Rarely has the Ruhr been seen as a haven of creativity and artistry. Only on the football field can Germany’s industrial strongholds ever enchant the watching world with aesthetic excellence. But boy how they can.
The shirts of Germany’s top flight players will this weekend be adorned with a unanimous slogan: “Geh deinen Weg” (“Go your own way”) as part of the weekly Integrations-Spieltag (Integration Matchday). The message of integration is primarily in support of young members of the immigrant community but following an interview with an anonymous gay footballer in the German magazine “Fluter”, it is the homophobia debate which has begun to take centre stage.
With 2011 now over, followers of the Bundesliga are looking back on what has been a year full of scandal, surprise and soap opera.
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