Hertha BSC: Between Cup dream and trauma

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In the second round of the DFB Cup against FC Bayern, Hertha BSC hoping for a Coup. Berlin’s want to finally end their trophy curse. The balance sheet of the past years against the Munich gives you courage.

Imagine, you give once-a-year to house a giant Party, but remain standing even in front of the door. This happens to Hertha BSC on a regular basis since 1985, and since then, the DFB Cup final is played in Berlin’s Olympic stadium. Only there was one exception: in 1993, the Amateur Association a attracted sensational to the finals, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen with 0:1 defeat. But for the Hertha-Fans. You want to experience once your League Team plays in their own “living room” for the Cup victory.

“For real Herthaner very frustrating”

“You can feel anywhere in the city, that all have this dream,” said Hertha coach Pal Dardai already before the semi-finals in 2016 against Borussia Dortmund. “I don’t live far away from the Olympic stadium. My family and I have a Tradition had in the past few years: Together – my wife, my three sons and I – we are walking every year to walk to the Olympic stadium, the DFB-Pokal final. Again and again we are running, but never Hertha BSC. For real Herthaner this has been very frustrating.”

Hertha-BSC-coach Pal Dardai has not let extra for a possible penalty shoot-out practice

Also in 2016 you seen the long faces among the Fans in Berlin. Hertha lost the game to the final against Borussia Dortmund with 0:3 and missed once again in the final. In the two following competitions deadline: 2017 was significantly earlier in the second round in Dortmund (3:4 n. E.), 2018 in the second round against 1. FC Cologne (1:3). In this year, the record Cup winners FC Bayern could be once again in the second round – to the next Party-Crasher of the Berlin.

Ibisevic keeps the Ball flat

When the knockout stage kicks off this Wednesday (20.45 CET, 20.30 PM in the DW live Ticker for this), not bitter 1:3-defeat of Bayern in the Bundesliga with Bayer 04 Leverkusen just four days – a setback for Munich, the leaders Borussia Dortmund in the chase. “Now you have lost once. This does not mean that you are bad,” stacks Hertha coach Dardai deep. “If you have a good day, it quick 0:3.” In exceptional cases, the statistics could, however, change is not Bayern, but their opponents courage: For September 2016, the Hertha has lost a competitive game against Munich.

Vedad Ibisevic has played in his career, 21 Times against Bayern and score five goals

In October Dardais Team sent the team of his former play mates Niko Kovac, even with a 0:2 defeat back home. The Herthaner know actually how to defeat the Bayern. “We don’t have to talk about it, that we are the favorite. This is an opponent who is a Top team in Europe,” captain Vedad Ibisevic flat however the Ball, but points already to the fact that the Munich have lost in Germany in the past years, the prevailing aura of invincibility: “You notice that you have lost this year and points you have not made before. Of course, there is courage that you have from time to time slip. So, we know what is possible.” Ibisevic speaks of a “small final” against Bayern.

Two Final Defeats

In the Grand Finale, the Herthaner were only twice – and lost narrowly: in 1977, in the repetition game in Hannover with 0:1 against 1. FC Cologne (the first batch had confessed to after extra time 1:1 penalty shootout in the Cup was not introduced until the following season), and in 1979, again in Hannover, 0:1 after extra time against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Pal Dardai is also expected for this Wednesday with a tight output of the eighth finals against Bayern. The coach predicted with a Grin on your face extension and a penalty shoot-out: “We practice that, not extra.” If that is the right way to end the Cup curse of Hertha?