Home | World Cup | World Cup Venues | World Cup History |
 World Cup Groups | Soccer Rules | Soccer News | Live Odds | Contact Us | Webmaster |
Get Soccer Now

Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup Venues

FIFA World Cup Host Cities - BERLIN

Berlin city profile

Population: 3.39 Million
Federal State: Berlin
Airports: Tegal, Tempelhof, Schonefeld
Origins: The first documentary evidence of Cölln, on the River Spree, dates back to 1237. Berlin and Cölln officially merged in 1432.
Football Clubs: Hertha BSC Berlin (Bundesliga)

Berlin Germany 2006Since its foundation it has been Berlin’s fate to be divided and re-unified. Within the confines of the Spree valley, between Koepenick and Spandau, Coelln was founded on the Spree Island and Berlin on the north bank. Coelln was first mentioned in a document in 1237. Coelln and Berlin were unified in 1307, the unification being annulled in 1442. This separation lasted until 1709.

The city became the political centre of Brandenburg, Prussia and the German Reich. After the foundation of the German Reich in 1871, the city progressed quickly to become Germany’s largest industrial and cultural centre. The Second World War (1939-1945) triggered by the National Socialists, the Nazis, had a devastating effect on Berlin and led to the destruction of large parts of the city. Subsequent political developments divided the country and its capital: The building of the Wall in 1961 drastically and brutally completed this separation.

The Wall did not come down again until 1989, when the people from West and East Berlin were finally reunited. Berlin, the country’s largest city, has once again become the capital of a united Germany, the Brandenburg Gate symbolising this re-unification. Berlin is not only the seat of the government and cultural capital, but also Germany’s sports city. More than 525,000 male and female athletes are registered in about 1,900 clubs; 160 teams from Berlin compete in the top leagues in most differing sports – including football, of course.

From basketball to cycling, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, swimming to volleyball and water polo. The Olympic Training Centre Berlin is the largest in Germany. It is not just by chance that Berlin, proportionate to its size and inhabitants, is very well represented in German Olympic squads. At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano ten per cent of the German athletes came from Berlin.

Berlin has a tradition as a sports city. Not only because the first public exercise site was inaugurated as early as 1811, but also because many sporting highlights are staged here year by year.

For instance the Berlin Marathon, the international athletics event ISTAF, the women’s international tennis championships, the CHI equestrian event and the Six Days in the newly built »temple« of cycling, the Velodrom. The city’s currently most successful football clubs are Hertha BSC, which plays in the Bundesliga, and Tennis Borussia Berlin in the Zweite Bundesliga.

Major events at the Berlin Olympiastadion

  • 1936 Olympic Games
  • 1974 World Cup
  • More than 60 international football matches
  • The Olympiastadion has been the traditional home venue of Hertha BSC, often with capacity crowds
  • International stadium events/ISTAF annually
    Two German Gymnastics Festivals (1968 and 1987) and two Gymnaestradas with guests from all over the world

Berlin stadium profile

Population: 3.39 million
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Project: Reconstruction
Investment: 242 million Euro

Gross Capacity: 74,220
Total Seating Capacity: 66,021 (*)
Purchasable Ticket Capacity (**)
  • Group stage: 56,358
  • Quarter-finals: 56,316
  • Final: 55,562

Olimpic Stadium BerlinThe Berlin Olympic Stadium has hosted its fair share of momentous, epoch-making events, but 9 July 2006 is destined to eclipse everything that has gone before. A global audience of well over a billion is set to follow the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final live on TV.

American sprinter Jesse Owens won four gold medals here at the 1936 Olympic Games. Today, one of the avenues leading to the ground and a VIP lounge bear the great runner's name. The stadium has staged the German Cup Final since 1985.

Reconstruction at a cost of €242m began in the summer of 2000. A spectacular gala opening ceremony including an appearance by world-renowned star P!NK took place on 31 July 2004. Hertha BSC Berlin contested the first match at the facelifted arena against Besiktas Istanbul on 1 August. The following month, FIFA World Cup holders Brazil met Germany in the inaugural international.

Reconstruction had to be carried out with the greatest of care due to the listed status of the structure, originally designed by architect Werner March and built between 1934-36 for around 42 million Reichsmark.

The new stadium incorporates VIP and Sky executive boxes, Business Seats, a Hertha BSC megastore, underground warm-up facility (including a 110m running track and long-jump pit) and an underground car park. The rebuilding project was primarily aimed at optimising functionality and spectator comfort. For example, practically all the 74,200 seats are covered, whereas previously only 27,000 seats were protected from the elements.

5,000 dimmable fluorescent lamps, an ultra-modern PA system and dazzle-free floodlighting provided by a single brilliant band along the front edge of the roof permit a wide variety of exciting atmospheric effects.

The new roof, a vast oval interrupted as before by the listed Marathon Gate, provides a delicate contrast to the robust muscularity of the historic tectonics. The lightweight cantilever construction is borne by an intricate web of 20 beam supports ranging over the gallery, and 132 steel pillars. The roof is literally the crowning glory of a harmonious solution incorporating past, present and future.

€196m from the federal government, €46m loan to the Olympiastadion Asset Holding Company mbH, guaranteed by the state of Berlin.

(*) "Total Seating Capacity" means the Gross Capacity less the seats unavailable for use due to restricted views and security/contingency reserves for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This capacity is estimated and may change once these deductions are finally determined.
(**) "Purchasable Ticket Capacity" means the Total Seating Capacity less tickets reserved for the media and press, VIP requirements and complimentary tickets. This capacity is based on maximum media requirements and may change once these requirements are finally determined.

Berlin Cologne
Hamburg Frankfurt
Hanover Kaiserslautern
Dortmund Nuremberg
Gelsenkirchen Stuttgart
Leipzig Munich

Online Betting

Online Betting

Online Betting

Online Betting Online Betting Online Betting Online Betting
Home | World Cup History | World Cup Venues | World Cup Groups | Soccer Rules | Sitemap |
| Live Odds | Contact Us | Webmaster |
US CITIZENS: The information contained herein is for entertainment and news matter only. Any use of this information in violation of federal, state and local law is strictly prohibited. Offers by offshore sportsbooks advertising on this site are void in states where prohibited by law. Please check with your local or state enforcement agency.