EFW Novemberfest 2014

At the EFW 2014 trip I joined the football fans to watch games at Union Berlin, Energie Cottbus and BFC Berlin.

  • Union Berlin were awful and deservedly lost 0-1 to Greuther Fürth
  • Energie Cottbus won 3-0 against Unterhaching
  • BFC Dynamo v Berliner AK was acknowledged as the worse game watched during all the years of EFW. 0-0 makes it sound even more exciting than it was.

A bunch of us also went back into Berlin to watch ice hockey against Munich. Which was excellent.

Will put up a bit of a blog here shortly about the weekend.

EFW Novemberfest 2014 update

Berlin 2014

Thursday some of us arrive and check out some hostelries.

Friday morning some tourist stuff then it's
Union Berlin v Greuther Fürth in the evening

Saturday it is
Enegrie Cottbus v Unterhaching, with some peeps then going on to a meal at the Schnitztl King?

Sunday is the
Dynamo game in the afternoon followed by an Ice Hockey match.

Game on!

EFW NovemberFest 2014

Berlin 2014

Flight and hotel booked so I will be joining the great EFW crew for another European Football Weekend adventure. After fab previous trips to:

  • Tilburg,
  • Prague,
  • Budapest, and
  • Munich

this time it's
Berlin. I've been to Berlin a couple of times, but this will be the first time for football.

I'm not yet up to speed with the games we're going to. So I better get my research head on, then I'll put up the details up on here.

Hans is not coming to Berlin this time

Not sure how many peeps or precisely who are going, but I see a few familiar names there including fans of Rochdale and Forest Green Rovers, and a Belgian or two. Again, maybe I'll put the details up here on a page. It'll be easier to navigate than the Facebook page. In theory.

Stoffers and I in Berlin - with beer without football

The options being looked at include:

Friday 30/10

18:30 Union Berlin v Greuther Fürth
19:00 Tennis Borussia Berlin v BFC Dynamo II
19:00* Hansa Rostock v Osnabrück

SAT 01/11

11:00 Hertha BSC U19 v Werder Bremen U19
13:30 Lichtenberg 47 v Germania Schöneiche
13:30 Babelsberg v Auerbach
14:00* Dynamo Dresden v Stuttgarter Kickers
14:00* Energie Cottbus v Unterhaching

SUN 02/11

13:30 Berliner AK v BFC Dynamo
13:30* Magdeburg v Jena
14:00 Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Altlüdersdorf

Cricket and Footy

The cricket yesterday was excellent to watch, despite the ridiculous slow start to the England innings (6-1 after six overs). The end with Butler was exhilarating.

Then there was England football. Oh dear. Such as good record the Under 21s have, but now in championship mode they look just like their grown up counterparts and played awfully against Italy.

Anyway, just after England lost 1-0 to Italy England bowled out New Zealand to win the one day match. Thus losing the series 2-1, but looking promising too just in time for the Champions Trophy.

Sport - Liverpool and England

This has been a bit of a blog omission, given so much of my Twittering is about sport. Anyway my main sporting love is football, primarily following Liverpool, but I enjoy watching any football. Have been on several trips overseas to watch football at all levels, including trips based in Tilburg (Netherlands), Budapest and Prague with a big group of footy supporters - organised through the European Football Weekends group. Last year I went with a splinter group from that to Munich to watch football in Germany and Austria.

I was a Liverpool Season Ticket Holder on the Kop back in the standing days, before I went to University. On my return to the north west I have had many seasons going to most the home games - especially when a member of the LFC Priority Ticket Scheme. When they got rid of that scheme then holiday makers had as much chance of getting a ticket as a supporter so I've not managed to get as many tickets. Still, that's good for the club, as the day trippers spend money in the club shop, where as I don't.

Was on the waiting list for a season ticket for over a decade, but managed to fall of it as the club wrote to me - while I was overseas - saying I had to register to confirm my interest in a season ticket within four weeks (and pay a fee). When I got back to the UK the date had passed and I fell off the list completely (not even gone to the back). The list is closed to new (and old) people too. Awful nonsense from a club. Supporters, who needs 'em.

So these days I go to the occasional Liverpool game as opposed to all of them, and have to watch the others down in a hostelry - usually the Dizzy. I also go to some other none Premiership games, last year I went to a few games including Hillsborough for the first time - for Wednesday v Barnsley - and Bolton v Bristol City.

Not a big
England fan. It's hard when International Football is generally so much poorer to watch than league or European games. I think to be honest though it was the Ron Greenwood years which killed any fledgling England fan in me. Don't get me wrong, I want England to win, but I just don't lose sleep if they don't.

One England I do enjoy to watch though is the
cricket. Yes, I am one of the seemingly small band of people who enjoy Test Cricket! Should be a good summer with the Ashes coming back over here, before heading back to Australia just as quick. Bring it on.

Other sports? Well I can live without golf - though enjoy the drama of the
Ryder Cup - and Tennis - again would still probably still watch a bit of Wimbledon. I quite enjoy watching international Rugby Union - so the imminent Lions tour may be fun. Loved the London Olympics as soon as the Opening Ceremony started, despite expecting it to be the biggest anti-climax. Have they Knighted Danny Boyle yet?

So, what to put in Sports Blog? Not sure, but it will probably largely be footy and again largely Liverpool. Will no doubt be a bit of England cricket stuff and some Lanky-lanky-lancashire.
Ad hoc. It will defo be ad hoc.