Berlin is my favourite city in the world, without a doubt. It is also one of the most historically important cities in the whole world and has histoey and landmarks in abundance for the world to see and discover. From the victory monument to the Brandenburger Gate, from Potsdamer Platz to Potsdam. I could write this articlke as an ode to my favourite city, but this will be no such thing, because there has been one thing that has been missing in Berlin for quite some time; a football club worthy of the capital.
The history of Berlin is long, but interesting, often dark at times. As is the footballing history too. Hertha Berlin was founded in 1892 by a couple of merchants from the city just north of Brandenburg. Here the not-too-successful club wad founded and named after a German ship, which itself was named after a German goddess of fertility, ergo Hertha. The club struggled for quite some time and only won their first domestic title in 1930-1931, During the war they had a tough time as Berlin naturally was under attack from the allied forces and football was but a trivial pleasure for some. In the aftermath, Hertha developed a fierce rivalry with neighbour club Tennis Berlin. These two rivals wanted a merger, but the members of Hertha said firmly no. Hence followed a very tough time for the club as they suffered defeat after defeat and were even thrown out of the League due to having bribed players, due to the club’s rather inconvenient location inside West Berlin. Yes, the walla made things very difficult for the club and made it vvery hard to find players willing to play for it and they had to bribe players and were therefore excluded. However, DFB though it to be odd to not have a representative from the capital in the newly formed Bundesliga and therefore another Berlin club was allowed to play in the top tier, SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin.
Tasmania’s campaign was an odd one and they are weell-known in Germany for being the wordst team ever to have played in the Bundesliga. In 34 games, they recorded eight points, won only two games and didn’t win a single game away from home. They also lost ten games in a row, a feat only done once since and that was Arminia Bielefeld in 1999-2000 and Arminia’s fans began to shout ”Tasmania Bielefeld” during the last game of the streak. Tasmania were obviously relegated and after a while Hertha Berlin managed to climb back up.
Since then, Hertha haven’t been steady in the Bundesliga and have been relegated quite a few times, most recently in 2011-2012 where they lost a controversial play-off versus Fortuna Düsseldorf. However, they climbed right back up and have since been showing signs of being the team that the capital needs. Since Pal Dardai took charge, they have stayed in the Bundesliga and have improved steadily season by season until this.
Hertha are placed fourth, which so far makes this their best season in nearly a decade. Having steadliy improved the squad and staff, they have managed to gather the quality needed to produce something spectacular. This season’s signings were the stroke of a mastermind and every signing has played better than expected, with even vedad Ibisevic scoring goals on aregular basis again. Personal favourite Vladimir Darida has been one of the best midfielders in the legue this season and has shown that workrate can make or break a team. His endless energy in midfield combined with Salomon Kalou’s surprising technical ability as a striker has made Hertha a force to fear. Of course, the Berlin born American John Brooks has brought stability to their defence, something we haven’t seen since Lucien Favre’s days at the club.
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