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

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