Discovering German football

Are you planning a football trip to Germany?

This short guide will help you plan your trip and decide which clubs to visit. There is also key information on every club in the top three divisions as well as links to the best books, websites, blogs and podcasts.

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Ruhrgebiet

Bordered by the rivers Rhine, Ruhr and Lippe the Ruhrgebiet is one of Germany’s ‘hidden gems’. A vibrant, exciting and thoroughly modern metropolis, it is steeped in history and tradition.

For over 100 years it has also been the beating heart of German football.

This guidebook introduces its major cities and towns, the history, culture and traditions of its people and its football clubs. There is advice on how to plan a visit and where to find out more.

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Borussia Moenchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach : an introduction sets out to share the history, tradition, triumphs and disappointments of this great club with the English-speaking world.  The book tells  the story of Borussia from its foundation in 1900 to the present day.  As well as biographies of former players and managers and famous anecdotes,  there is a wealth of background information for English speakers considering a visit to Germany or wanting to follow the club from afar.

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Schalke 04

In 1904 a group of young miners from Gelsenkirchen got together to play football.  They had very little money, no kit to wear, no ball to play with.  They didn’t even have a pitch to play on. This book tells the story of how the club these young men formed grew to become FC Schalke 04, one of the biggest, wealthiest and best-known football clubs in the world.

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen is another big club with a rich and proud history.  Founded in 1904 by employees  of a local factory it has grown to become one of the most successful clubs in Germany.

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Discovering German football

This short book tells the story of Fortuna Düsseldorf – one of Germany’s oldest and best-known football clubs. As well as describing the history, triumphs and disappointments of this historic club it also tells the life-stories of its best-known players and coaches.
It is also packed with practical information to help football fans plan a trip to Düsseldorf and get the most out of their time in the city and its region.

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