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3,312: Fußball in Berlin, supplementary game No. 8

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Sunday, I had a bit of football fatigue after three games in the previous four days. Throw in a lovely dinner party with friends on Saturday night. Just tired, really. A bit too much alcohol, a bit too much eating badly (skipping breakfast or lunch and relying on pretzels), going to bed too late but not turning off my 7am alarm. Candles. Both ends.

But, while a relaxing afternoon doing nothing would have been thoroughly enjoyable, the whole time I would’ve been thinking, should’ve gone to the Tennis game. So I went. And rightly so. This is a nice enjoyable team with nice enjoyable fans. It would be silly to not see as many of their games before the end of the season as possible.

Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin. A sunny day. The sort of day that would look great over the top of the old Wembley Stadium on FA Cup Final day. And it was a good crowd, too. 400-odd people, most of whom stood on the terrace. Even the 20-odd visiting fans. They had their drums, made some noise, stood off just a bit to the left of the Tennis fans. No problems.

(Something I always enjoyed about going to see Cruz Azul games is that the opposing teams’ fans are often sat amongst the Azul fans. Naturally, travelling away support tends to want to congregate in the end of the ground for visiting supporters, but there are often fans of the other team nearby, and aside from the odd dude who has had a few too many here and there, I’ve never seen any proper trouble. Even with fans of the local rivals.)

Mecklenburg Schwerin were 1-0 up within three minutes. A few minutes later, a good shout for a Tennis penalty was turned down. Continuing to attack, a way more tenuous penalty was given.

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Another beer, some chatting, halftime, another goal for Tennis in the 48th, another for Mecklenburg in the 54th, another beer, some more chitter chatter. Peep peep! Final whistle.

Both teams came over to the terraces at the end. It was nice. Nice nice nice. Everything is nice.

Having a drink after the game, had a brief chat with a Polish guy who is a fan of AKS Zły, a team formed by fans of two Warsaw teams who were a bit sick of the right wing fans. Nice to talk to a couple of local British people, as well. A Brentford fan, an FC United of Manchester fan. Also a German fan of Mexico City team Pumas.

There have been times in my life where I’ve not really took a moment to appreciate the goodness, but I’m trying to do it more these days. And stood there after a fairly meaningless football game in the fifth tier of German football with fans of loads of different teams, all getting along cos we have way more in common than we have differences: it was lovely.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)

The Three Extra Games Of The Extended-And-Renamed Accessible By S-Bahn Fourteen Team Project:
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)

The Supplementary Games:
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

On this day
The drunkenest blog post in my life, 2 May 2007. This was after Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League semi-final. Watched it in a bar in Berlin with a Swedish friend. I had a little weep when the reality kicked in: a second Champions League final in three seasons.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article

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May 2nd, 2017 at 12:46 am

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