September 2015 ⋆ An Old International

The Causa Volkswagen

The affair Volkswagen find themselves in could have consequences for the Bundesliga as the car manufacturer is involved in many ways with Germany’s Number 1 sport. Volkswagen have cheated and were caught. This is a good thing. However, it is the tax payer who will carry the burden, as usual while the managers will have…

Channelling the Euphoria

FC Magdeburg need to get their heads down and focus on the tasks ahead: surviving their first season in professional football by playing good football. In late August the city of Magdeburg and the surrounding villages and towns were caught in a wave of euphoria. Ever since winning promotion in late May, the city re-discovered…

Franz Beckenbauer

A post about Franz Beckenbauer who celebrates his 70. birthday today. He is more than The Kaiser or the epitome of the sweeper. No worries, it’s not a eulogy. German Football post-1945 is linked with one person in particular: Franz Beckenbauer. Like no other player and personality has he shaped the game in Germany. He…

The current stream of people coming to Europe in hope for a better life without repression or war, is a reminder that our continent is often too self absorbed.
Football as an incredibly important part of society and especially professional football with its multi billion profits could and should set an example. Each year the top leagues across Europe give way to amateur football for one day. All media focus is diverted to lower leagues. It is hoped that this way amateur football will receive vital attention and revenue.

If every professional football player paid a week’s wages a lot could be done for refugees. Moreover, clubs should open their purses, too and also invite people to attend matches for free. Of course, this way the causes for most refugees to leave their home and families won’t be solved. That requires a far bigger global effort but it is doubtful that this will ever happen. It is the gesture that will make people realize that no one is excluded or left out.
People of public interest such as actors, musicians but also athletes have a responsibility that goes beyond acting, singing and playing etc. In times when the whole western political elite appear to be thoroughly disconnected from their respective electorate, sports people have a far bigger influence than they could think of.
Raising money is one thing. Raising awareness quite another. Showing up at a refugee camp would send a strong signal.
To paraphrase Neil Armstrong: it requires a small step by football clubs but it would be a giant leap in the right direction if football – players, coaches, managers, agents, physios and all others involved, that means the media, too – would reach out and lend a helping hand. Of course, this is not limited to football. This current crisis concerns us all and we all should act.

4 Days – 4 Matches: Telehopping

A short review of watching four games of football in four days. Read more →