The travelling support of Borussia Dortmund gained rave reviews after their boisterous support of their side at The Etihad in the Champions League match recently which lead me, amongst many to ask if they were the best fans in Europe.
Well if you want to get statistical about it I suppose you could say they are.
Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park stadium, better known as the Westfalenstadion was home to the highest average capacity last season in Europe. 80,521 fans usually attending the games but what makes that statistic even more impressive is the maximum capacity of the ground, 80,708; meaning on average there was only ever 187 empty seats in the ground.
In fact that is the trend across Germany where affordable ticket prices, vibrant atmospheres and modern facilities in good locations makes the football match a great day out no matter your demographic.
When it comes to attendances 14 of the top 50 are from Germany including two sides playing in the 2 Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Dusseldorf, who coincidentally were promoted last season.
In fact of Europes top ten attended stadiums six of them are the home of German sides with only Manchester United and Arsenal of England and Barcelona and Real Madrid of Spain having any other say.
It might not help that out of all the countries in the Eurozone Germany has been effected by the recession the least, leaving plenty of money for going to see football games.
Here is the top 20 in full with some interesting names in there that you probably would not expect.
- Borussia Dortmund 80,521
- FC Barcelona 78,340
- Manchester United 75,387
- Real Madrid 74,836
- Bayern Munich 69,000
- Schalke 04 61,139
- Arsenal 60,000
- VfB Stuttgart 55,089
- Hertha Berlin 54,259
- Hamburger SV 53,635
- Borussia Mönchengladbach 51,846
- Milan 51,442
- Celtic 50,904
- Ajax 50,044
- Newcastle United 49,935
- Internazionale 47,913
- FC Köln 47,647
- Manchester City 47,044
- Rangers 46,324
- Napoli 45,789
It seems if I want to go catch a game in Germany, I better book my ticket well in advance.
image: © Steenbergs