1000! This number may portrays the current state of the English fan culture better than any detailed description. Reportedly, 1000 fans from the UK are currently coming to all the home games of Borussia Dortmund. Thus, these 1000 football fans rather invest their money and 90 minutes for the Bundesliga than for their own football games in the UK. But where is this enormous interest coming from? What are these English football fans looking for in Germany?
The Premier League is still considered as the best, most influential and most exciting football league in the world. However, ticket prices have increasingly been exploding, clubs are run by international investors and standing places don’t exist anymore. Are the 1000, accordingly, a warning signal of a collapsing fan culture or merely a side effect of the generation Easy Jet?
We want to get to the bottom of this. Some insights may give us Stephen Glennon, who regularly trawls through Berlin’s amateur leagues and is the co-founder of the magazine NO DICE.
Respectively on the island, there has much happened, which many football friends here may be quite unaware of. Clubs like the United of Manchester, which has been established and run on a direct democratic level are only an example. The obsolete standing places also seem to have a comeback: Celtic Glasgow initiated recently their revival. Jon Darch from Safe Standing Roadshow, will give a fascinating account of its latest development.
And what’s about „FC Union Berlin in Englisch„? Mark Wilson will tell us more!
Last but not least Kit Holden explains us what happenend in Manchester since the family Glazer showed up.
The panel discussion will take place at Clash, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 7.30 pm on 8th July. Thereafter, will be music from the island, cold drinks and great people. Any Porridge? No.
We are looking forward :
- Stephen Glennon (Co-founder and editor of the football magazine NO DICE and columnist at German Newspaper Tagesspiegel. Topics: Football, football in Berlin, fan culture and more football)
- Jon Darch (Founder of ‘Safe Standing Roadshow’, he tries to overturn the ban on standing in the UK)
- Mark Wilson (Blogger, season ticket holders at Union Berlin and co-operator of the website ‚Union in English‚)
- Kit Holden (Journalist with a strong focus on ‚denglish‘ football. Reports and writes for Daily Mail, Deutsche Welle, Tagesspiegel, 11 Freunde …)
Presenter: Jörg Depta (Creator of the football radio show Kopfstoss.FM, fanatic Energie Cottbus supporter, sympathize with football teams from Blackpool and Liverpool)