Rarely will a UEFA club competition final have a more picturesque location than the Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion.
By Andreas Alf
Rarely will a UEFA club competition final have a more picturesque location than the Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion, venue for the second leg of the UEFA Women's Cup final between 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam and Swedish side Djurgarden/Alvsjo on 21 May.
Named after a famous Social Democrat politician from the old German Democratic Republic and opened in 1946, the ground in the outer Berlin district of Babelsberg backs on to a UNESCO world heritage site and attracts fans of female football from all over the country.
Locals are proud of their 9,200-capacity arena and fondly call it "Karli". Its floodlights are specially designed so they do not clash with the neighbouring park - they open up to twice their regular size for matches before returning to their normal state - and its stands extend right up to the sides of the pitch, creating an intimate atmosphere.
Turbine Potsdam share the stadium with men's fourth division side SV Babelsberg 03 - a club which evolved from Motor Babelsberg from the Communist era - and can draw crowds of several thousand, more than their male counterparts. The stage for three women's international matches to date, the stadium's record attendance was set in 1977 when 15,000 saw the GDR's male side defeat Malta 9-0.