Western German Cup

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Western German Cup
Organising body Western German Football Association
Founded 1949
Abolished 1974
Region North Rhine-Westphalia
Qualifier for DFB-Pokal
Last champions Arminia Bielefeld
(2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Fortuna Düsseldorf
(5 titles)

The Western German Cup (German: Westdeutscher Pokal) was a cup competition organised by the Western German Football Association, which was played from the 1949–50 season up to the 1973–74 season. The best teams then qualified for the following season of the DFB-Pokal. In the years 1954 to 1960, only the Western German Cup winner participated in the DFB-Pokal. In the 1954–55 season, there was no competition.[1]

From 1960–61, no final took place. Instead the club which finished best in the DFB-Pokal took the spot. With the introduction of the Bundesliga, the Western German Cup was only intended for clubs below the Bundesliga from the 1965–66 season.

The last Western German Cup took place in the 1973–74 season. Since the introduction of the 2. Bundesliga in the 1974–75 season, the teams playing in the top two leagues directly qualify for the DFB-Pokal. Since then, the amateur teams now qualify through the Verbandspokal.

Cup winners[edit]

(Final details listed if known)

Qualification for the DFB-Pokal:

After placing in the DFB-Pokal:

Non-Bundesliga:

Performance by club[edit]

Rank Club Wins Year(s)
1 Fortuna Düsseldorf 5 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1971
2 1. FC Köln 2 1953, 1964
Borussia Dortmund 1963, 1965
Arminia Bielefeld 1966, 1974
Wuppertaler SV 1970, 1972
Rot-Weiss Essen 1952, 1973
8 Schalke 04 1 1954
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 1950
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1960
VfL Bochum 1968
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 1959
Preußen Münster 1969
Alemannia Aachen 1967
Hamborn 07 1961
Sportfreunde Wanne-Eickel 1951

References[edit]

General references
  • Grüne, Hardy (1996). Vom Kronprinzen bis zur Bundesliga. Kassel: Agon Sportverlag. ISBN 3-928562-85-1.
  • Weinrich, Matthias; Grüne, Hardy (2000). Deutsche Pokalgeschichte seit 1935. Kassel: Agon Sportverlag. ISBN 3-89784-146-0.