Brooms Up! – The German Quidditch Cup in Darmstadt

Already on our way towards the Hochschulstadion across the campus TU Lichwiese in Darmstadt me and my friends were hearing the cheers of the audience and the voice of the stadium announcer. But we weren’t heading to a home match of the German Bundesliga team Darmstadt 98 as some of you were expecting right now. The sound was actually coming from the German Quidditch Championship. The whole event was taking place last weekend.

Official Game Schedule of the German Cup 2016 in Darmstadt, Hessen

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Playing Quidditch at TU Darmstadt

Muggle Quidditch

The magic sport Quidditch is known to every Harry Potter fan. It’s all about flying on brooms, throwing Quaffles through the enemy’s goal rings and hunting after the Golden Snitch. But Quidditch isn’t just a fantasy game in a book. It has already found it’s way into the real world. There are already European and even World Cups taking place every year. Continue reading “Playing Quidditch at TU Darmstadt”

Europe and rugby

All Blacks from New Zealand. Credits to Natural Heart (c) from Flickr. http://bit.ly/1Mx4BD9
All Blacks from New Zealand. Credits to Natural Heart (c) from Flickr.

The rugby World Cup 2015 has ended this weekend. Old and new world champion are the All Blacks from New Zealand. The tournament was hosted in Great Britain. Time to take a look at the sport with the egg and its influence in Europe.

Where are the roots of rugby?

Why are only a few countries involved?

What does it need to become a rugby nation?

Football, or soccer, as it is called in the US, is a sport that unifies a nation and its fans. You talk about football with people from different countries and everybody interested knows the players and the game. Which part in European binding can rugby take.

Patrick Haas is an expert on rugby. He is 25 years old, from Krefeld, Germany and moved to Ireland two years ago, a european country known for its rugby team. Patrick plays rugby for the Monkstown FC near Dublin. Before he moved to Ireland, he was a member of the german youth national team. Lets hear his opinion about the  rough-looking sport and how europe can adapt to the rugby mentality.

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