German soccer riles fans
FRI 8/6 There is no end to soccer. Once one championship is won, a new one appears. National teams keep fans fixed on a four-year cycle that leads to the World Cup. In between, professional soccer leagues have soccer nuts painting their faces and screaming.
Tonight fans of German Fussball will be celebrating the start of their much-cherished Bundesliga, when the green-and-gold players of Werder Bremen face off against the royal blues of Schalke 04.
In case you don't know about the BL, Werder Bremen is premiering a new star, Angelos Charisteas, a member of the Greek national team (who walked away with the European Cup this summer). "Harry," as Werder fans call him, is getting as much attention in the Deutsche press as Ricky Williams has generated in Miami.
The opening game pits the mighty Greek against Schalke 04, the winners of the Intertoto Cup. Star midfielders Niels Oude Kamphuis and Christian Poulsen promise to harry the golden Harry.
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