History Archives ⋆ An Old International

Orwell and Football

Most people will be familiar with Orwell's famous statement about football being another means of war which he postulated in an article in The Tribune in 1945 after Dynamo Moscow came to the UK to play a number of friendly games. Orwell's own experiences of the game are quite different, though they originate from a…

The Miracle of the Grotenburg

There are games that are embedded in football folklore, even more than thirty years later. One of these games happened Krefeld, a town not known for its footballing exploits. Yet, in the 1980s the local team FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen were a force to be reckoned with. In March 1986 they hosted East German side…

Football, Riots, Hypocrisy

The first days of Euro 2016 already gave enough material for discussion. This is the first in a series of observations from the tournament that's happening right at my door step. According to which media channel you consume, the Euro 2016 so far has been an orgy of violence and riots or been a festival…

An Innovative Invitation: The Watney Mann Invitation Cup 1970-1973

Between 1970 and 1973 The Watney Mann Cup was a pre-season tournament that was quite revolutionary in some respects. Read more →

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…

40 Years – 7 Tears: The Fall of the Berlin Wall 1990

1964 – 1974 – 1994 – 2004 – 2014 These 5 dates stand for important dates in the history of FC Magdeburg’s history, one of East Germany’s most popular and successful clubs, before and after 1990. After 1990 with an altered omen. In a series of articles, An Old International recounts the history of ‘The…

Then came M

When the European Cup saw its first all-German encounter in October 1973, it was a meeting on a level playing field. Football fans either side of the 'Iron Curtain' rejoiced as the two best teams from East and West were to meet in a competitive environment for the first time. It was a tie to…

Literary Imbalance

Writing the history of something

Bundesliga 50: the 1990s the lost decade?

The 1990s began on a high and ended in a deep deep trauma. Where did it all go wrong for German football in the 1990s? An influx of Eastern talent could have helped to make the national team 'invincible for years to come.' As it turns out, Italia 90 and Euro 96 were the last…

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…