Weekend Preview

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Afternoon and apologies for the irrelvant photo of the greatest man that ever lived, I haven’t quite calmed down from Wednesday night yet. In the last week I’ve been on an International break with a football-beer-herb holiday to The Netherlands. We took in games at Almere City and Amsterdam FC but the highlight was the Spakenburg Derby. For anyone who has not heard of this fixture before, it’s quite possibly the most delightfully strange excuse for a piss-up and a dig at your neighbours that football has to offer. Spakenburg is a village in the north of the country with only 20,000 inhabitants and 2 football clubs. On Derby Day, everyone takes a side and nearly half of the village pack in to either the stadium of Spakenburg FC or IJsselmeervogels. Last Saturday saw the latter mentioned side hosting the match in a “Rood v Blauw” battle for local supremacy. The football was pretty awful with neither side really getting a foothold on the game but the real spectacle took place in the stands and on the pitch before the game. Only in the lower depths of European Football could you find something so bizarre it makes even a hardened follower of the BerlinLiga question their sanity. In the build up to the game, we were treated to the wonderful scene of a group of Smurfs (the derogatory nickname for “Die Blauwen” given to them by the ‘Vogels), being chased around the pitch by a giant Chicken and a priest. Seriously, baffling stuff but bloody good fun to watch nonetheless. Unfortunately, due to a few too many Jupilers the night before, I was unable to attend the post-match party but the members of our group who went have been singing Dutch-Gabba-Schlager and shouting “Ik hatte smurfen” ever since the game finished so I can only assume it was craziness in it’s highest form. Basically, every one should already be booking their flights and hotels for the return leg. Possibly the best derby in the world.  Here is a little taster of the weirdness courtesy of YouTube.

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Anyway, that is all besides the point as its only bloody Friday again and it is nearly time for another weekend of excess fussball, bier und wurst consumption and to make matters better it’s a Friday night with a floodlit BerlinLiga game. I love Fridays at the best of times but love them even more when Tennis Borussia Berlin are playing as it means I get to rant about them on here without feeling at all biased and get to spend an evening drinking beer in the best possible surroundings with some of the finest people in this city. Last time I wrote a preview on a TeBe game (or at all for that matter), it was in the build up to the SFC Stern 1900 away game and I may have confidently (and maybe a bit arrogantly) predicted that since improving the discipline of the side, TeBe had started to look like real title contenders and that there was some sort of belief amongst both the fans and the players. Well, 3 red cards and 2 losses later, it is safe to say that I had completely misjudged the situation. The Stern game was a complete farce from start to finish and the ill-discipline displayed by Fabien Thokomeni and Tom Kirstein was typical of a team that has, once again, failed to learn from their mistakes. This stupidity and complete lack of professionalism was compounded further as TeBe saw Daniel Bongartz dismissed early on in last Sundays 0-1 defeat at the hands of TSV Rudow. All this aside, they will be looking to bounce back tonight and use the increased atmosphere a Friday night game at the Mommse brings to get back to winning ways. Tonight’s guests are Fuechse Reinickendorf Berlin who currently sit in 13th position in the BerlinLiga table. The Foxes struggled to get off to a good start but will be very encouraged by their performances of late recording 13 points from their last 5 games. In all honesty, unless TeBe have been completely bollocked by the boss and spent the last week at some sort of Football Brat Camp, I can’t see passed the away side getting a result and effectively halting TeBe’s title ambitions. To go from contenders to mid-table obscurity in the space of 3 weeks would be a real shame but they can’t blame anyone but themselves and they will have to go along way to redeem them selves this evening. The game takes place at the Mommsenstadion (nearest S-Bahn – Messe Sud) and kick off is at 19.00pm.

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Tomorrow, there is, for some reason far less games than usual across the city and if I can muster the courage to drag myself out of my inevitably hungover pit, I will be heading along to Rotation Prenzlauer Berg against TUS Makkabi II, however, the game of the day takes place the Stadion An Der Alten Foersterei (nearest S-Bahn – Koepenick) as 1.FC Union Berlin will be looking to record yet another home victory following their 4-0 away defeat at the hands on 1.FC Koeln on Monday evening. Still riding high in the league, there is no disgrace in the Koepenicker losing to the best side in the division and the fans, players and the club as a whole can be very proud that they have been able to maintain their high flying start and still sit in 2nd place in the league. The only cause for concern for Uwe Neuhaus and his side is that the recent games they have lost have been against the other teams who are fighting for promotion. These results aside, they are still in a commanding position within the league and tomorrows match gives them a fantastic chance to add 3 valuable points to their tally. This is not to say that KSC won’t put up a challenge though, they have been a bit of a surprise package in their first season back in the 2.Bundesliga currently sitting in 5th place in the league and on a run of 3 games without a loss. They will also be well backed in numbers and in noise tomorrow as their fan freundschaft with Hertha BSC usually swells the KSC away following for games in the Hauptstadt. The game kicks off at 13:00pm and there are still limited tickets available in all areas of the stadium.

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Sunday sees a nearly full BerlinLiga calendar as well as mouthwatering ties in the Regionalliga, Oberliga and beyond. The top game of the day takes place at the Ernst-Reuter Sportfeld (nearest U-Bahn – Onkel Toms Hutte) as Berlin Liga leaders Hertha 03 Zehlendorf welcome 2nd placed Sparta Lichtenberg, one of the most surprising teams to be included in a top of the table duel. Hertha 03 are certainly the team to beat this season and have scored more goals than anyone else in the division. Currently, 03 are on a run of 5 straight wins in all competitions and have only lost once all season. I can’t deny for a second that with the stadium they have and the team currently signed up, that they would do very well in the Oberliga and if they can keep this run going in the Winterpause, it would be very hard to see passed them lifting the trophy come May. Sunday’s guests are enjoying their time in the BerlinLiga since being promoted from the Landesliga last year and they have managed to record 8 victories in the process. There is no doubt that they fully deserve their high-flying status but they won’t mind me saying that tomorrow will be the sternest test they have faced thus far. Kick off is at 14.00pm.

So, thanks for reading and apologies for waffling on, the Friday caffeine rush and anticipation for the weekend does get the better of me from time to time. Good luck to all the teams involved this weekend and as always, I hope that you enjoy yourself at whatever games you end up at.

Viel Spass!

Photos are included with thanks to Ian at No Dice (www.facebook.com/nodicemagazine) and Felix at Groundhopping Etc. (www.facebook.com/groundhoppingetc)

Club and Stadium Report: BSV Eintracht Mahlsdorf

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Better late than never (work over football is something I have never quite been able to understand), here is the next Club and Stadium report from the many I have got along to so far this season. A couple of months back, I undertook a two match Ost-Berlin Sunday which ended up at a very one-sided match between todays profiled club. Eintracht Mahsldorf and VfB Hermsdorf. Here is a report on their Am Rosenhag home and the history of their club.

The (brief) History

originally founded in 1896 as a Gymnastics club, BSV Eintracht Mahlsdorf is one of the oldest recorded sport clubs in Berlin. It was not until 1912 that they opened their Footballing division, although this did not see them partake in any competitive matches as the fledgling sides progress was rudely interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. From 1916 onwards, they were more heavily involved in football and since then it has been one of the most important sports for the overall association. Since the end of the Second World War, Mahlsdorf have consistently had a football division and during the decade following the end of the war, they played some high profile Berlin Cup games including wins against the once prestigious Hertha 03 Zehlendorf and Spandauer SV.

During the DDR years, the club was known as Medizin Lichtenberg, Medizin Marzahn and also Medizin Berlin and they were playing their football at the lower levels of the stated structured footballing pyramid.
Following the collapse of the DDR, they reverted back to their original name of Eintracht Mahlsdorf and in the following years, they have now formed as a club independent of the overall BSV Eintracht Mahlsdorf sports club. Currently they have over 300 members across multiple different age groups, meaning that they are well represented across the Berlin football landscape. Today, the first team sit in the BerlinLiga and despite a fantastic start to the season; recent results have meant that they have lost the top spot.

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 The Stadium

Desolate, bleak, cold and exposed are all words that can be used to describe the home of BSV Eintracht Mahlsdorf. With 2 pitches, one grass, one artificial they are equipped to deal with matches even in the winter. The grass pitch is a simple affair, surrounded by a running track. There is no stand to speak of and the chances of catching pneumonia or drowning on a rainy afternoon are very high. Best place to stand is, obviously, in close quarters to the Beer and Grill as, if I am honest, there is very little else to take in when it comes to the stadium (aside from top-end BerlinLiga action, of course).
With regards to the artificial pitch, it is also another rather bleak affair with not a lot to speak of in terms of Stadium architecture or cover. I genuinely don’t think even the most hardened of Groundhopper could find a reasonable excuse to attend a game here in the depths of winter.

The Way

As well as being desolate in terms of the Stadium, it’s also as close as you can get to the Ost-Side of Brandenburg whilst still remaining in Berlin meaning that it is a bit of mission in comparison to other grounds in the city. There are a few ways to get there and it largely depends on where you are coming from. If you are coming from Alexanderplatz, it is possible to take a 26 minute S-Bahn journey directly to S-Bhf Mahlsdorf which is a 10 minute walk away from the stadium located on Melanchthonstrasse (exit on to Hoenower Strasse and turn right on to Am Rosenhag, the ground is on the corner of Melachthonstrasse and Am Rosenhag). This is probably the best and most efficient route. I made the mistake of taking the M6 tram all the way back from the ground through the never-ending concrete jungle that is Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Unless you are a fan of long winded tram journeys through increasingly desolate and depressing (no offence, local residents!) areas of town then I would not advise this route in the slightest.

The Food

Not a great deal on offer in the stadium when we visited but you could grab a Bratwurst for €2 from the grill. Further to this, they also have an extensive menu on offer in the Clubhouse. Example from there is Schnitzel and Fries for €7.50 and Boulette and Potato Salad also priced at €7.50.

The Drink

0.4l of Radeberger is available for €2.40. They also have a selection on behind the bar and this includes Berliner Pilsner (0,5 from the tap €2.70), Meininger Pilsner (0,4 from the tap for €1.50) and Erdinger Hefeweizen (0,5l bottle for €2.20)
The Tax

€6 for full paying adults.

The Fixture List
http://community.fussball.de/de/verein_ergebnisse/bsv-eintracht-mahlsdorf/66011361.html

 

 

Photos are included with thanks to Ian at No Dice Magazine (www.facebook.com/nodicemagazine)