Football (soccer) is not only one of the most popular sports, but has a real cult status in some regions. On the one hand, hundreds of thousands of people on the Lower Rhine actively play football in numerous clubs or in hobby teams. On the other hand, many football fans are members of the traditional football clubs of the Lower Rhine.
On the match days of the different leagues, the football stadiums of the most diverse clubs fill up. Not only games of the first division teams find numerous spectators, but also amateur games, and even at children’s football games there is often an enthusiastic atmosphere in the audience.
The largest stadiums on the Lower Rhine include the Stadion (Merkur Spiel-Arena ) in Düsseldorf and the Borussen Park in Mönchengladbach. The so-called public viewing events (live broadcasting of sporting events) for special games such as the World Cup or the European Football Championship are also very popular.
Borussia Mönchengladbach is one of the most traditional and successful football clubs on the Lower Rhine, whose successes helped the club to gain an international reputation in the 1970s. Today the team has great ambitions to achieve international success.
The Düsseldorf football team also has great ambitions. Fortuna Düsseldorf has moved from the lower leagues to the 1st Bundesliga and would like to celebrate further successes as soon as possible.
Whether Borussia, Fortuna, KFC or MSV on all teams, the fans, among whom there are some celebrities (some are members of the cult band “Tote Hosen” who are known Fortuna Düsseldorf fans), play an important role. Even if some teams are not so successful at times, many fans remain loyal to their team and keep moving to the stadiums during the season. Because football is more than just a sport.
Football is a piece of tradition and culture, because football is not only fun, but connects. Especially after a victory, football fans like to celebrate together in their local bars. An outstanding example of the social component of football was shown during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Back then, millions of fans from all over the world largely celebrated peacefully with one another. But football is also a tough business, because the teams who want to play in the first Bundesliga need strong players, and they are usually courted by many clubs and are therefore expensive. Some clubs have therefore strengthened their youth work in order to generate their offspring from it.
Soccer teams on the Lower Rhine: