About Johannes

Johannes is one of the editors of ".de - Magazin Deutschland".

Tradition is all very well and good, but…

After having recently spent most a blog post cracking jokes at the (considerable) expense of vulgar nouveau riche football clubs, I thought I should even things out a bit by admitting something: tradition, as nice as it is to have, is no better at buying success than good, hard cash. A team that has been [...]

By | April 27th, 2011|Bundesliga, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

The Bundesliga is like a box of chocolates…

Professional footballers have a lot in common with children – well, at least the FC Bayern boys do in any case. On the one hand, they’re unpredictable, moody, and have real difficulty concentrating on one thing for 90 minutes, as shown by their poor 1:1 performance against a much weaker Nuremberg side last week. Then [...]

By | April 18th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|2 Comments

It’s a young man’s game; both in Dortmund, and in goal

Right, let’s get this out of the way straight away: my team, Eintracht Frankfurt, lost this weekend, going down 0:2 to VfB Stuttgart. It was their fourth defeat at home in a row and has helped them to an astonishing new record in terms of losing: it’s the seventh game they’ve played without scoring a [...]

By | February 28th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on It’s a young man’s game; both in Dortmund, and in goal

Relegation, or: a nice way to pass the time

I like Pierre Littbarski. First he was one of the country’s most elegant dribblers in midfield, contributing decisively to the World Cup success of 1990. Then he was a coach, with a distinct lack of vanity and an ability to stay focussed and unemotional. This weekend, however, I did find myself wondering about our “Litti”, who [...]

By | February 21st, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on Relegation, or: a nice way to pass the time