Since 2003, thousands of Union Berlin soccer fans have gathered in the team's stadium for an evening of carol singing. This year the event began with a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market.
It's a yearly ritual: Berlin turns into a giant Christmas market a month before the year's end. Yet the anniversary of last year's tragic terror attack is dampening the festive mood, says DW's columnist Gero Schliess.
Cologne's woes continued with a 1-0 home loss to Red Star Belgrade on Matchday 2 while Hertha went down by the same score at Sweden's Ostersund. Cologne were unlucky to lose while Hertha bemoaned a penalty award.
One of the world's most beloved Christmas carols, "Silent Night" was written nearly two centuries ago, yet keeps resonating in Christmas festivities.
Italian soccer league Serie A has responded to an ugly incident last weekend by publicly condemning anti-Semitism. Police have issued stadium bans to 13 Lazio fans for fly-posting insulting images of Anne Frank.
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