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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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Mainz and the Secret of their Success- Christian Heidel


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


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


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


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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