Tennis Borussia Berlin

Founded in 1902, "TeBe" has about 1500 members. For all intents and purposes, it was the no.2 team in West-Berlin after Hertha for most years. After the reunification, the small fan base hardly increased. The greatest results were probably achieved by playing in the Bundesliga on two occasions in the 1970s.

Pre-WWII was modest. Despite some strong finishes in the Oberliga Berlin and the subsequent Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg, TeBe was usually eliminated before reaching the German playoffs. The best result was probably making it to the quarterfinals in 1932.

After a strong run in the weak Berlin leagues, in 1974 TeBe finally made the breakthrough, winning the promotion playoffs and gaining top flight for the first time. Obviously they were too weak, and were relegated, but not finishing last was a success, and although a 10,500 average attendance was bad for the Bundesliga, it was close to the highest in club history. TeBe surprisingly bounced right back and wo the 2.Liga Nord, so in 1976, were back. Again, the club did well not to finish last, and the 17,000+ average attendance would shatter all club records. Also memorable were a 3-1 win over Bayern München and a 2-0 over Hertha BSC.

After several years in the 2.Liga, they then dropped down into regional Berlin play, which pretty much lasted until re-unification.

Tennis made themselves unpopular in the east by spending a ton of money and running away with the title in 97-98. Sponsored by the financial firm Goettinger Gruppe, TeBe emabarked upon an ambitious plan of buying it's way into the Champions League. High priced players were bought, including some that transferred by Bundesliga clubs (e.g. Macedonian international Toni Micevski from Hansa Rostock). The club dominated the league, and was promoted in the 2.Liga, and the writing was clearly on the wall that the Bundesliga jump was expected next.

The 1998-99 season fell slightly short. Despite being a "newcomer", the goal was clearly promotion, and money was spent to achieve that goal. Overall, a good season. However the next year turned out to be the disaster. Things started out well, and TeBe was challenging for a promotion spot at least half-way through the season. Then the overpaid players started to lose interest, and the club dropped like a rock. Only advantageous events on the last day prevented them from getting relegated. Finally, a few days later, the dam burst: the DFB denied TeBe a license for the 2.Liga, as the club and it's sponsor, the Goettinger Gruppe, failed to meet the financial requirements. As a result, TeBe was forcibly relegated.

Things merely went from bad to worse. The mercenaries left the club, no sponsors would jump in, and the remaining players (in many cases from the Youth team or illegal aliens) couldn't make the grade. The club sunk like a rock and serious doubts about it's very existence were raised. In the end, another relegation, with hope of stabilizing things.

At the end of 2010, things finally came to a head, and TeBe went into administration. The club was automatically relegated into the Oberliga, but at least was not wound up.

Fullname Berliner Tennis Club Borussia 1902 e.V.
City Berlin (Berlin). Pop: 3,405,342 (2007)
Address Waldschulallee 34-42, 14055 Berlin
Phone: (030) 306 9610 Fax: (030) 302 8347
Colors Purple and white.
Nickname TeBe
Stadium Mommsenstadion. Capacity: 15,000 (1,800 seats)
Built in 1930, named after Nobel Prize winner Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903). At the time the main tenant was SC Charlottenburg, and the capacity was almost 38,000. TeBe seems to have moved in after WW-II. Floodlights were added in 1989. Stadium is a protected landmark.
Tickets The crowds are small, so getting tickets is not a problem. In 2004, Seats were 10.50 euros, standing 5.50 euros.
Supporters Averaged 380 in 2004 (Oberliga). Small in number, but well behaved. TeBe fans "are interested in soccer rather than hooliganism." TeBe is struggling to gain support and respect in the east.
Friends BFC Türkiyemspor Berlin, FC St.Pauli.
Foes TeBe doesn't wish any enemies. However, there have been problems with fans from some ex-GDR teams, particularily Union Berlin.
Heroes 8 German internationals, all from the pre WW-II era. Swede Benny Wendt scored 20 goals in the 1977 Bundesliga season.
Beer Preussen-Pils was once a sponsor. Schulterheiss and Berliner Kindl are popular among fans.
Pub Grub Due to past problems, the stadium Gastätte is often closed to visiting fans. The usual array of Würste, beer, non-alcoholic drinks are available.
The Net The old official site is once had an amusing opening page with a photo of fans looking through the fences. (Note: Due to TeBe's financial trouble, the ISP provider that hosted the web site shut it down in 2001!! It's back, but only lists links to other TeBe pages. The official soccer team site was then moved to ) Olaf Siever's fan page at is quite well done.

Recent History:

1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	2nd
1964-65	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	1st
1965-66	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	2nd
1966-67	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	2nd
1967-68	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	2nd
1968-69	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	3rd
1969-70	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	2nd
1970-71	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	4th
1971-72	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	4th
1972-73	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	3rd
1973-74	(II)	Regionalliga Berlin	1st
1974-75	(I)	Bundesliga		17th
1975-76	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord	1st
1976-77	(I)	Bundesliga		17th
1977-78	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord	10th
1978-79	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord	11th
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord	13th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga-Nord	17th
1981-82	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	1st
1982-83	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	3rd
1983-84	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	2nd
1984-85	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	1st
1985-86	(II)	2.Bundesliga		19th
1986-87	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	2nd
1987-88	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	2nd
1988-89	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	8th
1989-90	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	3rd
1990-91	(III)	Am.Oberliga Berlin	1st
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-N	4th
1992-93 (III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost-N	1st
1993-94	(II)	2.Bundesliga		19th
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	4th
1995-96 (III)	Regionalliga Nordost 	1st
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost 	6th
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost 	1st
1998-99	(II)	2.Bundesliga		6th
1999-00	(II)	2.Bundesliga		13th	forcibly relegated
2000-01	(III)	Regionalliga Nord 	18th
2001-02	(IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord	2nd
2002-03 (IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord	4th
2003-04 (IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord	5th
2004-05 (IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord	4th
2005-06 (IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord	5th
2006-07 (IV)	Oberliga Nordost-Nord	3rd
2007-08 (IV)    Oberliga Nordost-Nord
2009-10	(IV)	Regionalliga Nord	15th	administration
2010-11 (V)    Oberliga NOFV-Nord

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany