Tag Archives: Franz Beckenbauer

Beckenbauer and Aicher: A Stylish Link

by Paul Gleeson

Maybe it’s just the way cameras caught the light back then, but somehow in the footage of West Germany’s 1974 World Cup Final victory over Holland, there are moments when Franz Beckenbauer could almost be one of Otl Aicher’s Olympic pictograms. At first, this may seem a simple illusion: high contrast filters and faded film […]

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Is this the best Bayern Munich of all time?

by Cristian Nyari

Bayern Munich have rewritten the history books this season. They become the first German club in history to win the treble.  More impressively, they did so in dominant fashion, disposing of some of the best teams in European football with relative ease and breaking records every which way.  With three trophies locked up in their […]

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Soccer Made in Germany…. by Americans: A Mutual Relationship

by Gerry Wittmann

With the recent signings of former American collegiate players Paolo DelPiccolo by Eintracht Frankfurt and Parker Walsh to the Karlsruher SC first team, along with FC Augsburg inking MLS and Danish SuperLiga veteran Michael Parkhurst in December, the number of Americans playing professionally in Germany continues to grow.  There were already fifteen Americans earned their living […]

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From Beckenbauer to Matthäus – German Footballers in America

by Cristian Nyari

Ahead of Germany’s friendly against Jürgen Klinsmann’s US national team to celebrate US soccer’s 100th anniversary dfb.de traveled down memory lane and revisited four decades worth of German footballers who have made their way across the atlantic to kick the round ball in North America. From Franz Beckenbauer to Lothar Matthäus, some of German football’s biggest ever […]

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Hits better forgotten – Bundesliga stars singing

by Niklas Wildhagen

A number of Bundesliga players have tried to entertain the German public off the pitch as well by recording their own songs. Here is a brief history of the musical history of German football. Visitors to the annual Oktoberfest in Munich may have heard a strange folksy kind of song in one of the beer […]

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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona – 1995/96 UEFA Cup Semifinals and the Beginning of an Era

by Cristian Nyari

Ahead of Bayern Munich’s mammoth second leg semifinal against FC Barcelona, we look back at an earlier European encounter between the two, the 1995/96 UEFA Cup semifinals.  Their run to the UEFA Cup final that year was both unlikely and symbolic.  It was a tumultuous period in Bayern’s history and the eventual  Cup win was symbolized the end of a dark […]

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Bundesliga Rewind – Bayern München vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1973/74 – A Bundesliga Fairytale

by Cristian Nyari

German football was at its peak in the 1970′s and no two teams epitomized the Bundesliga’s golden era more than Bayern München and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Between 1969 and 1979, Bayern and Gladbach won ten of the eleven league titles and set the standard for the rest of the league. In those  years, both teams played […]

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Bundesliga 50: The 1970′s – Scandals, Success and Sponsors

by Christoph Wagner

Part 2 of the anniversary series, Bundesliga 50, has a look at the 1970′s, a period during which German football came to the fore once more but only after some scandalous revelations were shaken off. The 1970′s were arguably Germany’s most successful decade and to this day remains its golden era, in club as well […]

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VIDEO – Greatest Matches – Germany vs. Netherlands

by Cristian Nyari

Even if their rivalry has faded over the last two decades the Netherlands vs. Germany still remains one of the most exciting matches in international football primarily because football history is littered with memorable matches between these two neighbors and football powerhouses.  Here are the best of the best: Netherlands 1 – 2 West Germany […]

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Bundesliga Rewind – Bayern München vs. Schalke – 1974/75 “The End of an Era”

by Cristian Nyari

With 20 points from their first 9 league matches and sitting comfortably in second place, Schalke have had their second best ever start to a Bundesliga season.  They are also flying high in Europe, coming off a big win against Arsenal and topping their Champions League group.  Bayern München meanwhile have set the standard for […]

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