Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 22, 2006

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Monday, June 12, 2006

UnFREAKINGbelievable. Well what a day it was for Australia. I went along with Libby, Lina, Iona and a few other German friends who had been to Australia that came and supported us. We all got dressed up to be as Aussie as possible then headed into the city. To watch the game I went into Heumarkt with the huge TV screen there.

I was quite suprised to see how many Aussies were in Cologne when I arrived. I would have thought that they would all be elsewhere in Germany but I guess they all came out of hiding for this game. There was a small contingency of Japanese fans but they aren't exactly the loudest supporters. After that first crappy goal they were a bit louder.

After we scored our first goal the crowd went ballistic and after 3 I had lost my voice from screaming so loud. It was amazing, even the Germans got into it. There were even some Germans in Australian jerseys who were trying to do the Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi chant, but they kept stuffing it up. I couldn't have been more happy to be an Australian at that point. After the game Iona, Libby and I got our picture taken for some local newspaper so I'm interested to find out which one.

Walking through the city afterwards was just as amazing as watching the game. Australian flags everywhere, hanging out of Irish pubs, waving in the air, people dancing in the streets. I was very suprised when celebrating throughout the night of the amount of people who congratulated us. People in the streets wearing Italian, German, USA and Brazilian jerseys came up to us and shook our hand and said well done. Here in Germany I think the underdog teams are all sticking together, trying to band together for an upset of a major team. It's suprising the amount of Trinidad and Tobago, and Angola fans there are here. When we sat down in an Irish pub, some came and congratulated us. It is great seeing all the underdog countries coming together and having a great time.

Well that was my experience in Germany on the events of June 12. If you want an experience of someone who will be in the stadium for all 3 Australian games then I suggest you take a look at Adam's log (I have a link on this site) beacause I'm sure he will be writing something about it (once again, lucky bastard!). I have booked my tickets for Munich, I'm not missing this plane! Bring on the Brazilians!
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