This video of a match report on an GDR Oberliga football match from November 25, 1989 has been making the rounds for a while, and I thought I’d post it here with a translation of the moderation as it’s a nice little window into the social changes taking place in East German at that time.
The game in question between Lokomotive Leipzig, a team typically to be found at the top of the East German table (though not in this year) and BSG Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt, a weak sister of GDR football, at Stahl’s homeground, Ironworkers’ Stadium, just over two weeks after the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9th.
Giddy with the new freedoms that have blown in with the winds of change, the reporter from East German television exercises his responsibilities as a member of the fourth estate to ask tough questions of a representative of state power, here Dr. Teetz, the head of Factory Sport Group Stahl’s “Football Section”. He touches on the then popular theme of fair pay for labour and critical aspects of East German cultural policy.
Here’s a transcript of the clip (well, most of it anyway!)
0:00 – 0:30
Moderator: Those who decide to attend a football match in Eisenhüttenstadt get something for not too much money. (To fan 1) You just bought a ticket for the match. How much was it?
Fan 1: One mark ten.
Fan 2: Student price is 45 Pfennig
Fan 3: One fifty.
Fan 4: I’m a pensioner so 45 Pfennig.
Fan 5: I have a season’s ticket for 10 marks.
Moderator: Is that a reduced-price ticket? (thanks to Bernd W. for help with that translation!)
Match Report Itself
2:15 – 3:28
Post-match Interview with Dr. Teetz, the head of the “Football Section” of the
Factory Sport Group Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt.
Moderator: Now the question of questions for Dr. Teetz, head of the “Football Section”. . . Dr. Teetz, that was the eighth tie in a row for the Eisehnüttenstadters, or in other words, the eighth game in a row without a bonus.
Dr. Teetz: That’s correct and regrettable for the Collective. Despite this, however, I have to say that we have shown once again that we are able to motivate this team, through the performance that they bring and the emotion that the fans bring to the team.
Moderator: To come back to the question of game bonuses, would it be possible to raise the ticket prices to 5 marks? Then the players could get a bonus.
Dr. Teetz: (Signs audibly) Naturally we are not pleased with the current ticket prices. You know yourself, at 1,10 for a standing room ticket and 1,60 for a seat, I can’t accumulate any money for investments or things like bonuses, but I think we’ll be able to come to an agreement on raising the ticket prices with the region here in the coming days.
Moderator: The only question that remains open then is what do the fans have to say about this?
Would you pay 5 marks to get in?
Fan 1: For this game? No, I don’t think so.
Fan 2: I’ve been coming to this stadium since 1954. I’d pay 5 marks.
Fan 3: Sure, sure, I’ll always go to the football match.
Fan 4: Nope, I don’t think so.
Oh, and by the way, the match ended 2-2.