The best first half of my entire life (so far)

The Allianz-Arena is the most important soccer stadium in Munich, Germany. In fact it is a gigantic temple for soccer and home to the two major clubs in München; the TSV 1860 München and the FC Bayern München. 75.000 supporters can find a place here and watch matches with an absolutely gorgeous view.

The hull of the stadium is lighted in different colours – it is blue on match days of 1860, red for the FC Bayern and white for matches of the German national team; but it can switch to every other colour – on St. Patrick’s day the stadium is painted green. The arena is located in the north of München, close to the motorways 9 and 99. You can easily reach it by S-Bahn, but maybe you’ll be the only person not wearing a red shirt in a huge stream of Munich supporters. Beware of the open-minded but quite provocative Bavarians and their special sense of humour.

I came to the Allianz-Arena for a match of the SV Werder Bremen against Bayern München. In earlier days this was a great match of the 2nd against the 1st of the all-time result table of the Bundesliga. Because of the continuous dominance of the Bavarians and the ongoing weakness of my team we all expected a clear defeat. But in the first half two goals for Bremen brought us 1:2 into the lead: Theodor Gebre Selassie and Aaron Hunt scored.

During the break I was switching between proud, hope and nervousness – and I was jumping around in excitement. Should it be possible for us to win against Munich? In fact two goals of former Werder player Claudio Pizarro at the beginning of the second half-opened the door to a 5:2 defeat. But the first half was really worth seeing. 😉

Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25
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