This match went down in German sports writing as the ‘Miracle of Wembley’. Quite why is unknown. This match however, should be marked as the watershed between England and Germany when it came to football. It was the first win of a German team on record at Wembley in a competitive match. It was the third defeat of England against Germany in a row. All these things should have given English football something to think about. Albeit it didn’t. England and Germany went in diametrically opposed directions. Read the rest of this entry »
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This blog started in June 2010 to accompany my academic writing about the Anglo-German rivalry. Since then, there have been more than 5000 clicks on this page. Which means with 50 posts there have been 100 clicks on each post on average. There is certainly room for improvement but nonetheless it is a small achievement. And a reason to say thank you to all who have clicked in the last 20 months. And a reminder to keep on visiting this blog and tell your friends and colleagues about it.
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Due to Bayern Munich‘s success in ‘typical German manner’ (quote: Gary Lineker, Sir Alex Ferguson et.al.) i.e. penalty shoot out, against Real Madrid in last nights Champions League semi-final, there will be another Anglo-German meeting taking place at Munich on May 19. Accidentally, it will be a football match. This has happened on a few occasions in the past and not always have the coverage and the football been adequate. It is hoped though that this will not be the case on May 19 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, where the final of this year’s Champions League will be staged. Read the rest of this entry »
The possibly best known ‘special relationship‘ in modern history is between the United States and the United Kingdom. This blog is about the ‘special relationship’ the UK and Germany have enjoyed over the last 60 and more years, particularly on the football pitch but also on other field such as music, the press and literature. This post however, will look at recent press outpourings in Germany about a poem published by Nobel laureate Günter Grass in which he heavily criticized Israel and thus shed a light upon this special relationship. Read the rest of this entry »