DFC Prag

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The Deutscher Fussball Club Prag (, ) was a German association football club that played in the city of Prague in what is today the Czech Republic, but was at the time of the club's founding on 25 May 1896, part of Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Originally the club was the football department of the Deutscher Eis- und Ruder-Club Regatta Prag established in 1891, consisted of ethnic Germans.

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Founding member of the German Football Association



The multi-national character of Austria-Hungary created some confusion for footballers of the period as they could find themselves playing in the "national" leagues of Germany, Austria, Hungary or Czechoslovakia. It was common for sports clubs to be founded based on the shared ethnicity of their members and DFC Prag was created by a group of German Jews, many of them students at Charles University in Prague.

When it was formed in 1896, the German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association), actively sought out members among ethnically German clubs from outside of the country. DFC Prag was a founding member of the German association and its president, Dr. Ferdinand Hueppe, became the first president of this new national association.

Contesting Germany's first championship

DFC Prag was a very strong side at the time: they were Czech champions in 1896, played in Germany's first ever national final in 1903, and repeated as Czech champions in 1917. The story of Prag's...
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