Sunday, 18 May 2008

Past EFW Classics Part 3

6 pints + comedy jacket = much amusement.

Borussia Monchengladbach fanhouse.


Commerzbank Arena - home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Arminia Bielefeld (05.11.05)
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Hamburg (06.11.05)

Another trip where we used Cologne as a base and purchased a 'weekender' train ticket to go to our games. These tickets allow up to five people to travel on regional trains throughout Germany for the princely sum of a couple of buttons.

After a Friday night of drinking in our favourite pubs of Cologne we ventured down to Frankfurt and met up with some home fans in the bars set up outside the stadium. From what I remember one chap had a Kermit the Frog around his neck which was infamous in those parts.

We had tickets for the seating section of the stadium but the lads we met were having none of that and they sneaked us in the terracing behind the goal in with the ultras. The stadium was barely half full but Eintracht Frankfurt fans are known for their vociferous support and they didn't disappoint.

After the final whistle everybody celebrated as if they'd won the world cup. Who were we to argue!?

The next day we headed for a pre-arranged meet with Thomas 'Tower' Weinmann in the Borussia Monchengladbach fanhouse near to the stadium. Tower is the fan liason chap for BMG and he does a great job. It'll take you a nano-second to realise why he called Tower should you ever cross paths with him.

The hospitality afforded to us in that fanhouse before the game was legendary. A few weeks after that game Tower sent me a package of BMG goodies including badges, cds, pennants and allsorts. There wasn't a dry eye in the house back here at European Football Weekend HQ.

Stumbling out of the fanhouse and into the stadium, some of the fans told us that BMG were famous for having fans with denim jackets and football patches on (what's not to like!?) and huge tumbling surges on the terrace when BMG score. We were on the terrace which only cost us £8 each which made up for the fact the game finished 0-0 and hence no aforementioned tumbling surges.

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