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Viva America! 1. FC Köln States its Case to Become America’s (German) Team

by Randall Hauk

FLO-REE-DAH CUP SEE-GAH! FLO-REE-DAH CUP SEE-GAH! FLO-REE-DAH CUP SEE-GAH!  EFF-ZEH KÖLLLLLLLLN! Sung to the tune of Twisted Sister’s “We’re not gonna take it,” the 1. FC Köln fans who had travelled to Jacksonville, Florida’s EverBank serenaded their conquering heroes in the wake of Saturday’s tournament clinching 3-2 victory over Fluminense of Brazil, making Köln the first-ever winner of the […]

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Florida Cup 2015: Match Day in Orlando!

by Randall Hauk

Welcome to the opening match day of the inaugural Florida Cup! Tonight, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Bayer Leverkusen and Fluminense will get the ball rolling at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, in what organizers believe will become an annual event, with the potential for expansion to include more teams and more […]

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Florida Cup 2015: Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln Arrivals Video

by Randall Hauk

With the Florida Cup matches beginning Thursday night, the promotion push continues. Today, at a press conference, Florida Cup founder Ricardo Villar stated that tickets for Thursday matches — Bayer Leverkusen versus Fluminense and 1. FC Köln versus Corinthians — were approaching sold-out status, but that for fans who fail to acquire seats to the […]

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Florida Cup 2015: Disney and the Bundesliga, a match made for photo ops

by Randall Hauk

With the matches just two days away, the Florida Cup leveraged some help from Orlando’s most-famous resident, using a bit of Mickey Mouse magic to help spread the word about the football tournament taking place in Disney’s hometown this week. Captains Miso Brecko (1. FC Köln) and Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen) were the Bundesliga guests […]

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Florida Cup 2015: Werkself goes to work

by Randall Hauk

As monsoon-like as the weather was Monday afternoon, forcing both Bundesliga clubs to relocate their afternoon training sessions to indoor facilities, that’s how lovely Tuesday morning was in the greater Orlando area, providing ideal conditions for kicking the ball around. Or for watching and taking photos of professionals kicking balls around, I suppose. The Bundesliga […]

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Florida Cup 2015: From BayArena to Orlando

by Randall Hauk

Say “hello” to Frank Rüdiger. I have to put “fan” in parenthesis, because the word doesn’t quite capture Frank’s passion for his club. He’s the sort of fan who seemingly cannot resist the allure of travelling to follow his favorite team. It’s the sort of passion the Bundesliga can inspire a man to fly more than 7,000 […]

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Florida Cup 2015: The Bundesliga arrives to Disney World

by Randall Hauk

While it seems certain the footballers travelling with their squads to the US to compete in this week’s inaugural Florida Cup would be excited at the opportunity to meet any number of American dignitaries. But come Tuesday, such big personages such as Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Ndamukong Suh, Lady Gaga, and that Troy guy from […]

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Florida Cup 2015: Monday wrap-up

by Randall Hauk

Heavy thunderstorms rolled through the Orlando metro-area Monday afternoon, sending both Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln to their alternate indoor facilities for their second training session of the day. But at the end of Köln’s morning session, club President Werner Spinner and business manager Alexander Wehrle send a bouquet of golden sunshine from the […]

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Florida Cup 2015: Sunday training with 1. FC Köln

by Randall Hauk

Because I don’t have much idea about what coaches do with their teams and how it will relate to what will happen come match day, I’m just going to share the best photos I got today (with my mobile phone, having left my camera behind) at the Sunday afternoon training session with 1. FC Köln. […]

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Florida Cup 2015: 1. FC Köln announces squad for US trip

by Randall Hauk

In case you’ve been waiting to learn whether your particular favorite member of the 1. FC Köln were going to travel to the team’s training camp before deciding whether to visit the Sunshine State and take in a few matches of the inaugural Florida Cup, you may now scan the club’s announced squad for their […]

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