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British Football League

Tony Blair enjoys some popularity of late. He uses this to issue some thoughts about a British Football League which he once had. A few thoughts on that. Read more →

The Bundesliga through British Eyes

The German Bundesliga is one of the most popular football leagues in Europe. Through British eyes there is a very special appeal to it. Read more →

Insane Stadium Posse

Of late Magdeburg were the target of Schadenfreude. The matter though, is serious and speaks of gross neglect. Imagine your club plays THE game of the season: the derby against the local rival; think Charlton Athletic vs. Crystal Palace; Arsenal vs. Tottenham and you’ll geht the idea. Imagine the atmosphere in the ground. The weeks…

We need to talk about Leipzig

RB Leipzig are top of the league and some people are not happy. However, scapegoats are easy to find. Last weekend the Bundesliga experienced something unusual. For the first time in what must feel like an era, Bayern are no longer top of the league. That’s the part most people would rejoice in. The fact…

The Silence of the DFB

The general assembly of the DFB has shown an organisation deeply mired in controversy and keen on keeping a lid on the most recent past. You

A Cut Prize Manager

After a surprisingly short Euro campaign in which England were beaten by Iceland, the FA, surprise, surprise appointed Sam Allardyce as new manager. While Allardyce has made it clear that he always wanted the job and that it is the best job in English football, the salary for his services is reported to be less…

Tiny Whiny Ronaldo

Euro 2016 has so far not been a hugely exciting tournament. No team suffered a thrashing like Spain did at the hands of Holland at the Brazil World Cup two years ago. The surprise so far surely were Belgium who appeared tame against Italy on Monday night and Austria who were unexpectedly beaten by Hungary…

Football, Riots, Hypocrisy

The first days of Euro 2016 already gave enough material for discussion. This is the first in a series of observations from the tournament that’s happening right at my door step. According to which media channel you consume, the Euro 2016 so far has been an orgy of violence and riots or been a festival…

The Writers’ Game

Just before the EURO 2016 gets underway for real, the French Sports Writers Association hosted the German national writers’ team in Paris as a warm up for EURO 2016. The match was a game of German organisation vs. French improvisation. There are stories that are simply unbelievable. Playing for your country is one of those.…

The Magic of the Cup

There is a saying in Germany that the Cup has its own rules. It means that the underdog has the chance to beat the favourite if the latter have a bad day at the office. Looking at the Cup Final results from Europe one can but note that this rule has somehow been made obsolete.…