KFC Uerdingen – SSVg Velbert 25-03-2017
Game: KFC Uerdingen - SSVg Velbert 2-2 (2-1 HT)
Competition: Oberliga Niederrhein, Germany
Stadium: Grotenburg-stadion, Krefeld
Ticket Price: €8
From Wattenscheid it only took me 45 minutes to arrive at Krefeld, where KFC Uerdingen plays their games in the Grotenburg-stadion. When getting closer to the ground, you can already see the huge floodlights.
KFC Uerdingen was founded in 1905 and only played for several seasons in the Bundesliga. During the 80's Bayer Uerdingen was very succesful as they won the DFB Pokal in 1985 and reached the semi-finals in the Cup Winners Cup in 1986 after having won a legendary game against Dynamo Dresden. As Uerdingen already lost the away tie with 2-0, they were down 1-3 at half-time. In the 2nd half they managed to score 6 more goals, which meant they won the game with 7-3 and they proceeded to the semi-finals, where they were beaten by Atlético Madrid.
Today (2016-2017), the club is active in the Oberliga Mittelrhein, which is the 5th division of German football. They broke with Bayer during the 90's and changed their name from Bayer Uerdingen to KFC Uerdingen. They still have their beautiful, amazing, .. (call it whatever you want) Grotenburg-stadion. The home team seems to have a very good group of fans as they still attract about 2.000 noisy spectators.
KFC Uerdingen got rather quick behind in today's game against Velbert but still managed to turn around the score before the break; 2-1. After the break they easily could have kept the 3 points in Uerdingen but after a straight red card and a missed penalty, the visitors equalised in the extra-time; 2-2.
All in all a great game with 2 very attractive sides in one of the best grounds I have already seen, for now.