There’s one striking difference, I think, that’s never mentioned: the attitude of the fans. Here in the US the fans, as in Germany, are very enthusiastic, maybe even more so, when I consider all the cheering, the tailgating before games etc. But the important difference, to my mind, is the lack of any kind of violence here, neither directed against the home team nor the opponents. There is no whistling to express one’s displeasure with the home team and not even (much) booing against the guest teams, let alone any kind of the violent hooliganism so frequent in German soccer stadiums. Something like the “Pezzoni case” in Cologne, where the life of an – admittedly underperforming – player was threatened by hooligans, which led Kevin Pezzoni to quit his contract with the football club, is all but unthinkable here in the US. As is, btw, drunken spectators or fireworks.
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- UT Longhorns 37 – Wisconsin Cowboys 17: Hook ’em, Horns! (pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com)
- Coach says violent Cologne fans drove Kevin Pezzoni out of club after latest incident (vancouverdesi.com)
- Cologne football bullies could face charges (thelocal.de)
- Cologne player quits over fans’ threats (thelocal.de)