Regionalliga Berlin
Founded1963
Folded1974 (11 seasons)
Replaced by2. Bundesliga Nord
Country Germany
Level on pyramidLevel 2
Promotion toBundesliga
Relegation toAmateurliga Berlin
Last championsTennis Borussia Berlin
(1973–74)

The Regionalliga Berlin was the second-highest level of the German football league system in the city of West-Berlin in Germany from 1963 until the formation of the 2. Bundesliga in 1974. It was by far the smallest of the five Regionalligas.

Overview

The Regionalliga Berlin started out in 1963 with 10 teams in the league. From 1965 the league was expanded to 16 clubs. In 1969-70 the league played with 14 clubs and after that always with 12.

It was formed from the clubs of the Oberliga Berlin which finished second to eighth and the first three clubs of the Amateurliga Berlin. The last winner of the Oberliga Berlin, Hertha BSC Berlin, was promoted to the new Bundesliga and the bottom two teams of the Oberliga were relegated to the Amateurliga. The Regionalliga Berlin was as such a continuation of the Oberliga Berlin under a different name and a tier lower.

Along with the Regionalliga Berlin went another four Regionalligas, these five formed the second tier of German football until 1974:

The new Regionalligas were formed along the borders of the old post-World War II Oberligas, not after a balanced regional system. Therefore, the Oberligas Berlin and West covered small but populous areas while Nord and Süd covered large areas. Südwest was something of an anachronism, neither large nor populous.

The winners and runners-up of this league were admitted to the promotion play-off to the new Bundesliga, which was staged in two groups of originally four, later five teams each with the winner of each group going up.

The bottom team was relegated to the Amateurliga. Below the Regionalliga Berlin was the Amateurliga Berlin.

Tennis Borussia Berlin, SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin, Wacker 04 Berlin, Spandauer SV and Hertha Zehlendorf all played every season of the Regionalliga Berlin.

Disbanding of the Regionalliga Berlin

The league was dissolved in 1974. Originally two clubs from the Regionalliga Berlin were to be integrated in the new 2. Bundesliga Nord, however, the Regionalliga champion Tennis Borussia Berlin won promotion to the Bundesliga and therefore only Wacker 04 Berlin was admitted into the new second division. The other ten teams in the league went to the new Oberliga Berlin.

Winners and runners-up of the Regionalliga Berlin

The winners and runners-up of the league were:[1]

Season Winner Runner-Up
1963–64 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1964–65 Tennis Borussia Berlin Spandauer SV
1965–66 Hertha BSC Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1966–67 Hertha BSC Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1967–68 Hertha BSC Berlin Tennis Borussia Berlin
1968–69 Hertha Zehlendorf Tasmania 1900 Berlin
1969–70 Hertha Zehlendorf Tennis Borussia Berlin
1970–71 Tasmania 1900 Berlin Wacker 04 Berlin
1971–72 Wacker 04 Berlin Tasmania 1900 Berlin
1972–73 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin Wacker 04 Berlin
1973–74 Tennis Borussia Berlin Wacker 04 Berlin

Placings in the Regionalliga Berlin 1963 to 1974

The league placings from 1963 to 1974:[2]

Club 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74
Hertha BSC Berlin B B 1 1 1 B B B B B B
SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin 1 3 B 4 5 2 3 1 2 4
Tennis Borussia Berlin 2 1 2 2 2 3 2 4 4 3 1
Wacker 04 Berlin 3 4 4 6 4 4 5 2 1 2 2
SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin 5 7 10 11 8 10 4 3 3 1 3
Hertha Zehlendorf 6 8 5 5 3 1 1 5 6 5 4
SC Westend 01 5
Rapide Wedding 7 13 7 7 9 10 8 6
1. FC Neukölln 8 10 12 6 8 10 7 10 7
Berliner SV 1892 8 5 9 9 9 9 11 9 6 8
BBC Südost 9
Spandauer SV 4 2 3 3 7 5 6 6 5 7 10
BFC Preussen 9 11
Alemannia 90 Berlin 10 14 8 8 11 12
Rot-Weiß Neukölln 12
TuS Wannsee 9 7 11
Meteor 06 Berlin 12 13 12
SC Staaken 6 15 11 10 11
VfL Nord 15 12
Kickers 1900 Berlin 14 14 8 12
Sportfreunde Neukölln 15 14
BFC Südring 9 6 7 12 6 13
Reinickendorfer Füchse 7 10 11 13 11 16
VfB Hermsdorf 12 8 16
Lichterfelder SU 13 16
SC Tegel 14
SC Gatow 15
Viktoria 89 Berlin 9 16
Union 06 Berlin 10

Key

Symbol Key
B Bundesliga
Place League
Blank Played at a league level below this league

Notes

References

  1. ^ "kicker Almanach" The Football Yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, since 1937, published by the kicker Sports Magazine
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables

Sources