Today we are profiling FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin Lichterfelde-Tempelhof eV or FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin to their mates, as we went along to catch their 1-1 Regionalliga Nordost draw with 1.FC Union Berlin II on Friday night. All photos are included with massive thanks to Felix at Groundhopping Etc (www.facebook.com/groundhoppingetc) who has kindly offered to provide us with some visual relief to the wall of text that existed here before.
Formed as a Fusion between FC Viktoria Berlin and Lichterfelde FC, FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin are an ambitious new challenger in the race to become Berlins 3rd footballing power behind Hertha and Union, combining the rich history and tradition of FC Viktoria with the exceptional youth set up, ladies team and stadium facilities of LFC, it was a fusion that was largely supported by the members of both clubs. The Viktoria half of the fusion is where the history comes from and is the reason why this new club are able to boast 2 German Championships in the form of a gold star on their badge. These were achieved in 1908 and 1911 and since those exciting days when they were at the very top of the fledgling German game, Viktoria have been a team that have largely floated between the 4th and the 7th tiers of German football, peaking last season with their lifting of the Oberliga Nord trophy under the stewardship of Thomas Herbst to win promotion in to the Regionalliga and achieve what might be attributed as the most important moment in the founding of the new fusion team.
Lichterfelde FC or LFC Berlin, are one of the largest “vereins” in Berlin and currently have around 1200 members registered with them. Included within this, they have 40 active youth teams making them the largest junior football club in the whole of Germany. In terms of the 1st team, LFC spent a great deal of the last decade in the Oberliga, usually occupying the mid-table places. It took the merger with Viktoria to make that next step up and they are now in a very stable situation as a club.
With the Regionalliga Nordost season now in full flow and with the LFC Ladies team gaining promotion to the 2.Bundesliga last season, the new fusion club now have some flagship teams to give their push for the 3rd crown of Berlin some added firepower and this season will prove pivotal for the overall success of the project and the club as a whole. I feel that if they are able to build on the already excellent foundations they have in place, and if they can at the very least, maintain the impressive start to this seasons attendance figures, they could be in a very good situation to lay claim to the title that they set out to gain.
Stadion Lichterfelde is one of the bigger and more traditional stadiums in Berlin and boasts one of the nicest tribunes in the city. Aside from the main seated tribune, there is a terrace running along the front of the seats and places to stand all around the pitch. The atmosphere has been nothing but friendly all of the times that I have been there and it is a genuine pleasure to take in a game here. The stadium also have the much coveted accolade of being named as Catering FC amongst local football circles which just adds another reason why a visit to the Stadion Lichterfelde is a must. The only drawback I can say is that there is a running track around the pitch but for those versed in the stadiums of Germany, this is an all too common problem across the board and not one specific to Viktoria.
Either take the S-Bahn to Lankwitz and walk from there, takes around 20 minutes or so. The other option is to take the S1, S2 or S25 to Rathaus Steglitz and pick up bus number 186 from there. This will then drop you right outside the stadium at a stop of the same name.
The Beer facilities at Stadion Lichterfelde are pretty exceptional. There are 2 (maybe 3) mobile bars dotted around the ground, one situated near the away end and the other situated by the entrance. In these bars, they serve Berliner Kindl at a very reasonable €2.50. However, this is not the only place to buy beer here and it is certainly recommended to arrive early and visit the clubhouse. Here, they serve a selection of local and national Pilsners and Erdinger Hefeweizen out of the tap. Again, Beers are €2.50 for a 0.4l glass.
As mentioned above, Stadion Lictherfelde IS Catering FC. With the usual array of Steaks, Bratwurst and Boulette (priced at €3 and €2 respectively) available from the grill, you can’t really go too wrong, however, the Stadion Lichterfelde fat blokes dream does not end here. The clubhouse is also a restaurant and serves a full, seasonal menu of German food at a very reasonable price. I’ve had the pleasure of eating there prior to a game last season and we were able to have a proper meal, for between €5 and €10. There is also an Imbiss selling Chips, Currywurst and Bockwurst and this is located next to the clubhouse.
€35 for a VIP Ticket (includes buffet and all you can drink bar…), €8/€6 for a seat in the tribune or €6/€4 for a standing ticket. They also offer a Family Ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids for €12. Kids under 12 years old get in for free.
The next home game takes place on Sunday the 1st of September at 13.30pm as they welcome Optik Rathenow for a match in the Regionalliga Nordost.