The Berlin soccer tradition is very storied, and is bound to be the major reason to visit the metropolis. It is especially interesting in that the years as a divided city have entrenched some of the differences between the clubs.

The flagship of Berlin soccer is Hertha BSC Berlin, and they've pretty much been on top forever.

Other clubs: Tennis Borussia, the perennial second sister. Smaller clubs include Hertha Zehlendorf , Spandauer SV (not the place to watch Spandau Ballet). Tasmania 1900 was a traditional club that when belly-up, and was restarted back in 1973 as Tasmania 73. Another traditional club was Blau-Weiss 90, which went through a similar transformation. A plucky little club with a funny name, Reinickendörfer Füchse are another neighborhood team. Among the other some 200 clubs are Rapide Wedding, BFC Preussen, Tuerkiyemspor, SD Croatia, various clubs in Neukölln, TuS Wannsee, etc. Another strong team from the 1970s was Wacker Berlin, but they subsequently fell on hard times. They merged with Alemannia 1890 to form BS SG Wacker Alemannia.

Although the Western half of the city currently has the upper hand, the eastern half also has several clubs that warrant examination. A club with a very interesting history is 1.FC Union Berlin , which split in two along with Germany after WWII. Also a club with "roots" is the former Stasi-gangster team, BFC Dynamo Berlin , which attempted reform as FC Berlin before throwing in the towel and reverting to their unrepetant commie past. Another must see is the university team Humboldt SG. Although they fight like Lions, or perhaps out-of-shape Akademiker, their world wide fame is secure through the HSG Humboldt Uni-Berlin Web Page . This is the first official web page of any German soccer club!

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany :