Yesterday, Hoffenheim hosted Mainz in the final Bundesliga match before the winter break (the league doesn’t recommence play until the weekend of Jan. 18-20). Hoffenheim took the lead through Kerem Demirbay in the 11th minute, but Mainz equalized five minutes later via Jean-Philippe Mateta.
In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, the match ended in a draw and the spoils were shared. However, the game's true highlight was the visiting Mainz supporters serenading the Rhein-Neckar-Arena with this lovely rendition of “Last Christmas” by English pop duo Wham!.
I’ve been on Wikipedia, and I can tell you that “Last Christmas” is the most successful Christmas single of all time in Germany — it spent 132 weeks on the German Singles Chart and reached as high as #4. It’s charted every year since 1997, so it’s a pretty big deal out there.