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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Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – BSG Chemie Leipzig

More than nominally “left-wing” fans, supporters of BSG Chemie Leipzig proactively fight rising commercialism in Football by voluntarily undertaking a lot of basic jobs around the club. This relieves the club of some overhead costs, and as a consequence, the club is in less need to sell advertising space to diversify its revenue streams. Fan integration is a key part of Chemie Leipzig, and the close relationship between management and supporters should be thought-provoking and inspirational to anyone concerned about fan welfare being compromised by business interests in Football.

Chemie Leipzig sticker

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Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Hannover 96

Located in the central German federal state of Niedersachsen or “Lower Saxony”, Hannover doesn’t overindulge its visitors in culture the way other larger German cities such as Munich, Leipzig, BerlinHamburg and Dresden do. Yet the Ultras of Hannover Sportverein von 1896 have recently been very proactive in response to the actions of the club’s owner, Martin Kind, who has been outspoken in his opposition to the “Ultra Culture” that exists within German Football. Subsequently in 2014 the Ultras of Hannover 96 openly stated their plans to boycott club matches in protest of Kind’s comments, returning to the terraces a year later.

Hannover 96 sticker

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