After a relatively successful Pre-Season campaign which included silverware as they lifted both the Exer-Pokal and the Ostberlin Super Cup, I was excited about how organized and threatening Empor had looked and had them down as my wildcard tip for the season. This may have largely been down to them being the highest ranked side in both of the tournaments they played in but I could not hide from the fact that in the 2 games I saw them play in, they had scored 10 goals, conceding just 2. The dream run in the build up to the season was very short lived and the reality of the BerlinLiga hit home on Saturday as they were taken to pieces and were resoundingly beaten 3-0 by one of the divisions new boys, Koepeneicker SC. Considering their lowly finish last season, it may be hard for the Empor supporters to look for positives in their current situation and even at this early stage, my pre-season prediction looks to be drastically off the mark. Tonight, they will look for a return to winning ways as they face the Foxes of Reinickendorf in their first home game of the season at the Jahnsportpark. The Fuechse were another of the leagues struggling sides last season and finished just 1 point above Empor and 2 points above the drop zone. Saturday saw them open their points account for the new season with a draw against another of the leagues new sides and “local rivals”, Nordberliner SC and considering the result Empor succumbed to down in Koepenick, you’d like to think that they will be up for the challenge.
The game takes place at the Jahnsportpark complex and is on the pitch to the right of the entrance at Cantianstrasse 24 (Nearest U-Bahn is Eberswalde Strasse, U2). Kick off is at 19:00 and entry will be around the €6 mark. Beer and Wurst will be on offer or else I wouldn’t be going.