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FIFA, Putin and the FBI

In Football on June 29, 2015 at 08:00

A month has passed since a number of high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested by FBI agents. The initial reaction was that of relief as finally some one took the initiative against football’s global governing body as Blatter and his entourage have long been suspected to be utterly corrupt. The examples of the past are plentiful. It is proven that the TV rights dealer ISL and its bankruptcy in the early 2000s was murky to say the least. There is evidence that Chuck Blazer, Jack Warner and possibly others have accepted bribes. The action by the US Federal Agents was therefore welcomed by most people. Read the rest of this entry »

England vs. Germany: No One Mentions the War

In England, Football, Germany on November 23, 2014 at 10:00

England will play Germany at Wembley this afternoon. And no one has mentioned the war. Read the rest of this entry »

Football and Politics

In Football on June 21, 2014 at 22:47

Angela Merkel’s presence at Germany’s World Cup game against Portugal raised some questions. It has become tradition by the German chancellor to attend matches of Die Nationalmannschaft. Yet, Merkel’s omni-presence gives reason for concern over the link between football and politics. Read the rest of this entry »

Punk Football – FC United of Manchester

In Football on December 4, 2013 at 11:09

FC United have come very close to promotion to the Conference North, which is only one step away from the Football League. This is a fantastic achievement given that the club was established only in 2005 and has since moved up the divisions. After 3 straight promotions from 2005 until 2008 the Red Rebels are currently playing in the Northern Premier League, Northern Division. where they have reached the 3 consecutive play-off finals, albeit finishing as runners-up on each occasion.

This video by Hard Lines Productions was directed by Daniel Colbourne and recounts the history of the club through the voices of its fans, their manager Karl Marginson – who is still the first manager ever appointed by the club – as well as chairman Andy Walsh. The tenor of the voices heard here are that every time FCUM play it is a resolute 2 fingered salute to the football establishment.

Interesting was one comment by a fan after the play-off defeat: ‘They’ve had a crack at it and lost it. But they’ll come back and have another crack at it.’ A healthy attitude in the sphere of football where winning and promotion seems to have become most important goal, regardless of the consequences. Punk Football indeed.

England – Poland 1973

In Football on October 15, 2013 at 09:45

England meet Poland tonight to ensure qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The same encounter 40 years ago was a very different affair; England needing a win to secure their passage to West Germany in 1974. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Owen announces his retirement

In Football on March 19, 2013 at 22:17

Michael Owen, once a great goalscorer, winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2001 has announced his retirement from professional football at the end of this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Separated at Birth: Freddy Ljungberg and Wanja Mues

In Football, Popular Culture on February 12, 2013 at 11:00

The Similarity of Football Grounds

In Football on January 28, 2013 at 12:08

We seem to live in an age where conformity is the non plus ultra. This becomes most obvious when we compare football grounds in England and Germany. Nowadays, the new grounds of Leicester City FC and East German outfit 1. FC Magdeburg look strikingly similar. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Carol

In Football on December 20, 2012 at 15:00

While some major football leagues in Europe will stop playing for the festive period only, German football comes to a halt for Christmas and New Year‘s eve.

The last football related action and a highlight in Berlin is certainly the Christmas singing at Union Berlin‘s Alte Försterei stadium. Now in its 10th year, the ground will be scantily lit by candles while the fans, not necessarily all Union Berlin supporters, will join a choir to sing along to some popular Christmas songs.


Separated at Birth: Socratès and Gil Scott Heron

In Football, Popular Culture on December 12, 2012 at 14:00

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