Remembering Germany’s 1996 Euros Championship

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Germany’s Euro 96 Triumph Joachim Löw’s Germany is a dynamic unit, with technically gifted players producing attractive attacking football. Twenty-years-ago, a different strand of the German footballing tradition prevailed. Die Mannschaft’s victory in Euro 96 showed the best of German grit, underdog spirit and defiance in adversity. The tournament also had great sentimental significance for the nation. The first championship […]

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Hertha Berlin’s John Brooks: MOTM Performance for USA as they Advance at Copa America

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After losing their first Group A match 2-0 to a strong Colombia side at Copa America Centenario, the Americans under German coach Jurgen Klinsmann won their next two matches, shutouts against Costa Rica and Paraguay, to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament Saturday.  The Man of the Match performance of central defender John Brooks, 23, of Hertha Berlin, was key […]

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The Language of Football — Germany

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This article originally appeared on the quite interesting The Language of Football site. The Language of Football explores the links – great and small, serious and silly – between two favourite things.  Other recent posts feature Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic and Spain. Official language: German Interesting facts: West Germanic, features ß and umlauts We’ve written before about how football mirrors language […]

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German politics and football – They’ve always been mixed together

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Keeping politics out of football has become an increasingly popular demand these days. It’s about the beautiful game, the passion for what is happening on the pitch and the individuals who are involved at the different clubs some people will tell you. And sometimes football might just be that. However, to believe that the football being played in the Bundesliga […]

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CDU politician Sven Petke takes Boateng’s side over racist remarks by Alexander Gauland

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Sometimes a pictures says more than a thousand words. On Wednesday Alexander Gauland was back in the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg attending today’s session. Over the last week or so the 75-year-old had been faced with a media shitstorm after he initially said that German footballer Jerome Boateng was the sort of person most people didn’t want […]

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A week in racist football news – The Ungerman national team and Özil the muslim

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The German politician Alexander Gauland was at the end of a media shitstorm when he decided to state in an interview that many Germans wouldn’t like to live next door to Jerome Boateng. However, after the media had a field day at the cost of the Alternative for Germany(AfD) politician, the 75-year-old decided to offer an apology. Gauland stated that […]

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The future is here! – Weigl, Kimmich and Brandt!

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Team Germany is almost ready to travel to France. “Die Mannschaft” is without any doubt one of the favourites this Euro 2016. First of all there is no need to discuss that the current World-Cup-Winner is also a possible Euro-Winner, even if their Sunday 3-1 loss in Augsburg to Slovakia makes one a bit uneasy. Second of all we just […]

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A week in racist football news – Ungerman chocolate and Boateng the unwanted neighbour

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The Kinder Schokoladenriegel is among Germany’s favourite chocolate treats. Usually, the candy bar is sold in packages featuring a kid that has remarkable similarities to Julian Nagelsmann, but the makers of the candy bar had decided to do something special ahead of the upcoming EUROs. Ferrero put childhood photos of eleven current German internationals on their boxes in order to […]

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Bundesliga quartet set for Germany debut against Slovakia

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Recent U-21 stars Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt are set to feature in Augsburg on Sunday, with Brandt’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen teammate Bernd Leno in line to make his debut in place of regular number one Manuel Neuer. Coach Joachim Löw chose Slovakia as Germany’s opponents in the belief that the impending European championship debutants play a similar […]

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