Category Archives: Profile

Mainz and the Secret of their Success- Christian Heidel

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They call it the “Mainz-way” and it works. For the past six seasons, moderately sized 1.FSV Mainz 05 have held their own in the Bundesliga and provided an excellent model as to how to run a football club. There is a philosophy behind the club and they won’t compromise their principles. But philosophy and principles can only take you so […]

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Holger Badstuber – Still trying to put his injury nightmares behind him

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1st December 2012 – that’s when the injury nightmare began for Holger Badstuber. During the 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him sidelined until May 2013.  During rehabilitation he suffered a reoccurrence of the injury, sidelining him for 125 games and nearly 19 months. Up until this point in his career everything […]

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Joelinton — Meet Hoffenheim’s New Brazilian

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After strengthening their defence with the capture of Fabian Schär from FC Basel, Hoffenheim have now splashed cash on some attacking talent in the shape of young Brazilian Joelinton. Here we take a look at the new arrival in Sinsheim…… With transfer speculation mounting over the future of Roberto Firmino, Hoffenheim have guaranteed that there will be at least one Brazilian […]

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TSV 1860 München – the story of a full-fledged decline

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When football fans think about glorious footballing moments and the city of Munich simultaneously, their minds will invariably draft to Bayern München. However, die Roten‘s cross town rivals, TSV 1860 München, won a Bundesliga championship before the team from the Säbener Strasse and even managed to get to the European Cup winners Cup final before Bayern were even promoted to the Bundesliga. Given […]

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Thiago Alcantara : Tactical Analysis of a Brilliant Comeback Campaign

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The list of achievement is impressive: a penalty decider in the thrilling Pokal shootout against Leverkusen, an away goal in Porto keeping Bayern’s UCL hopes alive, and finally the opener in Bayern’s 6-1 dismantling of FC Porto. These key moments make Thiago Alcantara’s return to Bayern’s starting lineup appear perfect. Doubts about the Spaniard lengthy injury exodus and wider future have quickly disappeared. According […]

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To Sebastian Kehl: an Ode

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This is Sebastian Kehl’s final season in the Bundesliga. Back in January 2002, Kehl signed for Borussia Dortmund from SC Freiburg. Fast forward to the present day, Kehl has been with Dortmund for a staggering 13 consecutive years. In his first season (2001/2002) with die Schwarzgelben, Kehl played 15 matches. At that time, his teammates included the likes Lars Ricken, Dede, Sunday Oliseh, […]

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Flop to Phenomenon – How Franco Di Santo found a home at Werder Bremen

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For outsiders to the Bundesliga and Werder Bremen there are two immediately striking features about goals for the home side at Weserstadion. The first is the sound of The Proclaimers’ ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ which greets Werder’s goals. The second is something that is becoming increasingly common, the sight of Franco Di Santo wheeling away in celebration. That is […]

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Van der Vaart’s drawn out goodbye – The story of a disappointing end

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He should have been one of the last missing pieces of the puzzle when Hamburger SV purchased him back in 2012. Rafael van der Vaart was the long-lost son of the HSV fans and he finally made a return to the Imtech Arena on the last day of the transfer window during the 2012/13 season. The club’s sugar daddy, Klaus-Michael Kühne, opened […]

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Udo Lattek: The man who made me a Bayern fan

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I was first drawn to FC Bayern München in the spring of 1981, some three months shy of my tenth birthday. In the dark days long before the advent of cable and satellite television, my opportunities to watch the team in action had been few and far between, and although I would live through the pain of the 1982 European […]

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