A Bundesliga of 18 soccer teams was founded in 1962, gathering the best teams in Germany at that time. Naturally the HSV, the team from Hamburg, having dominated soccer in the northern part of Germany was selected. In fact, the HSV as a founding member of the Bundesliga is the only team that has played in the first league from its beginning without ever being relegated into the second league. The HSV displays a clock in its stadium. For nearly 52 years the Dino, as the club is also called, has stayed in the Bundesliga.
Having attended secondary school in Hamburg and having seen legendary Uwe Seeler (about my age) playing for the HSV, I am biased. Red Baron's only regret is that with the Dino surviving in the first league for another year those famous local soccer matches* between the HSV and the Hamburg cult team St. Pauli now playing in the second league will not be scheduled, at least not during the coming season.
*Compare this to games between the NY Yankees and the Mets