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So if the Berlin inner-city market is not the huge advantage we thought it was, but what about the suburbs and the regions around Berlin?

Basically, Hertha got next to nothing from that generation on the field and not enough money from transfer fees, because, like always, the situation was managed badly.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international added a second from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time after Albin Ekdal fouled Valentin Stocker inside the penalty area.

Big companies based in Berlin (a.k.a. ‘sponsors’) didn’t rebuild their headquarters after the war and opted for Munich, Hamburg, or the Ruhr Valley. To this day, not a single DAX 50 corporation (DAX is like the German Dow Jones) is operating out of Berlin.

Even if Hertha is doing everything right going forward, star players eventually move on to the big teams they have watched as a kid.  

“Well the biggest sports teams seem to play in the capitals or big markets so that should be the case in Germany, too. Since Berlin is the capital and biggest city, I would assume Berlin is the correct answer.”

Sad but true fact, the main rival of Hertha is Schalke 04. The hatred is pretty one-sided, since Schalke fans are so busy with hating the BVB that some of them don’t even know about the rivalry with Hertha. The rest just don’t care.

As you can see, Hertha had been dealt some crappy hands by historic events, but also made many mistakes that are 100% the club’s own fault.

To stop that trend, 35 million Euros were spent on state-of-the-art youth-team facilities. By the mid-2000’s, a promising generation of players was breaking into the first team. The Boateng brothers are probably the most-famous examples, but guys like Patrick Ebert, Ashkan Dejagah, Ivica Olic, Christopher Samba, Ibrahima Traore, Hakan Balta, and Alex Madlung also turned into solid players that could have helped Hertha.

Hertha BSC drew 3-3 away to Werder Bremen, in front of 40.000 at the Weser-Stadium.

U.S. defender John Brooks has resumed team training with Hertha Berlin after recovering from a groin injury that kept him out of action for two weeks.

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Hertha is doing great at the moment. The coach-GM combination seems to work, and the finances are stable for the first time in decades, ever since Investment Group KKR bought into the club in 2013. The team just finished the Hinrunde in third place and are in the quarterfinals of the Pokal (they normally lose in the first round to cupcakes like Koblenz or Worms).

Outliers like Green Bay, San Antonio, Villareal, or Hoffenheim may exist, but playing in a big market is normally a huge advantage over small-market teams in any sport. You automatically have more potential customers and big companies around to generate money from than a rival small market team, right? Well, not in Berlin.

What hurts the most though is the stadium. Yes, you heard right.

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Since 1963, Hertha BSC has played its matches in Berlin's Olympiastadion, originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Carlo Ancelotti hails Bayern Munich's win over Hertha Berlin as the club's best performance on his watch.

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Being surrounded by the GDR also means that potential local rivals never played Hertha before 1991 and basically have no legitimate beef with Hertha. Across town in Köpenick, 1.FC Union Berlin has established itself as a solid 2.Bundesliga organization. Unfortunately, there is just not enough history between Hertha and Union to call it a genuine rivalry.

Brooks, who has not featured for his club since suffering a groin injury in September, will reportedly go back to Berlin after an agreement was reached between Hertha and U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Players were also brought in from Brazil for big fees, but few of them lived up to the hype. It seemed like Dieter was trying to emulate the transfer policy of Bayer Leverkusen, who imported world-class talent like Lucio and Ze Roberto from Brazil. Dieter Hoeneß got lucky with Marcelinho (who was awesome), but there were also Alex Alves, Luisao, Rodnei, and Andre Lima.

From 1904, Hertha's home ground was the Plumpe in the city's Gesundbrunnen district . A stadium was built there in 1923 with a capacity of 35,000 (3,600 seats). The club left the stadium when it joined the Bundesliga in 1963. Hertha returned to the site during the Regionalliga years from 1965 to 1968. The sale of the site in 1971 helped the club avoid bankruptcy.

Hertha opened the scoring in the 19th minute with Vedad Ibisevic converting a penalty after Haris Seferovic fouled Valentin Stocker inside the penalty area.

For the club's 111th birthday, Hertha fans elected the "Squad of the Century".[22]

That will give Brooks, 23, more time to prepare for the forthcoming match at Borussia Dortmund as he attempts to win back his place after...

So it’s an interesting question why a team from the capital with about 4 million potential fans, in a stadium so nice and big that it has hosted a World Cup and a Champions League final in the last ten years, is ranked 12th in the historic Bundesliga table (one spot behind 1.FC Kaiserslautern, a team from a small town of 100.000 souls).

To be frank, the neighboring regions outside of Berlin are the poorest and least-populated in Germany. And even there Hertha isn’t winning people’s hearts. Teams from the old GDR days like FC Magdeburg, Hansa Rostock, or Dynamo Dresden still have faithful supporters in these regions who couldn’t care less about Hertha.

Hertha Berlin's United States international John Brooks is set to return to Germany following United States' friendly meeting with Cuba, kicker has reported.

The stadium has a permanent capacity of 74,475 seats,[17] making it the largest stadium in Germany in terms of seating capacity and the second largest stadium in Germany, behind the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, in terms of total capacity. For certain football matches, such as those against FC Bayern München, the capacity can be temporarily expanded. This is made by the addition of mobile grandstand over the Marathon Arch. The extended capacity reached 76,197 seats in 2014.[18][19]

The club was formed in 1892 as BFC Hertha 92, taking its name from a steamship with a blue and white smokestack; one of the four young men who founded the club had taken a day trip on this ship with his father.[1] The name Hertha is a variation on Nerthus referring to fertility goddess from Germanic mythology.


Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hertha became a popular side in East Berlin as well. Two days after the wall came down, 11,000 East Berliners attended Hertha's match against SG Wattenscheid.[12] A fan friendship with 1. FC Union Berlin developed, and a friendly match between the two attracted over 50,000 spectators.[12]

Through the 50's an intense rivalry developed with Tennis Borussia Berlin. A proposal for a merger between the two clubs in 1958 was resoundingly rejected, with only three of the 266 members voting in favour.[1]

Before the Hoeneß era, talents like Thomas “Icke” Häßler and Christian Ziege played for small-time clubs like Hertha 03 Zehlendorf or Reinickendorfer Füchse. They were either not noticed by Hertha scouts or left Berlin so soon that Hertha could never get a hand on them.

Due to a lack of spectator interest, Hertha played their 2nd Bundesliga and Amateurliga matches from 1986 to 1989 in Poststadion. The opening fixtures of the 1992–93 season, as well as Intertoto Cup, and UEFA Cup qualifying matches were played at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.

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In 2012–13, Hertha achieved promotion from the second division as champions for the second time in three seasons. On the opening day of the 2013–14 season, Hertha beat Eintracht Frankfurt 6–1 at the Olympiastadion to top the Bundesliga table at the end of matchday 1.

In 1980, Hertha got relegated (this time by just being bad on the field) to the 2.Bundesliga. In 1986 they went down into the 3.Liga and even were evicted from the Olympiastadion in what remains the lowest-point of the club’s history and part of the reason Hertha has that ‘loser’ image.