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Berlin weekend - 7-10 December 2018


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Dec 11, 2018, 3:26 PM

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Firstly this was not just a football weekend, so just one game each day but you could have easily got 2 more in on the Saturday and even more on the Sunday so a final total of anything between 5 and 8 games.

Friday 7 December 2018, 7.30pm
Tennis Borussia 2 Sp.Vg Blau Wesis 90 0


Admission: 12 Euro - ticket issued
Programme: 1 Euro, teansheets also in club bar
Attendance: 450

East trip on the S Bahn to Messe Sud and then a five minute walk through the woods to the ground, not signposted but floodlights easy to spot, dark but a number of other pitches surround the stadium and the Tennis Youth team play in the higher echelons of the Junior Bundesliga.

Good club bar, also serving meals, bar under the stand. The ground just has one stand, with about 20 steps of terracing on the other 3 sides of the ground surrounding an athletics track. Because of heavy rain everyone was in the main stand with away fans at one end and home ultras at the other. Long bench seating in a great stand, plenty of room to stand in the dry in the front of the stand. A man had a stall set up selling club badges from all over Europe, (he was also at the Sunday game at BAK 07).

Tennis started the night second in the league but it was the visitors who dominated, hitting the post twice in the first half. Tennis improved in the second half but the visitors will still feel unlucky to find themselves behind after the home team scored from the penalty spot on the hour. To make it an even worse evening for the visitors, Tennis added a second in the 4th minute of injury time.

A quick walk back through the wood, S Bahn and back in the Mitte within 35 minutes.

Football wise, Tennis were lucky to win but the ground is worth a visit for the impressive main stand, good club bar and a good sized (and noisy) support.

Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)

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Saturday 8 December 2018, 6.30pm
Hertha Berlin 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 0

Admission: 31 Euro - picked up from stadium but you could do print at home
Programme: Free (poor quality) fold up issue available at club stalls
Attendance: 42,578

Ground described on this site numerous times but it is a 'must visit' stadium. Top tip , arrive early as Hertha fans arrive late and many hundreds missed start of game as bag/fan search took ages. Easy to get to ground (and away after) with U and S Bahn.

If an evening game, would suggest taking the tour of the ground during the day ( took the tour a couple of years ago), not the changing room, just football tour but the self guided tour where you visit the whole Olympic complex including the tower Hitler had built behind the parade ground( which became the main cricket pitch for the British Army) and the outdoor swimming pool and diving boards.
Plenty of places to eat and drink in ground and once through the turnstiles, it is very quick to enter the actual stands.

Plenty of empty seats, so you can buy on the day and many hotels were also selling tickets for the match, quick getaway afterwards and straight on to the S Bahn and back to the Mitte.

Football wise, a deserved win for Hertha for two teams hovering close to the Europa League spots. Berlia and Bezirksliga League games could have been watched on the Saturday afternoon.

Sunday 9 December, 1.30pm
Berliner Athletik Klub 07 4 FSV Union Furstenwalde 4
Regionalliga North East

Admission: 10 Euro, ticket issued
Programme: 2 Euro ( also covers next weeks cup game)
Attendance: 264

Tram then 5 minute walk through a housing estate (or you can get off at the main railway station and then it is a 10-15 minute walk) to a large sports complex with the stadium at far end, you first pass 3 other pitches, all caged G3 pitches, all with dug outs and 3 steps of terracing plus a sports hall and pool/spa. The ground held internationals before the Olympic Stadium was built in the 30's. Large stand, similar to the one at Tennis Borussia. Only stand with individual seats no benches, fans were not allowed on the standing part at the front of the stand. Far side had seats bolted onto the terracing, in the open. Athletics track surrounds pitch but you feel closer to the football than you did on Friday. Ground also used for American Football. Behind the East goal is the old entrance to the ground, now derelict and not needed but on a previous visit had been to that side and you could see the old entrance, walls and turnstiles. west end is now wood. Crowd very low when you think BAK 07 sit in second place so close to a Third Division spot.

No club bar, just (50 Euro) hospitality in the stand, outside a bratwurst and beer stall that served fans from the stadium plus those watching games on other 3 pitches.

Football wise, a great second half, BAK were on top in the first half going in at 2-0 up and had never really looked under pressure but the second half was complete opposite as both teams seemed not to want to defend. The visitors put a tall number 9 as their sub and he caused numerous problems and with the game at 4-3 and a minute left the visitors were given a soft penalty. The home keeper saved it only for the visitors sub to score with a header from the resulting corner. Great moment for the 20 visitors who had sung throughout the game.

The home club have close ties to the local Turkish community but were being supported by a mixture of fans, but singing and waving flags did not seem on their agenda.

You could have easily watched games at the stadium and ticked off all the other 3 pitches on the same afternoon, when I arrived at 1pm, 2 games were on with a BAK Youth team finishing their game just after 1pm. A further Berlina League game kicked off at 2pm and Landesliga games were being played on the other pitches with all 3 pitches having floodlights.

Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)


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