The Monday games will be abolished – the active fans rightly consider this a success. They have recognized which language arrives at the associations.


Comment by Sebastian Fischer

Briefly demolished, a phenotypic cultural history of football stadium visitors through the ages: in the 1970s, they wore long-haired scarves that reached down to the ground, knit in two colors; In the eighties they had dirty jeans, with patches full of dirty jokes, and so they behaved. In the 1990s, they bought polyester jerseys and flocked them with nicknames that fit into mustaches: Borsti, Waldi, Kalle from Malle. In the 1990s, some of them began to mumble like demonstrators.

What will one say about the phenotype of the stadium player (and, of course, the stadium-goer) of the decade? Well, first of all, it can be stated that it still exists. He has not become superfluous yet.

This week, after the clubs of the first and second division have decided to abolish games on Monday evening from the 2020/21 season. This is regrettable for many people who got used to a television evening with the participation of VfL Bochum, Fürth or St. Pauli at the beginning of the week. Monday night was a brand. But remember the once-awesome phrase about being a fan, written by Nick Hornby: "I fell in love with football, the way I should later fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically and without a thought at all To waste pain and the turmoil that would be associated with it. " He meant so little football watching on TV as falling in love with Tinder.

Only Neururer won everything on Monday

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No one shapes the image of the stadia as much as the ultras

Now, the question of whether the clubs are aimed solely at the renaissance of football romance, probably rather to answer with no. Although they have explained their decision with Fannähe. But really successful, so authoritative in the search for sponsors, the platform on Monday was obviously not the last anyway, since the rights belong to the pay-TV broadcaster Sky. Nevertheless, the decision was remarkable because it benefits the so-called active fans. Those long-traveled actors of the football scene who are threatening to become increasingly irrelevant in times of international television contracts – and who are also under surveillance. The interior ministers of the federal states have actually been discussing whether there should be jail terms in the future for fans who detonate in the stadium pyrotechnics.

Nobody characterizes the image of the stadia as much as the Ultras, the fans responsible for mood and banners in the front rows of the Fankurven. For their bad public image, they are often responsible even if rioters come from their midst. But they have also relentlessly and peacefully protested against the dismemberment of the matchdays, which makes the television viewer to the main fan. They had the support of the whole curve. They therefore quite rightly regard the rejection for Monday as the success of their commitment.

How does it go from here? At the beginning of the season, the ultras broke off the dialogue with the associations, they did not feel taken seriously with their concerns. Now they are not likely to resume the dialogue, on the contrary. The interpretation is rather that the protest is only really starting now, as this seems to be the language that arrives at the decision makers.

If someday you look back on the phenotypic stadium-goership in 2018, then maybe someone who has no hand left for stadium sausage and beer mugs. He has to hold up the banner on which he demonstrates against his own loss of meaning.

Fans in the stadium do not want to be useful idiots

The Bundesliga manages after massive fan resistance from the Monday games in the first division. It is the attempt of the followers to save a piece of perfect world.

Comment by Josef Kelnberger

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