The Good, the Bad and the Unread, Third Edition

Another week full of transfer news has come to an end.  The Bundesliga Fanatic takes you through the media frenzy of the last 8 days.

Arturo Vidal is off to play in the Copa America for his country Chile, and the transfer rumors surrounding him have been more low key this week. A few transfers here and there, some of them more noteworthy than others… It is summertime dude, and most football fans are bored out their minds with the drivel coming out of the media, but let’s not lose sight of the many good stories and pieces that may have gotten lost in the shuffle.

Best in depth piece

What do you expect when you buy a ticket to a football match? Well, a great performance on the pitch by the players for starters, but, maybe even more importantly, an audience that supports its’ team by singing songs and creating an “enjoyable” atmosphere for 90 minutes. 11 Freunde explored this phenomenan, and goes back to the root of what in the modern era has been called an Ultra. You can read the entire story here.

Best interview of the week

Frings (r) is ready to shine in the MLS.

Karl Heinz Granitza was one of the first Germans who played football in the United States. After 73 games and 34 goals for Hertha, Granitza chose to play for the Chicago Sting. The atmosphere, the legend of the early NASL days, all of it is mentioned in this brilliant interview. An appropriate and fascinating interview in the light of the Torsten Frings transfer. Read the interview here.

Worth knowing

1. Werder Bremen have secured the services of Andreas Wolf. The former Nürnberg captain comes on a free transfer to the northerners. Wolf told Bild that ”I don’t have to be afraid of Sebastian Prödl, Naldo and Per Mertesacker.” True, considering that two of them had really shocking campaign last season, and the other was injured for the entirity of the year.

2. Sascha Riether seems to be on his way to Cologne after Wolfsburg’s signing of Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic. The Bosnian midfielder is one of Magath’s favorite players. Magath did in fact win 2 championships and DFB cups with the versatile midfielder at Bayern, and promoted the mouthy Bosnian to the first team back in his days as coach of HSV.

3. Jermaine Jones is no longer part of Schalke 04’s plans. The US international is probably going to stay at Blackburn as things stand. Another American might have to return though in Michael Bradely: Aston Villa’s new coach doesn’t want the American to stay at Villa, and Gladbach can kiss the 3.5 million € fee they had agreed upon with Aston Villa goodbye.

4. More news about US internationals: David Yelldell has joined Bayer Leverkusen.  The American will be Rene Adler’s primary backup after a standout season last year, reaching the DFB Cup final and earning a call up to the US National Team.

5. Per Cilijan Skjellbred is on his way to the HSV. The Norwegian has already passed his medical. Rosenborg and Hamburg have to now agree upon a transfer fee for the Norwegian international and the transfer can go ahead. Another Norwegian international joined the Bundesliga last week, Henning Hauger has now finally left Stabæk and come to Hannover 96. The transfer fee for the midfielder is said to be in the 450.000 € range.

Best quote of the week

”I think that the DFB president should talk to Michael Ballack in person, and not through the media”. Rudi Völler defended Michael Ballack after DFB president Zwanziger demanded an apology from Ballack to Jogi Löw after the nastiness of Ballack’s national team exit.

Hissy fit of the week

Jarolim is not too fond of his old manager.

“Armin Veh didn’t have any concept.” David Jarolim went to town on his former coach, depicting him as somebody who shouldn’t be allowed near a football team and not knowing whether he wanted the team to attack or defend at times. Some people show class when it comes to talking about former coaches, others do what Jarolim did…

News story with the least amount of substance

Oh dear, Kevin Grosskreutz added to his “reputation” and went on to tattoo the Dortmund skyline on his lower knee. Beside being somewhat dreary, the Dortmund skyline hasn’t interested anybody apart from the people coming from Dortmund. Nobody needed to know this Bild.

Most exaggerated story of the week

The flourish of stories regarding a possible transfer of Stuttgart’s Pawel Progrebnjak. Him saying that he didn’t want to leave Stuttgart was not enough to stop a number of stories saying the opposite. Obviously.

Most unaware story of the week

Bild stated emphatically that ”Magath wants Wiese and Marin”. A couple of things didn’t make their way into the story though. Magath has already stated that Diego Benaglio will be the number one at Wolfsburg next season, and Werder and Marin have both confirmed that the quick winger will stay at Werder.

This is it for this week’s ”The good, the Bild and the Unread”, all of us at the Bundesliga Fanatic hope that you enjoyed our latest installment of this segment as well as your summer away from football.  Feel free to leave acomment below, or buy us a cool drink.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.


  1. That would be ideal. Werkself Stryder made a good point asking whether Vidal would want to go to a Serie A side that isn’t in the CL, though. I have my fingers crossed.

  2. I just read this morning that Juve is interested in bringing in Vidal for a nice sum of cash. Seeing as though Bayer have said no to Bayern, it is possible that they would let him leave the BL for Serie A.

  3. Rudi! Rudi! Rudi!

    Getting Wolf might be the only silver lining in a dreadful summer (so far) for Werder…great pick-up, especially considering their woeful circumstance with the back four.

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