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From Bangladesh to the German National Team: Thank you

by quazi zulquarnain

I still remember vividly the first time football made me cry. It was during the wee hours of a stifling hot July night twenty years ago when a game played in the other side of a world I had never seen, bought unrequited tears to the eyes of an 8-year-old boy in Bangladesh. Germany were […]

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An Englishman who fell in love with Die Mannschaft

by David Morris

On the eve of one of German football’s biggest nights in recent memory, I, an Englishman, must make a shocking admission. I love German football, and more shockingly, the German national team. While most other neutrals, including a large majority of the English football followers will be craving a romantic win for the Brazilian hosts, […]

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An Englishman’s English Week in Bavaria

by Jon Godfrey

Having just returned from our third successive pre-Christmas trip to Germany, my brother and I had no desire to wait another year for our next dose of live Bundesliga action.  The upcoming “English Week” in March was too big an opportunity to miss and when the fixtures were finalised our preferred Bavarian excursion fell perfectly […]

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Racking up the miles for Werder Bremen and the Nordderby

by Werder Fan

My love affair with Werder Bremen began in September 2006 when I went to live in Bremen for a year as an ERASMUS student. The name Werder Bremen was familiar to me from watching Champions League football in the UK as a casual Man Utd fan, but I couldn’t have imagined the years to follow […]

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Bundesliga Starts at 40: An Englishman’s Journey through German Football. Part Four

by Jon Godfrey

For the penultimate leg of our trip, my brother and I would be travelling into vaguely familiar territory as we made our way to match 7 out of 8. We’d visited the Black Forest twice before during family holidays in the mid 1980s, when we’d stayed in the small village of Schönwald that’s located just […]

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Bundesliga Starts at 40: An Englishman’s Journey through German Football. Part Three

by Jon Godfrey

Having breathlessly navigated a run of three games in four days, my brother and I were firmly settled into our German adventure that hadn’t even reached the halfway point.  After the previous night’s winner-takes-all excitement, our appetite for knockout football had been further fueled, so after returning to our Heidelberg base we made a quick turnaround […]

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Bundesliga starts at 40: An Englishman’s journey through German football. Part Two

by Jon Godfrey

For our third annual trip to Germany, my brother and I would be zigzagging across the Southwest for a whistle stop schedule of eight games in ten days. We’d left no margin for error so had booked everything as far in advance as possible. My ticket procurement strategy involved trying to resolve everything by e-mail […]

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Bundesliga starts at 40: An Englishman’s journey through German football. Part One

by Jon Godfrey

“Why don’t you go off and watch some sport somewhere?” It was September 2011 and this advice was usually reserved for the days when my girlfriend wanted me out of the house.  However, on this occasion it was her inspired response to my twin brother and I wondering how best to avoid frittering away the […]

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Are Bayern and Dortmund Too Good?

by Maximilian Jones

Some figures in German football have recently suggested that the success of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund might be having a negative effect on the Bundesliga. It is fair to say that 2013 has been a good year for German football. Following Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich contesting the final of the UEFA Champions League […]

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Comparing Bayern Munich and Barcelona’s record-breaking Champions League runs

by Susie Schaaf

Yet another box is ticked for the mighty Rekordmeisters.  The list of Jupp Heynckes’ accomplishments with his 2012-13 incarnation of Bayern Munich is massive– not only are they the first German team to win the illustrious, elusive treble– but it was done in clinical, devastating style; taking down records left and right along the way. […]

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