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 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

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

A ride on the transfer merry-go-round

So the 20th match-day of the Bundesliga is over and we know who lost and who won: but do you know who’s new in your favourite team? Ideas, anyone? After all, the winter transfer rounds in January are wreaking absolute havoc with the line-ups, and so it’s not hard to understand why some people are [...]

By | January 31st, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|2 Comments

Whether you are at Hoffenheim or St. Pauli, football is about money

The Bundesliga is back! After a short winter break, it’s business as usual – and this season, that means chasing Borussia Dortmund, who have built up a solid points lead at the top of the table. Will they be able to translate this into a victory, though, or are Mainz going to surprise everyone and [...]

By | January 17th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment