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Fußball als Nahtoderfahrung

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The relegation game between FC Ingolstadt and 1. FC Nürnberg on July 11, 2020. On the evening of July 11, 2020, shortly before 8:10 p.m., 1. FC Nürnberg was facing the abyss. At that time the relegation second leg was running in Ingolstadt. It was clear to all club fans: the fall into the third division would not only be a sporting defeat, but could mean the complete economic collapse of the club.



    Manfred Rothenberger

  • TEXT

    Oliver Fritsch


    Timo Reger




    Hardcover, 21 x 14 cm, 184 pages, 51 ills. in color, 6 ills. in b/w

  • ISBN


About the product

When stoppage time was up and Nuremberg was allowed one last attack, something miraculous happened. In the 96th minute of the game, Fabian Schleusener scored the 3-1 with his first goal for 1. FC Nürnberg. Nuremberg was saved, at the very last second. What followed was a single scream and a mess of emotions. In the end, the game ended well for Nuremberg, but it was not a success that brought joy and ease. Even at the moment of cheering, the club fans were gripped by strange feelings—sadness, pain, anger and a great emptiness.

The author Oliver Fritsch, sports journalist for Zeit Online and Roland Wittner talk about the collective distressing experience in Ingolstadt, the existence as a club fan, various side effects of modern football, cathartic abysses and of course the saving goal. It is a therapeutic book, a kind of written sharing circle—not just for the authors and club fans, but for all sports enthusiasts who want to know what football does to us humans.