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FC Buffalo announces trek to Germany, to be first NPSL club to play in Europe

The Wolves are about to cross the pond.

National Premier Soccer League side FC Buffalo announced Friday that the team will embark onĀ a weeklong preseason trip to Germany - specifically the cities of Dortmund, Frankfurt and Hamburg - from May 5-12, 2019, to mark the club's 10th anniversary.

The Wolves plan to play at least two exhibition matches while overseas, against the second team of influential 2.Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli as well as a game to be announced in the Dortbunt Festival, a large cultural gathering that celebrates tolerance and diversity, in Dortmund.

This milestone endeavor was sparked by the spring visit of Lord Mayor of Dortmund Ullrich Sierau to Buffalo to recognize the 40th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Buffalo and Germany's eighth-biggest city.

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According to FC Buffalo owner Nick Mendola, discussion of a return trip to Germany prompted a chain of events to see if such an undertaking could become reality.

The club's website credited Rich Products, Match IQ, Buffalo Dortmund supporters group and The Travel Team as key influences in the project. FC Buffalo has announced a fundraising campaign, based around merchandise, with further details here. The Wolf Blitzer bobble head doll - of which a select number will be autographed, is an early favorite.

For fans interested in joining the club on the Germany trip, an FAQ may be found here.

FC Buffalo, formerly Queen City FC and Buffalo City FC, played its inaugural season in 2010 at All-High Stadium, the team's home for every year except one, at Demske Sports Complex. The Wolves made international noise when they welcomed Bedlington Terriers FC, a ninth division side in England in which Buffalonian Robert Rich had invested heavily, to Buffalo in 2011 for a friendly that drew more than 5,000 fans.

*Related: Read more about the student exchange programs between Buffalo and Dortmund.

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