A year on. Moin! Welcome to November's 'Weisse Rose' fanzine. What a difference a month makes. Last month we were all concerned about the threat of relegation and the team seemed void of all confidence. Michael Frontzeck’s arrival has sparked a complete turn around, with seven points from his three league games in charge, including our first away victory since Duisburg in mid-February. The team are playing with confidence again in all areas of the pitch, shown in last weekend’s victory against 1860 Munich. We created plenty of chances, dominated the midfield and looked solid in defence. Let’s hope this upturn in form continues and we can push into the top half of the table.
the home game against Dresden, followed by the cup game in Stuttgart. We also met up with another of our members, George who had departed for Hamburg a day earlier, and we had the pleasure of meeting some excellent people. One of the best parts about running the fanclub on a daily basis is the interaction with other fans, meeting St. Pauli fans from all around the world.
On our trip we had the pleasure of meeting the Catalunya supporter group, along with some of our Hamburg based members and several people who had followed us via social networking and were amazed that their local football side had a large following from England. It was brilliant to interact with everyone we met, sharing experiences of St. Pauli, stories of how we became involved in For the eagle eyed amongst you, you may following the club and also learning from have noticed that we haven't had an October those who live and breathe the club. One of edition of the fanzine. We decided that the the main things I learnt on the trip was just fanzine would be better coming at the start how vital the club is to the local community, of each month and covering the month it isn’t just a football club, it’s a way of life ahead, as opposed to at the very end of for many. every month. So this is the November edition, which will review October and look During one of our recent streams we also ahead to the month ahead. had a short presentation by Mick Totten, a Sankt Pauli fan and lecturer at Leeds This month marks a year since the first Metropolitan University, who has recently edition of our fanzine. The first edition was 4 published research from the fans of St. Pauli. pages long, lacked a name and was basically We asked Mick about his research and there to keep members informed about the findings which can be read later in the issue group and provide some basic reading You can also see the findings at content for English FCSP fans. It can be read www.playleftwing.org. in our achieves here. The newsletter, as it was then, used to take a couple of hours to As always, I hope you all enjoy the fanzine. prepare, and now takes at least a few days! A huge thanks to everyone who has The small newsletter has developed into a contributed to the group and the fanzine in fanzine, and hopefully provides a real insight the past year. Yorkshire ist Braun Weiss! for English-speaking fans. Scott I and fellow Yorkshire St. Pauli member Luke Editor spent the last week in Germany, taking in
Contents Click the numbers to go to a particular page
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS A quick look at the news from our fanclub and the fan scene.
OCTOBER REVIEW A review of the games since the last issue, which saw 7 points from 9 in the league.
OBTAINING TICKETS A guide on the best way for overseas fans to obtain tickets.
WEISSE ROSE? AN EXPLANATION An explanation of the name of our fanzine, which means slightly more than the German
2.BUNDESLIGA REVIEW A review of the past month in the league from a lower league football expert.
PLAY LEFT WING An interview with university lecturer and St. Pauli fan Mick Totten on his recent research
HOMAGE FROM CATALUNYA A review from a St. Pauli fan following his recent trip to Hamburg, which saw him meet up
MEETING FLO. An interview with former St. Pauli player Florian Lechner, now plying his trade in the MLS.
SECURE STADIUM EXPERIENCE? An opinion piece on the recent proposals by the DFB.
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS. UPCOMING STREAMS We at Yorkshire St Pauli feel Sunday 25th November compelled to add from 4pm our own FCSP v Duisburg statement to the excellent Saturday 1st December from 4.30pm response from FCSP v Kaiserslautern Fanclub correspondence over the last the fan month has been dominated by the committee, as we Sunday 9th December “secure stadium experience” and know more than from 4pm responses from various sources within most about the FCSP v Aue the fanscene. More of that later, but first potential end just a mention for an agreement between results, having More info here. the Fanladen and Meininger Hotels. lost our own fan Meininger is a small chain of budget culture in the hotels/hostels, with a property in generation since the Taylor Report Hamburg Altona. If you make a booking changed the face of football forever in the using the password "Millerntor", you will UK. We follow St Pauli for many reasons, get a 10% discount off the prevailing but one of the great joys is the daily rate at Meininger hotels. This offer community atmosphere of the matchday is bookable by: experience. That includes standing terraces, fan culture, affordable tickets, Phone: +49 30 666 36 100 being able to enjoy a drink or a smoke, Fax: +49 30 666 63 222 waving flags, jumping up and down and e-mail: email@example.com generally enjoying the spirit and community of like-minded people. Sadly, you can't use this offer for on-line bookings. Most importantly!!!!! At the Should the ideas within the “Secure end of the season the Fanladen gets 10% Stadium Experience” come to fruition, commission on all bookings made in this then we in the UK already know the worst way! case scenario. All-seater stadia, soulless atmosphere, high ticket prices, no fan For the home game against Dresden the culture (because the real fans have been gay and lesbian fanclub “Queerpass St priced out of the game), and Pauli” celebrated 10 years with the megalomaniacs in bright yellow jackets unveiling of a new flag on the telling you to sit down the minute you Gegengerade and the motto “St Pauli ist start to enjoy yourself. This is why many bunt (colourful)”. The actions of UK football supporters travel to German Queerpass have been well-supported by games (not just St Pauli), but the DFB other fans in the past, but their intention and the DFL are in danger of repeating is that ALL fans fight against the history. discrimination of gays and lesbians. For more information, take a look at So here’s a stark warning from a UKwww.queerpassSanktPauli.de based official FCSP fanclub – we have lost our fan culture in the UK through And so back to safe stadia. We are measures like these; don’t let the pleased to report that Sandra Schwedler authorities take away everything that from the Fanladen articulated many of makes German football vibrant and our frustrations in an article in the leftexciting. leaning TAZ newspaper. We recently made our own statement on this subject, St Pauli is the only option! which is here incase you missed it: Rob.
Our fanclub has reached the milestone of 50 members, which is incredible given that our fanclub only started around 18 months ago. A huge thanks to all those who have helped us and registered as members!
OCTOBER REVIEW: HELD IN PADERBORN. Michael Frontzeck's reign at St. Pauli got off to a positive start after a good performance in Paderborn. Frontzeck opted to revert the formation back to 4-23-1, with the starting line-up as follows:
St. Pauli's pressure was rewarded though shortly after the restart, when Ginczek headed in superbly from Kringe's cross. It was the very least that Frontzeck's men deserved. However, the goal brought a reaction from the home side, who Team: Tschauner – Kalla, Avevor, introduced Deniz Naki on 59 minutes. Thorandt, Schachten– Kringe, Funk – Inevitably, a great goal from Naki gave Gogia, Bartels, Schindler – Ginczek Paderborn the equaliser. Several one-two St. Pauli started the game on the attack passes put Naki inside the box, and he from the first minute, and missed several finished calmly past Tschauner. St. Pauli early chances. Ginczek hit the post inside rallied late on, and were denied twice by the first give minutes, and Paderborn had the Paderborn goalkeeper Kruse in injury hardly touched the ball. The pressure time. It was the best performance of the continued until half time, with Paderborn season from the boys in brown, and rarely mounting any serious attack and despite St. Pauli still remaining 17th in the St. Pauli looking comfortable, however the table there is a lot to be encouraged game was goalless after 45 minutes. about.
DRESDEN DEFEATED. Frontzeck's first home game in charge was nothing short of spectacular. Having gained a solid point in Paderborn, St. Pauli welcomed Dynamo Dresden to the Millerntor. Team: Tschauner – Schachten, Avevor, Thorandt, Kalla – Boll, Kringe – Schindler, Bartels, Gogia – Ginczek The players were greeted by a mass of shredded paper and till roll from the South Stand. Unfortunately, St. Pauli weren't as energetic as the pre-match display, and soon found themselves in trouble. Dresden had attacked with pace during the opening stages, particularly down the left wing with Ouali who was causing Kalla problems. It was this battle that led to the opening goal, with Ouali beating Kalla and slotting the ball under Tschauner to give Dresden the lead on 18 minutes. St. Pauli had struggled to get into the game, and sloppy passes and poor defending played a huge part in Dresden's second goal ten minutes later. Poté got on the end of a cross and poked the ball home from close range after some St.
Pauli failed to clear the ball. St. Pauli were struggling, and Dresden could have added a third shortly after. But the home side finally found their feet as half time approached, and after a bit of pressure and some half chances, they pulled a goal back right on half time. It was captain Boll leading the fight back, he managed to control the ball inside the area and hit a low drive that found the net. 2-1 at half-time. St. Pauli came out for the second half with renewed confidence, and Avevor levelled the match shortly after half time with a great header from a corner. The possession and momentum was now with the home side, and suddenly it was 3-2, Ginczek running onto a great pass and giving the boys in brown the lead. Having gained the lead, St. Pauli were happy to see the game out and were cautious in the later stages. Dresden seemed stunned from the fight back though, and struggled to worry St. Pauli. The game ended 3-2, an excellent comeback which sees Frontzeck's side out of the relegation places and into 13th.
dfb pokal ist uns scheißegal St. Pauli travelled to Stuttgart in round 2 of the DFB Pokal hoping to continue their good run of form. But a number of injuries meant the squad was depleted for the trip. Team: Tschauner - Kalla, Avevor, Thorandt, Schachten - Bruns, Boll, Gyau, Bartels, Daube - Ebbers St. Pauli started the game better than their hosts, and looked comfortable in the opening 10 minutes. But Stuttgart gradually came into the game, and showed their quality after 21 minutes with two goals in less than a minute. A comeback from two goals down seemed somewhat less likely. St. Pauli struggled to regain any
composure after the shock of the two goals, and the game was all but over before half time when Tamas Hajnal made it 3-0. The score however didn’t seem to matter to the St. Pauli fans, who continued to sing as if they were about to win the cup. The second half was pretty dull (aside from a flare in the away section), with both sides accepting the result, but the fans continued to enjoy themselves and make the most of the long journey. Unfortunately we can’t post youtube clips within the fanzine, but here’s an excellent guide (we think) from our website on how to support your team, regardless of the result. See here.
AN AWAY WIN! St. Pauli travelled to Munich last weekend to face 1860. Frontzeck made six changes to the side who were defeated in Stuttgart, many due to injuries sustained in that defeat. FC St. Pauli: Tschauner - Avevor, Mohr, Thorandt, Schachten- Boll (32 Funk), Kringe - Schindler, Buchtmann (89th Daube), Gogia (Gyau 87th) - Ginczek St. Pauli started the game well, and should have gone ahead in the first two minutes. A quick counter attack caught the 1860 Munich defence sleeping, and St. Pauli had a 4 on 3 oppurtunity. Buchtmann got the ball caught between his feet though and could only play it out to Gogia, whose effort was saved by Gabor Kiraly. The home side looked shaky at the back, and Schachten and Ginczek both went close. Fabian Boll gave the away side a deserved side though on 26 minutes, with a low drive into the bottom corner following a good headed assist by Ginczek. Boll had aggravated an injury
though and was replaced by Funk shortly after the goal. The momentum was still with the away side though, and they were unlucky not to have a second before the break. 1860 had their first real chance shortly after half-time, but a header from Lauth hit the bar. The Lions were made to rue that miss a couple of minutes later, when again the 1860 Munich defence seemed to disintegrate. Former St. Pauli player Moritz Volz inadvertently flicked a header into the path of Schindler, who crossed to give Ginczek a simple finish. There was little fightback from 1860 Munich, who were below par in all areas. St. Pauli had the best chances in the closing stages, with Ginczek missing two good chances. They had also defended brilliantly, and were compact in the midfield area not allowing 1860 Munich any chance to get back into the game. It was a deserved 2-0 victory in front of 29,000 supporters, over 2,200 of which were from St. Pauli. It is the first away win for FCSP since mid-February. What a difference a month makes...
OBTAINING TICKETS. We often receive requests from people outside of Germany wanting advice on how to apply for tickets for St. Pauli. So hereâ€™s some ticket advice. Obtaining tickets from St Pauli is a relatively easy process, although demand is often very high - particularly for the more high profile games, and so supply is limited. The club and the Fanladen (fan project) are aware of the demand for tickets from overseas fans, and are very accommodating. They try to keep an allocation for each game, specifically to accommodate foreign fans. The Fanladen receive a specific allocation of tickets for home and away matches, and a proportion of this allocation is kept specifically for overseas fans. Be aware that the Bundesliga fixture system is complicated, with confirmed dates and times of games announced in blocks, which can be left up until a month or so before the fixture. This can make it difficult to plan trips to Germany in advance, because games can be anything from Friday night until Monday night. There is no date given as to when the confirmed dates will be given either, so the whole thing makes it difficult for fans wanting to plan trips in advance. Home games: Home game ticket information is often posted on the club website when the tickets are due to go on sale. Tickets are usually available to be purchased online or by phoning the ticket office, however these will often quickly sell out particularly in the more popular areas of the ground. If you are travelling from abroad and want to enquire about the availability of tickets the best thing to do is to email the Fanladen on firstname.lastname@example.org. Also keep an eye on our website and twitter feed, where we will keep fans posted when fixture details are confirmed and ticket information is available.
Away games: For away games, the club divide tickets into allocations, the Fanladen receives a percentage of the allocation to distribute, and then the away ticket office distributing the rest. As an overseas fans, you can either arrange a ticket via the Fanladen or the away ticket office. If you contact the Fanladen they will confirm your ticket (if available) and arrange to meet you outside the away ground before the game to collect the ticket and payment. Alternatively, you can contact the Away ticket office. They will post the ticket out to you for an additional cost, and take payment via credit card. To acquire tickets you can email the ticket office at email@example.com (in English is not a problem if you can't speak German). There is no deadline from which you can send ticket requests, so get them in as soon as possible, with each of the following information: Name: Address: Membership number: (if applicable, note that members and season ticket holders get priority over non-members) Match: (state the match you want to attend, note that each match should be on a different email if you want to attend more than one) Tickets required: (state the number of tickets you want, and also whether you want them to be standing or seating tickets - although the club often struggle to offer standing tickets). Payment details: (provide your credit card number and expiry date, and the ticket office should be able to charge your credit card. If this is a problem, they will ask you to do a bank transfer.) Please be aware that St. Pauli is against every form of discrimination and against every form of racism, sexism and hooliganism, moreover against any kind of discrimination of same-sex preferences and inclination. Any form of discrimination is not welcome.
WEISSE ROSE? AN EXPLANATION. Ever read our fanzine and wondered where the name came from? Well, on one level it is the German translation of “white rose”, the recognised emblem of Yorkshire. Pretty apt, I reckon. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll discover a more significant meaning.
the guillotine. Two years later Hans Leipelt received the death sentence for his involvement in distributing the leaflets in Hamburg. Many would have considered their resistance futile, but the last leaflet
“I knew what I took upon myself and I was prepared to lose my life by so doing”. Hans Scholl during his interrogation.
In the early 1940s a group of Munich University students highly critical of the Nazi regime, influenced by their professor, formed under the name “Weisse Rose”. Despite facing certain death if caught by the authorities, during 1942/3 they managed to distribute leaflets slamming the Hitler regime and its policies of tyranny and mass murder. Not only did they leaflet locally, but their network managed to smuggle leaflets to several German cities. Hans Scholl, Alexander Schmorell and Willi Graf also scrawled the words “Freedom” and “Down with Hitler” on various Munich buildings in 1942. These were all acts of incredible bravery and defiance at a time when all resistance to the Nazi regime would have been brutally snuffed out. Their activities were eventually spotted at the university and the Gestapo arrested the group’s key members. The leaders of the group, siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl, plus Christoph Probst, were tried for political offenses against the Nazi state on 22 February 1943. They were found guilty of treason and were executed that same day. In the months that followed, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf and Professor Kurt Huber were also sent to
was smuggled to the Allies, who airdropped millions of copies across Germany. Weisse Rose members have since become icons in Germany and in one of those otherwise awful populist votes, viewers of ZDF voted the Scholls into fourth place in the list of most important Germans of all time, ahead of Bach, Goethe, Gutenberg, Bismarck and Einstein. Their resistance was certainly not futile and in our own little way we are remembering the group, their bravery and their sacrifice here at YSP.
Monument to the "Weiße Rose" in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
2.Bundesliga review Eintracht Braunschweig’s unbeaten start to the season shows no sign of slowing down as they followed up an October of two wins & a draw with an early November victory over Sandhausen to pull 6 points clear at the top of 2.Bundesliga. Their closest challengers Kaiserslautern are the only other team to still hold an unbeaten record although they have drawn 50% of their games so far.
Regensburg, many feel that despite the poor run of form Corrochano, who has been temporarily replaced by Sporting Director Franz Gerber, wasn’t given enough time to mould the team as he only joined in the summer replacing Markus Weinzierl who left to join Bundesliga side Augsburg. Bochum are another side who have parted with their Coach, the axe fell on Andreas Bergmann’s head shortly after a 6-1 defeat in snow covered Aue in a basement battle. Since Hertha Berlin have put together a ten game Bergmann’s departure Bochum have won in unbeaten run but three draws in the last the DFB Pokal against Havelse & came back five League outings has given the Berlin from the dead to draw with Cottbus, maybe fans some cause for concern. Cottbus keep more encouraging times ahead for the the two in their viewfinder but a run of just Blues? one win their last five games has left them eight points behind the leaders. In St. Pauli are another side who have been at Boubacar Sanogo they have a top class the wrong end of the table & changed goalscorer, the man from the Ivory Coast Coach recently, this has certainly proved to already has eight League goals to his name. be the tonic that was required as under new FSV Frankfurt are keeping pace with the Coach Michael Frontzeck St Pauli are leading pack. After a stutter which saw unbeaten in three league games. They were them lose three out of four games they the better team for long periods in the 1-1 have bounced back with two victories, draw in Paderborn before a heroic albeit against lowly opposition in the shape comeback from 2-0 down to Dynamo of Jahn Regensburg & Duisburg. Dresden in front of a bouncing Millentor crowd & last weekend they became the first Ingolstadt are proving a difficult side to to win in the Allianz Arena as Fabian Boll & break down, they haven’t conceded a goal Daniel Ginczek grabbed the goals in a 2-0 in their last three outings which have win over 1860 Munich lifting St Pauli into yielded wins over Aalen & Duisburg as well 11th place. Dynamo Dresden are strongly as keeping Hertha Berlin at bay in the tipped to be the next team to change Coach Olympicstadion as they battled to a 0-0 with Ralf Loose being called to an draw last weekend. Aalen look to have got emergency meeting following a over the loss of Kevin Kampl to Red Bull disappointing 2-0 home reverse to rivals Salzburg, after an initial slump following his Union Berlin. Only a few days earlier departure they have picked up some useful Dresden had performed heroically to take points including wins over Koln & FSV Bundesliga side Hannover 96 to penalties Frankfurt & a point against high flying before finally losing. Cottbus with Martin Dausch particularly impressive. Koln fans have witnessed some great games in the past few weeks, following a Down at the foot of table Duisburg remain hugely disappointing start, until they were bottom but they picked up their first win of beaten at Aalen on Sunday they had the season against Cottbus & also beat climbed away from the foot of the table fellow strugglers Sandhausen as well as a thanks to a five game unbeaten run which draw against Hertha Berlin which means included a thrilling 3-3 draw with they haven’t become stranded at the Kaiserslautern & saw them come from 2-0 bottom & are very much within striking down at Jahn Regensburg with just three distance of a clutch of clubs above them. A minutes left on the clock to win 3-2. run of four successive defeats & eight defeats in nine games has put paid to Oscar Lee (aka @tiertwofooty) Corrochano’s reign at the helm of Jahn
Play left wing What makes St. Pauli tick? Fan Power! During one of our recent streams we had a short presentation by Mick Totten, a Sankt Pauli fan and lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, who has recently published research from the fans of St. Pauli. Weiss Rose asked Mick about his research and findings (you can see the findings at www.playleftwing.org/). How did you first get involved in St. Pauli? About twenty years ago I came across a brilliant BBC2 film “Ace of Clubs” about the amazing football club FC Sankt Pauli and for about ten years all I did was tell others about the film. Then in 2001 at the AntiRacist world cup in Italy I first came across Sankt Pauli fans. They were very friendly and invited me to go to a game which I did and it blew me away; and going to the place regularly ever since, its people still inspire me.
club. And the sense of solidarity and community identity this generates creates a formidable and wonderful atmosphere at their games. But how does all that happen?
The research uncovered what goes on behind the scenes and reveals the insider’s view of how Sankt Pauli works? It exposes the fan’s activities and their sometimes fractious relationship with the club, and What prompted you to conduct the how they are represented within it. It research and what was the main aim? shows how the fans are organised and Other than lazy journalism which mostly their leadership and decision making. It focused on terraces and beer and didn’t explores how the fans use football as a really tell the full story of what was going platform for community empowerment. Its on, I realised very little was written in conclusions offer lessons for other fans and English about Sankt Pauli fans, how they organisations on how they can learn from think and what they do? Their politics and Sankt Pauli to achieve more democratic activism were understated, so I thought I’d community control? And by illuminating pull a few favours and record the thoughts how Sankt Pauli fans manage to be what of key fan activists who represented the they are, and how they keep on doing whole fan network there. And by what they do, its findings will be helpful to publicising the findings I hoped Sankt Pauli share with those who have an interest in would inspire more people and help us fan power. learn from them how we can take more control over our lives and use football to If you could summarise the research fight for more a fairer more democratic in one sentence, what would it be? way of life. Sankt Pauli fans had to fight very actively for everything they have and they What did you find out? continue to do so with integrity, stamina Few fans exert more control over their club and imagination. than those of Sankt Pauli, The fans are prolifically active in making their voices View “Fan Power; Calling the shots” at heard and in influencing the direction of www.playleftwing.org And if you like what their club. Their appetite for organisation you see let others know about it too. and protest inside and outside their ground is immense in their struggle to control the
Homage from catalunya Every trip to watch St. Pauli is different, yet always equally brilliant. Back in May I was over with my mate Shaun and we had an incredibly time giving the old Gegengerade the send-off it deserved and by drinking Astra and jovially accosting the players as they left the ground. In August, I ventured over my own for the first round of the DFB Pokal, experienced a heatwave and a bit of old-school, lower-divison charm in Offenburg. Now, after a frantic end to the week, I was back in Hamburg for less than 24-hours to catch up on the progress of the new Gegengerade, watch FCSP take on Dynamo Dresden and meet with a host of great St. Pauli folk I’ve got to know via twitter. With my flight delayed, and going the long way round on the U3 U-Bahn (its like the Circle Line,) I didn’t make it to my hotel (the excellently located and reasonably priced Hotel St. Annen) until after 11.00pm, having walked straight past it on a couple of occasions. There was a crowd outside the Jolly as I’d walked up from the station, and before I’d even unpacked I’d had texts from Scott from Yorkshire St. Pauli and Sönke encouraging me to venture back out into the night. However, showing my age, the prospect of a decent night’s sleep and a chance to finally read a copy of World Soccer I’d bought a couple of weeks previously was too much to resist, even with the bonus of an hours clock change. Oh, and I thought I’d been so clever here, by negating to put the clock on my phone forward an hour on arrival in Hamburg, so that I wouldn’t then have to put it back an hour again later that might (more of that genius plan later.)
until my 10.45am rendez-vous with the #FCSP twitter folk at the Jolly Roger. It took a quick call home, and some triangulation of time-zones via the internet to realize that my phone had actually outsmarted me and was had automatically rewound an hour to accommodate for the end of British Summer Time. Thus it was actually 9.30am not the 8.30am showing on my phone. Man, it was confusing. I’d wanted to get out and have a wander around prior to meeting the others, mostly to get a good look at the Gegengerade. Before long I was out on an otherwise deserted Heiligengeistfeld taking pictures of the new stand. From the outside, it is pretty impressive, if largely unlovable at the moment due to its plain concrete exterior. If I’m honest, I’m not sure about these pyramid roof supports either (both structurally – how the hell do the keep the roof up? Or aesthetically, they give the stand the appearance of an airport terminal.) I also hope there’s a campaign to keep the three remaining floodlights? They are iconic, as important to the St. Pauli skyline as the Bunker, the cranes on the harbour or the TV tower. Of course, there’s been good news too with the Goliathwache looking likely to being externally sited, rather than sharing the back-straight with the Fanräume, Fanladen and the AFM. The success of fans mobilizing under the banner of the Jolly Rouge to ward off this particular threat to the St. Pauli fanscene has been almost the lone-highlight of an otherwise dismal start to the 2012/13 season.
I got my photos of the Gegengerade redevelopment (something I’ve been following closely here) and made my way I woke up to a beautiful Hamburg Autumn back towards the Jolly. It wasn’t open yet morning, pulling back the curtains and but there was already a number of opening the window I was greeted by a hungover looking people hanging about wonderfully pale blue sky and a rush of cool outside. Looking more sprightly than most morning air (footage from the German (I think they retired to their hotel at a equivalent of Match of the Day the previous sensible hour too) were the guys from evening had shown Freiburg and Dortmund Catalunya unmistakable by the fact they playing out their fixture in the Black Forest were carrying a couple of yellow, red and through a blizzard of snow!) I’d woken blue Catalan flags. Before long, we were refreshed, and thinking I’d got loads of time joined by a slightly bleary-eyed contingent
from Yorkshire St. Pauli who’d been in the Jolly the previous night until 4am (old money) / 3am (new money.) The guys exchanged fanclub stickers, and for my part, I passed round what was left of the Cherry Drops I’d bought at the airport the day before.
would have a fighting chance of seeing the action, but not before I’d snuck off to capture a few shots of the Gegengerade as it filled up. Mighty impressive it looked too. The three temporary TV towers, currently restrict both numbers and the view, but even with six out of the TEN THOUSAND standing places filled it is an As the Jolly opened we opted for a seat impressive sight. I am looking forward to inside (believe it or not, despite this being the day when it’s full and absolutely my umpteenth trip to the Millerntor, it rocking. I have a feeling if the fan groups was the first time I’d actually been in.) on the back-straight get loud and coWe were then joined by Dave ordinated, they could probably blow the from Swearing At Motorists and his son. roof off its suspended pyramid support Before long, it was time to head down to thingys. the Fanladen, see Stefan and pick up our tickets. As we were leaving the Jolly I The Südkurve choreo was a mixture of collided with a couple of people I’d met on confetti and till-rolls, prompting the USP my last trip over to the Millerntor in May, to reprise their ‘Photo Love-Story’ who were out early looking for tickets and instruction leaflet on how to unfurl and drinking beer. These random happenings throw a till-roll, and thus avoiding a all add to the haphazard, mental, yet repeat of the Eintracht Frankfurt game. totally absorbing nature of matchday at The results were pretty spectacular, as a the Millerntor. wall of streamers exploded over the safety netting and onto the pitch, draping The morning held one more surprise. With themselves over the goal nets and tickets sorted (thanks, as always, to causing the stewards to earn their money Stefan and the Fanladen) we headed over clearing the goalmouth. Up the other end, to the AFM container to meet a genuine the Dynamo fans were working through a FC St. Pauli legend, Michél Mazingusmart two-stage choreo, that ended up Dinzey. Having already done an interview with the away end blocked out by a wall in ‘Weisse Rose’, and being a member of of yellow cards with thick, yellow smoke the extended FCSP twitter family, he’d escaping through the cracks. To my mind, volunteered to meet up prior to the game. it was a nice use of pyro (had they I’m not sure I’ve ever met a nicer, more obscured everyone with the cards, to genuine footballer. He talked fondly of his avoid people being identified and picking time at the Millerntor and his plans to up a stadium ban?) Regardless, I’m sure meet up with fellow ex-Paulianer Ian Joy the club will get fined for it. Indeed, there and Florian Lechner over in the States. appeared to be a bit of a ruckus between We even managed to get everyone fans and stewards shortly after their captured on camera in a group choreo. photograph. I’m not sure I want to dwell on the game, The morning had flown by, and before not the first the first half hour anyway. long we were climbing the steps (rotated I’ve yet to warm to the majority of this through ninety degrees since my last team, and my fears were confirmed when visit) of the Südkurve en-masse and we found ourselves 2-0 down with twoheading for the terracing. Since my trip thirds of the game to play. At this point, I over at the end of last season, the could see it finishing four or five-nil to concourse under the South Stand had Dresden and, despite it being October, the been considerably pimped-up with some spectre of relegation and the disastrous great bits of St. Pauli art. They included a financial implications that would follow tribute to Oz, and an amusing and apt loomed large. Fortunately, one of the few Rolling Stones pastiche, ‘Südkurve Rolling remaining members of the old guard, Stoned.’ We took our places to the far left Fabian Boll swivelled and fired in a low side of the terrace (the opposite side to shot to bring it back to 2-1 just seconds my normal hang-out) so that Dave’s son before the break. Then, just the other side
of half-time, Christopher Avevor powerfully headed home from a corner to bring us level. The game was in the process of being turned on its head. The lively youngster, Joseph-Claude Gyau, brought on at the break, caused the Dynamo defence all kinds of problems, but it was a surging run by Fabian Boll that set up Daniel Ginczek to fire St. Pauli ahead. It was a hell of a turn-around from 0-2 to 3 -2 in the space of 15 minutes. But there were still 35 minutes left to play, and frankly I didn’t think that would be the end of the scoring. But somehow it was. A combination of Dynamo running out of steam and some good defending by the St. Pauli backline, saw us hold-out for a much needed three-points. The celebrations at the end, seemed more born of relief than joy, but hopefully the nature of the victory will inspire the team to climb the table.
while as I headed back to the U-Bahn, leaving them to return to the Fanladen as I headed for home. I’d only been in Hamburg 18 hours, and I’d slept for the first eight or so of them, but it had been another excellent trip – a trip that is testament to the awful amount of good that social media can do. I’d never have met any of these like-minded people without twitter. The trip, on my own would still have been enjoyable (I’ve been over 17 times now, and have never failed to enjoy myself,) but it was incredible to meet a load of really good people, each doing their bit to spread our love of St. Pauli and to fight against both the fascism and consumerism that remains a blight on the game we love.
There are, of course, plenty of uncertainties that hang over the club we love in particular, and German football in general. The ‘Safe Stadium Experience’ document New boss, Michael Frontzeck, was cheered published by the DFL/DFB earlier this off (to be fair, he might be bald, but he has month, simply has to be resisted. No differentiated himself from Stani and question. And the USP’s ‘Diffidati Con Noi’ Schubert by wearing tracksuit bottoms post-match march highlighted the instead of jeans,) and long after the rest of ridiculousness of the stadium bans imposed the team had disappeared down the tunnel on genuine supporters. If only the Bene Pliquett wandered over to the front of authorities would wake up to the fact that the terrace for a chat and to accept his what they have got, is the best set of Yorkshire St. Pauli membership card. football fans in all of Europe, and that Everyone made their way back to the AFM people are prepared to go to great lengths container, but after a interesting chat about and travel for thousands of miles to be part the political situation in Spain in general of the German football experience. This and at Espanyol in particular (the FCSP weekend proved that. Until the next Catalunya Supporters are working hard to time, FORZA SANKT PAULI! rid the club of its small fascist following – a hangover from the 1980s and ‘90s hooligan Piece written by Nick Davidson. You can scene,) I had to say my goodbyes and head view more of his excellent articles on his back to the airport, I tagged onto the back blog. of the USP’s ‘Diffidati Con Noi’ for a short
MEETING FLO. As a St. Pauli player, Florian Lechner experienced the highs and lows of the club over the past decade, from the financial problems in the Regionalliga Nord to the joy of promotion in the Bundesliga, as well as the famous run in the DFB Pokal during the 2005/06 campaign. We had the pleasure of catching up with Flo to discuss those memories, as well as his new adventure in the MLS. Flo, you came through the youth system at Stuttgart before joining St. played there should be very proud of the Pauli. How did your move to Hamburg team who played there. come about, and what were your first impressions of the club? What is it like for a player, playing for St. Pauli? I played for 10 years with Fabio Morena in Stuttgart and I can remember the day he It's very tough to explain it, and I can called and asked me where I wanted to only speak for myself. I'm very proud to play next season. He had already played have worn the jersey of FC St. Pauli for 7 one year in St.Pauli. I was very close to a years. I'm happy to be a part of the transfer to Fortuna D端sseldorf, but after history of this amazing club, to be a small his call I decided to fly to Hamburg the piece of the whole big family. The fans are next day where I met Stani and signed the best in the world. They treat you as a the contract. :-)) My first impressions normal person and not just as a stupid were amazing. We went to the old locker soccer player. Everybody is equally rooms and Bubu was there. He was very important. It doesn't matter if you are friendly hahahahaha........ He's probably fighting 90-120 minutes on the field, one of the most honest guys with the sitting on the bench supporting your biggest heart I have ever met in my life. teammates, or being a supporter screaming and cheering the team on for You joined St. Pauli whilst they were the whole game. It was the best time in struggling in the Regionalliga Nord, my soccer career. However, I learned a what were those first couple of lot more outside the field. I lived in the seasons like? district of St.Pauli and learned about the social interests from the club and how It was a great experience and a struggle important the club is for the people who for survival. At that time the club had live in St.Pauli. St. Pauli is a lifestyle. huge liabilities. I came from a big club in VfB Stuttgart. Everything was organised You not only played a part in the and structured and in St. Pauli some days famous DFB Pokal run at a time when were very chaotic. But I liked it a lot. It the club was struggling financially, was real and authentic. I remember one but you also scored two night at a home game the floodlights important goals on the way to the didn't work because the club didn't pay semi-final. What are your memories the electricity. Thirty minutes before the of that cup run, and those rare goals? game started, the floodlights turned on because the club paid cash with daily Hmmm..... I could write for more than 2 earnings from the fans. But after the hours about this question. When we great victories in the German Cup, we played against the big clubs, Bochum, rehabilitated the club and each player who Hertha BSC, Werder Bremen or Bayern M端nchen, everybody on our team had
the feeling that nobody could beat us in our castle at home. It was an unbelievable time. We smashed Bochum 4:0. They hadn't lost one game in the 2nd Bundesliga and were almost 500 minutes without a goal against them. We were 2:0 down in the first half against Hertha and had a furious comeback and won 4:3 in extra time. This game is one of my favourite games I have ever played. I scored one of my rare career goals in extra time with a lot of cramp in my feet. The game against Bremen was a snow fight. The one thing I would say about this game is that we deserved it-- because none of us cared if we were going to get hurt, but the players from Bremen didn't wanna hurt themselves. Finally the game against Bayern...We had a great fight and were very close to the sensation, but the lucky Bayern won :-( otherwise we would have gone to the final and would have won the cup. :-))) You also saw the club rise from the Regionalliga Nord to the Bundesliga, what was it like to finally see the club in the Bundesliga? It was crazy to see the club go from a financially struggling club to a totally secure 1st Bundesliga club, and I was a part of it. The stadium has now been restored and only one side is left from the old stadium, which I loved and where we won a couple of great fights. Other than the DFB Pokal we mentioned above, what were your highlights playing for St. Pauli? One game was an away game in Bremen against their Amateur team. We won 2:0 and after this game we were number one in the 3rd division. After this victory we didn't give up the first place for the rest of the season. I will never forget that Wednesday night when 9,000 crazy St.Pauli fans after the victory sang "you'll never walk alone." I get goose bumps every time I remember that night. When you left you also had a 'leaving party' with a match between 'Team Lechner' and 'Team Eger', honouring two long serving players. What was that last match like?
We organised it by ourselves and had a great event. It was a little bit difficult to say goodbye to our fans. 6,000 fans came to that game and donated â‚Ź25,000 to 2 nonprofit organizations, Viva con Agua and Meio campo. We had a great party after the game until 6 in the morning where Fettes Brot were our DJ's. Was it difficult to leave St. Pauli and join Karlsruhe? Totally.... I didn't want to. After St.Pauli I believed I would never play in Germany anymore. Once you've been a part of the St. Pauli family, you would understand. I wanted to see different countries and cultures with soccer combined. Is the football style in the MLS different to that in the Bundesliga? Yes. MLS is more physical and less tactical. You could compare MLS to the 2nd Bundesliga with a couple of world class players. Do you still manage to follow St. Pauli's game from America? Hahahaha.... Of course. It is my club. Whenever I can watch games online I'll do it. Do you still keep in touch with the players you played with at St.Pauli? Yes. I played with a lot of guys for 7 years together and we're not only teammates...We are really good friends. Finally, after a relatively slow start to the season, where do you think St. Pauli will finish in the league? It is difficult to say because the start was really bad, but I know the guys and they'll never give up before the last game is played. I hope they can finish under the first 3. We'd like to thank Flo for taking time to answer our questions from Yorkshire. Flo is currently recovering from an injury and we'd like to wish him a speedy recovery and the best of luck for next season! All the best from Yorkshire!
Secure stadium experience? The DFB and DFL recently published a document called the “Sicheres Stadionerlebnis” or “secure stadium experience", proposing a raft of changes made to make German football grounds safer. For those who have not read it, it is available in German here. It is essentially a proposal against violence within German football grounds, but the overall outline seems to go much deeper than that and has the potential to further erode the fan culture within German football. It seems as if German football is trying to take the same steps English football did in the late 80s and early 90s – combating hooliganism or violence with extreme measures. There is a good explanation available here of the background to these proposals, in particular the desire of the DFB and DFL to completely ban the use of pyrotechnics. As an fan who has grown up watching football in England and who has seen the steady decline of fan culture within English football, these proposals are extremely concerning. I first started attending Bundesliga matches because of the alternative experience that it offers to English football, and these proposals threaten to ruin that German football experience entirely. I was bored of the soulless atmosphere at English grounds, I was tired of paying extortionate ticket prices to watch 2nd and 3rd division football and i was sick of being bullied by stewards who would spend the whole game telling people to sit down in their seats. English football no longer cares about the fans, who are now simply seen as a source of revenue that can be exploited. Unfortunately, it appears that the DFB and DFL are intent on sending the Bundesliga the same way. The question is, why? For every argument put forward about the risk of pyrotechnics, the safety of all-seater stadiums or the problems with football violence, there is a counter argument
that strongly contradicts them. There are some brilliant examples of this raised in the response by Union Berlin today, and these are discussed in English here. One such proposal within this document is translated (roughly) into English below: "If other measures do not solve the problem, there are other possibilities for action, such as improving the infrastructural facilities for a reasonable person body control in the necessary stadium sectors (e.g. construction of containers instead of tents) are available to enable full-checks quickly and perform without disproportionate interference with the personal rights.” Essentially, they want to set-up containers within the entrances to stadiums where they can search people and remove clothing if they deem necessary to ensure they aren't carrying any weapons or pyrotechnics. The last line of that sentence, that this proposal would not interfere with someone’s personal or human rights is beyond belief, in my opinion. Secondly, this search would conceivably be by an untrained persons – a steward for example, not a doctor or a trained individual. For all the faults of English football, I'm glad it has never resorted to this. I recently attended the away game in Cottbus, and I was searched in a
ridiculous manner. By the end of the search, the steward must have known my inside leg size, he had taken the battery and memory card out of my digital camera to check for any pyro, and had taken my shoes off and searched them too. This alone was intrusive, are these searches now going to become more frequent, and potentially involve removing clothing to allow unqualified persons to strip search you? Furthermore, the proposal goes on to suggest a “fan charter”. This seeks to give fanclubs the responsibility of “selfrestraint”, ensuring that they comply with the stadium rules at all times – or risk punishment. This includes “no tickets to fan clubs, which are not willing to adhere to the fan agreement with the above minimum content (violence, the recognition stadium regulations, etc.), or that the minimum content of the conclusion fan agreement is ignored, or prohibit the fan as the carrying of "block flags" and banners when they are misused to conceal the perpetrator in the use of pyrotechnics or even to allow pyrotechnics.” It goes on to say that stadium bans will be given under a “zero tolerance policy” for serious breaches of these rules, such as using pyro or showing banners that are racist, discriminatory or grossly offensive. My understanding of this, is that this could see a ban on all tickets provided to fan groups. A blanket punishment on all fans. Carrying on, it also raises the possibility of limiting away tickets to “5% of the capacity” or even “just seating only”. The whole proposal threatens to ruin the matchday experience within the Bundesliga. I have attended over 20 Bundesliga matches across Germany in the past few years, and not once have i experienced any violence or felt unsafe because of the use of pyro. The Bundesliga's popularity is based largely on it's fan culture and the affordability to the everyday fan. There are very few empty seats in Bundesliga grounds, the average attendance last season was
45,116 in the top division, compared to 34,601 in the Premiership. Those few seats from my own experience are mainly in the corporate seats, including at St. Pauli where the corporate seats cost €50, almost 5 times more expensive than standing on the terrace. Who wants to sit in a comfy seat on the half-way line and watch football with empty seats either side of you, whilst paying over the odds for the 'pleasure'? Not me. Give me a blocked view on a packed terrace and an atmosphere, please. This is one of the main reasons why the Bundesliga not only appeals to German football fans, but to those of us who actively watch the Bundesliga internationally. We don't want corporate seats, we don't want soulless grounds and we certainly do not want to be treated like criminals simply because we spend our weekends watching football. These proposals are even more fundamental because one of the people on the panel for this proposal was Dr. Gernot Stenger, St. Pauli’s vice president. After a basic club statement from the board stating that they are against the proposals, Dr. Stenger decided to distance himself from the panel and resigned. The schedule for this proposal to be decided and implemented is the 12/12/2012. Importantly, St. Pauli’s AGM is before this date, where Dr. Stenger's position will be decided. The final sentence in the Magischer FC article concludes “And all this comes in part from the pen of a board member of FC St. Pauli. And from what we know, he comes up with this great paper. There may be people who see this as an important reason for de-selection at the next AGM. We want at this time to just give you a suggestion.” I for one hope that the board of St. Pauli find their voice and represent the views of the fans, rather than further cooperating with the men in suits. Enough is enough. Scott.
Yorkshire St. Pauli's November edition of their English language fanzine, Weisse Rose.