1932-33 German football championship

1933 German championship
Deutsche Fußballmeisterschaft
Victoria Schalke-Museum.jpg
Replica of the Viktoria trophy
Dates7 May – 11 June
ChampionsFortuna Düsseldorf
1st German title
Runners-upSchalke 04
Matches played15
Goals scored76 (5.07 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Karl Ehmer (6 goals)

The 1933 German football championship, the 26th ion of the competition, ended with the first national title for Fortuna Düsseldorf. The title was won with a 3–0 win over Schalke 04. It was a replay of the Western German championship final, in which Schalke had defeated Fortuna 1–0 on 30 April 1933.[1][2][3]

For both clubs it was their first appearance in the German final. While Fortuna only played one more after this, in 1936, for Schalke it was the first in its golden era, playing in every final until 1942, except the 1936 one.[4]

The 1933 final was played after the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany. After this season, the German league system was overhauled and instead of the regional championships as qualifying competitions, the 16 Gauligas were introduced.[5]

To qualify for the national championship, a team needed to win or finish runners-up in one of the seven regional championships. On top of those 14 clubs, the two strongest regions, West and South were allowed to send a third team each. In the West, this was the local cup winner while in the South, the third placed team of the championship received this place.

Qualified teams[]

The teams qualified through the regional football championships:[6]

Club Qualified from
SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg Baltic champions
SV Hindenburg Allenstein Baltic runners-up
Beuthener SuSV South Eastern German champions
Vorwärts RaSpo Gleiwitz South Eastern German runners-up
Hertha BSC Brandenburg champions
BFC Viktoria 89 Brandenburg runners-up
Dresdner SC Central German champions
PSV Chemnitz Central German runners-up
Hamburger SV Northern German champions
SV Arminia Hannover Northern German runners-up
Schalke 04 Western German champions
Fortuna Düsseldorf Western German runners-up
VfL Benrath Western German Cup winner
FSV Frankfurt Southern German champions
TSV 1860 München Southern German runners-up
SG Eintracht Frankfurt Southern German 3rd placed team


Round of 16[]

Date Match Result Stadium
7 May 1933 Hamburger SV Eintracht Frankfurt 1–4 (0–2) Hamburg, Stadion Hoheluft
7 May 1933 VfL Benrath TSV 1860 München 0–2 (0–2) Cologne, Müngersdorfer Stadion
7 May 1933 Fortuna Düsseldorf Vorwärts RaSpo Gleiwitz 9–0 (3–0) Düsseldorf, Rheinstadion
7 May 1933 Dresdner SC SV Arminia Hannover 1–2 aet (0–1, 1–1) Dresden, Stadion am Ostragehege
7 May 1933 Beuthener SuSV SV Prussia-Samland Königsberg 7–1 (3–1) Beuthen, Hindenburg-Stadion
7 May 1933 FSV Frankfurt PSV Chemnitz 6–1 (1–1) Frankfurt am Main, Riederwaldstadion
7 May 1933 Hindenburg Allenstein Hertha BSC 4–1 (2–0) Allenstein, Waldstadion
14 May 1933 FC Schalke 04 BFC Viktoria 1889 4–1 (1–0) Dortmund, Kampfbahn Rothe Erde


Date Match Result Stadium
21 May 1933 SV Arminia Hannover Fortuna Düsseldorf 0–3 (0–2) Hanover, Hindenburg-Kampfbahn
21 May 1933 Eintracht Frankfurt Hindenburg Allenstein 12–2 (7–0) Frankfurt am Main, Waldstadion
21 May 1933 FC Schalke 04 FSV Frankfurt 1–0 (0–0) Essen, Stadion Uhlenkrug
21 May 1933 TSV 1860 München Beuthener SuSV 3–0 (2–0) Nuremberg, Städtisches Stadion


Date Match Result Stadium
28 May 1933 Fortuna Düsseldorf Eintracht Frankfurt 4–0 (1–0) Berlin, Platz des BFC Preussen
28 May 1933 FC Schalke 04 TSV 1860 München 4–0 (1–0) Leipzig, Stadion Probstheida


The 1933 final saw Schalke as the favorite for the title, having already beaten Fortuna in the Western German championship in late April. In front of 60,000, 20,000 of those Fortuna supporters, the club, who had not conceded a goal in the previous three rounds and scored 16, scored the first goal in the tenth minute. Schalke never got into their rhythm and when Fortuna scored the third goal five minutes from the end, the game was decided.[7]

It was the third time that the final was held in Cologne, after 1912 and 1931 and had the second-best attendance until then, only surpassed by the 1923 final, held in Hamburg in front of 64,000.

Date Match Result Stadium Attendance
11 June 1933 Fortuna Düsseldorf FC Schalke 04 3-0 (1–0) Cologne, Müngersdorfer Stadion 60,000
Fortuna Düsseldorf:
1 Willi Pesch
2 Kurt Trautwein
3 Paul Janes
4 Paul Bornefeld
5 Jakob Bender
6 Paul Mehl Goal 70'
7 Georg Hochgesang Goal 85'
8 Theo Breuer
9 Felix Zwolanowski Goal 10'
10 Willi Wigold
11 Stanislaus Kobierski
Heinz Körner
FC Schalke 04:
1 Hermann Mellage
2 Ferdinand Zajons
3 Fritz Wohlgemuth
4 Ötte Tibulsky
5 Hermann Nattkämper
6 Hans Bornemann
7 Valentin Przybylski
8 Emil Rothardt
9 Fritz Szepan
10 Hans Rosen
11 Ernst Kuzorra
Kurt Otto

Top scorers[]

The top scorer of the competition:[8]

Name Club Goals
1st Karl Ehmer Eintracht Frankfurt 6
2nd Georg Hochgesang Fortuna Düsseldorf 5
Paul Mehl Fortuna Düsseldorf 5
Felix Zwolanowski Fortuna Düsseldorf 5
5th August Möbs Eintracht Frankfurt 4


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  2. ^ "FC Schalke 04 » Steckbrief" [FC Schalke 04 honours]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Fortuna Düsseldorf » Steckbrief" [Fortuna Düsseldorf honours]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. ^ FC Schalke 04 website – History Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German), accessed: 21 April 2009
  5. ^ "German championship 1934". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. ^ "German championship 1933". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ Die deutsche Meisterschaft 1933 Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German) Fortuna Düsseldorf – 1933 final, accessed: 21 April 2009
  8. ^ "Deutsche Meisterschaft 1932/1933 » Torschützenliste" [German championship 1933: Top scorers]. Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 5 January 2016.


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