Christoph, Author at An Old International

Football near the border: Neugersdorf – An der Fahner Höhe

An early season match in the Zittauer Gebirge between Neugersdorf and the FC An der Fahner Höhe saw no winner. Anxiety ruled for most of the match who had troubles finding their best XI due to injury problems. The ground at Neugersdorf, the aptly named Sparkassen-Arena Oberlausitz, a small town close to the Czech border…

UEFA stands up!

The European Union of Football Associations, UEFA, are not known for their innovative and revolutionary character, rather they have – voluntarily or not – established a reputation of being corrupt and ignorant to issues that concern the very people at the core of the game: the players and the fans. Yet, their latest plan is…

Uwe Seeler

Uwe Seeler whom most Germans have simply called ‘Uns Uwe’ has passed away. This nickname is due to him never having played abroad but always stayed in Germany: for 19 years he was worn no other shirts than those of HSV and the German national team. For English football two moments will remain closely linked…

Like flies to dog shit

Some aspects of sexism seem to be attached to women’s football just as flies will hover over a pile of dog shit. This image is but one of many examples. A screenshot from a screenshot from a tweet. The headline reads as translated: Will this hot bum shoot us to Euro glory? It refers to…

A Particular Aftertaste

A player declares his career over after a public exchange about the political allegiances of some of his business partners. This leaves a particular aftertaste and sounds somewhat shallow. football and politcs When it comes to politics, football often kowtows with the wrong side of the spectrum. Exceptions only confirm the rule. One of those…

Bernd Bransch, 1944 – 2022

There are few players who are remembered by one photograph only. Bernd Bransch was one of them. His mos famour photo was a hand shake with Franz Beckenbauer ahead of the only all-German football in June 1974. Most importantly, it was Bransch whose goals got the GDR there. a quiet hero The football world has…

Kylian Mbappé – hostage of money?

The news that Kilian Mbappé, one of the best players during the 2018 World Cup, has signed a new contract with his current employer, PSG, France’s financial and footballing powerhouse, has shaken the football world. How would that affect the French league? Would it change anything? tied until 2025 The new paper has a duration…

Paris Party People: PSG feminine – Olympique Lyon feminine

The Parc des Princes was vibrant on a chilly evening when the PSG ladies hosted their counterparts from Olympique Lyon. If the men fail to get to the semi-final of the champions league, the women have been there a few times, though never won the tournament. The opponents on the night were Olympique Lyon who…

It’s not where you’re at, it’s where you’re from

In the moment of success a look back is a little reminder to stay humble Read more →

Joachim Streich, 1951 – 2022

Joachim Streich was one of the household names in GDR football, scoring goals galore. With the premature passing away of Joachim Streich at the age of 71, football fans and particularly East German football fans mourn the loss of another great of the game. He was the GDR’s record international player with 102 caps and…