Marcelinho was a fan favourite during his spell for Hertha from 2001 to 2006, when the club regular finished in the Bundesliga top six. - © IMAGO / WEREK
Marcelinho was a fan favourite during his spell for Hertha from 2001 to 2006, when the club regular finished in the Bundesliga top six. - © IMAGO / WEREK
60 years of Bundesliga

Bundesliga club-by-club historical guide: Hertha Berlin

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Hertha have been the biggest force from the German capital in the Bundesliga's history, welcoming teams for 40 seasons to their iconic Olympiastadion home.

bundesliga.com is taking you through all the teams to have graced Germany’s first division over the last 60 years – based on the number of seasons they’ve played up to and including 2023/24.

Hertha Berlin
Years in Bundesliga:
40 (1963-65, 1968-80, 1982/83, 1990/91, 1997-2010, 2011/12, 2013-2023)
Most appearances: Pal Dardai (286)
Most goals:
Michael Preetz (84)
Youngest player:
Lennart Hartmann (17 years, four months, 14 days)

No city has produced more Bundesliga clubs than Berlin, with Hertha the capital’s maiden representative in the inaugural season and also the longest serving by some considerable margin. The club itself is named after a steamboat that had recently been used by two of the founding members on the river Havel.

Watch: The founding of Hertha Berlin explained

They were champions in 1930 and 1931 and founding Bundesliga members in 1963, but were relegated in 1965 despite finishing 14th due to financial irregularities. A consequence of that decision was that the league was expanded from 16 to 18 teams for the ensuing seasons. Die Alte Dame (Old Lady) have yo-yoed up and down the divisions over the years, being relegated seven times – most recently in the 2022/23 season just gone – and coming up on six occasions, with their longest absence a seven-year stretch in the 1980s when they sank as low as the third tier.

Hertha introduced Berlin-born brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng to the world of professional football. The club also holds a place in Bundesliga history with the division’s attendance record of 88,075, set when they hosted Cologne on 26 September 1969 at their Olympiastadion home – the stadium built to host the 1936 Summer Olympics, is the location of the DFB Cup final every year, hosted the 2015 UEFA Champions League final, the 2006 FIFA World Cup final and will be where the final of the UEFA Euro 2024 takes place.

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