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The Human Variable, Eagle Eye

The Human Variable

A man died yesterday and with him, quietly, an era. The death of Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first post-fascist Prime Minister, has drawn relatively little attention, and perhaps this is how it should be. For all Spain’s current woes, democracy there is now business as usual, so the touch-and-go process by which it was re-established looms [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 9:15 pm

Time for Manchester City to step up to the plate, Football

Time for Manchester City to step up to the plate

Manchester City’s game against Barcelona looks a real blockbuster and the home side does look to have a genuine chance of winning.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 7:32 pm

Oliver Bierhoff: Germany winning the 2014 World Cup is ’something of an impossibility’, Football

Oliver Bierhoff: Germany winning the 2014 World Cup is ’something of an impossibility’

For the German press, Bierhoff’s statement was an unexpected, even unwelcome attack of realism. The second most powerful man in the national team setup had effectively written the Germans off more than a year before the tournament’s opening.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 1:51 pm

Germany must hope love isn’t blind as Joachim Löw shapes the national team for a more successful year, Football

Germany must hope love isn’t blind as Joachim Löw shapes the national team for a more successful year

For Löw and his side, 2013 will be a year for reform. The trials exposed various psychological shortcomings which must be sorted, but Löw’s talents as a coach, and the quality and breadth of the resources available to him are still in no doubt.

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 1:01 am

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

The cashmere and charm wears thin for Germany coach Joachim Löw, Football

The cashmere and charm wears thin for Germany coach Joachim Löw

What a difference a few weeks make. It wasn’t long ago that Joachim Löw, with his expensive jumpers and endearing, Swabian lilt, was the envy of world football.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 at 5:29 pm

“The Football Crash”: Are footballers the bankers of modern sport?, Sport

“The Football Crash”: Are footballers the bankers of modern sport?

For some time now, the headlines about footballers’ wages have seemed oddly familiar; and, with the publication of a new report, the analogy has finally become clear.

By | Sport | Monday, 20 August 2012 at 10:51 am

Angela’s ashes: Is Germany ready to burn the Euro?, Notebook

Angela’s ashes: Is Germany ready to burn the Euro?

Could Germany be the first country to jump off the single currency cliff?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 2:30 pm

Heard the one about the Nazi? Thought so…, Olympics

Heard the one about the Nazi? Thought so…

Being a Germany fan at London 2012 has, thus far, been a largely thankless task. The first few days of the Games have seen several national heroes limp out of their respective events without so much as seeing a medal, let alone wearing one.

By | Olympics, Sport | Thursday, 2 August 2012 at 5:00 am

The clinical, efficient and unshakeable Germany were fragile, Football

The clinical, efficient and unshakeable Germany were fragile

This is Germany. Solid, steady Germany. The team who was set to end the reign of Spain as they built methodically on the foundations laid over the the last three major tournaments.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:18 pm

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