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Values, Identities and Morals

In Identity on July 15, 2014 at 09:00

The question of identity and the quest for identity has become very difficult in modern times. The Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has argued that identity has become a liquid concept that alters its shapes faster than it is possible to realize the changes. Read the rest of this entry »


2012: Annus Britannicus

In Britain, Identity, Olympics, Sport on September 11, 2012 at 13:07


The current year will go into the history books of Britain for various reasons. First, there is the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Second, Bradley Wiggins is the first Briton who has won the Tour de France. He later added Olympic Gold which was the major sporting event of this year so far: The London Olympics. Finally, Andy Murray has won a Grand Slam title, the first for a Briton since 1936! Read the rest of this entry »

Olympic Legacy

In Britain, Identity, Media Analysis, Olympics on August 14, 2012 at 15:21

The London Games of 2012 are history and they have made history as London was the first city to host Olympic Games (summer or winter) three times. The LOCOG have argued that the games would all be about the legacy and it certainly was this fact that made gave London the games ahead of Paris when the decision was made in July 2005. Was this idea of a legacy just a smoke screen? Read the rest of this entry »

29 April 1972: England – Germany 1-3: 40 Years After

In England, Football, Germany, History, Identity on April 29, 2012 at 10:00

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 »

Anglo-German meeting May 19, 2012

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, Identity on April 26, 2012 at 09:14

Due to Bayern Munich‘s success in ‘typical German manner’ (quote: Gary Lineker, Sir Alex Ferguson 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 »

Special Relationships

In Academia, Britain, England, Germany, History, Identity, Literature on April 23, 2012 at 14:26

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 »

Match of the Century, Football miracles and Jahrhundertspiele

In Britain, Cold War, England, Football, Germany, History, Identity, Sport on March 1, 2012 at 14:50

This blog is all about the Anglo-German rivalry and how it affects everyday life, football and politics. However, there are games that were labelled ‘Match of the Century’, ‘Miracles’ like the World Cup final of 1954 or the victories of West Germany against England in 1970 and 1972 or the ‘Jahrhundertspiel‘ between Italy and Germany. In each of the following examples at least either of them is always present, England or Germany, making a necessary link to the Anglo-German football rivalry. Where does this love for labelling games come from? And were these games really what their labels promised? Read the rest of this entry »

A Foreigner as England Manager?

In England, Football, History, Identity, Sport, Stereotypes on February 17, 2012 at 12:02

This post card was printed in the early 2000s in England, at a time when the English football public and the media were engaged in a debate about whether or not the future England manager should be a foreigner. A few months later Sven-Göran Erikson became England’s first foreign manager. More than a decade later, the debate seems to be reignited again after the resignation of Fabio Capello from the post of England manager.

The Bull in the China shop

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity on January 31, 2012 at 12:54

Der Elefant im Porzellanladen or the bull in the china shop, both phrases describe a person that is not very sensitive when it comes to their environment and surroundings. This however, is the impression the German chancellor Angela Merkel is giving during these troubled times. Read the rest of this entry »

Funny Language

In Germany, History, Identity on January 27, 2012 at 12:22

The blog post in this link describes some of the idiocies of the English language, which is short but insightful. This post however, will have a look at some phrases in German that are funny and not always easy to understand nor easily translatable. Read the rest of this entry »

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