Category Archives: Bundesliga Classic

Tull Harder and Asbjørn Halvorsen – A friendship torn apart

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Picture caption: Asbjørn Halvorsen talking to club president Karl Martens (left) and the NS party’s sports representative Egon-Arthur Schmidt (right) after his farewell match.(Rights to the picture are held by the HSV Archiv) Steam was already coming out of the train engine as Asbjørn Halvorsen waited to leave Hamburg after having served HSV as both a player and a coach […]

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Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Bundesliga Breakthrough: 50 Years On

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It’s odd to think that one of the clubs who defined the Bundesliga’s early era, Borussia Mönchengladbach, weren’t actually one of those originally included in the league upon its 1963 inception. Instead, it took them a few years to reach Germany’s national top flight, eventually achieving promotion to the Bundesliga, a league they have gone on to win three times, […]

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Bundesliga Rewind: 1994-95 DFB Pokal Finale

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Germany’s domestic season officially comes to an end tomorrow as Borussia Dortmund square off against VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. In addition to the prestige that comes along with winning any silverware, for both sides there is a little extra motivation to lift the trophy. For Dortmund a victory on Saturday will not […]

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Udo Lattek: The man who made me a Bayern fan

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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 pain of the 1982 European […]

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Happy Birthday Udo Lattek

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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 was (not literally) parachuted in […]

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

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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 of an advent calendar-style series […]

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Uli Hoeness and Pep Guardiola – A special relationship

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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, holding up signs stating Hoeness […]

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