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

Hoeneß has a go at FC Bayern, van Gaal and, er, himself

Just what was Bayern president Uli Hoeneß thinking? Or, more to the point, was he thinking at all? It’s certainly hard to believe that Hoeneß, in his time a national squad member and now former general manager of the best club in German football, had his brain in gear at all. It’s been a week [...]

By | November 8th, 2010|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

I don’t hate St. Pauli!

It was the fourth match-day, and in this year’s Bundesliga, that could only mean one thing: derby time! In Wolfsburg, Gelsenkirchen and Hamburg too, neighbouring clubs lined up against each other, and it is this last local clash that really stood out. After all, it had been 48 years since the city rivals HSV and [...]

By | September 20th, 2010|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on I don’t hate St. Pauli!

Bavaria’s finest Dutchmen against the Italian team without Italians

This Saturday, 22nd May, Bayern Munich will be playing in the Champions League final against Inter Milan. Yes, you read right: on a Saturday! It’s unusual, what with Wednesday tending to be the day for European football – but the marketing whizzes from UEFA will no doubt have noticed that Saturday is far better for [...]

By | May 20th, 2010|Bundesliga, General, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on Bavaria’s finest Dutchmen against the Italian team without Italians