i was at the berlin fcdynamo game against brandenburg on saturday and a crowd of 341 is a shadow of the stasi backed side of the ddr days.there is a good number of young fans watching them which cant be a bad thing but souveniers on sale have memories of the good old days.8 euros to get in.not sure if they played the big european games here cos it isnt floodlit
Came across the following on Wikipedia:
After German re-unification many former East German clubs rushed to drop the names they were often forced to bear during the Communist era and return to traditional names used prior to the end of World War II or to adopt completely new identities. Dynamo was among the clubs to do so, becoming FC Berlin. However, like many others of these clubs they found more value and fan recognition in the names, colours and crests they had played under in East Germany and so returned to these.
A bit like Lokomotive Leipzig switching to VfB Leipzig before switching back to Lokomotive Leipzig.
The following passage from the Wikipedia article also caught my eye:
Dynamo's situation was complicated as they had neglected to copyright their old logo and found that when they tried to recover it in early 1999 that they no longer held title, having to share it with sports souvenir seller Peter "Pepe" Mager who laid claim to the orphaned image in March 1997. Control of the logo image has since passed to André Sommer and Rayk Bernt and their marketing firm Ra-Be GmbH through which they take ten percent of the value of all fan articles sold. Sommer and Bernt also served as directors in the period following the club's bankruptcy in 2001. This was the cause of additional concern for the beleaguered football association as the pair were known to have links to violent fan groups and the Hells Angels motorcycle club.
The situation has long remained unresolved and Dynamo has been working to recover the rights to its familiar traditional logo. Several alternative logos have been developed and registered in the event that they are unsuccessful in the attempt. The disputed image is in use on Dynamo's first team uniforms, at its website, and in other limited contexts, but the club still is unable to fully exploit the commercial value of the logo to its benefit. In 2009, in response to the problem the club has decided to introduce a new logo that abandons the traditional stylized "D" in favour of the familiar Berlin bear.
I can't imagine the intellectual property in the old "logo" being worth much, not with 300 to 400 fans.