Post by Reiver on Jul 15, 2020 13:32:31 GMT
The Viktoria trophy, pictured here, was the original trophy given to the German's champions, starting in 1903, with VfB Leipzig, now Lok Leipzig taking the trophy home the first year. This game is not about the first winners of this cup, but the last - and no, you won't see me touch Bayern Munich with a ten foot pole. In the last stages of WWII the trophy disappeared and was presumed lost for around 45 years. Turns out one of the supporters of the last pre-German split champions had managed to get their hands on the trophy and hid it in a safe deposit box for the whole time East Germany existed and returned after the reunification - the new German champions receive a replacement trophy, the Meisterschale (Champion's Bowl, colloquially know as the Salatschüssel, the Salad Bowl). And now we jump a bit back in time to follow the story of this team.
Dresden, 1873. A group of English and Americans living in the city start a sports club, the Dresden Football Club (also known as the Dresden English Football Club) in order to play rugby and association club - there's some doubts as to when they actually started playing football, but there's a chance that they were the first team outside of Great Britain to play by the FA rules. They played in the Ostragehege park, where football has been played to this day - it's where you can find the Heinz-Steyer-Stadion, where our team now plays and where Dynamo Dresden also played until they got their own stadium in the 50s.
Former members of this club formed in 1893 Neue Dresdner FC, and former members of both these clubs formed Dresdner Sportclub 1898, Dresdner SC for short. At the time, German football was split into regional leagues and then national playoffs, and Dresdner quickly took their spot as the strongest team from Dresden and one of the best from Saxony and Thuringia, winning the Mitteldeutsche Fußball Meisterschaft, the central Germany football championship, 6 times and being the runner-ups 5 times more, and reaching the national semi-finals twice. But the team's heyday would come in the 30s and 40s. Captained by later West Germany's manager Helmut Schön (who played for the club from 1932-1950), Dresdner would dominate regionally, winning the Gauliga Sachsen 6 times out of the eleven seasons it ran, and being runner-ups 3 more times. During this time they also won the German cup in 1941 and 1942, and the German National Championship in 1943 and 1944. Because of the end of the war and the first years of post war, no organized football was played from 1945 to 47.
After WWII, that's where the history of the club gets muddy and dark.
The allied forces disbanded all existing organisations in an attempt to denazify the country. The club was reformed in early 1946 in the Soviet controlled area as SG Friedrichstadt, after the neighbourhood of Dresden the club hailed from. This club was short-lived though. One game before the end of the 1949/50 season, the first football season in East Germany, SG Friedrichstadt lead the table with the same points as soviet sponsored Horch Zwickau, and the teams would play eachother in Dresden, in a game known as "Skandalspiels", the scandal game. 60000 thousand people saw a game where the Zwickau players played a very aggressive game without any repercussions and the referee refused Dresdner's substitutions - the team would eventually end the game with just 8 players and lost 5-1. There were field invasions during the game, and riots at the end of the game, with some Zwickau players being badly beaten. and mounted police had to intervene to restore order. The clube was then deemed too "bourgeois" and dismantled.
The communist regime's instructions was for the players to be incorporated into BSG Empor Tabak Dresden which would take the place of the now defunct club in the league. However, most of the team ended up fleeing the country all together, with 11 players joining Helmut Schön to Hertha Berlin, and 7 others to a lower league team in West Germany, TSG Heidelberg; in the end the place in the league was taken by SG Volkspolizei Dresden, who would go to become Dynamo Dresden.
The rest of the team's structure and youth setup joined SG Mickten (from the neighbouring area of Dresden) after they lost most players to Volkspolizei Dresden. SG Mickten went through a series of mergers and name changes throughout its years in East Germany, depending on who sponsored the team. From 1950 to 1954 it was known as BSG Rotation Dresden, and then as BSG Einheit Dresden until 1966. The team was a midtable top tier division at this point, and even won the East German cup in 1958. In 1966, the football department of Einheit became independent as FSV Locomotive Dresden, but with Dynamo Dresden now being a top team and getting all the best players from the region, they never managed to reach their previous level, and while they fought for promotion more than once, they were a second division team until the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After the reunification, the team changed their name back to Dresdner SC and played in the local leagues. They managed to play in the 3rd tier from 1992 to 1994 and then again from 1998-2003 - they managed a second place in the Regionalliga in 1999/2000 and for a few years managed to actually be the highest rated team from Dresden as Dynamo was at their lowest in the 4th tier. Then money problems hit, the team went bankrupt and has gone back to playing in the lower leagues of German football.
Now, I started this save game after a few failed attempts at starting a new save, including a South American Journeyman, a C&C with Cape Verde (until I realised that no teams qualified for the continental cups). Then I decided to have a go at a common challenge where you take over a promoted team to the lowest league after holidaying for a year (except I did it in Germany instead of England). Loaded up the top 6 tiers, holidayed a season and was presented with Dresdner SC. I already had my brain set on going for a former East German team and when they got promoted I thought it was perfect. Dresden is the biggest city in Germany without a top flight team, is a beautiful city, and has the weirdest dichotomy of being the stronghold of right-wing in Germany while still having a big left wing movement, and while the right wing hooligans flock to Dynamo, Dresdner SC has a small but vocal left wing following a la St. Pauli. The rivalry with Dynamo is big, and I have it as my first goal to be better than Dynamo.