When the whistle blows for half-time in Germany’s Euro 2016 encounter with Slovakia, supporters of Die Mannschaft’s last-16 opponents will most likely tuck into a delicious bag of…sunflower seeds.
Though it is probably hard for most English football fans to fathom, sunflower seeds are a hugely a popular snack of choice on the continent.
Best enjoyed alongside a cup of strong, hot coffee, while it sounds like Slovak supporters will be alert for the second period, they probably won’t be as satisfied as their German counterparts.
England could learn a lot from Germany when it comes to football – and that’s not just what goes on on the pitch.
With every Bundesliga club 51% fan-owned and tickets proving relatively cheap, there is a reason that German clubs boast some of the highest levels of satisfaction among supporters regularly attending games.
Clubs like Borussia Dortmund, for example, have established a reputation for being one of the most popular clubs in Europe with the Westfalenstadion boasting an electric atmosphere that ranks among the best in the world.
But while it would take an almighty effort for England to replicate the same ticket pricing structure, stadia or atmosphere there is one area where we could easily replicate the Germans: half-time refreshments.
For Germany fans and followers of Die Mannschaft, only one thing will do.
And when he says bratwurst, Pauly does not mean those brine-based rubber hose monstrosities sold in English football grounds across the country.
For German fans, only proper bratwurst will all the rustic accompaniments will do.
For starters proper bratwurst should always consist of a combination of pork and veal, with those seeking a pork only option best advised to seek out a smoky variety known at Bockwurst.
Hungry yet? Then we will continue.
Once you’ve settled on your choice of wurst, it’s all about choosing the topping that suits your taste with sauerkraut, curry-tomato sauce, cheese, gherkins and remoulade sauce among the more unique options that make up the norm for German fans.
Served with chips either in a bun or chopped (for the more direct eater), beer is the recommended tipple of choice though we can’t stress this enough – make it German.
A familiar part of football for Germans the world over, Londoners can at least enjoy something approaching a true Die Mannschaft supporter experience when Joachim Low’s team face Slovakia this Sunday.
With Herman ze German offering a veritable feast of bratwurst options as well as a few veggie and schnitzel alternatives, the restaurants have scored another goal with the announcement that they will be showing all of Die Mannschaft’s games on specially set-up big screens.
Or you could just pick up some sunflower seeds and follow the Slovak’s lead.
We know which we would rather do…
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.