In addition to Bayern, there is only one club that has a 100% gain in Germany after three rounds. Hertha BSC. For the third round of the German top competition, Eurosport commentator Michal Šima looks around.
Hertha did not hesitate in the third match at the start of the Bundesliga and scored the best league start in its history. The win against the team from Gelsenkirchen was not easy to breed, typically a draw match decided to gross errors of new reinforcements Schalke Stambouli and Bentaleb. In the fourth round, the Munich Allianz Arena and Bayern will play first in the table.
It is a rule that clubs from the capital are among the best on the football map of the country. In the Czech Republic Sparta is Slavií, elsewhere Real Madrid or Chelsea. Germany is the exception.Why?
Part of it is historical and political reasons. In 1963, when the Bundesliga was established, Germany was already divided into the western and eastern parts. Although Hertha in West Berlin was given the right to start at the highest competition as an expression of support from the union, she buried her chance two years later when she was expelled for bribery, which was not the only scandal. The club got a sticker that was hard to get rid of. In 1986 Hertha fell to the third league, she could not play at her stadium and was rather laughing.
Berlin has never been such a metropolis as other major cities. At the time of the divided Germany, Western companies were located, and with them their capital, elsewhere. Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart.There was the biggest money, and after the reunification of Germany, it did not change that much.
Hertha never had any rivalry in the past. No proper derby. With the Union or other geographically close clubs, due to split Berlin, the club was in a vacuum in its own way. The other Berlin and other East German clubs still have a stronger base.
Another reason is the stadium. Hertha plays at the Olympic stadium and is a question of whether she can feel at home where the Olympic sports celebration of Nazism took place. From a practical point of view, the stadium is too big for fans to fill it. In the future this may change, but earlier visits to the huge colossus have ceased.The crowd did not have much of a pitch, too good a reputation (in terms of fans’ speeches) and Ostkurve did not even have time.
The club did not even catch up with the Turkish community, which could have been a strong support. Yildiray Bastürk played at the club at his birthday, and he was born in Germany. 200,000 potential Turkish fans have never been used properly.
Hertha has not served as an example of youth work, but when she was raised, she sold it quickly, such as Jerome Boateng, now perhaps the best defender million euros to Hamburg.
However, the club has been changing through the past two seasons. Stay only with the current A-team. He holds together, while there are no superheated superheroes.Vedad Ibišević came before the Stuttgart season as a free player. Coach Pál Dárdai, one of the club’s most prominent players (he played 297 matches), managed to seal the game with a seal. Where there was only one effort two years ago, besides the exemplary approach of players, it is also their own style of play, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Equivalent goalkeeper Kraft Jarstein covers each other’s back. Physically well-equipped players such as Pekarík, Plattenhard, Weiser or Haraguchi, added the ambitious but honest Darid in the middle of the field. The game in the middle of a field that was below average two years ago is suddenly one of Hertha’s powerful weapons. Fast combination, mutual player representation.And above all, that exemplary approach.
In the match with Schalke, the team went away for an hour at the limit of their options without result. Even a player like Ibišević worked for the team, defended and ran without the ball as I had not seen before. Even with the captain’s tape on the sleeve. The saying “go lucky” is cliché, but it worked here. In 64 minutes, Slovak defender Pekarík defeated perhaps over forty meters behind the seemingly lost ball. But it was a decisive moment of the match, because he was playing the damn Stambouli and the decisive goal was in the world.
Hertha was not much better, but she was persistent, holding her game and receiving rewards.It is the hard work and success of a well-composed team that gives hope that Hertha can stay on top for the long term. She has dropped out of the Cup this season, but she will have more of her strength in home competitions. The next round on the Bayern field will show if it can give even the highest goals. When taking care of Ingolstadt for a balanced match in Munich, why would it be that the Old Lady did not even go there, perhaps with luck?