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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National Team Star Jonas Hector will Transfer to . . .


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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Bundesliga Clubs Land Big Opposition in UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Draw

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Borussia Dortmund drew Tottenham Hotspur Friday morning in the Europa League Round of 16 draw to set-up a battle of teams currently in second place in arguably the two best football leagues in the world. Come on, guys. It’s at least possible that the English league is second-best, isn’t it? Meanwhile, fourth-in-the-table Bayer Leverkusen drew La Liga’s current fourth-place club Villareal. Dortmund […]

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The 9-Minute Delay in Leverkusen — The Ref got it Right


By now, news of what happened during the Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund match has reached well beyond the borders of the footballing world into the greater realm of general sports interest. Even in the football (a.k.a. “soccer”)-averse United States, the match has managed to make the list of “Top Headlines” on ESPN.com, which has probably never once listed a Bundesliga match […]

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Bayer Leverkusen – Borussia Dortmund Match Suspended by Referee

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When Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt refused to abandon his touchline coaching area Sunday after being instructed by Felix Zwayer, the referee and his officiating crew abandoned BayArena’s player surface, temporarily suspending the Bayern Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund match. Schmidt was ejected from the match for “unsporting conduct” following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 64th-minute goal. Zwayer motioned to Schmidt from a few dozen meters away for Leverkusen that […]

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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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