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Udo Lattek: The man who made me a Bayern fan

by Rick Joshua

I was first drawn to FC Bayern München in the spring of 1981, some three months shy of my tenth birthday. In the dark days long before the advent of cable and satellite television, my opportunities to watch the team in action had been few and far between, and although I would live through the […]

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Happy Birthday Udo Lattek

by Mathew Burt

With five games remaining in the 1999-2000 Bundesliga season Borussia Dortmund found themselves one point above the drop zone and in dire need of someone to rescue them from the unthinkable relegation with which they were threatened. Bernd Krauss was fired and the BVB leadership turned to a German legend to save them. Udo Lattek […]

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Inter’s German connection – Poldi’s predecessors

by Adrian Sertl

The name Internazionale is not an ironic one. Founded nearly 110 years ago, the club’s very existence is based on an idea of “footballers without borders”. This quote, which can be read as a quasi-mission statement, is attributed to an unnamed founder of the club: Questa note splendita darà I colori al nostro stemma: Il […]

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ICYMI: Bundesliga YouTube Channel tosses Christmas bone to BVB & VfB fans

by Randall Hauk

Only four clubs have won the Bundesliga title since 2005. Of those four clubs, two of them — Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart — have spent most of the current season among the relegation candidates, while the others — Bayern and Wolfsburg — are comfortably cruising as the league’s current top two, respectively. As part […]

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FIFA, the German Judge, and other entanglements

by Niklas Wildhagen

It somehow looked like a scene from a mafia movie: the widow and children of the deceased walked ahead of her husband’s three business associates on a day in April 1987. The three men following Monika Dassler today are the makers and shakers in the sport’s world. That April day, Joao Havelange, Juan Antonio Samaranch […]

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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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