sIn Hipster's Choice we choose a team of our liking and analyze it in many different ways regarding history, tradition and recent or current success. This month, Axel looks at aclub he doesn't exactly love...
OCTOBER: FC Hansa Rostock
Hansa Rostock is a classical club, a club I will probably dislike for the rmainder of my life. Why, you ask? Glad you asked. In 1991, when Stuttgart won Bundesliga, my beloved Frankfurt were placed top of the table with one game to go. We had to beat Hansa Rostock to secure the title, our first Schale. However, they beat us and Stuttgart went on to win the title. While walking in Riederwald in Frankfurt you can still hear the collective sigh and cries from the supporters. Horrible. Even though I wasn't even born, I have this feeling of disgust towards Hansa Rostock, which was why I almost decided against choosing them as the Hipster's Choice of October. i was going with Jahn Regensburg in the beginning. However, Hansa are placed at the top of the 3. Liga table and have looked great so here's my analysis of their club and mediocre city. (not really, have only seen the harbour, I hear it's great =))
Founded in 1965, it's not an old club by any means, but they do have a real cultural status as one of the most successful teams from former East Germany. They also won the last ever East German Pokal, which can be counted as a real feat for a club of their rather small stature. When Germany was reunited, the club was directly introduced to Bundesliga and played their first season ever in a united football league in 1990-91. They did this together with fellow East German club Dynamo Dresden, who are now placed in 2. Bundesliga and have grown famous for their amazing fans. Rostock have great fans as well, but they are not as famous due to their reputation being smaller. Rostock actually played in Bundesliga for ten years between 1995 and 2005 but have since fallen from grace and have been playing third tier football for four years now. Last season they came tenth and it looked quite bad for a while. Until this year.
The newly signed Timo Gebhart has changed things and at Rostock there seems to be something going on again. It is a very interesting team to watch nowadays, hence the article. Yes, Gebhart's move has really spiced things up for them and this season could very well be the season they are promoted again. We'll just have to hope they don't do a Duisburg or Paderborn and crash even harder afterwards. Buuuuut, we're getting ahead of ourselves. The point is, Hansa Rostock is a cool club, one of the bigger in old East Germany and their support in Rostock is as good as it gets. For me as a Swede it would be easy to hop on the ferry to Rostock and watch a game, but I won't because I would be betraying myself and my team. but if you're in Berlin or the area around Vorpommern, do not hesitate if you happpen to have time to spare, Rostock's fans and city centre won't let you down and for a change, this season the team won't either.
Why Hipster's Choice: The role of me as chief hipster here at Fresh off the Gegenpress is to find players and teams nobody has heard of and to find the new surprise. here is the next surprise, Hansa Rostock. Their start to this season has warranted this article and if they keep on playing as they've been playing, I can see a few more articles about them in the future. As long as they don't kill Frankfurt's dreams in any kind of way. Pretty pleasy Hansa?
Key players: It's already obvious that Timo Gebhart is another class than the others as he is already banging in goals for the club. The lad signed from 1. FC Nürnberg in the summer and has brought both skill and experience to the sleeping giant from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, skills that might just be enough to keep them afloat and promote them, which would be a huge success.
editor, co-founder and chief hipster at Fresh off the Gegenpress.