Half a Million German Football Fans Drown Their Misery in Majorca

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Popular holiday island Majorca saw a massive surge of German holidaymakers this July for the World Cup Semi-Final, with half a million watching their team crash out of the tournament.

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That said, over the past decade more and more Brits are entering the equation, and there were enough present during the England-Germany match for the Majorcan police to keep them separated.

The Spanish island of Majorca is awash with German tears after the national team lost 0 - 1 to Spain in the World Cup 2010 semi-final. Despite being under Spanish rule, Majorca has become a home away from home for hundreds of thousands of Germans, and is affectionately known by them as “Germany’s 17th State”. On average, 100,000 German residents are joined by 4 million of their countrymen on Balearic Islands holidays each year, by far the largest number of people from a given country. In May alone, 450,000 Germans made the trip over, while the island tourism board estimates that more than half a million will visit in July.

Hence it was in this unique cultural atmosphere that thousands of German holidaymakers and expatriates watched in horror as Carles Puyol headed the ball past Manuel Neuer in the 73rd minute, handing the game to the Spanish side on Wednesday. The German crowds were found at the Playa de Palma resort in Majorca on what’s come to be known as Bierstrasse, due to the number of German beer halls. Police were on hand to keep the peace between fans, while Spanish fans were kept out of the 7,000 person capacity Mega Park beer hall.

“Majorca has been Germany’s top destination for package holidays since the 1950s, and the massive crowds of Germans along Playa de Palma just underlines that,” says Richard Bray of travel portal Travelmatch. “That said, over the past decade more and more Brits are entering the equation, and there were enough present during the England-Germany match for the Majorcan police to keep them separated.”

With the World Cup drawing to an end, Majorca will return to normalcy – that us, unless Spain lifts the trophy this weekend. Travelmatch offers a range of package holidays to Majorca and the other Balearic Islands, with packages from the UK’s largest travel provider Thomson holidays starting at just £165 per person.

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