Germany’s 2009 U-17 European Champions- Where are They Now?


Despite the recent U-21 catastrophe, Germany has an impressive record competing internationally at the youth level and are famed for their ability to nurture young talent and bring it through to fruition with the full international side. Back in 2009 the U-17 side triumphed at the European Championship finals on home soil beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final at […]

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A New Lease on Life for Maximilian Beister at Mainz


It’s that time of the year that we live without Bundesliga Fußball, but with a lot to catch up on the transfer market and international tournaments, it’s still a busy time for footy fans. Particularly busy have been 1.FSV Mainz 05, where there has been no shortage of headlines. First, highly regarded midfielder Johannes Geis opted to move to Schalke over Ruhr rivals […]

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Phil Bonney: In-Depth Interview with the Bundesliga Fanatic

Phil Bonney in studio

If you watch the Bundesliga abroad on an English-language feed, chances are you know Phil Bonney’s iconic voice well, commentating Bundesliga matches, whether on GolTV, ESPN, or elsewhere. Before his summer vacation traveling begins, Phil found time to join the Bundesliga Fanatic‘s Travis Timmons over Skype for a delightful in-depth interview. Enjoy! Bundesliga Fanatic: Guten Tag, Herr Bonney! It’s delightful […]

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Mainz and the Secret of their Success- Christian Heidel


They call it the “Mainz-way” and it works. For the past six seasons, moderately sized 1.FSV Mainz 05 have held their own in the Bundesliga and provided an excellent model as to how to run a football club. There is a philosophy behind the club and they won’t compromise their principles. But philosophy and principles can only take you so […]

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Guardiola Strengthens Bayern with £25 Million Signing of Douglas Costa


Bayern Munich have straightaway shown their intentions for the next season after strengthening the team significantly with the signing of Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk. The club has not yet announced the deal officially, but the transfer is expected to be completed once the player returns from Copa America. Brazil were knocked out of this prestigious South American competition on […]

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What does England’s plundering of the Bundesliga mean for the future?


Liverpool’s €41 million signing of Roberto Firmino has certainly grabbed the headlines this week as the Brazilian’s move set a new record for a transfer fee paid to a German club. The accountants at Hoffenheim will be pleased, but does the financial clout of the English Premier League pose serious consequences for the Bundesliga? The sale of Firmino to Liverpool […]

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Holger Badstuber – Still trying to put his injury nightmares behind him


1st December 2012 – that’s when the injury nightmare began for Holger Badstuber. During the 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him sidelined until May 2013.  During rehabilitation he suffered a reoccurrence of the injury, sidelining him for 125 games and nearly 19 months. Up until this point in his career everything […]

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