Hamburg is a major port city in northern Germany and the second largest city in modern day Germany. Affluent, expensive and cosmopolitan it is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. The city of Hamburg itself is crossed by a number of canals but there are also large areas of leisure space such as parkland, botanic gardens and lakes. This is a city of boats, cafes and restaurants with seafood dishes, currywurst in bread rolls and traditional soups a local speciality.
The area surrounding Hamburg is especially appealing with numerous historic towns such as Lübeck and Travemünde in close proximity while the Baltic Sea is also nearby.
Like Bremen, Hamburg is a city state and this serves to differentiate it from many other German federal states which are regional states and have a capital.
The biggest club are Hamburger Sport Verein and they play home games at the new Volksparkstadion; a stadium that has also been known as the Imtech Arena, the AOL Arena and the Nordbank Arena. A train ride from the central Reeperbahn the stadium sits in the western districts of Hamburg.
HSV are known for distinctive club colours of blue, white and black socks (schwarz, weiss und blau) but the home kit of the team is white jerseys and red shorts. The club experienced its golden era during the 1970’s and 1980’s, the latter period saw Kevin Keegan play for the club.
The club crest is a black with a white diamond on a blue background and makes reference to the maritime history of the city.
FC St. Pauli are the other major football club from the city. Unlike HSV (a club who were a European Champions cup winner in 1983) St Pauli have enjoyed very little success on the field and currently play in Bundesliga 2.
St Pauli are known for its association with alternative views and the nearby Reeperbahn. The club is widely recognised for its distinctive left wing fan culture and has a large popular following as one of the Germany’s foremost ‘Kult’ teams.
Hamburger SV and St Pauli are not alone in the city.
There are at least another 12 clubs in Hamburg playing at various levels of the German league ladder. These include SC Victoria Hamburg, Concordia, SC Condor Hamburg and Altona.
See our images from Hamburg here.