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Footballers outshine English on Facebook
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Footballers outshine English on Facebook

Published: 14 Jan 2012 13:45 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Jan 2012 13:45 GMT+01:00

As long-standing football rivals England and Germany gear up for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament this summer in Ukraine and Poland, the competition has also heated up online.

Mass circulation paper Bild reported Saturday that the German side has overtaken England in the popularity leagues, by having more fans on Facebook.

Up to now England had the head start when it came to attracting supporters on the social media site. But Germany, who the paper triumphantly pointed out only set up their Facebook fanpage in December, has already steamed ahead.

Around 1.15 million German football enthusiasts follow their team’s posts on Facebook, which include interviews and photographs.

In contrast archrivals England only have about 1.1 million fans, 40,000 fewer than the Germans.

Bild even crowed that “Germany is already celebrating its first Euro 2012 victory!”

Ralf Köttker, the German Football Association’s media director, welcomed the news.

“When it comes to our team, the Facebook fans are agreed: ‘I like it and thumbs up for Jogi’s boys’,” he told Bild , referring to Joachim or “Jogi” Löw, the team’s coach.

Köttker added that he hoped many more German fans will follow the team on Facebook.

“We won’t let the online title be taken away from us,” he said.

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20:56 January 14, 2012 by sparki
Well thats because Germany is about 20 years behind the UK in terms of internet usage and technology, you only have to look at being able to shop online to see the difference between the 2 countries. Tesco vs Llidl for one example. Anyway, most football clubs in the UK have very good website, with their own forums etc so the fans use those, not Facebook. If theres no-where else to go then yes Facebook may be ok, but with so many other alternatives .....
22:03 January 14, 2012 by Hamburger
@ sparki. That's the probably the lamest comment anyone could have made. Germany is behind the UK in terms of usage and technology? You haven't done your research I think. Fibre optic has been a mainstream technology in 12 cities in Germany before there was a word for it in English. Comparing Tesco with Lidl can only come from someone who has no idea about Business. Tesco is a Supermarket and Lidl a discounter. Tesco has an online shop because they sell over 100,000 different Items from different manufacturers. Lidl & Aldi are discounter and sell only 1000 items that are the selling fast. This is the reason why online shop for food only wouldnt make sense, since there are three-times more Discounters in Germany than in the UK. And to Facebook? Well, first we are not a country that follows the US everywhere.. and into wars too! Facebook is not that popular, as we don't spend all day watching porn, organising riots and ordering food from a shop that is 700 yards away. In any sense. If you are into Football, you will probably know that Germany beats England at Football at any day and any time, at any place :-)
12:40 January 15, 2012 by Dave N
It's hardly surprising that the German team has more "friends" when the population of Germany is far, far bigger than that of England.

BTW, Hamburger - German troops followed the US into Afghanistan and they are still there. You apparently haven't have noticed this - which is not surprising because they don't actually do anything apart from keeping well away from any fighting.
14:27 January 15, 2012 by Englishted
Just to point out that Adele has more fans on Facebook (12,549,143 ) than both put together and I would guess more than all the pro-singers in German also put together .

While I' m at it how about 1 September 2001 in München as a time and a place or Wembley in 1966 ,Mr Hamburger.
16:02 January 15, 2012 by sparki
@ Hamburger, lol mate it was all a bit tongue in cheek as we say. No i've not done my research into fibre optics, more into the usage of the internet, not what provides it. I've lived in Germany for 3 years now, and successfully run a nationwide business in the UK so can only go on experience. I know that I can in the UK order pretty well anything online, from food, to CDs to TV's, anything. Here in Germany, if i log onto say Saturn as an example for a new TV, i can't really buy anything, very limited stock, and i find that for many many German stores. To me, from experience thats how it was in the UK a long time ago. In the UK i can go to comet online as a direct comparison and order anything from their entire catalogue. I think there was an article on this website a few months ago that many Germans are fearful if the internet, privacy and hence the lack of usage.

Anyway, I'm only commenting from experience, not 'having a go'. One of the reasons I'm here now is from my point of view Germany is an online opportunity to make name for new companies whereas in the UK that 'window' closed a while ago. Sorry, this is all off topic now, lol. As for the football, yes, you're right, damn Germans :-)
20:23 January 15, 2012 by lordkorner
Forget about internet usage and technology, what amazes me about London is that people still leave out their trash in black plastic bags,how 20th century is that...
22:06 January 15, 2012 by Englishted
@lordkorner

You are so wrong ,people in London don't have trash they have rubbish.
01:17 January 16, 2012 by reallybigdog
@ englishted

No your wrong, its trash or garbage for those who speak correct english.
07:16 January 16, 2012 by Englishted
@reallybigdog

No trash and garbage are American terms and are not used in London or the mother country of English speaking England.

Get it right if you must comment.
10:52 January 16, 2012 by HelloOutThere
@ sparki:

To be honest I'm very content with the way the world wide web is being used by different companies in Germany. What's much more important to me is the standard of living as a whole and from my own experience the standard of living as a whole in Germany is by far higher than in the entire UK and Ireland.

@ Englishted:

It's so funny how the English keep on talking about the World Cup 1966 (maybe because it's the ONLY title they have ever won and perhaps only because of a wrong decision) and how the English keep on talking about the 1-5 in 2001. At that particular time the German national team was completely down to the ground, the worst team since years (every German fan has to admit that in 2002 they were extremely lucky to reach the final of the World Cup, but in contrast to the English they were even able to luckily reach the final with such a bad team).

Best regards and a little joke: What's the fastet way out of Wembley Stadium? Of course (the) South Gate. ;-)
12:35 January 16, 2012 by Gaffers
So many sad people on here that can take an innocent article and turn it into a Xenophobic bashing opportunity. Get a life people ! How poor must your existences be that you get a kick out of posting inflammatory remarks on forums?

Facebook is becoming more popular in Germany. The UK were ahead in starting to use it but now the usage is on a par with Germany in my experience.

One of the comments above was about the opportunities to buy on German websites compared to English websites and I would have to agree with that. Only now are Media Markt allowing online purchases compared to the UK CE retailers which have been doing it for years.

The English use supermarkets far more than the Germans who tend to prefer the smaller personal shops. Neither is better or worse only different. There are things I prefer about the UK and things I prefer about Germany. Don't be so blinkered in thinking different is worse.
15:29 January 16, 2012 by Al uk
No surprise really given that most of the German team are either Polish or Turkish (the better ones at least) and thus get votes from those two countries as well :-)
15:53 January 16, 2012 by HelloOutThere
@ Al uk: Could you please tell me where most of the German team are either Polish or Turkish? Mesut ízil is the only one with Turkish background, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolksi are the only ones with Polish background. Cacau comes from Brasil. Neuer, Müller, Schweinsteiger, Lahm all belong to the better ones. ;-) As far as I know the squad of the upcoming Euro 2012 will consist of 23 players. ízil, Podolski, Klose, Caucau are only four of them - every one else has at least a German mother/father. But to be honest, who cares? Except of Cacau they were all educated in German football clubs and the German U-national teams. We live in a globalised world - or are you a second Fabio Capello who couldn't cope with the fact that he and his players were trashed 1-4 by a superior German team? (funnily enough Capello as an Italian himself works for the English national team and many of the English players also have a foreign background themselves).
16:22 January 16, 2012 by Al uk
@helloOutThere i see you took the bait. Although my smiley face at the end indicated the humour in my quote.

As for being a second Fabio, well no. I can clearly admit that the England team is sadly lacking in quality at the moment (that said they did recently beat Spain) and the heady days of Sept 2001 in the Olympic stadium in Munich and Micheal Owens hatrick are just a happy memory.
16:42 January 16, 2012 by HelloOutThere
@ Al uk: Well, I would not consider a smiley face indicating humor, but rather a symbol like that " ;-) ". ... :-)

Switzerland had also been able to beat Spain at the World Cup 2010, but we all know where it ended for them...

However funnily enough it's always the English or at least UK residents who have to start such dicussions... ;-) (see sparki, Englishted, you).

Best regards
17:05 January 16, 2012 by Al uk
@HelloOutThere it may surprise you that many English football fans are sick and embarrassed by the nonsense that appears in some of our media, especially references to 1966 and the war.

As for your last quote i only responded after your earlier comments (post 10) and i must admit i did like your exit joke :-)))))

Best regards to you also.
17:18 January 16, 2012 by HelloOutThere
@ Al uk: No, I'm not surprised at all as I know many English who are very nice - and I also know that media like "The Sun" can not really be taken serious just as the German "BILD" can not be taken serious.

Though I have to admit that the joke mentioned above belongs to my ultima ratio when it comes to discussions about football with people from England... ;-)
22:16 January 16, 2012 by Gaffers
The 1966 goal was a goal, as was Lampards ! :-)
08:58 January 17, 2012 by Englishted
@HelloOutThere,

Just to point out we didn't start the discussion it was Hamburger#2 .

I only responded to his last statement.

I am looking forward to the Euros but hold my hands up to say German are by a long chalk far better than the England team at the moment and have been for a long time. I hope that will change soon ,but the team to beat are Spain.

I hope you enjoy watching it too.
09:48 January 17, 2012 by ChrisRea
Let's not forget the famous quote from Gary Lineker ¦quot;Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans win." :)
08:00 January 18, 2012 by Englishted
@ChrisRea

Against England it is normally on penalties :-(
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