Cricket Viktoria Magdeburg
was a German association football club
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playing in the Cracau district of Magdeburg
Magdeburg , is the largest city and the capital city of the Bundesland of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe....
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The club was established in 1897 out of the merger of FuCC Regatta Magdeburg
und FC Gut Stoss Magdeburg
and was originally a cricket
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team, one of the English sports alongside football and rugby
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becoming popular in continental Europe at the time. Interest in football grew quickly and in 1900 Cricket Viktoria
, along with local rival SV Viktoria 96 Magdeburg
Viktoria 96 Magdeburg was a German football club playing in the Cracau district of Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt.-History:The club was founded under the name Victoria on 26 June 1896 by twelve ninth-graders of Magdeburg's Guericke-Realschule. Soon renamed Magdeburger Fußball-Club Viktoria von 1896, the...
, became founding members
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of the German Football Association
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(Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association).
never developed any sort of national presence in the period leading up to World War II. CV
played in the Gau Mittelelbe, a league of the Verband Mitteldeutscher Ballspielvereine (VMBV) where they won several regional titles in the 1910s and 20's, but were unable to advance out of league play and on to the German national playoff rounds. In 1921 the football department of MTV 1848 Magdeburg
joined the club.
German football was re-organized in 1933 under the Third Reich into sixteen top flight Gauligen. At the time Cricket Viktoria
played in the second division Bezirksklasse Magdeburg-Anhalt and on the strength of a first place finish there earned promotion to the Gauliga Mitte
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. They played at the top flight until a last place finish and relegation in 1942 after the club had been weakened by the draft of many its players into the army. The team's best results were second place finishes in 1936 and 1938.
Like most organizations in Germany, including football and sports clubs, Cricket Viktoria
was disbanded in 1945 by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany
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at the end of World War II. Late in the year the formation of new clubs was permitted and many former players joined SG (Sportgruppe} Magdeburg-Altstadt
. Others, such as future star Ernst "Anti" Kümmel joined SG Sudenburg
, which would soon become 1. FC Magdeburg
1. FC Magdeburg is a German association football club playing in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt.-History:Football has been played in Magdeburg since the end of the 19th century. On 15 June 1896 SV Victoria 96 Magdeburg was founded, a club that had its best days before World War II, when it participated...
Many clubs in what would become East Germany underwent a several of name changes. SG Magdeburg-Altstadt
become BSG Grün-Rot Stadt Magdeburg
in 1949 and then BSG Einheit Magdeburg
in 1950. This team's football department left to join BSG Aufbau Börde Magdeburg
in 1952. Börde
is still active today as MSV Börde 1949
On 6 June 2004 a new side calling itself Cricket 04 Magdeburg
was established by the second-team footballers of WSG Cracau
The club first played its matches in the Großer Cracauer Anger
(1897–1912). They later moved to the Cricketer Sportpark
, or Kricketerplatz
, located in the district of Cracau in the eastern part of Magdeburg, near Jerichower Strasse
, on property owned by the German military.
The opening match held there was a friendly against SpVgg Fürth
on Sunday, 20 August 1922. The team from Fürth, one of the dominant sides of the time, beat Cricket Viktoria
8:0. In 1932 the stadium was modified and now had a capacity of 40,000. On 5 November 1933, the sold-out ground hosted the first match played by a German national team in Magdeburg. Germany drew 2–2 against Norway
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in front of 40,000 spectators.
In 1936, as part of the ongoing re-armament of the German military during the mid 1930s, the property was reclaimed by the army. The stadium was demolished and military barracks (Hindenburg Kaserne) were erected. After losing their ground, they moved to the Polizeistadion am Hasselbachplatz
in the Altstadt district (1938–1952).
- Gau Mittelelbe Champions: 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1925, 1928, 1929
- Gau Mittelelbe Cupwinners: 1911, 1927
- Bezirksklasse Magdeburg Champions: 1934
- Gau VI Mitte Vice-Champions: 1936, 1938
- Cricket Viktoria sent Ernst Jordan as a defender to the German national team
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in its first ever official international match on 5 April 1908. It was his first and last appearance for the side as he unfortunately scored an own goal in a 3:5 loss to Switzerland
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and his performance received poor reviews in the sports pages of the day.