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“It means nothing to me… Oh, Vienna”. Memories of FC Bayern v FC Porto, 1987

by Rick Joshua

Ahead of FC Bayern München’s impending Champions’ League quarter-final against FC Porto, Rick Joshua provides his own memories of a match that still remains burned in the collective psyche of all FC Bayern fans who were around to experience it at the time. May 27th 1987. The Praterstadion, Vienna, and the European Cup final against […]

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Last roll of the dice – Can Bruno Labbadia save HSV from relegation?

by Niklas Wildhagen

Once again, it’s been a tumultuous season for HSV – from start to finish. During the summer, the club had seemingly found its confidence again. The introduction of the “HSV Plus” concept was meant to change the club from being a sleeping giant with structural issues to becoming once again a team that could finish higher […]

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Week 27: Schalke fail to rise

by Tim Snoddon

FC Augsburg 0-0 FC Schalke 04 On Easter Sunday 2015, following a day in which each of the top four Bundesliga squads gained three more points, both Schalke and their opponents were facing a situation in which a victory was necessary for a 2015/16 Champions League berth to be feasible. Schalke failed to rise to […]

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen: On the defensive

by Stephen Linsley

Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s vital victory at FC Schalke topped off an almost perfect month for the Bundesliga’s form side, no small part due to Die Werkself’s stingy defence. Many could forgive the Bundesliga’s inform side for letting slip in the six-pointer in the Rhineland on Saturday following a penalty shootout defeat in Madrid on Tuesday night. But […]

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Does German Football Culture Need a Manifesto?

by Travis Timmons

I immediately thought about German football culture as I read my way through David Goldblatt and the Football Action Network’s (FAN) bombshell, “This is Our Game,” manifesto published in Sunday’s Guardian. While Goldblatt diagnoses the domestic game’s ills in England, I couldn’t help but wonder to what extent the “This is Our Game” manifesto is applicable to German […]

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Can Schalke 04 find the consistency they need to make the top four?

by Jack Grimse

Despite a great display at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 2nd leg of their knockout match against Real Madrid, Schalke were eliminated. The Royal Blues had lost the first leg 2-0, so last week’s 4-3 win wasn’t enough for them to progress to the quarterfinals. Even though Roberto Di Matteo’s team is out of the Champions […]

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Leverkusen’s Kießling and Drmić Striker Dilemma: One, Both, or Neither?

by Eskender Tamrat

It’s not rare to hear coaches mention something along the lines of having  “a rather desirable selection headache” problem. Although the football business is never short on competitions, at times you find yourself having to choose between players vying for a place in same position. Although some coaches prefer to work with limited squad depth, others, like Felix […]

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Schalke display their Champions League finest in honourable defeat

by Tim Snoddon

Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo 25′, 45′, Benzema 53′) Schalke 4 (Fuchs 20′, Huntelaar 40′, 87′, Sane 57′) During Tuesday’s match, several tweets from both neutral and Schalke fan sites paraphrased the same message: “Not the same Schalke side.” Not the same Schalke side that was woefully inadequate in losing the Revierderby 3-0 to Dortmund. Not […]

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Change of tactics pays off: Schalke’s Week 24 victory

by Tim Snoddon

Schalke 3-1 Hoffenheim   (Fuchs 12, Meyer 41, 53; Volland 73) Week 24’s game was an attempt from the Royal Blues to come back after the most humiliating defeat to Dortmund at the Revierderby the week before. I among many was convinced this club was not good enough for any Champions League position in the league. My mind […]

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Schalke’s crushing defeat at Revierderby exposes midfield weakness

by Tim Snoddon

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC Schalke 04   (Aubameyang 77, Mkhitaryan 78, Reus 85) It was not that Schalke lost. It was not that it was the coveted Ruhr Valley derby. It was about how. At the end of the game, BvB Dortmund had thirteen shots on net compared to Schalke 04’s nil. Dortmund played a game […]

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