St Pauli send fake coach to unveiling of Marvin Ducksch
German second-tier side St Pauli are a club who have forged themselves a well-earned reputation for doing things a little differently during the years, regularly hitting the headlines for their unorthodox approach.
The club's latest stunt saw them send along an imposter to the unveiling ceremony of new signing Marvin Ducksch.
The chap in question appeared wearing a mask of head coach Ewald Lienen as the 62-year-old was otherwise engaged and unable to attend the event in person.
In case you were wondering where Ewald was .. pic.twitter.com/fMf6dsDLFV- FC St. Pauli English (@fcstpauli_EN) June 15, 2016
Sadly the ruse didn't last long, with fans quickly cottoning on that the man posing alongside Ducksch wasn't actually their beloved coach and bombarding the club with messages on social media.
So near, and yet so far!
Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.