Happy Birthday Sheffield FC - BVB visit worldīs first football club
[24.10.2013] Where football kicked off. Shortly before the Champions League match against Arsenal, a delegation from BVB hit the road to Sheffield, home of the worldīs first football club, to learn more about football and experience firsthand a long-standing tradition.
Richard Tims and Carsten Cramer
Some bumps here, a few puddles there - itīs raining, of course. But the pitch is lush green, with the two goals and its lopsided posts adding to the charming character of the place. At one end, a small terrace, at the other the clubīs quaint pub - welcome to Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the world.

Black and Yellow meets Black and Red
"Itīs important for us to show that we are always interested footballīs traditions and history. We know where we come from," said BVB coach Jürgen Klopp ahead of the teamīs trip to England. And thatīs why, just ahead of the Champions League clash against Arsenal, a small delegation from Borussia Dortmund including sales and marketing director Carsten Cramer set out to Sheffield to learn more about the roots of the sport that we all love so much. Two friends founded Sheffield FC in 1857 and developed the first set of rules. The club was also involved in the worldīs first derby, which took place in 1860 against Hallam FC whose ground still has a pronounced slope today.

"We wanted to visit the cradle of football and find inspiration. After all, it all started here in Sheffield and we at Borussia Dortmund are committed to tradition," said Carsten Cramer. Even if Sheffield are now competing in the eighth tier of English football, there are parallels between the two clubs. Sheffield FCīs values are based on respect and integrity, without distinction of social origin, nationality, religion, sex or age - values that have also always been shared by the BVBīs black and yellow family - coming together in their love of football.

Tradition connects
The trip was originally supposed to take place ahead of this yearīs Champions League final at Wembley. And as Carsten Cramer explained, it should not be the end of the story: "We are both thinking about how we can cement our friendship and support Sheffield FC." Tradition connects. "We are proud to count Borussia Dortmund to our friends, and the fact so many German supporters visit us so frequently," said Richard Tims, chairman of Sheffield FC. By the way, the worldīs oldest football clubs celebrates its 156th birthday today, October 24. Happy Birthday Sheffield FC!


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