Pál Dárdai has been a fixture at Hertha for the last 18 years. First as midfielder, then youth coach, now he's heading a Berlin revival in the Bundesliga. He talked about discipline, motivation and table tennis sets.
In 2008 Ralf Fährmann made his debut at Schalke. Recently he became the number one goalkeeper after turning things around. His secret is mental strength that helped him rebound into reputable force between the post.
25 years after reunification, all of Germany's top-class professional teams are from the old West Germany. The same goes for the 2nd division with the exception of Union Berlin. But there is hope, chiefly for RB Leipzig.
Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales is emblematic of the the new multi-cultural Bundesliga.