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Sporting Heroes: Paul Breitner – The Revolutionary German?

Paul Breitner has divided opinions in Germany like no other. A genius of a player, he once flirted with Marxism and sported an Afro. Leslie Crang, an Arsenal supporter from London looks back at the career of one of his sporting heroes. The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed…

Muhammad Ali

The greatest boxer of all time, the most excellent man as Bob Dylan has described him, has had an opinion about a particular English football manager, Brian Clough. image credits: National Archief via WikiCommons under CC BY-SA 3.0 nl

The Dryborough Cup

Pre-season tournaments have their benefits. Even more so when they try to be innovative and tread on new ground. Little over a year ago, there was a lengthy piece about the Watney Man Cup, a pre-season tournament, that was staged in England in the 1970s. It was an attempt to initiate some tension before the…

When the Germans Invaded Derbyshire

Once more I have contributed to the Football Pink. Here is an extract from the article.

There is little about the World Cup final of 1966 that has not been said or written already. Coverage of the tournament in England has largely been dominated by fact that one of the most contentious decisions in world football gave the host nation the title. Little is known however, about the relations the Germans have had with the inhabitants of a little village where they stayed during the competition: Ashbourne, Derbyshire. It turns out that the Germans were rather liked by their temporary hosts.

The issue, the twelfth already is available in print and can be purchased from the magazine’s website. It is only £3.00 and packed to the rafters with good content. So what are you waiting for?

Grafters vs Artists: Magdeburg – Dresden

FC Magdeburg vs. Dynamo Dresden: one of the biggest games in German football currently. #FCMSGD Read more →

Reinhard ‘Stan’ Libuda vs. Liverpool 1966

When Liverpool play Borussia Dortmund tonight, there will be the odd mention of 1966 when both teams met in the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The game 50 years ago was played under entirely different signs. Liverpool were favourites and Dortmund had nothing but the role as outsider to play. Originally, it was thought that West Ham would play Liverpool in the final but the Germans had other ideas.

The final of 1699 was decided by Stan Libuda’s long range kick from roughly 25 metres. Normally, this was not his habit. He was a dribbler and a fine technical player. If he got past one defender, he waited until the opponent got up to his feet again, only to fool him again before he passed to his team mates. The goal in extra time secured Dortmund’s win and the first European trophy for a German club at the third attempt after Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960 and 1860 Munich in 1965 lost their respective final matches.

The game today sees Dortmund being the favourite even though they have a new coach, Thomas Tuchel who has replaced Jürgen Klopp, the current Liverpool coach. That makes this match tonight a rather special occasion.

image credit: Nationaal Archief via WikiCommons under CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

West Ham United – FC Magdeburg, March 1966

Half a century ago, West Ham and Magdeburg were level in Europe in the Cup Winners’ Cup. A short review of the match day programme. It is now 50 years ago that England have won the World Cup featuring a number of players from London’s East End: Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and a certain Geoff…

Onwards and Upwards!

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The Manchester Derby

The name sake of the blog, Don Davies, also known as Old International was a Manchester United supporter. He was also a fine football writer, combining literary skills with football knowledge thus providing his readers a highlight to read on their Sunday or Monday mornings. On one occasion he wrote: ‘No one, not even Gordon…

Franz Beckenbauer

A post about Franz Beckenbauer who celebrates his 70. birthday today. He is more than The Kaiser or the epitome of the sweeper. No worries, it’s not a eulogy. German Football post-1945 is linked with one person in particular: Franz Beckenbauer. Like no other player and personality has he shaped the game in Germany. He…