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Is Bayern Germany?

In History on March 13, 2019 at 18:30

The question of nationality often comes up when talking about whether or not Bavaria is a part of Germany. Of course it is. At the same time it is an open secret that Bavarians tend to think of themselves and their federal state as being something special and different from the rest of the land.

In terms of football, the case is not so clear. The Champions League match between Bayern München and Liverpool has become a gauge to measure the state of German football and the competitiveness of the Bundesliga in comparison to the Premier League. Why does this matter? Because in a matter of weeks English and German clubs have played against each other and as of now, Bayern München are the only German contender left in the competition.

What is at stake here? Except sporting success? Nothing. Is it therefore necessary to get behind Bayern this evening? No.

It seems easy to draw Hobsbawm’s dictum of eleven men as representatives of a nation out of the cupboard when needed as this sports journalist does with this tweet. This is just misconstrued as the Champions League or for that matter any other international football tournament no longer represents any national playing identity and possibly never has. Bayern are playing for themselves and no one else and so do Liverpool, their opponents at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

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A Cup of Tea

In History on November 11, 2018 at 11:11

Upon arriving in his exile home, Kaiser Wilhelm II. asked for nothing in particular.

If it is possible I should like above all a cup of hot English tea.

<em>Note: The quote by Kaiser Wilhelm II. is taken from Peter Vansittart’s book Voices From the Great War</em>

Separated at Birth

In Popular Culture on July 13, 2018 at 14:30

Cillian Murphy has become a star playing Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

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John Stones has made his mark as one third of England’s back three during the World Cup 2018 in Russia

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