Spanish TV crew first to film ‘Fall of Berlin Wall’

A Spanish TV crew captured exclusive footage of the first people crossing the border from East to West Berlin on the historic night the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, the 25th anniversary of which was celebrated in Berlin on Sunday.

Spanish TV crew first to film 'Fall of Berlin Wall'
The Spanish film crew was on hand to see the first Berlin Wall checkpoint opened on November 9th 1989. Image: TVE/YouTube

The crew with Spain's national broadcaster TVE had gone to the Berlin Wall checkpoint at Bornholmer Strasse on November 9th 1989, after thousands gathered at the wall demanding to be let through in the wake of a decision by East German authorities to allow total freedom of movement for their citizens.

The Spanish crew were the only television journalists on hand at the checkpoint, and midway through an interview with one woman, there was a commotion with people turning towards the border post.

"Look, look," said TVE journalist Rosa María Artal as the border gate was opened and the first East Berliners made the historic crossing.

The TVE film crew then shot exclusive video footage of people crossing over after the collapse of the wall.

It later emerged that East German border guard Harald Jäger made the snap decision to open the barrier at Bornholmer Strasse amid confusion and without clear orders from above.

It was the beginning of a flood of people crossing over into West Berlin and soon people were drinking, dancing and embracing in the streets of West Berlin. Many people brought tools and began immediately to dismantle the hated symbol of German separation.

TVE did not trumpet their exclusive footage, however, merely including it in a report on the historic occasion, Spain's La Información news site reported.

Click here to see The Local's Germany great live blog of celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Fireworks promised for Spain–Germany friendly

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has demanded his players put on a show as his rejuvenated side prepare to welcome Germany, the team that succeeded them as world champions, in Vigo on Tuesday.

Fireworks promised for Spain–Germany friendly
Spanish manager Vicente Del Bosque has injected plenty of new blood into his side, the reigning European champions. Photo: AFP

"When you get this kind of match there's almost no difference whether the game is an official one or like in this case a friendly," said Del Bosque, whose side go into the game on a high having rediscovered their form.

"We want to play well, to put on a show," he said.

"They (Germany) want to remain at the highest level, and we want to keep up our post World Cup momentum," said Del Bosque, after Saturday's 3-0 European qualifier win against Belarus.

Germany coach Joachim Loew looked to be taking the game less seriously than Del Bosque.

"We're delighted to be taking on a team of such a high technical level. It's the perfect test for us," Loew said in Vigo, where the teams are due to play.

"But if we lose I won't consider it a defeat that would compromise our chances for next year (of winning Euro 2016). It's not so important," said Loew.

The World Cup winning coach also suggested he would give a run out to fringe strikers Kevin Volland of Hoffenheim and Stuttgart's Antonio Ruediger.

Loew has recently complained that Germany is suffering a post World Cup hangover, and that a fresh start is needed in the New Year.

"After this match, we need a good break and a long holiday so everyone can recharge our batteries," he said.

Spain captain 'keeper Iker Casillas said the teams needed to live up to their reputations.

"Tomorrow (Tuesday) the last two World Cup winners go head-to-head so you really can't get a more attractive game than that," explained the Real Madrid stopper.

Spain romped to the 2010 World title in South Africa but fell to a dramatic first-round elimination at the 2014 edition in Brazil, won so impressively by Germany.

Del Bosque has injected plenty of new blood into his side, the reigning European champions, with players such as Real Madrid midfielder Isco, Juventus striker Alvaro Moratta or winger Jose Callejon.

"Against the Germans, we'll be giving a run out to everyone we can," said Del Bosque.