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The winners and losers this season

So there you go: the last match day of the 2010-2011 season has been played, and the 18 Bundesliga teams is divided into two camps – the winners and the losers. Nevertheless, deciding which teams belong to which category is a matter of personal interpretation – and here’s mine. Winners The biggest winners are, of [...]

By | May 16th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

It’s all gone wrong for Frankfurt

For my money, the biggest disappointment is Eintracht Frankfurt. You name it, they’ve done it wrong, and so they deserve what is looking likely to be the fourth relegation in club history. I mean, just look at them: the worst second leg to a season ever and a disastrous attempt at something approaching football against [...]

By | May 9th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

The good reasons to choose Dortmund and Manuel Neuer

So Borussia Dortmund is now the Bundesliga champion 2010-2011. Despite there being another two match days this season, BVB’s 2:0 win against Nuremberg on the weekend put them beyond the reach of their closest rivals, Leverkusen, who lost 0:2 to Cologne. Even if the Leverkusen boys had won, though, their chances of claiming this title [...]

By | May 2nd, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|4 Comments

War is too important to be left to the generals

The 29th match day of this Bundesliga season was a day of big-name duels. There was Frankfurt-Bremen, Stuttgart-Kaiserslautern and Mönchengladbach-Cologne, all of which were fights between relegation candidates – the latter, of course, was also something of a local Rhineland derby. There was the Bavarian derby duel, too, with Munich up against Nuremberg. Attention was [...]

By | April 11th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

All eyes on Christoph Daum

Christoph Daum’s return to Bundesliga football has grabbed the headlines and suddenly, the full heat of the media microscope is bearing down on him and his new employers, Eintracht Frankfurt. So how will this famous motor-mouth do? He is known across Germany as a talented coach, beginning his meteoric career in Cologne, then progressing onto [...]

By | April 4th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

Football coaches madness, part 2

If you read last week, you’ll remember me dedicating the entire text to the absolute lunacy that has swept through the Bundesliga in the last few weeks, with boards of directors running around like headless chickens and firing coaches left, right and centre. Well, the bad news is that these chickens are still headless. Bayern [...]

By | March 21st, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|2 Comments

Directionless directors: a chronic Bundesliga problem

It’s been a dramatic few days, and as I write, a whole locker-room full of coaches is facing the sack, jockeying to try and find other teams or biting their nails about their first ever trip to the dole office. In fact, the kind of frenetic behind-the-scenes wrangling that’s been going on in the last [...]

By | March 14th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on Directionless directors: a chronic Bundesliga problem