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Viktoria Berlin

Ground: Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark

Visits: 1

Date: 30th July 2022

Match: Viktoria Berlin - Bochum  0-3  (DFB-Pokal)

Attendance: 5 573

For Saturday there were plenty of options in the DFB-Pokal. I decided to head for Berlin where Viktoria Berlin hosted Bochum at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. In 2013 Berliner FC Viktoria and Lichterfelder FC merged to form the new club Viktoria Berlin. The club is based in the locality of Lichterfelder of the borough Steglitz-Zehlendorf in Berlin. In 2021 the club was promoted to 3. Liga meaning they could no longer play at Stadion Lichterfelde. The club was looking for a new ground and were eventually permitted to play at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Prenzlauer Berg. Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark was opened in 1952 and is situated in east Berlin. Situated only metres from where the Berlin wall once was, it is the 3rd largest ground in Berlin. Over the years several clubs have played there and in 2015 the women's Champions League final was held at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. The future for the ground has not been decided yet and I am pleased to have been able to visit the ground for a game with a decent attendance.

Kick-off was at 13.00 and at 10.22 my ICE-train from Hamburg arrived at Berlin Hbf. Upon arrival I was greeted by my friend Julian. Being a Bochum fan living in Berlin this was an ideal draw for him. I put my bags in the luggage store before going by tram to the ground. It was quite a short journey and once there we met up with Marc W, who I have met a few times in the past. There was a bar in the Mauerpark where we enjoyed the nice weather over a few drinks.

Julian and Marc entered the away section while I headed towards the entrance for home fans. The queue was quite long and I was only inside 10 minutes or so prior to kick-off. Once inside it was conspicuous how run down the ground is. I couldn't even find any proper toilets and it was not easy to find food. Anyway, my seat was in the west stand meaning I could enjoy sitting in the shade. The official away section had no protection from the sun but the 2,000 (?) or so away fans still had a great day out. Two goals in quick succession in the middle of the 1st half gave Bochum a 2-0 lead at half-time. Viktoria Berlin had a few chances but Bochum were clearly the better team and at full-time it was 3-0 to the visitors. There were plenty of away fans in my “home” section” as well and the official attendance was given as 5,573 and at least half of those must have been Bochum fans.

Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark was my 700th ground (427th outside of Sweden) and I am pleased I managed to find such an interesting ground for number 700. After the match I once again met up with Julian and Marc and we then had dinner at a nearby restaurant. Going to Rödinghausen tomorrow I had booked a hotel in Hannover for two nights and I was at Hannover Hbf 19.45. At the station I met up with Maik from Osnabrück, my longtime groundhopping friend. It has been eight years since we last met up and he joined me at my hotel where we chatted for almost two hours. An eventful but fun day was coming to an end and hopefully I will have a nice day out in Rödinghausen tomorrow!

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Mauerpark

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Berlin wall

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Stadium map

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Rear of the East Stand

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Bochum fans queuing

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Queuing for home sections

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Rear of the West Stand

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Floodlights

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Players and officials entering

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Kick-off

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East Stand

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East Stand

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View of Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark

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South Stand

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Bochum fans

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Bochum fans

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Smoke

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West Stand

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West Stand

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North Stand

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Pano

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Pano