Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Girondins de Bordeaux - aux armes
Huge game for Bordeaux tonight as they travel to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
A win and they will almost certainly top the group. A draw would also be a terrific result and move them to within touching distance of qualification.
I was at the home fixture against Bayern a fortnight ago with three friends from the UK.
We stood behind the goal in the virage sud, with the "ultramarines", and it was a cracking atmosphere. Even my friends (who have no allegiance to Bordeaux) found themselves caught up in the moment. I suspect they may even keep a sneaky eye out for the score tonight.
There's something about standing up at football that just seems right....how can you be passionate while sitting down. Similarly the exits were blocked, people were smoking and when we scored the smoke from the flares caught in our throats. Dozens of EU rules were flaunted on the night but there wasn't a hint of aggression or trouble.
All we need now is for Marouane Chamakh to break his Champions League duck and for a girondins victory tonight.
Would it be asking too much to draw Real Madrid in the next round too?