History Archives ⋆ An Old International

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…

Self Harm

Normally, it is the fans who commit acts of self harm by following their club through highs and lows. Magdeburg are acting dangerously by sticking to their guns. It may go wrong and a house of cards will collapse creating a thunderstorm.

Bierhoff and East German football

It is thirty years since East and West Germany merged and yet the footballing landscape is still by and large dominated by the West. Now Oliver Bierhoff has added insult to injury. It has been no secret that since Oliver Bierhoff has taken over as manager of the German national team, the image has been…

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 →