• Hertha finished seventh last term.
  • Have brought in Slovakia international Ondrej Duda.
  • Optimism is high in the German capital.

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way in earnest, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope. Accordingly,'s previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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Next up are Hertha Berlin

Big question

Having spent some 20 weeks in the UEFA Champions League places in 2015/16 before finishing in seventh, the question most fans will want answered next term is whether the Old Lady can keep the spring in her step until the business end of the season.

Having 11 players who each started at least 20 games in the Bundesliga is conducive to building a cohesive team unit, though it perhaps suggests that coach Pal Dardai will have to delve deeper into his squad in the coming campaign.

The stars of last year's campaign - Salomon Kalou, Vladimir Darida, John Anthony Brooks - are staying on at the Olympiastadion, and with the latter two players still on the right side of their 25th birthday heading into the summer break, there is reason to expect progress from a settled side who have nonetheless gone 14 years without a major title.

New faces

Ondrej Duda has been Hertha's biggest signing of the summer so far. A Polish Ekstraklasa champion with Legia Warszawa in 2014, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder swaps capital cities having most recently starred for Slovakia at UEFA EURO 2016, where scored in the 2-1 defeat to eventual semi-finalists Wales.

Vedad Ibisevic, meanwhile, has signed a permanent deal with Hertha after spending last season on loan from now-relegated VfB Stuttgart.

Ondrej Duda was one of Slovakia's standout players at UEFA EURO 2016. © gettyimages / Ian Walton


Hertha's record appearance maker, Dardai is something of a cult hero at the Olympiastadion.

As a coach, he successfully steered the capital club clear of relegation in his first season and raised the bar to an altogether new level in his second.

With an emphasis on team work and ball retention, Dardai got Hertha playing at a level not seen since the days of Lucien Favre in 2008/09 when they finished fourth.

The Hungarian now has to temper expectations as the Old Lady look to cement their position in the upper echelons of the Bundesliga for years to come.

Pal Dardai has raised the bar at Hertha following last season's seventh-placed finish. © gettyimages / Thomas Starke/Bongarts

Key man

Jürgen Klinsmann was not exaggerating when he said that "all of Europe is watching" Brooks following his imperious defensive displays for the USMNT at this summer's Copa America Centenario.

The 23-year-old Hertha youth product has come on leaps and bounds in the last year or so, with last season's performances for club and country underlining his gargantuan potential.

Brooks kept ten clean sheets in 20 starts for Hertha in 2015/16 and will now be looking to an injury-free campaign to continue his and the Old Lady's encouraging progress.

Pre-season form

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Key dates

Hertha kick-off their campaign at home to promoted Bundesliga 2 champions SC Freiburg on 28 August. A trip to Munich to face FC Bayern München is scheduled for Matchday 5, before Dardai’s troops take on a Borussia Mönchengladbach side that won last season’s two Bundesliga meetings by an aggregate score of 9-1, on Matchday 10.

Home ground

The third-biggest stadium in the Bundesliga after Borussia Dortmund’s SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and FC Bayern München's Allianz Arena, Hertha's historic Olympiastadion boasts a 74,649 capacity and is traditionally the venue for the DFB Cup final.