No one, however, can touch Nürnberg when it comes to spelling out what supporting the club actually means. The Franconians' slogan is "Ich bereue diese Liebe nicht" – I don't regret this love.
It's got love, defiance ("I don't regret"), undying loyalty, it seemingly ticks all the boxes. But you can't help but wonder that the whole sentence comes across as strangely defensive, like something you'd encounter in a hamster breeders' social club or on a pop-art poster inside Cersei Lannister's bedroom. This isn't so much love as lust or passion, this is much closer to torture – the admission that as a FCN fan, you're forever stuck in an abusive relationship.
But true Nürnberg supporters will have seen the disaster coming. They'll recall that an unofficial club motto has been in existence long before the "I don't regret this love" line was dreamt up by an agency. "Der Club is a Depp," Franconians tend to lament, and it translates into an even more painful admission: This club is an idiot.