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Greuther Fürth provide the opposition in the opening home game of the season on Friday evening (2030 CET). In front of a packed house, coupled with the fairground atmosphere next door, Jos Luhukay's side have one objective and one objective only. Three points. Come on Sankt Pauli!

The first home game of the season is always something special. That tingling feeling in your stomach when you wake up in the morning. The excitement that grips you all day. The sense of anticipation that takes over as you make your way to the Millerntor. Scarf and flag under your arm, confetti in your bag, and hope in your heart for 90 minutes of magic on the pitch. 

A tingling feeling is what the players will experience when they run out on Friday evening and hear Hells Bells ring out for the first time after 12 weeks of pre-season and see the stadium erupt in a mass of brown-and-white flags, confetti and balloons. For some, it will be their first taste of a Millerntor atmosphere made even more spectacular by the floodlights and the fun of the fair. A moment that will remain etched in the memory of every Sankt Pauli player or fan.

Monday night's performance in the season opener at Bielefeld, in which the Boys in Brown excelled for long periods, is sure to provide a further boost. Steeled by an intensive pre-season on the training ground, Jos Luhukay's side held on to the lead given them by youngster Christian Conteh until the 90th minute, when Manuel Prietl thwarted their plans with a last-gasp equaliser. Gut-wrenching at it was, Luhukay still found words of praise for his team after the final whistle: "The players are on the right track and gave their all. They now have to show the right mentality again and go to the next level. 

The Boys in Brown will hope to jump to that level by getting their revenge on Fürth for the 2-1 defeat on the final day of last season. That might be easier said than done, however, as the visitors will themselves be looking to make amends in the form of three points after the 2-0 home reverse against Erzgebirge Aue last week. Nevertheless, the advantage is with Luhukay's men, who can count on the magnificent support of the Millerntor crowd.

So with that in mind – come on Sankt Pauli, aux armes!


Photos: Witters


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