The view from Germany

New kids on the block

July 31, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld
The new Bundesliga season kicks off on August 9 and there are two new kids in town: Hertha BSC and Eintracht Braunschweig.

Hertha, though, are not so fresh-faced. "The Old Dame", as the Berlin club are known, have been a yo-yo club since 2009, when Michael Preetz replaced long-standing Hertha general manager Dieter Hoeness.

At this point, Preetz faces a difficult task. Last season, Hertha went up with a record-breaking 76 points, but his four-year reign has seen the club relegated ...

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