It happened. I feel just a bit more German now. I definitely feel different. Yes, I went to my first true German outdoor soccer viewing party. On Saturday night two of Germany’s best teams, Borussia Dormund and Bayern Munich, played for Germany’s national cup and well….Dortmund pretty much kicked Bayern’s butt (5-2). And it’s not every day that Bayern has their butt kicked. As anyone who has lived in Germany or is German knows, soccer is a religion here and wow….Germans REALLY take their soccer seriously. So, when my friend Katrin invited me out for a viewing of the game in Dortmund on Saturday I was more than excited to join the viewing and see what it was all about. The game was actually held in Berlin but that didn’t matter…Dortmund was alive with soccer vibes, especially since they just came off a huge win, taking the title of Budesliga Champions (that’s a big deal here in Germany!) So, here’s what I learned about watching big games on the big screen with crazy German soccer fans.
1. Wear a hat. This was the first time in my life that I got beer in my hair. Apparently the thing to do at the end of the game is throw your beer up in the air. Yes, we were all covered. And yes, the ground will be stickier than a movie theatre on a Friday night.
2. Wear the right colours! If you’re going to Dortmund to watch a Dortmund game…wear their clothes, scarves, colours. For heaven’s sake don’t wear the opposing teams colours or you will regret it. Guaranteed you will have much more beer in your hair. And quite possibly other things too.
3. Feel free to hug anyone. As my friend Katrin’s brother said, “We’re all friends at a soccer game.” Unless you’re bitter enemies of course. But do feel free to hug any fellow fans. Being the wide open spaces loving Canadian that I am I really can’t seem to get used to being so close to people yet, but just watch…by the end of the year I’ll be hugging every soccer fan I see.
4. Drink much beer. ‘Nuff said.
5. Learn German soccer lingo. If you are learning German know that “Super geil!” is an appropriate thing to say after the soccer game really rocked. At other times you will be saying you’re super horny. Use this expression wisely. On the other hand if the game really sucked you might hear “Ich könnte Kotzen” as in, “I could puke.” Just don’t mix them up.
6. Be prepared for anything. Fire, beer tossing, riots. You name it. You think the Vancouver hockey riots were bad? Just yesterday Düsseldorf fans stormed a field in a relegation match against Berlin and scared the opposing team right out of the arena. Best to wear armour. This is also why I didn’t bring my camera to the game but relied on my friend’s very handy iphone. Best to leave valuables far far away from beer.
This post was written by YG Blogger Kristi Fuoco. It was originally published here.