Photo Essay on the History of Soccer in Berlin from 1880 to 2006
Soccer has been played in Berlin for more than 100 years. Facts & Files compiled a photo book on Berlin soccer history, published by the Berlin publishing house Nicolai Verlag Berlin in spring 2006.
Facts & Files researched the collections of over 20 archives to find pictures and discovered several revealing and previously unknown photographs. The selection ranges from 100 year-old pictures of the Tempelhofer Feld, the arena where the first soccer matches in Berlin took place, to recent pictures of children kicking a ball in the Mauerpark (an area where the Berlin Wall stood).
The book includes a significant variety of photographs, each supplemented by an informative background text. It depicts the history of soccer in Berlin from its introduction in the 1880s by high school students, to its status as a public phenomenon during the roaring Twenties. It also covers the effects of Nazi politics on the sport and the reanimation of the soccer tradition after World War II. Finally, it portrays the separation of the Berlin soccer scene as a result of the Berlin Wall and its final reunification after 1989.