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Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:04 pm
by eujin
The German FA announced their list of ten host cities for the bid to host the 2024 European Championship: Berlin, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.

After corruption problems with the 2006 list, they decided to make the criteria and evaluations public, which is a good thing. Hanover didn't make the cut, because the stadium doesn't have enough executive boxes and the city doesn't have enough five-star hotels, which is a bad thing. If they're going to be so blatant about their elitism maybe they should go back to secrecy. Hannover 96 chairman Martin Kind now wants to build more executive boxes, or rather, he now has an excuse to build more executive boxes.

Also, after the problems in London when 20,000 Köln fans turned up to watch their team play Arsenal in the Champions League, it's worth mentioning that they're not the only ones and Germany clearly has a problem when their fans travel to England and the locals struggle to cope with their misbehaviour. Part of me blames it on the safe-standing and cheap tickets - maybe executive boxes aren't such a bad idea after all.

Oh, and Hannover 96 are top of the Bundesliga (for now).

Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:22 am
by eujin
Somebody somewhere had the bright idea that since the German Southwest regional fourth tier has an odd number of teams, it would be a good chance to base the Chinese U20 team in Germany this year and have them play the odd team out each week. All this was smoothed over with plenty of money for all involved. Some querulous fans didn't approve though and took to Facebook to show their "support" for the idea under the slogan "You'll never wok alone". At the first match this past weekend a group of Tibetan travelling fans then turned up with their festive flags. That didn't go down very well and the Chinese players stormed off the pitch for 20 minutes.
At least it gets people who wouldn't otherwise go along to non-league football.