Hertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892
(commonly known as Hertha BSC
or Hertha Berlin
) is a German association football club
based in Berlin
. A founding member of the German Football Association
in 1900, the club has a long history as Berlin's best-supported side. Hertha currently competes in the 2. Bundesliga
but will return to the 1. Fußball-Bundesliga
, Germany's top professional league, for the 2011-12 season.
The club was formed in 1892 as BFC Hertha 92
, taking its name from a steamship with a blue and white smokestack. One of the four young men who founded the club had taken a day trip on this ship with his father. The name Hertha is a variation on Nerthus
referring to fertility goddess from Germanic mythology.
Hertha performed consistently well on the field, including a win in the first Berlin championship final in 1905. In May 1910, Hertha won a friendly match against Southend United F.C.
, which was considered significant at the time as England was where the game originated and English clubs dominated the sport.Hesse-Lictenberger, Ulrich (2003), Tor! The Story of German...