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Christoph Kramer is unquestionably returning to Leverkusen . . . unless he isn’t.

by Randall Hauk

“Leverkusen? Nothing has been decided.” That is the quote Kicker.de attributed to Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer in a story published Wednesday. “I am under contract to play in Leverkusen as of summer 2015,” quotes Bild.de, “As it currently stands, I’m headed there to play, as of this summer. And not just because I must, but because the […]

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Pep’s admiration for world chess champions Magnus Carlsen

by Niklas Wildhagen

Franz Beckenbauer famously said that “Football isn’t chess”; however, these days the word Rasenschach is to be found in many German dictionaries. Translated word-by-word, the expression could be broken down into lawn chess, but – before you start thinking about chess pieces standing in a park being moved around by old geezers – the actually meaning of the phrase […]

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Toni Kroos at Real Madrid header

Toni Kroos among the Galacticos

by Chalkontheboots

When the opportunity arises to sign a player of the calibre of Toni Kroos for around £20million, it’s not really a difficult decision to make. And when you’re the President of Real Madrid, you don’t really consider if you need an elite level player. If one becomes available, you sign him. It’s a policy that […]

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Verzweifelt und Verflixt

by Rick Joshua

On the way to work this morning I’d be stuck in traffic, and and after fiddling a bit with the car’s in-built MP3 player I’d randomly spin the control to a random track. It would land on the Tyrolean folk group Die Ursprung Buam – and a typically foot-tapping ditty called Verzweifelt und verflixt – crudely translated, “desperate and […]

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Real Madrid Brush Aside Disappointing Bayern Munich

by Daniel Jefferson

Real Madrid produced a master class in how to play total football as they totally dismantled a rather embarrassing Bayern side Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal meeting, ending the Bavarians’ dreams of a second consecutive treble with a 4-0 humbling at the Allianz Arena. No real chances were produced in […]

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Champions League Preview – Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

by Daniel Jefferson

Real Madrid will travel to the fortress that is the Allianz Arena tonight to take on current European champions, Bayern Munich which should be a clash between two Goliaths of European football. The Galácticos currently have the ascendancy in the tie due to 1-0 victory in Spain last week. The winner was scored by the […]

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In Defense of Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich’s “Tiki-Taka”

by quazi zulquarnain

Maybe, just maybe, I am frequenting the wrong corners of the internet, but ever since Real Madrid edged out Bayern Munich at home in the Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday, all my usual cyberspace abodes seem to have conspired together to develop a singular narrative – “Tiki-Taka does not work.” There are several slight tangents to […]

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Dortmund exit Europe on high after emphatic win against Madrid

by Mark Lovell

Not quite the wondrous miracle that few actually expected but high-drama all the same. Real’s players joyfully celebrated the 2-0 defeat at the final whistle as they might when winning ‘El Clasico’ in the Nou Camp, Barcelona. Games can change on fine margins and Real clearly struggled to come to terms with Angel di Maria’s […]

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Dortmund not quite ready to throw in the towel

by Mark Lovell

Borussia Dortmund retains a small glimmer of hope of overcoming a 3-0 Champions League quarterfinal deficit heading into this week’s home leg, despite last week’s mauling in Madrid. In order to progress to the semifinals, Dortmund must better their magical 4-1 win at home over Real nearly 12 months ago when Polish striker Robert Lewandowski […]

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Sami Khedira – Looking ahead to the World Cup

by Niklas Wildhagen

November 15th 2013 is a date which Sami Khedira is unlikely to forget. In Germany’s friendly match against Italy the midfielder put in a challenge on the Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo and remained on the ground. After a closer look at the right knee, Germany’s team physician Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt found out that the Real player […]

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