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”
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”
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.
The Niedersachsenstadion (Stadium of Lower Saxony, also called HDI-Arena or AWD-Arena after current or previous sponsors) is the home stadium of the soccer club Hannover 96 and sometimes also used for other events like concerts. It has been built in 1954 and has 49.000 seats. It was part of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, 1988 European Championship and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The Neckarstadion (today also called Mercedes-Benz-Arena) is home to the VfB Stuttgart and the heart of the Neckarpark – an entertainment area within Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt where the Cannstatter Wasen (a festival in autumn) takes place and you can find various concert halls and museums.
The Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, better known as Estádio do Maracanã (named after a bird living in this region), is the most important soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It was where Germany won the world cup in 2014, but it was also the place for one of the worst events in Brazilian soccer history: Brazil lost against Uruguay in the final of the world cup of 1950. Brazilians refer to this game as the Maracanaço. Continue reading “Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho”
Wolfsburg, Germany is a town in lower saxony founded officially as the Stadt des ‘Kraft durch Freude’-Wagens nahe Fallersleben for only one purpose: building cars. Volkswagen, the partly state-owned enterprise tries to make the city more worth living and has therefore built the Volkswagen Arena, home to the (Volkswagen supported) Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg.
“The cup has its own rules”, we say when talking about the cup of the German football association (DFB-Pokal). In first round of 2014, my team had to play the Fussballverein Illertissen – an amateur team of the Regionalliga Bayern, located close to Ulm. As their own stadium was too small, they rented the Donaustadium, home to the SSV Ulm.