Posted: 8/1/2011


        It has always been a pleasant experience visiting the  Sportspark Generali in a rural setting on the outskirts of Munich.

       The local club spVgg Unterhaching has always been Munich's third club after FC Bayern and TSV 1860 Munich. For two seasons all three were in Bundesliga 1 and then they returned to B2 and now B3. Their badge incorporates a bobsleigh since that section of the club has won many World and Olympic winter sports medals.

       We spend a pleasant half hour or so in the charming biergarten  before standing places in the South Stand with their flag waving and chanting fans. It was the DFB POKAL, German Cup and they were at home to SC Freiburg, from Freiburg im Breisgau, pride of the Black Forest, who are in Bundesliga 1.  Their nickname is the Breigau Brasilianer. They brought a big contingent of fans in the north-east corner and it should have been no conntest. They took an early lead and I was expecting an avalanche of goals. However, it was NOT TO BE. Suprise, suprise!! 3-2 to the underdogs, including two penalties.

      The fans and the players and coach Ralf Bucher went delirious, chanting BERLIN, BERLIN, because every season the German Cup final is held in the Olympiastadion in the capital.

      Cedric Makiadi opened the scoring for the visitors in the 9th minute. before Roland Sternisko equalized 8 minutes later.   Mijo Tunic scored from the penalty spot in the 47th minute and it seemed as if we would have extra time when Stefan Reisinger made it 2-2. However, Tunic sealed the win with his second penalty three minutes from time.

      SC Freiburg have been back in B1 for a couple of seasons, but are one of those up and down clubs. Their fans chant  "We go up, we go down, we go into the UEFA Cup". Their all time top goalscorer is a local lad, Joachim Lw, with 81 goals in 252 matches. He is of course the current German national team manager. The city is the warmest in Germany and a big wine growing area.