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Uli Hoeness and Pep Guardiola – A special relationship

by Niklas Wildhagen

Describing Uli Hoeness, the person, is a difficult task, as author Juan Moreno notes in his excellent biography, Alles Auf Rot. Hoeness’ trial for tax evasion is certainly testimony to the fact of how much the perception of Bayern’s former president varies within the German public. On one side, there are those who protested outside the court, […]

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German football’s legends and reality

by Niklas Wildhagen

In all areas of life, we’experience at some point the difference between what we perceive as reality and the actual truth. At times, we are ignorant or simply not all that interested in the matter; other times history has been re-written over the years and the perceived reality has been agreed upon by vast groups […]

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Bundesliga Rewind: The 1970s: A Tale of Two Heavyweights

by Adrian Sertl

On Sunday afternoon table topping FC Bayern München will travel to the north-west of Germany for a visit to Borussia Park to take on 2nd placed Borussia Mönchengladbach. The match marks the 93rd time the two will have met in a Bundesliga fixture, and the 100th competitive match played between the two. FC Bayern lead […]

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Last match of the GDR – the story of a strange farewell

by Niklas Wildhagen

On the evening of September 12th, Germany, the GDR, France, Great Britain, the US and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany. The two German countries were finally re-united, and what had been torn apart by the Second World War had come together almost 46 years later. That same […]

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83 meters – Moritz Stoppelkamp sets a new Bundesliga record

by Niklas Wildhagen

Match day 4 has provided us with plenty of entertainment so far. There was a 6 goal humdinger between Augsburg and Werder, HSV’s new coach Joe Zinnbauer started off with a goalless draw against Bayern München, but the talk of the town is all about Moritz Stoppelkamp’s goal against Hannover 96. The current Paderborn player, […]

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Argentina vs. Germany – Maradona, a crib sheet and the World Cup win of 1990

by Niklas Wildhagen

Both Germany and Argentina can boast about a rich football history, a history that has seen them win a combined total of 5 World Cups. On Sunday the two teams are meeting each other in a World Cup final for the third time. For both of these nations, their last World Cup win came against […]

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Germany at the 1986 World Cup – Part III: Maradona and the Final

by Rob Fielder

In the final piece of our three-part series profiling Germany’s 1986 World Cup campaign in Mexico, Robert Fielder take a look at one of the most memorable finals of all time in his thrilling Complete History of the World Cup. The 1986 World Cup still remains perhaps Diego Maradona’s finest hour as a footballer and […]

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The Miracle of Bern – 60 Years Later

by Niklas Wildhagen

Rudi Völler once said that a player won’t be forgotten by the history as long as he wins the World Cup. On July 4th 1954 Germany won their first World Cup, beating Hungary in a very dramatic final 3-2. The way this game has been remembered by the German public and German football fans may […]

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Germany at the 1986 World Cup – Part II: Platini, Mexico & The Road to the Final

by Rob Fielder

Continuing our two-part series about Germany’s 1986 World Cup campaign in Mexico, taken from Robert Fielder’s excellent “The Complete History of the World Cup,” we take a look at the knockout stages of the tournament and Germany’s path to yet another World Cup final. After surviving the Group of Death, Franz Beckenbauer’s Germany came up […]

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All-Time Germany World Cup XI

by Niklas Wildhagen

The flow of information during this World Cup has been phenomenal. There has never been more information, apps or websites available to football fanatics who want to follow the beautiful game. One of those sites allows its users to create their ultimate XI for the English national team. Creating such a team does entail a […]

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