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

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

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

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

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

Whether international or Bundesliga games, the numbers matter

Last week, Germany and Italy lined up against each other for a friendly, but the atmosphere was everything but. The reason is that, apart from Brazil, there is no one country against whom Germany has a worse record than Italy: over the last 30 games, they have only booked seven wins against the Italians, whilst [...]

By |February 14th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on Whether international or Bundesliga games, the numbers matter