One of the most interesting things about St Pauli is the appeal it has amongst people outside Germany. The ethos of the club and the background of politics and punk-rock makes it much more than just a football club. There are a number of groups who meet up on a regular basis to share this common interest. One such group is FC Sankt Pauli Catalunya, based in Northern Spain. We asked them a bit about their group:
How did your group start? Three of our members went to Hamburg in April 2011 and decided to establish the group from here.
What are the main aims of your group? We have a common goal to support and visit St Pauli, but also to promote anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-fascism.
Do you watch the games together at the moment? Unfortunately not because we have not been able to find a suitable venue yet.
Why did the members of your group start to support St Pauli? The political stances against racism, sexism and fascism, St Pauli is more than a football club and these are the main reasons we support St Pauli.
What Spanish football teams do your members follow? The majority of our members follow RCD Espanyol, some others follow FC Barcelona and a few follow other teams such as Celta de Vigo.
Have you had the chance to make a trip to the Millerntor as a group? Yes, our first official trip was last season in November against Greuther Fürth. We hope to make a trip over every year!
Many thanks to FC Sankt Pauli Catalunya for taking the time to answer our questions. You’re always welcome in Yorkshire!
More info on the group here: