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Borussia Dortmund and Cologne Supporters Are Top Class

borussia dortmund fans2 Borussia Dortmund and Cologne Supporters Are Top Class

I was born into the English leagues. I grew up in Britain so the only leagues I could see on television and see in person when I was a child in the late 70s and early 80s were the British leagues. And one of the factors that attracted me most to those leagues, not that I had much of a choice, was the noise and passion shown by the supporters. The scarves being unfurled. The songs being sung. The sheer lunacy after a goal was scored when the crowd would go mental.

As a man, I now have choices and can pick and choose which leagues to watch (thanks to advances in television and the ability to freely travel).

So it was with much delight when I watched two games on ESPN360.com this past Saturday. The first was Borussia Dortmund against Borussia Monchengladbach. The second was Cologne against Bayern Munich.

I must say that the supporters in both matches were incredible, which reminded me of football from the 1970s. For many of you readers, this is nothing new. You already know that the Bundesliga is the most passionate league in the world in terms of fans. But since I don’t watch the Bundesliga as much as you do, it was a joy to see packed stadiums and passionate supporters (of all ages) which is such a massive difference between the Premier League.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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