Soccer fans, look out: Not one, but two sensational matches are coming up in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. It starts with the final of the DFB Cup (the German national trophy) on May 30th 2015. And just one week later, the king of European Soccer will be crowned in the Champions League final. Here is all you need to know about the upcoming highlights:
DFB Cup Final: Borussia Dortmund vs. VFL Wolfsburg
In Berlin’s soccer calendar the DFB Cup final is the most important annual date. Next to the Champions League final though, the match about the second most important title in German Soccer seems a minor affair this year. Which is by no mean justified, for the lineup of the game is a little surprise: Record champion FC Bayern München was eliminated by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals on memorable penalties. VFL Wolfsburg overcame its finalphobia (the XI from Volkswagen City has a history of being eliminated last minute) and entered the last round on account of an impressive 0:4 against Arminia Bielefeld. In the national league Wolfsburg is fighting for the Champions League ticket at the moment, so the DFB Cup final will undoubtedly be an exciting match. Kickoff is on May 30th, 8 pm.
Champions League Final: Juventus Turin vs. FC Barcelona
In the Champions League, too, Bayern München couldn’t make it – just like another top team: Title holder Real Madrid was eliminated by Juventus Turin after the latter had won the first leg game and grinded out a draw in the second. FC Barcelona had made it very clear with a 3:0 against Bayern Munich in the first match that they would not pass on the final. It is a big honor for Berlin that the most important game in European team soccer will be held here. Only three years ago the final match took place in Munich, so the European soccer association UEFA must have been impressed with the well-organized German association (DFB) and the cheerful German fans, both in the stadium and on the streets. We can be sure: When they get the ball rolling one June 6th, 8:45 pm, in the amazing atmosphere of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, it’s going to be the soccer highlight of the year.
Unsurprisingly both matches have been sold out for quite a while, nonetheless there’s no need to hang down your head just because you don’t own a ticket. All over Berlin there will be countless opportunities for public viewing. You can even watch it at the Olympic Stadium, or rather, next to it: At Waldbühne right in the Olympic Park there will be a huge live screening of the DFB Cup final. The Champions League final then will bring back the ever-popular Fanfest at Brandenburg Gate. Not only can you follow the match live with thousands of other fans, there will also be lots of supporting programs all over the weekend, like bands, lotteries, and all sorts of other exciting soccer stuff. All sports bars of Berlin will celebrate both games – we recommend you check out Pirates right next to Oberbaumbrücke, where you can watch both matches and enjoy a huge and yummy pizza at the same time. And of course, we at Industriepalast Hostel will screen both games in the Lobby, too.
We think that you should by no means miss this year’s soccer highlights! No matter whether you prefer to watch it in the cozy sports bar around the corner or on the spectacular fan-mile, it’s best to enjoy both finals live in Berlin and take the days in between to check out the amazing capital.
See you when the ball gets rolling,
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel Berlin
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.