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Hertha BSC
Full name Hertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady)
The Blue-Whites
Founded 25 July 1892
Ground Olympic Stadium, Berlin
(Capacity: 74,500)
President Germany Werner Gegenbauer
Manager Germany Michael Preetz
Coach Germany Friedhelm Funkel
League Bundesliga
2008–09 Bundesliga, 4th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Hertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892 (commonly known as Hertha BSC or Hertha Berlin) is a German football club based in Berlin. A founding member of the German Football Association in Leipzig in 1900, the club has a long history as Berlin's best-supported side and competes today in the first division Bundesliga.




Early years

The club was formed in 1892 as BFC Hertha 92, taking its name from a steamship with a blue and white smokestack.[1][2] One of the four young men who founded the club had taken a day trip on this ship with his father. The name Hertha is a variation on Nerthus referring to fertility goddess from Germanic mythology.

Hertha performed consistently well on the field, including a win in the first Berlin championship final in 1905.[1] In May 1910, Hertha won a friendly match against Southend United F.C., which was considered significant at the time as England was where the game originated and English clubs dominated the sport.[1] However, their on-field success was not matched financially[2] and in 1920 Hertha merged with the well-heeled club Berliner Sport-Club to form Hertha Berliner Sport-Club.[1][2] The new team continued to enjoy considerable success in the Oberliga Berlin-Brandenburg, while also enduring a substantial measure of frustration. The team played its way to the German championship final in six consecutive seasons from 1926 to 1931, but were only able to come away with the title in 1930 and 1931[1] with BSC leaving to become an independent club again after the combined side's first championship. Even so, Hertha emerged as the Germany's second most successful team during the inter-war years.[2]

Play under the Third Reich

German football was re-organized under the Third Reich in 1933 into sixteen top-flight divisions, which saw Hertha playing in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg. The club continued to enjoy success within their division, regularly finishing in the upper half of the table and capturing the divisional title in 1935, 1937, and 1944.[2] However, they faded from prominence, unable to advance out of the early rounds of the national championship rounds.[2] Politically, the club was overhauled under Hitler, with Hans Pfeifer, a Nazi party member being installed as president.[1][3]

Postwar play in divided Berlin

After World War II, occupying Allied authorities banned most organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs. Hertha was re-formed late in 1945 as SG Gesundbrunnen and resumed play in the Oberliga Berlin - Gruppe C. The thirty-six teams of the first season of the postwar Oberliga Berlin were reduced to just a dozen the next year and the club found itself out of first division football and playing in the Amateurliga Berlin. By the end of 1949, they had re-claimed their identity as Hertha BSC Berlin and earned a return to the top-flight.

Tensions between the western Allies and the Russians occupying various sectors of the city, and the developing Cold War, led to chaotic conditions for football in the capital. Hertha was banned from play against East German teams in the 1949-50 season after taking on several players and a coach who had fled the Dresden club SG Friedrichstadt for West Berlin.[1] A number of sides from the eastern half of the city were forced from the Oberliga Berlin to the newly established DDR-Liga beginning with the 1950-51 season.

Through the 50's an intense rivalry developed with Tennis Borussia Berlin. A proposal for a merger between the two clubs in 1958 was resoundingly rejected, with only three of the 266 members voting in favour.[1]

Entry to the Bundesliga

At the time of the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, Hertha was Berlin's reigning champion and so became an inaugural member of the new professional national league.[4] In spite of finishing clear of the relegation zone, the team was demoted after the 1964-65 season following attempts to bribe players to play in the city under what had become decidedly unpleasant circumstances after the erection of the Berlin Wall.[4] This caused something of a crisis for the Bundesliga which wanted for political reasons to continue to have a team in its ranks representing the former capital.[5] Through various machinations this led to the promotion of Tasmania 1900 Berlin, which then delivered the worst-ever performance in Bundesliga history.[5] Hertha managed a return to the premier German league in 1968-69 and developed a solid following making it Berlin's favorite side.[6]

However, Hertha was again soon touched by scandal through its involvement with several other clubs in the Bundesliga match fixing scandal of 1971. In the course of an investigation of Hertha's role, it was also revealed that the club was 6 million DM in debt. Financial disaster was averted through the sale of the team's former home ground.[6]

In spite of this, the team continued to enjoy a fair measure of success on the field through the 70's with a second place Bundesliga finish behind Borussia Moenchengladbach in 1974-75,[6] a semi-final appearance in the 1979 UEFA Cup,[6][2] and two appearances in the final of the German Cup (1977 and 1979).[6] The following season saw the fortunes of the team take a turn for the worse as they were relegated to 2.Bundesliga[7] where they would spend thirteen of the next seventeen seasons.

Plans in 1982 for a merger with Tennis Borussia, Blau Weiss 90 and SC Charlottenburg to form a side derisively referred to as FC Utopia never came to fruition.[7] Hertha slipped as low as the third tier Amateur Oberliga Berlin where they spent two seasons (1986-87 and 1987-88).[7][2] Two turns in the Bundesliga (1982-83[7] and 1990-91[2]) saw the team immediately relegated after poor performances. Hertha's amateur side enjoyed a greater measure of success, advancing all the way to the final of the German Cup in 1993 where their run ended in a close 0:1 defeat at the hands of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.[2][8]

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hertha became a popular side in East Berlin as well. Two days after the wall come down, 11,000 East Berliners attended Hertha's match against SG Wattenscheid.[8] A fan friendship with 1. FC Union Berlin developed, and a friendly match between the two attracted over 50,000 spectators.[8]

Financial woes once more burdened the club in 1994 as it found itself 10 million DM in debt.[8] The crisis was again resolved through the sale of real estate holdings in addition to the signing of a new sponsor and management team.[9] By 1997 Hertha found its way back to the Bundesliga[9] where they have generally managed to finish in the upper third of the slate. When Hertha was promoted in 1997, it ended Berlin's six-year-long drought without a Bundesliga side which made the Bundesliga the only top league in Europe without representation from the country's biggest city and capital.[2]

Recent History

Two years in a row, Hertha's opening Bundesliga fixture was against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Most recently, bright spots for the side have been a continuous string of appearances in international play in the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League beginning in the 1999 season, and the signing of players such as Sebastian Deisler and Brazilian international Marcelinho, named the Bundesliga's player of the year in May 2005. Hertha has also invested heavily in its own youth football academy, which has produced several players with Bundesliga potential.

The team was almost relegated in the 2003-04 season, but rebounded and finished 4th the following season, but missed out on the Champions League after they were held to a draw on the final day by Hannover 96, which saw Werder Bremen over take them for the spot on the final day. As a thank-you gesture, Werder sent the Hannover squad ninety-six bottles of champagne. In 2005-06 the Herthaner finished 6th, and qualified for the UEFA Cup by defeating FK Moskva in the Intertoto Cup but stopped at the first round of the UEFA Cup by Odense BK. In 2006-07 Hertha finished 10th after sacking manager Falko Götz at April 11th. Hertha started the 2007-08 season with a new manager, Lucien Favre from the Swiss Champions of 2006 and 2007, FC Zürich. They finished 10th again, but started in the first qualification round of the UEFA Cup via the Fair Play Ranking with Danish club FC Nordsjælland, and Premier League side Manchester City.

Seasons since returning to the Bundesliga

Year Division Position
1997-98 Bundesliga 11th
1998-99 Bundesliga 3rd
1999-00 Bundesliga 6th
2000-01 Bundesliga 5th
2001-02 Bundesliga 4th
2002-03 Bundesliga 5th
2003-04 Bundesliga 12th
2004-05 Bundesliga 4th
2005-06 Bundesliga 6th
2006-07 Bundesliga 10th
2007-08 Bundesliga 10th
2008-09 Bundesliga 4th


The Berlin Olympic Stadium

Hertha BSC plays its matches in Berlin's Olympiastadion. The facility has a capacity of 74,500, making it the second-largest stadium in Germany behind Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion (82,932, including ~67,000 seats).

The stadium hosts the annual German Cup final and was also the site for six matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup including the tournament final.

From 1904, Hertha's home ground was the Plumpe in the city's Wedding (Gesundbrunnen) district. A stadium was built there in 1923 with a capacity of 35,000 (3,600 seats). The club left the stadium when it joined the Bundesliga in 1963. The sale of the site in 1971 helped the club avoid bankruptcy.


For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2009 and List of German football transfers winter 2009–10.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Jaroslav Drobný (2nd vice-captain)
3 Germany DF Arne Friedrich (captain)
4 Switzerland DF Steve von Bergen
5 Serbia DF Nemanja Pejčinović (on loan from FK Rad)
6 Germany DF Christoph Janker
7 Brazil MF Cícero (on loan from Tombense)
8 Hungary MF Pál Dárdai (1st vice-captain)
9 Colombia FW Adrián Ramos
10 Brazil MF Raffael
11 Germany MF Florian Kringe (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
12 Germany GK Timo Ochs
13 Germany DF Marc Stein
16 Czech Republic DF Roman Hubník (on loan from FC Moscow)
17 Greece FW Theofanis Gekas (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
18 Poland FW Artur Wichniarek
No. Position Player
20 Germany MF Patrick Ebert
21 Georgia (country) DF Levan Kobiashvili
22 Sweden DF Rasmus Bengtsson
23 Bulgaria FW Valeri Domovchiyski
25 Romania MF Maximilian Nicu
26 Poland MF Łukasz Piszczek
28 Switzerland MF Fabian Lustenberger
29 Germany MF Sascha Bigalke
30 Germany GK Christopher Gäng
31 Albania MF Fanol Perdedaj
35 Germany DF Shervin Radjabali-Fardi
36 Germany MF Lennart Hartmann
40 Germany GK Sascha Burchert
44 Serbia MF Gojko Kačar

Players out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Brazil DF Kaká (on loan at AC Omonia until June 2010)
15 Brazil DF Rodnei (on loan at 1. FC Kaiserslautern until June 2010)
16 Brazil MF Lúcio (on loan at Grêmio until June 2010)
27 Tunisia FW Amine Chermiti (on loan at Al-Ittihad until June 2010)
33 Brazil FW André Lima (on loan at Fluminense until January 2011)

Hertha BSC II squad

Top goalscorers

As of 30 June 2008

Rank Player Caps[10] Goals
1 Germany Michael Preetz 234 84
2 Germany Erich Beer 253 83
3 Germany Lorenz Horr 240 75
4 Brazil Marcelinho 155 65
5 Serbia Marko Pantelić 88 38
6 Germany Erwin Hermandung 192 34
Germany Karl-Heinz Granitza 73
8 Germany Wolfgang Gayer 98 30
9 Brazil Alex Alves 81 27
10 Germany Arno Steffenhagen 132 26
Germany Holger Brück 261
12 Germany Franz Brungs 84 24
Germany Wolfgang Sidka 184
14 Switzerland Kurt Müller 77 20
15 Germany Erwin Kostedde 26 16
Hungary Pál Dárdai 243
Germany Nando Rafael 70
18 Germany Bernd Gersdorff 85 15
Germany Andreas "Zecke" Neuendorf 157
20 Germany Detlef Szymanek 40 14
Germany Gerhard Grau 157
Turkey Yildiray Bastürk 17

Only Bundesliga caps and goals are included.
Source: herthabsc.de

Most capped players

Pál Dárdai is Hertha's most capped player

As 9 March 2010

Rank Player Hertha Career Caps
1 Hungary Pál Dárdai 1997– 366
2 Netherlands Dick van Burik 1997–2007 296
3 Germany Arne Friedrich 2002– 279
4 Germany Michael Preetz 1996–2003 278
5 Germany Andreas Schmidt 1993–2008 276
6 Croatia Josip Šimunić 2000–2009 275
7 Hungary Gábor Király 1997–2004 252
8 Germany Michael Hartmann 1994–2005 230
9 Iceland Eyjólfur Sverrisson 1995–2003 214
10 Germany Christian Fiedler 1993–2009 210
11 Germany Andreas "Zecke" Neuendorf 2001–2007 195
12 Brazil Marcelinho 2001–2006 193
13 Germany Malik Fathi 2003–2008 148
14 Serbia Marko Pantelić 2006–2009 139
15 Germany Marko Rehmer 1999–2005 137
16 Brazil Gilberto 2004–2008 115
Germany Sixten Veit 1995–2001
18 Belgium Bart Goor 2001–2004 114
19 Tunisia Sofian Chahed 2003–2009 113
Germany René Tretschok 1998–2003

Source: transfermarkt.de


Current staff

As of 3 October 2009[11]

Friedhelm Funkel is the current head coach of Hertha
Germany Friedhelm Funkel Head coach
Germany Christoph John Assistant coach
Bosnia and Herzegovina Enver Marić Goalkeeping coach
Germany Christian Fiedler Goalkeeping coach
Germany Carsten Schünemann Fitness coach

Coaches since 1963

No. Coach from until League
1 Germany Jupp Schneider 01/07/1963 09/03/1965 Bundesliga
2 Germany Gerhard Schulte 09/03/1965 30/06/1966 Bundesliga and Regionalliga
3 Germany Helmut Kronsbein 01/07/1966 13/03/1974 Regionalliga and Bundesliga
4 Germany Hans Eder 17/03/1974 30/06/1974 Bundesliga
5 Germany Dettmar Cramer 01/07/1974 09/07/1974 Bundesliga
6 Germany Hans Eder 10/07/1974 16/07/1974 Bundesliga
7 Germany Georg Kessler 17/07/1974 30/06/1977 Bundesliga
8 Germany Kuno Klötzer 01/07/1977 28/10/1979 Bundesliga
9 Germany Hans Eder 28/10/1979 26/12/1979 Bundesliga
10 Germany Helmut Kronsbein 27/12/1979 30/06/1980 Bundesliga
11 Germany Uwe Klimaschewski 01/07/1980 30/06/1981 2. Bundesliga
12 Germany Georg Gawliczek 01/07/1981 10/12/1983 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga
13 Germany Martin Luppen 11/12/1983 30/06/1984 2. Bundesliga
14 Germany Uwe Kliemann 01/07/1984 11/11/1985 2. Bundesliga
15 Germany Gustav Eder 11/11/1985 31/12/1985 2. Bundesliga
16 Germany Rudi Gutendorf 01/01/1986 18/04/1986 2. Bundesliga
17 Germany Jürgen Sundermann 19/04/1986 08/10/1988 2. Bundesliga and Oberliga (III)
18 Germany Werner Fuchs 08/10/1988 13/11/1990 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga
19 Hungary Pál Csernai 13/11/1990 12/03/1991 Bundesliga
20 Germany Peter Neururer 13/03/1991 28/05/1991 Bundesliga
21 Germany Karsten Heine 28/05/1991 30/06/1991 Bundesliga
22 Germany Bernd Stange 01/07/1991 20/08/1992 2. Bundesliga
23 Germany Günter Sebert 20/08/1992 20/10/1993 2. Bundesliga
24 Germany Uwe Reinders 20/10/1993 20/03/1994 2. Bundesliga
25 Germany Karsten Heine 20/03/1994 31/12/1995 2. Bundesliga
26 Germany Jürgen Röber 01/01/1996 06/02/2002 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga
27 Germany Falko Götz 06/02/2002 30/06/2002 Bundesliga
28 Netherlands Huub Stevens 01/07/2002 04/12/2003 Bundesliga
29 Germany Andreas Thom 04/12/2003 31/12/2003 Bundesliga
30 Germany Hans Meyer 01/01/2004 31/05/2004 Bundesliga
31 Germany Falko Götz 28/06/2004 10/04/2007 Bundesliga
32 Germany Karsten Heine 11/04/2007 31/05/2007 Bundesliga
33 Switzerland Lucien Favre 01/06/2007 28/09/2009 Bundesliga
34 Germany Friedhelm Funkel 02/10/2009 Bundesliga

Source: herthabsc.de




Note 1: Reserve Team


UEFA ranking

Current Club Ranking[12]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Hertha BSC Berlin". Abseits Guide to Germany. http://www.abseits-soccer.com/clubs/hertha.html. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  3. ^ HA HO HE Hertha BSC; München: Copress-Verlag, 1971
  4. ^ a b "1963-1965: Hertha startet in die Bundesliga [1963-68: Hertha starts in the Bundesliga]" (in German). Hertha BSC official website. http://www.hertha.de/index.php?id=1315. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Tasmania Berlin-Gropiusstadt". Abseits Guide to Germany. http://www.abseits-soccer.com/clubs/tasmania.html. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "1968-1979: Rückkehr ins Fußballoberhaus, Bundesligaskandal und erfolgreiche 70er [1968-1979: Return to Top Flight Football, Bundesliga Scandal, and Successful 70s]" (in German). Hertha BSC official website. http://www.hertha.de/index.php?id=1316. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d "1980-1989: Berg- und Talfahrt [1980-89: Roller Coaster Ride]" (in German). Hertha BSC official website. http://www.hertha.de/index.php?id=1317. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d "1989-1994: Hertha überwindet die "Mauer" zur 1. Liga und steigt sofort wieder ab [1989-94: Hertha Overcomes the "Wall" to the First League and is Immediately Relegated Again]" (in German). Hertha BSC official website. http://www.hertha.de/index.php?id=1318. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "1994-1997: Weichenstellung mit neuen Partnern [1994-97: Setting the Tracks with new Partners]" (in German). Hertha BSC official website. http://www.hertha.de/index.php?id=1319. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fussballdaten" (in German). http://www.fussballdaten.de/. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bundesliga: Trainer" (in German). Hertha BSC. 2009-10-03. http://www.herthabsc.de/index.php?id=730. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  12. ^ http://www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert/uefa/data/method3/trank2009.html

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