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Lewis Holtby and a cascade of trade between England and Germany, Football

Lewis Holtby and a cascade of trade between England and Germany

For those poor souls whose primary source of post-Christmas entertainment is the machinations of the Bundesliga, January was set to be bleak.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 21 January 2013 at 1:10 pm

Schalke can prove their potential in the Champions League – if Huntelaar stays, Football

Schalke can prove their potential in the Champions League – if Huntelaar stays

Rarely has the Ruhr been seen as a haven of creativity and artistry. Only on the football field can Germany’s industrial strongholds ever enchant the watching world with aesthetic excellence. But boy how they can.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 22 November 2012 at 4:55 pm

Friendly against the Netherlands is a chance for Joachim Löw to restore faith, Football

Friendly against the Netherlands is a chance for Joachim Löw to restore faith

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Joachim Löw is currently enduring his most difficult period of his six years as coach of the German national team.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 at 2:47 pm

Tackling homophobia, the last taboo in football, Football

Tackling homophobia, the last taboo in football

The shirts of Germany’s top flight players will this weekend be adorned with a unanimous slogan: “Geh deinen Weg” (“Go your own way”) as part of the weekly Integrations-Spieltag (Integration Matchday). The message of integration is primarily in support of young members of the immigrant community but following an interview with an anonymous gay footballer in the German magazine “Fluter”, it is the homophobia debate which has begun to take centre stage.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 14 September 2012 at 3:40 pm

There is a darker side to German football – but how best to resolve it?, Football

There is a darker side to German football – but how best to resolve it?

Hooliganism is a liberally used word, but the behaviour of a number of fans at a number of clubs continually threatens to undermine the privileges which German fans and German fans alone currently enjoy.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 23 July 2012 at 1:25 pm

Matthias Sammer making waves as Director of Sport at FC Bayern, Football

Matthias Sammer making waves as Director of Sport at FC Bayern

One of the main orchestrators behind the recent resurrection and makeover of the German national team, Sammer has taken over from Christian Nerlinger.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 16 July 2012 at 12:08 pm

Stereotypical Germany? With the defence ‘forgotten’, think again, Football

Stereotypical Germany? With the defence ‘forgotten’, think again

The blunt exposure of Germany’s defensive problems in their last two friendlies has certainly served as something of a wake up call.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 at 10:23 am

Bayern Munich out to restore broken pride with two finals in a week, Football

Bayern Munich out to restore broken pride with two finals in a week

There is some concern in Germany that Bayern do not become guilty of underestimating Chelsea ahead of this month’s Champions League Final. Those in West London should be equally wary of making the same mistake.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 11 May 2012 at 1:36 pm

Marko Marin is a ridiculous signing by Chelsea, Football

Marko Marin is a ridiculous signing by Chelsea

For most in Germany, the idea that Marin could become a key player in Chelsea’s much needed revival is as laughable as the idea that England could win Euro 2012.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 4:01 am

From derision to adulation: How Raul became a legend at Schalke 04, Football

From derision to adulation: How Raul became a legend at Schalke 04

His arrival at Schalke was greeted, both in Spain and Germany, with at best scepticism and at worst derision.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 at 1:59 pm

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