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The eternal Miro – The story of an unlikely career

by Niklas Wildhagen

One can’t help but be impressed if one takes a closer look at Miroslav Klose’s stats. The 35-year-old has scored 121 goals in 307 Bundesliga appearances, he has gotten on the score sheet a total of 68 times during his 131 matches for the national team and after moving to Italy at the age of […]

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Stalwart Ivica Olić remains hungry with the Wolves

by Tom Rowland

He is a nightmare for any defender. Full of guile and tenacity, Ivica Olić is the epitome of a hard-working striker. For this reason, defenders know they’re in for a battle, a 90-minute battle, when facing him. Olić is a terrier. Hassling defenders as he defends from the front, the energetic striker puts 100% into […]

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Thomas Broich – The forgotten talent

by Ahmed Yussuf

A recent weekend saw a son of Bavaria walk onto a football pitch as a champion, receiving a respectful guard of honour from opposition players. His club side were back atop the mountain, playing the league’s best football, well above the rest. . But hold on a minute . . . this isn’t Philipp Lahm, […]

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Hannover’s American Hero, Steve Cherundolo, Announces His Retirement

by Gerry Wittmann

At a Wednesday press conference, long-time Hannover right back Steve Cherundolo, 36, announced his retirement as an active footballer following a series of knee injuries that have limited him to only two appearances during the current season.  The native of Rockford, Illinois, who grew up in San Diego, retires with the all-time record for Bundesliga […]

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Guy Acolatse – The first black professional footballer in Germany

by Niklas Wildhagen

Guy Acolatse made his way to the Millerntor in a cab not knowing what awaited him on July 14,1963. The Togolese midfielder had made his debut for the national team as a 17-year-old, and four years later he had offers from France, Belgium and from FC St. Pauli. Little did he know what was to […]

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Bundesliga Stars at the World Cup – Fabian Johnson

by Oli Moody

A summer of change beckons for 26 year-old Fabian Johnson. The Hoffenheim defender has already agreed to join Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer, and will be lining up in green and white next season. But Johnson has enough on his plate already, before he even starts thinking ahead to his future with the Foals. […]

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Nikolče Noveski – from Eigentor-König to King of Mainz

by Aleix Gwilliam

Macedonian’s most famous king was Alexander the Great some 2400 years ago approximately. Nowadays, Macedonia’s status in Europe is somewhat secondary, just like their football team and they have not produced a player that has particularly stood out at club level since Darko Pančev’s excellent few seasons at Red Star Belgrade in the late 80s and […]

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The Forgotten Man: Does Holger Badstuber have a Place in Pep’s Bayern Squad?

by Adrian Sertl

It has been nearly 15 months since Holger Badstuber last featured in a match for FC Bayern München. The 24-year-old central defender has been sidelined by a rather serious ligament injury in his right knee initially suffered in a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund in December 2012. While on the road to recovery, Badstuber experienced […]

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Arc it Like Alban: SC Paderborn’s Alban Meha is Drawing Attention with Free-Kick Artistry

by Randall Hauk

“Alban Meha is unbelievable. He has a unique shot. I have immense respect for him. He has again made a great and decisive contribution to victory” – SC Paderborn defender Florian Hartherz after Meha’s two-goal performance against VfL Bochum “Snaiper” may seem an insensitive nickname to give someone whose family was compelled to flee their homeland […]

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Josip Drmić, revelation for Der Club and country

by Aleix Gwilliam

This week’s friendly match between Switzerland and Croatia in St. Gallen was particularly special for fans of the visiting side. More than 38,000 Croatian citizens live in Switzerland and over 103,000 people speak Serbo-Croat so it came as no surprise that one of the stands behind one goal was packed with thousands of Croatian fans, […]

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