Berlin rivals Union flying, Hertha flailing in Bundesliga

Berlin, May 15 (BNA): Union Berlin dreams of the Champions League while Hertha Berlin faces relegation nightmare.

The fortunes of the German capital’s Bundesliga clubs could hardly have been clearer this season, according to the Associated Press.

Al-Ittihad, who were only promoted to the top flight in 2019, need only win one of their two remaining matches to effectively guarantee qualification to Europe’s biggest competition. It’s an amazing feat for a team that was expected to struggle for survival at the start of the season.

Instead, city rivals Hertha appear set to be relegated to the second tier. Hertha, one of the original members when the Bundesliga was formed in 1963, was the last with two matches remaining. Their seventh reduction will be confirmed if they do not beat relegation rivals Bochum at home on Saturday.

It is arguably the lowest point in Hertha’s history since its formation in 1892 – a rude awakening from the blistering days of 2019 when investor Lars Windhorst declared it a “big city club” and declared its ambition to turn Hertha into one of the best clubs in Europe.


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