April 2014 ⋆ An Old International

40 Years – 7 Tears New Millennium + New Money = Success?

In the previous posts of this series the focus was on the history of FC Magdeburg during the 1970s and early 1990s. Arguably, between 1976 and 1989 almost 13 years have passed without major crises. The 90s however, saw the club tumbling from crisis to crisis. This decade began with a huge breakup in East…

Football is for You and Me

Football Discourse in Germany. German football is currently engaged in a debate about football tradition. Reason for this is the rise of RB Leipzig, a club sponsored mainly, if not exclusively by Austrian sugar drink manufacturer Red Bull. The discussion has shown a huge rift among the football public as the following will highlight. The…

Bill Shankly once famously stated:

‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’

That this is not the case was shown last weekend during the Bundesliga game between Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt. One of the Schalke banner carriers collapsed 15 minutes into the game. Initially, no one reacted. It was a photographer who alarmed the paramedics and with their help and Schalke

Last night’s quarterfinal return leg between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid was put off as a dead rubber after the 3-0 defeat in Madrid. At least this was the view of a German TV journalist who annoyed J

FC Magdeburg – VFC Plauen Match Report

Magdeburg’s chances for promotion have received a knock last week when they were defeated by Neustrelitz, who deserve to be top of the league. The visitors, Plauen, had nothing to lose as they are safe from relegation and have nothing to do with promotion either. Nonetheless, it was an entertaining match on a wonderful sunny…