Culture Archives ⋆ An Old International

Football, Democracy and all that: How to run football

Football is the game of the masses and it should be available for everybody for a reasonable fee either to play, to watch: in the stands or at home/in a pub. Period. This point needs no discussion. There is discussion necessary however, about the way football is being run by its owners. Football in England…

Some Rusty Old Game

While on holiday in the North-West of France I have discovered this old game of table football in a shed next to our accomodation. My son and I regularly engaged in matches which he almost exclusively won. My skills at this game were just as rusty as the set itself. I heavily relied on long…

Not Acceptable

Clemens Tönnies, head of board of directors has made headlines with a racist remark; the consequences are too soft. Football has to stand up to show that such behaviour is no longer acceptable. Read more →

The Eternal Beck

A lot has been said and written – here and elsewhere about the history of FC Magdeburg. Coaches have come and gone as have players. One has been with the club now for seven years, he has seen three head coaches, promotion twice and has been an integral part of the team. Always. There are…

Symptoms and Causes

The recent outpoor of criticism and cynicism at Franck Ribéry for eating a steak covered in gold dust seems to point in the wrong direction. A few months ago, the press were eagerly engaged in a witch hunt with England international and Manchester City player Raheem Sterling. In both cases the press have criticised their…

Colourful Bundesliga

Who ever has said that the Bundesliga is dull needs to re-think after watching this video in which female and male models alike present the new shirts of the Bundesliga clubs by dancing through the broadcast studio. The presenter is Hans Joachim Friedrichs, an icon of German journalism and he is accompanied by Günter Netzer, one of the best players Germany ever had and possibly the best of the 1970s.

The World Cup according to John Oliver

Russian Perceptions

A survey provides interesting insights into perceptions of the World Cup, visiting fans, match fixing and doping. Read more →

Sick of it all

What if football makes you sick to the point that because of diarrhoea the last meal before the match has to be taken four hours before kick-off? Per Mertesacker has spoken at length and very open about his experiences as a professional footballer. Most people have their views on football: players train twice a day,…

How to attract the US to Football

Despite the recent developments of football in the United States it is still a long way off from European standards. This little video demonstrates how football could be made more attractive for a wider audience by the broadcasters and commentators.

Simply spice the commentary with little stats, though nonsensical in nature, they will surely capture the American audience.