Junior Team Star
Mar 14, 2012, 4:28 PM
FC Koln 1 Hertha Berlin 0
Admission : 29 euro's (+4 euro's postage to UK)
Attendance : 48,000
Sausage (Stadionwurst) 2.90 euro's chips 2.50 euro's
My first Bundesliga match was a joy to behold, fantastic atmosphere and stadium with a good even match to boot, Hertha should have snatched a point at the death.
I was particularly impressed by the rendition of the club anthem "Mer stonn zo dir F.C. Kölle" (their version of the Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond) at kick off.
and after the match.
The match will probably be remembered by the locals for Cologne's, soon to be departing for Arsenal, star striker Podolski's sending off for a headbutt that never was (saw the replay in the pub after) but for me it was more about seeing a former Chesterfield player in action for Hertha (Felix Basteins 12 games on loan from Forest in 2006) which was a nice bonus.
The Koln players did a lap of honour at end, for winning a lower mid table clash! I got the impression this level of appreciation of the support is the norm in Germany.
My disappointments were not getting a decent view of the Hertha fans who were stuck in the corner virtually hidden from my view on the same end (North Stand) who were in good voice with plenty of colour and flags on show and missing the parade of "Hennes" the Goat (club mascot) pre-match. This was due to the unexpected queues outside caused by insufficient entry gates for a stadium of this size. The random bleatings of "Hennes" over the PA system was an amusing and unique touch.
Beer is certainly king in Germany, Hertha fans were staggering out of the rail station at 10am, with crates of the stuff, one lad dropping and smashing his box of a dozen bottles with no one batting an eye lid, lots of drunken fans with beer in hand mingled all day without a hint of trouble.
The appetite has certainly been whetted for another trip to Germany, loved every minute
(This post was edited by moondog on Mar 14, 2012, 8:05 PM)