The History Of St Pauli
FC St.Pauli are a club with a proud history. Not in terms of footballing achievement as such, but off the pitch. The club became the first team in Germany to officially ban right-wing nationalist activities and displays in its stadium in an era when fascist-inspired football hooliganism threatened the game across Europe. This helped the club grow significantly, as they went from attendances of around 1,000 to almost 21,000 people, a huge growth. The Skull and Crossbones symbol had always been associated with St Pauli and this is what they used as 'The Kult' symbol, instead of using the teams badge.
In the early 1990s, the media in Germany recognized the Kult-image of the club, focusing on the punk part of the fan-base in TV broadcasts of the matches. By this time, the media also started to establish nicknames like "Freibeuter der Liga" ("Buccaneers of the League"") as well as "das Freudenhaus der Liga" ("Brothel of the League", literally "House of Joy").
On the pitch, St.Pauli moved in and out of the Bundesliga over the course of time: The club were narrowly relegated to the Oberliga in the 1984–85 season, but won the 1985–86 championship and returned to 2. Bundesliga. Two increasingly strong years followed, resulting in promotion and three seasons in 1. Bundesliga, during 1988–91. Four seasons followed in 2. Bundesliga, and then another two in 1. Bundesliga 1995–97, before returning to 2. Bundesliga. Moving into the 2000's the club made a return to the Bundesliga in 2001 but were relegated with 22 points, which meant they finished bottom.
Back off the pitch, St Pauli entered financial troubles, they were relegated to the third tier during this and were in need of money. The club began its fund-raising activities, the so-called Retteraktion. They printed t-shirts with the club's crest surrounded by the word Retter (rescuer/saviour) and more than 140,000 were sold within six weeks. They also organized a benefit game, against Bayern Munich, to try to help rescue the club. With that the club managed to pull themselves out of trouble.
The club regained promotion to 2.Bundesliga in the 2006-07 season and then earned another promotion after finishing 2nd in the 2009-10 season. However the club were relegated in their first season in the league since 2001, finishing bottom once again. Since then the club have been struggling, finishing 4th in their return to the league, but have seen their position slip to 10th, 8th and even 15th since then.
The "Present Day" St Pauli
St Pauli are now preparing for life without Ewald Lienen ahead of the 2015-16 season after he resigned from the club after just 20 games. The new man in charge is Englishman, Max Luxon. Luxon has managed many Sunday-League clubs back home in England in previous years and has now made the jump to Germany, in search of furthering his career and trying to take this historic club back to the Bundesliga, but this try to succeed. The squad currently consists of the likes of Ryo Miyaichi, former Arsenal and Wigan Athletic player, Lennart Thy, a former Werder Bremen prospect and Phillip Ziereis, an up and coming midfielder, who was brought through the Regensburg ranks. How will the rookie do?