Big week for Berlin’s other teams.
Union, which plays in the Bundesliga’s Second Division, beat the Wurzburger Kickers Friday at home 2-0, bumping them into second place in the division. Should they retain that spot or — let’s hope — move up, they would climb into the First Division next year. Berlin would have two First Division teams! Wut!?
And the Eisbären, the Berlin hockey team that never really awoke from hibernation this year, won their seed in the first round of the Telekom Hockey League playoffs. They beat the 9th-place Straubing Tigers 2-0 at the Mercedes Arena Wednesday. The Eisbären ended the regular season in 8th place and now start a best-of-three series against Adler Mannheim at home Friday in the quarterfinals. The Adler were ranked 2nd behind Red Bull München during regular season play.
Bundesliga kickers Hertha face Hamburger SV Sunday.
Also: Germany’s basketball league has re-started after a break for the Top4 Tournament. Berlin’s Alba pros take on BG Göttingen Sunday. Berlin is 5th, Göttingen 12th.