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Another chapter to the England vs. Germany Saga

In England, Football, Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on April 25, 2011 at 18:42

Another chapter in the Anglo-German football rivalry will be written later this month when Schalke and ManU meet in the semi-final of the European Cup, otherwise known as UEFA Champions League. Last year ManU were beaten over the two legs by Bayern München who went al the way to the Final, only to lose it against a defensive minded Inter. The encounter in the quarter-final became more famous for Alex Ferguson’s rant against Ribery to fall to the ground in “typical German” manner, which led to the sending off of Rafael. The record of Man United against German opposition is not the best. They lost the semi-finals in 1997 and 2002 to Dortmund and Leverkusen respectively, as well as two quarter-finals against Bayern München in 2001 and 2010. Against this stands solely the triumph in the Nou Camp in 1999 against Bayern. However, overall the English clubs have had the better of the European Cup competitions, having won a total of 25 European Cups across all competitions, German teams have won 17 in all tournaments so far. This includes the triumph of 1. FC Magdeburg in the Cup Winners Cup in 1974. That tally is quite obviously in England’s favour.

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Our Weimar? Britain in the 1970s

In Britain, England, Germany, History, Identity, Literature on April 5, 2011 at 11:11

is how Andy Beckett opens his account of Britain’s seventies in his excellent When the Lights went out. Now this certainly requires some questions to be answered. First, did Britain in the seventies have anything in common with the Weimar Republic? Second, were the British seventies the prelude to a period of war and disaster like the Weimar time was in Germany? These questions are not easy to be answered.

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