“Dear Oldenburgers, we do not eat children”
The ten-time East German champions BFC Dynamo are advancing to the third division. In the first match of the relegation, however, there is a violent setback. To this day, the Berliners have not been able to completely throw off the unloved club’s reputation. But they try.
IBFC Dynamo from Berlin has won a total of 15 championships in its history. Ten times, from 1979 to 1988 DDR-Oberligaen, once Berlin-Liga (2004), three times Oberligaen in the Northeast German Football Association (1992, 2001, 2014), now this year Regionalligaen.
The last title, however, is probably the most ungrateful. Due to the lack of direct promotion rights, the first jump in professional football is ahead of two playoffs against the champions of the Regionalliga Nord. And the first match in the local Sports Forum was lost 0: 2 (0: 1) against VfB Oldenburg. The BFC never lived up to their role as favorites and appear to have played promotion to the third division away before the second match on June 4th.
While the fans from Oldenburg, who had traveled with them, danced in the guest block, the Berlin players trotted across the pitch disappointed, and their fans also seemed to have been shocked by the game. Apart from the guests’ party, the silence had settled over the venerable stadium. Before the match, the spokesman for the BFC stadium predicted that it would at least remain largely quiet on the other side of the pitch: “Dear Oldenburgers, we do not eat children. We are in fact a normal football club.”
Like VfB, which experienced its heyday in the nineties. In 1992, Lower Saxony missed promotion to the Bundesliga with only one point with Radek Drulak as the top scorer in the second division. So it was probably also to be understood as a reminiscence that the stadium management received the Oldenburgers to warm up with the Backstreet Boys, whereby “Everybody rock your body” could also be interpreted quite differently seen in the home crowd.
A GDR flag is waving on the fence
To this day, the Hohenschönhausers have not been able to completely shed the club’s reputation, which is unloved and unwanted in public. After the ties to the Stasi inevitably ended as a result of reunification, the club also became a paradise for hooligans and the martial arts scene. “Your hatred makes us stronger! Friendship Weinrotes Ost-Berlin”, it said on a banner with old German writing, while a DDR flag fluttered on its back on the fence.
Before the kick-off, BFC’s successful youth work was applauded. The U13s, winners of the Berlin Cup in 2022, ran a round of honor through the stadium with the trophy. The championship season in the Regionalliga Nordost also brought 200 new members, the club announced on Saturday.
Dynamo could not build on the successful season against VfB. The Oldenburgs proved to be more active and playful from the start. The halftime lead of Robert Zietarski (27th) was deserved. And then it was over, at least for a moment, with the subtleties. “Come home with you. Nice to mom, hug. Come down again. You are only guests here in Berlin,” the stadium spokesman told the guest block after some VfBers felt called to climb over the fence by provocations from the BFC grandstand. Small verbal skirmishes, muscle tension and tossed beer mugs – but that was all. It remained peaceful.
Beck missed the biggest BFC chance
Five minutes after the restart, Sportforum even saw the two fan camps close rows. “Fucking DFB” sounded like an alternation between the blocs and reminded us that the champions in the north, in Bavaria and in the northeast only move up directly every three years. In 2022, SpVgg Bayreuth was the lucky one.
However, the BFC proved far too rarely that it was suitable for the third division. After all, there were a couple of goal opportunities in the second half thanks to increased commitment and more aggression, of which Christian Beck missed the best. The experienced striker headed free-standing from four yards next to the goal (68th). The goal therefore fell on the other side. Double-packer Zietarski opened the door to the third division for Oldenburg with 2: 0 (78th).
Should Dynamo not be able to create a sporting turn in the second half, the Berliners could still use the stage and show that they are not just a normal football club. The perception of the opposing team after the final whistle (“Without Oldenburg there would be nothing in the way here”) can in a way also be taken as a compliment.