The “most exciting football project in Europe” started in 2019, as former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann boldly put it, speaking of the “Big City Club” Hertha BSC. “Klinsi” has long since disappeared for three years, the sleeping giant is sleepier than ever and investor Lars Windhorst has burned 374 million euros.

Catastrophic record: Hertha BSC’s transfer record since Lars Windhorst and his investment company Tennor Holding joined has been devastating. According to “Spiegel”, the sponsor now owns 64.4 percent of the professional department, but the club just can’t move because the transfers don’t bring the club a step forward.

Only four clubs spent more: Since Windhorst’s arrival as a big lender, only four Bundesliga clubs have spent more money on player transfers: Munich, Leipzig, Dortmund and Leverkusen. The Berliners pumped 169 million euros into the market just to avoid relegation. Hertha would have become the most expensive relegated team in Bundesliga history by a hair’s breadth, finishing 10th, 14th and 16th under Windhorst at the end of the year.

Trainer wear: The comparison with the unloved city rivals Union Berlin is shameful for the “old lady”. The Köpenickers were eleventh, seventh and fifth in the time. While Hertha wore out a whopping seven (!) coaches, Union relied on one man in Urs Fischer and a lot of continuity. “We wanted to compete with those at the top,” said current manager Fredi Bobic about Windhorst’s time in “Spiegel”. “It didn’t work that way.”

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