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Magdeburg 2 - 4 Aberdeen
    Tour of Germany
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0

Skilful Play Lauded
Captain on the one thing missing

The Aberdeen Football Club has been enthusiastically received in Germany, as the following description (by a German Journalist) of the first match shows.

by Leonard Kupfer

Magdeburg, May 11.

Where the muddling of the diplomats and the slandering of an infuriated Nationalist Press had kindled terrible hatred of races and nations sport has the great task of rebuilding the bridges broken down during the war. We greet with deep gratitude the Football Club of Aberdeen, the first British team to undertake a trip to Germany with the purpose of playing against German teams.
As I could gather from the conversation I had with the gentleman from Aberdeen, they were surprised and delighted by the very kind reception they found everywhere among the football enthusiasts, as well as among the German people in general. The arrangements for their stay in the different towns, the general management they found unsurpassable. We acknowledge with sincere thanks that, as Mr MacLachlan told me, a German team would find the same reception as Aberdeen has in Germany. MacLachlan said to me that German players would be met at home in Scotland in the true sporting spirit man to man.

Lesson From British

The German players are especially grateful for the trip of the Aberdeen players, because they still must regard British football players as their teachers. But I am convinced that the gentlemen from Aberdeen took from Magdeburg the impression that Germany too has learned in the real of sport during the last years. A first-class German team - for instance the Nuremburg football players - would give a tough fight to any British team.
Magdeburg sporting circles enjoyed the guest play of Aberdeen thoroughly. About 6000 people visited the play, although we had also a German crack team from Prague playing here on the same day. Everywhere I heard the remark "They learned a lot from the Scotch players." The treating of the ball, the co-operation, the art of terribly hard shooting was faultless. The eye could hardly follow all the "finesses" of the Scotsmen; the clever deceiving of the opponents, the tactical reconstruction of the line of the forwards, the splendid play of the outside left, when sharp changing of the ball never failed.

A Good Tussle

Considering this great performance of the Scotch, the German players can feel with well-deserved pride that they put up a good fight. The play ended 4-2. Aberdeen played in Magdeburg against combined teams of two Magdeburg football clubs, the Fortuna and the Victoria. The play was always vigorous, but fair. The few collisions were evenly distributed on both sides. Therefore the players played in the best friendship, and with the conviction of having knitted an interesting tie, and having fulfilled a task which the master statesmen are still at work.
How the gentlemen from Aberdeen enjoyed themselves I could gather from the remark of Mr MacLachlan that they did not miss anything in Germany, not even their whisky, except their porridge for breakfast.
To Magdeburg the Aberdeen players came from Leipzig. This week they will play in Chemnitz on Sunday, in Dresden on Monday, and then the trip will go to Hamburg.
The best wishes of the German people follow the Aberdeen team on their trip. Magdeburg thanks the city of Aberdeen for having sent this excellent team.

Source: Press & Journal, 15th May 1924

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