Sometimes things get lost in translation. A recent headline in German-speaking Switzerland shows how translation can go awry.
An article published by SRF, Switzerland’s broadcaster, bears the headline “Die Berner Young Boys erhalten ihr Wankdorf zurück“. This translates to “Bernese Young Boys get their Wankdorf back”.
Wankdorf – “dorf” is close the English word village – is a suburb of Bern, home turf for the BSC Young Boys, the city’s football (soccer) team.
Currently, their home stadium is known as the Stade de Suisse (Stadium of Switzerland).
In 2001, the stadium, then known as Wankdorf Stadium, was demolished. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2005 with its current name: Stade de Suisse.
Many fans and locals were unhappy with the name change and a group petitioned to prevent it, but to no avail.
Last week, the team made an announcement that will have these same fans cheering. The stadium’s name will revert back to Wankdorf Stadium starting from the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
The new (old) name is supported by a new five-year sponsorship deal with the biotech firm CSL Behring.
BSC Young Boys press release (in German)