The glory days of Saxony-Anhalt’s largest Football club may be behind them, but nobody seems to have told the fanatical fans of 1.FC Magdeburg. Despite not having quite as high a profile as other East German professional clubs such as SG Dynamo Dresden, 1.FC Union Berlin and FC Hansa Rostock, Magdeburg remains the only club from the former GDR to have won international honours in the shape of the 1974 European Cup Winners Cup.
We have quite enjoyed poking fun at fan groups and the way their see their respective countrymen recently. And between you and we, these posts have been getting a healthy amount of views and shares. Therefore we are getting our Bundesliga hats back on and taking the point of view of possibly the most dismissive Germans.Continue reading
“Old Guard” (in Cyrillic), “On the road for SVB”. SV Babelsberg 03 is a little-known club from Berlin’s south west suburbs that is actually located in Brandenburg, a Bundesland that formed part of the Communist GDR.
The Cyrillic text and “Ossi” vehicles in the design act as a nod toward the club’s East German heritage. Somewhat unusually for contemporary East German fans, Babelsberg Ultras stand firmly on the left, and the Karl Liebknecht Stadion is a fantastic groundhop for anyone visiting Berlin who is tired of Hertha, Union and Dynamo.
That figure means various things to various people. It is the maximum capacity of the Estadio La Romareda, home of Real Zaragoza. It is apparently the number of people who die each year in the USA from antibiotic-resistant microbes. And it is the amount of inhabitants of the market town of Beverley, just north of my beloved Kingston Upon Hull.
It is also the number of fans that followed SG Dynamo Dresden to the Olympiastadion in Berlin for a cup tie against Hertha BSC.
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So the Berlin Zoo has a new bear cub. The female baby polar bear, born on December the 1st, has been named “Hertha” in honour of Hertha BSC, a professional Football club I hope you are familiar with. Charming as the story may be, several minor faux pas surrounding the story have been overlooked in the anglophone media.
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What’s going on at Hertha BSC?
Compared to other Bundesliga outfits from major German cities, Hertha BSC has traditionally Continue reading
Every Football mad Brit already knows it. The German Football experience is second to none in terms of value for money, spectacle and pure enjoyment. Fed up to the back teeth with high ticket prices and draconian body searches every Saturday in the UK, a lot of your Continue reading
We don’t think of Germany as a country that blooms culture. But the Bundesrepublik is home to its fair share of enigmatic and fascinating Football clubs, none being more mysterious or romantic than 1. FC Union Berlin. 3 key institutions combine to endow this club with its very idiosyncratic, and consequently celebrated, character; its Continue reading