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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…

Germany – England 2016

As England visit Germany tonight it is time to use some material from past match reports to describe the match in 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. During Euro 1996 the Daily Mirror led the charge against foreign football teams with their jingoistic, almost xenophobic coverage of the tournament. At the time there was…

Lighthouses and Football

The function of a lighthouse is to guide ships safely through the night. Football clubs could fulfil a similar task, metaphorically. According to Wikipedia, a lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as a navigational aid for maritime pilots…

It’s all in your head

In the last week of October, FC Magdeburg had their biggest game of the season: a Cup tie against Bayer Leverkusen, a team from the top range of the Bundesliga and regular Champions League participant. It was a fight David vs. Goliath with an unlucky ending for the small club. It was however, a sign…

Four is the Magic Number

The biggest sporting event in June/July 2014 saw Germany emerging as worthy winners. Worthy, because their development over the past decade has been very positive. The team has evolved enormously since the exit of the group stages of the Euro 2004 in Portugal. This was Germany’s 4th title and if certain criteria are met, there’ll be another World Cup win within the next quarter century.
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40 Years – 7 Tears New Millennium + New Money = Success?

In the previous posts of this series the focus was on the history of FC Magdeburg during the 1970s and early 1990s. Arguably, between 1976 and 1989 almost 13 years have passed without major crises. The 90s however, saw the club tumbling from crisis to crisis. This decade began with a huge breakup in East…

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.…

150-80-50

It seems this year has a special ring to it as 3 of the 5 major soccer leagues in Europe celebrate a particular anniversary in 2013. England: Football 150 This is certainly the biggest date this year for football historians and fans alike. A century and a half a group of enthusiasts codified the rules…

Football under attack from the right

While German football was bubbling with joy as Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Pep Guardiola as their new coach for next season, a far worse signal came from Aachen, where the Aachen Ultras disbanded after continuing attacks from neo-Nazi supporters. They felt left alone by the club and the city. Continuous Threat The…

Germany’s Italian nightmare continues

Cesare Prandelli’s men proved too much for Germany’s highly talented and fancied team as they failed to put pressure on Italy when they had the chance in last night’s semi-final in Warsaw. Surprises Jogi Löw, the German coach surprised the pundits, the media and possibly the players when he included Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski…