See Borussia Mönchengladbach live in Germany!
They are – literally – one of the biggest names in European football. Here is one fan’s account of visiting Bundesliga legends Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Mönchengladbach, on the western border of the country, have a proud history and were one of Europe’s top clubs back in the 1970s. They still enjoy huge, passionate support and a match at Borussia-Park has to be experienced.
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Doug Fenner recalls: -On the day of the Borussia match we visited the German Sports and Olympic Museum in nearby Cologne, had a wander along the Rhine and marvelled at the huge number of women in elaborate fancy dress walking in groups around the city – something to do with the impending carnival finale.
Mönchengladbach is a conurbation of towns and the Borussia-Park stadium is a little distant from the centre of any of them. Because of this the club runs shuttle buses from two local stations, Rheydt and Mönchengladbach, which are also included in the cost of the match ticket.
Heading out of the train station we followed the fans outside to where the shuttle buses picked up and 20 minutes later we were at the ground. Borussia-Park is a modern stadium, opened in 2004, and surrounded by business parks and car parks.
The ground is illuminated with green lighting which gives it an unearthly appearance. It holds just under 55,000 when full, has two tiers and the Nord Kurve terrace is where the Borussia ultras gather. There are ample refreshment kiosks and toilets.
‘A German Team’
Outside the North end of the stadium is a large fan shop where my son made the purchase he had planned.
When Mönchengladbach played Celtic a Scottish bar made a joke about not being able to spell their name and, having crossed out several attempts, settled on ‘A German Team’. Mönchengladbach have taken this in good spirit and now sell a scarf with this phrase on it.
We then had a couple of pints of Bitburg (4 euros plus a 1 euro deposit for the cup) and some slices of pizza (3.90 euros) in the fan park outside. As well as the pizza there were also stalls selling seafood, kebabs and, of course, a variety of sausages.
With around 20 minutes to go before kick-off we headed around to the South End of the ground where our seats were located in the upper tier.
We were just above and to the left of the visitors’ section and there was a good turnout of fans from Florence for this Europa League game. They were noisy throughout the game, singing and flag waving and giving their side superb support.
The Borussia fans were also in good voice and the crowd of just over 40,000 were making their presence felt. Our view was good and the leg room was okay as you’d expect from a modern stadium.
The game itself was poor for Mönchengladbach, who spurned several good chances to score, dominated possession but lost to a fantastic free-kick from 25 yards out by Federico Bernardeschi, bending it around the wall and giving Borussia keeper Yann Sommer no chance. The Fiorentina fans really enjoyed that!
Afterwards it was a reverse hike back to the shuttle buses. They were frequent and well organised. Luckily we made it to the station with five minutes to spare for our onward connection.
Here are just five great fixtures at Borussia-Park this autumn:
Mönchengladbach v Hannover
Mönchengladbach v Leverkusen
Mönchengladbach v Mainz
Mönchengladbach v Bayern Munich
Mönchengladbach v Hamburg
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A full report of Doug’s visit to Mönchengladbach featured in the May 2017 issue of Football Weekends, a UK print magazine dedicated to following football around Europe. For more details visit www.footballweekends.co.uk