BFC Germania 1888

The BFC Germania 1888 (officially Berlin football club Germania 1888 eV) is a German football club from the Berlin district of Tempelhof . It was founded in 1888 and is the oldest existing football club in Germany. Currently, the team plays in the Berlin District League B (corresponding to the 10th Division).

1888: Foundation

Germania on 15 April 1888 by the then 17-year-old Paul Jestram along with his brothers Max, Fritz and Walter Jestram , [1] [2] and founded a couple of friends from school. [3] At that time football was not yet widespread in Germany or popular. The first football games in Berlin were present in winter 1881/82 British fought. Since there were no separate sports fields, the BFC first used the Tempelhof field , on which the later Tempelhof airport was built.
1890: First (unofficial) German championship

Shortly after the founding of the club, the players were the first football association in Germany – the German Football Federation players (BDF) – at the end of 1890 and won his first championship , in the Cup mode was discharged. Although the number of participants was limited to Berlin teams, but because of the BDF was at that time the only German Football Association, the German Cup Championship can be viewed as the first (unofficial). According to the company, the club successfully defended the title the following year successfully. According games and sports – the only German sports newspaper in the first half of the 1890s – but not a second time the competition took place: “The only one ausgefochtene Bundesmeisterschaft won the BFC Germania.”
1892-1897: dressing changes and competition to Victoria 89

Since it already was at the founding meeting of the BDF to a dispute over the question of whether foreign players (especially the British) could be used in championship games and were allowed to take over functions in a club, while especially the BFC Germania in the new national spirit of the straight fractured Wilhelmine era opposed vehemently refused to present it several clubs to join the BDF. Many of the “insurgents” start a little later the German Football and Cricket Federation (DFuCB) as a competitor to the BDF.

The BDF was only difficult to argue in the following period and was finally dissolved in February / March, 1892. Some member organizations joined the DFuCB with others or were discontinued included (for some time) no union. BFC also requested the inclusion in the DFuCB, but this was rejected due to the rigid attitude of the Germans in the founding of the BDF, and in 1892 accepted. The BFC remained competitive in DFuCB four times and was runner-up behind the then largest competitors BTuFC Victoria in 1889 , which the association dominated and won five championships in a row.

In 1897, however, the successful Time of the BFC ended abruptly. Like many other member clubs of the DFuCB also liked the Germans in the newly founded German Association ballgame clubs (VDB, later Association of Berlin ballgame clubs ) change. However, this was not possible at first, as many club members are members of the BTuFC Britannia in 1892 and these were “dual membership” was not accepted by the VDB. So the Germans were excluded from the game for two years.
1897-1918: crash in the second-tier
BFC pennant from a friendly game of 1907 against the SC Germania 1887

In 1899, the BFC finally the players participate in the VDB. However, the balance of power had shifted significantly to the detriment of the crew. The club could not hold in the top and slid further and further from end of the table. In 1904, then got the final relegation to the second class sets. Although post haste managed to rise again, but in 1909 it rose again and the BFC after that could only twice qualify (in 1911/12 and 1917/18) for the top of Berlin’s class, but in each case the penultimate course was used, which descend the meant.
Influence Germania in the “early days” of German football

Some members of Germania influenced outside of the club football in Germany permanently. The two players were Germans Georg Demmler and Fritz Boxhammer in the founding of the Berlin Football Association and the German Football Association actively involved (DFB). At the first official international match of the DFB in 1908 stood goalkeeper Fritz Baumgarten a Germania player in the selection . The third official international match of the Teuton was Hans Schmidt active. Already in the years before Germania players were Paul acorn man and Zierold to the so-called Ur-internationals involved.

Even today, the largest club in Berlin Hertha Berlin BFC had influence insofar as that in 1892 the naming Hertha was initially only second choice behind Germania. Because this name was already taken, however, the founders decided then but for Hertha.
Development to date

After 1918 Germania was never again the glory of the turn of the century build. Instead, the club crashed into the lower division leagues Berlin. At the time of the Third Reich was the only politically BFC Germania listen up: In a jubilee book you boasted of being the first German club after the seizure of power by the Nazis Jewish to have excluded members and persons of Jewish faith to refuse admission.

Only once more the club managed to leave the athletic insignificance and to compete in a higher league: At the end of the season 1952/53, the BFC Germania was a climber in the Berlin Amateur League (the second highest league in Berlin, then under the Berlin city league ) Hard . But the short flight of already ended after only one year, and as Table the team rose to the season 1953/54, directly off again.

In the recent past, the club became a proverbial elevator team : Between the seasons 2000/01 and 2002/03 achieved by the march of the Berlin District League (7th Division) in the Berlin league (5 league). There, the first BFC could hold three years. In the season 2005/06, the “Germans” were rising steadily as last table again in the national league from. In subsequent seasons, the losing streak continued on and finished Germania 2007 in the country and 2008 in the District League knocked off the last place, what each means the descent. For the 2008/09 season the club started in the (by the introduction of the 3rd Liga , only neuntklassigen) District League A. Following the last place and the consequent relegation Germania is now in the county league as

The BFC Germania played initially as several other Berlin football club on the Tempelhof field. After the local soccer fields at the beginning of the 20th Century as no longer had proved timely, considered the leading football clubs in Berlin lookout for suitable locations for the installation of soccer fields. Germania leased in 1904 by Prussian military treasury an open space on the barracks of the Guard Train Battalion in Tempelhof between the ring road and the railway Berlin ring road . There, a football pitch was created, where the club has since fought out their home games. On the construction of a grandstand was omitted.
Location of Germania space on the barracks at the Ringbahnstraße

In addition to the normal league games of Germania some historically significant football games were played on the new Germania Place. On 18 December 1904 defeated a team from the selection of the Berlin Association of Central Germany with 6:3. On 29 April 1905 Germania defeated a team from the Civil Service London in an international friendly match in front of more than 1000 spectators 3-2. This game was also the Prussian Crown Prince Wilhelm visited. At Easter 1906 Germania subject in an international friendly match to Corinthians from England before 1,500 spectators with 12:11.

As part of the final round of the German football championship was the sports field at several meetings as a venue: On 30 April 1905 defeated Eintracht Braunschweig in the first round Victoria 96 Magdeburg 2-1 after extra time. In the quarter-finals on 28 May of the same year, defeating the Dresdner SC of the eleven Victoria Hamburg 5-3. On 7 June 1908 took place on the square in front of 4,000 spectators Germania the final of the German Cup instead. Viktoria 89 hit the Stuttgarter Kickers 3-1. On 17 April 1910 suggested Tasmania Rixdorf in the quarterfinals of the 1897 VfR Wroclaw 2-1.

1915 ended the military treasury the tenancy, so that the playing field had to be abandoned. Today, the site of the former Germania sports field with the center of the Berlin city cleaning companies overbuilt. In the following decades Germania played among other things on the sports field Halker line in Lichtenrade and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stadion in Tempelhof. Since 1988, the sports field at the Götzstraße in Tempelhof is the home ground of the association.

Berlin master (in the VDB): 1890, 1891 (his own words)
Berlin runner-up (in DFuCB): 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897

Oldest football club in Germany

The BFC Germania describes itself as Germany’s oldest football club. However, he was not the first football club that was founded in Germany. It already existed before clubs such as the Dresden English Football Club (DFC; founded in 1874), Berlin football club Frankfurt (1885) or SC Germania in Hamburg (1887), but these associations do not exist any more. From the DTC 1898, the Dresdner SC , the BFC Frankfurt broke up in the early years of the 20th Century and the SC Germania 1887 joined on 2nd June 1919 with other football clubs for Hamburger SV together.

Others still active sports clubs are often a former founding year in the association name. These formed only after 1888 their football departments, such as TSV 1860 München , VfL Bochum 1848 or SSV Ulm 1846 .

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