With the first international break upon us, many clubs take the opportunity to arrange club friendlies to keep their non-international players match fit and to give fringe players valuable game time. With Germany losing to the Netherlands on Friday in Hamburg, a special friendly was taking place in Frankfurt.
BSG Chemie Leipzig travelled to Hesse to face Eintracht Frankfurt and while they lost the match 5-1, they left as the real winners of the evening.
The friendly arranged between the Bundesliga side and the current Regionalliga Nord-Ost side brought together two clubs with a close Fanfreundschaft (fan friendship) with the aim of raising money to help fund the installation of floodlights at Leipzig’s 4,999 capacity Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark.
The fan friendship between the two clubs stretches back some 15 years to 2004 when the two clubs both took part in an anti-racism tournament in Italy. Since then the Eintracht Ultras and the Chemiker Diablos have travelled to each other’s matches, endured many ups and downs together, and continued a mos-unlikely unlikely of friendships.
The Alfred-Kunze Sportpark in Leipzig- Leutzsch requires floodlights in order to be able to stage evening matches and the club are attempting to raise €200,000 by the end of the year. Friday’s friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt saw some 1600 fans from Leipzig travel the 400km to Frankfurt (two actually cycled the whole way!) to help bump the attendance at the Stadion am Bornheimer Hang to an impressive 9000.
Two goals from new signing André Silva, plus others from Timothy Chandler, Lucas Torró and Eric Durm were enough to seal an easy win for the Adler. Tomas Petracek had equalised in the first half for BSG. They may have left with a heavy defeat, but Chemie Leipzig also left with a cheque for €100,000, which will go a long way to help to improve their traditional ground.
“It is an honour for us to help traditional club BSG Chemie Leipzig with the renovation of their Alfred-Kunze Sportpark” Frankfurt board member Axel Hellmann explained before the match. “In the last few years lots of BSG fans have travelled with us to the farthest corners of Europe. We now have the opportunity to support them”.
Frank Kühne, CEO of Leipzig added: “For our club this benefit match is a fantastic story. Especially for a stadium like the Alfred-Kunze Sportpark, of which there are not many left in Germany. Support of this type is very important.
“In addition, it is a great sign that a club with such enormous power as Eintracht Frankfurt is committed to traditional football, for which it will become increasingly difficult in the future.”
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