Ex-professional criticizes the cup derby against Union Berlin

Before the derby against Union Berlin in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup, former professional Uwe Kliemann criticized Hertha BSC.

“If Hertha doesn’t want to screw up completely in the city, then they have to do something. Because despite the many millions from the investor, not much has happened yet,” said Kliemann to the “kicker” with regard to the second duel with the city rival in the current season.

Hertha had lost their first encounter against Union in the Bundesliga 0-2 – a low point in the already disappointing first half of the season, which ultimately culminated in the sacking of coach Pál Dárdai and the signing of Tayfun Korkut.

Hertha BSC so far without a title in the DFB Cup

Even in the cup, Hertha’s history is by no means glamorous. The best performance in the new millennium came in the 2015/2016 season when they reached the semi-finals. However, this was lost 0:3 against BVB.

The old lady has never won the pot in her club’s history. Twice it was enough for the finals.

In the first attempt, Hertha failed 1977 against 1. FC Köln 0:1. Two days earlier, both teams had drawn 1-1, which is why a replay was scheduled.

It was even tighter in 1979 when Hertha conceded the only goal of the day against Fortuna Düsseldorf in extra time to make it 1-0.

“I was responsible for the fact that we lost”

“In the end I was responsible for the fact that we lost,” said the former defender Kliemann. The 72-year-old initiated the decisive goal in Düsseldorf with an unsuccessful pass.

Shortly after his faux pas, the “Hessischer Rundfunk” wanted to invite him to the TV studio, Kliemann said. “But I said to them: ‘You can fuck me!'”

The two final defeats are “dark spots” on his slate, according to the native of Berlin, who played for Hertha between 1974 and 1980 and also briefly held the position of coach in the mid-1980s.


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