Monday, 27 April 2009

FC St.Pauli V SC Freiburg

Bundesliga 2
FC St.Pauli 1 SC Freiburg 2
Millerntor Stadion Hamburg
April 24th 2009 6pm Kick off
Attendance 23,201 (Full House)
Weather Warm +21
Ticket Seating 25 Euros
Stadium 3/5 
Pauli Fans 5/5
SC Fans 4/5 (Around 2,000)
Referee 1/5 
Astra Pils 500ml 3.30 Euros 4/5
Entertainment 4/5
Club Websites
Match Details
 My Route 
Gutersloh Hbf - Hannover Hbf 1Hr 10Mins
Hannover Hbf - Bremen Hbf 5 1Hr 5Mins
Bremen Hbf - Hamburg Hbf 55Mins
Hamburg Hbf - Reeperbahn 15Mins
15 Min Walk To The Stadium

A Fact

It was in the mid-'80s that St. Pauli's transition from a traditional club into a "Kult" club began. The club was also able to turn the location of its ground in the dock area part of town St. Pauli near Hamburg's famous Reeperbahn - centre of the city's nightlife and its red-light district - to its advantage. An alternative fan scene emerged built around left-leaning politics and the "event" and party atmosphere of the club's matches. Supporters adopted the skull and crossbones as their own unofficial emblem. Importantly, St. Pauli became the first team in Germany to officially ban rightwing, nationalist activities and displays in its stadium in an era when fascist inspired football hooliganism threatened the game across Europe. In 1981, the team was averaging crowds of only 1,600 spectators: by the late '90s they were frequently selling out their entire 20,000 capacity venue.

In the early '90s, the media in Germany started to work on the Kult-image of the club, i.e. by focusing on the punk part of the fan-base in tv broadcasts of the matches. By this time, the media also started to establish nicknames like "Freibeuter der Liga" (Pirates of the League) as well as das Freudenhaus der Liga ("league house of merryment", a double entendrefor league brothel"') phrases not used by the club's followers.

St. Pauli began a roller coaster ride that saw them in and out of the Bundesliga over the course of the next dozen years: The 1984-85 season ended very close but St. Pauli was relegated to Oberliga again. The team won the 1985-86 championship and returned to 2. Bundesliga. Two increasingly strong years followed resulting in promotion and three seasons in 1. Bundesliga 1988-91. Four seasons followed in 2. Bundesliga, and then another two-season-long run in 1. Bundesliga 1995-97, before returning to 2. Bundesliga. From Wikipedia