History Archives ⋆ An Old International

Fall from Grace

To anyone somewhat familiar with German football, the name 1. FC Kaiserslautern will ring some bells. The club have a long history: established in 1900, they won four German championships, all post-1945 (1951, 1953, 1991 and 1998), two DFB Cups in 1990 and 1996. In 1998 they managed to win the league after being promoted…

Rotterdam Reloaded

No football these days wherever you look. However, fans need their fix. In order to do so and to help their club, the supporters of Magdeburg have come up with a great idea. What do you do when there is no football? Correct. You watch a lot of old games and revel in past glories…

Accepting the Challenge

The fans of FC Magdeburg are going through a rough patch as the squad struggles to find their form. The gap to the top places has widened and confidence appears to have taken a hit. And although this is nothing new, the team struggle. We all like to be liked The new year has been…

Book Review: Frozen in Time

The Wonderful Randomness of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. We live in an age where our past may soon be forgotten due to shortening attention spans and a plethora of platforms demanding immediate responses. It is therefore even more important that the history of one of football’s great tournaments has been written. And surely many…

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Oilver Bierhoff is never too far away from controversy. This time he aims at the German third division with some ridiculous ideas. Read more →

Rudderless

An initial stock taking after 11 games in Liga 3 in Germany where Magdeburg appear to look for their momentum. Read more →

Jatta for Germany?

For a month the football press and the fans were witnessing a debate that has many observers left shaking their heads. It went way beyond football and could have far reaching consequences not just for football but society as a whole. What has happened? The Allegation In 2015 a young man called Bakery Jatta came…

Orwell and Football

Most people will be familiar with Orwell’s famous statement about football being another means of war which he postulated in an article in The Tribune in 1945 after Dynamo Moscow came to the UK to play a number of friendly games. Orwell’s own experiences of the game are quite different, though they originate from a…

Hugh McIlvanney on the World Cup 1966

What follows is a collection of quotes by Hugh McIlvanney who has passed away this week on the World Cup tournament 1966, held in England. More than 50 years ago The Observer, England’s oldest Sunday paper assembled a team of five writers to cover the 1966 World Cup in England. The team were Hugh McIlvanney,…

The Miracle of the Grotenburg

There are games that are embedded in football folklore, even more than thirty years later. One of these games happened Krefeld, a town not known for its footballing exploits. Yet, in the 1980s the local team FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen were a force to be reckoned with. In March 1986 they hosted East German side…