Sheffield footballers have been celebrating after completing a notable double over the Germans - including a penalty shoot-out success.
Steel City FC players, who have an annual showdown against Berlin team FC Stahl Bier, returned from the German capital wearing winning smiles.
After a double defeat in Sheffield last year, Steel City beat their hosts 2-0 and also went on to win the traditional penalty shoot-out that follows the game. There is fierce but friendly rivalry between the sides and the result in Germany leaves the tally at two apiece.
Player David Allatt, who netted one of the goals in Germany, said: “Berlin were excellent hosts, making incredible efforts to make the occassion special. On arrival Steel City was treated to a ‘beer bike ride’ - essentially a pedal-yourself-bar-on-wheels.”
Steel City manager Matthew Reynolds said: “Every year the German’s impress us with their performance on and off the pitch. There was no way Sheffield were going to leave without the trophy this year, but all credit to Stahl Bier for being worthy opponents and champion hosts. I can’t wait to host them in Sheffield to return the favour.” The match was staged in scorching weather and after Allatt’s opener, the second came from Stephen Parry ten minutes from time. Steel City will play host to the Germans next year.