Frankfurt ultras. The item ultra (in Italian: Ultrà) appeared in
Frankfurt for the first time in connection with "Ultras Frankfurt",
a group that was founded in 1997 and performed pioneering work in
the German ultrascene. In this time the concept of "Mentalità
Ultrà" circulated in Frankfurt and some people started to
change something actively in themselves, their disposition, their
setting and their form of support.
feeling that suddenly everybody pulled together in Frankfurt, that
the fan-scene developed to an unbelievable strength and
superiority and, already after the first year, the Ultras
Frankfurt (UF) became the measure of all things led to a member's
boom at the UF. The complexity inside the own scene resulting
from that, was easily compensated by the
fact that there were people who exerted themselves more than other
for them UF and which linked up people together better. At this
point, above all, the name Daniel Reith has to be called who
untiringly won people for the active work in the scene and who
influenced UF in the first years decisively.
a big part had the single groups and their members who positioned
themselves in the service of Ultras Frankfurt. One member of such
a group was Martin Stein (Binding Szene) whose big salary was the
building of a bridge between all fan cultures of the curve.
Everyone already knew him from the "pre-UF-time" in the
"G-Block" and respected him as a choir leader. He
was not just any UF-member who got put in front of the curve, he
was someone, the curve had already accepted quite long.
Consequently you did not have to be a UF-member to be contented
the man with the megaphone. Everybody joined in the sing-ing, no
matter from which fan culture they came, and also this leaded to
the fact, that the Frankfurt "Gegengerade" (on which
everybody from the G-Block changed) became a dominant and strong
appearance in Germany.
on the UF above all had the Verrückte Köpfe (Ultras of FC Wacker
Innsbruck founded in 1991) and later of course the NOMADI of
Atalanta Bergamo (series A). You can call it a happy chance that
Frankfurt reached to Bergamo by private friendship over Innsbruck;
the contact with the Bergamasken came over the Verrückte Köpfe (VK)
which maintained no contact with the NOMADI, but to the Brigate
Nerrazzuro (BNA) which resolved after curves-internal conflicts,
above all, with the Supporters, in 2005.
Ultra, is a
movement which sloshed from Italy to Austria and Germany and thus
it is not surprising that beside supportelements and disposition
also other components of the fan culture were copied or were felt.
ultragroups in Germany have adopted their names and symbols from
Italian as well as French groups. Meanwhile you can ascertain in
this regard also an interaction, so that also German influence is
to be found in Italian curves. Also in other relations changes a
lot. For example there is an influence from the Polish scene in
Germany, above all, in the east, and in England, the land of the
classical supporter, there are suddenly - earlier unthinkable -
sporadic choreographies. Inside the fan scenes, an increasing
exchange takes place, football fans stand in contact worldwide.
the German ultramovement is not so ripe for a long time yet, as
for example the Italian, however, it develops fast and starts to
show signs of own character. In all entitled criticism of German
ultragroups may not be forgotten that the Italian ultrascene
already exists since the 50s and the German only since a little
bit more than a decade.
looks for an explanation or an final definition of "ultras",
will find - above all, if it is about ultras in the German fan
scene - a long history of consideration, lot of influence, changes
and interpretations. It is surely right to say, that an ultra is a
football fan who deals more intensely
and more complex than others with the support of his club.
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For us, the
support of Eintracht Frankfurt is absolutely on top. The support of
the own team makes the difference between the real football fan and
the modern football customer. When there is said in many places,
that a real fan does not do this or that,this can only be a mistake.
Because, if you can generalise this, a real fan defines himself over
things he does, not things, he does not. To support means to
encourage, and encouragement is what the team needs. The team does
not need applause like in Wimbledon, the energy and power of a good
and loud curve however pushes the team and is highly valued by the
urban legend says, that all roads lead to Rome. That does not apply
for the players indeed (for them there is only the way via the UEFA
Cup) but absolutely for the fans. In
Frankfurt, where you have a traditional stronghold of fan-culture,
different subcultures and generations interconnect-ed to a "coloured
curve" in every sense. In the fancurve (if G-Block,
Gegengerade or Nordwest-kurve), those found a home, you can say of
themselves, that football is more than just a sport, and visiting
the stadium is more than watching others, exercising this sport.
the past, our group was content with keeping a friendly relation
inside the group for a long time, by a jointly encouragement of the
Ultras Frankfurt and their actions. There has been a choreography by
the DROOGS before the turn of the millennium indeed, but afterwards,
UF-actions dominated the curve, where the DROOGS participated in,
intensively. However in the last years, the DROOGS were involved
increasingly with the support in the Nordwestkurve as regards
spotlight is the intoning of song repertoire out of the curve and
the earning of new songs inside the curve. Because we already got
asked very often: Of course we know, that
the group should have been brought an own intoner, but until now,
there has not been a member, who wanted to cope with this challenge.
In general, there isn't really a need for an own intoner, because of
the soundsystem and the "godhead" with his charming voice:
the optical presence of the group, we push and cultivate our very
own style for a long time now, represented
by big and small panning flags, two-poled banners and different
fencebanners, with traditional, but also political group specific
motives, symbols or contents. If classic supporter, Ultrà or
whatever you see yourself or you are seen in the curve: Together for
Eintracht Frankfurt, there's no way or journey too long and no voice
too damaged, to go on singing even louder!
Scene of Eintracht Frankfurt
Exactly 1999 years after parturition of the virgin Mary a few
football addicted (particularly Frankfurt addicted) guys from the
Wiesbaden area decided to found a Supporters Club. Wiesbaden (about
270.000 inhabitants) is less than forty kilometers (twenty-five
miles) to the west of Frankfurt.
"Bombeleescher Wiesbaden" – so the name – arose in a
timely manner for the centenary of Eintracht Frankfurt. A little
time after, our supporters stuff and some clothes were ready, and
our first website was brought to the internet. But just a few month
later the upcoming Ultra-thought meant the end of the Bombeleescher.
Some of us were infected; some wanted to keep things like they were.
Finally a question of mindset, the group split up and the quick end
had to be accepted as a fact.
this point on, those who wanted to change to the ultra style support
started the DROOGS. The whole fan scene of Eintracht Frankfurt
changed then and the DROOGS started supporting the idea of Ultras
Frankfurt. At that time, the DROOGS didn’t appear as the
independent group we were. We were completely occupied with handling
the duties of Ultras Frankfurt. We wanted to change that point,
because our attitude and our mentality differed in some points (e.g.
late autumn 2000 the DROOGS accelerate the process and boosted
setting own signs. But we were still supporting Ultras Frankfurt as
well. In 2001 the DROOGS decided to keep their membership system,
which means, that new members still had to qualify themselves about
participation at our work for the stands. It is not possible, to get
member by signing a form and paying a contribution.
want to know our members; we want to know if they have the same
objectives. We don’t focus to magnify our member figures, our goal
is a flexible and active group and a fast decision making. This
decision hasn’t been changed until today and proved as right. In
face of that, we had to ask some members to leave the group, 'cause they
didn’t took part in our work any more. Some of them are still at
the stadium, and some of them are still good friends. On
the other hand, we got a couple of new high-motivated members in
2001 and 2003, so our group and our position had been starched
during this time.
Highlights of the seasons 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 were the
DROOGS-Buses. At the beginning our away busses were insider Tipps,
today well known as... let’s say different. Anyway, if we announce
a bus, many people request it. There must be a reason… During all
the seasons we kept on supporting Ultras Frankfurt, in all issus. Of
course we had many activities last seasons too.
reorganized the responsibilities within our group and became much
more efficient. The participation in preparing, financing and
perform-ing the first Antiracist football tournament in Frankfurt-Rödelheim
took a plenty of time. And was one highlight in 2006. Another great
thing was the cup final in Berlin. We had a very good time there and
it was an amazing weekend. Okay… Munich had set the lucky punch (they
won by 1-0), but who was talking about Munich? No one! We rocked the
town, we rocked the stadium…
but not least let us have a look, at today. Among all other duties
around the football, our sociopolitical engagement, mainly, against
racism and xenophobia, become a necessary part of our work. And
an extraordinary point, picturing our group is the respectful and
friendly relation between all our members.
in the first months after the foundation of the DROOGS, some
members wanted to bring up an alliance under the name "Resis-tenza
Francoforte" what should put a sign against racism, neofascism
and xenophobia and takes part in the work on European net-works.
Nevertheless, at that time the group was not ready for this. Some
members liked the slogan of the Ultras Frankfurt, that the fanscene
is unpolitical and thought the group could be classified as
political on the left side.
the change of the Frankfurt fan scene, dominated by the UF97, who
has its roots in a national rather right corner, to an unpolitical
scene, the droogs could manifest her basics. With us and in the
enlarged frame of our group (e.g. in our buses) there is no
acceptance for misanthropic and inhuman slogans!
gratifying development to a political unity and maturity, we have
also won the space to act as a group, to confess and to become
active. Even if our work for the Support in the Stadium is in the
foreground, we could take a big stand on the ranks.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
name DROOGS comes from the book "A Clockwork Orange" by
Anthony Burgess. The word is a slang, which the protagonists use in
the book and means something like friends/pals.
Clockwork Orange is a fiction novel by Anthony Burgess, published in
1962, and later the basis for a 1971 film adaptation by Stanley
Burgess wrote that the title was a reference to an alleged old
Cockney expression "as queer as a clockwork orange". Due
to his time serving in the British Colonial Office in Malaya,
Burgess thought that the phrase could be used punningly to refer to
a mechanically responsive (clockwork) human (orang, Malay for 'person').
A Clockwork Orange
is a violence shocking montage, a bad, cynical farce about the
revolt against the civil regime, a accusal against the state, which
misfits through medical manipulation and a pleading for the
unconditional individual liberty.
Orange at Wikipedia /