Approximately 2,000 fans went to Franz Kremer Stadium Wednesday morning to see the 1. FC Köln begin Bundesliga preparations in the first public training session of the season.
Miso Brecko and Yuya Osako were the lone absences among player personnel, according to the club’s @fckoeln_live Twitter feed, which also posed several photos. I will not bother to give details such as “then they stretched” and “then they ran” and “then there was applause,” but I will poach some of those photos for you (apparently, most of these were taken by Thomas Fähnrich, whom I hope is happy to have them shared here, or I’ll need to remove them!)
Apparently, there was also opportunity for the fans to start their own training regiments, as several vendors of sausages and Kölsch were ready to cater to the spectators.
While fans certainly were happy to see the familiar faces wearing the red and white, curiosity about the newcomers was among the highlights of the day’s program. Seven of Jorg Schmadtke’s new signings (minus Osako) posed with newly extended coach Peter Stöger for a souvenir.
But, yeah, otherwise there were some stretching, running, kicking, and all that. It’s practice!
Yet, with a day off from the World Cup, what better time for the ball to get rolling between our boys in rut un wiess?
There are many, many more photos to be seen