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Hertha Berlin Club History & Facts:
Hertha Berlin were formed in the German capital in 1892, the name Hertha derives from Nerthus the goddess of fertility in Germanic mythology. Hertha play in blue and white at home and all white away from home. They play their football at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, the grounds capacity is approximately 74,500 and was the site of the 2006 fifa world cup final. The team share the nickname ‘The Old Lady’ with Italian side Juventus. The club’s official German name is Hertha Berliner Sport-club.
Hertha originally played in Berlin’s oberliga before a national league was created later on, they won the Oberliga 8 times between the years of 1925 and 1933 only missing out once in 1932. During World Warv 2 most German Organizations were banned , but in late 1949 they reclaimed their identity as Hertha Berlin BSC. In 1963 the german national league the Bundesliga was established and Hertha joined from the Oberliga to face sides from all over Germany including the likes of Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen. In 2010 Hertha were relegated from the Bundesliga finishing in 18th place after going through one of the most successful periods into their history, the downturn in fortunes has come as a huge blow to the Hertha faithful. The current coach is German’s legendary defender Markus Babbel. In 2011 Berlin were promoted straight back to the Bundesliga with a second placed finish.
Hertha Berlin European Performance:
Hertha have been in the shadows of Bayern Munich for along period of time, but have been involved in European competition. Their best achievement was a Uefa semi-final appearance against fellow German side Borrussia Munchengladbach in 1979. They have also appeared in the Uefa cup a few times over recent years without progressing to the latter stages of the competition. in the 2004/2005 season they finished in 4th place and won that years Intertoto cup to compete in Europe.
The 2011/12 side included Brazilian striker Adrian Ramos and newly appointed captain Andre Mijatovic and midfielder Andreas Ottl. Hertha’s legendary German striker Michael Preetz is Herthas head coach. the side are back in the big time of the German top flight after a depressing year in the wilderness.