Back and feeling fresh, albeit I caught a cold in Germany. Freezing. Even more freezing here in Sweden. Another thing that wasn't too hot was the goalscorers this weekend. I experienced that first-hand. Here is a summary of my trip to Germany for those who are interested, which I imagine you certainly should be.
I left Stockholm last thursday with SAS and a good friend of mine and we both felt really confident. I was sure we were going to see both good games and good goals and I was sure Eintracht would end Hoffenheim's run. We landed in Frankfurt and instantly felt the smell of Frankfurters (sausages, that is) and beer. Fraport is a huge airport, Jumbojets and A380s on lines, waiting to lift off. Majestic sight.
Train to Frankfurt and then train to Oberursel. Then off to drink some beer and really embrace the fact that we were in Germany, our adopted homeland. The day after we left our home to visit Frankfurt. We jumped off the U-bahn when we almost got caught going without a ticket and found ourselves at the Adickesalle in northwestern Frankfurt. We decided to grab a coffee and walk towards the skyscrapers, a majestic site may I add. When we arrived, the city had already woken up and was absolutely buzzing. The international feeling was quite obvious and I felt at home once again. Frankfurt is my home. I know that now.
Moreover, the city had remained the same since last time and I knew my way around it quite well, apart from a few mistakes. After having walked for a few hours we decided to eat and drink. Apfelwein is nice, by the way. Later on, it was time to go to Waldstadion and we were absolutely buzzing. Even though my friend is Hamburg-fan, he really did seem to enjoy what Frankfurt had to offer. Waldstadion appeared behind the trees in the massive forest surrounding the stadium. After two beers we stood up and sang along to Im Herzen von Europa and Schwarz-Weiss wie Schnee- wonderful feeling. We even managed to see a choreo made my the Frankfurt-fans, which was amazing. Good game, but the referee ruined it for us as it ended 0-0. I did get a picture with fantastic legend Karl-Heinz Körbel though, which made the result a bit better.
Then, the next day we went to Kaiserslautern with high hopes of goals. That game ended 0-0 as well, butthe game itself was dire and we both understood why FCK aren't doing to well. Aue, their opponents, earned a valuable point in their fight for survival in Zweite Bundesliga. Very amazing stadium and great fans in Kaiserlautern, but it kind of feels like the city's time is up. It lives and breathes football, but without improvement even that passionate flame will die.
Sunday we had decided to spend in Heidelberg, a magnificent city an hour south of Frankfurt. We had both been there before, I visited on vacation and my friend visited to interview a Hoffenheim-player the last time. This time we just decided to drink beer and see the Schloss Heidelberg, for that is certainly a fantastic sight. Then we took the S-bahn to Sandhausen. Their stadium was small, as was the town, but a very good set of fans made it a pleasant experience for us as Sandhausen battled out a draw against Würzburger Kickers. The score? 0-0 of course, no surprise there. And we were probably the first swedes to ever visit Heidelberg just because we wanted to watch Sandhausen, a club that celebrates its 100th birthday this year, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to them.
Not too good marketing for Bundesliga or Zweite, but these two leagues never cease to amaze and the fans certainly made the experience more than pleasant and the German beer never disappoints either. Bundesliga is something I would always recommend you to go and watch live, the buzz on matchday is truly second to none and you will only experience it to 100% if you are really there.
editor, semi-globetrotter and currently not a Ghostbuster.