Berlin's main football team plays home matches at the impressive Olympiastadion, Germany's second largest stadium, built for the 1936 Olympic Games and renovated for the 2006 World Cup. Founded back in 1892 the team is known as the Alte Dame, the old lady. Its most successful years were between 1926 and 1931, although Hertha did make the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1979. Shortly after however, dark times hit the club, who spent much of the 1980s and early 1990s in the second division. Back in the Bundesliga this time since 2012 they now look set to stay. Die Alte Dame’s 2018/19 season petered out somewhat, a disappointing 11th place the final result for Ante Čović’s men, and the fans will demand better this year. With two big derbies against Union to look forward to, this could be quite the year for Hertha.
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