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Hertha BSC
Full nameHertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892 e.V.
Nickname(s)Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady)

Die Blau-Weißen (The Blue-Whites)
Founded25 July 1892; 121 years ago (1892-07-25)
GroundOlympic Stadium, Berlin
Ground Capacity74,064
PresidentWerner Gegenbauer
Director of sportMichael Preetz
CoachJos Luhukay
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
Hertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892, commonly known as Hertha BSC (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛʁta beː ʔɛs t͡seː]) or Hertha Berlin, is a German association football club based in Berlin. Hertha BSC was founded in 1892. A founding member of the German Football Association in Leipzig in 1900. Hertha BSC play in the Bundesliga, the top-tier division of German football, after finishing at the top of the 2. Bundesliga table at the end of the 2012–13 season. Hertha BSC have won the German championship in 1930 and 1931. Since 1963, Hertha BSC's stadium is the Olympiastadion.



          Early years

          The club was formed in 1892 as BFC Hertha 92, taking its name from a steamship with a blue and white smokestack. 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. 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. However, their on-field success was not matched financially and in 1920 the staunchly working-class Hertha merged with the well-heeled club Berliner Sport-Club to form Hertha Berliner Sport-Club. 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 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.

          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. However, they faded from prominence, unable to advance out of the early rounds of the national championship rounds. Politically, the club was overhauled under Hitler, with Hans Pfeifer, a Nazi party member being installed as president.

          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 playing 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. 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.

          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. 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. 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. Through various machinations this led to the promotion of SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin, which then delivered the worst-ever performance in Bundesliga history. Hertha managed a return to the premier German league in 1968–69 and developed a solid following, making it Berlin's favorite side.

          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.

          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 Mönchengladbach in 1974–75, a semi-final appearance in the 1979 UEFA Cup, and two appearances in the final of the German Cup (1977 and 1979). The following season saw the fortunes of the team take a turn for the worse as they were relegated to 2. Bundesliga where they would spend thirteen of the next seventeen seasons.

          Plans in 1982 for a merger with Tennis Borussia Berlin, SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin and SCC Berlin to form a side derisively referred to as FC Utopia never came to fruition. Hertha slipped as low as the third tier Amateur Oberliga Berlin where they spent two seasons (1986–87 and 1987–88). Two turns in the Bundesliga (1982–83 and 1990–91) 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.

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

          Financial woes once more burdened the club in 1994 as it found itself 10 million DM in debt. The crisis was again resolved through the sale of real estate holdings in addition to the signing of a new sponsor and management team. By 1997 Hertha found its way back to the Bundesliga where they 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 had made the Bundesliga the only top league in Europe without representation from its country's biggest city and capital.

          Recent history

          The Ostkurve at the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

          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 fourth 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 overtake 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 sixth, qualified for the UEFA Cup by defeating FK Moskva in the Intertoto Cup but were eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup by Odense BK. In 2006–07 Hertha finished 10th after sacking manager Falko Götz on 11 April. Hertha started the 2007–08 season with a new manager, Lucien Favre who had won the Swiss Championship in 2006 and 2007 with FC Zürich. They finished 10th again, but started in the first qualification round of the UEFA Cup via the Fair Play Ranking, making it as far as the group stage in the tournament. After a successful campaign in 2008–09 season, finishing in fourth place and remaining in the title race up until the second to last matchday, they had a very poor season in 2009–10 season and finished at the very bottom of the Bundesliga.

          After spending the 2010–2011 season in the 2. Bundesliga, Hertha BSC secured their return to the Bundesliga for the 2011–12 season by winning 1–0 at MSV Duisburg, with three matchdays left to go in the season. However, Hertha finished 16th in the 2011–12 Bundesliga and lost in a controversial relegation playoff tournament to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

          In 2012–13, Hertha achieved promotion from the second division as champions for the second time in three seasons. On the opening day of the 2013–14 season, Hertha beat Eintracht Frankfurt 6–1 at the Olympiastadion to top the Bundesliga table at the end of matchday 1.

          UEFA ranking

          See also: UEFA coefficient
          As of 6 Sep 2013

          78ScotlandRangers FC22.713
          79EnglandStoke City FC22.259
          80EnglandEverton FC22.259
          81GermanyHertha BSC21.985
          82CroatiaGNK Dinamo Zagreb21.675
          83EnglandBirmingham City FC21.259
          84UkraineFC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk21.093


          The Olympiastadion
          Since 1963, Hertha BSC has played its matches in Berlin's Olympiastadion, originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics. As of the most recent renovations, the stadium has a capacity of 74,228 (extended: 77,116), making it the second-largest stadium in Germany behind Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion (82,932, including ~67,000 seats). The stadium underwent major renovations twice, in 1974 and from 2000 to 2004. In both cases, the renovations were for the upcoming World Cup. In the 1974 upgrades, the stadium received a partial roof. It underwent a thorough modernisation for the 2006 World Cup. In addition, the colour of the track was changed to blue to match Hertha's club colours. In addition to Hertha's home games, Olympiastadion serves as one of the home grounds for the German national football team, and it hosts concerts, track and field competitions, and the annual German Cup final. It 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 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. Hertha returned to the site during the Regionalliga years from 1965 to 1968. The sale of the site in 1971 helped the club avoid bankruptcy.

          Due to a lack of spectator interest, Hertha played their 2nd Bundesliga and Amateurliga matches from 1986 to 1989 in Poststadion. The opening fixtures of the 1992–93 season, as well as Intertoto Cup, and UEFA Cup qualifying matches were played at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.


          For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2014 and List of German football transfers winter 2013–14.

          Current squad

          Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
          1GermanyGKThomas Kraft
          2SlovakiaDFPeter Pekarík
          5NetherlandsDFJohn Heitinga
          6GermanyDFChristoph Janker
          7JapanMFHajime Hosogai
          8CameroonMFMarcel Ndjeng
          9GermanyMFAlexander Baumjohann
          10TunisiaMFÄnis Ben-Hatira
          11TunisiaFWSami Allagui
          13GermanyMFJens Hegeler
          14SwitzerlandMFValentin Stocker
          15GermanyDFSebastian Langkamp
          16GermanyFWJulian Schieber
          17GermanyMFTolga Ciğerci
          18GermanyMFPeter Niemeyer
          19GermanyFWPierre-Michel Lasogga
          21GermanyGKSascha Burchert
          21GermanyDFMarvin Plattenhardt
          22NorwayGKRune Jarstein
          23GermanyDFJohannes van den Bergh
          24JapanFWGenki Haraguchi
          25United StatesDFJohn Anthony Brooks
          26GermanyMFNico Schulz
          28SwitzerlandMFFabian Lustenberger (captain)
          33GermanyFWSandro Wagner
          34GermanyMFHany Mukhtar
          35GermanyGKMarius Gersbeck
          37GermanyGKPhilip Sprint
          Players out on loan

          Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
          32GermanyDFFabian Holland (at SV Darmstadt 98 until June 2015)

          Hertha BSC II squad

          Main article: Hertha BSC II

          Player records

          Michael Preetz is Hertha's top goalscorer

          Pál Dárdai is Hertha's most capped player
          As 9 March 2010
          • Most league appearances – 366; Hungary Pál Dárdai
          • Most league goals scored – 93; Germany Michael Preetz

          Hertha BSC's "Squad of the Century"

          For the club's 111th birthday, Hertha fans elected the "Squad of the Century".
          GKGábor Király *1997–2004
          DFArne Friedrich2002–10
          DFLudwig Müller1972–75
          DFUwe Kliemann1974–80
          DFEyjólfur Sverrisson1995–2003
          MFKjetil Rekdal1997–2000
          MFHanne Sobek1924–45
          MFErich Beer1971–79
          MFMarcelinho *2001–06
          FWAxel Kruse1989–91

          FWMichael Preetz1996–2003
          GKNorbert Nigbur1976–79
          DFHans Weiner1972–79

          DFOtto Rehhagel1962–66
          MFLorenz Horr1969–77
          FWKarl-Heinz Granitza1976–79
          * Player is still active.


          Manager Jos Luhukay

          Current staff

          Netherlands Jos LuhukayHead coach
          Germany Markus GellhausAssistant coach
          Netherlands Rob ReekersAssistant coach
          Germany Richard GolzGoalkeeping coach
          Germany Henrik KuchnoFitness coach

          Coaches since 1963

          Main article: List of Hertha BSC managers
          As of 19 April 2013

          No.CoachFromToRecordTrophies won
          GWDLWin %
          1Germany Jupp Schneider1 July 19639 March 1965700155000000000000055700116000000000000016700114000000000000014700125000000000000025700129090000000000029.09None
          2Germany Gerhard Schulte9 March 196530 June 19667001380000000000000387001320000000000000327000300000000000000370003000000000000003700184210999999999984.211965–66 Regionalliga Berlin
          3Germany Helmut Kronsbein1 July 196613 March 19747002223000000000000223700192000000000000092700153000000000000053700178000000000000078700141260000000000041.26None
          4Germany Hans "Gustav" Eder17 March 197430 June 197470009000000000000009700030000000000000037000100000000000000170005000000000000005700133330000000000033.33None
          5Germany Dettmar Cramer1 July 19749 July 197450000000000000000000500000000000000000005000000000000000000050000000000000000000!—None
          6Germany Hans "Gustav" Eder10 July 197416 July 197450000000000000000000500000000000000000005000000000000000000050000000000000000000!—None
          7Germany Georg Kessler17 July 197430 June 19777002118000000000000118700154000000000000054700126000000000000026700138000000000000038700145760000000000045.76None
          8Germany Kuno Klötzer1 July 197727 October 1979700194000000000000094700138000000000000038700125000000000000025700131000000000000031700140430000000000040.43None
          9Germany Hans "Gustav" Eder28 October 197926 December 197970007000000000000007700010000000000000017000300000000000000370003000000000000003700114290000000000014.29None
          10Germany Helmut Kronsbein27 December 197930 June 1980700119000000000000019700080000000000000087000300000000000000370008000000000000008700142110000000000042.11None
          11Germany Uwe Klimaschewski1 July 19808 December 198170016200000000000006270014100000000000004170005000000000000005700116000000000000016700166130000000000066.13None
          12Germany Georg Gawliczek9 December 198110 December 1983700159000000000000059700120000000000000020700115000000000000015700124000000000000024700133900000000000033.90None
          13Germany Martin Luppen11 December 198325 May 1984700143000000000000043700116000000000000016700112000000000000012700115000000000000015700137210000000000037.21None
          14Germany Hans "Gustav" Eder26 May 198430 June 198450000000000000000000500000000000000000005000000000000000000050000000000000000000!—None
          15Germany Uwe Kliemann1 July 198411 November 1985700161000000000000061700116000000000000016700123000000000000023700122000000000000022700126230000000000026.23None
          16Germany Hans "Gustav" Eder11 November 198531 December 198570001000000000000001500000000000000000007000100000000000000150000000000000000000050000000000000000000.00None
          17Germany Rudi Gutendorf1 January 198618 April 1986700113000000000000013700020000000000000027000500000000000000570006000000000000006700115380000000000015.38None
          18Germany Jürgen Sundermann19 April 19868 October 1988700118000000000000018700040000000000000047000500000000000000570009000000000000009700122220000000000022.22None
          19Germany Werner Fuchs13 October 198813 November 1990700179000000000000079700133000000000000033700122000000000000022700124000000000000024700141770000000000041.771989–90 2. Bundesliga
          20Hungary Pál Csernai13 November 199012 March 199170006000000000000006700010000000000000017000300000000000000370002000000000000002700116670000000000016.67None
          21Germany Peter Neururer13 March 199128 May 19917001120000000000000125000000000000000000070002000000000000002700110000000000000010050000000000000000000.00None
          22Germany Karsten Heine28 May 199130 June 199170003000000000000003700010000000000000015000000000000000000070002000000000000002700133330000000000033.33None
          23Germany Bernd Stange1 July 199120 August 1992700141000000000000041700114000000000000014700112000000000000012700115000000000000015700134150000000000034.15None
          24Germany Günter Sebert21 August 199220 October 1990700155000000000000055700124000000000000024700119000000000000019700112000000000000012700143640000000000043.64None
          25Germany Karsten Heine20 October 199323 October 199370001000000000000001500000000000000000005000000000000000000070001000000000000001050000000000000000000.00None
          26Germany Uwe Reinders24 October 199323 March 1994700111000000000000011700020000000000000027000400000000000000470005000000000000005700118180000000000018.18None
          27Germany Karsten Heine23 March 199431 December 1995700170000000000000070700123000000000000023700123000000000000023700124000000000000024700132860000000000032.86None
          28Germany Jürgen Röber1 January 19966 February 200270022270000000000002277002112000000000000112700157000000000000057700158000000000000058700149340000000000049.342001 DFB-Ligapokal
          29Germany Falko Götz (interim)6 February 200230 June 2002700113000000000000013700090000000000000097000100000000000000170003000000000000003700169230000000000069.23None
          30Netherlands Huub Stevens1 July 20024 December 2003700164000000000000064700125000000000000025700117000000000000017700122000000000000022700139060000000000039.062002 DFB-Ligapokal
          31Germany Andreas Thom (interim)4 December 200317 December 200370003000000000000003500000000000000000007000200000000000000270001000000000000001050000000000000000000.00None
          32Germany Hans Meyer1 January 200430 June 2004700117000000000000017700070000000000000077000500000000000000570005000000000000005700141180000000000041.18None
          33Germany Falko Götz1 July 200410 April 20077002121000000000000121700147000000000000047700140000000000000040700134000000000000034700138840000000000038.84None
          34Germany Karsten Heine (interim)10 April 200730 June 200770006000000000000006700030000000000000035000000000000000000070003000000000000003700150000000000000050.00None
          35Switzerland Lucien Favre1 July 200728 September 2009700194000000000000094700140000000000000040700120000000000000020700134000000000000034700142550999990000042.55None
          36Germany Karsten Heine (interim)29 September 20093 October 200970001000000000000001500000000000000000005000000000000000000070001000000000000001050000000000000000000.00None
          37Germany Friedhelm Funkel3 October 200930 June 201070013300000000000003370007000000000000007700110000000000000010700116000000000000016700121210000000000021.21None
          38Germany Markus Babbel1 July 201018 December 2011700155000000000000055700130000000000000030700113000000000000013700112000000000000012700154550000000000054.552010–11 2. Bundesliga
          39Germany Rainer Widmayer (interim)18 December 201121 December 2011700010000000000000017000100000000000000150000000000000000000500000000000000000007002100000000000000100.000None
          40Germany Michael Skibbe22 December 201112 February 201270005000000000000005500000000000000000005000000000000000000070005000000000000005050000000000000000000.00None
          41Germany René Tretschok (interim)14 February 201219 February 201270001000000000000001500000000000000000005000000000000000000070001000000000000001050000000000000000000.00None
          42Germany Otto Rehhagel19 February 201230 June 2012700114000000000000014700030000000000000037000300000000000000370008000000000000008700121430000000000021.43None
          43Netherlands Jos Luhukay1 July 2012700171000000000000071700134000000000000034700118000000000000018700119000000000000019700147890000000000047.892012–13 2. Bundesliga



          • German Champions: 2
            • Winners: 1930, 1931
            • Runners-up: 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1975
          • 2nd Bundesliga Champion: 3
            • 1990, 2011, 2013
          • Oberliga Berlin (1945–63): 3
            • 1956–57, 1960–61, 1962–63
          • Oberliga Berlin-Brandenburg: 12
            • 1906, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933
          • Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg: 3
            • 1935, 1937, 1944


          • German League Cup: 2
            • Winners: 2001, 2002
            • Runners-up: 2000
          • German Cup: 0
            • Runners-up: 1977, 1979, 1993 1
          • Berlin Cup: 13
            • Winners: 1920, 1924, 1928, 1929, 1943, 1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 19761, 1987, 19921, 20041
          Note 1: Reserve Team


          • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 5
            • Group Winners:1971, 1973, 1976, 1978 and 2006 joint winner


          • German Under 17 championship
            • Champions: 2000, 2003, 2005
            • Runners-up: 1991
          • Under 19 Bundesliga North/Northeast
            • Champions: 2005, 2006
          • Under 17 Bundesliga North/Northeast
            • Champions: 2008


          Main article: List of Hertha BSC records and statistics

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