It is Christmas come early for Bundesliga fans as bundesliga.com looks back at some of the best fans from the Hinrunde, the first half of the season. After you have seen our selection, tell us about your favourite fans of the 2015/16 campaign to date via our Twitter account: @Bundesliga_EN #BL2015
In late summer the refugee crisis in Europe dominated global headlines, with thousands of people fleeing their homeland to seek shelter elsewhere. Germany was at the forefront of helping those displaced by conflict, and the Bundesliga played its part too. While clubs across the country stepped up to offer support, FC Schalke 04 launched one of the more prominent campaigns - the #StandUp initiative, spearheaded by former striker Gerald Asamoah. “Stand up if you’re Schalke” is a chant that brings everyone involved with the Royal Blues to their feet when heard in the terraces. “Stand up if you’re human” is Asamoah’s cry in the name of the club in this political debate. Fans everywhere were galvanised to provide support and help make the plight of those most in need a little easier to bear.
Here's what the #StandUp initiative is all about:
Darmstadt's VIP chef
Celebrity fans are nothing new in football, but one prominent SV Darmstadt 98 supporter took her passion to new levels in November. After losing a bet with head coach Dirk Schuster, international tennis star Andrea Petkovic made good on her promise to serve up sausages at Darmstadt's Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor on Matchday 14. Donning an apron and expertly handling a pair of tongs, she made sure her fellow Lilien were well fed and watered during the match against 1. FC Köln. True love for one's club indeed!
Watch Petkovic in action at a Darmstadt sausage stand in the video below:
It is an experience that has to be witnessed first-hand to be believed, an adventure that routinely leaves first-time visitors open-mouthed in astonishment: Borussia Dortmund's Südtribune, the South Stand at the club's Signal Iduna Park stadium. Home to the Yellow Wall, it is a swathe of 25,000 die-hard supporters that fill the terrace behind one of the goals at every home game, urging their team forwards. It comes as no surprise Thomas Tuchel's men are unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season, winning seven and drawing one. If BVB are to keep pushing FC Bayern München in the title race in the second half of the campaign, the Dortmund faithful will play no small part in their efforts to do so.