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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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Home is where it all begins: Time for Holtby to settle down

by Luyang Syvanen

Once regarded as the future of German football and lauded as one of the best young prospects in Europe, having established himself as a standout player in the Bundesliga 2012/2013 season with FC Schalke, Lewis Holtby’s career seemed destined for success. However, since moving to the English Premier League in the hope of furthering his career, things have […]

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Amini’s Dortmund adventure starting to catch fire

by Janek Speight

This piece first appeared on The Roar, Australia’s leading sports opinion website where you can read vibrant takes on football, Aussie Rules football, cricket, rugby, and other sports.  Borussia Dortmund’s training centre in the district of Brackel is one of the finest in Europe. Decked out in black and yellow, the fields are immaculate and the technology […]

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Chemnitzer FC: blue skies in its future?

by Linus Vedmar

Life hasn’t been easy for the fans of Chemnitzer FC for quite some time. The club were relegated from the 2.Bundesliga back in 2000/01, same year as Bayern München went on to win the Champions League, and they have never managed to get back up to the second tier. Hence the club has even spent […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from 2. Bundesliga

by Randall Hauk

Over the course of match day five, a full third of the league members scored multiple goals in their matches. New table leader FC Ingolstadt scored more goals in their 4:1 win against VfR Aalen Friday night than three sides — SV Sandhausen, Union Berlin, and (surprise!) Erzgebirge Aue — have tallied all season. Of course, as […]

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