Ten minute Bundesliga Previews – 11. Hertha BSC

Hello there,

For the new Bundesliga season, BundesPremierLeague is rolling out a new feature: a podcast called Ten minute Bundesliga previews that you can find on Soundcloud as well.

The basic idea and the reason for the podcast is to give a quick summary of each team before the new Bundesliga season starts in late August. If you missed the transfer window, tuned out soccer for the summer, and\or were too busy watching the Olympics or the Euros to keep up with your club’s events, this is your chance to catch up. While the episodes and the previews are aiming to introduce the Bundesliga to a larger English-speaking audience, there will be more than enough content for die-hard fans to get a couple of nuggets for the upcoming season. I mean don’t you wanna impress your friends before the Bundesliga kicks off?

The format is as follows: we will start by briefly discussing the club’s background and history, moving on to last season’s performance. That is followed by some offseason transfers and finally we give a preview of next year, ending with a season prediction, with a number indicative of their predicted finish in the 16\17 season.

Hertha are at number 11, which might seem like a really low number given last year’s performance in the Bundesliga. The Berlin club struggled against relegation in the recent seasons vastly outperformed expectations last year. In fact, if it were not for a massive collapse down the stretch BSC would have finished third in the Bundesliga. Led by charismatic manager Pál Dárdai, the “Old Lady” had this recipe for their great season: improved tactics, cheap young talent (Weiser, Darida) excellent individual performances plus massive statistical outliers (Kalou, Jarstein, Ibisevic, Darida) with a decent amount of luck (no Europa League, injuries and internal turmoil of other teams). Having already been eliminated from the EL by Brondby the Berlin club can focus on the Bundesliga, but will they keep up their form or regress to the mean? Listen and find out!

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Thanks and stay tuned for more Ten Minute Bundesliga Previews to be posted in the next couple of days as the Bundesliga gets underway in less than a week.

Written by vanbasten99
About Abel Meszaros Abel started out watching and playing soccer in Hungary, before falling in love with the Bundesliga in the mid - 90s (thanks to Kicker and Sat1's Ran). Abel is faithful to BVB, but also endlessly fascinated by the emergence of new teams and talents from Germany. His first English love was the Liverpool teams of Macca and Robbie Fowler, but these days he just roots for the underdogs. He loves to talk/read/write/think about soccer! Otherwise, you can find him working in publishing, teaching ESL, and/or drinking craft beer - not necessarily at the same time, or in that order. Abel tweets at @VanbastenESL and at @BundesPL

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