International break in the professional field – again, and definitely the last of the season. Of course, the ball will still be rolling in Berlin and the surrounding area at the weekend. There are regular point games, catch-up games, cup games. And hopefully fewer corona-related cancellations. Here are some tips for a trip to smaller football:
In the morning in Zehlendorf
Anyone who would like to be in the stadium on Saturday morning will find what they are looking for in the southwest of Berlin, for example. Hertha 03 Zehlendorf’s A youth team will play against SV Babelsberg 03 in the regional league at 11 a.m. on the Ernst-Reuter-Sportfeld. It’s a neighborhood duel in idyllic surroundings. Fischtal, directly opposite, is ideal for a cultivated lunchtime walk afterwards.
Directly behind the Glienicker Bridge
We leave the city of Zehlendorf over the Glienicke Bridge to Potsdam. Just a few hundred meters behind is the sports facility of the ESV Lokomotive Potsdam in the suburbs of Berlin. It is one of the most beautifully situated soccer fields in the area. Right on the water, with a view of the Babelsberg Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 3 p.m. Lok welcomes the SV Eiche 05 Weisen in the state class West.
Ex-Bundesliga club in Ludwigsfelde
The Bundesliga is paused, but a former Bundesliga club is in action: Blau-Weiss 90 was in the first division in 1986/87, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach and drawing against FC Bayern. At the end of the season it went down again. In 1992, Blau-Weiss 90 went bankrupt and started at the bottom under a new name.
They have been playing under the old name again for a few years and currently have good prospects of being promoted to the regional league. On the way there, a win at Ludwigsfelder FC would be helpful for the Oberliga leaders (2 p.m., Waldstadion).
Semifinals in Eichkamp
Even those who are more in the mood for a cup will find what they are looking for. From 2 p.m. at the Hans-Rosenthal sports facility in Eichkamp, it will be decided which team will be the first to reach the Berlin Cup final. Favorite is third division FC Viktoria 89, challenger Oberliga Hertha 06. With Daniel Volbert, after Dietmar Demuth and Volkan Uluc, the third coach of the current season is on the line. The second semi-final will be contested on Sunday by the regional league teams Berliner AK and VSG Altglienicke (2 p.m., Poststadion).
First league in the Wildspitzweg
Berlin also has two Bundesliga games to offer at the weekend: On the one hand in Dörpfeldstraße, where the B juniors of 1. FC Union meet bottom FC Neubrandenburg and climb to third place if they win. On the other hand in Wildspitzweg, where Viktoria 89 plays against Eintracht Braunschweig (2 p.m. each day).
From one city limit to another
Compared to other state associations, the distances in Berlin are quite short. But even here a few kilometers can come together. About on Sunday for the players of SV Schmöckwitz-Eichwalde. It is almost 50 kilometers from our own square in the southeast, very close to the city limits, to the Hakenfelde stadium in Spandau, also fairly close to Brandenburg.
It’s a good thing that the national league game at SSC Teutonia doesn’t kick off during the weekday evening, but on Sunday at 12 noon.
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Leader in the polar arena
Overall, the artificial turf pitch on Markgrafenstraße in Tempelhof is rather plain. The name that one of the clubs playing there uses for the facility is all the nicer: Polarena. The associated club can only be Polar Penguin. Originally founded as a pub gang, Polar switched from the leisure league to the Berlin Football Association in 2015. Since then there have been four promotions, the team is currently sixth in the national league.
At 2 p.m., the sovereign table leader BFC Preussen is a guest. His coach is world champion Thomas Häßler, assistant coach is former Hertha professional Thorben Marx.
Smallest covered grandstand in Berlin
It’s not supposed to rain, but a nice, covered grandstand is always something to look forward to. According to the book “Rasen der Passionen”, the smallest of its kind is in Berlin on Züllichauer Strasse.
Top game in Lichterfelde
Speaking of grandstands: The Lichterfelde stadium was inaugurated in 1929 and has an old grandstand that is well worth seeing, in which the cabins are also integrated. At 2 p.m. the top game in the women’s regional league north-east between Viktoria 89 and 1. FC Union takes place. Both teams played their first league game of 2022 last weekend, with performances that could be improved: Union played 0-0 against Carl Zeiss Jena II, Viktoria lost 0-1 at Bischofswerdaer FV.
In the late afternoon on Stralsunder Strasse
You know that: The day is slowly coming to an end, but a final visit to the game would still be a good fit. Here’s the date for it: 5 p.m., Stralsunder Straße, district league C. The second team from Rot-Weiss Viktoria Mitte meets the third from VfB/einheit zu Pankow. One thing is always taken care of in the district league C: goals. 113 fell in the previous 19 games of the guests, even 124 in those of the hosts. Well then, to a goal-rich weekend.