Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – 1.FC Magdeburg

The glory days of Saxony-Anhalt’s largest Football club may be behind them, but nobody seems to have told the fanatical fans of 1.FC Magdeburg. Despite not having quite as high a profile as other East German professional clubs such as SG Dynamo Dresden, 1.FC Union Berlin and FC Hansa Rostock, Magdeburg remains the only club from the former GDR to have won international honours in the shape of the 1974 European Cup Winners Cup.

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Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Babelsberg

“Old Guard” (in Cyrillic), “On the road for SVB”. SV Babelsberg 03 is a little-known club from Berlin’s south west suburbs that is actually located in Brandenburg, a Bundesland that formed part of the Communist GDR.

Babelsberg ultras

The Cyrillic text and “Ossi” vehicles in the design act as a nod toward the club’s East German heritage. Somewhat unusually for contemporary East German fans, Babelsberg Ultras stand firmly on the left, and the Karl Liebknecht Stadion is a fantastic groundhop for anyone visiting Berlin who is tired of Hertha, Union and Dynamo.

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The Cup, The Capital And The SGD

Olympiastadion Berlin mist

35,000.

That figure means various things to various people. It is the maximum capacity of the Estadio La Romareda, home of Real Zaragoza. It is apparently the number of people who die each year in the USA from antibiotic-resistant microbes. And it is the amount of inhabitants of the market town of Beverley, just north of my beloved Kingston Upon Hull.

It is also the number of fans that followed SG Dynamo Dresden to the Olympiastadion in Berlin for a cup tie against Hertha BSC.

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The Curious Case of Dynamo Dresden

Dynamo Dresden fan flag

Shortly after moving to Germany, my mid-breakfast-Facebook-scroll informed me that Hull City, freshly promoted, were coming to East Germany to take on SG Dynamo Dresden in a friendly a few weeks later. 15.00 on Saturday; easily accessible with a round day trip being cheap. It was on. But in the days beforehand, friends and colleagues had one thing to say;

‘Be careful’

Dynamo Dresden fans are notorious for their aggression and extremism. A  Continue reading