January 2014 ⋆ An Old International

The White Noise of the Sports Media

The Italian philosopher Umberto Eco has touched upon every aspect of daily and cultural life, even sports and the sports media. In an essay titled

Knowing your Audience

Writing about football can be fascinating. Yet, the readers remain a species largely unknown. Using google analytics gives a valuable insight into how many people click in general on any blog post in any given time frame. Additionally, those tools help to see who has shared the content where. The backend at WordPress allows to…

The Pauperisation of Football Writing

  We are currently experiencing a paradox in football writing that is unrivalled in the history of the field. Large numbers of writers and bloggers earn next to nothing - if anything at all - from their writing. In the face of the fact that football is floated with money, this issue is somewhat disturbing.…

Demographic effect on German Football

Besides the financial problems, the lower leagues in Germany have to face up to another challenge lying in the years ahead: a shrinking society. While the East of Germany suffered a loss in population of around 1.5m since 1989, Germany's overall population is shrinking according to recent research results. The result is a constantly changing…

Coming Out

In September 2012 a German magazine has published an interview with a supposedly homosexual footballer who asked to stay anonymous. So far, so normal. However, there are doubts that the interview took place at all but instead might have served a totally different purpose. The topic of homophobia in German football has been dealt with…

Hitzlsperger ends hide-and-seek

In an interview with German weekly paper Die Zeit the former German international player Thomas Hitzlsperger has touched upon a topic that has been avoided in German football, if not the public in general: homosexual footballers. He ends all speculations and happily admits that he is gay and 'prefers to live with a man.' The…

stereotyping

Once more German football is engaged in a debate about the behaviour of fans. The reason: