The most iconic club of all iconic clubs
With increasing regularity the media elect an outright cuddly cult club. In recent years especially Mainz and Freiburg could be glad about winning this title. A little interlude was committed by Hoffenheim until Mr. Rangnick and Mr. Hopp were no longer trendy because of missing triumphs and several catfights. Since the promotion of St. Pauli a new comrade-in-arms established himself.
Because for years now St. Paul is a cult club par excellence, at least for the German media representatives. In Hamburg they are really successful in acting with their created image and this even promotes their fame. An anarchistic breathed on appearance is marketed really efficient as a brand. In the recent time, in which it became vogue to be dressed alternative, a promising marketing concept. It is no wonder that in the meantime every modern hippie became an avowing supporter of the FC St. Pauli. In fact you hardly know the team and watch the matches rarely, but you want to be hip. In almost the same manner St. Pauli changed from a grubby neighborhood into a gaudy tourist bonbon world which promotes boozy evenings, the club fullfills the gentrification and still celebrates himself.
By all slandering one must appreciate that there still exist St. Pauli originals. Around the stadium you are still able to watch the factors, which gave St. Pauli the image of a notorious rustic club. How long this culture will stand its ground remains to be seen.
The degree of organization of the supporters from both clubs from Hamburg is ideal. There exist structures as well as premises which are enviable. His matches holds the football club in close vicinity to the red-light district at the Millerntor. In the recent years the ground was reconstructed and lost a lot of its old charm. Apart from that it still remains a special experience because of its location and despite the renovation it continues being much more beautiful than most of the other stadiums which are prefabricated and built overnight.
However St. Pauli managed to win the derby of Hamburg against the HSV with 1-0 on Wednesday evening. During this hard-fought match central defender Carlos Zambrano received his fifth yellow card of the season and will miss the match on Saturday.
The personnel situation of Borussia Dortmund is quite a bit problematic these days. With Neven Subotic (dismissal in Kaiserslautern) and Jakub Blaszczykowski (laceration of the capsule in his knee) there are currently two players on the absentee list and it is still possible that one or two will join the group. Roman Weidenfeller (common cold), Bender the offender (problems with his upper leg), Mohamed Zidan (bruise of his back) and Robert Lewandowski (cold) are according to the media conference also questionable. Asked on the week coach Jürgen Klopp answered: "This time I'm not able to build the first XI out of the observations from the training sessions because I don't have got any. This week was totally messed up." About Bender he said: "He feels fine. The problem is that Manni feels fine everytime." Furthermore Klopp commented the comeback of skipper Sebastian Kehl in the following way: "I hope that we don't have to include him into the squad." This indicates that he wants to groom Kehl gently.
Sometimes you have to admit that no one is save of injuries but let us hope that this little injury crisis will have its end on Saturday. With two draws in a row it will be important to keep three points in Dortmund. All we have got to do: bethink of our strenghts.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Hummels, Santana, Schmelzer - Bender, Sahin - Götze, Lewandowski, Großkreutz - Barrios.
Substitute's Bench: Langerak - Sobiech, Dede, da Silva, Feulner, Kehl, Kuba, Zidan, Stiepermann.
Questionable: Kuba, Bender, Weidenfeller, Lewandowski, Zidan.
Missing: Subotic, Kagawa, Kringe, Owomoyela.
FC St. Pauli: Kessler - Thorandt, Eger, Gunesch, Volz (Oczipka) - Boll, Lehmann - Kruse, Takyi, Bartels - Asamoah.
Substitute's Bench: Hain (Pliquett) - Oczipka, Schultz, Kalla, Naki, Daube, Ebbers, Hennings, Sukuta-Pasu.
Missing: Zambrano, Rothenbach, Lechner, Morena.
Referee: Peter Sippel (Munich)
Kickoff: 19th of February - 15.30. p.m. CET
Stadium: Westfalenstadion Dortmund - 80.720 seats - sold out