About Fazal Adnan

Fazal is a 27-year-old biotechnology student from Peshawar, Pakistan. This past March he received a DAAD scholarship to complete his Ph.D. in Germany at the Graduate School of Life Sciences in Giessen starting in June. As he settles into German student life, he'll be blogging about his impressions of life in Germany and the 2010 World Cup.

It is over, but we had a ball

These giant footballs lined a South African street at the start of the World Cup this June, each a representative of one of the famous FIFA cup balls.  In Germany, another giant football is on the streets: a hand-stitched football covered in hand-written well wishes for Germany’s football team. Unveiled in Berlin the day after [...]

Getting Klose to making history

 “Here’s the man who is on the track to history,” said a commentator of German footballer Miroslav Klose during the Germany-Australia game.  At first I thought he was talking about the World Cup title, but, unsure, I asked a Brazilian fan sitting next to me.  Klose, he explained, is just four goals away [...]

By |July 1st, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, General|7 Comments

Pakistan and the World Cup

Last week I found myself shocked by the news: Younus Khan--former captain of the Pakistani national cricket team--had been named "ambassador of football" for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).  But why a cricket player as the ambassador of football? During a recent visit to Lahore's cricket team camp, former [...]

By |June 16th, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, General|10 Comments

The World Cup’s Invisible Players: The Sialkot Football Stitchers

If you are a football fan you’ve probably heard of Sialkot, Pakistan – about 70 percent of the world’s hand-sewn footballs are made there. In the 1980s, Sialkot gained international celebrity status when it produced the Tango ball used in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.  Today Sialkot's hand-stitched balls face competition from the [...]

Meet the Bloggers: Fazal Adnan

Last week you met Der Irische Berliner, one of this year's Young Germany World Cup Bloggers.  This week we've got someone else to introduce to you: Fazal Adnan. Fazal is a 27-year-old biotechnology student from Peshawar, Pakistan.  This past March he received a DAAD scholarship to complete his Ph.D. in Germany at the [...]

By |May 24th, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, General|3 Comments