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Why on earth would anyone want to follow a Bundesliga football team? Why on earth would they be part of a club in which many use football as a thin veil to mask a desire to eat, drink and socialise? Anyone can join (hit the 'Donate' button in the side-bar to the right) and enjoy the camaraderie, the football, the beer, the German sausages and more, in any combination and any order of importance, with 1FCNUK.

Read the other pages to find out more and keep updated with news, views and occasional irreverent comment in the blog posts below.

Happy Monday – Hallelujah

December 11, 2017

Hallelujah as some might say…

Glubb not only get a rare Monday evening 3 points, but also leapfrog Fortuna Düsseldorf into second place, level on points with leaders Kiel.

FCN made hard work of it in the first half against a Fortuna team who played with the determination and desperation of a club without a win since October. The hosts failed to make the most of their chances, even with the help of the referee who was determined to book every Nuremberg player who went near a Dusseldorf man.

The second half was a different story – FCN played the best football, often expansive going forward, and tight in defence on the odd occasion on which Fortuna threatened. Goals from Tobias Werner (67) and Georg Margreitter (77) looked to have sealed the victory for Nuremberg, although a ridiculous decision from the referee to award Düsseldorf a penalty late on looked set to spoil the party. Justice however was done as Fabian Bredlow saved well.

At the midpoint of the season, this is just what all Glubberer hoped for. With the best away record in the league, a little more composure in the Max Morlock Stadion will surely see FCN continuing to push for automatic promotion in May.

F95 0 Glubb 2 – Well done FCN. Hallelujah indeed…

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Tell me why we don’t like Mondays

December 10, 2017

Monday evening sees FCN play arguably their biggest game of the season so far, away at Fortuna Düsseldorf.

At 1FCNUK we don’t like Monday night fixtures – if this game had been on Saturday or Sunday we’d have been able to make the journey to northern Germany – but 1.FCN seem to like them even less. In our last 10 Monday fixtures, only two have been won, with two draws and six defeats. Düsseldorf however seem equally as hopeless on Monday’s, clocking just one win and 5 draws in their last start-of-the-week fixtures.

Already, it seems we could be looking at a draw here. Add to this the fact that Nuremberg have the best away record this season (although not on Mondays of course), and Düsseldorf have the second best home record, then a draw could be even more likley.

This would be acceptable for Nuremberg, and it wouldn’t be a disaster for the hosts either, who have not won since 20th October. It’s important that Nuremberg do not lose,  but a victory would really put FCN in a great position and leave no doubt that the title race, and the top two places are between just three teams.

Let’s hope FCN can address the Monday misery, and turn it into a  marvellous Monday, moving into second place in the process.

 

Back Again!

December 10, 2017

FCN battling for promotion. A feeling of optimism at Glubb. A prolific striker. A genuine ‘six-pointer’ coming up against the second placed team…

And 1FCNUK back online again!

Glubb might be on their way back BUT 1FCNUK are back!

After several months of online absence – stripped of our domain name, and the disappearance of several years of content – we’re getting things back in order. (Our last post wasn’t really about our pre-season game against Leeds, but that shows how much has been lost.)

Of course, we haven’t really been away… trips to Nuremberg and watching all the other matches on TV and live streams in the UK, suffering the ups and downs of supporting our beloved FCN. We’ve almost been too busy for an online presence.

Coming very soon – our thoughts about the game against F95.

Coming soon – a new website address for 1FCNUK.

Coming in May – promotion to the Bundesliga (we hope).

 

 

By eck… a pre-season friendly in Leeds

May 29, 2013

Before 1FCNUK have even got round to writing a review of the 2012-13 season, we can now announce that the rumours we reported 10 days ago on social media are now official. Leeds United have announced that their final pre-season match will be a home game against 1.FCN on Saturday 27th July at 3pm.

The match is yet to be officially announced by FCN but we expect it to be so in the next 48 hours.

The game will provide Glubb with the chance to play a team who will surely be looking to improve on their 13th place finish in the Championship and provide a worthy opponent two weeks ahead of the start of the Bundesliga season.

Of course, it will also provide the opportunity for the growing band of UK-based 1FCNUK fans to watch their favourite Bundesliga team without the long trip to Germany.

A great traditional club, Leeds will surely also be a very tempting fixture for German-based fans with a sense of history and love of the sleeping giant (which is almost every FCN fan)! Lots of Leeds United history here, and the official website here.

We hope to bring more about this fixture (and the long-awaited season review) soon.

Cheated by Bayern

April 13, 2013

Just so nobody ever forgets ahead of the 1.FCN visit to Munich today… Munich are a big, big club and have sometimes been given a helping hand by the DFB. Ignore the title of the clip – Thomas Helmer, at least in this incident, is definitely not a ‘Football God'(this video example of disgraceful dishonesty in the old Olympic Stadium was clearly made by a Bayern fan).

19 years ago this month, Bayern were fighting for points at the top of the table, and Nuremberg were desperate for points as they attempted to avoid relegation. The game was poised at 1-1 which suited FCN more than it did their hosts. Then look what happened as Munich went on to win the game.

In an unprecedented move the DFB ordered the game to be replayed (even they were embarrassed by Helmer’s abd the referees lack of honesty it seems) but the outcome was the same with Bayern taking the points, this time with a 5-0 victory. The hurt was to get much worse for Nuremberg a few weeks later when they missed safety by one point and Bayern won the title by the same margin.

Let’s hope for better luck today.

Class of 2013, Classy 1.FCN

March 31, 2013

Occasionally over the past few seasons FCN have shown some real class. Moments when you actually think that the team could be something very special indeed.  Moments like the goal scored by Timmy Simons against Wolfsburg today (31.03.2013). But then players leave, systems change, referees make bad decisions (LOL) and Der Club puts in a string of bad performances.

But now we might just be witnessing a resurgence in not only the fortunes of 1.FCN but also in their ability to demonstrate the beautiful game in all its glory.

As I watched the early exchanges of the second half against Wolfsburg, with FCN already trailing 2-0, some of the football being played was tremendous – Nuremberg looked like a club with a 2-0 lead rather than a an improbable task ahead of them. At that point I was satisfied that, despite a seemingly impending defeat, things were looking up. Michael Wiesinger had come along and turned a steady team into something altogether more competitive and interesting.

All due credit to Dieter Hecking of course. He laid the foundations before leaving for an inferior team. (What he has gained in terms of his family and finances, he will surely lose in hair and sanity.) Michael Wiesinger however must be sleeping easy in his bed at the moment.  Glubb have really grown since his joint arrival at the helm with Armin Reutershahn in the winter break.

With just one defeat in 10 games since the re-start in January elevating FCN to 11th place and 4 points away from a coveted Europa League spot, there is more to the story than just a good run of results.

Much of the football has been superb. Hiroshi Kiyotake has continued to excel in midfield, as has Timm Klose in defence,  in a team steadied at its heart by the ever reliable Timmy Simmons. But FCN are no longer only these three players, and the heart now beats stronger than it has for some time.

It seems that the players were given a ‘clean slate’ when Wiesinger took over. It was maybe a case of any disputes that existed between individuals and the management being f.orgotten, any mistrust put aside. The new coaches have made up their own minds. Wiesinger himself has admitted that the foundations were laid by Hecking but he has had to build on them. It’s also interesting to see Wiesinger experimenting with the positions of players. Hanno Balitsch was recently moved to right back in the absence of Timothy Chandler and on Chandler’s return the USA international did not revert to his right back role, instead playing as an attacking right midfielder. It’s good to see some fresh approaches to the attacking play.

It is early days yet in the Wiesinger era but his approach seems to be putting more responsibility on every player, and expecting every player to be more versatile in their role. The tracking back by forwards and midfielders has already improved, but we also have to remember that Wiesinger now has a decent sized squad who are mostly fit – there is good competition for places which keeps everybody keen.

Mention also needs to made of Javier Pinola. In the first half of the season he was looking a shadow of the left-back he was a few seasons ago. Even since the turn of the year he has had a drop in form. However, Pino looks like he’s back now – solid, fearless, creative and exciting, but without the occasional petulance and errors that have marred several performances in the past. Wieinger’s influence? Maybe so.

And then there is Markus Feulner. Nobody ever doubted that he is a very versatile player. He’s looked ok at full back, in a defensive midfield role, in a wider role and in an attacking role. He has a super shot and is a tireless worker. It seems that now all of these abilities are coinciding in every game and he’s a very hard player to leave out at the moment because of his effort and ability. 

There are, of course, many more factors playing a part in FCN’s recent rise. At the moment though, most of the credit has to go to Michael Wiesinger. His appears to be a brand of football in which every player has the chance to express themselves and fully utilise their individual talents. It’s not quite Total Football just yet, and  Rinus Michels still remains untroubled as the truly one and only, but there may be a young pretender on his way to developing a group of players to have a go at imitating the Dutch master’s ideal.

Class and FCN don’t normally go in the same sentence in any language outside of Franconia. Maybe now though there is a base on which to build a reputation for a brand of football others might want to hear about.

Statistics, Damned Statistics, and a Bit of Banter!

March 28, 2013

We all like to analyse the performance of our chosen team. Often it will be over a beer in the pub. We prove our knowledge of recent performances to be far better than TV pundits and top coaches with our comments on… well on everything really.

Our expertise seems to increase exponentially with every pint we drink. It’s usually all friendly banter  but every now and then it boils over into more aggressive ‘debate’  and even the occasional offer of a duel.

But in the modern world, modern football and its analysis has in many ways become more than a few well-honed statements about the ability of players or the effectiveness of the system chosen by the coach. No longer can we safely just pass comment, because somebody, somewhere has generated statistics for every aspect of the game. And somebody, somewhere knows where to find them and unleash them on us.

Travis Timmons writing yet another excellent piece for the United States (you just knew the US of A would be involved in a blog post mentioning stats and sport) based bundesligafanatic.com, recently contacted 1FCNUK with a barrage of questions about Der Club. Not content to simply take what he was told at face value (Travis is obviously wise to the general ways of the English football fan) he then put it all to the test with a whole host of statistics.

Have a read of his fascinating article Who’s Afraid of Defense? .

Banter is still alive and well, and long may it live, but you can forget any physical means of ending the lively discussions from now on. The readily available statistics prove or disprove everything. Don’t they?