Sheffield to host England vs Germany in amateur football rematch

Sheffield Steel City FC in green, and FC Stahl Bier in white and red.
Sheffield Steel City FC in green, and FC Stahl Bier in white and red.
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A team of Sheffield amateur footballers will host their German counterparts tomorrow in the third match of a bi-annual series.

Sheffield Steel City FC will take on FC Stahl Bier of Berlin at Sheffield Transport Sports Club in Meadowhead at 1pm.

The match continues the healthy sporting rivalry between the two teams that began in 2013 following a pub wager between David Allatt and his German friend Christoph Kucik.

David insisted that a team of Sheffield players would be victorious against Berlin’s finest, so Christoph assembled Stahl Bier, made up of chefs, dentists, journalists, the almost seven-foot goalkeeper ‘the Duke’ and even ex-pro footballer, the rapper Marteria.

David said: "The match took place at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club – incidentally Germany’s 1966 training ground - with the Sheffield lads winning 3-1 and the Germans winning a post-match penalty shoot-out, of course.

"In 2015, the Sheffield lads ventured to Berlin for a rematch. Even the German’s wonderful hospitality could not compensate for the pain of the defeat which Sheffield experienced, losing 2-1, with Sheffield’s last minute onslaught remarkably held by the Germans until the final whistle.

"Man of the Match went to Stahl Bier substitute Vincent von Schlippenbach, who didn’t step foot on the pitch, but was responsible for making sure that every Sheffield player started the match with a crippling hangover.

"Sheffield did defy convention by winning the now-traditional penalty shoot-out."

Tomorrow's match has been billed amicably as 'Vengeance', and David said the Sheffield team were 'ready to bring the glory back to Yorkshire'.

"The community is invited to come and watch and cheer on the Sheffield warriors," he added.

"The weekend is about more than just the match. It is a great opportunity for Sheffield to embrace its European neighbours and show them our top notch hospitality.

"A weekend of festivities is planned – and Sheffield is even treating the Germans to a pre-match ‘warm-up’ at Knox Gym with high-intensity personal trainer Damien 'Combo' Brown."

Sheffield Steel City player manager Matthew Reynolds has promised his team has learned from its experience in Berlin and is stronger than ever.

“I have confidence that our hardcore training regime will pay off and we’ll put the trophy back where it belongs," he said.

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