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BFC Preussen is a Germanmarker football club from Berlinmarker. The team is part of a sports club which also has departments for handball, volleyball, athletics, gymnastics, and ice hockey. Preussen was one of the founding clubs of the DFB (Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association) at Leipzigmarker in 1900.


The club was formed as BFC Friedrich Wilhelm on May 1, 1894 by a number of players who had left Berliner Thor- und Fussball Club 1894 Helvetia. By 1895, they were called Preussen, named after the Kingdom of Prussiamarker, and were on their way to success playing in the VDBV (Verband Deutscher Ballspiel Vereine or Federation of German Ballplay Teams). The team lost the league final in 1898 before going on to win three consecutive titles in 1899, 1900, and 1901, and then repeating as champions in 1910 and 1912. While Preussen remained a prominent side playing in the Verbandsliga Berlin-Brandenburg and Oberliga Berlin-Brandenburg through to the early 1930s, they earned just mid-table results.

In 1933 German football was re-organized under the Third Reich into sixteen first division Gauligen. However, an uncharacteristically poor finish to the 1932-33 season that saw Preussen finish in last place put the club out of top-flight football. In the aftermath of World War II occupying Allied authorities banned organizations throughout Germany, including sports and football clubs. The club was dissolved, then re-established in 1949.

By the 1970s Preussen had settled into third-tier competition in the Amateurliga Berlin (III). A short-lived breakthrough to the Regionalliga Berlin (II) lasted two seasons from 1972-74 before the team briefly crashed to the Landesliga Berlin (IV) in 1974-75. The team's quick return to the third tier Amateur Oberliga Berlin was marked by five exceptional seasons in which they earned three first and two second place finishes. They narrowly missed promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 1980 when they lost the playoff to SC Göttingen 05 (0:1 and 1:1). Preussen played out the balance of the 1970s and into the early 1990s in the third division.

The team soon found itself in the fifth tier Verbandsliga Berlin and slipped as low as the Landesliga Berlin-1 (VI) in 1999-2000. Preussen's play has picked up to the point that they now play in the Oberliga Nordost-Nord (IV).

International players


Recent seasons

Year Division Position
2000-01 Verbandsliga Berlin (V) 2nd
2001-02 Verbandsliga Berlin 8th
2002-03 Verbandsliga Berlin 5th
2003-04 Verbandsliga Berlin 3rd
2004-05 Verbandsliga Berlin 1st ↑
2005-06 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (IV) 11th
2006-07 NOFV-Oberliga Nord 8th
2007-08 NOFV-Oberliga Nord 13th
2008-09 NOFV-Oberliga Nord (V)

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  1. Thorball or torball was a German word in use in the 1890s and early 1900s for the sport of cricket. Several early clubs playing the new "English" games of football, rugby, and cricket incorporated it into their name. The term never caught on and did not enter into common usage, soon being abandoned by sports clubs. Today torball may be used to refer to a form of football played by the blind or vision-impaired.
  2. Stats for the Hungary -Germany international 4 April 1909, accessed: 18 August 2008

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