Tag Archives: Louis Van Gaal

The Germans are Coming

by quazi zulquarnain

In typical fashion, the Germans spoiled the party. Come May 25, 2013, the English Football Association was due to celebrate a hundred and fifty years of incompetence, sorry existence, with the crowning glory of the second Champions League final in Wembley in three years. Football was coming home and with an English team defending their […]

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Netherlands 0 – 0 Germany – A Conversation Imagined

by Gerry Wittmann

The phone call imagined, earlier this week.. Louis van Gaal:  Hallo, Jogi?  This is Louie. Jogi Löw:  Ahhh, Louie, how are you? LvG:  Fine, fine.  We have that friendly Wednesday evening, you know…. JL:  Yes, I do recall.  A friendly….we hate each other (chuckles) LvG:  Yes we do (chuckles).  The pressure is on here, though, […]

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FC Bayern’s Hinrunde: A complacent return to dominance.

by KitHolden

There is a myth in German football, that if ever FC Bayern fall from their proverbial horse, they promptly get back on and ride away into yet another glimmering sunset. The reality is, of course, that, although they eventually – inevitably – remount, there are usually a lot of tears before they do so. The […]

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Being Franck and Earnest – A Happy Ribéry

by KitHolden

Franck Ribéry is back. Back to his world beating best. The nearly superstar is looking like a true hero once again, and it’s about time too. If, hypothetically, there was an individual who watched Ribéry in 2007 and then fell into a four year long coma, to awake only at the start of this season, […]

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF FC BAYERN: Its Continuing Problems and the Gomez Paradox

by Daniel Nyari

The first match day of the 49th installment of the Bundesliga came to a close this past weekend and Bayern Munich were at the forefront of the round’s biggest upset.  The 0-1 home loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach was their first opening season loss in 10 years and the first time the visitors had beaten them […]

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Ghosts of 2001 – memories of the last European Champions to come out of Germany

by KitHolden

It will be with a heavy heart and the bittersweet tears of nostalgia that the red half of Munich will look on as Manchester United and FC Barcelona do battle at Wembley tomorrow evening. At the final of dreams, between arguably the two best teams in Europe, FC Bayern will be notable only by their […]

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Bayern’s myopic policies a product of Uli Hoeness’s whims

by quazi zulquarnain

  How quickly things change. Just a little under two months ago, everything looked about as rosy as it could possibly get for a stony-faced Amsterdammer residing in a leafy suburb in Munich. Louis van Gaal had just guided German giants Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win over Inter Milan in Italy, going part of […]

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Bayern München 6 – 0 Hamburg: Robben and Ribery rampant as Bayern record biggest win of the season

by Cristian Nyari

Introduction – Battle of the Lame Ducks The last two weeks have been the low point of Bayern season, and one of the worst in recent memory.  Bayern had not lost 3 consecutive matches in over 10 years and the media fiasco surrounding Van Gaal’s summer exit and replacement as a result was inspiring anything […]

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Inter Milan 0-1 Bayern München: Bayern patience pays off – A tactical analysis

by Cristian Nyari

Introduction A lot has been said in the run up to this match.  Most notably, the fact that this was a replay of last year’s final and that inevitably led to the many narratives pundits and journalists espouse in such instances.  Would Inter be the same without Mourinho?  Can Bayern take their revenge and redeem […]

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Bayern München 4 – 0 1899 TSG Hoffenheim – Robben and Ribery make the difference as Bayern dominate

by Cristian Nyari

Introduction When Arjen Robben was signed at the beginning of last season pundits across the world immediately put their brains to work to come up with a moniker for what was to be one of Europe’s best wing pairings.  “Robbery” emerged in numerous publications and on the lips of commentators world wide but rarely ever where it really […]

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