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Formerly, Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle, a huge arena that was torn down in 2011, was the site of popular indoor football matches. Because it is near the Radio Tower Berlin (Funkturm) and the Haus des Rundfunks (House of Broadcasting), the relationship between sports and the media is of course also a relevant topic here.

Football and the media: Developing in tandem.

Starting in the 1970s, the popular indoor football championships were played in Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle, a huge arena originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games and torn down in 2011. The director of this important Berlin venue, Heinz Warneke — he later became president of the Hertha association football club — initiated the first indoor pro tournament on German soil. It took place from January 13 to 17, 1971, and was won by the home team Hertha BSC. For a long time after that, these indoor fun and games events were hugely popular. However, because of changes in the German Football Association’s (DFB) season planning and the risk of injuries on artificial turf, many teams did not send their star players to compete in these matches. And since the late 1990s, when more and more football matches were broadcast on TV, the popularity of the indoor football championships has declined. In contrast, the association football variant “Futsal,” which is officially approved and regulated by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), is becoming more and more popular.

Additional topics on the information board

  • Radio broadcasts of football matches
  • Matches on television
  • SC Charlottenburg’s sports field