German Soccer – American Football

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.

Um diesen Beitrag in Deutsch zu lesen, hier klicken.

7 responses to “German Soccer – American Football

  1. You definitely have not experience American football yet. Stick around long enough and you understand the fanaticism that is American football, especially down there where you live.

    Stanford (#21) just upset USC (#2) tonight and I’m expecting reports out of Palo Alto tomorrow of the destruction and damage. Sometimes I have to dig for it, but it’s always there.

    The only place where I have never seen the home team destroy things is in College Station. I think it might have something to do with the respect that a former military college shows towards people and things, especially since the football field is a living memorial. You’ll never see Aggies storm the field or tear down the goal posts.

    • Hi Russel,
      I readily agree that I don’t have enough experience of American football yet. Maybe sometime I’ll get more and then really enjoy watching the games as much as my wife does. Would you really call it “fanaticism”? That sounds quite negatove to me. Btw, I’ve never seem any destruction and/or violence inside or outside the stadiums so far, and I’ve never heard of any, either. Do you really have football hooligans here just as we have soccer hooligans in Germany, fighting fans of the opposing team, sometimes b(lo)odily, and also threatening even their own team’s players and physically attacking them? Well, this would be one thing I wouldn’t want to see in American football.
      Take care, and have a good one,
      P.S.: The Longhorns won yesterday. Hook ’em, Horns!
      P.P.S.: Later this afternoon I’ll be off to see the San Antonio Scorpions again. Let’s hope the rain will have stopped by then.

  2. Hallo Gisela, hallo Wolfgang,
    ich antworte einfach mal in Deutsch. Gern geschehen, was mein Vorbeischauen in Eurem Blog angeht. Und danke, dass Ihr Euch die zeit genommen habt, hier bei mir vorbeizuschauen und einen Kommentar zu hinterlassen.
    Was das Übersetzen mit einem Programm angeht: übersetzt Ihr meine Blogeinträge mit einem Programm ins Deutsche? Und wenn ja, welches Programm nutzt Ihr? Ich glaube nämlich, dass mein Schreibstil – mit den vielen Parenthesen und Einschüben – es einem Übrtsetzungsprogramm recht schwer macht.
    Übrigens: ich veröffentliche so gut wie alle meine Beiträge auch in Deutsch, in meinem Blog “Pit’s Musings and Ramblings from a Big Country“. Das nur als Hinweis. Aber vielleicht schuat Ihr ja da mal rein.
    Liebe Grüße aus dem südlichen Texas,

  3. Well, here in South Africa, it wouldn’t make much difference if fans were booing or cheering – the voovazela drowns them all out anyway. Don’t know if you watched the Soccer World Cup held here but there’s no ways anyone can hear anything over that cacophony.

    • That’s an interesting comment. I hadn’t thought of that, even if I did watch a few of those games and really got to know that all-drowning noise. I hope they won’t introduce those Voovazelas here, when the spectators are asked to “make some noise”.
      Best regards from southern Texas,

  4. Great post and great complement to us Texans and Americans… Thanks… This takes me back many many years ago to when I lived in Australia. It seems we (Aussies & Yanks) were always comparing sports… particularly American football with Rugby, Australian Rules Football and last but not least soccer. It wasn’t until many years later I realized that was a big mistake. While there are many similarities between them all… They really need to be appreciated individually and comparing each of them takes away from each of them… They are all great sports if you take the time to learn about them. My other regret is not playing them all. Pictures are worth a thousand words but experiencing it is the only real way to appreciate anything…

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leaving a comment – and such a positive one at that! 🙂 As to learning about different sports: I readily admit that I have much to learn yet about American football. Maybe, after a while, I’ll be able to appreciate it more.
      Take care, and have a good one,

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