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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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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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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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