Borussia Ole Ole Ole

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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A&O Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As the title suggest the main reason for spending a few days in Dortmund was to watch Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz in the German Bundesliga with my good friend Martin who has been away with me numerous times and hasn't told me to f**k off and never speak to him as of yet!

I kept an eye out on the official site for a few weeks before to try and get a ticket but none went on general sale so i had to use the ticket site Viagogo which ended up costing me 82, i didn’t mind to much as it was in the world famous Sudtribune (south stand) which is the largest terraced stand in Europe holding a mighty 28 thousand passionate football fans on 1 terrace

We flew from Luton airport on 18/04/13 having 2 pints of Stella for breakfast at 5 am, its a must when going on tour.

Flight was approximately an hour and once arriving in Dortmund we got the airport express bus into the town centre for a very reasonable 7 euros.

Once we located the hotel we dropped our bags off and went exploring the city or more like i was been dragged around clothes shops while Martin decided if he would part with his cash for a few poncy shirts if they would fit around his ever developing beer gut, from what i can remember only a shirt was purchase but by this time all i wanted to do was stuff my face and we found a great little pizza place where we had a pizza and a glass of coke for around 8 euro's

Once back at the hotel we checked in and went for a mid-afternoon kip like a bunch of oap's. We went for a few quiet pints on the Thursday evening and called it a day knowing we would have a long walk to find the ground the following day.

Friday we got up and walked the 2.5 miles across town to the ground, looked around the shop and had a pint in "strobells" a lovely pint of dark beer. In the evening we went to Bar Bam Boomerang where we got chatting to 2 nice local birds who showed took us to "club Antons" which played a mix of random German songs and classics like Baby give it up by KC and the sunshine band which i jumped around singing Darren Darren Purse Darren Purse or in Martin's case Cider in a can in a can cider in a can which Lena and Annika must have thought we were a bunch of weirdo’s if they hadn't already discovered this. We left the club around 0315 walking Lena to her bus stop and then went and got our head down for the exciting day ahead.

Match Day

We headed down to the ground and collected my ticket around mid-day with the kick off been 1530 , once i had picked up my ticket from a nearby hotel we marched up to the ground filled with excitement, Martin picked up a ticket from a tout in the Nordtribune for 50 euro's which he took great delight in telling me was half the price of mine (smug git) even 2 and a half hours before kick-off there was thousands of fans drinking ale , munching on bratwurst and having a good old sing song which was a refreshing site from going to a game back home where 90% of the fans rock up 15 minutes before kick-off dribbling out of their backsides.

Prices outside the ground was 2 euro's for 0.3l of beer or 4 euro's for 0.5l bratwurst’s were around 2.90 , was a nice feeling not been ripped off just because you are in the surroundings off the ground. I bumped into a friend from Cardiff who had seen Dortmund on two previous occasions and advised to enter the ground straight away due to the unique atmosphere of the Dortmund fans, i am glad i did as even 2 hours before kick-off the Sudtribune was 50% full with fans chanting and flag waving which continued until full time, around 45 minutes before kick off the Dortmund GK was the first player to come out to warm up and the crowd erupted for Roman Weidenfeller which then went on for every player during warm up and throughout the game, just before kick-off we were treated to a rendition of "You’ll Never Walk Alone" in perfect English, the game itself wasn’t the most spectacular footballing masterpiece i have ever since which funnily is surprising considering i am a Cardiff City fan but the atmosphere of the Sudtribune made it an epic experience.

The game itself finished 2 nil to Dortmund with a goal from Marco Reus after 30 seconds and then another from Robert Lewandowski after 87 minutes.

I left the stadium feeling like i had just had a religious experience with the sounds of the Sudtribune ringing around my head late into the evening while enjoying a few jars of the local brew

Allez Allez,

Allez Allez Allez,

Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund,

Borussia Dortmund Allez Allez...

A nice lie in was had on Sunday before getting up and heading to a pub on the main square called "wenkers" not to be confused with wankers which the signed looked like, i was caught many times during the trip singing "were just a bunch of wankers"

We watched the Bahrain F1 without commentary which was pretty boring despite a few half decent looking overtakes, from here we went to a rather smallish pub off the main square showing the football where Martin ditched me and a dodgy looking priest treated me to a few shots of the local tipple, i made a swift exit and headed home for a kip.

We paid 5 euro's for a late check out on Monday which was a godsend despite the cleaners trying to boot us out early "we shall not be moved" we checked out around mid-day and went for yet more pizza and shopping, finally after a great few days in Dortmund we got the airport express back to the airport to board out flight back to Luton which arrived at 7 pm.

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