Over here in the states we don't get to see nearly enough German soccer and when we do, it usually involves Champions League. The truth is though that we're missing out on not only some awesome football, but also some of the best fans around the globe.
In honor of our three new German inspired designs pictured below now available at the store, I thought I would feature the three clubs and their amazing fans in this blog post.
FC St. Pauli
FC St. Pauli is a phenomenon. It doesn't matter which division they are in or how the club is playing, their fans are die hard and the club itself has been called by such monikers as "Freibeuter der Liga" (Buccaneers of the League), as well as other nicknames celebrating their free spirited ways.
During the 80's, the club made the transition from a traditional club into a "Kult Club" which opened the doors for a new type of fan base. Not only a football loving fan base, but fans who brought the party before, during and after every match and were also very active in the political and social scenes around Reeperbahn.
To this day, the fan support stays rabid and although St. Pauli could face being relegated from 2. Bundesliga after a disappointing 2014/15 season so far, there is little doubt that their fans will continue to follow them regardless of which division they end up.
Easily the most recognizable German club outside of the country itself, Bayern Munich has enjoyed international success for quite some time now and have established themselves as THE team to beat in Bundesliga.
The FC Bayern Ultras travel well and are represented around the globe and even consider the aforementioned FC St. Pauli Ultras "friends" of the theirs. That doesn't mean that they still don't know how to rub it in when either team wins though. An upset win for FC St. Pauli over Bayern Munich in 2001/02 did lead to St. Pauli's faithful creating "Weltpokalsiegerbesieger" shirts which translates to "World Champion Beaters" as Bayern Munich were reigning World Club Cup Champions at the time.
Perhaps the second most recognizable German club around the world, Borussia Dortmund also happens to be one of the most exciting teams to watch with their "Never Say Die" attitudes in recent German Cup and Champions League tournaments.
No doubt that it has stung the club and their fans watching some of their best players like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze leave for the powerhouse that is Bayern Munich, but the resilient team continues to fight and even after a rough start to their 2014-15 season, Dortmund has managed to climb back into the Top 10 in Bundesliga and worked their way into a German Cup Final against Wolfsburg after defeating the current Bundesliga Champs, Bayern Munich in the semifinals.
Borussia Dortmund's fans are pretty special as well. They play their home games at Westfalenstadion which happens to be the biggest stadium in Germany and their average attendance is the highest of any association football club in the world.
These are just three of the special clubs and their amazing fans that you will find in Germany. Here's to hoping we get to see a little more of them here across the pond in the future!