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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.…

Dilly-Ding, Dilly Dong!

What a season it has been for Leicester City! Written off a year ago as they were bottom of the table and secured their Premier League survival only rivaled by Fulham’s great escape a few years previous under Roy Hodgson and now they are crowned Premier League champions! Centres of Industry As an inhabitant of…

Euro 2016 – Preview

We are now just weeks away from another tournament that will take a strong hold on football fans in Europe and maybe globally: Euro 2016 in France. For the second time the tournament will be hosted by France; the last edition in 1984 saw Michel Platini guide his team to overall victory. On their way…

If this is football: Magdeburg – Dresden

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Quiet, Please!

Football without noise and passionate fans is nothing. This is what the owners of PSG have noticed. In a short statement at the French TV-Channel BFM website a little while ago, the president and owner expressed his surprise about the lack of noisy support of the fans for Zlatan and Company. Surprise? No Surprise! The…

Things taking Shape

The season of FC Magdeburg is already great, now off-pitch developments make sure, there is no relapse to old days. Read more →