Stuttgart – St. Pauli

Slightly delayed match review…

One of the most highly anticipated fixtures for St Pauli was the opening game of the 16/17 season was the opening game away to Stuttgart. A truly massive game to kick off the season was hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. A nearly full 61,000 capacity stadium anticipated a tense affair between a Stuttgart team who have plenty of quality, but will have the pressure to succeed this season hanging on their shoulders, take on Hamburgs’ boys in brown who surely want to prove that their fight will push them higher than the 4th place they finished in the last campaign.
The atmosphere pre-game really did set the tone for the opening minutes of the match. Both teams riding on the electric support coming from both sets of fans. St Pauli the team who chased first, closing down an almost unsure Stuttgart team. No real instant threats coming from either team as the first 10 minutes ticked past. Of the two teams one player instantly looked full of energy and wanted to test an unconvincing opposing defence. Picault, always on the move was seeking the ball and trying to frustrate early on was given more than enough time to show his agility. In the 13th minute, the American international who featured in America’s friendly against Puerto Rico in May, leaped challenging Stuttgart’s Klein who went down holding his head. A corner was won following the aerial duel, once again Picault was the man leaping, though not quite making contact. He chased the ball he missed, showing another burst of desire. The home team had to deal with their holding midfielder being booked in the 17th minute as Hosogai was shown a harsh yellow for a late foul. A very tacky opening to the game, with neither team claiming ownership of the game so far. The first real chance coming in the 22nd minute of play as what seemed to look like a clearance almost put Stuttgart’s new boy Terrode through on goal following young centre half Zeireis’ ill-timed header. The 28 year old couldn’t manage to slot his low attempt past a calm Himmelmann, who deflected the shot with ease. St Pauli’s Zeireis very lucky as not only did his mistake not consequent to anything in the form of a goal, his slight tugging of his opponents shirt went unnoticed. The away team having the edge on the game but only due to the fact that they had closed down their opponents the quickest.
Then in the 27th minute, a wonderfully guided pass from Sobota out wide to the troublesome Picault found Stuttgart chasing. With a slight showing of his pace Picault was able to nudge past the seemingly nervous back line of the recently relegated Bundesliga side. A wicked ball fizzed in towards the Moroccan man on his Debut, Bouhaddouz, who was left a near open goal as the pace of the cross seemed to catch Langerak off-guard. Bouhaddouz only had to guide the ball into the back of the net, and with a controlled first time volley from the shin of the target man, the ball nestled much to the joy of the fans from the away end in the top left corner of the goal. Picault, once again showing his agility and receiving a well deserved assist for his efforts. Bouhaddouz, more than happy to be able to claim a goal within the opening 30 minutes of his debut.
The next 10 minutes consisted of the same uncertainty which kicked off the game. Kalla picked up a yellow card for a late challenge. Neither of the teams really managing to gather any time at all with the ball. After several duels in the middle of the pitch, Stuttgart developed a frustration with not really having any solid, direct threats to the St Pauli goal and gave away a free kick wide of the pitch. Buchtmann, hooked a ball in with his left foot and the goalscorer again found himself an opportunity to impress the travelling fans. Unfortunately for them, Bouhaddouz’ towering header was put only inches wide from the top right corner, despite being free to tuck the ball away, or at least on target. He could have done better, however, Stuttgart were beginning to look very uneasy. The home fans were even more concerned only moments later when Ex- RB Salzburg full back, Klein directed a pass back to unprepared team mate Sama, who out the corner of his eye saw Picault lurking. Caught flat footed, Sama could only push the tricky forward out wide, but as he wriggled between the remaining Stuttgart defence he managed to find Bouhaddouz. The new signing from SV Sandhausen was unlucky once again as he saw his first time shot roll beyond Langerak, only to hit the post and run parallel to the goal line. Bouhaddouz more unfortunate this time, as he was rushed by a swarm of incoming Stuttgart defenders. The home fans now becoming impatient. 5 minutes before the end of the half the home fans did have something to cheer about, only to find themselves more frustrated. Nehrig carelessly brought down Insua whilst pressing out wide, thus giving away a free kick. The ball whipped in by Ozcan, was instantly removed by the defending team, however, the second ball in found the head of Sama who attacked the ball as it was lifted in. The result found the ball in the back of the net, but celebrations were cut short as Sama was found to be only a footstep offside. It remained 1-0 to the visitors as the whistle blew, signifying the end of the first half.
As both teams walked out for the second half, the team in white had to up the quality of their play in order to get something from this so far frustrating game for them. Maxim on at half time. A decision made by new boss Luhukay in what must have been a bid to add more creativity to the home team, who already ooze quality in their squad. The Romanian international instantly added a spark to the team as 57 minutes in he got a shot away in the box, after giving the St Pauli defence a run around. He didn’t quite test Himmelmann, but alarm bells were starting to ring for St Pauli as the shot just fizzes wide.
The away team clearly looking a lot more stretched this half as Sobota puts in more a defensive performance than the fans coming from Hamburg would like. St Pauli were definitely going to have a lot of work to do defensively, as from a corner shortly after the Maxim chance, Sama once again rose in the air to beat everyone. His chance however, only deflecting off the frame of the goal. It was a chaotic next 5 minutes as both teams pushed aiming to silence any chance of success. Picault, who had been chasing everything in the earlier part of the game continued, as if to give his team mates precious seconds to rebuild.
25 minutes from the end St Pauli gained a corner from a Nehrig shot. Zeireis and others from the back line went up aiming to seal a precious second goal. Due to their offensive layout, as the ball was cleared, Stuttgart saw an opportunity to counter. Maxim found himself on the half way line with yards to burn, as he looked for support he saw that Terrode was just out of reach. The 26 year old on his 3rd year at Stuttgart tried his luck for the second time, thus again bending a shot, this time succeeding past Himmelmann. Zeireis, diving in an attempt to block the shot, stretched but couldn’t get a toe to guide the ball away from the net. Stuttgart were level. Following the celebrations Ozcan was replaced by the Ukrainian, Tashchy.
Miyaichi made a substitute appearance for Picault in the 68th minute, following moments later goal scorer Bouhaddouz left the pitch and was replaced by Dudziak. A statement that potentially Lienen, maybe was happy at this stage to take a draw or at most catch Stuttgart on the counter with that added pace. A free kick in the 78th minute was the first chance in a while that St Pauli really posed a threat from. A great delivery whipped in from Buchtmann on the left. Sobiech met the ball, but didn’t really challenge Ex-Dortmund’s Langerak who captured the ball at a comfortable height. Nehrig was brought off 10 minutes before the end. Having already been yellow carded and fatigued, Gonther was the replacement. From this point on it was more a case of ‘parking the bus’ for the away team who would have been happy to go back to Hamburg receiving a point in this difficult opening fixture, despite going a goal up.
With only 3 minutes until the 90, Stuttgart pushed to steal all 3 points. Tashche whipped in a ball from the right which risen above all in the box. The mischievous Maxim collected the ball from the edge of the box and gathered enough composure to lay the ball to Insua. The Argentina international went for the shot but unintentionally found Gentner awaiting at the back post, and much to St Pauli’s misfortune, all Gentner had to do was guide the ball into the partially open net, of which he did. Zeireis, already not having the best of games, nearly invited Terrode to a debut goal with only minutes to spare. He attempted to head the ball to Himmelmann, but not seeing the pouncing forward almost handed it to the man who scored 28 goals in the last term for VFL Bochum. The frustrated St Pauli keeper, Himmelmann, punched the ball away. Just as the 2 minutes added time was announced Maxim again had one final chance. Similar to his first attempt and his goal, the hot footed play maker stepped into the box and nabbed a shot away. Himmelmann seeing the ball late only just managed to flick the ball away. St Pauli, lucky to not concede a third. After the 2 minutes were played the whistle went and a loud cheer and sigh of relief from the majority of the 61,000 fans inside the Mercedes-Benz arena concluded the affair.
It was evident that it was a game of two halves. If Bouhaddouz had taken his chances in the first half then the home team would have had a mammoth task to turn the game around. I think that defensively St Pauli were under-par. Zeireis, more so than Sobiech was struggling all game, but it could have been a lot worse had Terrode been more lively. The player who I think really disappointed me was Nehrig. Sloppy in possession, not creating and giving away tedious fouls were starting to frustrate me. I would like to say that positively, I think Picault had a great game, especially in the first 30 when he terrorised Sama. Buchtmann’s passing quality was good, alongside a couple of his set pieces, but I feel there wasn’t enough creativity coming from the centre of the field. I can’t say Bouhaddouz had a bad game, it would be harsh to say that as he got an important goal. But still, he could have had at least two more if he took his chances. He was unlucky, which is why I can’t say anything negative but in the second half especially, we didn’t see anything of him. In terms of what I would like to see in the next game which is home to Eintracht Braunschweig, I feel that as an attacking force, St Pauli need to be more direct and including the likes of Sobota who we know has plenty to offer.
In terms of the result of the game. I think the Stuttgart fans will be happy to get a result looking from their perspective, especially from how they were doing at half time. I think it was a nervous performance from their players and once they included Maxim, he really was a game changer, one who could not only offer more in terms of taking the ball and taking it forward, but was a direct goal threat throughout the last 45 minutes. Stuttgart fans I feel will still be unconvinced by this performance and will be asking more in the next few weeks. The result as a win or draw really would have been a positive one for St Pauli, as they were in a difficult opening game. Competing against a giant team like Stuttgart who have so much quality in their team, not to mention the amount of money they have is always going to be a struggle, so I think it would be hard to criticize the away team for losing. This is one of the hardest fixtures for the boys in brown, and I don’t think they should be too disheartened. They’ll be disappointed that they hadn’t taken the points they could have, but it’s a tough team to break down.

Tom Trump

Yorkshire St. Pauli Kitchen Fund


In the wake of the vote to leave the European Union and a shocking rise in hate crime in the UK, Yorkshire St. Pauli are more determined than ever to provide a voice of hope. As a St. Pauli fanclub, it is important that we not only appreciate the values of the club, but that we live them and act upon them every day. 

Through membership fees this season we have already raised  over £500 that has been split between Leeds refugee charity PAFRAS (Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and the Leeds Anti-Fascist Network. 

But we want to continue to do more. Following consultation with PAFRAS on how we could help, we have established the Yorkshire St. Pauli Kitchen Fund. 

Providing food and a hot meal to service users is one of PAFRAS’ key services. Each month, the YSP Kitchen Fund will raise £100 which will cover the cost of one of the month’s weekly sessions. 

The fund will be covered by donations at screenings, and also by our Football For All players who have unanimously agreed to pay an extra £1 per session which will be donated to the fund. We will also be running some fundraising activities, which will be detailed on our social media pages in coming weeks. 

The fund will run alongside our existing support of PAFRAS, and continue to support their magnificent work in providing support, reassurance and hope to their service users. 

Yorkshire St. Pauli – Kicking racism’s arse one hot meal at a time. 

Yorkshire St. Pauli Membership 2016/17

Yorkshire St. Pauli was established in May 2011, with the idea to get a group of like-minded St. Pauli fans together to watch games. Three years on and the group has grown beyond our wildest expectations. We meet every few weeks in Leeds to watch matches, we are involved in charity work with local refugee charity PAFRAS, we run a weekly Football project and we organise several trips over per season to watch the boys in brown.
THIS YEAR’S MEMBERSHIP.

St. Pauli is a great club with a community conscience that is both aware of and provides assistance to those who need it, both in St. Pauli and beyond. St. Pauli has a broad awareness of political issues, and there are many projects run both officially by the club and also by the various fan groups of St. Pauli. We want Yorkshire St. Pauli not only to mirror the support of the football team, but the support of the community as well.

That is why this year we will continue our strong links with PAFRAS, whilst also linking up with Leeds Anti-Fascist Network to provide them financial support in the wake of the ‘vote leave’ campaign and a disturbing increase in racism on our streets. 

Please note that all our members must agree with and adhere to our Constitution. Please read it here: https://yorkshirestpauli.com/constitution/

COST OF MEMBERSHIP.

People who are waged – minimum donation £5.

People who are unwaged – minimum donation £3.

Please note – this is a minimum donation and we would be grateful for any additional money donate if you can afford to do so. Any additional donations will be split between the Social Fund collection and PAFRAS donation as explained below.

HOW TO JOIN.

Membership is available now, and you can renew your membership or become a new member by simply sending us your membership fee (see above for prices).

Membership can be paid either in person during one of our meetings, or via PayPal to our email address info@yorkshirestpauli.com

Please note – If you pay via PayPal, please pay the PayPal fees, otherwise we will incur a charge from PayPal for your payment which then means we won’t receive the full membership fee. PayPal should give you the option when sending the payment to say that you are sending it to “friends or family” and to pay any transaction fee. If you are paying from abroad and do not have this option, please pay an extra £1 and this will cover the PayPal fees.

If you do not use PayPal, you can also pay by bank transfer. Please email us on info@yorkshirestpauli.com for further details.

Membership fees are not obligatory, everyone is welcome to watch the games with us, but if you can afford to become a member to help with the running costs that would be great. If you have any questions about membership, please contact us via email at memberships@yorkshirestpauli.com. We are also on various websites/social networking sites, the details of which can be found in the “contact us” section.

HOW THE MEMBERSHIP FEE IS USED.

This is the breakdown of how each membership payment is used…

£1 – £1 from each membership fee will go to the fanclub, and will be used cover costs of running the fanclub – such as our official fanclub registration with the club, the administration of our website and subscribing to St Pauli TV which allows us to show delayed streams of games.

£2 (and 50% of any additional donations above the minimum membership fee) will go to PAFRAS – Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. PAFRAS works with asy­lum seek­ers, refugees and local com­mu­ni­ties in Leeds and the sur­round­ing area, providing a range of services such as food, hot meals and vital help and advice to those who need it. You can find more information on PAFRAS on their website, below:

http://www.pafras.org.uk/about/background/
Finally, £2 (and 50% of any additional donations above the minimum membership fee) will go to Leeds Anti-Fascist Network to help support their activities. 
We are aware that some people do not wish to donate to charity for various reasons, therefore if this is the case please let us know when you pay your membership and instead we will donate the £4 from your membership fee to the 1910 Museum – a project to build a museum at the Millerntor.

DO I HAVE TO BE FROM YORKSHIRE AND COME TO WATCH GAMES WITH YOU?
Not at all! Our membership is open to everyone, wherever you are in the world. All that we ask is that you adhere to the Constitution (see here).
Members will be kept updated via email as part of our mailing list for members, and each member has an equal vote in all membership matters.

5 YEARS OF YORKSHIRE ST. PAULI

Five years doesn’t seem like a long time, but then in the same vein it feels like eternity. I feel like i’ve been involved with Yorkshire St. Pauli forever. I can’t remember life before Yorkshire St. Pauli, or indeed imagine life without it. I’ve gained a second family over the past five years, a beautiful, caring, dedicated family who all hold the same values and principles, who all believe in what St. Pauli stand for and who all contribute to make YSP the great fanclub it has become.

No amount of words could ever do Yorkshire St. Pauli justice. Nothing I could type would even begin to articulate how beautiful it is, and how great the people are who are involved with it. So i asked those involved with Yorkshire St. Pauli to talk about it on film, here’s the result. From all of YSP, THANK YOU.

St. Pauli look towards next season, as playoff hopes disappear.

It’s been a good season. A very good season. A surprising season that promised very little but that delivered big. Having fought off relegation last season and with a smaller budget from which to re-build the squad, the expectations from the management can’t have been much more than re-stabiling the club. That was before Marcel Halstenberg was courted by RB Leipzig, and the club and the player couldn’t turn down the mega bucks that are being thrown around by the drinks company. So late was the agreement that it meant St. Pauli had no time to reinvest the money or to find a replacement, if required.

Nürnberg’s comeback at the weekend from 0-2 down at home to Union Berlin to win 6-2 gave them a 9 point lead over St. Pauli, and with a vastly superior goal difference, it all but meant that St. Pauli will be plying their trade in the 2.Bundesliga again next season.

In recent weeks the club has moved to plan for next season, and the main area of improvement has to be the strikers. The club has little choice but to bring in new strikers, as Lennart Thy and  (Big) John Verhoek will both leave on free transfers at the end of the season to join Werder Bremen and Heidenheim respectively. Ante Budimir has impressed at Crotone in Serie B this season, and they have secured his signature after securing promotion to Serie A. That leaves Fafa Picault as the only recognised striker. The club have struggled (yet) again with a lack of a goalscoring striker, and defensive midfielder Rzatkowski is the joint top-goalscorer with 7. Lennart Thy also has 7, but 4 of those came in one remarkable game. If St. Pauli are going to challenge for the top 3 next season, a striker who can score 10-15 goals is vital.

Aziz Bouhaddouz will join in the summer on a free transfer, and the striker from Sandhausen has 9 goals to his name in the 2.Bundesliga this season, and would probably have had more but for an injury in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Another free transfer incoming will be Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, a Norwegian right-back from Freiburg. He’s only featured 6 times and for a total of 89 minutes for the league leaders this season, and he spent the previous season on loan at Eintracht Braunschweig.With 4 national team appearances, he could turn out to be a good signing.

The other signing to date is Richard Neudecker, a 19 year old from 1860 Munich. The German youth international  midfielder has made 6 appearances for 1860 this season comes with potential.

So where else do St. Pauli need to improve next season? Firstly, the club must look at how else could leave at the end of the current campaign. A number of players are out of contract and look set to leave – most notably Enis Alushi and Seb Maier. Several youngsters like Kurt, Startsev, Deichmann are all out of contract at the end of the season, as if Fafa Picault – but i’d expect his contract to be extended.  There’s also understandable interest from the Bundesliga for Marc Rzatkowski, who has a contract until the summer of 2017.

The club have had a wealth of midfielders in recent seasons, but with Alushi and Maier looking likely to leave there’s an gap in the squad for a midfielder. Sobota has again been great in midfield, and Marc Rzatkowski has been a revelation as a defensive midfielder. If we could add another central midfielder and an attacking midfielder to play behind the striker, the squad would be very healthy. I don’t think defensively the club needs to change any of the personnel, but the main priority has to be rebuilding the strikeforce. The last St. Pauli player to hit double figures in the goalscoring charts was Daniel Ginczek in 2012/13. His 18 goals is only beaten in recent times by Marius Ebbers’ 20 goals in 2009/10. Before these two, the last St. Pauli striker to score 15 goals in a season was Marcel Rath at the start of the decade. It’s a bit unrealistic to expect a striker to match Ginczek or Ebbers’ tally, but we can’t have another season where our strikers fail to reach anywhere near double figures if we realistically want to challenge for promotion.

With all that said, with the dream team of Lienen and Meggle in charge, we trust they’ll deliver another great season!

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