Category Archives: Editorial

Stand By Me – Will Borussia Mönchengladbach stick with Andre Schubert?


Stick or twist? That’s the dilemma facing Borussia Mönchengladbach as the Bundesliga enters the final international break of 2015. The club’s abysmal start to the season and Lucien Favre’s shock resignation rocked the Fohlen, but since then interim trainer Andre Schubert has overseen six successive league wins, and only a goalless draw at the weekend against Ingolstadt prevented him from […]

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Is Hoffenheim’s appointment of Stevens symptomatic of the lack of foresight in the Bundesliga?

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On Monday Hoffenheim made official what the entire league and its followers had already known after the final in the match between Hoffenheim and HSV: They fired their coach Markus Gisdol after the club’s worst start to a Bundesliga season. After 85 matches in charge, saving the club from an almost certain relegation and turning the team into one of […]

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The Heinz Höher Device: Reviewing Ronald Reng’s Matchdays


On the phone with writer Ronald Reng, Heinz Höher is insistent: “Please, just give me a couple hours of your time. I want to tell you something. I have to tell you something.” What Höher insists on telling takes the form of Reng’s latest book, Matchdays: the Hidden Story of the Bundesliga (translated by James Hawes, Simon and Schuster, 434 pages). But perhaps […]

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Liverpool FC, Enjoy Your New Toy


Congratulations, Liverpool FC. You’ve won the sweepstakes for the most coolest coach in world football, Jürgen Klopp. Enjoy your new toy. Don’t break him. God only knows how Klopp will fare on your island of cannibalizing media coverage and massive-money football, otherwise known as the United Kingdom. But this is your opportunity and problem now, Liverpool. Your new show begins on Saturday when Spurs […]

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FC Bayern is ruining German football!

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You’ve heard the line: FC Bayern is ruining German football. This is what everyone is talking about after Bayern’s 5:1 dismantling of the one club who seemed like it might, just maybe, have a slight chance of providing the Rekordmeister/Bundesliga-wrecker with something resembling a challenge for the 2015-16 league title, isn’t it? Instead, well before the final whistle in Sunday’s “Der Klassiker” had blown, Bundesliga-internet chatter had […]

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