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Andreas Biermann suicide highlights struggle with depression in football

by Niklas Wildhagen

On Saturday night Andreas Biermann’s current club Spandauer Kickers confirmed that the 33-year-old had committed suicide. The former Union Berlin, Tennis Borussia Berlin and FC St. Pauli defender had struggled with depression for an extended period of time. Biermann himself had confirmed in 2012 that he had attempted to take his own life on three […]

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Thomas Tuchel’s Mainz: a Retrospective

by Adrian Sertl

With all of the press surrounding the World Cup that kicks off in Brazil this week, it bears repeating that Thomas Tuchel is currently unemployed as a football manager (well sort of, more on that later).  At the conclusion of the season, Tuchel, for reasons that are still unclear, resigned from his post as first […]

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Germany’s Narrative Hangs by a Final

by Travis Timmons

The narrative is crafted: finally, Germany has been rewarded for its fußballing makeover.  More specifically, the narrative unspools this way: over the last decade, Germany have transformed themselves from a stolidly “German” side of efficiency (and whatever other cliches apply) to one of exciting open football, thanks to revamping its entire development system. Like any […]

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Explaining the difference between Germany’s and Italy’s World Cup wins

by John Cavenaghi

This article was originally published on SerieAddicted.com, and excellent blog for all things Italian football. As Germany evens Italy’s four World Cups, Brazil 2014 teaches us a lesson on the difference between Germany and Italy: the former win when they should, the latter win when they shouldn’t. On the day in which Germany pulled even […]

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Social Media Agrees: Germany Deserves Win

by Elizabeth Eckhart

It seems to be the general consensus that yesterday’s match – while enthralling until the end – surprised no one. Though it is often difficult to pinpoint which team “deserves” a World Cup win more than another, there was no doubt across social media from both fans and competitors that the German win was a […]

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Another Step Forward For Borussia Dortmund

by Lucas Swain

If you cast your mind back to 2005 and look at German football you’ll notice a quite significant change in the standings. There are, of course, the undisputed champions of Germany, Bayern Munich, lurking ominously around the top, but Borussia Dortmund are a far stretch from the side we see today. Why? Because everybody’s favourite […]

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90 minutes which could decide Jogi Löw’s legacy

by Niklas Wildhagen

The transformation that happened to German football from the mid-00s and onwards has been staggering. At the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 00s watching the German national didn’t tend to be a pleasure to say the least. Back then the team could still grind out a result in most qualification matches, […]

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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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A Personalized Blueprint: How Germany can beat France in the World Cup Quarterfinals

by Rahul Rangarajan

The moment that Franck Ribéry was deemed unfit to participate in Brazil, France took the first step forward in their pursuit to achieve international glory. Having initially struggled to come to terms with the loss of Bayern Munich’s talisman, Les Bleus have finally managed to hurdle through the daunting shadow of the attacker’s absence by […]

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Germany’s performance against Ghana leaves Jogi Löw with plenty of work to do

by Leon Weber

The clock had already ticked past the 90-minute mark in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana, when Jogi Löw could no longer contain his frustration: visibly angry that his team gifted Ghana the chance to score the winning goal on the break just before the end of the match, the DFB coach kicked the Brazuca, which […]

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