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1955 German football championship

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1955 German football championship

1955 German championship final
Event German football championship
Date 26 June 1955
Venue Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover
Referee Albert Meißner
Attendance 76,000

The 1955 German football championship was the culmination of the football season in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1954-55. Rot-Weiss Essen were crowned champions for the first time after a group stage and a final.

It was Rot-Weiss Essen's first (and only) appearance in the German final, while Kaiserslautern were making their fifth appearance. It was also the fourth time Kaiserlautern had reached the final in five years, following their championship wins in 1951 and 1953, and their defeat in 1954.

The format used to determine the German champions was different from that which was used in the 1954 season. Nine teams qualified for the tournament, with those who qualified as a runner-up having to play qualification matches. The remaining eight teams were split into two groups of four, and played two rounds of matches with games played home and away. The two group winners then played the national final.

Qualified teams

Club Qualified from
Hamburger SV Oberliga Nord champions
Bremerhaven 93 Oberliga Nord runners-up
Rot-Weiss Essen Oberliga West champions
SV Sodingen Oberliga West runners-up
Viktoria 89 Berlin Oberliga Berlin champions
1. FC Kaiserslautern Oberliga Südwest champions
VfR Wormatia Worms Oberliga Südwest runners-up
Kickers Offenbach Oberliga Süd champions
SSV Reutlingen 05 Oberliga Süd runners-up


Qualifying Round

First Round

First Round Replay

Second Round

Group 1



1. FC Kaiserslautern 6 3 3 0 20 8 12 9
Hamburger SV 6 3 2 1 8 5 3 8
SV Sodingen 6 2 3 1 13 9 4 7
Viktoria 89 Berlin 6 0 0 6 4 23 -19 0

Group 2



Rot-Weiss Essen 6 4 2 0 16 5 11 10
Bremerhaven 93 6 2 2 2 5 10 -5 6
Kickers Offenbach 6 2 0 4 11 12 -1 4
VfR Wormatia Worms 6 1 2 3 6 11 -5 4


26 June 1955
Rot-Weiss Essen 4 – 3 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Islacker  85'
Röhrig  27'
Wenzel  56'
Baßler  72'
Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover
Attendance: 76,000
Referee: A.Meißner
GK Fritz Herkenrath
DF Heinz Wewers
DF Willi Köchling
DF Joachim Jänisch
MF Paul Jahnel
MF Willi Grewer
FW August Gottschalk
FW Bernhard Termath
FW Johannes Röhrig
FW Helmut Rahn
FW Franz Islacker
Fritz Szepan
GK Willi Hölz
DF Werner Baßler
DF Werner Mangold
DF Werner Liebrich
DF Werner Kohlmeyer
MF Otto Render
MF Fritz Walter
MF Horst Eckel
FW Willi Wenzel
FW Karl Wanger
FW Erwin Scheffler
Richard Schneider


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