Borussia Mönchengladbach, the soccer club of Mönchengladbach, Germany, was once playing at an epic stadium called the Bökelberg. Legendary fights are recorded from that times. A lot of stories could be told of that place (like when in 1971 the goal post broke in a match against Werder Bremen). What is left? The Bökelberg still exists even though the stadium was destroyed from 2005 on. It defended itself and withstood the first explosives – but today it is converted into a residential zone. You can still see the terraces and the structure of the stadium.Continue reading “Borussia-Park”Y
The BayArena at Leverkusen, Germany is a soccer stadium I saw multiple times – when passing by on motorway A1 directly next to it. As Leverkusen itself feels like a giant chemical plant with a city around it, I never had the desire to go there. Doing it nevertheless was a good decision as the stadium is really great in its design and services. It is home to the ‘Werkself‘, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a club owned by this giant chemical plant (the Bayer AG). A club that never won the German championship but ended five times on the second place – and is therefore often called ‘Vizekusen‘.Continue reading “BayArena”Y
Wembley Stadium is the second-largest soccer stadium in Europe, home to the English national team and visible from far away because of its 133 meters high arc. It can host up to 90000 spectators and was opened in 2007 on the grounds of the former stadium (with its iconic twin towers) built in 1923. For soccer fans this is holy ground – not only because of the final of the world championship held here in 1966.Continue reading “Wembley”Y
The Sporthalle Hamburg is a multifunctional indoor arena for different kinds of sports in the north of Hamburg, Germany. I guess it is very good for sport events – but we came there for a concert of George Ezra supported by Ten Tonnes. It will not become my favorite concert location as the sound and the air ventilation weren’t good.
For some people it is a fairytale and for others an ugly story how money can change the game they love: the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was once a very small club in the city quarter Hoffenheim belonging to Sinsheim, Germany. An then Dietmar Hopp came – the founder of the well-known software company SAP. Continue reading “Rhein-Neckar-Arena”Y
I’ve been numerous times to the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany – as a visitor in the Ostkurve. Used to the washed concrete on the first level used by the masses. This time we came here on a Sunday morning to take a guided tour and together with the greenkeeper we were the only people inside the stadium; a unique atmosphere. Continue reading “Exploring the Weserstadion”Y
Soccer is about tradition. About clubs with a long history. Clubs founded in 1899 – or something around that time. But nowadays in the German Bundesliga there are more and more artificial clubs funded by companies. A dangerous trend that can easily damage soccer as we know and love it. Continue reading “Another artificial soccer club”Y
The Stadion am Böllenfalltor – its name referring to a city gate and cottonwoods standing there in earlier days – is a soccer stadium in Darmstadt, Germany. It currently holds up to 17.000 supporters and is home to the SV Darmstadt 98, wearing blue and white and calling themselves “The lilies” – because the lily is part of the city arms of Darmstadt.
The olympic stadium of Berlin, Germany is a multi-sports arena in the west of the city, belonging to the area of Charlottenburg-Willmersdorf. It is home to the soccer club Hertha BSC Berlin, hosts the annual final of the DFB soccer cup and was the place of the final of the Soccer World Championship in 2006. Nearly 75.000 spectators can watch matches here at the same time.
The Westfalenstadion (nowadays called “Signal Iduna Park”) is a soccer stadium in Dortmund, Germany and home to the Ballsportverein Borussia (BVB). It has been built in 1974 and has space for 80.000 supporters. Special feature is the “yellow wall” on the south side, huge stands for the frenetic supporters of BVB, forming an impressive background.