ABOUT US

Welcome to SAMSTAG 15:30  an online guide for anyone planning a football weekend in Germany.

The name translates as 'Saturday 3:30pm'  - the traditional kick-off time for Bundesliga matches and considered sacrosanct by German fans who regard themselves as the guardians of football tradition.


We travel regularly (travel restrictions permitting) to watch the game in Germany and if we haven't visited a particular ground on a matchday then it won't feature in our guides until we have - stadium tours don't count ! We'll add new guides, update existing ones and bring you all the stadium developments from the Bundesliga and beyond to help you plan your own trip.

So, whether you're a super-fan of Bayern München or Borussia Dortmund, fascinated by the complex histories of the former GDR clubs or simply don't know your Wolfsburgs from your Würzburgs; we hope the site will help you learn more about the iconic fan culture, stadiums and clubs that make German football
Fantastische !

And if you have any questions, suggestions for improving the site or would like to contribute to the guides in any way - then please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Ihre im Fußball !
Mark & Andy

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MARK ARROL

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FAVOURITE GERMAN TEAM 
1. FC Kaiserslautern

 

FIRST GAME IN GERMANY
1. FC Kaiserslautern v Werder Bremen, Nov 1990

NUMBER OF GROUNDS VISITED IN GERMANY

45

FAVOURITE STADIUM
Deutsche Bank Park
(Eintracht Frankfurt)

 

SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH?
Ja !


BEST GAME SEEN 

Borussia Dortmund 3 Werder Bremen 2, Apr 2016

 

HIGHEST SCORING MATCH 
RB Leipzig 6 Hertha BSC 0,
Sept 2021

 

BEST FANS 
1.FC Union Berlin

 

WORST GAME

FC Köln 0 Augsburg 0, Nov 2016 (but the fans were great!)
 

FAVOURITE GERMAN BEER
Bitburger Pils

 

NOT VISITED YET - BUT CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO
Millerntor Stadion (FC St Pauli) 

 

FAVOURITE GERMAN PLAYER
Historical - Stefan Kuntz
Present - Toni Kroos

 

BEST THING ABOUT GERMAN FOOTBALL
The friendliness of the fans towards visitors

 

MOST 'OBSCURE' GROUND
Sportplatz Keltenstraße
TSV Grünwald v Eintracht Karlsfeld, Bayern Landesliga Süd Ost (6th tier)

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ANDY WHITEHEAD

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FAVOURITE GERMAN TEAM 
FC Würzburger Kickers

 

FIRST GAME IN GERMANY
TSV 1860 München v FSV Frankfurt, Nov 2014

NUMBER OF GROUNDS VISITED IN GERMANY

38
 

FAVOURITE STADIUM
Mercedes Benz Arena
(VfB Stuttgart)

 

SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH?
Ja, ein bisschen

BEST GAME SEEN 

SG Dynamo Dresden 2 FC Würzburger Kickers 2, Sept 2016 

 

HIGHEST SCORING MATCH 
FSV Zwickau 7 Würzburger Kickers 0, May 2022

 

BEST FANS 
Würzburger Kickers (I'm biased)

 

WORST GAME
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 0 Hamburger SV 0, Sept 2018

 

FAVOURITE GERMAN BEER
Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) from Bamberg - an acquired taste!

 

NOT VISITED YET - BUT CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO
Olympiastadion (Hertha BSC)

FAVOURITE GERMAN PLAYER

Historical - Günter Netzer 
Present - Manuel Neuer

 

BEST THING ABOUT GERMAN FOOTBALL
The fact that fans are embraced by clubs rather than merely 'tolerated'

 

MOST 'OBSCURE' GROUND
Berzirkssportanlage Surheimer Weg
FC Hertha München v FC Wacker München, Kreisliga München 2 (8th tier)

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MATT RAYNS

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With nearly 150 grounds across Europe under his belt and an extensive knowledge of fußball  in Germany, MATT RAYNS helped write the FC St. Pauli guide. He has also been a regular contributor of photography to SAMSTAG 15:30 and many of his excellent images are featured in our guides.

Find out more about Matt's football travels on his Facebook site - @mattraynsgroundhopper