Category Archives: Bundesliga

From big talent to garbage man – The story of Kevin Pannewitz


He was once touted as one of the emerging midfield talents in Germany. As a 16-year-old in 2008 Kevin Pannewitz made the jump from Tennis Borussia Berlin’s youth team to Hansa Rostock. His talents as midfielder were soon discovered, and the midfielder was given his Regionalliga Nord (fourth tier) debut on match day 8 of the 2009/10 season. The same […]

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Go on! Give us a job!

football for food

They have plenty in common- Bundesliga experience, international caps, a hunger to still play at the top level, oh, and the fact they are all currently unemployed and looking for a club. Back in the 80’s there was a classic British TV drama based around the unemployment affecting Liverpool and a classic scene involved Yosser Hughes striding onto a building […]

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New Season, New Kits


The season is over and we are going to have to find something else to fill our time as the Bundesliga off-season is upon us. Oh well you could always go shopping and splash out on some new threads now that a number of clubs have revealed their new kits for the 2015/16 season. Seen by some as a way […]

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From Bundesliga to Premier League: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


The English Premier League is once more flexing its financial muscle and buying up some of the Bundesliga’s best talent. Roberto Firmino led the way after his €41 million move to Liverpool, and Bastian Schweinsteiger has followed suit. The German top flight has also lost Kevin Wimmer, Joselu, Shinji Okazaki and Sebastian Prödl in recent weeks, while speculation is rife […]

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Fußball Scholarship: In-Depth Interview with Dr. Udo Merkel


This article is begins a series devoted to sharing academic Udo Merkel‘s English-language scholarship on German fußball. Merkel situates German fußball development within the context of Germany’s modern history, as well as cultural and social transformations. From what I gather, Merkel is one a handful a few academics studying sports and culture who have researched and written extensively on German football. Merkel’s scholarship is […]

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What Can Season-End Bundesliga Data Teach Us?


Looking back and analyzing a season is something players, managers, and fans do alike. What worked well? What went wrong, and why? Player-level, season-end data provide a salient perspective for assessing players across the league. These data afford us the luxury of breaking down player performance without the game-to-game noise that must otherwise be accounted for when trying to understand and quantify a player’s output. Furthermore, analyzing season-end data allows us […]

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Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Bundesliga Breakthrough: 50 Years On


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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