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100 Years Ago, Football Brings Respite from the Killing on the Western Front

by Elizabeth Eckhart

In 1883, Hiram Maxim invented the world’s first recoil-operated machine gun, which could fire 500 rounds per minute when properly cooled. Maxim slapped his moniker on his invention and promptly went into advertising. The British fell in love with the 60-pound mounted machine gun and its 250-round canvas belt. So inspired, English poet Hilaire Belloc […]

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Double Agents: the role of third-party ownership in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s transfer to BVB

by Manuel Veth

(Editor’s note: this piece first appeared on October 14th in the totally absorbing Futbolgrad site. The site’s manifesto states that its mission is to “inform its readership about past and current events encompassing the post-Soviet space through the conduit of the beautiful game.” Futbolgrad is co-founded by the Scotsmen David McArdle and Alastair Watt; Manuel Veth, […]

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Despite Bayern’s Dominance, the Bundesliga’s Appeal Remains

by David Morris

German football is on the rise, both on and off the pitch, and there can be no arguing with that. After spending a few years away from the spotlight, the popularity of the Bundesliga is once more picking up rapidly. Recently it has been La Liga that has received the attention of most British fans […]

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Die Löwen should take a leaf from Union’s management book

by Janek Speight

On September 24, Union Berlin fell to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a lifeless 1-0 defeat. It came just 24 hours after fellow strugglers 1860 München lost by the same margin to SV Sandhausen. Both teams had started the season with high hopes, yet in Week 7 they were each sitting in the bottom half of […]

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Does the Bundesliga Need to Limit Foreign Transfers?

by Silas Swarbrick

In the 8th matchday of Bundesliga this season, Schalke 04 played Hertha Berlin at home. There was something special in Hertha Berlin’s starting lineup: other than goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, there was only one German outfield player, the 21 year old left back Nico Schulz. His teammate, former German youth national team player Ben-Hatira, had decided to play for Tunisia […]

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Keep Calm, Hawk-Eye Is Here: Goal Line Technology Finally Arrives in the Bundesliga

by Travis Timmons

On Thursday, the DFL GmbH voted by a 15-3 margin – meeting the two-thirds majority requirement – to implement the Hawk-Eye video goal line technology. This approving vote by representatives from the top flight’s eighteen clubs follows on the heel’s of disproving vote in March by representatives from Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs. The technology will only be […]

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Confronting the Quagmire of Borussia Dortmund’s Downfall

by Tim Snoddon

The Guardian‘s Raphael Honigstein was correct when he bluntly stated on the Talking Fussball podcast that besides Bayern, Borussia Dortmund have the most talented side in the Bundesliga. Supreme players such as Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa, Ikay Gündogan and Nuhri Sahin make this side among the best in Europe and this has been […]

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Who Poisoned Dortmund’s Well?

by Travis Timmons

By this point, die Schwarzgelben‘s run of disastrous form has become farcical. Dortmund have achieved its historically-worst Bundesliga results up to this point in a season, as they occupy the Bundesliga table bottom. The numbers are shocking: 3 wins, 2 draws, and 8 losses. Already, the 1-0 derby win against Mönchengladbach is a forgotten memory. Already, Marco […]

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FIFA, the German Judge, and other entanglements

by Niklas Wildhagen

It somehow looked like a scene from a mafia movie: the widow and children of the deceased walked ahead of her husband’s three business associates on a day in April 1987. The three men following Monika Dassler today are the makers and shakers in the sport’s world. That April day, Joao Havelange, Juan Antonio Samaranch […]

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Medic! FC Bayern’s Injury Crisis and Guardiola’s Decisions

by Adrian Sertl

FC Bayern fans all across the world held their collective breaths when the news came down that team captain Philipp Lahm had injured himself in training earlier this week – they expected the worse but hoped for the best. The verdict, a broken ankle requiring surgery and a 3 month layoff. If there is any […]

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