Review: Tennis Borussia Berlin v Nordberliner SC

There were unbelievable scenes at the Mommsenstadion yesterday evening as TeBe came from a goal behind against Nordberliner SC to score 3 goals in the last 6 minutes and win the game, sparking mass jumping, beer spilling, fence climbing and air punching. TeBe dominated the game from the off but were denied by some great goalkeeping, the woodwork and some typically TeBe style finishing enabling the away side to get ahead with their only chance of the game, a break away in the TeBe half resulting in Tom-Niclas Zeih rounding Alexander Kynass in the TeBe goal and slotting home.

A team described by one of our esteemed friends as “absolutely fucking awful” following their game against Wilmersdorf on Sunday had managed to upset the home fans and the balance of play and were then set up to defend that lead for the rest of the match. This was a tactic that was eventually their undoing as the TeBe pressure built and built and built, exploding on 84 minutes as that man, Micha “Magic Mickey Foot” Fuß leaped up high in the box and nodded home the opener following a lovely floated cross in from the left from Tom Kirstein .

TeBe were clearly motivated by this goal and were very keen to push for the points that they deserved and just 2 minutes later, the team and their dedicated and vociferous supporters, were rewarded as Hamdi Chamki found himself one on one with the keeper and slotted the ball in to the bottom right hand corner sparking absolute pandemonium in E-Block. Beer was thrown in the air, “fucking Yeaaaah” was screamed at nobody in particular, high fives were passed around and there was even some fence climbing, such was the perceived importance of that goal.

This was not where it ended though, substitute Kiyam Parlak broke away inside the Nordberliner half and was subsequently tripped as he entered the box, making a meal of it straight out of Gareth Bales horrible cheaty little recipe book but that was besides the point, the penalty was given, the Nordberliner defender sent off and Micha was able to score his 5th of the season, doubling his tally and putting the game out of the reach of the away side. At Full-Time, the customary celebrations with the players were even more happy and boisterous than usual and the team seemed absolutely delighted, not only with themselves for turning around a 1 goal deficit in such emphatic fashion but also with their supporters, who sung the team home and congratulated each player individually at the end of the game.

Up next for TeBe is the infamous Gatow away trip, home of last seasons “drunkest day out” award. A boat trip over Wannsee, beers on the other side and a good selection of beer, schnapps and food at the ground make it one of the most enjoyable trips you can have in the City (if the weather is nice, anyway). On the pitch,  Gatow have been inconsistent so far this season winning 2 and losing 2 of their opening matches. They also play tonight away in Staaken.

Nordberliner won’t be too disheartened by their start to life in the Berlin Liga and can be encouraged by some of their earlier results this season. They will be worried though as to how many chances Tennis Borussia were able to create and just how lucky they were not to have conceded many more goals than the 3 that they did. Up next for them is a home game as they welcome Prenzlauer Berg’s SV Empor Berlin to Elchdamm on Sunday at 14.00.

There is a full compliment of BerlinLiga fixtures this week and some of the other games were also played last night. The results of these can be found below.

Fuechse Berlin Reinickendorf v 1.FC Wilmersdorf 2-3

VfB Hermsdorf v FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf 1-4

SV Tasmania Berlin v Berliner SC 2-2

Koepenicker SC v SFC Stern 1900 2-1

SF Johannisthal v SV Sparta Lichtenberg  0-1

Apologies for the lack of photos, I forgot to take my camera. Will be asking around today and will update the post as and when I’ve sourced some.

BerlinLiga – Matchday #1 – 11/08/2013

With only 3 games starting on Saturday, it was a busy opening Sunday across the city and there were plenty of good games to look forward to in the BerlinLiga.

Our game of the day took place at the Blissestrasse Sportanlage as we attended 1.FC Wilmersdorf v Stern 1900. A decent sized crowd of 95 paying customers and about the same again in Club Members and Berlin Liga season ticket holders watched on as Wilmersdorf pushed and made plenty of chances, only to be denied time and time again not only by Fritz Waldhecker in the Stern goal but also by the defence, by the woodwork and, at times, by being their own worst enemy.  It was Stern though who left with the points, despite the pressure from the home side and the lack of creativity from last seasons 3rd placed team, a penalty was awarded shortly before half time and was blasted in to the bottom right hand corner by the Stern 1900 defender, Benjamin Nebus.

The  pick of other matches took place in Hermsdorf as VFB welcomed SC Staaken to their Seebadstrasse Stadium. It was 1-1 at half time with goals from Felix Klunter for Staaken (21 minutes) and Florian Venz for the home side (37 minutes) separating the two sides at the break. As the end of normal time approached, the scores stood at 2-2 thanks to 2nd half goals from Martin Haustein (58 minutes) for Hermsdorf and club captain, Florian Schwarzer for the visitors (80 minutes) but this game still had more to give right up to the final whistle as is exemplified with the fact that both teams managed to snatch another goal each deep in to stoppage time. Fabrico Hennings must have thought he had grabbed all 3 points for the home side in the 91st minute but an equaliser with what was almost the last kick of the game from Ehnan Bahceci meant that Staaken travelled home to the Berlin-Brandenburg border with a point in hand.

In the other games taking place we saw Eintracht Mahlsdorf deliver a 4-1 drubbing to one of the leagues new teams, Sparta Lichtenberg. Another of the leagues new boys fell foul to the experience of one of leagues older hands as SF Johannistahl were beaten 0-2 at home to SC Gatow ( – English language match report here!). In other results we saw a shock 3-1 win for TSV Rudow over TUS Makkabi as one of last seasons struggling sides comprehensively beat last seasons runners up and finally, Tasmania Berlin were defeated 2-0 at home to Hertha 03 Zehlendorf who have been the notably more active of the sides in the transfer market over this summer.

Preview of Empor Berlin v Reinickendorfer Fuechse is to follow tomorrow + a preview of all of Wednesday and Thursdays Berlin action will follow later in the week.

Berlin Liga – Matchday #1 – 10/08/2013

BerlinLiga – Round Up – Matchday #1 (Saturday 10th August 2013)

Man-of-the-Match FabienThokhomeni delivers one of many dangerous crosses for TeBe

Man-of-the-Match Fabien Thokhomeni delivers one of many dangerous crosses for TeBe

Saturday saw the return of the BerlinLiga with 3 games played out across the city. It was a story of both new and old as 2 of the leagues new boys played their first matches of life at the 6th level and Tennis Borussia Berlin saw the closest thing they have to a legend return to the Mommsenstadion in the shape of Micha Fuss.

In arguably the game of the day, Koepenicker SC welcomed Empor Berlin to Wendenschlossstrasse to get their season under way. Empor were my surprise package in pre-season and success and goals are things that I have predicted for the season ahead so it came as a great surprise for me to see that 2 goals from Jeffery Gleisinger and a goal from substitute, Simon Gusman gave Koepenicker SC a winning start to life in the BerlinLiga. An encouraging start and a statement of intent from the new boys to the division.
In the days other games, Tennis Borussia Berlin saw a man famed for scoring over 60 goals in an Oberliga season whilst maintaining a strict dietary plan of booze and fags return to the club. In excess of 400 people descended upon the Mommse to welcome their hero home and he did not disappoint. In a typically “lazy” performance, he spent most of the time covering the same 5 meter patch of grass which left me wondering what all the “Fuss” was about (excuse the pun..) but with 74 minutes on the clock, the hype was justified as Fuss ran on to a fabulous through-ball from my Man of the Match, Fabien Thokomeni and found himself one on one with Mirco Langen in the Berliner SC goal and calmly dispatched the ball over his head and in to the back of the net. Sadly for the Eichkamp boys it was not to be there day, despite the relentless pressure throughout the game, scores were levelled with 9 minutes to go as Alexander Kynass in the TeBe goal found himself running out to far and leaving Tolgay Asma to slot the ball in to the goal and pull things level. Another special mention goes to another Tennis Borussia new boy, Hamdi Chamkhi who put in a very good performance. We look forward to seeing him again soon and hope that he can build on all the positives from the opening day of the season.
Saturday also saw another of the leagues new boys play their first game at the 6th level as Nordberliner SC travelled to “Freedom Way” to play the formidable Reineckendorfer Fuechse. It was the hosts who took the lead in this Nordberlin Derby as Julian Baersch opened the scoring after 15 minutes, however, it was only 4 minutes later when Sven Ralf equalised for the visitors and that is how it remained for the rest of the game.
A round-up on Sundays games will follow tomorrow. Results from other Berlin teams in action on Saturday will follow later on today and we will also be previewing this weeks action in the BerlinLiga.

Tom Irving


(photo courtesy of D.A.W.B)