Friday Night Football in Berlin
Friday Night football in Berlin was meant to look a little different to the final outcome but last night we ended up at Stadion auf dem Wurfplatz to see VSG Altglienicke v FC Eilenburg in the Regionalliga Nordost.
The small stadium sit’s in the shadow of the Olympiastadion yet has it’s own reasonable capacity of 5400. As you may expect with shared stadia in Germany, Hertha II and the Hertha U19s also play here so it get’s plenty of use.
Bizarrely this football weekend had an original destination of Hamburg! However the lack of attractive games for the Friday evening meant we looked further afield. A return to the iconic Mommsenstadion had been in our thoughts and suddenly a fixture emerged between Tennis Borussia Berlin and Tasmania Berlin, so we booked an additional RyanAir flight to Berlin. However a further twist would see Covid-19 reported within the Tasmania Berlin camp and the game was postponed on Wednesday – cue a last minute arrival to see VSG Altglienicke v FC Eilenburg
Back in October 2020 we saw VSG Altglienicke play at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark which is often used for larger crowds as they battered LOK Leipzig 5-0.
There isn’t much in the vicinity of Olympiastadion so we headed to Zollpackhof Biergarten in Central Berlin prior to the VSG Altglienicke v FC Eilenburg match. This is an outside (as well as inside) beer hall with great views of the River Spree and The Chancellery building.
Finding tickets for VSG Altglienicke v FC Eilenburg was simple on-line costing just 10 Euro’s and we were sent e-tickets immediately. As part of the terms and conditions we were asked to bring along ID and to scan a QR code upon entry at the stadium. Only one name (the leader of the party) was required to be named for the full booking of three tickets.
It was also very clear that we would be expected to wear face-masks when not at a seat inside the stadium so we made sure we had these available.
On arrival at the stadium, tickets were checked along with our vaccination certificates and it was simple access to the ground.
Getting to the Stadium
It was a simple trip to the stadium which sits to the west of Berlin. Just head out on the S3 to the Olympiastadion and then it’s a 15 minute walk around the outside of the main stadium.
On the approach to the ground we walked past three guys who were making their way to the match. They turned out to be FC Eilenburg fans of which just ten had made the journey from just north of Leipzig. With them were flags and drums as they looked to create some type of atmosphere for their team.
Inside the stadium there was the option to purchase a matchday programme for one euro and also a good selection of food and bottled beers which were well priced. A small currywurst cost just €2.50
One of our routines at matches is to identify the quality of the beer cups however with no draught beer we were not expecting too much. The beer cup scored the lowest possible 1/10 via our beercup scorecard
The score suggests a one-sided match and whilst Altglienicke were great going forward taking many of their chances, FC Eilenburg had chances too but from good positions they just kept missing the target.
By half-time the hosts had gone into a 3-0 lead and there would be no way back for FC Eilenburg although the few fans that they had at the game did their best throughout…
The 5th goal arrived after 79 minutes from J Manske, his second goal of the game and at this point the score could have gone wild with chance after chance arriving.
The match finished 6-0 with this screamer in the 90th minute by Florijon Belegu which finished off a fine display.
Covert Football Trips
Covert Football Trips are designed to allow you to enjoy the city you are visiting as well as great football experiences. On our own trip we arrived in that tradition nice and early at 10.40am via the new Brandenburg Airport in the South-East of Berlin we first headed to The East Side Gallery which in an open-air gallery showcasing the longest remaining section of The Berlin wall and somewhere we would strongly recommend you visit.
Our Mystery Football Weekends will be back on sale soon – find out more about them here.