• Germany edition
 
Hamburg suffer defeat, injury, fire, evacuation
Photo: DPA

Hamburg suffer defeat, injury, fire, evacuation

Published: 24 Nov 2012 12:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Nov 2012 12:54 GMT+01:00

Hamburg's players are reeling after an unfortunate 24 hours saw a string of disasters befall the club before, during and after the game against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday night.

It all began when Hamburg fans set off fireworks in the stadium just before kickoff, setting a giant HSV banner on fire, delaying the start of the game by five minutes while the fire brigade got the blaze under control.

The next disaster struck when the club's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart sustained a suspected hamstring tear during a tackle in the 29th minute. The 29-year-old star was left clutching his right leg and is expected to miss at least the team's next four remaining games before the winter break.

"It feels like a tear," the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid midfielder told Kicker magazine."It will be difficult to play again this year.”

Winners Düsseldorf went on to score two goals against the unlucky team, who trudged back to their hotel hoping to relax after a bad night.

But then to top it all, an alarm dragged the Hamburg players and the rest of the hotel guests out of their beds and into the street at 4:30 am. A fire extinguisher had been set off on the 12th floor, although there was no fire, wrote the paper.

The team seemed to take it all with good humour, however, breaking the news to fans with the following tweet: “Hotel evacuated. Weekend just keeps getting better.”

AFP/The Local/jlb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

16:13 November 24, 2012 by twisted
Who cares? Soccer is a dumb game played by little boys in shorts. Besides, I think the women's national team could beat any of the Bundesleague teams.
19:25 November 24, 2012 by Englishted
I do ,so if you don't why comment?

Dumb game ,

p.s. it is call football because you use your feet and a ball and is not played by little boys who are padded up so as not to hurt themselves and cry.
12:07 November 26, 2012 by raandy
Englishted, I hate it when they cry -:)

Soccer is the most democratic sport in the world, and the only true world sport. You do not need to be big or strong. You do not need all that expensive equipment to prevent crying , all you need is a field and a goal. Simple and exciting.
Today's headlines
Oktoberfest 2014
Fights and a skinny dip kick off Oktoberfest
Photo: DPA

Fights and a skinny dip kick off Oktoberfest

Paramedics and police were kept busy at the opening weekend of Munich's Oktoberfest, treating hundreds of revellers and arresting dozens, though it was still considered a peaceful start. READ  

Child warriors, 13, leave Germany for jihad
A photograph from the jihadist affiliated group Albaraka News allegedly shows a fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) tying up an Iraqi soldier Photo: DPA/EPA

Child warriors, 13, leave Germany for jihad

Children as young as 13 are travelling from Germany to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic jihadists, according to German intelligence agencies. READ  

Germany rules out air strikes, troops in Iraq
Syrian refugees flee conflict to Turkey. Photo: DPA

Germany rules out air strikes, troops in Iraq

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday said Germany would not be involved in air strikes or any ground offensive in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq. READ  

Oktoberfest 2014
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's food
Photo: DPA

Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's food

The Local's final and fourth guide to Oktoberfest tucks into some the finer victuals on offer. READ  

Bundesbank warns of ECB 'change of course'
Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann: Photo: DPA

Bundesbank warns of ECB 'change of course'

The head of Germany's powerful Bundesbank sharply criticised what he called a radical new approach by the European Central Bank of easy money, in an interview published Sunday. READ  

MH17 Crash
Families of German MH17 victims to sue
Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane. Photo: EPA/DPA/ Igor Kovalenko

Families of German MH17 victims to sue

Relatives of German victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plan to sue Ukraine and its president for criminal negligence for not closing the country's airspace, a lawyer said Sunday. READ  

Sport
Wonder goal puts new boys Paderborn on top
Paderborn players celebrate after defeating Hanover 2-0 to go top of the Bundesliga. Photo: DPA

Wonder goal puts new boys Paderborn on top

Promoted Paderborn went top of the Bundesliga helped by an extraordinary 80-metre strike at Hanover on Saturday as champions Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw by struggling Hamburg. READ  

Oktoberfest 2014
Oktoberfest opens to toast millions
Celebrities Carolin Reiber and Marianne Sägebrecht raise their glasses at Oktoberfest 2014. Photo: DPA

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off on Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revellers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. READ  

Germany plans air lifts to help fight Ebola
A Liberian man holds his daughter as they wait for treatment for suspected Ebola symptoms in Monrovia. Photo: DPA

Germany plans air lifts to help fight Ebola

Germany and France will send military transport planes to West Africa to help efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel and military officials said on Friday. READ  

Germany beefs up asylum rules for Balkans

Germany beefs up asylum rules for Balkans

Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classified the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: Joanna Drath, University of Tübingen
Society
Europeans descended from three tribes
Photo: DPA
Culture
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
Drunk teachers ruin school trip to Hamburg
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Fashion Ladies of the Local: Win a New Autumn Look
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Oktoberfest 2014: The best and worst in dirndl fashion
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again
Photo: DPA
Education
German universities tumble in global rankings
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
The three types of firms hiring foreigners
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Frisky couple shock Berlin commuters
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,315
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd