Hertha Berlin Sport-Club is based in Charlottenburg near Berlin. Established in 1892, it was one of the founding members of the German Football Association, a.k.a DFB. The club’s most significant achievements have to be two consecutive German champions titles in 1930 and 1931. However, since then, they've failed to claim any other silverware except for a handful of 2. Bundesliga trophies. Hertha BSC's nickname, funnily enough, is the same as Juventus – The Old Lady. The Berlin club's name comes from a steamship that was active back in 1892. Even the colors of the kit are derived from the blue and white smokestacks of the ship. It is a side with an entertaining history full of ups and downs.
In the current time, Hertha BSC has established itself as a regular mid-table team in the last seasons. The Berlin club is looking to achieve new heights, a feat that they are capable of doing. With an impressive lineup, Hertha sure does pose a threat to rival Bundesliga sides.
Hertha BSC Transfers
Niko Kovac from Hertha Zehlendorf on a free transfer in 1991 – The recently risen to prominence now coach, started his football career playing for Berlin clubs. He came through two other Haupstadt clubs before joining Hertha Berlin in 1991. In his five seasons, Kovac was a regular starter making over 150 appearances – the most he has had for a single club as a player. Before completing a move to Bayer Leverkusen in 1996, he became Hertha's top goalscorer in his last season with the Blue-Whites. He went on to play for Hamburger and Bayern Munich, and later in 2003, Kovac returned to Hertha.
Kevin-Prince Boateng from Reinickendorfer Füchse Youth on a free transfer in 1996 – It seems like Hertha's best transfers were all feeless. It took Kevin-Prince 9 years before he was able to break into the senior squad in 2005, but it was well worth it. After just 42 appearances, Tottenham Hotspur came in with an offer nearing €8 Million for the striker. Boateng went on to have a shaky career, as he found it hard to establish himself in the clubs he played in and changed sites regularly.
Jérôme Boateng from Tennis Borussia Berlin Youth on a free transfer in 2002 – Kevin-Prince Boateng's younger brother spent four years before braking in the senior squad, and it wasn't long before other clubs started knocking on the door for his signature. Boateng didn't even complete a full campaign with Hertha's first team before Hamburger bought him for €1.10 Million in 2007. He later went on to play for Manchester City for a year and was acquired by Bayern Munich In the summer of 2011. With Bayern, he has won 8 consecutive Bundesliga titles, 5 DFB Pokals, and the Champions League twice.
Salomon Kalou from LOSC Lille for €3 Million in 2014 – It’s always a blessing to see an experienced striker who was played in some of Europe’s best leagues join your team. The Chelsea legend was no exception as he immediately contributed heavily to avoiding relegation in the 14/15 campaign. Kalou brought the attacking prowess to Hertha, scoring 52 goals during his time at Berlin. The rumours had him going to other teams but he ended up here.