Hipster kings FC St. Pauli don’t mess about. The second division German side scored seconds after their opposition's kick off in a friendly.
What a goal
Plenty of other teams have attempted, and scored long shots from their own kick off, but few have scored so quickly - just five seconds - and from their opponent's kick off. Playing against Swiss second division side FC Winterthur in a friendly during the winter break, on-loan midfielder Julian Koch opportunistically took a chance to get on the score sheet.
Luckily the officials didn’t notice Koch encroach in the centre circle before pressurising the Swiss side. Spotting the 'keeper of his line with a cheeky glance the on loan player took a pot shot to lob the ball into the back of the net.
The Counter-Culture Club
St. Pauli are based in the German port city of Hamburg. Found close to the infamous red light quarter of Reeperbahn, the skull and crossbones of the second division side has come to define the Hamburg district.
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Living in the shadow of the city's bigger club - HSV - the club hasn't had a revival as much as a renaissance in the last 20 years. Considered the most left wing club in the world, St. Pauli has become a shelter for counter cultural movements over the years.
Adopting the pirates skull and crossbones as a joke, it has come to symbolically represent the areas working class history. Giving shelter to anarchists, punks and prostitutes since the '80s the fans remain stoically anti-commercial. The club has agreed with fans that the naming rights cannot be sold.
It has fought for progressive issues, such as ant-racism campaigns and anti-homophobia at a time when European football was rife with hooliganism.
This identity and heritage as a progressive and counter cultural community has given the club a cult following across world football. The rebel spirit remains with club, and for many fans and admirers the club and its principles that fly in the face of modern football has become a way of life.
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