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German Invasion in London

In Anglo-German Relations, Media Analysis on September 16, 2017 at 08:40

Or so it may have been seen by observers who had no knowledge of the Europa League between Arsenal and Cologne last night. Indeed 20000 football fans dressed in the red and white of their team and marching through London, singing, drinking, does look impressive. Understandably, police and Arsenal were somewhat surprised to see the number of people arriving. In a response the editor of Cologne fanzine effzeh, Arne Steinberg calls this underestimation naive. Right he is. Just because other clubs don’t come with such a huge following, doesn’t mean Arsenal and the police should have been prepared. Moreover, Steinberg expresses his gratitude.

‘For Cologne fans it was the biggest night of our lives. Thanks for having us’

<h3>Throwback Thursday</h3>

This is in strong contrast to other papers such as the Daily Mirror where John Cross spoke of a throwback:

It was a sorry throwback to the shameful spectre of football’s hooligan days of the 1980s.

Violent yobs, drunken fans and a night of shame at the Emirates as 20,000 Cologne supporters went on the rampage.

Cross seems to forget here that English fans often behave in the same manner when going abroad. The same goes for Robert Peston who has had his European solidarity tested:

For some people a football match is still all about the war, without actually mentioning it:

The German newspaper Revier Sport which covers all sports in the Rhine/Ruhr area spoke of consternation. Consternation because out of 15000 peaceful supporters 50 behaved as though the old times are not over yet. In fact, Steinberg also mentioned these people but argued that this should not distract from the fact that the majority behaved well and came to enjoy themselves and support their team, FC Cologne who have not played in any European competition for 25 years. This is a very long time which explains the festive mood they were in.

Two days before Dortmund came to play a Champions League tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. There was nothing despite the Dortmund support being numerous and well seasoned as they are regulars on the European stage.


We Are The Champions?

In Media Analysis on May 13, 2013 at 10:00

The prospect of an all-German Champions League final provided material for Germany’s tabloid Bild-Zeitung for some crude reporting. Under the headline ‘We Are The Champions’ the sub-heading reads: but not every one likes it. In fact, level-minded Germans are aware of the fact that Germany’s image throughout this current crisis in Europe has suffered severely, yet the article is a reminder of some dark thoughts from the not so distant past. Read the rest of this entry »

How not to write about football

In Media Analysis on April 17, 2013 at 13:35

Football is a fantastic game to play and to watch. It is also some task to write about football. However, Germany’s leading newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has given an example how not to do it. Read the rest of this entry »

quo vadis journalism?

In Media Analysis on March 15, 2013 at 12:17

Is it a bad time to be a journalist? Not to mention becoming one? What are the chances in journalism today? Are there any? Read the rest of this entry »

2012 in review

In Media Analysis on January 4, 2013 at 20:42

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Google vs. Germany?

In Media Analysis on December 10, 2012 at 11:00

Germany has been in the media in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons. While its standing has suffered in the handling of the continuing crises in Europe, the most heated debate over the last few weeks has been the Leistungsschutzrecht, the ancillary copyright law. Read the rest of this entry »

The Curse of Wembley

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History, Media Analysis on September 5, 2012 at 10:40
Geoff Hurst's controversial second goal during...

Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal during the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final is still not known to have crossed the goal line or not. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The title of the film by German film maker Stefan Keber suggests what many people already know: England have not won any major trophy since their World Cup triumph at Wembley in July 1966: England are cursed by Wembley and the third goal. Not just that, every time they appeared to be coming close to another final, there were German teams eliminating them from the tournament. The last time in 1996 at the Euro held in England. 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 »

The Ugly Germans

In Germany, History, Media Analysis, Stereotypes on August 8, 2012 at 16:00

A week end’s edition of Germany‘s Handelsblatt, a paper entirely about economics, provided some interesting reading. Over 8 pages writers and columnists reported from France, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Britain and what the people think of Germany during the current Euro crisis. A content analysis. Read the rest of this entry »

Merkel’s Double Standards

In Football, History, Media Analysis, Politics on June 22, 2012 at 15:13

I’ve already written something about the Greece – Germany quarterfinal tonight (, but here is another excellent post about the same subject. More vocal, more critical, very good! Read it!

Dear Kitty. Some blog


This video is called EURO 2012 Greece-Russia: Greek and Russian football fans in Warsaw.

The Euro 2012 European football championship in Poland and Ukraine has reached the quarter-final stage.

From now on, it is the “knock out system”: if a team loses one match, it is out. The winners proceed to the next round.

Tomorrow, Friday evening east European time, in Gdansk in Poland, Germany will play Greece.

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, will be there.

Earlier, there had been news that Ms Merkel’s government would boycott the football championship. As a protest against violations of the rights of Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko; now in jail for corruption.

Not that human rights were any better when Ms Tymoshenko and her “orange” coalition still ruled the Ukraine. Ms Merkel cares about Tymoshenko, not because she cares about human rights in general. But because Tymoshenko, a…

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