When Grêmio Beat Those Germans

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The early 1980s were a fun time for football: Merseyside was ruling English soccer, the Basque country was winning La Liga, and the top league in the world was Serie A. Also there were great German clubs, aided by players coming from the First Division in England. Brazilian clubs were also turning out great players by the dozen, like they’ve always […]

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Bundesliga ‘Where are they now’ 2016/2017 Edition V-1

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While the start of the 2016/2017 Bundesliga season is a month away, there are former Bundesliga players all over the world earning their paychecks right now in league play. Here are some from this weekend. Anthony Ujah (Liaoning Whowin, Chinese Super League) Former Werder Bremen striker Anthony Ujah scored Saturday in Liaoning Whowin’s 3-1 victory over Shanghai SIPG Saturday.  Ujah scored […]

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The Worst XI of the 2015/2016 Rückrunde – Part 4 – Forwards

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The final chapter in our worst XI of the Rückrunde takes a look at the Bundesliga forwards, after covering goalkeeper(s), defenders and midfielders. But, first allow us a little detour: the dearth of good strikers has been an issue that has come to the forefront at EURO 2016. In particular, Arsenal manager and French TV station pundit Arsene Wenger posited […]

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New Signing: Who is Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda?

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After Hertha Berlin completed the signing of winger Ondrej Duda for €4.2 million, the Fanatic’s Sam May profiles the Slovakian international, who completed a move from Polish club Legia Warsaw to Germany’s capital on a five-year contract. The 21-year-old is the centerpiece of Hertha Berlin’s summer transfers as the club has been quiet during the transfer window, with the club’s biggest move […]

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And Lo, the Prodigal Götze Returns

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Mario Götze became the original sin iIn the decade plus of immense success following Borussia Dortmund’s near bankrupcy disaster in 2004. For BVB, Götze’s transfer ushered in the current angst about seller-club status to the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and the Manchester clubs. How did this happen? Let’s go back a few years and recreate the thrill of those heady days. […]

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VfB Fan Gets Creative to Hurry Kostic Transfer

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After a shocking season, VfB Stuttgart was relegated with a squad featuring several well-paid players. Among them is Serbian left winger Filip Kostic, who is currently valued at around 10 million Euros. Last season, the 23-year-old contributed five goals and seven assists to Stuttgart’s attacking efforts, not enough to ultimately keep the Swabians in the league. Over the last few months, Kostic’s name has […]

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National Team Star Jonas Hector will Transfer to . . .

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Let’s just say that football-Twitter can an obnoxious place to be at any given time. In the giant football-less hole that is the summer break (Yes, MLS, I know you’re playing soccer-football all summer. Calm down!), however, it gets mega-obnoxious. “Silly Season” hardly covers it. Between the proliferation of blogs and the power of search engines, every rumor that is muttered anywhere […]

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Rio 2016 Preview for die Olympiamannschaft

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The Berlin Wall was still up, Rain Man was playing in theatres, Jerome Boateng was born and the Olympic Summer Games were held in South Korea’s national capital Seoul. Welcome to 1988. West Germany’s Olympiamannschaft won a Bronze medal that year, thanks to young studs like Jürgen Klinsmann, “Kalle” Riedle and “Icke” Häßler on the team. In the semifinal our Olympians […]

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Justin Eilers – The man who finally has arrived

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It’s the start of the 2014/15 season and Dynamo Dresden are taking on Schalke 04 in the DFB Pokal. The traditional club from East-Germany have just been relegated from the Bundesliga 2 and are now looking to bounce back. In their line-up the 26-year-old Justin Eilers is featured. Most Germans have never heard of him, but his performance, which includes […]

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