DFB 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…

If this is football

The last few weeks have been revealing and testing. Testing as the Corona pandemic has forced the world to a stand still, has made us re-think our daily habits like shaking hands, high fiving, the famous French ‘bisous’ and worst of all attending football matches with tens of thousands of other people. In this respect…

this has been the month

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. This has been the month during which a player has been racially abused…

No Winners, Just Losers

A reflection of the affair surrounding Mesut Özil and a photo taken in May and its repercussions on German football. Read more →

We need to talk about Leipzig

RB Leipzig are top of the league and some people are not happy. However, scapegoats are easy to find. Last weekend the Bundesliga experienced something unusual. For the first time in what must feel like an era, Bayern are no longer top of the league. That’s the part most people would rejoice in. The fact…

The Silence of the DFB

The general assembly of the DFB has shown an organisation deeply mired in controversy and keen on keeping a lid on the most recent past. You

Destroying the Summer Tale 2006

When Sepp Blatter announced the winner to host the World Cup 2006 in the summer of 2000, German football went through its darkest phase. At EURO 2000 Germany finished at the bottom of their group behind Portugal, Romania and England. No one could have foreseen that this tournament in 2006 would kick start the change…

The Bubble of Happiness

The German FA (DFB) have a new old president: Wolfgang Niersbach was re-elected at the general meeting in Nuremberg. Besides this, there was a lot to talk about. Like the men’s team, the DFB missed a chance to discuss some important issues. The current state of Germany gives those concerned a lot to think about.…

Bundesliga 50: the 1980s

With the return of the Bundesliga for the second leg of its 50. season, the Bundesliga50 series continues with the 3rd part of the history of the German football league. This part will focus on the 1980s. After the first taste of success during the 1960s and the most successful decade for the national team,…

Bundesliga 50: the 1970s

Part 2 of the anniversary series Bundesliga 50 has a look at the 1970s, a period during which German football came to the fore once more but only after some scandalous revelations were shaken off. The 1970s were arguably Germany’s most successful decade, in club as well as international terms. Never before and not since…