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!

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

Preview: BerlinLiga – Matchday 2 – 14/08/2013

After an annoyingly long period of pretending to care about meaningless friendlies in the depths of Brandenburg, the BerlinLiga action is back with a bang as we already move in to the bulk of the games of Matchday 2.

Tonights main game for us takes place at the Julius Hirsch Sportanlage as TUS Makkabi welcome Tennis Borussia Berlin in the Eichkamp Derby. Makkabi, who were last years runners-up, are in the process of coming to terms with a mass exodus of players over the summer as they saw some of their best players move on to other clubs within the division, including 2 of TeBe’s new boys, Alexander Kynass and Hamdi Chamki. They had a nightmare start to the campaign on Sunday seeing themselves beaten 3-1 away at Rudow and tonight they will be looking to erase that memory with a win against their local rivals.

TeBe had a solid start to the campaign getting a point at home to a very solid Berliner SC side and they will be looking to build on this encouraging performance. There were some very bright moments in Saturdays game and if Thokomeni and Chamki can continue to link up well and put in shifts like they did at the weekend then I see no reason why chances will not be created. Obviously though, you are only as good as the chances you convert and TeBe will be hoping that Micha Fuss can continue to help them overcome a problem that hampered last seasons campaign.

Kick off is at 18.30pm and the game will take place at the Julius Hirsch Sportanlage. Nearest S-Bahn station is Messe Sud.  Bottles of Becks and the D.A.W.B award winning spicy sausages will, hopefully, be on offer.

The other matches taking place tonight are as follows;
18:30 – SV Sparta Lichtenberg v SV Tasmania Berlin
19:00 – 1.FC Wilmersdorf v Koepenicker SC
Blissestrasse Sportanlage
19:30 – Nordberliner SC v TSV Rudow
19:45 – FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SF Johannistahl
Ernst Reuter Stadion
20:00 – SFC Stern 1900 v SC Staaken

Preview: Empor Berlin v Füchse Berlin Reinickendorf – BerlinLiga – Matchday 2

After a relatively successful Pre-Season campaign which included silverware as they lifted both the Exer-Pokal and the Ostberlin Super Cup, I was excited about how organized and threatening Empor had looked and had them down as my wildcard tip for the season. This may have largely been down to them being the highest ranked side in both of the tournaments they played in but I could not hide from the fact that in the 2 games I saw them play in, they had scored 10 goals, conceding just 2. The dream run in the build up to the season was very short lived and the reality of the BerlinLiga hit home on Saturday as they were taken to pieces and were resoundingly beaten 3-0 by one of the divisions new boys, Koepeneicker SC. Considering their lowly finish last season, it may be hard for the Empor supporters to look for positives in their current situation and even at this early stage, my pre-season prediction looks to be drastically off the mark. Tonight, they will look for a return to winning ways as they face the Foxes of Reinickendorf in their first home game of the season at the Jahnsportpark. The Fuechse were another of the leagues struggling sides last season and finished just 1 point above Empor and 2 points above the drop zone. Saturday saw them open their points account for the new season with a draw against another of the leagues new sides and “local rivals”, Nordberliner SC and considering the result Empor succumbed to down in Koepenick, you’d like to think that they will be up for the challenge.

The game takes place at the Jahnsportpark complex and is on the pitch to the right of the entrance at Cantianstrasse 24 (Nearest U-Bahn is Eberswalde Strasse, U2). Kick off is at 19:00 and entry will be around the €6 mark. Beer and Wurst will be on offer or else I wouldn’t be going.