Soccer is big in the Ruhr region. Local clubs draw more players and fans than anywhere else in Germany. And Germany’s largest soccer stadium, which is home to the Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga squad, is also here.
More than 20,000 Borussia Dortmund supporters boycotted their team's Bundesliga game against Augsburg in protest at Monday night football. They feel left behind by the commercialization of the game.
Bayern Munich fans have raised their concerns about a new law that widens the powers of Bavarian police. Germany's football fans association wants protests against the law, which they say affects "almost all of us."
German authorities have stopped two coaches carrying football hooligans ahead of Borussia Dortmund's match away to Darmstadt 98. Police have said they also seized pyrotechnics, batons and drugs.
Liverpool host Roma in a Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday, evoking memories of their famous win over the Italians in the 1984 final. Jürgen Klopp wants Anfield to help his side emulate that success.
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