Hertha BSC Berlin
Hertha BSC Berlin is a German football club based in the city of Berlin. They currently feature in the German Bundesliga and were one of the founders of the DFB Leipzig way back in 1900.
Hertha Berlina were established in 1892 as BFC Hertha 92 and were named after a steamship with a blue and white smokestack. The club was actually formed by four men.
Hertha Berlin won the Berlin championship final in 1905 and merged with Berliner Sport-Club in 1920 to form the Hertha Berliner Sport Club. The club then reached the German championship final from 1926 to 1931 and won the title in 1930 and 1931 when BSU were subtracted from the club.
The post war years were somewhat tough for Hertha Berlin but they soon gained stability and in 1963 were one of the founding members of the German Bundesliga. But after the 1964-1965 season they were relegated due to a bribery scandal. But they returned to the Bundesliga in 1968-1969 and were caught up in a match fixing scandal in 1971.
Hertha Berlin finished runners-up to Borussia Moenchengladbach in the German Bundesliga in the 1974-1975 season and reached the semi-final in the UEFA Cup in 1979 and also featured in the final of the German Cups in 1977 and 1979. But the very next season they were relegated and stayed there for the next thirteen of the seventeen years, during which they suffered financial problems.
Hertha Berlin returned to the German Bundesliga in 1997 and have since featured both in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. However, Hertha got relegated from the Bundesliga in the 2003-2004 but bounced back immediately and finished fourth in the Bundesliga the following season.
Hertha Berlin then played in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg and won the title in 1935, 1937 and 1944.
Hertha Berlina play their home matches at the Olympic Stadium that has a capacity of 74,500. They are nicknamed Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady).
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