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By Peter Vice

The Bulinews “Weekend Attendance Figures” feature returns with another report on events inside the Bundesrepublik’s top football venues.

There’s a lot to discuss after another (one notices with gratitude) a string of full capacity attendances in Germany.

Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Strong attendance figures across the Bundesrepublik this weekend, with three Bundesliga stadiums (Bayern, Cologne and Freiburg) sold out. Frankfurt and Leipzig came close in the upper 90% range. Hertha and Bochum got just over 85% while Wolfsburg and Fürth were down in the 60s.

Without exception, every home crowd created the authentic German fan atmosphere on what was (in some areas) a rainy but warm spring day. Our ‘Weekend attendance numbers’ feature takes you out on the pitch to reflect on the supporters and their clubs after another high-flying weekend in German football.

FSV Mainz 05 (at) VfL Wolfsburg

Attendance = 30,000 (63.5%)

Not. Same. Close. Of course not. It is the “Autostadt”, after all. Readers of this column know all about the situation in the “company city”. Regulars of the column also know that the VfL ultras who show up at the stadium are usually lively, good-humored and particularly funny.

Attending a Wolfsburg home game remains something recommended for anyone looking to visit the cathedrals of the Bundesliga. Don’t expect the seats to be full and remember to head to the Kurve fan as soon as you can.

FC Union Berlin (at) RB Leipzig

Attendance = 45,770 (97.2%)

Great support from fans of both clubs. One wonders if some of Union’s ultras even returned to Köpenick after Wednesday’s cup semi-final. Perhaps some of them simply opted for an extended vacation in the “Linden Stadt”. It’s a beautiful city and (always) a cheap visit.

Many German football fans, in the continued quest to come to terms with the rise of RB’s German subsidiary, hope a rivalry will develop between Leipzig and the FCU. Naturally, this cannot have all the historical connotations of a real ‘East German rivalry’ since the Red Bulls were founded long after die Wende.

We can’t even find those rivalries in the second division either. Each year, the clubs miss each other. Same story this year. Magdeburg in place. Dynamo Dresden and Erzgebirge Aue down. Too bad. At least Saturday’s game helped heighten the tension between these two.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (at) Eintracht Frankfurt

Attendance = 50,500 (99.0%)

Oh, confuse it now. Really? Are you just missing 500 places? Come on, inhabitants of the financial capital of the Bundesrepublik! Pack home for “Team Germany!” SGE could have donated these tickets to certain charities if needed.

On some more serious notes, this is actually quite an impressive tally for a club preparing to host another Europa League game. In addition, the SGE distributed many tickets to charities. They always do.

The whole country is gearing up to cheer on “our lads” against West Ham on Thursday.

Anyone for some historical context of the 1976 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals?

Borussia Monchengladbach (at) SC Freiburg

Attendance = 34,700 (sold out)

Fortunately, as many people as possible have seen this gem of a game live. The always pleasant SCF ultras also kept it simple and clear with their Saturday banner. “Keep up your exceptionally good work”, Breisgauer. It doesn’t matter which European club competition you qualify for.

It’s perfect. Anyone will do.

Arminia Bielefeld (at) 1. FC Köln

Attendance = 50,000 (sold out)

The RheinEnergie rocked and rocked as usual. Everyone had a great time. Cult striker Anthony Modeste may have one too good if some sources are to believe. Sigh. To use the comment adopted in the tactical column, these “certain sources” really need to learn to shut up sometimes.

Let Modeste have fun while he still can. By the way, cathedral city: nothing. If you qualify for Europe, you have Modeste to thank for that. Keep that in mind when, after his departure, you return to compete in the relegation race next year. Baumgart flat caps are then worthless.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (at) SpVgg Greuther Furth

Attendance = 11,579 (69.6%)

There is only one home game left at the Ronhof before the officially confirmed drop to the lower division. We should see a sell-off (maybe even a win) when Dortmund’s reserves come to town on May 7. Nice to meet you, Kleeblatt boosters. A pleasant day!

Borussia Dortmund (at) FC Bayern München

Attendance = 75,000 (sold out)

Until the last seat filled. Magnificent. All German football fans will agree. Whether Bundesliga watchers are losing interest in the league after Bayern’s tenth consecutive title is actually rather silly when considered in the context of current events.

Recall that he had been three long years since we saw Bayern clinch a title in front of live spectators. We are well. Seriously. It’s perfect.

FC Augsburg (at) VfL Bochum

Attendance = 23,500 (85.1%)

Far from having sold out the Ruhrstadion thanks to the fact that Augsburg’s traveling fan contingent didn’t use their ticket lot and the home fans didn’t make up the difference. Those who chose to do something else with their Sunday afternoon probably felt vindicated as they didn’t miss a great home team game.

At least the “beer showers” stayed in Munich this time. Fans also cheered for their team rather than, like some of Hertha Assis, demanding to have shirts placed at their feet. More on that below.

VfB Stuttgart (at) Hertha BSC

Attendance = 54,589 (85.1%)

Actually a very good crowd for the Olympiastadion. Those interested in the state of the club-fan relationship in the Charllotenburg district of the nation’s capital some two weeks after the infamous “drop your knitting” will not be surprised to learn that the team opted to not to visit the Kurve fan after Sunday. evening win.

This is absolutely the right decision guys. As nice as the fan support is this weekend, players still need their space for a while. Over time, trust can be restored. A reunion will come at some point, maybe before the end of the season. The distance should hold for now.

Thank you very much for reading!

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