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The Origins of Football in Germany

by Aidan Curran

As Phillip Lahm raises the 2014 World Cup triumphantly above his ahead in the Maracanã Stadium on July 13th, a nation relishes and digests one undeniable fact: Germany are champions of the world. Nobody will forget Andre Schurrle’s left-wing cross into the Argentinian penalty box, and the perfect chest control of Mario Götze. Then, for that […]

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Eintracht Frankfurt and the not given penalties

by Niklas Wildhagen

The Eagles are currently safely positioned in mid-table and their fans can be happy about the fact that Thomas Schaaf’s team are playing some of the most entertaining football in the Bundesliga so far this season. However, the coach and other officials at the club have at times been rather critical of the performance of the […]

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Werder Bremen- The Green Dream Continues

by Mathew Burt

And the award for the Jekyll and Hyde team of the season goes to…..Werder Bremen. A nightmare Hinrunde saw the Grün-Weißen go nine games without registering a win leaving them in a relegation fight. A dream start to the Rückrunde has seen them notch up four consecutive wins and they now find themselves pushing towards […]

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Bundesliga Fans Worldwide: Here’s Your Chance to Show your BuLi Love

by Gerry Wittmann

Bundesliga fans from all across the world will now have their chance to show and share their love for their favorite league and club(s) by way of the German ARD network via the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk). The ARD Sportchau will be featuring an upcoming program on the Bundesliga’s international ambition and have approached the Fanatic for help. […]

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Paderborn to be wild

by Niklas Wildhagen

Andre Breitenreiter’s team may not be in form right now, the club may only have the smallest stadium in the league, but at least one Paderborn fan is dedicated like few others. Jürgen Patzer has turned his apartment into a temple of SCP love with every possible piece of memorabilia imaginable. Even his the spice rack reminds visitors […]

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The Incredible Lightness of Now Being… a Bundesliga Fanatic

by Gerry Wittmann

Being a fanatic, a fan, a supporter of a sporting club entails the duality of lightness and heaviness.  The heaviness occurs, for example, in being a suffering supporter of a club that seems too often clueless in its decision-making ie perhaps like a certain North German red-shorted side or a Swabian club from the South. […]

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Five Years On: A Personal Reflection on the Legacy of Robert Enke

by Kai Dambach

The middle of November has plenty of meaning to Germans. The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, and plenty of important birthdays on November 10. Martin Luther, the guy who told the Catholic Church they’re not right in the head and formed Protestantism, Friedrich von Schiller, the composer of the EU’s anthem “Ode to Joy” […]

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Screaming in their silence: Union Berlin fans deliver strong protest against RB Leipzig

by Janek Speight

As Sebastian Polter races towards goal and calmly slots the ball past RB Leipzig keeper Benjamin Bellot, close to 20,000 fans erupt in a cacophony of emotion at the Stadion An der Alte Försterei. Good has prevailed over evil, and order has been restored, if only temporarily. It’s a Sunday afternoon in September, and the […]

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Circumventing “Second Team” Taboos: Six Bundesliga Options

by Will Sharp

Within the context of any form of entertainment it is intrinsic for us, as spectators, to direct our support towards one particular camp, to root for one distinct winner, whether this be the protagonist of a film or an athlete in a race. This is how any spectacle is made to be entertaining because by […]

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The Ever-Increasing Allure Of The Bundesliga

by Will Sharp

As one of the many millions of football fans who call England home, I consider myself to be spoilt by my country’s top domestic league. Every year sees no fewer than three major broadcasters compete with intensifying fervour for the rights to televise the league’s biggest games, meaning that no blockbusters go unwatched, and with […]

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