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Babelsberg is often called “Sankt Pauli of East Germany“, because the club from Potsdam, next to Berlin, also has a rebel image and a straight anti-fascist supporter scene. No wonder, that there has been a friendly relationship between the clubs for over 20 years. So recently the two teams arranged a friendly and lots of FCSP Supporters went to Babelsberg and celebrated before the game together. Not only did Sankt Pauli supporters come to watch the game, but also fans from Livorno, Glasgow Celtic and Partizan Minsk were around. The gates of the Karl LiebknechtStadion were all open and so it was possible to visit both the home and away sectors, so after a while Babelsberg and FCSP fans were really mixed up in most areas. When the teams entered, there were two amazing choreos on both sides, symbolizing the friendship between Babelsberg and Sankt Pauli. (You can watch a video of some of the choreos here)
While the first half was quite good and Lennart Thy and Marius Ebbers scored for the boys in brown, the second half belonged to Babelsberg. That’s maybe because coach Schubert changed a lot. Anyway, there was a big party at the ground with lots of pyros and the two supporter groups were chanting together. St. Pauli won 2-1 in the end. After the game some fans of both clubs marched together to the so called “Freiland”, an occupied area, where the Ultrash, a two day-festival organized by Ultras Babelsberg, took place. Various bands played on those days, for example The Wakes or Johnny Mauser & Captain Gips, who were recommended by me already on my last piece in this newsletter ;-) I stayed those two days in Babelsberg and really enjoyed the time I had with the fans of Babelsberg. If you are in the region of Berlin, take the time, visit Babelsberg, talk to the fans, you’ll hardly find nicer ones. Thanks to all those guys, who made this trip an unforgettable weekend! 1910 & 1903! By @Bucanero1910
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Messages from the Fanladen
Welcome to the new season! Just a few words though, first of all, on our evergrowing membership. We currently have 26 fully paid-up members of Yorkshire St Pauli, which is likely to increase quite a bit when we get to our first stream date against Aue (I’m counting the hours!). Thanks to everyone who has joined, whether you are in Yorkshire, Hamburg, the US or anywhere else. We really appreciate it!
When we set up the official fanclub last season, we were unsure of our overheads. Our main outlays are for the Official Fanclub Subscription (€30) and for subscription to St Pauli Fan TV, enabling us to screen the games in a semi-professional manner (approx. €50 per season). What we didn’t envisage was that members would come up with the great idea of selling Yorkshire St Pauli T-shirts in cyberspace (have you got yours yet?! Available here), from which a small profit returns to us. The sale of Tshirts has happily left us in the clear financially. We are, however, a non-profit organisation and so we have decided to slash Yorkshire St Pauli subs from £5 to just £1 (that’s less than the cost of a can of Beck’s at Wharf Chambers!). For your pound you get a very official-looking membership card and a tremendous feeling of well-being. With our overheads pretty much covered by T-shirt profits and the small membership charge, we decided that any excess profits from the sale of our T-shirts would go to Viva con Agua, the St Pauli-based charity. More of that later! Our final outlay is the £10 charge to use Wharf Chambers for our streams. One or two visitors have asked why we pay for the use of the room, when we will surely put plenty of money over the bar, but in truth we feel very much at home at Wharf Chambers, like the people involved and want them to make a success of their venture. As such, we are happy to support them in this small way. We will continue to ask for a small contribution from those attending streams and any excess over and above the £10 fee will be donated to Viva con Agua.
As the fanclub’s contact for the Fanladen and Fanclubsprecherrat, I regularly get messages about the fanscene in German, which I’m happy to share when relevant. One such recent message relates to the Fanladen’s great work in obtaining match tickets for fanclubs and out-oftowners. Because of the continuing work on the Gegengerade and the need to relocate Gegengerade season ticket holders to other parts of the ground, it is virtually impossible for the Fanladen to provide these tickets at the moment. So make sure you enquire well in advance if you are planning to visit a home game. As soon as I hear better news, I’ll let you know. Solidarity Boat Party A member of the 1 Autohof St Pauli fanclub remains charged following the depressing events at the Schweinske Cup earlier in the year. To help pay for their member’s court costs, the 1 Autohof St Pauli and Braun Weiss Südheide fanclubs have organised a 4 hour boat trip on the Elbe and through the harbour on 6 October, together with live music from an Irish singer and copious Astra! Betting for Water One of the many contributors to St Pauli’s Viva con Agua charity this season will be ‘Wetten für Wasser’ or ‘Betting for Water’, a football betting game where St Pauli prizes are up for grabs and all profits will be donated to Viva con Agua. That’s 100% of profits! Take a look at www.wettenfuerwasser.de for further details. Viva con Agua Which brings me neatly back to Viva con Agua and our reasons for choosing to donate our excess funds to this charity. For those not in the know, Viva con Agua is based in St Pauli and is closely connected to the club. It was started by former St Pauli player, Benjamin Adrion after a training camp in Cuba. Having experienced the conditions there, he formed the charity, which has worked to provide clean drinking water, first in Cuba, then across other parts of the world. A worthy cause and we are happy to help in our small way. Enjoy the season! Rob.
Chain-smoker Frosch stood on the Millerntor pitch with a cig during the farewell game for Klaus Thomforde in the 90s. During a “Day of Legends“ at Millerntor in the 2000s, he let himself be interviewed with a cig packet in his footy socks. A video made it onto YouTube and became a cult hit. You can watch the video here.
With St Pauli legend, Walter Frosch, fighting for his life once more against cancer, we thought it would be a good time to detail some of the legends and eccentricities that have made him such a cult figure at St Pauli. Despite the fact that his playing days long preceded the revolution within the club in the late 80s and early 90s, Frosch’s personality and story seem to symbolise many of the things that make St Pauli different. As we weren’t around when Frosch was playing, the following stories have been unashamedly pinched and translated from various sources, including the German Wikipedia page. Before football Frosch had been a chimney sweep! He played his way up through successful amateur and small clubs, before starring for 1FC Kaiserslautern, helping them to the DFB Pokal final in 1976, which they lost to H$V. Frosch moved to FC St. Pauli in Summer 1976, helping us to promotion from Division 2 in the 1976/77 season, during which we enjoyed an unbeaten sequence of 27 games. Frosch was a defensive rock in the side. Frosch was not only known for his football skills, but also for his direct and brusque manner. In 1976 Jupp Derwall called him up for the German National B Team. Frosch declined with the words, “A Walter Frosch plays only for the German National A Team or in a World Eleven“.
Frosch was shown a huge number of yellow cards during the 1976/77 season. For a long time it was claimed that Frosch received 27 yellows – a supposed world record – however, it seems that the number 27 is a myth. The authors of the 100 Years of FCSP book maintain after their research that the actual figure was 18 or 19. We can no longer be sure of the correct figure. Two games before the end of the season Frosch is quoted as saying: “Against Solingen and in the last game at Wacker Berlin I’ll get myself another couple of yellows, then I’ll be on 20 and that’s a nice round figure, eh?“ Frosch didn’t manage to achieve this goal (!!) and Kicker reported he finished with 18, whereas the Hamburg Abendblatt newspaper reported 19. Even 18 or 19 would be the record for yellows! Frosch’s record number of yellow cards was one of the main reasons why the DFB introduced automatic match suspensions for reaching a certain number of yellow cards during a season. Frosch moved to Altona 93 in 1982. Later he owned a restaurant and leased the stadium pub at SC Victoria Hamburg. Frosch, now 61, has endured several cancer ops since 1996, including intensive operations in 2008 after which he had to learn again how to walk and talk. Frosch was named in St. Pauli’s ‘Jahrhundertelf’ side two years ago, voted by the fans to celebrate the best players in the club’s 100 year history. What a character! Here’s hoping you can pull through again, Walter – St Pauli legend!
At the end of last season it appeared as if the club had lost faith with André Schubert, and a press conference was called to seemingly announce his sacking. Schubert however walked into the press conference announcing he was staying. “This isn’t what you were expecting, is it?” he quipped to the waiting journalists. Schubert had won the apparent power struggle within the club, with sporting director Helmut Schulte leaving the club shortly after. It came as no great surprise then that Schubert would reshape the squad during the summer and try to make his own mark on a team which he inherited from club legend Holger Stanislawski. Taking over from ‘Stani’ was always going to be an unenviable task, but Schubert had just about survived. The removal of the ‘old guard’ by Schubert saw no less than a dozen players depart the Millerntor over the summer. But arguably, the change saw a loss of quantity rather than quality. Of the 12 players who left, or returned to parent clubs, only Max Kruse, Lasse Sobiech and Moritz Volz had been regular starters last season. Given the success Max Kruse had last season, it seemed inevitable that he would be snapped up by a Bundesliga side if we failed to secure promotion, and so his move to SC Freiburg came as no great surprise. The same could be said for on-loan defender Sobiech, who had the option to extend his stay at St. Pauli but chose to join Greuther Fürth in the top division. Moritz Volz had been offered a new contract by the club; however he opted to leave and joined 1860 Munich on a free transfer. The loss of club stalwart and former captain Fabio Morena was disappointing but rational given his lack of first team action in recent seasons. The same justification could be used for Naki, Takyi and Rothenbach, all who had been part of the Bundesliga campaign two years ago but had struggled to hold down regular starting places. Whilst these players carried an emotional attachment to the club and the fans, they were unlikely to feature regularly in the plans for next season. In filling the gaps left in the squad, Schubert sought to acquire quality rather than quantity. Sören Gonther and Florian Mohr, who had both worked with Schubert at Paderborn, have been brought in to add
quality in central defence with both out of contract. Unfortunately, both Gonther and Mohr are injured and could miss the opening weeks of the season. Schubert has also outlined his plans to change the team’s formation. The club had primarily used a 4-5-1 system in recent years but Schubert wants to move away from this and use a 4-4-2 formation, with more emphasis on strikers and attacking wing play. The club had struggled with goals in the absence of Marius Ebbers at crucial times last season, with Saglik failing to make the most of his limited chances in the first team. Schubert has recognised this, and wants to be less dependable on Ebbers for the forthcoming campaign. He has brought in Daniel Ginczek on loan for the season from Dortmund, along with Lennart Thy on a free transfer from Werder Bremen. 21 year-old Ginczek spent last season on loan with Bochum, whilst 20 year-old Thy had featured in Werder Bremen’s U23 side. Both young strikers have made a good impression during preseason, and the competition for the two starting places upfront is heating up, with Ebbers and Saglik also bagging plenty of goals in recent friendlies. Schubert has also signed Florian Kringe following a successful trial. Kringe has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, and has signed a 1 year contract with the club. The versatile former Borussia Dortmund player can play in defence or midfield, and is available on a free transfer. The other signing is that of Akaki Gogia, a 20 year-old left winger on loan from Wolfsburg, who looks set to fill the void caused by the loss of Max Kruse. Gogia will battle with Bruns and Bartels to provide the width in midfield, with either Daube or Funk partnering captain Boll in the middle. There is still a question mark over the future of Carlos Zambrano, with several clubs interested and St. Pauli seemingly willing to sell if their asking price is met. Schubert’s summer of change is almost complete, bringing in familiar old faces and young talent to adapt to his new system, but the success of his changes to personnel and style will ultimately be decided on the pitch. Schubert’s ‘new guard’ travel to Aue on Friday 3rd August for the first game of the 2012/13 season.
Interview: Chris Henderson This month we are fortunate enough to be “joined” by Chris Henderson. Chris is the guitarist for American band “3 Doors Down”. The band are perhaps best known for their smash hit “here without you” which was released in 2003 and went to number 3 in the UK charts, however they have had huge success since their debut since in 2000 and have sold over 20 million albums worldwide. The band also set-up ‘The better life foundation’ in 2003, with the aim to ’make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs. The Better Life Foundation will work to raise money each year that will be distributed to organizations and hospitals that we believe will help us fulfil our mission so these children are offered a better life in which they can develop their potential, achieve their goals, and, become caring and responsible adults.’ On top of all that, Chris is also a keen fan of Sankt Pauli. We’re very thankful for Chris for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some of our questions. Enjoy! So Chris, for those readers who might not know a lot about the band, could you give us a brief introduction to 3 Doors Down? We were formed in 1995 in Escatawpa, MS. A town of about 1800 population. We released our first single on our own in 1998. "Kryptonite" quickly became a number one smash and the rest is history! What have the band been up to lately? We just finished a summer tour with ZZ Top here in America. Had a great time with those guys! Glad we got the opportunity to your with legends. What have you got planned for the near future? Any new music, albums? Any plans for a tour? We just finished recording 4 new songs for an upcoming Greatest Hits Package that will be out this year. We begin touring in September so it won't be long before we are back in Europe! How and when did you find out about the “Magic” St. Pauli? Well since I've been to Germany so many times, I have had the opportunity to meet many fans of St. Pauli. I listened to their
passion and the stories of the club. How they faced adversity time and time again and it reminded me of how fans feel about my favourite NFL team. The New Orleans Saints. What was it about the club that appealed to you? What appealed to me mostly was the antiracism sentiment of the club. I believe the world should have no place for racism. That's all it took to get me interested and now I'm eager to learn more and more. Given that you have to juggle your life with a hectic schedule, do you ever get a chance to go over to Hamburg to watch the club? I do get to Hamburg quite often but I have never watched the club play there. Maybe someday soon! Do any other members of the band have a similar passion for the club? Not as much as me but thanks to me they all know the name! Thanks for taking time out to do this, Chris. You’re more than welcome to join us at Wharf Chambers sometime! You can find Chris on Twitter: @Chris3dd Three Doors Down: Website: www.3doorsdown.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/3DoorsDown Twitter: @3doorsdown
Last season the 2.Bundesliga promotion race went down to the wire with 3 teams battling out for 1 play off place on the final day & this season looks set to be as spectacular with 3 strong relegated teams joining an already competitive & talented competition. The 39th 2.Bundesliga season kicks off on the 3rd August at 18.00pm CET when Erzgebirge Aue host St Pauli whilst in Bavaria Ingolstadt lock horns with Energie Cottbus. Dropping down Hertha Berlin finally accepted their relegation following a series of meetings with the DFB in June following a fiery playoff 2nd leg which eventually saw Fortuna Dusseldorf lay claim to the final play off promotion spot. So far this summer Hertha, under new boss Jos Luhukay have managed to hold on to the majority of their key men & add some steel to the midfield in the shape of Peer Kluge who has joined from Schalke. Tunay Torun has chosen to remain in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart but Hertha have pulled off a coup by bringing in Sami Allagui from Mainz and they have also added Israeli international Ben Sahar who hasn’t yet lived up to his early career reputation and after a string of failed moves he needs to make his time in Berlin count. Also still at the club are the highly talented trio of Adrian Ramos, Raffael (although a move to Dynamo Kiev looks likely with a medical due to take place.) & Pierre Michel Lassoga. The latter will miss the first few months of the season through injury but Luhukay could also turn to Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Elias Kachunga, Last season Kachunga hit 12 goals in 16 starts for Borrusia’s 2nd string before going out on loan to 3.Liga side Osnabruck where he hit a further 10 goals in 16 starts. He joins on a season long loan deal & has already hit a hat trick in a pre season friendly against Norwich City. Holger Stanislawski masterminded St Pauli’s promotion 2 seasons ago & he is the man given the task to do the same for 1. FC Köln after taking over from Frank Schaefer. As expected Lukas Podolski left for Arsenal, he was joined in London by Sashaca Riether who joined Fulham on loan. Stanislawski has
brought in players with 2.BL experience in the shape of Matthias Lehmann who played for ’Stani’ at St Pauli & Thomas Broker who joins from promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf. Dominic Maroh will add to the defensive line, the 25 year old was a regular for Nürnberg after the winter break last season. The 3rd relegated club from the Bundesliga also have a new coach in place with Franco Foda replacing Krasimir Balakov at Kaiserslautern. Several players have left the club with the most high profile being Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp who joins promoted Eintracht Frankfurt. Also leaving for pastures new are Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) & Oliver Kirch (Dortmund). Bulgarian International Ilian Mitsanski returns from a successful loan spell at FSV Frankfurt and could feature alongside Albert Bunjaku who joins on a free from Nurnburg. The midfield has been strengthened with the acquisitions of Mimoun Azaouagh from Bochum & Enis Alushi from Paderborn. 2.Bundesliga newcomers Of the 3 teams promoted from 3.Liga Aalen look to be doing the best business, they have paid big money (for a team of their stature) for Kevin Kampl from Osnabruck & attracted Nico Zimmermann from Eintracht Braunschweig. They have also kept 3.Liga’s joint 2nd top scorer Robert Lechleiter & brought the top scorer Marcel Reichwein who hit 17 for RW Erfut. Jahn Regensberg have lost talismanic striker Tobias Schweinsteiger (brother of Bastian) to Bayern Munich II whilst Sandhausen have strengthened with Fabio Morena from St Pauli & striker Nicky Adler who has joined from Wacker Berghausen. Cottbus have been busy adding to their forward line & goals shouldn’t be a problem for Rudi Bommer’s men but work is still required at the back if they want to mount a serious challenge at the top & pacify their support who showed several signs of discontentment throughout last season. Seb Glasner could prove to be an inspired signing, he hit 13 goals for Wacker Berghausen last season and joins Boubacar Sanogo who has also signed on at the Stadion Der Freundschaft following a trial. Experienced forward Martin Fenin has also been among the pre season goals after missing the majority of last season. Winger Marco Stiepermann &
midfield pair Daniel Brinkmann (Augsburg) & Nicolas Farina (Evian) have also signed up to the Cottbus project. Aue have recently announced 2 major new sponsorship deals & they will hope to bring in some quality players as they look to improve on last season when they went into the final game unsure if they would be involved in the end of season relegation play offs before a win over Bochum ended their fears. Striker Jakub Sylvestr has come in from Dinamo Zagreb on loan but Aue will have to act quickly before other targets are snapped up elsewhere. Bochum have lost a rack of midfield talent in pre season and will require new signings Florian Brugmann & Soren Bertram to hit the ground running, the pair have joined from HSV II and have big boots to fill in the shape of Kevin Vogt & Takashi Inui. FSV Frankfurt finished last season on a high & have been busy in the transfer market with some inspired looking signings brought in up front. Australian Mathew Leckie has come in on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach & FSV have also used the loan market to secure the services of John Verhoek from French side Rennes. Verhoek was a stand out player in the Dutch 2nd Tier for Den Bosch & hit 5 goals in 15 starts for Den Haag in the Eredivisie last season. Players to watch Other players that could catch the eye this coming season are Marin Tomasov, a free scoring midfielder brought in by 1860 Munich from Hadjuk Split, he is joined by Ismael Blanco, an Argentine forward who has signed on free from Legia Warsaw after a successful spell in Greece. 1860 look to have brought in some quality players in all areas & could well mount a challenge this time around. Lennart Thy has been brought in by St Pauli, the 20 year old joins from Werder Bremen second string having also made a few appearances for the 1st team. Thy has already been described as a monster by the St Pauli backroom staff and he will be hoping to form a frightening partnership with Daniel Ginczek who joins from Dortmund having spent last season with Bochum. Ingolstadt to improve? This time last season many pundits were impressed with the transfer dealings of Ingolstadt but it wasn’t until the latter stages of the season that the team began to perform on the pitch however 1 year on they could well be poised to compete with the best 2.BL has to offer. Cauiby has joined on a permanent deal after spending time on loan
from Wolfsburg, Christian Eigler & Umit Korkmaz arrive to bolster the front line & highly rated wing back Danny Da Costa joins on loan from Leverkusen. Paderborn to struggle? Paderborn almost lasted the pace last season before a thumping defeat to St Pauli ended their promotion hopes. They face a huge battle to stay with the high fliers having had a high turnaround of playing staff. Top scorer Nick Proschwitz has left to join Hull City in a big money deal which heaps more pressure on new signing David Poljanec who arrives from Austrian side BW Linz to fill the big hit man’s boots. Roger Schmidt has left to coach Red Bull Salzburg & has been replaced by Stephan Schmidt who was in charge of Wolfsburg under 19’s & comes highly rated. Who won’t be in the 2.Bundesliga next year? Last season the promotion race involved 5 teams for the majority of the run in but this coming season could well see more teams involved. The 3 relegated sides will all fancy their chances of making an immediate return, whilst St Pauli will be strong & sure to be in the mix in 9 months time. 1860 Munich fell just short last time out & will believe they can have a say & if the strike force at Cottbus performs as well as it looks on paper they could be an entertaining side to watch next season. FSV Frankfurt & Ingolstadt both finished last season strong & look set to continue in the same vein whilst the 3 promoted sides will all be confident of establishing themselves in what will without a doubt be a tightly contested & entertaining season ahead. After much deliberation I will plump for Hertha Berlin to bounce straight back as Champions ahead of a cluster of challengers to include 1860 Munich as a dark horse, I also have a feeling FSV Frankfurt will do well, perhaps not challenging the top 2 but I think they will surprise one or two people this coming season. At the other end despite great numbers turning out to support the team I feel it may be a long season for Eintracht Braunschweig & despite rumours of a recent takeover Erzgirbirge Aue had a horrific end to the season last time & without urgent major investment I can see them being left behind & in a relegation fight. Lee.
Editor’s note - You can follow Lee on Twitter for excellent analysis of the 2.Bundesliga and other European lower leagues. Twitter username is @tiertwofooty
Having played over 100 games for St. Pauli during two spells at the club, Michél Mazingu -Dinzey is one of the biggest names in the club’s history and was named in the ‘Jahrhundertelf’, the 100 year team voted for by fans as part of the club’s centenary celebrations. Michél started off his professional career at Stuttgart before moving to the Millerntor in 1995. After a year he moved back to the Bundesliga, playing Hertha Berlin and then 1860 Munich. He went on to play for Hannover and Eintracht Braunschweig, and also had a brief loan spell in Norway with Vålerenga before returning to St. Pauli in 2004. He finally joined Holstein Kiel in 2007 before retiring from football, in a career which also involved 33 international caps with Congo. We recently had the great pleasure of asking Michél about his career in football, his time at St. Pauli and what he has done since hanging up his boots… Hi Michél. You had two spells at the club, firstly during the 1995-96 season having signed from Stuttgart. What were your first impressions of FCSP when you joined? The feeling, to play at St. Pauli, is different to any other clubs, I’ve ever played for. It’s a very familiar feeling, especially for a young guy like I was. They gave me a warm welcome and I knew, that you can´t compare this club to any other in Germany. You returned to the club in 2004, with the club struggling in the Regionalliga. Had you always planned to return to the club later in your career? I think that it is very difficult to have such straight plans as a young football player. But now I’m very happy, to have played twice for FC St. Pauli. During your second stint at the club, you helped the team win promotion from the Regionalliga and also were part of the famous cup run to the semifinals. What were your favourite memories during that period? All the matches in the DFB-Pokal were
amazing. The team developed the success in their own way. We had a lot of good guys, who played and fought for St. Pauli. Loyal, honest and conscientious. For sure, the promotion to the 2. Bundesliga was also exciting. Do you have any funny stories to tell from your time at the Millerntor? Oh, there are a lot of funny stories and unbelievable moments. To protect my teammates though, I can´t tell these stories. ;-) You played for many clubs during your career. Aside from your time at the Millerntor, what are your favourite footballing memories? For sure it was a great experience to take the first steps in professional football at Stuttgart. I had good times at nearly every club, including the very successful time I had in Braunschweig. A good team, a good club. My time at Hertha Berlin was a great experience
too, I’m very thankful for this time. Who were the best players you played with during your career? I´ve seen so much good players. Carlos Dunga, Fredi Bobic, Giovanni Elber, Thomas Berthold, Fritz Walter, Günter Schäfer in Stuttgart. And don’t forget Axel Kruse, Kjetil Rekdal, Pal Dardai, Gerald Vanenburg, Gabor Kiraly in Berlin or Thomas Hässler at 1860 München. These players were impressive. In 2010 you were voted by the fans into the ‘Jahrhundertelf’ as one of the best players to have ever played for the club. Why do you think you were so popular with the fans, and what was it like to be named in the team? I think the fans like my normal way of life. During my career I’ve had always time to talk to the fans, to give them signatures or take a picture. Things like this the fans don’t forget. Also I was a fighter on the pitch and gave everything during the 90 minutes of the match. Fans appreciate this... You also played international football for Congo. What was it like playing for your country? It was a very big honour to play for my Dad’s country. I am very proud about the decision to play for Congo and to get 33 invites for the international matches. I will never forget a match in Kinshasa with more than 100.000 fans in the stadium. And of course I always remember my participation at the African Cup of Nations, which I was invited to play in three times. That was amazing!
What have you been doing since you retired from football? I will never rest. I’ve got a coaching license and I am actually part of a small amateur-club near Hamburg. A big part of my life is doing social work. I support different kinds of charity organisations in Germany, for example “Kicken mit Herz". We support small children in Hamburg, who don’t live on the sunny side. Another example of my social work is “Global United FC", a Club, founded by Lutz Pfannenstiel (first player to have played on every continent) and support climate projects all over the world. Then I am international ambassador of FC St. Pauli and support any kind of organisations in the whole world. Last but not least I am a part of a trainer team in a soccer school for young children. You have also worked with local Hamburg charities combating drug and alcohol problems among the young. How did you get involved in this? As you may know, I’ve had problems with alcohol during my career. To protect myself, I published this after my career and after I've stopped drinking alcohol. Now I want to support any kind of campaign which fights against alcohol. Finally, how do you think FCSP will do this season? 1860 München, 1. FC Köln, Hertha BSC, are the big favourites. I think, St. Pauli can be part of the best five in the 2. Bundesliga. If they start successful and grow in confidence, maybe everything is possible...
You’re Not Welcome Over the last couple of years, FC St Pauli has enjoyed a lot of attention here in the U.K. with numerous articles in Newspapers, Football Magazines and, unfortunately in my opinion, a “Lads’ Mag”. Even the BBC did a feature for it’s Saturday lunchtime show Football Focus. The Internet and in particular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been invaluable to me as a fan based in the U.K. Putting me in touch with like minded people from all over the world. It goes without saying that Yorkshire St Pauli wouldn’t have taken off in the way it has without the internet. BUT...IS THIS INCREASING POPULARITY AND AWARENESS COMING AT A COST? I THINK SO. Recent discussions and posts on various social media sites, have angered me so much, I feel duty bound to put finger to keyboard. It’s becoming clear to me that FC St Pauli is seen by some as either a “trendy” club to follow or as a “freak show” to be taken in as part of a stag weekend. Whilst I find both of these irritating it’s the last one that’s got my gander up. Let me explain, just recently on Twitter I came across a three way conversation about planning a stag weekend in Hamburg. Our @yorksstpauli name was being used as a possible source of information regarding this trip, this meant that our name was included in this conversation. These “men” were praising the Reeperbahn and one was comparing it to the red light district in his home town of Ipswich. “Didn’t know Ipswich had a red light district, mate”
“Remember the geezer who killed the 5 tarts a few years back? They were snared from that area”. “Reeperbahn, Beer & Football...Brilliant” For those of you who don’t know, five young women working as prostitutes were murdered over a very short period of time. I really hope that reading that, you feel as sick as I do. Anyone who describes young murdered women as “tarts”, their job is irrelevant, can F**K OFF. Now I know that FC St Pauli haven’t exactly helped this, what with the whole “Suzi’s Bar” episode and given the proximity of the club to the Reeperbahn, that any focus on FC St Pauli is going to include this fact and vice versa. But it’s the “Fan Culture” that has the power to change this. An initiative was started at the Millerntor last season to highlight this problem within football, so things are starting to happen. Whilst genuine football fans should be welcomed to enjoy the atmosphere at the Millerntor, we need to be confrontational with those individuals who see our club as a “freak show”. I know that it’s unavoidable that these types of people are going to use us for info/ advice but we must make it our duty to challenge them and in no uncertain terms, let them know they are not welcome.
UNITED WE STAND AGAINST RACISM...HOMOPHOBIA...SEXISM.
Thanks for reading Mick… @traindriverdad
Published on Mar 24, 2013