In fact St. Pauli is the only German club that is notorious for their leftwing crowd. Which makes them everybody's a'hole here in Germany. Back in the day in the early 90s they had a strong rivalry with their local enemy HSV. HSV is the main club from Hamburg and they had a huge right winged hooligan scene once. The story with St. Pauli is that all the characters from the red light district are HSV fans, so the main SP crowd are just punks and anarchist activists who got their asses whooped by all the pimps and bouncers after every match. Their notoriety comes mainly from their street fights with the police in the Hafenstraße, which is (or has been) a block down at the harbor which has been squattered by left winged activists. Those guys were really hardcore and took shit from none. But I would say that the fan base in SP is not so violent at all.cliffard wrote: my pal told me about a team called st. pauli whos home ground is the reeperbahn in hamburg (for those that dont know thats a NOTORIOUS red light lol), and all the fans are anarchists and communists and wave red and black flags...
In the 1990s their main rivals have been the local HSV and the guys from Hansa Rostock in Eastern Germany which have a infamous skinhead crowd, known for the attacking of an asylum-seekers' hostel in 1991 which made international news. Each time the two clubs clashed there have been major accidents. Those stories are generally known. But here is some more stuff.
One little nasty club from Eastern Germany which an infamous hooligan group is Chemnitzer FC, formerly known as Karl Marx Stadt. Their crowd is called HooNaRa which stands for "Hooligans, Nazis, Racists". They formed during the early/mid 90s and became one of the top firms in Germany, although the actual club plays in the 3rd division. Anyway, those guys were an elite soccer gang that consisted mainly of MMA fighters who were pumped up with steroids. Huge dudes, tattooed all over thinking about violence all day long. I met them a couple of times and they had a complete different mindset than my fellow comrades. We were like old school and those guys were a new breed, more vicious, more keen on violence and mayhem.
So, at the Chemnitzer FC you had the HooNaRa which were their elite and you had the general fans called New Society, when debriefed it was NS – see? I think it was back in 2006 when those clubs crashed. It was a home match for St. Pauli and when Chemnitz arrived in Hamburg their occurred riots instantly. WHen they made it to the ground the NS boys showed off the banned swastika flag to provoke the St. Pauli fans, but cut out the actual swastika, so you just had a red flag with a withe spot in the middle, which is totally legal in Germany. Wow, that was a smart move and enraged the SP fans. After the match the usual riots took place with the police in full riot gear and water cannons. That match made it to the news as well. But here comes the real story: The boys from HooNaRa joined the main fans in order to get to Hamburg, but they had no interest in watching the match. When they arrived at the main station they were followed by the cops. I mean, those guys are real big, tattooed up to the neck and wearing Bermuda shirts (!!!) and sun glasses, looking like the extreme sports version of Magnum. Alright, after getting away with the cops by just smashing them they went on to a part of the town where all the immigrants live. When they came there they imminently looked out for a little soccer ground. And when you have little soccer grounds in the cities here in Germany they are usually caged in order to avoid the ball from flying onto the streets. In that ground you usually had a bunch of immigrant youth playing soccer all day. What happened then is the HooNaRa boys walking into one of those cages, leaving one man as a lookout at the door. All hell broke lose. They smashed on everyone inside that cage leaving none save. Those dudes get a real rush from f'king ppl up those it lasted for a couple of minutes. After finishing the job they went away looking for some more violence to spread. At the end of the day they beat the shit out of a lot of people and went back to the station, going home with the main crowd of the Chemnitz fans. Scary story...
Another St. Pauli story is also back from 2006. In the beginning of the actual century hooligans where harassed by the police more and more and were forced to take the action somewhere else. They formed little groups inside those hooligan cliques which organized prearranged fist fights that were held on non-match days to avoid any attention by the police. Those fights were usually held in forests and parks so they were called "Wald und Wiese" (Forrest and Lawn). Most of the bigger firms had such a elite squad. Sooner or later the boys from St. Pauli formed their own "Wald und Wiese" troop, a bunch of around 20 boys. They had to be very careful who they's arrange a fight with, because you had so many firms that hated them for being left winged. All went well for a certain time and they had opponents like Gelsenkirchen who would just take it to the sports. leaving politics behind. One day the guys from Kiel (Northern Germany club, playing 3rd division) called St. Pauli and made a date. St. Pauli agreed and they met somewhere for a fair fight. Well, here comes the catch. In the city of Kiel you had a guy from a town called Magdeburg away on a construction job. Magdeburg have been one time the number 2 in Germany, right behind the infamous Berlin boys. As every club from the minor Eastern divisions they where totally right winged and had that Eastern mindset I described above. That guy made the Kiel crew take St. Pauli for a ride. When the small group from Hamburg arrived at the given place it wasn't the Kiel crew who welcomed them. It was the hardcore gang from Magdeburg who showed up. To make it short: The St. Pauli lads ended up in hospital, nearly beaten to death, some of them having multiple cracks in their skulls, jaws, whatever. After that day there where no more St. Pauli hooligans.
I don't really like St. Pauli, but that stories scared me. Made me feel sorry for them.
Naw, just kidding. F**k St. Pauli!