Category Archives: National Team

Book Review: Lee Price’s The Bundesliga Blueprint


America, the Bundesliga is here, thanks to Fox Sports now owning the broadcasting rights to the world’s most exciting football export. Outside of Germany’s die Nationalmannschaft winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and Bayern Munich’s lofty dominance, perhaps you don’t much about the world of German fußball. But you’re eager. You’re in love with this German fußball stuff. You’re on […]

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Der Mann mit der Mütze: A Tribute to Helmut Schön


September 15th 2015 marked the hundredth anniversary of the birth one of Germany’s finest coaches of the post-war era. Sitting calmly on the sidelines in his neatly tailored tracksuit and trademark cloth cap, the tall and almost ghost-like Helmut Schön was one of those personalities who immediately created an impression, a coach who was respected and admired by colleagues and […]

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Match Preview: Scotland v Germany


Having come through their test against Poland on Friday, Germany now top Group D and have the chance to further cement their place at the summit with another three points up for grabs against Scotland on Monday. The result and performance against the Poles in Frankfurt was very pleasing with Mario Götze in particular reminding people of the immense quality […]

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Germany 3-1 Poland- Player Ratings


Germany gained revenge over Poland with a 3-1 win in Frankfurt to take over at the top of European Championship qualifying Group D. The hosts raced into a two-goal lead with some incisive, attacking football, only for Robert Lewandowski to cut the arrears before the interval. Joachim Löw’s side though managed to refind their feet in the second 45 minutes […]

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Match Preview: Germany versus Poland

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  Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Frankfurt between Germany and Poland is about more than the points. It’s about revenge for Germany, the chance to go atop the group, and national pride. The reigning world champions strangely find themselves not topping their qualifying group. Even though finishing second would still see them make it through to the finals in France, finishing […]

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Fußball Scholarship: In-Depth Interview with Dr. Udo Merkel


This article is begins a series devoted to sharing academic Udo Merkel‘s English-language scholarship on German fußball. Merkel situates German fußball development within the context of Germany’s modern history, as well as cultural and social transformations. From what I gather, Merkel is one a handful a few academics studying sports and culture who have researched and written extensively on German football. Merkel’s scholarship is […]

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Germany’s 2009 U-17 European Champions- Where are They Now?


Despite the recent U-21 catastrophe, Germany has an impressive record competing internationally at the youth level and are famed for their ability to nurture young talent and bring it through to fruition with the full international side. Back in 2009 the U-17 side triumphed at the European Championship finals on home soil beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final at […]

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Germany U21 3-0 Denmark U21: Youngsters Back on Track with Comfortable Win


Germany dispatched Denmark with relative ease Saturday to get their Euro U-21 tournament aspirations back on track. A double from Kevin Volland and one from Matthias Ginter saw the Germans win 3-0 and put themselves top of the group. Four changes were made by coach Horst Hrubesch with Nico Schulz, Dominik Heintz, Leonardo Bittencourt and Joshua Kimmich coming in for […]

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