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.
“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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Everyone’s favourite Antifa club, making noise down in Sachsen.
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
Shortly after moving to Germany, my mid-breakfast-Facebook-scroll informed me that Hull City, freshly promoted, were coming to East Germany to take on SG Dynamo Dresden in a friendly a few weeks later. 15.00 on Saturday; easily accessible with a round day trip being cheap. It was on. But in the days beforehand, friends and colleagues had one thing to say;
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Found on location in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A beautiful place with a beautiful club, go check it out. The entire city is plastered with these things, in case you ever forget, which was the biggest team in the Bundesland. Check out our post “Mein Rostock, unser Hansa” for a good 5 minute read.