FC Köln - Greuther Fürth

Germany: Bundesliga
FC Köln S. Andersson (50), E. Skhiri (55), E. Skhiri (89)
Greuther Fürth M. Meyerhöfer (7)

Köln invite crowd of 40,000 to Fürth fixture

By Peter Vice

With the amount of tickets being set on sale, FC Köln seeks to draw the biggest post-pandemic crowd to the RheinEnergieStadion on Friday evening. 

RheinEnergieStadion.Photo: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

Matters quickly get more crowded at the Müngersdorf. After selling out their full allotment of 16,500 tickets in round one and drawing crowds of 25,000 in rounds three and round five, 1. FC Köln are the only Bundesliga club to have sold out all of their home matches thus far this season.

The club's ticketing office was, until yesterday, aiming for a crowd of 33,000 against newly promoted side SpVgg Greuther Fürth this Friday. Given the rate at which supporters snatched up the first batch of tickets earlier in the week, however, the club sought approval from the local health authorities to push up to 40,000.

"The 8,000 tickets that initially went on sale Tuesday were sold out in 20 minutes," managing director Alexander Wehrle explained to German footballing magazine Kicker, "That's why we proactively approached the health department in order to obtain an increase in capacity against Fürth."

Wehrle, who had absolutely zero qualms about criticizing the corona-regulations in place at this time last year in Germany, also presides over the first club to implement the stricter, more controversial "2G" regulations for fan re-entry. 

Here at Bulinews, we're keeping track of which clubs are using which regulations as part of weekly column on the state of fan re-entry.

FC Köln
1Timo Horn
2Benno Schmitz ↩85
22Jorge Meré
5Rafael Czichos
14Jonas Hector (C)
28Ellyes Skhiri
11Florian Kainz ↩78
18Ondrej Duda ↩68
13Mark Uth
27Anthony Modeste ↩78
9Sebastian Andersson ↩85
20Marvin Schwäbe
4Timo Hübers
15Luca Kilian
19Kingsley Ehizibue ↪78
6Salih Özcan ↪85
7Dejan Ljubicic ↪68
17Kingsley Schindler ↪78
21Louis Schaub ↪85
31Tomáš Ostrák
Greuther Fürth
1Marius Funk
18Marco Meyerhöfer
4Maximilian Bauer
24Nick Viergever
15Jetro Willems
22Sebastian Griesbeck ↩70
21Timothy Tillman ↩63
33Paul Seguin
28Jeremy Dudziak
10Branimir Hrgota (C) ↩63
16Håvard Nielsen ↩76
30Sascha Burchert
11Dickson Abiama ↪76
19Cédric Itten ↪63
40Jamie Leweling ↪63
32Abdourahmane Barry
8Nils Seufert
13Max Christiansen ↪70
14Hans Sarpei
37Julian Green

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