Der Kaiser Wears a Tracksuit: The Management Career of Franz Beckenbauer


The lists compiling football’s best players nearly always include the Franz Beckenbauer fairly high up the order. The German World Cup winning captain of 1974 amassed 103 caps and with his nonchalant style invented the role of the ball-playing libero. His playing career saw the twilight of his days spent in the USA helping to raise the profile of the nascent […]

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Big Season Ahead For Mario Götze


Here’s the picture: a scorer of a World Cup final winning goal, a €37 million record signing, consecutive Bundesliga titles, the poster boy of German football. It all sounds just perfect for Mario Götze. But things have not gone totally according to plan for the attacker, and this upcoming season of his at Bayern Munich is a very important one […]

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Germany at the 1986 World Cup – Part III: Maradona and the Final


In the final piece of our three-part series profiling Germany’s 1986 World Cup campaign in Mexico, Robert Fielder take a look at one of the most memorable finals of all time in his thrilling Complete History of the World Cup. The 1986 World Cup still remains perhaps Diego Maradona’s finest hour as a footballer and against Germany he encountered one […]

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Germany at the 1986 World Cup – Part II: Platini, Mexico & The Road to the Final


Continuing our two-part series about Germany’s 1986 World Cup campaign in Mexico, taken from Robert Fielder’s excellent “The Complete History of the World Cup,” we take a look at the knockout stages of the tournament and Germany’s path to yet another World Cup final. After surviving the Group of Death, Franz Beckenbauer’s Germany came up against surprise package Morocco, who […]

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Germany at the 1986 World Cup – Part I: The Group of Death


The 2014 World Cup has officially kicked off in Brazil with the first couple of matches already producing excitement, upsets and plenty of talking points. Joachim Löw’s Germany, meanwhile, will kick off their campaign on Monday against Portugal as they try to end their 18-year international trophy drought and win their first World Cup since 1990. In an excerpt from […]

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Is this the best Bayern Munich of all time?


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 cabinet and some time to […]

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


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 in the top three leagues […]

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