Challenge Cup

former men's association football tournament open for teams within the Austro-Hungarian Empire

The Challenge Cup was a tournament for football clubs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire It was played from 1897 to 1911.

Challenge Cup
Founded1897
Abolished1911; 111 years ago (1911)
RegionAustro-Hungarian Empire
Last championsWiener Sport-Club (1911)
Most successful club(s)Wiener AC
(3 titles)

HistoryEdit

 
First Vienna FC, 1899 winners

It started in 1897 and was invented by John Gramlick. He was one of the founders of Vienna Cricket and Football-Club. The competition was for all clubs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. All teams came from the three major cities Vienna, Budapest and Prague.[1] It was played in a knockout format.[2]

The trophy is now in the possession of its last winner Wiener Sport-Club. The Challenge Cup was played for the last time in 1911. Today it is seen as a early version of the Austrian Cup (first held in 1918).[1]

ChampionsEdit

List of finalsEdit

Season Country Champion Runner-up Result
1897–98   Austria Vienna Cricket FC   Wiener FC 1898 7–0
1898–99   Austria First Vienna FC   AC Viktoria Wien 4–1
1899–00   Austria First Vienna FC   Vienna Cricket FC 2–0
1900–01   Austria Wiener AC   SK Slavia Prague 1–0
1901–02   Austria Vienna Cricket FC   Budapesti TC 2–1
1902–03   Austria Wiener AC   ČAFC Královské Vinohrady w/o
1903–04   Austria Wiener AC   Vienna Cricket FC 7–0
1904–05   Austria Wiener Sport-Club   Magyar AC 2–1
1905–06
(Not held)
1906–07
(Not held)
1907–08
(Not held)
1908–09   Hungary Ferencvárosi   Wiener Sport-Club 2–1
1909–10
Not Held
1910–11   Austria Wiener Sport-Club   Ferencvárosi 3–0

Titles by clubEdit

Country Club Titles Winning season
  Austria Wiener AC
3
1901, 1903, 1904
  Austria Vienna Cricket FC
2
1898, 1902
  Austria Wiener Sport-Club
2
1905, 1911
  Austria First Vienna FC
2
1899, 1900
  Hungary Ferencvárosi
1
1909

Titles by countryEdit

Country Titles
  Austria
9
  Hungary
1


ReferencesEdit