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German football’s legends and reality

by Niklas Wildhagen

In all areas of life, we’experience at some point the difference between what we perceive as reality and the actual truth. At times, we are ignorant or simply not all that interested in the matter; other times history has been re-written over the years and the perceived reality has been agreed upon by vast groups […]

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What’s in a name? Bundesliga stadiums making big money

by Conor Garratt

With Commerzbank’s current sponsorship deal with Eintracht Frankfurt over naming rights for their home ground since 1963 – formerly known as the Waldstadion – expiring at the end of the season, the practise of clubs selling parts of their identity – such as the name of their home ground – has become an important discussion […]

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1984: Pokalfinale penalty drama, and a controversial farewell

by Rick Joshua

On 31st May 1984 the great German football rivalry of the Seventies would be temporarily revived, as FC Bayern München took on Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Waldstadion in Frankurt – in the days before the event moved to its permanent residence in Berlin. Both sides would be looking for that coveted piece of silverware to […]

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Werder Bremen’s season in the abyss

by Niklas Wildhagen

After the final whistle blew at the Weserstadion, most of Werder’s players sat themselves on the grass of the pitch, all likely aware that the loss meant the end for their coach Robin Dutt. After 43 matches in charge of the Green and Whites, the former Freiburg and Leverkusen coach doesn’t have an awful lot […]

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Pep’s admiration for world chess champions Magnus Carlsen

by Niklas Wildhagen

Franz Beckenbauer famously said that “Football isn’t chess”; however, these days the word Rasenschach is to be found in many German dictionaries. Translated word-by-word, the expression could be broken down into lawn chess, but – before you start thinking about chess pieces standing in a park being moved around by old geezers – the actually meaning of the phrase […]

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Mönchengladbach: Foals to be reckoned with

by Adam Nilsson

I imagine that Lucien Favre was quite relieved to wake up on the morning after the transfer deadline day. No player from his team had been sold at the last minute, despite many rumors circulated about a couple of his Mönchengladbach players being on the radars of other European clubs. No transfers were made. I bet […]

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Time for Klopp and Dortmund to prove their worth

by David Morris

If you take a look at the betting markets every time a top club sacks their manager, there is one name you can guarantee will be among the favourites to take over. Jurgen Klopp has been building his reputation over the past five or so years, combining his excellent managerial abilities with his enigmatic and […]

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The Roger Schmidt way

by Lee Scott

This article was originally published on theoriginalcoach.com. Part of Europe’s new breed of young, exciting coaches, Roger Schmidt is creating waves in Germany with his exciting brand of attacking football at Bayer Leverkusen. Lee Scott break down his tactics. Bayer 04 Leverkusen are a difficult club to categorise. As a club founded by employees of […]

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Werder Bremen: Crunch Time for Robin Dutt

by Niklas Wildhagen

Werder Bremen had quite a start to the season. During the first three matches the Green and Whites managed to fight back to gain draws from losing positions to get a respectable three points from their matches against Hertha, Hoffenheim and Leverkusen. However, ever since the team lost 4-2 against FC Augsburg things haven’t been […]

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Ulreich dropped to the bench by Armin Veh for the 2nd time

by Florian Tiemann

Two times in his professional career was keeper Sven Ulreich dropped to the bench – and both times he fought his way back. Last weekend, Coach Armin Veh did it again. Deja-vu for the Swabian shot stopper. The decision made by Armin Veh wasn’t surprising. It was a rather rational choice, as Veh himself explained after […]

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