Friday, March 26, 2010

Dear Frau: Where are the Swiss soccer fans?

Welcome to the fifth edition of Dear Frau. It’s kind of like Dear Abby, except with an international twist. If you have a question, be sure to contact the Frau and maybe your little Frage will be in next week’s Dear Frau column.

Dear Frau,

Budweiser is casting a World Cup reality series and we need fans of Swiss football who would want to travel to South Africa to represent their country and team at the World Cup this summer. We’ve found fans from other countries already but are having problems finding people in Switzerland. Help! We are still searching for that one lucky fan who will represent Switzerland in the Bud House. He or she will be flown to Cape Town, South Africa, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and enjoy luxurious accommodations, thrilling excursions, and the opportunity to have the kind of access few fans ever have. If you could help us find that elusive Swiss fan that would be great.


Find me a Fan

Dear Find me a Fan,

The Frau was once at a U.S.A./Switzerland soccer game in Basel and it was kind of sad. The stadium was maybe 1/3 full. Maybe. But the Frau didn’t care because she hadn’t come for the football—she had come for the VIP box—and was busy stuffing her face with foods she can't normally afford in Switzerland–like steak.

Anyhow. It’s hard to see many Swiss get excited about much in public—especially a soccer game where they lose to a team as pathetic as the Americans. But still. There must be some die-hard fans out there.

Any Swiss football fans out there that want to travel to South Africa this summer? (Hmm. All I heard was an echo).

Ok yodelers, it’s time to act. Ask your friends, post this on Facebook, tweet it, whatever. We can’t let Switzerland be fan-less on the world reality stage. That would just be sad. We know the Swiss love reality TV. Just watch Bauer, ledig, sucht and you'll see what I mean.

If you’re interested or want more information, you can contact Find Me a Fan directly at She doesn’t mind. In fact, she looks forward to hearing from any and all yodelers.

Deadline to apply is March 28. Good luck!

Why do you think it’s so hard to find Swiss football fans? Is Switzerland too small of a country? Are the people here too private? The Frau wants to know what you think.


La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

Dear Frau,

Going out on a limb here -- are the Swiss too passionless to be proper football fans?

If I get any exploding Lindt in my mailbox, I'll know it was because of this comment...

La Mom
An American Mom in Paris

Chantal said...

Hi La Mom,

I think we all know the saying: "Hell is a place where the police are German; the chefs are English; the car mechanics are French; the lovers are Swiss and it's all organized by the Italians."

In all stereotypes there's always a bit of truth...

Yo said...

Hmmm, I know many passionate Swiss football fans. Where did Bud advertise The BudHouse?

Chantal said...

Yo, I have no idea. Maybe they just don't know where to find the fans.

Melania said...

Four of my husbands best Swiss friends took off on a 4 month trip to South Africa, to culminate in the Soccer games. They bought a VW camper, quit their jobs (or took a lot of time off from their consulting work), and drove off. Migros is covering their adventures. Here's their site:

Unknown said...

You won't believe it but I went to the Football Club Barcelona fan group here in Zurich and it was full of crazy Swiss people screaming at the TV!!! I think the feel confortable to do it therebecause spanish fans scream even more.

Unknown said...

My SO is usually going to the "Barcelona soccer fan bar" in Zurich to watch the Barcelona games and its full of swiss people screaming like crazy. I recommend going there.

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