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3,352: Fußball in Berlin, games 28 and 29

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On the train back from Wismar, I was chatting to a new pal about there being a SV Tasmania Berlin game at 11am on Monday. It was a rescheduled (brought forward) game, that now fell on a public holiday. We both mentally pencilled it in as a maybe. At 9.30am, I was very much erasing those pencil marks from my brain. Especially when I noticed that it was the women’s Berlin Cup final in a different part of town at 2pm, which a) would be fun because I’ve not been to a women’s game for yonks, and b) would give me more time to stare at a computer screen, pressing my mouse and keyboard shortcuts now and then in an attempt to do what I call “drawing.”

Sat at my desk at 10am, though, after a cup of coffee, I thought fuck it, I’ll go. I was cutting it a bit tight to get to the Tasmania stadium by decided to go with only an hour until kick off (if you know Berlin, the stadium is in Neukölln, I live in Prenzlauer Berg). So I quickly washed, deodorised, brushed my teeth, and added to the t-shirt and underpants that I was wearing at that moment.

A swift walk to the U-Bahn station, and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. Eight minutes: an eternity on a subway platform. Down to Alexanderplatz, change to the U8 line, and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. I finally arrived, a bit sweaty after fast walking to the stadium, five minutes after kick off. I got myself an apfelschorle (apple juice mixed with fizzy water). The pal I’d chatted with was there. And another Tennis guy. I like this. This is good. Like the pub in a soap opera, where the same characters are always there. And it’s a new feeling. As I’ve said before I am more than happy alone at sports events. I’ve done it way more often than not. But I’ve chatted to people at every game I’ve been to in the last month or so. It’s nice. Talking is good. I think it will catch on.

The visitors were TuS Makkabi Berlin. As you may well have already gathered from the name, the team has Jewish roots. (Wikipedia article about the Maccabi World Union here, Wikipedia list of Maccabi sports clubs and organisations here.)

Not a big crowd, less that one hundred I’d say, but a fairly entertaining game. A few crunching tackles here and there, (inc. one that forced a player to be subbed due to an injury), made it look like it might get nasty, but it didn’t. Tasmania took a 1-0 lead just as I was arriving. After half an hour or so, they doubled their lead. Makkabi got one back just before half time. I’m boring myself typing these words. Gosh knows what it must be like reading them. Tasmania missed a penalty, John Terry-style just after the break. The game ended 2-1.

As we were readying to leaving, one of the people I was with mentioned that they were thinking of going to the Women’s Cup Final. I “me too!”-ed. The third person succumbed to the desire for more football-watching and joined us. “Joined us,” though, is a slightly misleading phrase. They had their bicycles, I took the S- and U-Bahn. There I was thinking that those suckers would arrive way after me. Nope. Not at all. I walked to Hermannstraße S-Bahn station and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. Got to Heidelberger Platz to change to the U3 and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. (Actually it was a six minute wait, but I’ve decided that all waits longer than two minutes shall now be called “eight minutes.”)

By the time I got to the stadium, they were already supping on their beers. The stadium, by the way, was FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf’s stadium, a place where I’ve been a couple of times already. One of the nicer places in the city. And it was packed. Nearly 600 tickets sold, and quite a lot of other people around from the two other women’s finals that were played earlier in the day (the seven-a-side and reserve teams finals). The big final, though, was SV Blau-Gelb Berlin v. BSC Marzahn. Seeing as though Tennis Borussia doesn’t currently have a women’s team, I think Blau-Gelb (blue-yellow in English) could be the women’s team I will see most next season. They play quite locally, in the same sports complex where I played softball with the Prenzelberg Piranhas back in the day. SV Blau-Gelb Berlin won the fourth tier Berlin-Liga this season. They were the underdogs because BSC Marzahn came third in the Regionalliga Nordost, the third tier of German women’s football.

And I really enjoyed it. Way more than the alcohol free beer that I tried, anyway. Blau-Gelb took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute, and into half time. Right from the second half kick off, though, a bit of a defensive howler got us back to 1-1, and after that, there really only was one team who were gonna win. Six minutes later, a Marzahn penalty made it 2-1. The game ended 4-1. It was nice at the end. The Blau-Gelb players seemed to be happy. They were applauded by the Marzahn players who lined up for like a guard of honour thingy when they went to get their runners-up medals, and Blau-Gelb took their place to do the same for Marzahn when they received their winner’s medals.

Pretty sure that’s it for the football season for me. There are a couple more Berlin-Liga games, I think. So maybe, maybe not. I guess there’ll be a moment when I look at FuPa, itching for a game to see. Sorry about this blog post. I wasn’t really into the idea of writing it, just the pressure of the list that follows this paragraph meant I felt the need to do it. Thanks for reading.

Fußball in Berlin:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (19/5/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken, (21/5/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf, (28/5/17)
FC Anker Wismar v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (3/6/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v TuS Makkabi Berlin, (5/6/17)
SV Blau-Gelb Berlin v. BSC Marzahn, (5/6/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Brian Eno by MGMT

On this day
The date, 6 June 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

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Written by Craig

June 6th, 2017 at 3:42 am

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