Greuther Fürth – Hannover 03-02-2017
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 4:1 Hannover 96
Friday – 3 February 2017
Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer – Fürth, Germany
Attendance- 8,465 (Away- 300)
I got a chance for a European adventure, using the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg to justify the traveling.
Wednesday, I went to a friendly between FC Nürnberg II and Wurzburger FV at the FC Nurnberg training ground, but it was extremely cold and there were more people on the pitch then surrounding it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent game, without the usual parade of substitutions that typically ruins the flow of a friendly, and Nürnberg ran out an easy 2:0 victory. Wurzburger was resolute defensively, with coordinated pressing, but the quality of Nurnberg eventually told in the second half.
I spent Thursday at the Toy Fair and on Friday I visited the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich and then Dachau Concentration Camp before returning to Nuremberg for a Friday fixture in 2 Bundesliga between SpVgg Greuther Fürth, sitting in 13th, and league leaders Hannover 96.
This was a good ground right in the heart of a neighborhood, with the main stand undergoing renovations and improvements. Hannover brought an impressive number of fans with them, and they were in full voice throughout the match even though their teams appears to have forgotten their boots (and heart) at home. The north tribune was packed and bouncing as they welcomed the Reds. Starting before the game with a double brat sandwich and an affordable scarf (take note MLS, a scarf should be $10, not $25), I settled in for what ended up being a very one sided affair. Serdar Dursun started the scoring in style, with a bicycle kick goal in the 16th minute. I was excited to see my first bicycle kick in person, and the crowd was equally excited when their team took a 2-0 lead 5 minutes later. Hannover never looked like they were going to come back, but this was confirmed in the second half when Greuther Fürth scored 2 more goals in the span of 3 minutes, including a second for Dursun. Hannover got a late consolation, but their fans showed more effort through the game than their team.
I love German football as the food is good, the fans are friendly and it’s easy to get to the grounds. My first game was less than ideal, with the cold but the second game made up for it. With a visit to Bayern and Marseille in the future, I’m sure it’ll only get better.