World of Sport

Helpful fans show goal-shy team where goal is

World of Sport

When a team goes through a goal drought, most fans have a simple answer: a few abusive chants from the terraces, followed by a moan in the pub after the game.

But fans of German regional side FC Magdeburg decided to take a more constructive and creative approach - one that has now made them globally famous.

Reasoning that their men had gone without a goal for five matches simply from having forgotten where the goal was, they decided to take giant dayglo arrows to the match to point their heroes in the right direction.

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Together with a giant banner reading 'Wir zeigen euch, wo das tor steht!' (rough translation: Don't worry chaps, we'll show you the goal is), they left their men in no doubt as to what their jobs were during their home clash against BAK '07 on Sunday.

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The most brilliant thing of all? It actually worked. Ten minutes from the end of the game Magdeburg's American striker Chris Wright popped up to end the club's 558-minute dry spell with an equaliser that looked like earning the side a point.

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It wasn't to be a happy ending, however: BAK then found the net in the penultimate minute to secure the win.

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Somehow, however, we can't help thinking that the plucky Magdeburg fans still went home with smiles on their faces.

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