The death of fair play in the Bundesliga?

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In the minutes after the final whistle, you could observe 1. FC Köln’s Dominique Heintz having a proper go at Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. What happened? In the 90th minute, the Billy Goats lost the ball whilst going forward due to a clear cut foul on Lukas Klünter. Instead of blowing his whistle referee, Deniz Aytekin allowed the game to continue. […]

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“Team Marktwert” and the distribution of Bundesliga television money

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The Bundesliga’s national TV deal is up at the end of the season and DFL CEO Christian Seifert is currently looking to negotiate what could very well be the biggest contract in German football’s history. Amounts of around 1 billion Euros have been mentioned by the press, as the club’s in the league desperately look to increase the source of […]

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Justin Bieber – The latest cause for a red card

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Players insulting the referee are always in danger of getting a card. From time to time threats or rather harshly worded insults can even be punished by a sending off. In the Landesliga Berlin match between Fortuna Biesdorf and Concordia Britz one such card was handed out to Cocordia’s reserve keeper Özkan Akdogan. What had happened? In the 44th minute Concordia […]

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Violent German football fans could lose their driving license in the future

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Picture taken by Kenny Legg of the excellent blog adventuresintinpot.co.uk. Fifteen fans in Oberhausen are currently involved in a legal battle with the city that could determine how violent football fans are going to be punished in the future. According to an article by Deutschlandfunk the group of Ultras was asked to turn up to a medical and psychological evaluation […]

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Champions League Draw: A breezer for Bayern, Real trouble for Wolfsburg

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On Friday afternoon Uefa conducted the draw for the next round of the Champions League and Europa League. At the moment there are still Three German sides left in those competitions, which has seen the Bundesliga comfortably rise to become Europe’s second strongest league according to the Uefa coefficient. Whilst the Luck of the draw was on Wolfsburg’s side in […]

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The Best and Worst of Bundesliga Fandom on Display

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Events from match day 26 put things into perspective for many a Bundesliga fan. During Sunday night’s fixture between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05, two fans in separate incidents suffered heart attacks. A 79-year-old pensioner on the Südtribüne didn’t make it, whilst the other fan was rushed to the hospital to receive further treatment. The way the fans reacted to […]

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Borussia Dortmund: The Better Angels of our Nature

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Something different happened at Sunday’s match between Borussia Dortmund and FSV Mainz 05.  A match was played and completed, with Dortmund coming up 2-0 winners over the visitors, yes. But there was something different.  The crowded Signal Iduna Park, bursting at the seams with its usual 80,000 or so capacity crowd, and usually enormous with noise and with singing and cheering, […]

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