Week-end! That means Trequartista is back so grab your elecytronical device of choice and enlighten yourself before going out for drinks or settling down to watch Bundesliga. In this weekly feature editor Axel Falk embraces the roal of the trequartista and roams free trough the week's happenings, events or just expresses his general thoughts on anything football related.
A week of European football ends and there is a lot to cover, where should I start? Perhaps at Shakhtar's demolition of Shalke? Leverkusen's of Sporting, Arsenal's devastating loss at home against maybe the best team in the world? No. Let's have some fun. Storytime!
Many years back Germany was divided, as I hope you are aware of, and back then there were two different leagues; the Western and Eastern Bundesliga. These two were different in many ways. For example it wasn't the same league as the country was in fact two different countries. The Western Bundesliga, under the jurisdiction of DFB (Deutsche Fussballbund), was ruled by Bayern Munich in many ways for many years. Then, like now, Bayern played the best football and dominated albeit being overwhelmed once or twice every five years by another interested club. The Eastern Bundesliga (DDR-Oberliga), under the jurisdiction of DFV (Deutsche Fussball-Verband der DDR), was in many ways ruled by the government who interfered in the football on a regular basis. As usual in a police state it's about propaganda and the team that displayed the best propaganda for the party was of course the favourites of the socialist party of DDR. Thus, the system never allowed teams to blossom fully.
In this daft system the favourites of the government won the Oberliga, which is why teams like Union Berlin never stod a chance on the domestic Stage due to DFV's favourite being Dynamo Berlin and Dynamo Dresden. Because of this Union Berlin, Carl-Zeiss Jena and 1. FC Magdeburg must have felt relieved when DDR was disbanded and they were allowed to join the Bundesliga. However, not any of these teams actually stood a chance in the Western League as they had never been allowed to blossom in DFV's system. These teams are now placed in the 3. Liga or even lower with Union Berlin being the only team from the old Oberliga in the Bundesliga system (first tier and second tier). Magdeburg play third tier football, Dynamo Dresden as well, Energie Cottbus (who played Bundesliga a few years back are now playing in 3. Liga. Carl-Zeiss Jena play in the forth regional division and Hansa Rostock play 3. Liga football together with a few other teams from the east. What does this mean?
Well, it proves what most Germans already know; Germany is still divided and can be proved by looking at sports. However, it is fully natural. It might take a decade or two until the teams from the East begin to recuperate and when they do, we might have tyo consider Germany a united football nation again.
Nevertheless, one could argue that the Germans have doe themselves justice. They won the World Cup after all and Bayern Munich are one of the top three teams in the world and one of the most successful clubs of alll time with players like Beckenbauer, Müller, Müller, Oliver Kahn and Phillip Lahm. Other clubs from the west have stood firm in Europe as well. For example, Borussia Mönchengladbach succeded where many other clubs failed in the 1970s when they won the European Cup. 1. FC Kaiserslautern reached the semifinal multiple times, Borussia Dortmund have won the European Cup and finished second. There isn't a lack of success that bothers many German football fans. What seems to be bothering is that the teams from the East never stood a chance in the Bundesliga. Soon, that will change.
editor at Fresh off the Gegenpress.
NB: There will be no Trequartista next friday as Axel Falk is in Berlin. Propably not the week after that either as he is in Cologne, and the week after (Frankfurt), and the week after that (Vienna). However, weekly updates will be made as the editor will write a travel diary on his trip through Germany and Austria.
Note: Rasenballsport Leipzig were founded after the fall of DDR and are therefore not included in any conclusion due to the lack of relevance. Leipzig will most certainly reach Bundesliga and most probably will they stay there for years to come.
Note2: Hertha Berlin are not included because of them playing Bundesliga football. Hertha are from Charlottenburg in Berlin which is placed in the western part of the magnificent city. Thus, they were allowed to play Bundesliga football as they counted as a West German team.
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