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German Invasion in London

In Anglo-German Relations, Media Analysis on September 16, 2017 at 08:40

Or so it may have been seen by observers who had no knowledge of the Europa League between Arsenal and Cologne last night. Indeed 20000 football fans dressed in the red and white of their team and marching through London, singing, drinking, does look impressive. Understandably, police and Arsenal were somewhat surprised to see the number of people arriving. In a response the editor of Cologne fanzine effzeh, Arne Steinberg calls this underestimation naive. Right he is. Just because other clubs don’t come with such a huge following, doesn’t mean Arsenal and the police should have been prepared. Moreover, Steinberg expresses his gratitude.

‘For Cologne fans it was the biggest night of our lives. Thanks for having us’

<h3>Throwback Thursday</h3>

This is in strong contrast to other papers such as the Daily Mirror where John Cross spoke of a throwback:

It was a sorry throwback to the shameful spectre of football’s hooligan days of the 1980s.

Violent yobs, drunken fans and a night of shame at the Emirates as 20,000 Cologne supporters went on the rampage.

Cross seems to forget here that English fans often behave in the same manner when going abroad. The same goes for Robert Peston who has had his European solidarity tested:

For some people a football match is still all about the war, without actually mentioning it:

The German newspaper Revier Sport which covers all sports in the Rhine/Ruhr area spoke of consternation. Consternation because out of 15000 peaceful supporters 50 behaved as though the old times are not over yet. In fact, Steinberg also mentioned these people but argued that this should not distract from the fact that the majority behaved well and came to enjoy themselves and support their team, FC Cologne who have not played in any European competition for 25 years. This is a very long time which explains the festive mood they were in.

Two days before Dortmund came to play a Champions League tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. There was nothing despite the Dortmund support being numerous and well seasoned as they are regulars on the European stage.


Separated at Birth: Moritz Volz and David Hasselhoff

In Football, Germany, Popular Culture, Stereotypes on September 19, 2012 at 14:00

Olympic Legacy

In Britain, Identity, Media Analysis, Olympics on August 14, 2012 at 15:21

The London Games of 2012 are history and they have made history as London was the first city to host Olympic Games (summer or winter) three times. The LOCOG have argued that the games would all be about the legacy and it certainly was this fact that made gave London the games ahead of Paris when the decision was made in July 2005. Was this idea of a legacy just a smoke screen? Read the rest of this entry »

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