The club was originally founded as the army club KVP Vorwärts Leipzig (KVP
= Kasanierte VolksPolizei / People's Police, who lived in army barracks.)
in 1951. One of the characteristics of East German football after World
War II, under the socialist German regime, was the willingness of the ruling
authorities to manipulate teams in various ways for political or
In 1953, the club was picked up and moved to Berlin to play as ZSK
Vorwärts der KVP Berlin (ZSK = Zentraler SportKlub der Kasanierten VolksPolizei).
October 1956 they were re-named ZASK Vorwärts Berlin (ZASK = Zentraler
ArmeeSportKlub), in February 1957 ASK Vorwärts Berlin ASK = ArmeeSportKlub).
The season 1954 began to enjoy a run of success that included a GDR
Cup in 1954, GDR championships in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1965, as well as
losing appearances in the 1956 GDR Cup, 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 football clubs formed to increase
the level of performance in the GDR-Oberliga (Oberliga = High League).
They won another pair of championships in 1966 and 1969, and in 1970
took the GDR Cup, but made a losing appearance in the national final. Throughout
the entire period from 1951-1971 the side played in the East German Oberliga
In 1971, the club picked up and moved again - this time to Frankfurt
(Oder) - to replace the local secret police sponsored side, BFC Dynamo
Berlin, which was then disbanded. Vorwärts then enjoyed another decent
run in the 1980s, going to the UEFA Cup four times (where they were twice
knocked out by West German clubs, (Werder Bremen and VfB Stuttgart). In
1983 they finished second place nationally.
After German re-unification in 1990, the club dropped its affiliation
with the army and became FC Victoria Frankfurt (Oder).
Just as in Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Czech Republic and Poland the successor
of former army or police football club wre used by hooligans, neo-nazis
and people with right-wing ideology.
P.S.: For the first time in my life I had seen live in the November
1974 in the "Stadium of friendship" in Frankfurt (Oder) the match FC Vorwärts
Frankfurt (Oder) vs Juventus Turin (2:1). Wow!
Jens Pattke, 20 Sep 2009