Two Teams in Hambure, Two HSV’s in the Bundesliga

“I have to confess I am mystified why it has taken me so long to pencil in a football weekend in Hamburg. If you want to dive head first into two distinct cultural differences of German football, it does not come more fascinating than Hamburg SV and FC St Pauli. My preconceptions of Hamburg SV were of a traditional club, whose loyal working class supporters regularly troop out to the modern out of city centre sports stadium, Imtech Arena. The club has never been relegated from the Bundesliga and there love for former player Kevin Keegan is only matched back in Newcastle.” Budget Airline Football

Fan Power and the Brown Revolution
“You might not know it, but there is a myth in Europe that FC St Pauli are marketing and PR geniuses. The self-styled punks of European football, symbolised by their skull and crossbones symbol, have never played a competitive match outside of Germany, nor have they played much football in the Bundesliga. Yet despite this, there is considerable interest in the boys in brown and specifically in their supporters.” In Bed With Maradona

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