Fabulous scenes across the Bundsrepublik on the final weekend of the 2021/22 German Bundesliga campaign!
The remaining nine top tier locales all bid farewell to their teams with gorgeous choreo, emotional tributes, and indomitable spirit.
We're very pleased to pull all of the best of it together in the final edition of our Bulinews Fan feature!
|Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
The supporters were out in full force for the 2021/22 German Bundesliga's thrilling conclusion. Four of the nine fixtures (Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Mainz and Union Berlin) ended up selling out. Dortmund, Stuttgart, Augsburg and Leverkusen topped 90 percent. Only relegated Bielefeld fell into 80-percent territory.
Attendance figures, of course, don't tell much of a story when it comes to what really transpired inside the stadium. That's what this Bulinews feature is for! We're overjoyed to furnish one last look inside all nine hosting venues in the final installment of our weekend fans column!
Hertha BSC (at) Borussia Dortmund
Attendance = 80,500 (98.9%)
A few seats short of a sell-out over at Signal Iduna in the game that saved VfB Stuttgart's relegation bacon. A shame to think that an additional 865 in-house patrons could have been on hand to witness the pre-match choreos for club legends Marcel Schmelzer and Michael Zorc.
All the departing players from Axel Witsel to Roman Bürki got the full floral assortments.
Bayern München (at) VfL Wolfsburg
Attendance = 30,000 (sold out)
A rare sell out at the Volkswagen Arena for the season finale. Great atmosphere from the often unappreciated VfL ultras. A very nice farewell for the eternally under-appreciated John Anthony Brooks.
No flowers or collage posters for head-coach Florian Kohfeldt, unfortunately. Just a pink slip on Sunday morning.
That's the business! Never assume, Flori.
One never knows when they'll take away the parking pass and change the locks.
SC Freiburg (at) Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Attendance = 30,210 (sold out)
Along with Michael Zorc, we sent two legendary German footballing personalities into retirement on Saturday. Our beloved "Tante Käthe" is headed for the rocking chair.
Best wishes for a life of breezy beach reading to World Cup Winner and former German national team head-coach Rudi Völler!
Astounding choreo from the B04 ultras, packing in all the best quotes from "Herr Scheiß-Käse" over the years after they unveiled two full Kurve banners.
Tributes for the departing Julian Baumgartlinger were also top notch.
Nothing beats German footballing ultras. Period.
VfL Bochum (at) 1. FC Union Berlin
Attendance = 22,012 (sold out)
Fifth place in the table for the great Nina Hagen "cult club". Welcome to the Europa League, Eisernen! As promised by the club, the party spilled out of the stadium and onto the streets.
Rani Khedira, FEIERGOTT 🥳 pic.twitter.com/2b38XWDhLC— 1. FC Union Berlin (@fcunion) May 14, 2022
Why, oh, why did Grischa Prömel decide to go back to Sinsheim? They don't party like this down that way.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (at) Borussia Mönchengladbach
Attendance = 50,395 (93.2%)
A surprisingly good turnout at Borussia Park for a surprise 6-1 home victory for the Fohlenelf. The atmosphere proved a little tepid. Not a great send-off for Matthias Ginter after the German national team defender got in some hot water with club management over recent comments.
It was okay. More of a day for subdued exits in West Prussia. Tough last two years for BMG fans. At least they turned out with flags in force.
FC Köln (at) VfB Stuttgart
Attendance = 58,453 (96.6%)
Despite the fact that the club claimed they had a full house, the gate attendance figures suggested otherwise. Oh well. Whoever remained in the parking lot missed out the greatest footballing party German football had seen in three years.
Scenes almost too beautiful to describe.
Did it really happen? Was it all a dream?
Nope. This was all real.
Eintracht Frankfurt (at) 1. FSV Mainz 05
Planned capacity = 33,305 (sold out)
Sometimes the columnist forgets the new upped capacity at the MEWE Arena. The locals, on the other hand, didn't forget to show up. The Nullfünfter also didn't forget to give every last one of their departing players.
The scenes for Karlsruhe's Daniel Brosinski were by far the best.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth (at) FC Augsburg
Planned capacity = 27,907 (91.%)
By German footballing fan standards, there wasn't much special going on at the WWK on Saturday. Naturally, that doesn't mean the atmosphere wasn't fantastic. The Kurve did a great job of keeping up the chants throughout. It merely counted as par for the course.
The FCA T-Shirt commemorating 11 years of top flight German football kind of stole the show.
This Bavarian Swabian club remains treasured Bundesliga story.
Whoever came up with this is just plain damned awesome.
RB Leipzig (at) Arminia Bielefeld
Planned capacity = 22,719 (83.2%)
Even though there might not have been many other options available in Bielefeld on a Saturday afternoon, many of the locals couldn't bare to watch the inevitable relegation. DSC supporters have seen enough of them. Six relegations in the last 25 years to be precise.
It came to a respectable end at least.
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