(English:East German Premier League or GDR-Premier League
) was, prior to German reunification
in 1990, the elite level of football competition in the DDR
(Deutsche Demokratische Republik or German Democratic Republic, commonly East Germany), being roughly equivalent to the Oberliga
(1945–1963) or Bundesliga
(1963–1990) in West Germany.
Following World War II
, separate sports competitions emerged in the occupied eastern and western halves
of Germany, replacing the Gauligas
of the Nazi
In East Germany, a top-flight football competition, the highest league in the East German football league system
, was established in 1949 as the DS-Oberliga (Deutscher Sportausschuss Oberliga or German Sports Association Upper League). Beginning in 1958, it carried the name DDR-Oberliga and was part of the league structure within the DFV
(Deutscher Fussball Verband der DDR or German Football Association of the GDR).
In its inaugural season in 1949-50 the DDR-Oberliga was made up of 14 teams with 2 relegation spots. Beginning with the 1954-55 season up until merger of the East and West German football associations in 1991-92 the league was made up of 14 teams with 2 relegation... Read More