is a German association football club
that plays in Karlsruhe
. Established on 17 November 1891, KFV
was a founding member
of the German Football Association
(Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association) in 1900. The team went on to capture the national championship in 1910 with a 1–0 victory over Holstein Kiel
. The club reformed in 2007.
was one of Germany's most successful sides in the years before the First World War
. The club captured the South German title eight times from 1901 to 1912, leading to national final appearances in 1905, 1910, and 1912. KFV'
s championship was earned under the direction of English coach William Townley
, a prominent figure in the early history of the game in Germany.KFV
figures in the strange story of Germany's first national championship in 1903 which was won by VfB Leipzig
in a 7:2 victory over DFC Prague
. The Karlruhers
were scheduled to play a semi-final match against Prag
, but cancelled their travel plans when they received a telegram – allegedly from the German Football Association
(Deutscher Fussball Bund or German football Association) – indicating that the game had been re-scheduled. Prag
was awarded a win by forfeit when their opponents failed to show, and so made an uncontested advance to the final in spite of vehement protests by KFV
. It has never been discovered who sent the telegram.
Denied a place in the national final, Karlsruhe
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