SV Darmstadt 98’s Böllenfalltor Home: Sch**ss can be Nice Sometimes

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As an American studying and working in Germany this year,  I’ve been on a quest to visit the home grounds of every Bundesliga club this season. With my trip to Darmstadt, there was only the Audi Sportpark of FC Ingolstadt left to visit. And while Darmstadt made headlines for their aged Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor being in disarray coming into their long-awaited return […]

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New Year’s Treat — Schalke and Leverkusen at the Florida Cup

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It’s winter break time for the Bundesliga, and although we fans miss the weekly matches, for me winter break is a good thing.  It provides the opportunity for players and coaches to relax, visit family and friends for the holidays, and in many cases heal from the accumulated knocks and bruises from the season’s first half.  And we fans across […]

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Tradition in Trouble Part 2: Rot-Weiss Essen Is Lost Without Helmut Rahn

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The most famous moment in German sports broadcasting history goes like this: Kopfball! Abgewehrt! Aus dem Hintergrund müsste Rahn schiessen. Rahn schießt…TOR! TOR! TOR! TOR! That translates to: Header! Cleared! From the background Rahn has to shoot. Rahn shoots…GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Herbert Zimmerman, the West German radio announcer, just described the unthinkable. The man who ripped the shot from […]

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Friday Night Coface – Malli Inspires Mainz to Magnificent Win

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Late evening kick off under the floodlights, the warm buzz of anticipation in a mostly-full stadium, the knowledge that you’re about to see two teams of highly talented players go head to head in a game everyone at home’s also watching. Is there anything better when it comes to football? Not much. On Friday I made the very short trip […]

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