TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3943 posts, RR: 29 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2533 times:
I was unbelievable lucky to get another ticket, this time for France vs Togo... Even better was that I only paid 26 EUR for it, from the official homepage, 1 week ago... So I will like to share the experience with you...
This game took place in Cologne, the venue where the famous Sweden vs England took place some days ago... The stadium is brand new, it was built where the Mï¿½ngersdorfer Stadium was before. The track and field installations were removed, so that the atmosphere is better now. The stadium is really nice, and you get very close to the field.
This time my passport was checked, so if I had sold the ticket on the black market, this would have been a problem...
After I passed the security line, I approached the stadium. The stadium is in a beautiful park, close to the famous German Sport University, Sporthochschule Kï¿½ln.
Just in case you disagree with the referee, he has some friends brought with him:
However, the atmosphere is so peaceful that the police is never needed... I have never seen a Bundesliga game with such a great atmosphere.
The next picture shows the outside of the stadium:
After I was checked my ID, I entered the stadium... It was still rather empty 2 hours before the game:
Since this is an aviation forum, something for the Spotters among us:
On this picture, you can see the team of Togo walking through the stadium. They all made pictures for themselves, I guess they never played in such an atmosphere before...
Some fans of Togo... Most were Germans, though... This was not to say we were against France, not at all, but Togo needed some help:
Once again the team:
Then it was finally time to announce the teams:
There were probably 80% French fans, but there were some from Togo, as well:
And then, the teams and national anthems:
Allez, les bleus:
A view from the game... The seat was pretty good actually, even if it was the worst category of all... 26 EUR is not that bad...
The following picture shows how close you can get to the game... Unbelievable...
A real witch from Togo... The stewards didnt like her that much, because she didnt stay at her place... So they moved her up, where she remained the rest of the game...
Another picture from the stadium, showing the Sï¿½dtribï¿½ne... Great atmosphere...
The players of Togo are soo cool... They really said thank you to the fans, and were applauded by all fans, including the French one... They played nice football, but their offense was too weak during the tournament.
After the game on the Sï¿½dtribï¿½ne... Da simmer dabei, dat is pri ih ma, VIVA Colonia...
This guy says: Thank you Ghana, Africa in the Round of 16
After that, people slowly went out of the stadium... The Atmosphere was perfect, many happy French people, and a Togo which was a worthful opponent.
Now, this picture would probably start discussions on the Civ Av forum... My prediction: This A380 will never fly!
Some happy French fans in some TV documentary:
Finally, a view on the stadium:
I must say, Cologne is probably one of the best stadiums and cities during the world cups... The French fans were great, and therefore, from me:
9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2511 times:
Great pictures and a very interesting report. Unfortunately I didn´t get any tickets although I would have loved to watch one of the matches in the stadium. 26 Euros is a really good price for a World Cup ticket.
Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2495 times:
Very nice again. That really is a nice stadium--you're quite fortunate to get to *two* matches now. Next thing you know, you'll be posting a trip report to the final, lol.
Quick question: what language do(es) the public address announcer/s use? German? Or do they make like the Olympics and use French, English, and the host nation's language? I can never make anything out during the TV broadcasts to figure it out for myself, lol.
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
They use English first, German second. While they try to do everything in English as well, sometimes you can see how German prevails... For example when the announcer talks to small children, sometimes the German text includes more information than the English one... But sometimes it is also the other way around.
French was also used sometimes, but mostly English was used.
The information tables are in English only, a rather stupid move if you ask me, I think German language should also be used... But altogether, it is very easy to navigate around...