Why FC St. Pauli Are the Best Team to Play for in World Football
It's difficult, in this corporate age, to play the clairvoyant and look into the lives of professional footballers. Those erstwhile glimpses we get of their attitude from Twitter, from personal interviews and so on seem quite shallow, and they leave us disappointed. As such, a layman journalist trying to "put himself into a footballer's shoes" will find himself at a considerable disadvantage.
However, this is what this article will try to do. To look into the mind of a professional footballer as best it can and then evaluate the club most suitable for that footballer. In this case, it will be a small case of make believe, imagining myself as a professional.
When teams come out at St. Pauli, they go out to a version of ACDC's Hells Bells, a metal single meant to fire both the players and the fans up. It helps to feed the leftist, slightly extraneous, feel of St. Pauli as well.
St. Pauli fans are different. That's the best way to put it. As the picture indicates, the fanbase are very radical in their views. They are famed in Germany for being "anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-homophobic and anti-sexist, and this has on occasion brought them into conflict with Neo Nazis and hooligans at away games. The organisation has adopted an outspoken stance against racism, fascism, sexism and homophobia and has embodied this position in its constitution."
The Sausage Train
The Sausage Train is an integral part of the legend surrounding St. Pauli and a reason that they are such a cult club. The Sausage Train, manufactured by a fan of St. Pauli, takes a round of the stadium carrying hot dogs for fans.
Making a Point
By Joining St. Pauli, a professional footballer would be making a point by favouring an unconventional approach to football. If a prominent professional footballer joins St. Pauli for ethical reasons, which is unlikely, he would be denting the hold of fascism and racism in the world game by affiliating themselves with an anti-facist, anti-racist football club.