About Randall Hauk

Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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Bundesliga versus the NFL, Part Two: the players, their performances, and behaviors


Technological progress has effectively shrunk the sports world to the point where a person living in the Northwestern corner of the United States can reasonably follow German football closely enough to write about it for an English-reading audience that can be found as far away as southern Australia. The converse of this is, of course, that the sports leagues that are […]

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Armin Veh says Seferovic is “no goal-scorer”


Trainer Armin Veh had some harsh words for Haris Seferovic, after the Swiss striker was substituted before his Eintracht Frankfurt teammates turned a 0:1 halftime deficit into a rousing 3:2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. “It’s significant when I substitute off a striker while trailing 0:1,” said Veh after Frankfurt’s victory. “I needed him, sure, but eventually I was fed up.” Along […]

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Top 20 of the Hinrunde 2015/16 – Part 3

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In this installment, we bring you the Hinrunde’s 6th-10th best players. Only one German populates this group, as the other hail from Brazil, Mexico, Armenia, and Japan – showcasing the Bundesliga’s cosmopolitan side. If you missed parts 1 and 2 of this series, click here and here. 10. Shinji Kagawa An in-form Kagawa is one of the Bundesliga’s most joyful […]

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Marwin Hitz & Football’s Culture of Accepting Unsportsmanlike Conduct

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“If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” When stock-car racing legend Richard Petty delivered his unspoken truth about the nature of competition, it’s unlikely he would have imagined how ingrained into the culture of sport his seven-word sentence would become. Unsporting Heel or Passionate Competitor? Judging by the standard set by Petty more than 40 years ago and the reaction to […]

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