Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Badge of the Day #82 (Dynamo Berlin)
Today we feature an object representing the somewhat notorious Dynamo Berlin, who won ten consecutive domestic league championships between 1979 – 88, any number of which were tainted with more than a whiff of officially-sanctioned corruption both on the pitch & behind the scenes, consequently earning them much opprobrium within East Germany, but who were always an attractive name in a continental context, one it was hoped would feature at the business end of the club tournaments (mostly the European Cup, of course), although after an unfortunate defeat on penalties against Dynamo Moscow in the semi-final of the Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1971 – 72, the club’s debut season in Europe, they subsequently achieved no better than a couple of quarter-finals.
In terms of the badge, it’s obviously one of those vintage objects of desire, properly hauntological & rich with the potential for inspiring a little Ostalgie.
As for the design, when the DDR state decreed in 1954 that Dynamo Dresden’s players be relocated to Berlin in order to assist the capital in being home to a competitive & successful football team, it seems very much like Berlin appropriated Dresden’s ‘D’ for Dynamo logo too, given what appears to be the identicality of this aspect of both club’s crests, if a comparison be made: whatever it’s something of a classic.