Aussie rules football is one of the most popular sports In Australia. Legend has it that an Australian cricketer invented the game: “In the 1850s, Thomas Wills is said to have found a way to keep his team’s players fit for the winter,” says the Australian. ABC-Sport-Journalist James Coventry.
Because cricket is only played during the summer months. In addition, the Wills are said to be associated with the Marn Crook (translated: ball game) tribe, whose cultures are 60,000 years old. In the game, the Australian aborigines use an oval ball made of pasam leather, which they kick. It has not been proven which of these attitudes really lies behind Australian football.
Football in Australia attracts fewer fans
One thing is for sure though: Futti, as Australian football is known, has a long tradition and goes a long way in history. Many AFL Clubs (Australian Football League) Older than European football clubs such as Manchester United or Bayern Munich. Although 100,000 spectators cheered at the stand of the MCG Stadium in Melbourne during the AFL Final, Germany’s favorite sport, football, on the stand with about 10,000 spectators, still spells very few fans.
Not surprisingly, because the sport is young in Australia. The first division of Australian football – the National Football League (NSL) – was established in 1977 only. It had to lead due to financial problems and has been known as the A-League (1st Football League) since 2005.
German footballers are also being dragged under the Town
Nevertheless, German kickers also go to Australia. That’s one of them Former Hertha BSc player Alexander Pamjohan. The 34-year-old moved to the A-League in 2018 and is currently under contract with Sydney FC. With this, Pamjohan won his first championship title in 2020.
The episode of “Australian Adventure” is about sports. detektor.fm-Moderator Sabrina Francois speaks to an Australian sports journalist James Coventry About the role that sports play in Australian culture. Rowan And his wife Wiki Tell the Aussies how important football is in their lives. And former German Bundesliga professional Alexander Pamjohan Talks about the highest Australian football league, fans and training at 40 degrees Celsius.