It’s Friday…..

The weekend is here again and a tantalising set of fixtures lie ahead of us over the course of the next few days. It’s been an exciting start to the season across the divisions and we currently see 2 of Ost-Berlin’s big boys leading their respective divisions as 1.FC Union Berlin’s 1-0 win away in Ingolstadt last Sunday took them to the unprecedented dizzy new heights of 1st place in the 2.Bundesliga whilst BFC Dynamo stretched their winning streak to 5 games out of 5 to put them in a comfortable and commanding position at the top of the Oberliga Nord. With these facts in mind, both of these clubs feature in what must be the games of the weekend in der Hauptstadt.

It all begins tonight down in Koepenick in what is probably the biggest game in Germany this weekend, as league leaders, 1.FC Union Berlin welcome last years relegated side and early season favourites Greater Fuerth to the Alte Foeresterei. This match is, even at this early stage of a long campaign, a massive 6 pointer in the promotion stakes and will be the first great indicator for Die Eiserner as to whether they are going to be able to sustain their fantastic start to the season and really compete with some of the bigger names and bigger budgets in the division. Union will be buoyed by the fact that they have been able to grind out some hard fought wins in some very even matches and will hope that the momentum from last weekend and the inevitable noisy buzz around the ground will help them to push on and continue with a home performance in the same vein as the home victories against St Pauli and Fortuna Duesseldorf.  Team news at the moment is that Union will be without 2 first team players this evening as Mario Eggiman and Björn Jopek are still out with long term injuries. Otherwise, they are at full strength and will know that on their day, in front of a packed home crowd, they are very well set up to beat anyone. The fun starts at 18.30 and the game takes place at the beautiful Stadion An der Alten Försterei ( Tickets should be available at the Union Tanke although it is advised to get down their early as the top of the league fever is likely to make this game a sell out. If you fancy a beer with an international crowd, there is a large group of people from England and Sweden including myself meeting in the Abseitsfalle before and after the game.

After this evenings antics, it is hard to imagine what sort of state I will be in come the morning but what better tonic for a hangover is there than a trip to the lovely and characterful Hans-Zoschke Stadion, home of SV Lichtenberg 47. Tomorrow, “Siebenvierzig” welcome BFC Dynamo who, as mentioned earlier, are on a fantastic run of form and really are the team to beat in this seasons Oberliga Nord. At this stage of the season, it is hard to see passed Volkan Ulic’s boys in this rematch of last seasons Berliner Pokal final. The home side have struggled to get out of the blocks as quickly as they would have hoped for and have so far struggled to replicate last season’s heroics under the recently departed Daniel Volbert. With only one win under their belt,  Lichtenberg need to start picking up points soon if they are to push themselves in to a top of the table battle as opposed to a scrap for relegation. One talking point tomorrow will be the return of last season’s best player and for me, one of the best young talents in Berlin football at the moment, Lukas Rehben. A favourite at 47 last term, Rehben is a tricky little player with bags of pace and he has been sorely missed by Lichtenberg in the opening few games. It will be very interesting to see how he performs against his former club but one can only expect a warm welcome for last season’s player of the year. Dynamo’s excellent form is well documented so far and with a solid defensive unit only conceding 3 goals so far this season, they really are on track to find themselves in the already Berlin dominated Regionalliga Nordost next year. Football aside, we should expect a good day out at the Zoschke tomorrow as BFC Dynamo have seen crowds soar this season and I can’t see the short trip from Hohenschoenhausen to Lichtenberg being much of an issue for the hardened, vocal and dedicated following in Weinrot-Weiss. The match kicks off at 14:00 and takes place at the Hans-Zoschke Stadion (nearest S-Bahn/U-Bahn – Frankfurter Allee or Magadalenastrasse).

Finally this weekend, with the risk of sounding like a broken record, Tennis Borussia Berlin make the trip up to the VfB Hermsdorf in a BerlinLiga clash on Sunday afternoon. After last Friday nights fantastic win at home to Staaken, TeBe really are looking like a very formidable side and I truly feel, despite the inherent pessimism in Eichkamp, that they are one of the favourites to lift the BerlinLiga trophy. Similarly to Union, they do need to play one of the other top sides in the division to really prove themselves but in the meantime, if Mickey Fuss keeps banging them in, Fabien Thokomeni keeps bombing down the wing and delivering beautiful crosses and Alexander Kynass keeps putting up a massive, attractive, human barrier in front of the goal, TeBe will do no harm to their promotion dreams. Following last weekends thumping 5-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Eintracht Mahlsdorf, the Arsenal lookalikes from Hermsdorf will be looking to right so many wrongs and get their campaign back on track. They were truly awful last time out and managed to completely lose focus after the first goal had gone in. If they perform like that again, it could be a long hard and potentially devastating season for the BerlinLiga’s longest serving club but as any league regular can tell you, it is a very open division where anyone can genuinely beat anyone else so although last weekend they were absolutely deplorable to watch, it’s impossible to say what type of Hermsdorf side will turn up on Sunday. The game kicks off at 14:00 and will take place at the Seebadstrasse Stadion (nearest S-Bahn – Berlin-Hermsdorf).

So, as always, I wish you a great weekend of football action and hope that wherever you get to that the weather holds out and the goals are as free flowing as the beer.

Viel Spass!

Club and Stadium Report: FC Internationale Berlin 1980

For the first time since starting this blog, I have decided to delve even deeper in to the Berlin league pyramid and on Saturday, I had the pleasure of sitting in sunny Schoeneberg and taking in a Landesliga clash between FC Internationale and Mariendorfer SV. The home side won 4-1 in what was a surprisingly high tempo and free flowing affair. Here is the profile of their club and stadium.


The History

Formed in 1980, FC Internationale was set up initially as a statement against the growing commercialization of football in Berlin and Germany as a whole and were founded on the principles of playing for sportsmanship and fun. Since this date, the first team have floated between the Kreisliga, Bezirkliga and most recently the Landesliga, in which they currently compete. The club have 900 members from more than 38 nations, a make up that truly reflects their name. Finally, they are also known for taking a tough stand against racism and recently combined their anti-commercial principles with their anti-racist stance when they waived their shirt sponsorship in favour of the simple slogan of “No Racism”. In 2013, they won the Integration Prize from the DFB and this is a true honour and a testament to the hard work put in by those behind the scenes.

Another article that delves slightly deeper in to the founding principles and the focus on inclusivity can be found here This article was written by Felix at Groundhopping etc. (



The Stadium

Although the club have 2 stadiums, the 1st team games usually take place at the Monumentenstrasse Sportplatz in Berlin’s Schoeneberg district. Quite a simple affair, the ground has 1 side of terracing, including a few seats and then the rest is mostly just lined with grass. One thing to add of note was the quality of the pitch which was at a very high standard. There is also an artificial pitch that backs on the main stadium and is used during the bitter, Berlin winter.


The Way

Take the S1 train in the direction of Potsdam to Julius Leber Bruecke. Exit the station to your left and turn on to Czeminskistrasse, walk for 450m and turn right on the Monumentenstrasse, the stadium is on your right hand side.

The Food

Good selection of meat on the grill including Bratwurst (€1.50), Sujuk (€1.50) and Steaks. I had a Bratwurst and it fell very much in to the generic Stadionwurst category. Good, necesscary but nothing special.


The Beer
€1.50 for 0.3l of Veltins or €2 for 0.4l. This seemed to depend largely on what cups they had left as to which you would be charged upon placing your order.

The Tax

€5 for full paying adults, €3 for everybody else

Photos included are courtesy of Ian at No Dice Magazine ( and and Felix at Groundhopping etc. (

The weekend is here. The weekend is here. THE WEEKEND IS HERE.

The wochenende has landed and I couldn’t be more thankful.  A rainy week with nothing more than a few Freizeitliga and Kreisliga games meant that I had to endure 4 whole days without going to a game. This is a difficult one for me to cope with, I must admit.

This weekend sees a full schedule of fixtures across the leagues and should enable me to get to 3 or 4 games across the 6th and 7th tiers.

The action begins tonight at the Mommsenstadion as Tennis Borussia Berlin welcome SC Staaken for a BerlinLiga game. TeBe will be keen to continue to build upon the bright, early form of this season against a Staaken side who have not really got off to the start that they would have hoped for. TeBe currently sit in 5th place in the league and are only a few points off of the lead. A win tonight will really send out a statement of intent to the rest of the league and will put them 3rd before the rest of the teams have kicked a ball this weekend. Staaken currently lie in 12th and have only managed the one win this season so far. They’ll be aware that the Mommsenstadion has not been an easy place to come for away sides over the first 4 games but will be encouraged by TeBe’s ability to throw away leads and end up drawing games. The game tonight kicks off at 19:00pm and will be taking place at the Mommsenstadion (Nearest S-Bahn: Messe Sud)

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking a look in to the 7th tier for only the 2nd time since I’ve lived here and that will be to see last weekends Berliner Pokal “giant killers”, FC Internationale in their Landesliga match against Mariendorfer SV. I don’t know a great deal about either side but am aware that Internationale were last weekend able to brush aside a Stern 1900 side who are hotly tipped for the BerlinLiga this year. They won this game 2-1 and will be in good spirits going in to tomorrow’s game. On paper, this looks like quite an evenly matched affair with Internationale currently sitting in 6th place on 7 points and Mariendorfer lieing in 7th with 6 points next to their name. The match kicks off at 13:00pm and takes place at the Monumentenstrasse Sportplatz (nearest S-Bahn: Julius-Leber-Brucke or Yorckstrasse).

Sunday, sees the possibility of a 2 game BerlinLiga  hop around the far eastern areas of the city. The fun starts at 12:00pm at as Koepenicker SC face Sparta Lichtenberg in an East v East battle. Koepenicker and Sparta were two of the sides that came up from last years Landesliga and have both managed to start strongly, overcoming any perception anyone might have had that the jump up between the 2 tiers could provide any sort of challenge. This is a real top of the table clash as it stands as 2nd place take on 3rd place. Surely this is, on paper, the game of the weekend in the BerlinLiga and the points, whoever they go to, could prove pivotal even at such an early stage of the season. The home of Koepenicker SC is at the Wendenschlossstrasse Sportplatz which is easily accessed from S-Bahnhof Koepenick by taking tram number 62 to Segewaldweg.

Straight after this game, it is possible to continue on the number 62 tram to see the league leaders, Eintracht Mahlsdorf in action against VfB Hermsdorf. Mahlsdorf have been surprisingly good this season and currently sit 3 points clear at the top of the division. They looked very organized in the match I saw them play in earlier this season and I look forward to seeing them again. Their standing in the league is testament to their goal difference, they’ve scored 18, conceding just 3 in the process so we should expect some home goals. Hermsdorf currently sit in mid-table and taking their size and budget in to account, they will be happy with the start they’ve made and will be looking to better last season’s effort of 9th place and remain in the BerlinLiga for the 16th year running. The game takes place at the Sportanlage am Rosenhag near to Melancthonstrasse in Mahlsdorf and kicks off at 15:00. It is possible to take the number 62 tram from Segewaldweg near to the KSC stadium and make a direct, 30 minute journey to S-Bahnhof Mahlsdorf which is a short walk away from the stadium.

So, whatever games you end up at this weekend, in whatever city you are in, I sincerely hope you enjoy yourselves. I know I will. I also look forward to the barrage of grammatical corrections and changes of stadium and corrections on road names, game locations and league positions. All of this is very welcome and gives me a stark reminder that other people actually do read this dross.

Viel Spass!

Club and Stadium Report: Tennis Borussia Berlin


Following yesterdays profile on 1.FC Union, I thought it was only fair to give my other love in this city the long overdue profile that they deserve. If you are one of the 14 people who read this blog regularly or you know me personally, you’ll be aware that I love Tennis Borussia Berlin, like really fucking love them. This is a club that has genuinely made my life in Berlin even more enjoyable than it already was. It is a club where I have met some of the coolest and nicest people I know, a club which has given me both the coldest and the wettest football matches I’ve ever experienced (Turkyemispor at home, SCC Charlottenburg at home), a club where the fans dedication and passion to some pretty dire football is unique and a club that has given me an excuse to explore the deepest recesses of Brandenburg for some pre-season friendlies. The openness and welcoming nature of the support is second to none and I personally find it physically impossible not to enjoy myself at the Mommsenstadion or when travelling around the other grounds in the city with TeBe. So, here is the extremely biased profile of by far the greatest team, Berlin has ever seen…. LILA-WEISSE!!!!!!


The History

This may seem like a bit of a cop out for the 2nd day running but when there is such a good history, auf Englisch, already written on the website, I think it is slightly pointless for me with all of my 1 years of knowledge to try and explain to you the history of a club who have been in existence for more than a century. If anybody knows who wrote this history, please let me know so they can be credited as it is a truly fantastic and concise piece of work.

A link to this can be found below.


The Stadium

The Mommsenstadion is an odd one. Massive for its league, it does unfortunately seem very empty on even the busiest of match days. The stadium holds 15,000 people (11,500 according to the Fussballmafia), 1800 of which are in the rather grand looking old seated tribune. With attendances currently sitting at between 200 and 400 (by far the highest in the 6th tier) on a weekly basis, it doesn’t take a seasoned Groundhopper to work out just how desolate and soulless that can look.

TeBe have resided in the Mommsenstadion since the end of the 2nd world war and despite several attempts to move them to the Poststadion in Moabit, they still remain in what many see as their rightful Eichkamp home.

It is, like so many in Germany, plagued by being a multi-purpose stadium meaning that there is a running track and American Football posts dotted around the pitch.  All this aside though, it is definitely worth visiting for so many other reasons than the actual stadium which is, aside from the nice looking stand, pretty damn average.

Still this should not deter you from getting along to a game. Get down to the Mommsenstadion and  chat with people, listen to the array of languages being spoken on the terraces, take in  the fantastic mix of punk and alternative music being blared out over the abysmal speaker system and get involved in  the unbelievably funny multilingual and multi-tonal singing coming from the E-Block (which, I must add, is where you HAVE to stand). There is also a massive chance you’ll meet one of the many English/Half English supporters from clubs as diverse as Fulham, Brentford, Arsenal, Southend and York City who are there on an almost weekly basis.


The Way

Located in deepest West Berlin, the Mommsenstadion is not the closest of grounds to the more central districts of Berlin; however, it is quite easily accessed via S-Bahn. S5 services in the direction of Spandau will lead you to Messe Sud Station. If you are lucky, there will be a few fans dotted around who you’ll be able to follow up to the Stadium. If not, just turn right outside of the station exit and continue walking through the woods. The stadium is on your right hand side.

The Food

Bratwurst , Boulette and Brezel are available from the kiosk on your left as you enter the ground and Brezel are available from the Beer stand in E-Block. Prices are around the €2.50 mark for meat and €1.50 for Brezel but I’ll need to verify that when I am next there. They are also one of the only clubs in Berlin to stock Vegetarian food but I couldn’t possibly comment on price or quality of this as I am a certified Wurst addict.

The Beer

€3.00 + €1 pfand/deposit for a 0,4 glass of Berliner. Annoyingly, the most expensive beer in the league but it is a vital ingredient for any afternoon or evening at the Mommsenstadion. Be sure to ask for a loyalty card as well, particularly if you are planning a bit of a session as 8 stamps will earn you a free beer.


The Tax

€7 for an adult, €5 for a concession. €1 programmes available on the gate.

Photos included are provided with thanks to Ian at No Dice Magazine ( and

Club and Stadium Report: 1.FC Union Berlin


Today we are profiling a club and a stadium that has the rare ability to leave me a drunken, happy and slightly broken mess every single time that I go along and that is 1.FC Union Berlin. For a Groundhopper this stadium should be put at the top of any sort of bucket list that you may have drawn up in a fit of Anorakdom.  I have been along to almost every home game in the year I have been living here and can’t see myself missing many more in the future. Und niemals vergessen…… EISERN UNION, EISERN UNION, EISERN UNION.

The History

I am fearful of writing a history here as this is a club with a rich history mirroring the chequered and divided past of this great city and I don’t think it can be trivialized in a short paragraph.

So, with this, I’ll leave this history to the “experts”.


The Stadium

This stadium oozes history and character and is something that everyone involved with the club is very proud of and rightfully so. Built by the hands of the supporters, it is one of those unique things in modern football, a stadium built for the fans, by the fans and not for the growing armies of prawn bagel eaters that so often attend matches in the higher echelons of the game.

For me, the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in Berlin’s Koepenick district, is one of the most beautiful pieces of stadium architecture that there is, an opinion that is echoed by almost every single person I have been along to a game with. Despite being in the 2nd tier, there are still 3 sides of terracing, one behind the goal containing the loud, ultra block and another large stand covering 1 side of the pitch and the other goal, it is truly one of the most unique grounds that the whole of Europe, let alone Berlin, has to offer. They have recently completed the renovation of a 4th stand and this contains 3018 seats giving the stadium a real full and complete look to it. The whole setting of the stadium is perfect as well and involves a short woodland walk to enter the stadiums grounds. The facilities for making the match day experience enjoyable are also second to none. With “biergarten” style benches dotted around behind both the Sektor 2 and Sektor 3 terracing, it is quite possible to have a full day, in the ground and not feel like you’ve missed out on any of the pre and post match drinking. I could eulogise about the Stadium for a long time and could quite feasibly write a book about the thousands of reasons you need to get along there but I don’t think my ramblings can do it justice. Go along to a game. See it and feel it for yourself.


The Way

The nearest S-Bahnhof is Koepenick and is reachable using S3 services from Ostkreuz in the direction of Erkner. Then just follow the masses of red and white clad shirts to the Stadium via a quick pint at the Union Tanke and the Abseitsfalle which are on route to the Stadium.

The Food

The standard selection of Bratwurst and Steaks are available from Stadium and are highly recommended. These are priced at €2.50 each. Further to this, as one of the bigger clubs in the city, you are more likely to have other options including the formidable cake stall at the back of Sektor 3 which sells Quarkuelchen (little balls of warm donutty wonder) which make a very good companion when the bitter winter sets in.

The Drink

Pre match, it is advised to stop for a pint in both the Union Tanke and the Abseitsfalle. Pints in both of these are €2.50 with Veltins being sold in the Tanke and Krombacher being sold in the ‘falle. Inside the stadium, the beer facilities are exceptional. Pints are available from multiple outlets in the Stadium including people actually bringing them to you on the terrace. Pints are €3.50 in the stadium and the Beer on offer is Berliner Pilsner.


The Tax

Sektor 1 – Prices for adult seats vary between €28 and €40 depending on where you sit. Unless you have to, I would not recommend paying for seats as the terracing is a fantastic experience.

Sektor 2 – €13 for a full paying adult standing ticket, €11 for a concession, €7.50 for a child

Sektor 3 – €14 for a full paying adult standing ticket, €12.50 for a concession, €8.50 for a child

Sektor 4 – €14 or a full paying adult standing ticket, €12.50 for a concession, €8.50 for a child

Tickets are available for most matches from

Be sure also to check out for English language ticket news.

Unless it’s the St Pauli game or an “Ostderby” against Dresden or Cottbus, it’s usually very easy to get a ticket. If people need me to help with anything or making sure that you have secured tickets then just let me know.

The Fixture List

All fixtures can be found at the link below.

Photos included within are used with great thanks to Felix from Groundhopping Etc ( and Ian from No Dice Magazine ( and

The Magic of The Pokal – Berliner Pokal 1.Runde – Saturday Preview

Que sera, sera…

Morgen! so, it’s been a quiet week on here, Last weekend was a write off thanks to Union, TeBe and North London Derby victories and this week I’ve been catching up on work missed out on due to spending too much time watching and talking about football. If you are reading this, you probably know exactly what I am talking about.

Anyway, this weekend we are given a break from domestic league football as the professionals from the higher echelons of the game play in the first, pointlessly annoying Interlull of the season. It seems ludicrous to me that just 4/5 weeks in to the new season, we are already being starved of the competitive  club football that we crave so much and being forced to pretend that we give a shit about how a bunch of overpaid and quite frankly overrated players get on against the footballing giants of Moldova.

Luckily for me and for the rest of the Berlin football supporting community, Micha Fuss has yet to be called up to the Germany squad and the majority of the amateur players in the city don’t feel the need for a break so early on in the season and with that, we have arrived at the beginning of the march on the Olympiastadion 2015. The first round of the Berliner Pokal is here and I could not be more excited.

Tomorrow sees only a handful of games taking place but this does in no way mean that there is not a great deal of mouthwatering ties for us to get our teeth in to. With absolutely no bias whatsoever, the game of the day and where I will be takes place at the Mommsenstadion (nearest S-Bahn: Messe Sud) as Tennis Borussia Berlin take on FV Wannsee of the Bezirkliga ( . TeBe fans are quite content with their teams start to this seasons BerlinLiga seeing them lose only 1 game so far. They currently sit in 5th position in the league and should be considered as serious contenders for the title. The fans should expect a slightly weakened side as tomorrows visitors from Wannsee are really struggling to gain any sort of momentum to their Bezirkliga campaign, losing all 4 of their opening matches of the season meaning that they now prop up the entire division conceding 19 goals and scoring just 4. I haven’t seen Wannsee play myself but one can only assume that we could be in for a goalfest of Club Italia 12/13 proportions.

In the days other “headline” match, reigning Pokal champions, BFC Dynamo of the Oberliga welcome SV Blau-Gelb Berlin to the Sportforum as they begin the defence of their title ( . The Hohenschonhausen side have had a dream start to this season and the belief that they could join the overly Berlin dominated Regionalliga Nordost next season is definitely there. So far, they are yet to drop any points at all and have won all 4 of their opening games of the season. The boys in Rot-Weiss will firmly believe that their sleeping giant status can be relinquished and that they can wake from their extended slumber and reassert themselves as Berlins “other” footballing power. Tomorrows guests, are currently sitting at the foot of the Landesliga table and have lost all 4 games at the start of the season. It does not take a genius to work out who are going to be favourites for tomorrow’s game and which side would expect to find themselves in the hat for the 2nd round.

Aside from these 2 matches, there are also 7 other matches taking place in the Pokal tomorrow and the fixtures for these can be found at the bottom of this post.

In addition to all the Pokal action tomorrow, there is also a slightly bizarre and delightfully pointless friendly taking place at the 2nd most beautiful stadium in Berlin (fact) as 1.FC Union Berlin welcome Czech giants Slavia Praha to the Hans-Zoschke Stadion, home of SV Lichtenberg 47 ( I don’t even know where to start on this other than to plead to Uwe Neuhaus not to play a first team and just to focus on getting some of the fringe players some game time. It’s been a fantastic start to the season for the Koepenickers who are exceeding expectations and sit in 2nd place in the 2.Bundesliga and it would be such a shame to get some key players injured for the sake of a friendly. There is of course an argument that a test against a good quality Slavia side will help to boost match fitness but I would hope that the “never say die, win at all costs” attitude usually displayed by 1.FC Union will be left on the backburner for the game.  A proper preview of this has been put together by the folks at Union in Englisch and this can be found here

Anyway, whatever game you end up at tomorrow, I hope you enjoy yourself and that the strikers are firing, the beer is flowing and that the return of Summer from the depths of Autumn earlier this week, continues long in to the weekend. Full fixture list at the bottom of this posting and a preview of Sundays massive day of games (including an epic  3 game hop across the city) will, beer permitting, follow tomorrow.

Berliner Pokal 1.Runde Fixtures  – Saturday 06/09/2013
14:00     Tennis Borussia Berlin

–              FV Wannsee

14:00     FC Internationale

–              SFC Stern 1900

14:00     BFC Dynamo

–              SV Blau Gelb Berlin

14:00     SC Borussia Friedrichsfelde

–              Wartenberger SV

14:30     VSG Altglienicke

–              SG Stern Kaulsdorf

15:00     BW Mahlsdorf Waldesruh

–              FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin Lichterfelde Tempelhof e.V.

15:30     TSV Helgoland 97

–              Hellersdorfer FC

16:00     SG BW Hohenschönhausen

–              BFC Germania 1888