BFC Preussen

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BFC Preussen is a German association football club from Berlin. 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 Leipzig in 1900.


The club was formed as BFC Friedrich Wilhelm on 1 May 1894 by a number of players who had left Hevellia Berlin.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. By 1895, they were called Preussen, named after the Kingdom of Prussia, and were on their way to success playing in the VDBV (Verband Deutscher Ballspiel Vereine or Federation of German Ballgame 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...
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