For several weeks there has been a heated debate going on in Germany on the issue of immigration and the integration of migrants into German society.
Remember when we were beaten by Germany at the World Cup? Yeah, you do, we got spanked like naughty children. There was something about it in the papers the day after, I think.
Anyway, apparently, ze Germans are claiming that they didn’t beat us just by being better than us – they won with science. According [...]
Do not adjust your set, that headline is not a joke. It may sound like the premise for a particularly insipid Arts Council movie, but it’s true: hundreds of thousands of crazed, glowing, mutant boars are at large in Germany’s forests.
They’ve always had a problem with sounders of boar terrorising their countryside, and the mild [...]
“Unexpected”: A World Cup Final poem for Holland (as featured on Dutch radio station Radio Netherlands:
You always know what you’re going to get, watching Holland.
You’re going to get:
Johann Cruyff in the crowd looking Very Solemn.
Long crossfield passes floating on the wind like pollen.
That’s what you get with Holland.
But this World Cup, Holland’s style feels different [...]
“Football is a simple game. 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Why?
Case Klosed: England started and finished their World Cup campaign in South Africa with Emile Heskey on the pitch. Although I saw the benefits of taking Heskey along it was baffling to see him [...]
Onto the semi finals. The great thing about England being knocked out, and none of the other Home Nations qualifying, is that the World Cup is now about football. The filter of national involvement is removed and the football matches can be packaged as football matches. For English supporters, admittedly, every game since their elimination [...]
Match 58 is a game Africans all over the continent and world will not be forgetting anytime soon. Match 58 was a game history could’ve been Africa’s, so close yet so far. Match 58 the game that broke many hearts and dreams.
The quarter-final between Ghana and Uruguay was a match that was closely contested and [...]
I spent the last couple of days in a small town in the Eastern Cape called Grahamstown, and I was wondering how to fill my days with no football games being played. Forgetting the fact that the National Arts’ Festival was underway. But I did manage to fill a night having debates with fellow football lovers [...]
A bad time to be an England player, a good time to be a trouserless mayor
If World Cup teams were bands, who would they be?
There are several inescapable parallels to be drawn between the worlds of football and music. Both of them feature artists who stride the stage imperiously for a time, yet whose successes are all too fleeting; both of them feature the same gallery of keen rivalries and preening frontmen. [...]
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