Tuesday, November 30

FCK against Saarbrücken: A duel with a lot of tradition

When 1. FC Kaiserslautern meets 1. FC Saarbrücken, football historians go into raptures: Both teams are founding members of the Bundesliga and have already fought numerous duels. On Saturday it is again FCS against FCK, but in the 3rd division. A look back.

It was in January 1948 when 1. FC Kaiserslautern hosted 1. FC Saarbrücken in the group north of the Oberliga Südwest for the first time. The 17th matchday ended with a 6-0 victory for the Palatinate team, in which illustrious names could be found. Fritz and Ottmar Walter, of course, who scored three of the six goals together, plus Werner Kohlmeyer and Werner Liebrich – four of the later five world champions of the FCK from 1954. Werner Liebrich’s older brother, Ernst, born in 1923, also played in the team Times for the FCK ran up.

The FCK dominated the league time

The second leg in May 1948 ended in a goalless draw and with it the history of the two clubs in the northern group of the Oberliga Südwest. It took until 1960 before both teams, now in the Oberliga Südwest, competed against each other again. This game ended with a 3-0 win for Saarbrücken in Kaiserslautern. But the Lauterer won four of the remaining five games. The most important of these: the last game in the Oberliga Südwest in 1963. Shortly before the end of the season, FCK was in the close race for the Southwest Championship as the leader of the table, just one point ahead of FK Pirmasens. With the narrow 2-1 win in Saarbrücken, three game days before the end of the game, the decisive step towards the title was achieved because Pirmasens lost at the same time. In the last two matches, Kaiserslautern left nothing to be desired and celebrated the first Southwest Championship without Fritz Walter.


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Scoring games in the Bundesliga

And this championship came at just the right time, because it also meant automatic qualification for the newly founded Bundesliga. The only other club from the Oberliga Südwest that was approved for the Bundesliga in the end – although not actually qualified in terms of sport – was 1. FC Saarbrücken. There were a total of ten games between FCK and Saarbrücken in the first division, and there were often high-scoring encounters. On the last day of the 1985/86 season, for example, Lautern won 6-0 in Saarbrücken. The first season in 1963/64 was also curious. First, FCK won 4-2 in Saarbrücken, but then suffered a 2-4 defeat in the home game.

The meeting in the DFB Cup

Both teams also crossed blades in the DFB Cup. The last meeting there was in September 1997. The FCK won this second-round duel with successful coach Otto Rehhagel in Saarbrücken 4-0. “Football god” Olaf Marschall scored in the second minute with an overhead kick to make it 1-0. With an own goal by Joachim Trautmann just five minutes later, the fate of the Saarlanders was almost sealed. Marco Reich and Jürgen Rische made it 4-0 and made it into the round of 16. There it was, however, over for the Lauterer. They were defeated by Bayern Munich 1: 2 at home. Things went much better in the league. Master as a climber – a historic and previously unattained success.

The current situation

So now the meeting of the neighbors in the 3rd division. The traditional 1. FC Kaiserslautern, champions and cup winners, only appear in eleventh place in the Sixth Saarbrücken. Who is keeping up with the top? In any case, it will be exciting to see how the traditional duel ends this time.


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