Book Review: Raphael Honigstein’s “Das Reboot” Tells Story Behind Germany’s 2014 World Cup Victory


“This piece originally appeared at The New Republic.” When U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jürgen Klinsmann declared ahead of the 2014 World Cup, “We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not that level yet,” it sparked howls of outrage across the country. Landon Donovan, who had recently been cut from the team by the Germany native, took to […]

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FC Bayern is ruining German football!

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You’ve heard the line: FC Bayern is ruining German football. This is what everyone is talking about after Bayern’s 5:1 dismantling of the one club who seemed like it might, just maybe, have a slight chance of providing the Rekordmeister/Bundesliga-wrecker with something resembling a challenge for the 2015-16 league title, isn’t it? Instead, well before the final whistle in Sunday’s “Der Klassiker” had blown, Bundesliga-internet chatter had […]

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The Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ Post V-4


With the British press all afire concerning the possibility of former Mainz and Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp replacing the just-fired Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, it’s time once again to look abroad to see how a sampling of former Bundesliga players are faring. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, EPL) Sergio Aguero had the game of a lifetime for Manchester City Saturday, scoring […]

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Bayern Munich Roll Past Borussia Dortmund Sunday


Bayern Munich turned the much-hyped Der Klassiker match with unbeaten Borussia Dortmund Sunday into simply a Bayern Klassiker, as the Bavarians defeated visiting BvB by a 5-1 margin at the Allianz Arena, and in doing so built their lead in the Bundesliga table to seven points over the runnerup BvB and eight points over their Ruhr Valley counterparts, Schalke, going into the […]

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“Help me Borussia Dortmund, you are my last hope”


Imagine. Borussia Dortmund is like Obi Wan Kenobi. Bayern München is the “Death Star of the South”. I will later find some words about this metaphor. Now it is very important to talk about some ground rules before the “almost” important match for Borussia Dortmund. There is no “German Clásico” It seems that the media is too occupied now. Otherwise they […]

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Bundesliga Match Day 7 Picks


You thought I’d abandoned this thing, didn’t you? Can’t blame you. After going 2-7 the second match day, somehow out-awful-ing my 3-6 debut picks column, I can’t imagine anyone would have argued vehemently for it to remain. Fact is, though, that I was merely on hiatus due to real-life business complicated by the compressed match schedule that comes with English […]

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Relax, it’s just a draw…Dortmund, Darmstadt and the wrong expectation


After 90 minutes against Darmstadt there were both positive and negative impressions last Sunday. Let’s begin with the negative impressions. From the Dortmund point of view there were several negative points that have to be mentioned after two draws in a row against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt. Two draws in a row Hoffenheim and Darmstadt were more than just beatable. Hoffenheim had a really good […]

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UEFA Champions League 2015/16 Matchday 2 : FC Barcelona 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen


Line Ups Without Lionel Messi, Luis “Lucho” Enrique decided to play Sandro Ramírez along with Neymar and Luis Suárez as the front three. Behind them, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets were played in the middle line. Dani Alves and Jeremy Mathieu occupied the fullback posts, flanking the central defender duo of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano. Roger Schmidt […]

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A blast from the past: the Berlin Hallen-Masters, 1994


These days, the Winterpause in Germany often sees Bundesliga teams head out to warmer climes overseas for a mix of training, relaxation and the occasional promotional match against Middle Eastern, East Asian or North American opposition. For instance, over the 2012/13 winter break Bayern would travel to Qatar, where they played a series of friendly matches against local team Lekhwiya […]

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