Replica of the Viktoria trophy
1st German title
|Goals scored||30 (4.29 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Karl Franz (5 goals)|
The 1914 German football championship, the 12th ion of the competition, was won by SpVgg Fürth, defeating VfB Leipzig 3–2 after extra time in the final. It was the last ion of the championship before the First World War, with the next ion not held until after the war in 1920.
For SpVgg Fürth it was the first national championship won with two more to follow in 1926 and 1929 as well as a losing appearance in the 1920 final. VfB Leipzig, the first-ever German champions in 1903, had also won the 1906 and 1913 ions as well as making a losing appearance in 1911 and was the most successful club in the pre-First World War era of the competition.
Eight clubs qualified for the competition played in knock-out format, the champions of each of the seven regional football championships as well as the defending German champions.
The German championship final was contested by SpVgg Fürth and VfB Leipzig with the former winning its first national championship. The final lasted for an historic 153 minutes, until SpVgg scored the winning goal, the longest game in German football history. Fürth took an early lead and Leipzig lost a player through a broken leg just before half time, unable to bring on a substitute as substitutions were not allowed in those days. Nevertheless, Leipzig equalised in the 83rd minute, forcing extra time. Fürth once more took the lead but Leipzig equalised again four minutes later. After 120 minutes the game stood at two all and the rules stipulated that the game was to be continued in 10-minute blocks of extra time until a winner was determined. A red card for Fürth player Hans Schmidt in the 138 minute put both clubs at an equal number of ten players again. The game was finally decided in the 153rd minute when Karl Franz scored the winning goal for SpVgg Fürth.
The teams qualified through the regional championships:
|Prussia Königsberg||Baltic champions|
|Askania Forst||South Eastern German champions|
|Berliner BC||Brandenburg champion|
|SpVgg Leipzig||Central German champions|
|Altonaer FC 93||Northern German champions|
|Duisburger SV||Western German champions|
|SpVgg Fürth||Southern German champions|
The quarter-finals, played on 3 May 1914:
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Berliner BC||4–0||Askania Forst|
|Duisburger SV||4–1 aet||Altonaer FC 93|
|SpVgg Fürth||2–1||SpVgg Leipzig|
|VfB Leipzig||4–1||Prussia Königsberg|
The semi-finals, played on 17 May 1914:
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|SpVgg Fürth||4–3 aet||Berliner BC|
|VfB Leipzig||1–0||Duisburger SV|
|SpVgg Fürth||3 – 2 (a.e.t.)||VfB Leipzig|
|Franz 17', 153'