The Berlin Derby 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, this rivalry runs much deeper. There are also 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.
When you experience the Berlin Derby with Homefans you will enjoy a memorable, connected and enjoyable tour. Join a small group of like-minded sports fans for 3 days in Berlin; the match ticket, accommodation and a stadium tour are all included. During your free time, a local Berlin host will help you enjoy the city like a local.
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