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Are these eight European clubs capable of taking on Borussia Dortmund’s popularity?


Are these eight European clubs capable of taking on Borussia Dortmund’s popularity?

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You liked Borussia Dortmund in 2009 before they became cool. You liked Leicester City in September when everyone was anticipating a Foxes capitulation. Now they may actually win the League, and you don’t know what to do. Luckily, I have compiled a list of eight alternative European sides for any disillusioned hipster, in this most crazy of Premier League seasons. So get off your unicycle, cancel your beard trimming appointment, and read this over an expensive fair-trade blended coffee.

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Union Berlin

Berlin is a pretty edgy place, but naturally any footballing hipster is unlikely to be drawn to 3rd in the Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin who play at the Olympic Stadium, in the city’s affluent western suburbs. However, should you head across Germany’s capital to Stadion An der Alten Forsterei (Stadium at the old forester’s house), you’ll find second division side Union Berlin. The Iron Ones played in East Germany’s top flight before the wall came down in 1989. Union were most East German’s favoured side – an easy decision when cross city rivals Dynamo Berlin were not only more successful but also sponsored by the East German Stasi Police. The fan’s culture at this club is astonishing, even by German standards – in 2008 the fans helped renovate the stadium themselves free of charge, and in 2004 when Union were languishing in the fourth division of German football. Some fans even donated blood to help raise money for their side (in Germany you gain a small monetary benefit for donating blood). The supporters who literally bleed for their club are worthy of any footballing hipster.

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