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Berlin is without a doubt the German capital of sports – the city has no less than six professional sports teams, playing five exciting spectator sports: Hertha BSC and FC Union, the Eisbären, Alba, Füchse and the BR Volleys. Home matches attract huge numbers of visitors to Berlin's stadiums; every season over two million tickets are sold. In addition, Berlin's streets regularly host huge sports events such as the public viewing festivals during major sports events abroad, and the city also hosts countless amateur sports matches.

Despite being rivals, Berlin's six professional sports collaborate to improve the circumstances for professional sports in Berlin, promoting Berlin's image as an international sports event destination.

Another sporting season in Berlin has come to a close, and there’s only one way to begin any review. 1. FC Union Berlin has made it to the big time for the first time in history, winning promotion to the German Bundesliga after overcoming Stuttgart in the promotion/relegation playoff. The away goals rule did it for Die Eisernen, and the fans can now look forward to the biggest clubs in Germany visiting Stadion An der Alten Forsterei in the 2019/20 season. One such club will be cross-city rivals Hertha Berlin, whose own season fizzled out after a promising start. Hertha finished 11th in the 18/19 Bundesliga, and will expect better next year.

Away from football, BR Volleys continued its dominance of German volleyball with an unprecedented seventh title in eight seasons and its fourth in a row. Moving to ice hockey, Eisbaren Berlin season spluttered to an end with a quarter-final defeat to Munich, while Alba Berlin has been able to go one better on the basketball court. At the time of writing, Alba had a semi-final against EWE Baskets Oldenburg to look forward to. Finally, Füsche Berlin has one game left of the handball season, and a win could see the Foxes finish in fifth place.

So another middling season of success and disappointment for the sporting clubs of Berlin, but the joy of Union’s incredible achievement will be more than enough to fuel a summer of anticipation. The Berlin derby comes to the Bundesliga next year, and we cannot wait. 

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