A Tale Of Two Capital Cities


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BRANDENBURG GATE, BERLIN
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A very special occasion here on this particular weekend, then. As the regulars are already well aware, the traditional pilgrimage across The Pond to see beloved Bavarian giant BAYERN MUNICH compete in both the Bundesliga and European competition is par for the course. On the other hand, it is not every week that the premier minor league baseball blogger in the world announces he is leading a contingent to see a soccer match in the birthplace of a nation.

But that is exactly what is going down these days with ole’ buddy DAN KEHL, the author of THE HORN AND BELL (http://noisenation.wordpress.com) and so, in order to help celebrate this most noteworthy broadening of the horizons, an action-packed, busy schedule awaits …

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OLYMPIASTADION, BERLIN
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First up, from the cultural homeland, is a Bundesliga contest from die Hauptstadt von Deutschland. Visiting historical powerhouse BAYERN MUNICH, the record German champion currently standing second in the top flight, roll into the German capital city fresh from a resounding 7-0 victory over Swiss side FC Basel in the prestigous UEFA Champions League tournament. Host SC HERTHA BERLIN, last season’s 2.Bundesliga titlist, are second from bottom in the table and staring straight at a rapid return to the second division.

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INDEPENDENCE HALL, PHILADELPHIA
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And then tomorrow, after the trip back across the Atlantic Ocean, it is only a hop, skip and a jump down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the city the originally served as the capital of the United States. Roughly thirteen miles to the south is the suburban city of Chester and there on the banks of the Delaware River is PPL PARK, a soccer-specific stadium that first opened in June of 2010. On Sunday afternoon in a match that will be broadcast to a national televison audience by NBC Sports, the PHILADELPHIA UNION will kick-off their third season of Major League Soccer at home against the visiting COLORADO RAPIDS.

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