Category Archives: Profile

German Soccer Legend Oka Nikolov Hopes to Coach in MLS


Oka Nikolov, a German born goalkeeper that played for the Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt is a legend in Germany. His professional career spanned 21 years, beginning in 1992 and he played with and against Germany’s best, including current USA Soccer coach and soccer great Jurgen Klinsmann. Affectionately referred to as “The Eternal Oka” by the Frankfurt faithful, he is revered throughout Germany […]

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Hakan Çalhanoğlu- The Bundesliga’s Free-Kick King


Each generation produces one or two outstanding free-kick kings, but it is safe to say that Bayer Leverkusen have the fortune to possess today’s master. Hours devoted on the training pitch to perfect technique often pays dividends on match day and leaves fans in ecstasy and opposition goalkeepers looking stunned. We are of course talking about the set-piece expert, the […]

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A matter of the heart – Niklas Brandt’s return to the football pitch


It was the 110th minute of a proper Pokal fight between 1. FC Magdeburg and Bayer Leverkusen. The second round match on October 29th 2014 had seen the Regionalliga side surprising the Bundesliga team by being well-organised and rather effective going forward. Defensive midfielder Niklas Brandt had taken a run from the mid-circle of the pitch and up towards the […]

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Player profile – Charles Aránguiz


“We’re pleased that our persistence paid off and that Charles Aránguiz has decided to join us,” said Leverkusen’s general manager, Michael Schade, on the Bundesliga club’s website. Pleased? If Chilean midfielder Aránguiz lives up to the potential that many people believe he has, then the Werkself hierarchy should be doing somersaults to a background of fireworks, dancing girls and a […]

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From big talent to garbage man – The story of Kevin Pannewitz


He was once touted as one of the emerging midfield talents in Germany. As a 16-year-old in 2008 Kevin Pannewitz made the jump from Tennis Borussia Berlin’s youth team to Hansa Rostock. His talents as midfielder were soon discovered, and the midfielder was given his Regionalliga Nord (fourth tier) debut on match day 8 of the 2009/10 season. The same […]

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Werder Watch: Which young players will Viktor Skripnik promote next season?

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Werder Bremen’s decision to hand the reins to Viktor Skripnik last October proved a master-stroke as the former youth team trainer turned around a faltering season and led the Grün-Weißen to within a whisker of qualifying for Europe. The club do not have an endless transfer budget to strengthen their squad so it appears likely that alongside signings Anthony Ujah, […]

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Amin Younes – Hoping for a Breakout Season with Gladbach


Emre Can called the recent 5-0 hammering by Portugal in the European Championship U21 semi final “a dark day” for the whole of Germany. The European Championship favourites suffered their heaviest-ever defeat at U21 level in the semi final. The German Under 21 team may have crashed out of the European U21 Championships in typically un-German style, but there were […]

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Ready to fly with the Eagles- Eintracht’s new signing Luc Castaignos


Despite having last season’s Torschützenkönig in their ranks in the form of Alexander Meier, Eintracht Frankfurt are not resting on their laurels ahead of the new campaign and have succeeded in signing the highly rated Luc Castaignos from Twente Enschede. Let the Fanatic give you the lowdown on the latest addition to the Frankfurt forward line. A topsy-turvy path to […]

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