Hertha, Union and Fisticuffs: Sportsball This Week

Big week for Berlin’s Bundesleaguers, both first and second divisions. First division team Hertha easily won against Eintracht Frankfurt at Olympiastadion on Saturday, Feb. 25, putting them in 5th place in the Bundesliga.

But the real news of the match went down across town in Moabit: About 200 hooligans collided there in a match of their own that resulted in 96 arrests and 6 hospitalizations, according to the Berliner Polizei. 73 of the arrestees hailed from Eintracht’s home state of Hesse.

Hertha and Eintracht fans hate each other — they also rumbled last March in Prenzlauer Berg.

Hertha next face Hamburger SV in Hamburg Sunday.

Union Moving Up?

And Union, Berlin’s 2nd division team, is now in third place and nearing a spot to be elevated to the first division next year (the top two teams move up while the bottom two move down). Union beat 1860 Munich at home Friday 2-0 and Karlruhe 2-1 Sunday, Feb. 19. They next face the Wurzburger Kickers, also at home, March 3.

Berlin’s professional hockey team the Eisbären ended hibernation to win their last three games, beating the Krefeld Pinguine in an away game 3-2, ERC Ingolstadt at home Friday 5-4 and the Iserlohn Roosters, again in a home game, Sunday 4-1. They skated themselves up a spot to 8th place.

They have their first playoff for the Telekom league Wednesday at home against the Straubing Tigers.


Herha photo thanks Stefan Schmitz via Creative Commons.

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