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1944 German football championship

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Date  18 June 1944
Referee  Trompetter
Venue  Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance  70,000
1944 German football championship
Event  German football championship

The 1944 German football championship, the 37th edition of the competition, was won by Dresdner SC, the club defending its 1943 title by defeating Luftwaffe team LSV Hamburg in the final.

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The final years of the German Championship during the war saw many military teams compete in the championship, Luftwaffe teams, Luftwaffensportvereine, short LSV, and, Wehrmacht teams, Wehrmachtssportvereine, short WSV, became very competitive.

Dresden's Helmut Schön who would later coach Germany to the 1974 FIFA World Cup, became the top scorer of the 1944 championship with 14 goals, the second-highest individual amount of any player in the history of the competition from 1903 to 1963.

It was the last edition of the tournament during the Second World War with the competition not held again until 1948. The thirty one 1943–44 Gauliga champions, two more than in the previous season, competed in a single-leg knock out competition to determine the national champion.

Dresdner SC became the last club to be awarded the Viktoria, the annual trophy for the German champions from 1903 to 1944. The trophy disappeared during the final stages of the war, did not resurface until after the German reunification and was put on display at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt until 2015, when it was moved to the new Deutsches Fußballmuseum in Dortmund.

Qualified teams

The teams qualified through the 1943–44 Gauliga season:

1st Preliminary

Replay
  • Borussia Fulda received a bye for the first round.
  • 2nd Preliminary

    Replay

    References

    1944 German football championship Wikipedia


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