Red Star FC – Vendée Luçon – Match Report

Match day 2 in the Championat National saw Red Star welcome Vendée Luçon at the Stade Bauer for this season’s home debut. After the away defeat at Amiens, Les Audoniens found themselves in a position they were all too familiar with: with their back to the wall. Read more →

A Stylish Finish

It did not come as a big surprise; in fact it was inevitable: Miroslav Klose has retired from the German national team. Read more →

One, Two, Three, Four

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is history and finished with a final worth the competition. The general opinion is that Germany are worthy winners. It has shed a light on the state of Brazilian football and will enter the history books as one of the better tournaments of our age. Read more →

World Cup 1954 – David Vs Goliath: Except David Had Studs…

Sixty years ago Germany won the World Cup for the very first time. That feat doesn’t seem so impressive nowadays; Die Mannschaft have become a force to be reckoned with on the international stage, going on to lift the trophy twice more, and this year they are once again expected to do well in Brazil. Read more →

40 Years – 7 Tears: Quo Vadis FC Magdeburg 2014?

Since Magdeburg have won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1974 40 years have passed; years during which the club has not seen the best of times. Since 1989 the club appears to be in a loop of promotion, insolvency and scandals. ‘Quo Vadis?’ thus seems to be the appropriate question in 2014. Read more →

We against Us: 22 June 1974 Hamburg

Every time a World Cup is about to kick-off, the Germans are somehow said to be among the favourites. While some teams were great, many German or West German teams were simply lucky: the team of in 1982 that beat France on penalties in a semi-final which was overshadowed by Toni Schumacher’s criminal assault on Battiston. The team in South Korea and Japan 20 years later were at best plucky but bloody minded enough to reach another final, the seventh in total. Ever since being re-admitted onto world football’s grandest stage in 1950, West Germany managed to secure a semi-final place in all tournaments but 4: 1962, 1978, 1994 and 1998. This is an impressive record. Add to that 3 victories, several runners-up and third place finishes and one has to consider Germany as the most consistent team in World Cup history since 1950. The other Germany, the GDR meanwhile often played well in friendlies but when matters became serious, the East Germans bottled it. Always. Except once: 1974. Read more →

Football Art – Art of Football

Football has penetrated all spheres of life. It has not done so always in the best manner, though. The design of football shirts in the 1980s and 1990s bordered on the ridiculous; as did the haircuts of football players and fans. Thankfully, this has changed for the better. Football fans are now as fashion conscious as those unfortunate ones who do not follow football. A small designing company has re-created some of the game’s greatest moments impressively. Read more →

The Alternative?

Among the calls for reform of FIFA, there are also calls for an alternative to the behemoth of world football to be established. Well, this already exists for those federations or countries that are not officially recognized by the United Nations or by FIFA. Read more →

I Love You All!

The most recent of FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter carried resemblances of the late Erich Mielke, the head of the notorious East German security service, Stasi. Read more →

Havelange’s Legacy

With the arrival of João Havelange as FIFA president, it was the dawn of a new era for the world’s most popular sport. While Stanley Rous, his predecessor saw himself as a public servant, Havelange re-cast the image of the organization and turned it into a profit machine. Read more →