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An Englishman’s Football Excursion into Eastern Germany

by Jon Godfrey

Our previous four trips had seen my brother and I conquer vast swathes of the West, the North and the South of Germany, so it was inevitable that we’d focus our next adventure on the relatively mysterious East. I use the word mysterious, because having grown up during the latter stages of the Cold War […]

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Frankfurt Derby Double, Part 2. SV Darmstadt 98 v FSV Frankfurt, 24/9/2014.

by Nick Brown

This article was originally published on the blog Adventures in Bundesliga. It’s the morning after the night before and we’re back at Frankfurt’s main train station. After the previous evening’s race against time to get to the Commerzbank Arena following an S-bahn cancellation, we’re hoping today will go according to plan. Standing on the platform, we watch the […]

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Frankfurt Derby Double, Part 1. Eintracht Frankfurt v 1. FSV Mainz 05, 23/9/2014.

by Nick Brown

This article was originally published on the Adventures in Bundesliga blog. German efficiency. Rewind to the recent World Cup and take a look at any match report or article on Germany’s triumph and I will wager that nine times out of ten, the word efficiency is in there somewhere. German efficiency. The two words are synonymous […]

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No fear, but loathing in Wolfsburg

by Niklas Wildhagen

It’s October 4th and the sun is shining down on the Volkswagen Arena. I’m sitting close to the pitch watching the match unfold amidst the Wolfsburg faithful. In the 58th minute Dieter Hecking’s men have finally managed to crack the Augsburg defence wide open. The Brazilian defender Naldo had taken the ball upfield and continued his […]

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The Lohmühle in Lübeck – Flashes of the past and promises for the future

by Niklas Wildhagen

There are certain things that you hang on to for the rest of your life, simply because of the sentimental value to these possessions which signify who you were at a particular period during your life. My first Panini sticker album was one of those items, I think to myself while sitting in the bar right next […]

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Danke Dolo

by Mark Harrington

This is my first season of attending the Bundesliga. I did get hooked watching Dortmund last year in the Champions League and my first game this season was at the Westfalionstadion; however, as much as I enjoyed going there, I felt that I wanted to experience the football culture with a smaller club. I opted […]

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On Becoming a Lüneburger SK Hansa Fan

by Kai Dambach

Lüneburg is a small town just half an hour outside of Hamburg in northern Germany. Many of the buildings are from the Middle Ages with modern amenities to blend the brick and mortar of its time as a salt empire, with the handys and currywurst under Angela Merkel. There’s also a small university and plenty of […]

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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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