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Just Go to the Football!

October 5, 2009

Rasen Ballsport Leipzig

Rasen Ballsport Leipzig

In this age of Skysports, ESPN and other watch all the football you want channels, one might be tempted to just sit on the armchair and enjoy football straight from home. But I have a small suggestion…

Just go to the football! Ever since I moved to Germany this summer, there was one thing I looked forward to the most, and that is going to football stadiums on the flesh. I had every intention of finding myself a 1.Bundesliga club to follow around but none truly materialised since most of the bigger clubs are at least 150km from where I live in Leipzig.

I ended up giving my allegiance to a local club, one that plays in the NOFV Oberliga Sud. And if you’re not familiar with the German football system, that would be 5th division for you! I had the mentality of just showing up to the ground and not get bothered by the results but it turned out that I’m too competitive(yes, even from the stands) not to worry about that. I truly enjoy showing up to RB Leipzig’s ground, standing in the terraces with the supporters, singing my heart out and just being with my mates on cold and rainy Sunday afternoons.

Another team I have been following locally is a ladies’ football club in which my fiance plays for. When this began last year, I showed up to the games as moral support for my lady but of course, I started care more and more about how these ladies playing in the 4th tier of women’s football in the country. Post SV Leipzig, the women’s club might not be world beaters but its hard not to route for these lovely ladies. While I am a bit rowdy while watching RB Leipzig, I try to use my time watching the ladies team just analyzing a football match.

Post SV Leipzig

Post SV Leipzig

I encourage everyone to find a local football club to regularly see in person. I’m not asking you to stop following your club from overseas, I’m not suggesting that you stop supporting premiership or La Liga clubs. There is nothing wrong with going to a pub at 6am in America or 11pm in Asia just to watch football from abroad but all I’m saying is that the experience of being in the stands watching football is second to none no matter what league or division. I dont’ want to hear excuses either! If there is no top flight club in your city,  you will surely find lower leagues all over the world no matter what country. And if you can’t afford top flight football tickets then surely, you’ll find a local club charging less than £5 a ticket… in any country! So get off your arse and go to the football!

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  1. October 5, 2009 11:44 pm

    Andrew what a great story, it kind of mirrors my world.
    I began watching my local Spanish club three years ago and at first I was a bit of an English curiosity. They are semi-pro Spanish Regional Preferente, (effectively fifth division), and, like you it has become my huge passion. I had the good fortune to write about their exploits for a local newspaper. and during the pre-season was invited onto their board. They’ll never reach La Liga but through the club I’ve made good friends, both Spanish and English, and a one off visit when I was bored one Sunday became one of the best things I’ve ever done.
    Thankfully, my incredibly patient Spanish lady understands my passion, (affliction?), and doesn’t complain if I take in three games a weekend, when the Segunda A fixtures don’t clash.
    You can follow my mood swings and frustration at my blog http://ilicipolero.blogspot.com/

    Best of luck to RB Leipzig – off now to Google a German lower league footy website to find out more about them.

    • October 6, 2009 2:07 pm

      Fair play to your Spanish lady! I’m lucky enough to find a German version myself! I think its really important for football mad guys like us to find someone who can take our complaining and “affliction”! Much thanks for the nice comment!

  2. October 6, 2009 1:14 pm

    Oustanding article, and I really mean it. One of the best I have read in a long time.

    I used to just sit at home on a Saturday afternoon, cheering my favourite English team, Manchester City on. It was exciting, ye, but something was missing. I only travel over once or twice a season, so I rarely get to see the players in the flesh.

    About five years ago, I began supporting Bohemians (League of Ireland Champions) and to tell you the truth, it’s be an absoloute privilege supporting them. Going to the games every Friday with a group of mates is a feeling that no arm chair supporter will ever feel.

    So many people, who have never been to a game, talk down about the Irish game which I find incredibly annoying. For a country with such a strong interest in football, getting crowds of barely 2,000 every week is a disgrace.

    People who just follow an English side think they’re the business but I’ve got news for them … they’re not. I have no problem with them going to the bar on a Saturday to watch Premier League football, but to turn your back on your national league is ridiculous.

    In conclusion, great article and this will defintley be featuring in Football Corner’s Stuff We Liked This Week.

    Cheers

    • October 6, 2009 2:09 pm

      Thank you sir. I know exactly what you mean, the people at the pubs always looked at me as if I was mad for cheering my heart off anyways, so I guess its much better to head off to the stadia of a 5th tier club and let my voice be heard. Alright, I’ll be looking forward to your link!

  3. October 6, 2009 2:54 pm

    I’m with Kevin and Cathal, this is a great article Andrew!

    I used to watch my town’s team in the stadium when I was younger (they’re in 5th division now) and I really missed that. You made me consider the possibility of going back to the stadium every Sunday, since I love ‘underground’ football!

  4. October 6, 2009 4:05 pm

    My local team is called DPMM FC and they play in the singapore league. They were doing well until our FA got suspended by FIFA and now we can’t play there (DPMM is participating as a foreign team). Hopefully FIFA sorts the issue out and let us get on with the football

  5. October 6, 2009 4:41 pm

    i wud but im only 13 hehe…

  6. October 6, 2009 7:12 pm

    Dude. DC United FTL. No thanks unless Chris Pontius plans on playing shirtless.
    And lower leagues like Crystal Palace MD have the wankest atmosphere. You can’t drink in the seats; there’s a designated drinking section just outside the stands. Why? Because the people who attend are 10 year old kids and their parents.

    I take “go to the football” as “go to the pub.” Which I agree with you.
    People who claim to be die hard supporters but watch from home on some Iraqi internet stream lose credibility with me right away. Ive had to put earplugs in before to filter out the codshit spouting from the mouths of people around me, but at least I’m out in the public, bringing attention to the club I love.

    But maybe I’ll start taking in more DC United matches next year…..

    • October 6, 2009 7:48 pm

      Well like I said, its not the quality that matters in underground football but just being out. Again, like i said, don’t stop supporting your club, United or whoever… that is simply madness.

      Maybe collect a handful of your friends and start bouncing for Palace MD! And don’t stand next to the kids, that is madness! or better yet, teach those young kids how to properly chant and behave at the football… they are the future of the game after all.

  7. October 6, 2009 9:00 pm

    Great article!

    My local pub team play in the park behind my house every Sunday and I could watch it from my bedroom window but I do prefer to go over to the park and chat and chant with the other supporters. There’s no stands or anything obviously but it’s a great laugh and a great way to meet new people.

    I do (when time allows) go and watch my local men’s and women’s teams.

    So I say as soon as possible grab your mates and go cheer on your local team!

    • October 6, 2009 11:29 pm

      One of my friends played for a club in Walton called the Casuals….
      Lower division but professional side. So when I was over to visit him, went to see him play. Entirely different scene. Club pub and everything.

      Andrew, I doubt parents want Drunksy McSassy teaching their kids anything.

      But I’ll take it into account.
      At very least there’s some manjoyment in the flesh.

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