Munich on Lake Michigan

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In most sports, the off-season is the worst time of year. Days of refreshing Twitter in desperate search of news to fill the void that can’t be replaced until that first touch of the new season. In soccer the off-season can be one of the most exciting times of year depending on your perspective. This year Chicagoan Tyler Faiure is one of those people. In 2012, Tyler was watching the Champion’s League final in a downtown Chicago pub. “There were a ton of Bayern fans there. I had no idea […]

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FC Bayern Munich: Sweet Home, Chicago

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If you were in the Windy City Tuesday, you may have gotten the impression that the famed FC Bayern Munich club was based in Chicago, Illinois, not Germany. The Bavarians kick off their Audi Summer Tour 2016 arrived in Chicago and were at Soldier Field preparing for their friendly Wednesday evening against AC Milan, which is followed up by matches in Charlotte against Inter Milan and New York City with Real Madrid as opponents. But in Chicago it was all red and white as the rekordmeisters received a hero’s welcome. […]

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Dateline Colorado Springs: Mainz For the Fans

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On their third day in Colorado Springs, Mainz only held one practice, a morning event featuring play with the ball and scrimmaging after mainly working with weights and running the last two days. It was a beautiful Monday in Colorado Springs, a blue sky and more moderate temperatures than on Sunday, where a combination of higher temperatures and the thin mountain air was challenging for the players. Practice was open and Mainz fans watched from the bleachers as Coach Martin Schmidt put his players through the paces, while goalkeeper coach […]

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Catching Up with 1.FSV Mainz 05 in Colorado Springs

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The players and staff of 1.FSV Mainz 05 arrived in Colorado Springs Saturday after a long ten-hour flight from Frankfurt to Denver following their second preseason match Friday. Though worn down by their trip across the Atlantic (and two-thirds of the United States), the players have already had three training sessions since arrival — one on Saturday and two on Sunday sandwiched around the 2016 Euro finals.  It is the club’s first-ever visit to the States, part of an exciting summer that sees the club also do training in Italy […]

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Borussia Dortmund – FC Bayern München – “Damn, they are still the best”

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Borussia Dortmund was good, but FC Bayern München is yet the better team So it is over. The so-called “Klassiker” between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München. There was not a single goal in this match. There were not any ugly scenes, fouls or acting, neither. There was one thing – pure football. The two best German teams fought each other with their skills and it is maybe true that Borussia Dortmund evolved. But – there is always a “but” – it was (only) a feast for lovers of tactic […]

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Schalke Hold Hot Stuttgart to a Draw Sunday

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FC Schalke 04 welcomed red-hot and in-form VfB Stuttgart Sunday night and played out a deserved 1-1 draw after goals from Younhes Belhanda and Martin Harnik in the first and second half, respectively. The opening minutes were all Stuttgart as they prodded the Schalke midfield and defense early on, but those were the only minutes afforded to the away side as the Royal Blues gained composure and momentum. They were rewarded in the 14th minute, after S04 newboy Belhanda selflessly laid off a pass for another S04 newboy, Alessandro Schopf, whose […]

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A Look Back at Schalke’s Win over Wolfsburg Saturday

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There’s nothing overly romantic about describing Schalke’s 3-0 home victory against Wolfsburg as their best performance since their 4-3 victory over Real Madrid nearly a year ago. It was a clinical performance that saw goals from club veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, summer signing Johannes Geis and winter signing Alessandro Schopf, who indeed scored within minutes of his first game at the Veltins Arena, sink a struggling wolves side. The victory means a handful of things for both sides, but the main things are covered in this week’s winners and losers for the […]

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2016 Florida Cup Diary

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The Bundesliga Fanatic finally arrived in Orlando, Florida Thursday afternoon to cover the 2016 Florida Cup.  This year, Bundesliga clubs FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen are participating, along with nine other clubs from Brazil, Colombia, the Ukraine and the USA. Schalke and Leverkusen arrived earlier in the week, and we were fortunate to catch up with Schalke today for their late afternoon practice at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Schalke squad’s afternoon training session lasted about an hour and a half on a very nice […]

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How Borussia Dortmund Roared Back

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Just over a year ago, the 20th of December 2014, Germany’s sweetheart club from the Ruhr valley was languishing in 17th position. It was an inconceivable situation for the club faithful and any football on-looker from around the globe. How could a team that was part of the 2013 Champions League final in London be above rock bottom only on goal difference just two years later? After the abysmal Hinrunde ended, the blame game started. Many blamed Jürgen Klopp’s worn out tactics. Some said that the Dortmund players were suffering […]

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Bundesliga Flashback: Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 6 Borussia Mönchengladbach (29 August 2010)

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Ahead of the 2010-11 Bundesliga season, Bayer Leverkusen were the clear front-runners. I was looking for new pastures. For years, I regarded myself as an avid Werder Bremen fan, only to finally see my patience running out with Thomas Schaff’s same all-attack philosophies year in and out. Leverkusen certainly seemed like a new breed for someone watching the league far from Germany. (The Internet was at a tender age then, at least from where I stand). From the hard tackling Arturo Vidal to the extremely talented Brazilian Renato Augusto, B04 had fascinating midfielders […]

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Fan Corner: A hard point to swallow for Schalke fans

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Schalke against Leverkusen is almost always one of the most hotly contested games in the league and match day 14 was no different. Regardless of league positions, the fixture is always tightly contested with neither team having scored more than two goals in it since 2006, and there was an added weight on matchday 14 given both sides began the day one place apart on the table, sharing the same amount of points and knowing that a win would take either to the same amount of points as fourth place. […]

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