St. Pauli are in the first division for the first time since 2001-2.
Pauli's fans are better known than its players
St. Pauli celebrated its centenary in 2010, and they adopted the slogan "Non-established for 100 years." That they are, in many senses. Hamburg's other football team, alongside the much bigger team that bears the city's name, has its home near the red-light district, and its fans are known for their left-wing politics, absurd sense of humor, and ability to consume enormous amounts of beer.
The team has spent a grand total of three years in the first division of the Bundesliga, and no one expects them to hang around for long this time either. But the fans of German football's equivalent of an indie rock band plan to enjoy the top flight while it lasts.
Fun fact: The team's unofficial logo is a pirate's Jolly Roger.
Author: Jefferson Chase
Editor: Matt Hermann