History Archives ⋆ An Old International

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…

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…

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…

Magdeburg’s statement of support

The world has become a different one over the past fortnight and once again football may become of secondary importance for quite a while. The expressions of solidarity with Ukraine come aplenty and are endearing. It is a sign that people share their thoughts with those people in urgent need. It is in this situation…

Dixie Dörner, 1951 – 2022

Dixie Dörner was the best player of a country that no longer exists. This is not even half of what can be said about Hans-Jürgen „Dixie“ Dörner who has died on January 19, 2022 aged 71. From 1968 until his retirement in 1986 as a player he was the face of Dynamo Dresden and the…

Calibrating the Compass? Rangnick at Manchester United

Since the second half of November 2021 Manchester United have caused all sorts of headlines for all the wrong reasons. The sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the latest chapter in the club’s history, a history that has been somewhat turbulent since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire in 2013. The parallels to the retirement of…

Christian Beck: the Player, the legacy

Football has become superficial, players and coaches migrate between clubs in short periods. The more remarkable it is when a player stays five years or even longer. In the case of Christian Beck whose departure was joylessly announced last week, it has been eight and a half! During this time he has become a legend…

We shall fight on the beaches!

Magdeburg have to convert to beach soccer in order to secure their league status as the pitch resembles more a beach than a football pitch. A Churchillian twist to their already tough situation. It is certainly no secret and no wizardry is needed to establish the fact that in order to play football a pitch…

Bauer’s da Name

A football ground is so much more than just a football ground for football fans. It is home, it is a sacred space, a place where people meet friends and family. Its names are just as sacred as the places. Red Star FC’s fans will feel elated these days. For years if not decades, the…