Monday, May 11, 2009

Every Shirt XLIII: St. Pauli

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shirt: FC St. Pauli "zweitklassig"
size: 2XL (EU)
vintage: 2007
provenance: catalog

This shirt is rather easily dated to 2007, from Metaltix, and probably in the same order as my '08 Wacken ticket and other assorted junk. It is not technically from a metal band, but an absurdly cult (though decidedly not kvlt) German fitba club. A quick look at the history of FC St. Pauli will attest as to why this one is mixed in with the metal shirts rather than sequestered out with the shirts from less-political and less-confrontational American sports teams (I own zero non-match-ready Celtic shirts, hence their absence; also, lack of Celtic shirts -- due to deliberate action by the club -- bearing the word "Fenians" or positive references to certain three-letter nationalist groups).

The German legend below the club crest reads "we are second-class". This is a humorous reference to the fact that a lot of the rest of Hamburg sees many St. Pauli fans as second-class citizens, and that they had finally, at the end of the '06-'07 season, got back into the second division (stretching it, but kind of like the D1 Championship relative to the FBS (bowl-eligible level) in US college football) of the national league after several years in the regional leagues.

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