It has been a black month, this February 2020 just past. Several incidences have severely dashed any hope of a dialogue between the fans and the DFB. That is almost considered a lesser evil, considering the outbreak of racism and vicious attacks.
Magdeburg have still some life in them and they showed it today. Jena were the victims of a thrashing. It takes some time to research a similar result, when Magdeburg scored six. SIX. Though it has to be said: they also conceded two.
Imagine you are a young footballer and you would have the chance to play professional football in one of Germany’s top divsions. Then the club decides, it is not sustainable to go up. What do you? Why is that possible? The news broke last Wednesday (February 12, 2020) that SV Rödinghausen would not apply to get a licence to play in division three next season despite the club being top favourites to win promotion. As reasons the financial demands were cited as well as the capacity of their stadium.
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.
The date 27 January marks an important date in German history and history in general. On this day in 1945 the Red Army reached Auschwitz and it became clear to everyone what the Germans had done in those camps. What that has to do with football you may ask. Quite a lot.
The Bundesliga returned on the third weekend of January with the debut of Erling Haaland for Dortmund who rescued his new club from an unlikely defeat against Augsburg. A little further North West, Mainz commenced the remainder of the season by hosting Freiburg, Germany’s best known hipster club.