Berlin
1970–71 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Wacker 04 Berlin
1971–72 Wacker 04 Berlin Tasmania 1900 Berlin
1972–73 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin Wacker 04 Berlin
1973–74 Tennis Borussia Berlin Wacker 04 Berlin
  • Bold denotes team went on to gain promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • In 1965, SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin were promoted to Bundesliga even though they only finished third in the Regionalliga. This was because Hertha BSC was demoted from the Bundesliga for breach of rules, Tennis Borussia having failed in the promotion play–offs and Spandauer SV declining promotion. The German Football Association still wished to have a representative for Berlin in the league and elevated SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin instead.
  • TeBe is the only team from Berlin to have won the old Regionalliga (1965, 1974) and the new one (1996, 1998).

Placings in the Regionalliga Berlin 1963 to 1974[edit]

The league placings from 1963 to 1974:[2]

Club 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74
Hertha BSC Berlin B B 1 1 1 B B B B B B
SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin 1 3 B 4 5 2 3 1 2 4
Tennis Borussia Berlin 2 1 2 2 2 3 2 4 4 3 1
Wacker 04 Berlin 3 4 4 6 4 4 5 2 1 2 2
SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin 5 7 10 11 8 10 4 3 3 1 3
Hertha Zehlendorf 6 8 5 5 3 1 1 5 6 5 4
SC Westend 01 5
Rapide Wedding 7 13 7 7 9 10 8 6
1. FC Neukölln 8 10 12 6 8 10 7 10 7
Berliner SV 1892 8 5 9 9 9 9 11 9 6 8
BBC Südost 9
Spandauer SV 4 2 3 3 7 5 6 6 5 7 10
BFC Preussen 9 11
Alemannia 90 Berlin 10 14 8 8 11 12
Rot-Weiß Neukölln 12
TuS Wannsee 9 7 11
Meteor 06 Berlin 12 13 12
SC Staaken 6 15 11 10 11
VfL Nord 15 12
Kickers 1900 Berlin 14 14 8 12
Sportfreunde Neukölln 15 14
BFC Südring 9 6 7 12 6 13
Reinickendorfer Füchse 7 10 11 13 11 16
VfB Hermsdorf 12 8 16
Lichterfelder SU 13 16
SC Tegel 14
SC Gatow 15
Viktoria 89 Berlin 9 16
Union 06 Berlin 10

Key[edit]

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league

Notes[edit]

  • SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin went bankrupt in 1973 but reformed as SV Tasmania-Gropiusstadt 1973.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kicker Almanach" The Football Yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the kicker Sports Magazine
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables

Sources[edit]

  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
  • Kicker Almanach, (German) The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
  • Die Deutsche Liga-Chronik 1945-2005 (German) History of German football from 1945 to 2005 in tables, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006

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