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Guy Acolatse – The first black professional footballer in Germany

by Niklas Wildhagen

Guy Acolatse made his way to the Millerntor in a cab not knowing what awaited him on July 14,1963. The Togolese midfielder had made his debut for the national team as a 17-year-old, and four years later he had offers from France, Belgium and from FC St. Pauli. Little did he know what was to […]

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VIDEO – 12 Steps to Glory: Bayer Leverkusen’s Remarkable 1988 Uefa Cup Win

by Cristian Nyari

When Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final they had not only made history but left a lasting impression on the football world.   Unknown to many, though, Bayer Leverkusen had pulled off a similar, almost unbelievable, feat nearly two decades earlier. Bayer Leverkusen barely made […]

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Six Anecdotes and Stories in Honour of the Billy Goats’ 66th Birthday

by Niklas Wildhagen

It sounds cliché, but one thing is for sure when it comes to 1. FC Köln: They are never boring! This last Thursday saw the club from the cathedral city turn 66 years old. But, why have the Billy Goat’s been one of the most fascinating clubs to follow in German football history? Why are […]

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Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Historic German Cup Run – Part II

by Lucas Swain

1979/80 In the 1979/80 season Dusseldorf were presented with an opportunity to do what few had done before them, defend the DFB Pokal. Only three clubs had successfully defended Germany’s most historic cup, those being Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and Karlshurer. Their attempt of joining the prestigious list started exceptionally well. Borussia Neunkirchen were the […]

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Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Historic German Cup Run – Part I

by Lucas Swain

A golden era is always the centre of any great footballing nostalgia session. Some clubs have more prosperous times than others and some can be hard to distinguish, but it’s considered footballing blasphemy not to know about your club’s best years. In Germany some of these golden eras are very easy to highlight: Nuremberg’s came […]

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Forgotten legend – Alfréd Schaffer

by Niklas Wildhagen

A myth, a Club legend and one of Europe’s best strikers – they didn’t call him ”the King of Football” for nothing. ”That is Schaffer! Can you see what he is holding in his hands?” I’m asked this question by the Hungarian football historian Charles Weiss, whilst the two of us are sitting in the […]

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Snapshot – Boninsegna the Actor and the most famous piece of metal in German football history

by Niklas Wildhagen

How one of the most impressive wins in German football history was rendered irrelevant. It was barely one year after the match of the century (Jahrhundertspiel) between Germany and Italy when the draw for the 1971/72 European Cup took place. Borussia Mönchengladbach manager Hennes Weisweiler had already stated that he would like to draw opposition […]

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East German football and the Fall of the Iron Curtain

by David Tunnicliffe

This article was originally published on ostklassisker.net. It’s late summer in 1989 and something strange is happening all across the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Gorbatchow’s policy of glasnost had taken hold across the Soviet Union and the people of East Germany were growing tired of the restriction and oppression. This growing sentiment over the course of […]

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Snapshot – Two tosses of a coin

by Niklas Wildhagen

On March 23rd and 24th, 1965 20,000 Köln fans had made their way to Rotterdam to see their club take on the Liverpool’s star ensemble in the third and deciding match of the quarter final of the 1964/65 European Cup. What they witnessed was an incredible bit of footballing history. Both the match in Köln […]

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The 100,000 Deutsche Mark strike force – How Preußen Münster almost managed to win the German championship

by Niklas Wildhagen

The name Josef Oevermann might not sound familiar for anyone born outside Münster. However, the man himself has had his say in German football history. Coming from a wealthy background, Oevermann took over his father’s construction company in 1933. After World War II, Oevermann quickly regained his wealth by being the contractor of a number […]

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