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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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Germany at the 1986 World Cup – Part I: The Group of Death

by Rob Fielder

The 2014 World Cup has officially kicked off in Brazil with the first couple of matches already producing excitement, upsets and plenty of talking points. Joachim Löw’s Germany, meanwhile, will kick off their campaign on Monday against Portugal as they try to end their 18-year international trophy drought and win their first World Cup since […]

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The peculiar case of Lothar Kobluhn’s ‘Torjägerkanone’

by Niklas Wildhagen

Lothar Kobluhn – his name reads like the odd one out if one takes a closer look at the list of the Bundesliga’s top scorers during the 70s. Bayern’s Gerd Müller, Jupp Heynckes from Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke 04′s Klaus Fischer and 1. FC Köln’s Dieter Müller were the great strikers of that decade; however amongst […]

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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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