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Nov 19, 2018, 1:58 AM
Team(s): FCUM, MUFC, Hammarby, St Pauli, Hawthorn (AFL)
Thursday 15th 20:45 Germany 3-0 Russia
Ryanair from Manchester and ICE got me to Leipzig just before 6, so time to pop up to Gohlis suburb, just north of the city centre where the excellent Gosenschenke "Ohne Bendenken" is located, serving 4 varieties of gose, Leipzig's signature beer. The Rittergut was the pick imho, befvoe heading to the game. It was all over in the first half, Germany scoring 3 at a canter, the pick the 3rd. I skipped the beer and food in the stadium, preferring not to fund the RB club, but it was only pils and currywurst, with long queues for the former. Ther stadium itself is well worth a visit though, with the current incarnation inside the old bowl which formerly housed 100000 crowds. That must have been some way from the pitch, but the rebuild is pretty good itself. Not much atmosphere.
Post-match popped into Vodkaria and Bobby's Sports bar, the latter having the excellent Maisels Choco Porter in boittles.
Friday gave me a day to explore using a Saxony ticket (€24, all trains, trams and buses) - first to the brewpub Napoleon in the south of the city, easily accessible by tram, decent fodder and nice weizen. Thereafter I took the train out to Torgau, unfortunately the lateness of the train meant I missed the bus out to Werdau, where there's another brauhaus (Alter Elbehof), so a walk was required, very pleasant on a sunny but cold day. The claim to fame for the area is it's where the US and Russian troops first met toewards the end of WW2. The weizen was excellent and a timely bus back into Torgau got me a connection out to Belgern for my 3rd brewpub of the day. Alas there was a private function on but I managed to blag my way in for a quick taste of their range. But there's not much else to Belgern. So back to Torgau for the train to:
Oberliga NOFV Sud
FC Eilenburg 3-2 VFC Plauen
Cracking game with the home side just holding out with 10 men. The stadium is on the north side of the town, 25 minutes walk from the station, which is on the south. It's one covered main stand with seats and terrace, with open terrace alongside. It's grass banks around the rest,with a segregation option, unused tonight, with the Plauen fans just staying in the left side by choice. Both sets of fans sang frequently, so more noise than 100 times the attendance the previous night. Only pils in the ground, with food and drinks served from a cabin at the top of the main stand. Unusually for German grounds, they also did home made burgers and very tasty one was. Post match back to Leipzig and a tram out to Dr Hops, where the super Rittergut gosebock wads sampled, as well as a very good Karg weizen - this place is well worth a vist with 12 changing taps and a good bottle range too.
Saturday I travelled with a Borussia Moenchengladbach fan and hopper, who lives in Belrin. Train and infrequent (every 2 hours) bus got us to Meuselwitz. There's not much in the town but the football ground si good and the home clubhouse bar is very interesting, with a vast array of pennants, scarves and pictures. No weizen, but they did do (Kostritzer) Schwarzbier and the sausages were very tasty. There are un covered seats oin both sides, with a covered section on the far side with terracing above it, where we went:
Thuringia Cup: ZFC Meuselwitz 0-1 Carl Zeiss Jena
Admission: €12 (covered terrace)
Attendance: c 1600
Meuselwitz are a Regionalliga side, right on the border of Thuringia and Saxony and apparently changed which one they were part of after a vote a few years back. The Jena fans wer excellent, singing throughout, but I couldn't warm to the players who whinged and moaned and shrieked as they went down claiming fouls. Ref did OK though. Mesuelwitz had a go but ultimately lacked decent finishing.
We had a fair wait for the first bus back (to Zeitz) and using the Schoene Wochenende ticket meant no ICE's so Leipzig to Berlin was 3.5 hours with 1 hour in Dessau. Productive use was made of that break with a visit to the Dessau brewpub - the Chirstmas Ale the pick there. Berlin itself never disappoints and 4 new hostelries to me were bagged there, culminating in Holy Shit Ale in the Schoppe Brau tap room.
The plan for Sunday was a Berlin double, but the 10:30 game (Anadolou Berlin) was at a very basic venue and I skipped it, heading straight to:
Berlin Cup: Turkyemispor 0-4 Berlin FC Dynamo
The Willy Kressmann Stadium has 2 pitch length uncovered 7 wide step stands, one side with metal benches bolted on to the terrace. BFC (Regionalliga) were clearly better than their Oberliga opponents who huffed and puffed but could not find the net - the latter not seeming too diffcult to the visitors. I was surprised there was little in the way of noise from the fans though. Food was from gazebos behind the goals - an athletic track surrounds.
2145 fight back to Machester - landed early, home for 23:30.
Last new football ground (968) Dusseldorfer Strasse DSV 1900 1-4 DJK Blau Weiss Mintard
With FC United: 136
On the agenda:
4/12 Hamburg II v Luneburg Hansa
7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town