The German capital fixture brings together football, politics and history in a once-divided city.
In the western side, the rich “Old Lady” Hertha Berlin. In the east, the working-class Union Berlin.
According to former Hertha head coach Ante Covic, the club is “a club for the whole of Berlin, which you can see in the fact that we train in all 12 districts of Berlin”. That is in contrast to Union’s fan base in the neighbourhood of Köpenick, which has traditionally been made up of working-class supporters. While social differences may have played a part in the relationship becoming frosty, it has rarely been anything more than that.
There are underlying historical and political facets that make this fixture so special beyond a simple local derby. It can best be defined, however, as a friendship founded on solidarity that has developed into a rivalry worthy of the nation’s capital.
In the two last games, ultras football culture was on. Flares thrown on the pitch, Union supporters invaded the playing surface to confront Hertha’s players and Union’s trying and talk their own fans down.
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Are you ready?
Today's all about getting together. As you meet the group and your local trip manager.
You'll start by getting a feel for the city of Berlin and it's football club.
With an exciting stadium tour that gives you a behind the scenes look at one of the greatest football arenas on earth. And of course, gets you crazily excited to see it filled with Hertha Berlin supporters the next day!
It's match day!
After meeting in the hotel, you'll make stops at local breweries and bars on your way to the stadium. And have the chance to grab a beer with local fans and see how they prepare for derby day.
Before you know it, you'll find yourself surrounded 75,000 fans in a packed Olympiastadion, feeling the earthquake caused by every single one of them jumping like crazy at the same time.
Then it's time to enjoy one of the most remarkable games in football - all washed down with a beer and Wurst at the stadium for good measure!
Your weekend at the Berlin Derby is over, but the adventure has only just begun. Be sure to exchange contacts with your new friends and take some time to reflect on what you've experienced. Your next Homefans adventure might not be far away!