Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Badge of the Day #86 (Hansa Rostock)


Featuring the very latest addition to the European football clubs collection, with an object representing the fabulous Hansa Rostock, who would have emerged out of the former East Germany as a name to admire & subsequently follow, certainly from earlier days & quite possibly from the time of the 1974 World Cup finals, as a result of the club being home to one of the DDR’s evocatively memorable names in the form of Joachim Streich, scorer of two goals during the tournament, & who I would later, in September 1979, have witnessed playing, & scoring, for 1FC Magdeburg, to whom he’d been transferred in 1975 (Streich scored the ‘Burg’s equalizing goal – at 1 - 1 – their 2 – 3 defeat at Wrexham in the First Round, first leg tie of the 1979-80 European Cup-Winners’ Cup. He subsequently put the final nail in the coffin of Wrexham’s elimination by scoring very late in Magdeburg’s 5 – 2 extra-time victory in the return match).

The badge, a contemporary object thus lacking any particular hauntological quality other than memories of the name, features Hansa (as they were renamed, from the regally-sounding ‘Empor’, in 1965) Rostock’s crest with its jaunty ship that refers to the city’s maritime history as a Hanseatic seaport which continues to the present day.

The name also reminds one of Berlin’s famous Hansa Tonstudio, where various post-punk bands, not least Wire, & Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, have recorded, thus allowing a pleasant link between football & music, two of those totems of TOoT’s cultural landscape.

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