Monday, September 08, 2014

The Berlin Map of Football Fandom

Berlin is a divided city. Despite the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, Berlin remains a city split in two. In east Berlin the former communist neighborhoods remain wedded to supporting one football club, while their neighbors in the west show allegiance to an entirely different football team.

The Berliner Morgenpost has created a map of football fandom in the German capital. Using data obtained from Hertha Berlin and FC Union Berlin the newspaper has produced a map showing where the members of both football clubs live.

The Berliner Fußballkarte shows the number of registered members for each club in each Berlin neighborhood. Each neighborhood on the map is colored to show the club with the most members in that neighborhood. If you mouse-over a neighborhood you can find out the exact amount of numbers each club has in that area. The map is not restricted to fans in the German capital, if you zoom out you can discover the number of registered members for each football club in the whole of Germany.

The Berliner Morgenpost map was inspired by the New York Times' maps of sports fans in America. The New York Times has created two maps which show the number of fans of basketball and baseball teams in the USA, based on their number of Facebook 'likes'.

Mapping the Basketball Nation and the Map of the Baseball Nation both divide the USA into new regions based on the number of supporters of basketball and baseball teams across the country.

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