FC Viktoria Frankfurt
Frankfurter FC Viktoria is a German association football club
Football in Germany
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 based in Frankfurt (Oder)
Frankfurt (Oder)
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, Brandenburg
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. The club was originally founded in East Germany as the army club SV Vorwärts der HVA Leipzig (then SV Vorwärts der KVP Leipzig) in 1951 in the city of Leipzig
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One of the characteristics of East German football after World War II, under the Russian occupation and socialist East German regime, was the willingness of the ruling authorities to manipulate teams in various ways for political or other reasons. In 1953, the club was picked up and moved to East Berlin
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 to play as ZSK Vorwärts Berlin. In October 1956, they were re-named ZASK Vorwärts Berlin, and in February 1957, ASK Vorwärts Berlin.

With the 1954 season, the club began a run of success that included an FDGB-Pokal (East German Cup) that year, East German championships in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1965, as well as losing appearances in the 1956 FDGB-Pokal, and the 1957 and 1959 national finals. Their success continued after the club was again re-named, this time as FC Vorwärts Berlin, one of the new centralized football clubs
Football club (GDR)
Football club was a designation for the elite football teams in the GDR . They were formed in the mid-1960s as centers of high-level football....

 formed to increase the level of performance throughout the country. Vorwärts won another two championships (1966, 1969) and in 1970 again took the FDGB-Pokal, but made a losing appearance in the national final. Throughout the entire period from 1951–71 the side played in the DDR Oberliga (I).

In 1971, the club was picked up and moved again, this time from the capital to Frankfurt (Oder) on the German-Polish
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 border, to replace the local secret police-sponsored side SG Dynamo, which was then disbanded. Vorwärts then enjoyed another decent run in the 1980s, going to the UEFA Cup
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 four times (where they were twice knocked out by West German clubs, (Werder Bremen and VfB Stuttgart
VfB Stuttgart
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). In 1983 they finished second nationally.

After German reunification
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 in 1990, the club dropped its affiliation with the army and became FC Victoria Frankfurt/Oder. After financial problems and re-organization in 1993 the side emerged as Frankfurter FC Viktoria (FFC Viktoria 91). In the early 1990s, they played a couple of seasons in tier III before slipping to division IV and V level play. The side currently plays in the Brandenburg-Liga (VI).

Team trivia

  • The forerunners of Viktoria out of Berlin bearing the name Vorwärts (1953–71) are not related to the traditional club Berliner FC Vorwärts 1890, one of the founding members of the DFB
    Founding Clubs of the DFB
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    . The name Vorwärts was in common use in East Germany for teams associated with state security forces, including the police and the army.


  • DDR-Meister
    East German football champions
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    : 1958, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1969
  • FDGB-Pokal: 1954, 1970

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