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An Englishman’s English Week in Bavaria

by Jon Godfrey

Having just returned from our third successive pre-Christmas trip to Germany, my brother and I had no desire to wait another year for our next dose of live Bundesliga action.  The upcoming “English Week” in March was too big an opportunity to miss and when the fixtures were finalised our preferred Bavarian excursion fell perfectly […]

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Racking up the miles for Werder Bremen and the Nordderby

by Werder Fan

My love affair with Werder Bremen began in September 2006 when I went to live in Bremen for a year as an ERASMUS student. The name Werder Bremen was familiar to me from watching Champions League football in the UK as a casual Man Utd fan, but I couldn’t have imagined the years to follow […]

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Bundesliga Starts at 40: An Englishman’s Journey through German Football. Part Four

by Jon Godfrey

For the penultimate leg of our trip, my brother and I would be travelling into vaguely familiar territory as we made our way to match 7 out of 8. We’d visited the Black Forest twice before during family holidays in the mid 1980s, when we’d stayed in the small village of Schönwald that’s located just […]

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Bundesliga Starts at 40: An Englishman’s Journey through German Football. Part Three

by Jon Godfrey

Having breathlessly navigated a run of three games in four days, my brother and I were firmly settled into our German adventure that hadn’t even reached the halfway point.  After the previous night’s winner-takes-all excitement, our appetite for knockout football had been further fueled, so after returning to our Heidelberg base we made a quick turnaround […]

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Bundesliga starts at 40: An Englishman’s journey through German football. Part Two

by Jon Godfrey

For our third annual trip to Germany, my brother and I would be zigzagging across the Southwest for a whistle stop schedule of eight games in ten days. We’d left no margin for error so had booked everything as far in advance as possible. My ticket procurement strategy involved trying to resolve everything by e-mail […]

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Bundesliga starts at 40: An Englishman’s journey through German football. Part One

by Jon Godfrey

“Why don’t you go off and watch some sport somewhere?” It was September 2011 and this advice was usually reserved for the days when my girlfriend wanted me out of the house.  However, on this occasion it was her inspired response to my twin brother and I wondering how best to avoid frittering away the […]

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A Supercup View from the Yellow Wall

by Archie Rhind-Tutt

When beer flies through the air in the stands of a Bundesliga club, it’s likely to signify a fan’s disgust at an official, an opposing player or, in happier times, the elation of a goal. As the amber globules of Brinkhoff’s flew over my right shoulder in the infamous Südtribüne, it confirmed not just a […]

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Whatever happened to you after all this confusion, Tasmania Berlin?

by Niklas Wildhagen

A Trip Down Memory Lane It’s a rainy Sunday and the afternoon after the long night before. The wind is blowing a bit, as it almost always does in Berlin, and I’m on my way to Neukölln. Somewhat hidden away in the Werner Seelenbinder Sportpark is the Neukölln Stadion, where SV Tasmania Berlin plays these […]

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Football travel weekend: Germany vs USA

by Conni Covington

I took Amtrak up from Durham, NC, on Friday to watch the match. After a rather long delay, which involved waiting half an hour for a disabled freight train a bit north of Richmond and driving backwards most of the way to Richmond to reach the next track crossing so we could go around it, […]

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A Schalke Fan Goes Home, for the First Time

by Jody Strauch

What makes a fan a fan? More often than not, it is simple geography. We follow and cheer for those teams who play close enough for us to watch on television and even visit the stadium on occasion. It makes things easier. For some Americans, it’s all about the winners; they become fans of the […]

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