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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
€6 for full paying adults.
Photos are included with thanks to Ian at No Dice Magazine (www.facebook.com/nodicemagazine)