Created on 2015-09-08 at 11:30 AM
Cincinnati is known for its famous chili and rich sports culture as well as hosting one of the biggest Oktoberfests in the country, so it’s only fitting that Cincy – Munich’s sister city – is also now home to another one of Munich’s own, FC Bayern Munich, thanks to official fan club Over the Rhine.
Since its founding earlier this year, Over the Rhine has grown to over 26 members. In the 13th installment of our fan club profile series, we hear from Over the Rhine president Adam Jacob about becoming a fan, how the fan club started, and how FC Bayern fits in within local soccer culture. To learn more about Over the Rhine, visit it on social media and at its location Mecklenburg Gardens.
How did you become an FC Bayern fan & what made you start a fan club?
My affection for FC Bayern goes back to my early youth. My mother’s side of the family, including her, immigrated to the United States (Cincinnati, OH) from Munich, Germany, so I was raised with a strong German, specifically, Bavarian influence. I remember receiving my first jersey when I was 5 or 6 years old – the yellow Opel jersey. I have been visiting Munich about every other year since 2003 when I saw my first FC Bayern game against Wolfsburg.
I established our fan club in order to spread awareness of one of Germany's greatest exports – FC Bayern. Cincinnati is heavily rooted in German heritage and is in fact the U.S. sister city of Munich. I figured Cincinnati deserved a club given their lineage and direct link to Munich. With that being said, my favorite part of being in the club is being able to view the games with the other members of the fan club. The comradery and excitement is second to none.
How does your FC Bayern fan culture fit in within your local soccer culture?
The fan club fits like a glove within Cincinnati's soccer culture. Cincinnati is a hot bed for youth soccer. In fact, we had a local product (Nick Hagglund out of Xavier University) drafted by FC Toronto of the MLS. Moreover, Cincinnati was just granted a USL expansion team that will bear the name of FC Cincinnati.
What is your favorite part about being involved with a fan club?
My favorite part of being involved in the fan club is the camaraderie. We are all there for the same purpose, and that is to cheer on and support FC Bayern. In most of the United States, odds are that you'd be hard pressed to walk into a pub and strike up a serious conversation in regards to FC Bayern. That said, it’s nice to be able to convene and be around people who are equally knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to FC Bayern.
Contact FC Bayern Munich Fan Club Over the Rhine
Home Pub: Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E University Ave Cincinnati, OH 45219
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