June 2014 ⋆ An Old International

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. The events of…

Erich Hamann – The Passing Assistant

It is the first encounter between East and West in 1974 and almost 3 quarters of the game have passed without any major incident. And yet, for many unnoticed, Georg Buschner, the East German coach has pulled his secret weapon from his sleeve: Erich Hamann. It was the game the East was eagerly awaiting ever…

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…

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…

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. Short on Alternatives? NO! The current football event held in Brazil…

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. GDR = Gerontocracy and Demented Republic In November 1989, shortly before the final curtain came on the late GDR in 1989, Erich Mielke, head of the feared and loathed Stasi…

Havelange's Legacy

With the arrival of Jo

Havelange’s Legacy

With the arrival of Jo

40 Years – 7 Tears: Transition 2007 – 2012

After missing out on promotion by mere 5 minutes in 2007, the club once more failed to keep the momentum and stumbled. It did not fall. Another period of unrest ensued with heavy rotation on the coaching position as well as the playing staff. This period came to an end in 2012 when Andreas Petersen…