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Apparently Germany has the best attendance record of any European country.

They also have a cracking atmosphere at almost every match. No prawn sandwich brigades.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to market the Bundesliga with its unpronounceable names. so German teams cannot rake in TV money like the premier league and La Liga do.
 

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One of the most loved AND hated teams in Germany is FC Schalke 04. Also knows as FC Scheisse for obvious reasons.

Now, their example might be taking fan power too far, but it is fascinating that the fans are so unified and have so much say. The fans actually determine ticket prices and have voted for price hikes in the past when the economy was doing well and brought it down when the economy was bad.

And inspite of this, they manage to challenge for the title every now and then. They came very close in the 06/07 season before losing the plot in the latter part of the season.

When the board was ****ing the fans off, they decided not to clap during a game even when a goal was scored. During another game, at a specific time in the match (i think 19 minutes and 04 seconds, 19:04 - the founding year of the club) the whole stadium turned it's back to the pitch in protest! - you gotta love that kind of fan unity!

You can bet your last dime the board is very mindful of the fans.
 
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