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Does anyone know Leverkeusen? If so help a cluless football fan!

Does anyone know Leverkeusen? If so help a cluless football fan!

Nov 14th, 2006, 02:12 AM
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Just curious - the Hotspur tour - is this something the club just sets up or is it a part of some challenge - or tournement.>>>>>>>

In this case it is as Willit says, part of a European tournament. We will have had matches in Prague, Istanbul and Leverkusen, plus at least one more to come, to be decided once the draw for the next round is made. Potentially there could be five more matches if we get to the final.

What do these matches count for? Prestige? rankings?>>>

You win a trophy and a fair bit of money. There's also the glamour of European football rather than domestic football. It is the aim of most of the premiership to get a European place. The rest are just happy to hang on to their premiership place.


Is it a 'friendly' match, if Hotspurs are even capable of that - what the heck is a friendly match i've heard of?>>>>

A friendly match is one with nothing at stake - usually played pre-season or for practice (England are playing the Dutch in one tonight). These often are tours, as English football is very popular abroad these are money spinning opportunities, and a way of promoting the club "brand". Last year we went to |North Korea and Malaysia. Man Utd went to the states.

What is the Hotspur's track record - are the a mediocre UK team or up there with the likes of Manchester United?

We're not up there with Man Utd - not many are. We are a big club in terms of resources (15th richest in the world last year - and that was without European football - so top 10 this year). We are traditionally a team that is good at the cups rather than the league. We are also perceived as "fancy dans" ie a home of flashy glamorous players like Gazza, Ginola, Klinsmann, and, very possibly, Beckham. Our current brightest star is probably Aaron Lennon. We provide seven players for the England squad.
Our recent history is pretty dire though - we had that muppet Sugar as chairman and he was a truly malign influence.

Our mortal enemies are Arsenal. But I dislike Chelsea even more than them.
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Nov 14th, 2006, 11:39 AM
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willit and a est f: thanks for the edification of English football - now that i understand the Hotspur recent dire plight i am now a Hotspur fan! Really! No more joking. Go Hotspur(s)!

Will be waiting for results of Nov 23 tilt - that's Thanksgiving Day here in US - a major holiday second only to Christmas for family gluttony and American football games all day long on the tube.
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Nov 15th, 2006, 01:08 AM
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It's "spurs" just spurs.

Or the other nickname, which would probably cause the board to explode.
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Nov 23rd, 2006, 02:48 AM
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Right. I'm in Leverkeusen. It's a dump.

Now off to bite some germans.
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Nov 23rd, 2006, 05:15 AM
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BTW, as mentioned about a dozen times on this thread, the city's name is still Leverkusen, not -keusen.
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Nov 23rd, 2006, 01:08 PM
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I-0 to Spurs:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...pe/6161156.stm

He'll be asking about Bucarest next.
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Nov 24th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Nah, we're playing Bucharest at the lane.

Next destination is unknown until after the second round draw.

Leverkeusen is like a more affluent Middlesbrough.
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Nov 24th, 2006, 11:53 AM
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I still want to know how a public schoolboy from Hampshire ended up being a Mockney Spurs fan....
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Nov 25th, 2006, 04:30 AM
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Because he is far too intelligent to support his local team (Horrible red striped shower), and too highbrow to support the blue lot down the road.
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Nov 25th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Too true, we come from the same town, Pompey and the Scummers are responsible for my total lack of interest in the sport.

My mother, in a fit of wild delirium, once bought me a Scumhampton strip, which I was so ashamed of that I told everyone I Stoke City supporter
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Nov 25th, 2006, 12:00 PM
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>A Stoke City supporter<

It's hard to convey to a foreign audience the despair and ultimate resignation that story reveals......
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Nov 26th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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still want to know how a public schoolboy from Hampshire ended up being a Mockney Spurs fan....>>>>>>

A very insistent father! An Enfield boy. Took me to games when I was little and it bit.

Spurs were always fairly popular in Winchester (town and school) in any case - As I'm sure you remember.

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the saints though. I've also always been terrified of Portsmouth - the whole town and it's team.

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Nov 27th, 2006, 03:59 PM
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David,

I've booked up to go & see Celtic in Copenhagen next week. I'm assuming that Copenhagen will probably be a bit more appealing to visit than Leverkeusen!

Jim
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Nov 28th, 2006, 03:50 AM
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I should think it probably is!

The odd thing is that looking at the likely drop outs from the chumps league I am looking at where I'd rather go than who i'd rather we play.

I'd like to go to Barcelona, but we'd be murdered.
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Nov 28th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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a est f: I flippantly said that the Leverkeusen Bayer team could be nicknamed the aspirins - and the response was that the team was named Bayern Leverkeusen i believe - but does this team have a nickname? I can't believe fans call it Bayern Leverkeusen? Could it be Bears, Chemics, etc or do they indeed have none?
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Nov 28th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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I never heard one being used. However i do know that they aren't popular in Germany - being thought of as a bit two bob and plastic. A bit like chelsea area here.

Lots of Germans came on our fan sites to wish us luck against them.
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Nov 28th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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thanks - one more Q - is this the main team for Cologne/Dusseldorf area, or what is their normal catchment - just the Leverkeuseun area? Seems weird such a small town would have a world-class football team?
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Nov 28th, 2006, 09:35 AM
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I think the biggest team of the area is Borussia Dortmund (which is also quite near). There is also Borussia Moenchengladbach, Aachen, Bochum that are all of them near Dusseldorf and all of them at the Bundesliga.
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Nov 28th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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"Spurs were always fairly popular in Winchester (town and school) in any case -"

Town and School? It was us Townies watching you Wykhamists trying to cash Coutts cheques in the Royal Oak while picking up our birds cos your Dad owns British Steel and you got a Ferrari for your seventeenth birthday, while I'm trying to impress with my Honda 125 and a second hand leather jacket.

Rugby was the game at my "town" school, Romsey Road Secondary Modern (Montgomery), a containment centre for juvenile delinquants with unfulfilled aspirations of providing an education.

I was hard on the Saints, they do a lot of work for charidy and Mick Shannon ran a half decent boozer over Romsey way. The Bear and Staff if I recall correctly, great ploughmans.
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Nov 28th, 2006, 10:55 AM
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Ah - class warfare!
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