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Thiago Alcantara : Tactical Analysis of a Brilliant Comeback Campaign


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


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


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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