Named after a steam ship and founded in 1892, Hertha Berlin are the most prominent football export from the German capital. Their two German championships in 1930 and 1931 came long before the Bundesliga era.
A founding member of the Bundesliga when the league was launched in the 1963-64 season, Hertha had their most successful years in the 1970s, reaching the German Cup final twice and the UEFA Cup semifinals once. The 1980s and early 1990s were much less kind to Hertha, as the club spent the majority of its time in the second divison. Since the late 1990s, though Hertha, who call Berlin's Olympic Stadium home, have (for the most part) been a fixture in Germany's top flight.
With big money investment and local competition, Hertha Berlin are at a crossroads both on and off the pitch. Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of hapless Cologne was promising but will it lead to more than mid-table mediocrity?
A plan to allow referees to issue yellow and red cards to coaches in the Bundesliga has been met with criticism from the coaching fraternity. It remains unclear whether coaches could face bans after three yellow cards.
Hertha Berlin aren't chasing silverware themselves, but have played a significant role at the Bundesliga summit. On Saturday, they have a final chance to influence the title race when Borussia Dortmund visit the capital.
A second half Javi Martinez header was enough for Bayern Munich to see off a stubborn Hertha Berlin side. Despite a second straight clean sheet, an injury to Kingsley Coman takes some of the gloss off Bayern's win.