20.08.2021
First Team

It started with Kretzschmar

Facts ahead of the Wolves’ trip to Berlin’s Olympiastadion.

As well as their opening-day victory over Bochum, a glance in the history books should also give the Green-and-Whites confidence for their first away outing of the new season. VfL have only lost to Hertha BSC in one of their last eight meetings, namely a 2-1 defeat at home in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign, when Jürgen Klinsmann was in charge of the Berliners.

Moreover, the Wolves have gone unbeaten in the opening three matchdays in each of the last three seasons. Here are some more facts and figures on the fixture against Hertha:

  • These two clubs go back a long way. The first of their 57 competitive meetings to date came in the promotion play-offs in 1988, when Jörg Kretzschmar became VfL’s first goalscorer against Hertha in a 2-2 draw at Elsterweg.

  • Unlike the Wolves, the Berliners made it into the second division at that time. Nine years later, both clubs celebrated promotion to the Bundesliga.

  • VfL have recorded more goalless draws in the Bundesliga against the capital club than against any other side – five to be precise.

  • The Wolves have registered five Bundesliga away wins at Hertha, the first of which came on 10 February 2001. That was also the final Bundesliga appearance for Krzysztof Nowak, who was brought on 11 minutes from time.

  • Current VfL assistant Kevin Hofland scored just two goals in 76 Bundesliga appearances for the Wolves, one of which came against Hertha in a 1-1 draw during the 2005/06 campaign.

  • Wout Weghorst netted 20 times last season, exactly the same number as all of Hertha’s strikers put together.

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