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THE METAL WORKERS VS THE OLD LADY THE UNIQUE STORY OF THE HERTHA-UNION BERLIN DERBY

“Berlin is the testicles of the west, if I want the west to scream I squeeze on Berlin”. These are the famous words Nikita Krushchev. The former Soviet leader was exemplifying the fact that Berlin was the Capital of not only Europe but also the western world, when Germany was divided many referred to West Berlin as the ‘Island of freedom’. Berlin is recognized as a world city of culture, it enjoys an international reputation for its diversity and liberal nature. It’s said in Berlin that the guy dressed in the sharp suit with a briefcase in hand moving through the chaotic morning big city buzz is looked at weirdly compared to the one lying in a ditch after a hard night of partying. Berlin moves at it’s own pace and is the complete opposite of what you would expect from a big German city. The city lies at the heart of the North German Plain, athwart an east-west commercial and geographic axis that helped make it the capital kingdom of Prussia and then from 1871, of a unified Germany, The city was then divided after world war two with East Berlin becoming the capital of East Germany and West Berlin becoming a state of the Federal Republic of Germany [West Germany].

Berlin is glorious when it comes to art, music and other key cultural and industrial areas earning the nickname The Urban Capital of Germany whilist at it, but the city has always trailed behind in football. The city has been at the centre stage of world sport many times, it’s where Jesse Owens won Gold, It has hosted the World cup among other world sporting events, all that and still Berlin hasn’t cracked the code when it comes to football. Even at some stages become the only capital city not to have a team in the country’s top flight. Despite producing more Bundesliga clubs than any other city in Germany no team from Berlin has won the Bundesliga. Much Smaller cities like Bremen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg have all had championship winning sides. Berlin Derbies have always been a rarity which might be the football Gods way of saying that the city had been through a lot of division, dislike and hate that are still present today and with the tribalism that comes with football, a Berlin derby would add fuel to the fire. The first Bundesliga Berlin derby took place on 16th November 1974 between Tennis Borussia Berlin and Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion with Hertha winning 3-0, The clubs had developed an intense but brief rivalry in the 1950s with a proposal to merge the teams being rejected resoundingly by members from both sides. The teams met for the last time in the Bundesliga on 16th April 1977. Blau Weis 1890 reached the Bundesliga for the first and only time in 1986. In May 2019, 1. Union Berlin gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history which meant for the first time in over 40 years there would be Berlin derby in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin representing the west and Union Berlin representing the East. The two clubs had always enjoyed a good relationship even whilist divided by the Berlin wall and were in different leagues in different countries, Hertha fans from the west would travel to the east to see Union play, Both set of fans stood together and sang anti regime songs. On 27th January 1990, 79 days after the fall of the Berlin wall, Hertha hosted Union in the Olympiastadion in front of over 50,000 spectators who stood together and sang German reunification songs, Hertha won the game 2-1. The clubs rarely crossed paths in competitive fixtures, prior to the 2019-20 season the clubs had only met four times and all the games were Bundesliga 2 games with both sides enjoying a solemn win over each other sandwiched between two draws. On 8th July 2009 Union and Hertha played in a friendly to celebrate the opening of Union’s stadium after renovations, Hertha won 5-3. After the game Union president Dirk Zingler described the friendship between Hertha and Union as “the love for the mysterious mistress started to crumble”.

Hertha Berlin was formed in 1892 as BFC Hertha 92 taking its name from a steamship with blue and white smokestack; one of the four young men who founded the club a day trip with his father. The name Hertha is a Variation on Nerthus, referring to a fertility Goddess from Germanic mythology. Hertha performed well on the pitch, winning the first Berlin championship final and beating southend united in a friendly, which was seen as a huge achievement because England was were the game originated from and English clubs had dominated the sport. However the club was struggling financially and in 1920 Hertha, the staunchly working class team merged with well-heeled Berliner sport club to form Hertha Berliner sports club. The club enjoyed success with in their division, being regular title challengers and even winning the divisional title in 1935, 1937 and 1944. The club began to fade from prominence after it had been overhauled under Hitler, with Hans Pfeifer a Nazi party member, being instilled as president. At the time of the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 Hertha were reigning champions and thus become the inaugural member of the new league. The club was relegated in 1965 despite finishing clear of the relegation zone, following attempts to bribe players to play in the city under what had become unpleasant circumstances after the erection of the Berlin wall. This caused somewhat of a crisis for the Bundesliga which for political reasons wanted team from the former capital, this led to the promotion of SC Tasmania Berlin which delivered the worst ever performance by a team in the Bundesliga. Hertha got back up in 1969 and developed a solid following making it Berlin’s top team.

Financial woes once more burdened the club as it found itself in heavy debt. The crisis was resolved and Hertha won promotion back in to the Bundesliga in 1997, this ended Berlin’s six year long drought without a Bundesliga side. The club continued its upward trajoctry the in the following years making appearances in the Champions league and the UEFA cup. The club suffered relegation 2009-10 season after finishing bottom of the table. The club spent the following two season up and down the two top leagues.After winning promotion in to the Bundesliga Hertha established itsef in the top division with a string of top half finishes and even made it back into Europe playing in the Europa League.

Union Berlin were founded in 1906 in Obershoneweide a suburb of Berlin and went by the name FC Olympia Obershoneweide. They took the name Union 06 Obershoneweide in 1910. Union was one of Berlin’s premier clubs in the interwar period, regularly winning local championships and competing at a national level including a German championship final appearance losing 3-0 to Hamburger SV. The team were nicknamed “Schlosserjungs”[metal worker-boys] because of their then all Blue kit, which resembled the typical work clothing in the industrial Obershoneweide district. The popular chant by Union supporters “Eisern union”[Iron Union]emerged at the time. The club has always had a working class image compared to the other Berlin teams most of whom had a middle class image. This was proved right in 2008 when the club decided to mordernise it’s stadium the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei [Old Forester’s house]. Money was tight  so the fans simply built the stadium themselves. More then 2000 Union fans put in 140,000 working hours to create what is now the largest football specific stadium In Berlin.

After the second world war Berlin just like the rest of Germany was split into two. Union found itself in East Germany thus competing in the East German leagues and developing a bitter rivalry with Dynamo Berlin who were backed by the Stasi. Dynamo won 10 titles in a row whilist Union yo yoed between the second and first Division. Union won the East German cup in 1968 after defeating carl zeiss jena 2-1 in the final. After German reunification the club were placed in the third league where they spent much of their time. They were denied promotion in to the second division a couple of times due to their financial problems. They were finally promoted in the 2000-01 season the same year they made it to the German cup final losing to Schalke and the second round of the UEFA cup. They club slipped down the leagues but bounced back again and again and remained in the second tier until 2018-19 when they got promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, and with Hertha an already established side in that division a Berlin derby was going to take place in the Bundesliga for the first time ever.

The clubs had always had friendly relationship and didn’t see each other as rivals, the first ever competitive fixture between the two sides took place in 2009-10 in the 2. Bundesliga, the game ended 1-1 and the return leg took place at Hertha’s stadium infront of 74,000 fans with Union winning 2-1 courtesy of a free kick by Union cult hero Torsten Mattuschka. The third time the teams met the friendly feeling and one Berlin celebratory feeling was beginning to disappear especially after the game in which Hertha won 2-1 at Union ground, Union goal scorer Christopher Quiring labelled Hertha’s fans Wessis [A semi derogatory term for West Germans], Telling Sport1 “They cheer in our stadium. That makes me puke! You have to digest that first. I don’t give a shit about my goal. When the Wessis cheer in our stadium I get sick!” Union manager Uwe Neuhaus labelled Quiring a great Unioner.

Ahead of the clubs first ever Bundesliga clash Hertha expressed the desire to play the game on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall but Union president refused, calling the game a class struggle, leading to the game being played a week earlier. An 87th min penalty by Sebastian Polter won the game for Union, A drama filled game which was temporarily suspended, following fireworks by Hertha fans landing on the playing surface and amongst Union fans, Union Ultras attempted to attack Hertha fans by Union goalkeeper Rafael Gikiewicz pursueded them off the pitch. Hertha fans burnt Union shirts,scarfs nad flags. The second derby was held on 22nd may 2020 at an empty Olympiastadion due to the COVID 19 outbreak, The home side ran out 4-0 winners.

The history of Hertha-Union Berlin derby is young and of which started with love and mutual respect but is now taking a new turn of hate and dislike and especially between the younger supporters who didn’t experience the division of Berlin. The Rivalry is beginning to hotten up and with both teams looking to establish themselves in the Bundesliga there is no doubt that their paths will cross again, and what happens then only time will tell, what we know for now is these teams don’t like each other that much nowadays.

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A FOOTBALL CLUB AND A NATIONAL TEAM THE STORY OF CLUB DEPORTIVO PALESTINO

It is said in Chile that there isn’t a village lacking a curate, a policeman, and a Palestinian. Palestinians have always suffered oppression as far as time can tell and so is the case when it comes to CD Palestino. A team established by Palestinian immigrants to create a sense of belonging and pride. Chile is home to the biggest Palestinian population outside of the Arab states with around 500,000 people with Palestinian descendancy residing in the South American state. Palestinians first started migrating to Chile in the 1850s during the Crimean war, fleeing Russia’s intent to capture and control the Holy land. Chilean Palestinians were often referred to as Turcos [Spanish for Turks] due to the Ottoman nationality that early immigrants had on their passports. Contrary to the immigration of European nationals, Palestinian immigration alongside that of Japanese and Chinese nationals was not seen beneficial by Chilean intellectuals and thus Xenophobia and racism thrived. Palestinian immigrants didn’t get any help from the press either, El Mercurio wrote on 13th April 1911: “Whether they are Mohammedans or Buddhists, what one can see and smell from far, is that they are more dirty than the dogs of Constantinople…”

A group of Palestinian immigrants established the club on 20th August 1920 when they participated in a colonial competition in Osorno. The club even became more popular among Palestinians during the 1948  Israeli-Arab war as new Palestinian immigrants flocked to Santiago’s Patronato’s neighbourhood. The club sports’ the Palestinian colours and is a great source of pride not only to the Palestinian community in Chile but also Palestinians all over the globe and those who believe in the Palestinian course.

In January 2014 the club replaced the number one on their jerseys’ with  an elongated map of pre 1948 Palestine, But Chile’s somewhat 10,000 Jewish population protested against such ”political exploitation of football”, with a formal complaint being made to the federation by Patrick Kiblisky, owner of first division side Nublense. Soon after the Jersey’s were banned and the club fined $1,500 by the Chilean Football Federation on the grounds that it is opposed to “any form of political,religious,sexual,ethnic,social or racial discrimination.The players then tattooed the map of Palestine on their forearms. On its Facebook page the club stated :”For us, Free Palestine will be historical Palestine nothing less.Other first division sides showed their support by waving the Palestinian flag at matches.

In 1952  the Football Federation in Chile the first professional leagues, Palestino was accepted into the second division, which they won and  thus promotion into the Primera Division, which they ended up winning for the first time in 1955 under Argentine Guillermo Coll. The Club was  nicknamed Millonario because of their ability to attract top class players as they were financially backed by wealthy Palestinian families who owned large textile companies, the businesses were set up in the 1930s after the Palestinian immigrants became assimilated into the Chilean middle class.

The club won the double in 1978, after winning their second league title and a second Copa Chile this time under Chilean Elias Figueroa. This was a campaign which they set a new record in the league for the number of games unbeaten.  The following year the club took part in the  Copa Liberadortes for the first time and ended up finishing first in their group with 14 points beating Venezuelan sides Galicia and Portuguesa 5-0 and 6-0 respectively and qualified for the semi finals stage where they finished bottom of their group with zero wins, two draws and two losses having drawn eventual winners Olimpia and Guarani. The club ended a 40 year wait for a major throphy when they won the Copa Chile for the third time in 2018 a victory which saw the Chilean side secure a spot in the 2019 Copa Libertadores qualification and after beating Argentinian side Talleres 4-3 on aggregate in the final qualifying round the team secured a Libertadores group stage birth and were drawn in group A [the group of death] against holders River plate, Brazilian giants Internacional and Peruvian side Alianza Lima. They had a decent showing and led by former Inter Milan  and local boy  Luis Jimenez finished third in the group earning a Copa sudamerican spot but lost to Venezuelan side Zulia.

In 2016 the Arabs qualified for the Copa Sudamericana round of sixteen after beating Libertad and Real Garcilaso in the previous stages meeting Brazilian giants Flamengo who they beat after a 2-2 Aggregate score, they eventualy lost to San Lorenzo in the quarter finals.

Ex Palestinian international footballer and former Palestino player of Palestinian origin Roberto Kettlun had only good things  to say about his two year stint at the club saying that it was an amazing experience and one that drew him closer to his origins and provided a platform for his move to Greece. The club is widely followed by Palestinians across the globe as Chilean radio commentator Sebastian Manriquez put it, “UD Palestino stands not only for a football club in La Cistrena, but for a well-respected community in Chile, for where their founders, fans’ ancestors came from and for the people who are suffering in  an endless conflict in the Middle east. Palestino, is oppositeto other diaspora football clubs in our country, plays every match with their mind’s in the field but their hearts kilometres away, it is  common that every palestino match becomes a hard, fierce and battled confrontation.”

And for such reasons Palestinians all over the planet, with or without a love for  football admire and appreciate the club that they see is in a struggle for them and with them.

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FREE AGENTS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2021 MOBILE [FM21 MOBILE] YOU MUST SIGN

The next installment of football manager FM21 will be out on November 24th and the number of quality players who can be signed for free at the start of the game is unreal. There are so many options in every position, here are a few I thought you should have a look at.

GOALKEEPERS

Warner

Micheal Vorm

Huerelho Gomes

Adam Stachowiak

Danijel Subasic

Rob Elliot

Dani Gimenez

DEFENDERS

Gaetano Berardi

Kwadwo Asamoah

Gael Clichy

Ezequiel Garay

Danny Simpson

Antonio Valencia

Ashley Williams

Phillip Bargfrede

Ivan Strinic

Jozo Simunovic

Adrian Mariappa

Kyriakos Papadopoulous

Pape Soure

Daniel Shwaab

Jon Flanagan

Leo Lacroix

Yanga Mbiwa

Charlie Daniels

MIDFIELDERS

Shinji Kagawa

Samir Nasri

Mikael Susaeta

Jack Wilshere

Juan Benat

Yohan Cabaye

Ander Iturraspe

Carlos Sanchez

Bonaventura

Steven Defour

Kayal

Andrew Surman

Andy King

Kevin Groeskreutz

Jonathan De Guzman

WINGERS

Ibrahim Afelley

Jefferson Farfarn

Dani Pacheco

Samu

De Blasis

Jose Callejon

Jose Jurado

Wellington Nem

Anthony Pilkinton

Mendez Laing

Jefferson Montero

Bakary Sako

Aaron Niguez

Allen Halilovic

STRIKERS

Mario Mandzukic

Daniel Sturridge

Mario Balotelli

Alexandar Pato

Doumbia

Diomande

Fabio Borini

 Diafra Sakho

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PL PPV support for lower leagues off due to Big Picture fallout

Sky Sports are reporting that plans for financial support of L1 and L2 teams through the PL PPV have been postponed because of the fallout over project Big picture.

The Big picture project proposes that EFL will receive an immediate 250m from the Premier league and a commitment that 25% of future premier league revenues would be funneled down to EFL teams

The proposals have gained immense support throughout the lower leagues but some of it’s biggest critics include top UK government officials, the English FA who are due an immediate 100m payment from the premier league if the proposals are passed and the premier league itself who see it as a power grab by the top teams and have openly criticised the EFL chairman for supporting the project

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Bruno Fernandes has lost faith in solskjaer

According to many reports in Portugal the Portuguese playmaker no longer sees eye to eye with the Manchester United head coach and believes that the Norwegian isn’t strong enough to manage the squad and does not have the capabilities to push the players forward in the direction they should go.

Fernandes’ opinion is thought to be similar to that of many others inthe squad.

This followers after Manchester United suffered an embarrassing 1-6 to Tottenham led by former head coach Jose Mourinho, A game in which Fernandes was subbed at half time despite opening the scoring with a first minute penalty won by Anthony Martial who saw red later in the half .

Reports have surfaced that Fernandes had a bust up with club captain and England international center back Harry Maguire who was at fault for Tottenham’s first two goals, the reports claim that Fernandes yelled at Maguire and told him he wasn’t fit to be club captain and thus got subbed for Scott McTominay

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PREMIER LEAGUE 2020-21 COMPLETED,Cavani all the new TRANSFERS:Partey,Bale,Thiago signings

  • ARSENAL

Thomas partey-Atletico madrid

Pablo Mari-Flamengo

Cedric-Southampton[free]

Willian-Chelsea[free]

Gabriel-Lille

Ceballos-Real madrid[loan]

Runarsson-Dijon

  • ASTON VILLA

Ross Barkely-Chelsea[loan]

Ollie Watkins-Brentford

Matty Cash-Nottingham forest

Bertrand Traore-Lyon

Emiliano Martinez-Arsenal

  • BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Adam lallana-Liverpool[free]

Joel veltman-Ajax

  • BURNELY

Dale stephens-Brighton

  • CHELSEA

Timo Werner-RB Leipzig

Kai Harvertz-Bayer Leverkusen

Hakim Ziyech-Ajax

Ben Chilwell-Leicester city

Malang Sarr-Nice[free]

Thiago Silva-PSG[free]

Mendy-Rennes

  • CRYSTAL PALACE

Michy Batshuayi-Chelsea[loan]

Eberechi Eze-QPR

Nathan Ferguson-West brom[free]

  • EVERTON

Robin Olsen-Roma[loan]

Niels Nkounkou-Marsaille[free]

Allan-Napoli

James Rodriguez-Real Madrid

Abdoulaye Doucoure-Watford

Ben Godfrey-Norwich

  • FULHAM

Ruben Loftus cheek-Chelsea[loan]

Adaribayo-Man city

Antonee Robinson-Wigan

Ademola Lookman-RB Leipzig[loan]

Harrison Reed-southampton

Mario Lemina-southampton[loan]

Alphonso Areola-PSG[loan]

Kenny Tete-Lyon

Ola Aina-Torino[loan]

  • LEEDS UNITED

Raphinha-Rennes

Rodrigo-Valencia

Koch-Freiburg

Meslier-Llorient

Helder Costa-Wolves

Diego llorente-Real Sociedad

  • LEICESTER CITY

Castagne-Atalanta

Cengiz Under-Roma[loan+option to buy]

Wesley Fofana-St.Etienne

  • LIVERPOOL

Thiago-Bayern

Kostas Tsimikas-Olympiacos

Diogo Jota-Wolves

  • MAN CITY

Fernan Torres-Valencia

Nathan Ake-Bounermouth

Ruben Dias-Benfica

  • MAN UTD

Cavani-FREE

Donny Van De Beek-Ajax

Alex Telles- Porto

Facundo Pellestri-Penoral

Amad Diallo-Atalanta

  • NEWCASTLE

Fraser-bounermouth[free]

Jeff Hendricks-Burney[free]

Callum Wilson-Bounermouth

Jamal Lewis-Norwich

  • SHEFFIELD UNITED

Rhian Brewster-Liverpool

Aaron Ramsdale-Bounermouth

Ethan Ampadu-Chelsea[loan]

Max Lowe-Derby

Jayden Bogle-Derby

Oliver Burke-West brom

  • SOUTHAMPTON

Theo Walcott-Everton[loan]

Kyle Walker Peters-Tottenham

Mohammed Salisu-Real Vallodalid

Ibrahima Diallo-Brest

  • TOTTENHAM

Gareth Bale-Real Madrid[loan]

Carlos Vinicius-Benfica[loan+option to buy]

Sergio Reguilon-Real Madrid

Hojberg-Southampton

Joe Hart-Burnely[free]

Matt Doherty-Wolves

  • WEST BROM

Mathias Perreira-Benfica

Cedric Kipre-Wigan

Grady Diangana-Westham

Callum Robinson-Sheffield United

Flilip Krovinovic-Benfica[Loan]

  • WESTHAM UNITED

Vladimir Coufal-Slavia Prague

  • WOLVES

Marcal-Lyon

Rayan Ait Nouri-Angers[loan+option to buy]

Fabio Silva-Porto

Vitinha-Porto

Nelson Semedo-Barcelona

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Harambee stars’ foreign future?Youngsters Eligible to represent kenya

The FKF has always been critizied for it’s lackluster approach when it comes to finding and convincing foreign born Kenyan players to represent the Harambee stars.
Here are four English based footbllers who are eligible to represent Kenya at an international level.

1 jonah oyango
The 23 year old plays for promotion hunting Havant and waterlooville inthe English 6th tier where he is the league’s top scorer with 17 goals. Ayunga formerly of Premier league side Brighton and Hove Albion recieved his first and only Harambee stars call up in 2016. He has improved significantly inthe last couple of years and has attracted intrest from League 1 and championship clubs.

2 Tyler Onyango
Luton born Onyango joined Everton’s Academy when he was just 8 years of age,the 17 year old ball winning midfielder is half Kenyan and half British and is already an England U18 international,He has been called a machine by his coaches due to his physicality and has great off the ball movement. He admires Patrick Viera and touts Andre Gomes as his favourite player inthe current Everton first team.tyler-onyango-f

3 David Sesay
Sesay had already declared for Kenya and was due to represent the Harambee stars at Afcon 2019 but couldn’t due to immigration issue, 21 year old sesay i s born to sierra leone father and a Kenyan mother,he joined Watford in 2007 and even played with Jadon Sancho,but was released in 2018 and was snatched up by Crawely town where he made on 4th september 2018 and has been improving ever since even winning crawley’s young player of the year in 2019 In a recent interview Sesay was quoted saying he is 100 percent ready to represent Kenya.

4 Clarke Oduor
Born in Siaya the 20 year old has already expressed his desire to play the Harambee stars. Oduor signed his frist proffesional contract with on 16th January 2017 for leeds United but moved to fellow championship side Barnsley where he made his debut 7th december 2018,he is a versitille player who is natuarlly an central midfielder and also can play as a winger but alot of his appearances in a Barnsley shirt came from the left back position. Oduor is developing nicely inthe english second tier and will no doubt recieve a call up in the coming years and be a staple inthe futere of the Harambee stars team.

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Celtic sign Patryk Klimala

The Scottish champions have signed the highly rated 21-year old from polish first division side Jagiella Bialyostok.

Klimala scored seven times in seventeen games.

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Pepe Reina signs for Aston villa

Aston villa have completed a season long loan deal for pepe reina  from Ac milan.

The former Liverpool keeper joins a strugguling villa side who have been hit with injuries.